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OWA Advisory Groups

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The great benefits of OWA membership include making new connections and the opportunity to grow professionally from these connections. The OWA's Advisory Groups are designed to connect OWA members through different business disciplines: Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Professional and Personal Development.

All OWA members are invited to join the Advisory Group(s) of their particular interest(s). Each group will meet on a quarterly basis to discuss relevant topics within each discipline and receive monthly communications from the Advisory Group Leads.

Please note that the buttons to join these groups or view content from past meetings will require you to join OWA or login first.

Meet the Advisory Group Leads

Kathy Rismiller

Finance Advisory Group
Leads: Emilia Flamini (CFO, Luxottica North America) and Kathy Rismiller (Vice President, Corporate Controller, MyEyeDr.)

The Finance Advisory Group will help members improve their understanding of the main drivers of profitability. Quarterly meetings will be targeted at learning more about awareness of P&L statements and cashflow. Think back to that one Finance class you took in college — here's your chance to get a modern-day approach with real-life examples!

Advisory Group Members: Kayla Ashlee (Spexy), Betty Barrs (VisionWeb), Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Marie-Claude Boutin (Axis Medical Canada), Alicia Brossart (Essilor Sun Solution), Patricia Brown (TZVECL), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Deirdre Carroll (INVISION Magazine at SmartWork Media), jennifer ceschan (Chadwick Optical), Justine Chiricosta (ABB OPTICAL GROUP), Mikki Collins (Catch London - The House of Tom Davies), Jan Cory (I-deal Optics), Emma Crews (Essilor of America), Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Katherine Cruz (Cruz Consulting), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), Maria Dileep (Essilor Of America), Carrie DiPasquale (Luxottica), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Julie Fischer (VSP), Teri Fittz (Walman dba Nouveau Eyewear), Melissa Gorris (NSL Analytical Services), Jacqueline Grove (National Vision, Inc.), Shweta Gupta (Essilor Of America), Antonietta Hanley (Luxottica), Alicia Harrison (Laguna Eyes Optometry, PC), Rachel Hettler (Essilor of America), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Linda Laube (Hilco Vision), Jessica Leach (Lafont), Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (MyEyeDr), Heather Lopez (Keplr Vision), Giulia Mazza (Luxottica), Pamela McCready (Luxottica), Treva McRee (Sunbit), Karen Michaelson (KARE Consulting, LLC), Benitha Mintz (Zyloware Corporation), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Janna Neal (Zyloware), Tracy Neal (GPN Technologies), Terri Nesrsta (Eyemart Express), Amanda Ng (Luxottica), Selin Olmsted (Selin Olmsted Studio), Elizabeth Peters (Keplr Vision), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Brooke Sager (Inspecs USA), Tamara Sanders (EssilorLuxottica), Joni Schrup (Discerning Eye Optical), Amanda Shapiro (Europa Eyewear), Pam Spicuzza (Luxottica), Amy Stachler (Luxottica Wholesale, N.A.), Cristin Sullivan (PERC), Cristin Sullivan (PERC), Cristin Sullivan (PERC), Sheena Taff (Roberts & Brown Opticians/OpticianAboutTown), Jennifer Valdez (GPN Technologies), Ariele Wagner (Essilor of America), Amanda Whitener (VisionWeb), Carol Wilbur (Optical Women's Association), Kathryn Wolf (Essilor of America)

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Cha-Ling Delgado

Sales & Marketing Advisory Group
Leads: Paula Blomquist (Chief Marketing Officer, GoHealth Urgent Care) and Cha-Ling Delgado (Senior Director Key Accounts NA, Luxottica North America)

The Sales and Marketing Advisory Group is aimed at learning more about best practices in relationship development, branding, and the customer journey that leads to long-term, loyal customers. We'll bridge the gap between sales and marketing professionals and learn from each other the inner workings of the sales and marketing funnels.

Advisory Group Members: Jane Agbontaen (CooperVision), Pamela Andrews (Carl Zeiss Vision), Kayla Ashlee (Spexy), Megan Bachman (Keplr Vision), Jane Balek (Think About Your Eyes), Linda Barabasova (Amazon), Andrea Bergquist (Essilor of America), Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Tammy Blackwell (VSP), Lexi Broadnax (Essilor), Alicia Brossart (Essilor Sun Solution), Patricia Brown (TZVECL), Wendy Buchanan (Perceptions Eyewear Inc.), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Kristin Calimlim (Lafont), Angela Carter (CooperVision), jennifer ceschan (Chadwick Optical), Trudi Charest (Marketing4ECPs), Justine Chiricosta (ABB OPTICAL GROUP), Mikki Collins (Catch London - The House of Tom Davies), Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Katherine Cruz (Cruz Consulting), Carla D'Angelo (Claudia Alan, Inc), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), Paula Donnelly (Luxottica Retail), Roxana Dreger (Transitions Optical), Carissa Dunphy (Optician Now), Lindsay Ellis (Essilor Vision Foundation), Brittany English (Keplr Vision), Constantina Feick (EyeMed Vision Care), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Catherine Firman (GPN Technologies), Julie Fischer (VSP), Angela Gerber (Liberty Sport), Jessica Goebert (De Rigo REM), Melissa Gorris (NSL Analytical Services), Alysia Gradney (The Gudz), Shweta Gupta (Essilor Of America), Holly Hall (Essilor of America), Victoria Hallberg (Safilo Group), Antonietta Hanley (Luxottica), Andrea Haymore (Essilor Vision Foundation), Amy Hendrick (GPN Technologies), Alysse Henkel (The Vision Council), Rachel Hettler (Essilor of America), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Jillian Jobbitt (Luxottica), Staci Johnson (GPN Technologies), Jennifer Knox (Essilor of America), Linda Laube (Hilco Vision), Katherine Lauver (GPN Technologies), Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (MyEyeDr), Heather Lopez (Keplr Vision), Susan Ludwick (EyeCare Services Partners), Giulia Mazza (Luxottica), Treva McRee (Sunbit), Ashlee Medart (formerly) Queathem (EssilorLuxottica), Tria Metzler (Walman Instruments), Karen Michaelson (KARE Consulting, LLC), Alyssa Miller (Europa Eyewear), Amanda Mobley (Abb Optical), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Megan Molony (National Vision), Liadain Murphy (Ocuco), Courtney Myers (Red Havas), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Cristina Mystkowski (Luxottica), Janna Neal (Zyloware), Tracy Neal (GPN Technologies), Amanda Ng (Luxottica), Selin Olmsted (Selin Olmsted Studio), Janelle Pauli (VisionWeb), Audrey Pavia (Tura, Inc.), Kait Payne (Walman Optical), Katherina Pedercini (Mondottica), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Kelly Piotti (Hilco Vision), Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus (Visionary Insights), Cassandre Ractliffe (Luxottica), Melissa Rasband (Olympic Peaks Optical), Kristen Reynolds Hopper (VSP), Amanda Rights (SimplifEYE Social), Alana Rossi (Luxottica), Holly Rush (Mariposa Advisors), Brooke Sager (Inspecs USA), Maria Sampalis, OD (Corporate Optometry), Dianne Samuel (VSP), Tamara Sanders (EssilorLuxottica), Joni Schrup (Discerning Eye Optical), Debra Seigel (VSP Optics), Amanda Shapiro (Europa Eyewear), VALERIE SINK (KASPEREK USA OPTICAL), Vicky St. Pierre (CooperVision), Jennifer Stewart (OD Perspectives), Jennifer Valdez (GPN Technologies), Celeste Vos (Silhouette), Dawn Ward (Europa Eyewear), Monica Wheelock (None), Amanda Whitener (VisionWeb), Carol Wilbur (Optical Women's Association), Kathryn Wolf (Essilor of America), Diana Yasnis (Luxottica), Robin Young (Liberty Sport)

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Kathy Cruz
Karen Michaelson

Professional and Personal Development Advisory Group
Leads: Kathy Cruz (National Account Executive, Ocular Innovations) and Karen Michaelson (President / Owner, KARE Consulting / I wear by K)

The Professional and Personal Development Advisory Group will discuss key elements of personal and professional growth. From interview skill to public speaking to building your network and leveraging influencers — there is something for everyone in this group! You'll learn to elevate your current network and leverage it for continuous mentoring or your next career move.

Advisory Group Members: Katie Allen (Essilor of America), Kayla Ashlee (Spexy), Megan Bachman (Keplr Vision), Jenny Baker (VisionWorks), Linda Barabasova (Amazon), Betty Barrs (VisionWeb), Andrea Bergquist (Essilor of America), Jeannette Berman (ClearVision Optical), Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Gina Blanes (CooperVision), Marie-Claude Boutin (Axis Medical Canada), Denise Brady (Essilor), Rose Britton (CooperVision), Alicia Brossart (Essilor Sun Solution), Patricia Brown (TZVECL), Wendy Buchanan (Perceptions Eyewear Inc.), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Yvette Carranza (Digital Vision, Inc.), Deirdre Carroll (INVISION Magazine at SmartWork Media), Angela Carter (CooperVision), Justine Chiricosta (ABB OPTICAL GROUP), Monica Chopra (VSP Global), Cira Collins (Lafont), Mikki Collins (Catch London - The House of Tom Davies), Joycie Crandall (Essilor of America), Emma Crews (Essilor of America), Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Katherine Cruz (Cruz Consulting), Lauren Culbertson (Luxottica), Starris Darrah (Essilor of America), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), Carrie DiPasquale (Luxottica), Carissa Dunphy (Optician Now), Jessica Elizalde (Sharp Rees-Stealy), Lindsay Ellis (Essilor Vision Foundation), Brittany English (Keplr Vision), Randee Epstein (Luxottica), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Catherine Firman (GPN Technologies), Julie Fischer (VSP), Tamara Franklin (Vision Source), Angela Gerber (Liberty Sport), Jessica Goebert (De Rigo REM), Melissa Gomez (VSP Optics), Melissa Gorris (NSL Analytical Services), Melissa Guillory (VSP), Shweta Gupta (Essilor Of America), Victoria Hallberg (Safilo Group), Antonietta Hanley (Luxottica), Andrea Haymore (Essilor Vision Foundation), Rachel Hettler (Essilor of America), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Jillian Jobbitt (Luxottica), Staci Johnson (GPN Technologies), Jennifer Knox (Essilor of America), Anne-Marie Lahr, OD (Essilor Instruments USA), Linda Laube (Hilco Vision), Katherine Lauver (GPN Technologies), Elly Lawler (VSP Optics), Judith Lew (Essilor of America), Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (MyEyeDr), Megan Lott (Belle Vue Specialty Eye Care), Jordan Loyd (Essilor of America), Giulia Mazza (Luxottica), Pamela McCready (Luxottica), Treva McRee (Sunbit), Karen Michaelson (KARE Consulting, LLC), Alyssa Miller (Europa Eyewear), Amanda Mobley (Abb Optical), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Megan Molony (National Vision), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Janna Neal (Zyloware), Tracy Neal (GPN Technologies), Terri Nesrsta (Eyemart Express), Amanda Ng (Luxottica), Caitlin Northup (Eyenavision, Inc.), Selin Olmsted (Selin Olmsted Studio), Shannon Olsson (Ocuco, Ltd), Shannon Olsson (Ocuco, Ltd), Shannon Olsson (Ocuco, Ltd), Shannon Olsson (Ocuco, Ltd), Shannon Olsson (Ocuco, Ltd), Shannon Olsson (Ocuco, Ltd), Jennifer Palombi (CooperVision), Audrey Pavia (Tura, Inc.), Kait Payne (Walman Optical), Elizabeth Peters (Keplr Vision), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Kelly Piotti (Hilco Vision), Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus (Visionary Insights), Cassandre Ractliffe (Luxottica), Melissa Rasband (Olympic Peaks Optical), Tammy Reaves (EssiloeLuxottica), Rhonda Regguinti (Eyefinity), Kristen Reynolds Hopper (VSP), Amanda Rights (SimplifEYE Social), June Rogers (Essilor of America), Lisa Ross (Match Eyewear), Alana Rossi (Luxottica), Holly Rush (Mariposa Advisors), Amy Sabella-Malone (CooperVision), Brooke Sager (Inspecs USA), Maria Sampalis, OD (Corporate Optometry), Tamara Sanders (EssilorLuxottica), Debra Seigel (VSP Optics), Amanda Shapiro (Europa Eyewear), Katie Singer (EssilorLuxottica), VALERIE SINK (KASPEREK USA OPTICAL), Maggie Smith (Safilo Group), SHAWNA SMITH (Marchon Eyewear), Pam Spicuzza (Luxottica), Amy Stachler (Luxottica Wholesale, N.A.), Jennifer Stewart (OD Perspectives), Sherrie Stringfellow (US Vision), Sherrie Stringfellow (US Vision), Sherrie Stringfellow (US Vision), Sherrie Stringfellow (US Vision), Elaine Thomas-Bush (Eyefinity), Jennifer Valdez (GPN Technologies), DeArcy Vaughan (UnitedHealthcare), Ariele Wagner (Essilor of America), Andrea Walker (ADVANTAGE EYE CARE, PLLC), Dawn Ward (Europa Eyewear), Monica Wheelock (None), Amanda Whitener (VisionWeb), Carol Wilbur (Optical Women's Association), Kathryn Wolf (Essilor of America)

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