Deborah Amster, OD, Named New Chief of Pediatrics for SUNY Optometry

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Friday, September 6, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—SUNY Optometry has announced that Deborah Amster, OD, will join the school as the new chief of pediatric service. She will head the implementation of the University’s new Center for Pediatric Eye Care, which is set to open in early 2020 and will offer expanded services to children and their families. Dr. Amster previously spent 16 years teaching and conducting research, which included participating in national multi-center studies like PDIG (Pediatric Eye Disease Group) and CITT (Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) ’s College of Optometry. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Amster completed her residency in pediatrics and binocular vision at NSU after graduating from the New England College of Optometry in 2001.

NCCVEH Awards Anne L. Coleman, M.D., MPH, 5th Annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:18 AM CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness has named Anne L. Coleman, M.D., MPH, the recipient of their fifth annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award. Dr. Coleman is is the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation professor of ophthalmology at Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; vice chair, Academic Affairs, UCLA Department of Ophthalmology; professor of epidemiology in the UCLA Jonathon and Karin Fielding School of Public Health; director of the Stein Eye Institute Center for Community Outreach and Policy and president-elect of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

New England College of Optometry Names Dr. Kristen Brown as Associate Dean

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:18 AM

BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced that Dr. Kristen Brown has been selected to be the associate dean of clinical affairs. The appointment comes at “the conclusion of an extensive search process where the committee met with many talented applicants,” the announcement noted. Dr. Brown received her Doctor of Optometry from the University of California Berkeley, School of Optometry, in 1992. She completed two Ocular Disease Residencies (from NECO and Boston University School of Medicine) and a two-year fellowship at the Pacific Cataract and Laser Center.

Coherent Eye Care names Justin Manning as Director of Population Health Strategies and Provider Education

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Friday, August 30, 2019 12:24 AM PENSACOLA, Fla.—Coherent Eye Care, a leader in development and management of clinically integrated eyecare networks, has named Justin Manning, OD, MPH, as director of population health strategies and provider education, according to an announcement Thursday. Dr. Manning is the founder and chief executive officer of eyeLeader, a consulting and education company driven to empower eyecare providers to lead in a changing healthcare system through leadership development and population health management. "As director of population health strategies and provider education, Dr. Manning will be leading the advancement of Coherent's goals within the provider community on a national level,” Coherent president and chief executive officer Jim Brocato said in the announcement. “He will lead new initiatives in continuing education, leadership development, and inter-provider communication. Educating our providers about their role in population eye health management is a key part of our mission.”

Now Optics Names Morgan Diaz and Lukana Justin to Leadership Team

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:21 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Now Optics, a leading eye health provider offering eyecare under the retail brands Stanton Optical and My Eyelab, has named two women to its leadership team. They are: former CVS Health executive Morgan Diaz and Lukana Justin, formerly of Office Depot Inc. Diaz joined Now Optics as senior vice president of operations and business development, and Justin is the new senior vice president of marketing. Both roles are newly created positions, and both executives report directly to Daniel Stanton, chief executive officer of Now Optics. On the leadership team, they join general counsel Tara Pellegrino, who joined the company in early 2018. 

PECAA Announces That Co-Founder Dr. Lance Anderson Joins Executive Team

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:18 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), a nationwide doctor alliance group currently serving over 3,700 independent eyecare practitioners, announced the return of one of the organization’s co-founders, who has accepted a newly developed role on the company’s executive team. Lance Anderson, OD, will now be serving as the organization’s vice president of strategic initiatives. Dr. Anderson brings over 25 years of private practice ownership experience and 13 years of executive experience to the doctor alliance group space, PECAA's announcement said. 

Refinery29 Co-Founder Piera Gelardi to Speak at Vision Expo West’s EYE2EYE Series

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Piera Gelardi, co-founder and executive creative director of Refinery29 – a leading next generation media and entertainment company—will be the keynote speaker for this year’s EYE2EYE Series, according to an announcement from show organizers. Gelardi will share her experiences and approach to cultivating creativity in her presentation, Courageous Creativity with Piera Gelardi, in the new Exhibit Hall destination the BRIDGE on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. Gelardi was recently honored as one of Ad Age’s 50 Most Creative People of the year, Entrepreneur magazine’s 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs and Adweek’s 37 Women Who Are Disrupting the Status Quo and Championing Gender Diversity in Advertising and Tech.

Deadline Is Aug. 30 to Submit Nominations for Women in Optometry's Theia Award

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Aug. 30 deadline is approaching for anyone to submit names to be considered for the Women in Optometry Theia Awards, which recognize female optometrists for their accomplishments in the categories of Leadership ( organizational or community leadership or advocacy ), Mentorship (active role in guiding others in practice management and more beyond optometry school), Innovation (outreach, marketing, practice models, inventions, etc.), Education (inspirational, motivational educator) and Young ODs (an OD within 10 years of graduation who shows any/all of the above qualities).

Monica Shea Joins Blanchard Contact Lenses as Northeast Regional Account Manager

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Monday, August 26, 2019 12:12 AM MANCHESTER, N.H.—Blanchard Contact Lenses, a CooperVision specialty eyecare company and scleral lens designer and manufacturer, announced its recent hire of Monica E. Shea, LO, FCLSA, NCLE-M. Shea’s responsibilities include building and nurturing professional relationships with and providing fitting consultation to eye care providers in the Northeast for Blanchard’s scleral and GP lens portfolio. Shea has 21 years of experience with contact lens services, having spent the last 15 years of her career as a senior contact lens specialist at Consulting Ophthalmologists, P.C. in Farmington, Conn. where she successfully fit a high volume of patients with scleral lenses, including a high concentration in fitting complex corneal disease. In addition to her many certifications, Shea earned an associate of science in ophthalmic design and dispensing from Middlesex Community College, as well as a bachelor of science in business management from Charter Oak State College.

AAO Names 2019 Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., Low Vision Residency Award Recipient

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:14 AM ORLANDO, Fla.— Kenneth Duy Tran, OD, is this year’s recipient of the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., Low Vision Residency Award, according to an announcement from the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. Dr. Tran is an Ian L. Bailey, Low Vision/Ocular Disease Resident at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Optometry. He was chosen by a committee of members in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO led a career marked by stellar accomplishments as a teacher, writer, lecturer and administrator and was the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Rosenbloom was not only one of the first Ezell Fellows but also published more than 75 professional journal articles on topics of low vision rehabilitation, optometric gerontology, optometric education and public health, and co-authored three major textbooks including Vision and Aging.

Services Held for OPL’s Danny Pugh

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:12 AM PELHAM, Ala.—Danny Ray Pugh, president and co-owner of Optical Prescription Lab and Optical Supply Co-op passed away on August 1. He was 52 years-old. Pugh was born July 12, 1967, in Wylie, Texas, according to the Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham. He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1985, and continued his education at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Pugh enjoyed playing drums, collecting sports memorabilia, and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and adored his three chihuahuas, Bear, Landry and Sadie. He attended Liberty Baptist Church.

Rebecca Giefer Named CEO of Modo Americas

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Following a 15-year tenure at the company, Rebecca Giefer has been appointed as CEO of Modo Americas, effective Sept. 1.

Los Angeles Chargers' Derwin James Jr. To Partner With Oakley

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Friday, August 16, 2019 12:15 AM FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.—Oakley has announced that Derwin James Jr., free safety for the Los Angeles Chargers, has partnered with the brand. He will be the third football player to join Team Oakley, accompanying Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, as VMAIL previously reported. 23-year-old James was drafted to the Los Angeles Chargers in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, after playing three seasons as a Florida State Seminole. During his rookie year, James was invited to his first Pro Bowl, and was named first-team All-Pro. 

Schneider’s Modulo Line Wins German Innovation Award

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:15 AM FRONHAUSEN, Germany—Ophthalmic equipment maker Schneider was recently honored with the German Innovation Award by the German Design Council for the invention of the Modulo Line, the first fully automated Industry 4.0 ophthalmic lens production system. An independent and interdisciplinary jury of experts selected Schneider for the honor. “Schneider’s Modulo Line lives and breathes Industry 4.0 and is a fantastic showcase of what its true power is—not just in theory but in reality. It provides fundamental competitive advantages like utmost efficiency and cost savings,” said Prof. Dr. Alexander Wurzer, a member of the jury.

Bionic Vision Technologies Names Ash Attia as CEO

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:13 AM CARLTON, Victoria, Australia—Bionic Vision Technologies Pty Ltd. (BVT), an Australian medical device company working on retinal devices, reports that Ash Attia joined the company as its chief executive officer. The appointment rounds out the executive team at BVT, an announcement said, with the recent arrivals of both Brian Gordon as chief scientific officer and Dr. Adrian Oates as chief operating officer. With progress being achieved in its current clinical trial, the company said it is increasingly focused on planning for future pivotal trials, regulatory approval and commercial release of its bionic eye technology.