Thau files for AOA vice president

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., has filed for election to the position of vice president of the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Thau has served on the Board of Trustees since her election in 2007 and is chair of the Finance Committee and Constitution and Bylaws Committee. She is also a member of the Investment and Executive committees.

Dr. Thau serves as board liaison to Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation and to the affiliate associations in Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in addition to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

Previously, Dr. Thau served as the liaison trustee to the AOA Political Action Committee and Research and Information Center Executive Committee, and was an observer on the Advocacy Group Executive Committee, Federal Legislative Action Keyperson Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Health Center Committee and State Government Relations Committee. She was a founding member of the AOA InfantSEE® Committee.

She has also served as past chair of the Credentials Committee and served on the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee, in addition to the first Faculty Relations Committee and Bylaws Project team.

Dr. Thau, of New York, served as past chair of the Credentials Committee and served on the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee, in addition to the first Faculty Relations Committee and Bylaws Project team.

Elected as the first woman president of both the New York State Optometric Association and Optometric Society of the City of New York, Dr. Thau also served as president of the New York Academy and is a former member of the executive board of the College of Optometrists Vision Department.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2005 New York State Optometrist of the Year, SUNY Optometry Alumna of the Year, and has twice been recognized as one of Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical.

Her passion for children's vision care has taken her nationwide as a lecturer and advocate, and Dr. Thau is a founding member and former vice president of New York Children's Vision Coalition.

Dr. Thau is the owner of a five-woman group practice in Manhattan that serves as a primary care practice with special emphasis on children's vision and vision therapy.