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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: Billie Ackerman (National Vision), Kayla Ashlee (Spexy), Betty Barrs (VisionWeb), Heather Bezanson (Ennco Display Systems), Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Alicia Brossart (Essilor Sun Solution), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Kay Bumgarner (Essilor of America), Deirdre Carroll (INVISION Magazine at SmartWork Media), jennifer ceschan (Chadwick Optical), Justine Chiricosta (ABB OPTICAL GROUP), Mikki Collins (Morel Eyewear), Jan Cory (I-deal Optics), Heather Cowie (Airdrie and Calgary Family Eye Doctors), Emma Crews (Essilor of America), Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Katherine Cruz (Ocular Innovations), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), Samantha Ferrer (Bidwell Optometry), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Julie Fischer (VSP), Teri Fittz (Walman dba Nouveau Eyewear), Kelly Funderburk (Eyedentify Consulting), Melissa Gorris (NSL Analytical Services), Jacqueline Grove (National Vision, Inc.), Antonietta Hanley (Luxottica), Alicia Harrison (Laguna Eyes Optometry, PC), Rachel Hettler (Essilor of America), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Linda Laube (Hilco Vision), Catherine Leo (Eyemart Express), Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.), Heather Lopez (Keplr Vision), Giulia Mazza (Luxottica), Karen Michaelson (KARE Consulting, LLC), Benitha Mintz (Zyloware Corporation), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Janna Neal (Zyloware), Tracy Neal (GPNT), Terri Nesrsta (Eyemart Express), Amanda Ng (Luxottica), Cindy Noble-Funderburgh (Eyemart Express), Selin Olmsted (Selin Omsted Design Studio), Elizabeth Peters (Keplr Vision), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Kathy Rismiller (MyEyeDr.), Randi Rubin (-), Alejandra Ruiz (Eyemart Express), Lisette Sacks (Eyemart Express), Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America), Joni Schrup (Discerning Eye Optical), Amanda Shapiro (Europa Eyewear), Pam Spicuzza (Luxottica), Sheena Taff (Roberts & Brown Opticians/OpticianAboutTown), Jennifer Valdez (GPN Technologies), LaReina Valdez (Eyemart Express), Carol Wilbur (Optical Women's Association)

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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: Billie Ackerman (National Vision), Jane Agbontaen (CooperVision), Pamela Andrews (Carl Zeiss Vision), Kayla Ashlee (Spexy), Megan Bachman (Keplr Vision), Jane Balek (Think About Your Eyes), Andrea Bergquist (Essilor of America), Heather Bezanson (Ennco Display Systems), Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Darcy Blessing (ABB Optical Group), Alicia Brossart (Essilor Sun Solution), Wendy Buchanan (Perceptions Eyewear Inc.), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Angela Carter (CooperVision), jennifer ceschan (Chadwick Optical), Trudi Charest (Marketing4ECPs), Justine Chiricosta (ABB OPTICAL GROUP), Mikki Collins (Morel Eyewear), Heather Cowie (Airdrie and Calgary Family Eye Doctors), Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Katherine Cruz (Ocular Innovations), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), Paula Donnelly (Luxottica Retail), Roxana Dreger (Transitions Optical), Lindsay Ellis (Essilor Vision Foundation), Constantina Feick (EyeMed Vision Care), Samantha Ferrer (Bidwell Optometry), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Catherine Firman (GPN Technologies), Julie Fischer (VSP), Emilia Flamini (Luxottica), Jennifer Fry (Luxottica), Kelly Funderburk (Eyedentify Consulting), Angela Gerber (Liberty Sport), Jessica Goebert (De Rigo REM), Melissa Gorris (NSL Analytical Services), Alysia Gradney (The Gudz), Donna Grimaldi (Essilor Of America), Victoria Hallberg (Safilo Group), Antonietta Hanley (Luxottica), Andrea Haymore (Essilor Vision Foundation), Amy Hendrick (GPN Technologies), Rachel Hettler (Essilor of America), Bradie Husser (Prologue Vision), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Jillian Jobbitt (Luxottica), Jamie Kerkhoff (National Vision, Inc.), Jennifer Knox (Essilor of America), Linda Laube (Hilco Vision), Katherine Lauver (GPN Technologies), Catherine Leo (Eyemart Express), Lynn Lim (Luxottica), Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.), Heather Lopez (Keplr Vision), Mariko Macken (Eye Recommend), Giulia Mazza (Luxottica), 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 (GPNT), Amanda Ng (Luxottica), Cindy Noble-Funderburgh (Eyemart Express), Selin Olmsted (Selin Omsted Design Studio), Janelle Pauli (VisionWeb), Audrey Pavia (Tura, Inc.), Kait Payne (Walman Optical), Katherina Pedercini (Mondottica), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus (Visionary Insights), Ashlee Queathem (Essilor of America), Dorina Reiz (Vision Institute), Kristen Reynolds Hopper (VSP), Alana Rossi (Luxottica), Randi Rubin (-), Alejandra Ruiz (Eyemart Express), Holly Rush (Mariposa Advisors), Lisette Sacks (Eyemart Express), Dianne Samuel (VSP), Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America), Joni Schrup (Discerning Eye Optical), Kimberly Schuy (Essilor of America), Debra Seigel (VSP Optics), Amanda Shapiro (Europa Eyewear), Vicky St. Pierre (CooperVision), Jennifer Stewart (Performance 20/20), Jessica Tilghman (Opti-Port), Kimberly Tomczyk (CooperVision), Jennifer Valdez (GPN Technologies), LaReina Valdez (Eyemart Express), Dawn Ward (Europa International), Michelle Washington (Essilor of America), Monica Wheelock (National Vision), Catherine White (ABB Optical Group), Carol Wilbur (Optical Women's Association), Tiffany Wise (Essilor), Diana Yasnis (Luxottica)

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Kathy Cruz

Professional and Personal Development Advisory Group
Leads: Pamela Capaldi (Myopia Management Specialist, CooperVision) and Kathy Cruz (National Account Executive, Ocular Innovations)

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: Kayla Ashlee (Spexy), Megan Bachman (Keplr Vision), 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), Denise Brady (Essilor), Rose Britton (CooperVision), Alicia Brossart (Essilor Sun Solution), Wendy Buchanan (Perceptions Eyewear Inc.), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Heidi Cameron (National Vision), Yvette Carranza (Digital Vision, Inc.), Deirdre Carroll (INVISION Magazine at SmartWork Media), Angela Carter (CooperVision), Justine Chiricosta (ABB OPTICAL GROUP), Krupa Chothani (Shelburne Optometry), Cira Collins (Lafont), Mikki Collins (Morel Eyewear), Heather Cowie (Airdrie and Calgary Family Eye Doctors), Emma Crews (Essilor of America), Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Katherine Cruz (Ocular Innovations), Lauren Culbertson (MyEyeDr), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), Lindsay Ellis (Essilor Vision Foundation), Randee Epstein (Luxottica), Samantha Ferrer (Bidwell Optometry), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Catherine Firman (GPN Technologies), Julie Fischer (VSP), Toya Flakes (Fatheadz Eyewear), Emilia Flamini (Luxottica), Debra Forstenzer (Forstenzer Consulting Group), Tamara Franklin (Vision Source), Jennifer Fry (Luxottica), Kelly Funderburk (Eyedentify Consulting), Jessica Goebert (De Rigo REM), Melissa Gomez (VSP Optics), Melissa Gorris (NSL Analytical Services), Melissa Guillory (VSP), Victoria Hallberg (Safilo Group), Antonietta Hanley (Luxottica), Rachel Hettler (Essilor of America), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Jillian Jobbitt (Luxottica), Jamie Kerkhoff (National Vision, Inc.), Jennifer Knox (Essilor of America), Linda Laube (Hilco Vision), Katherine Lauver (GPN Technologies), Elly Lawler (VSP Optics), Danielle Lejeune (De Rigo REM), Catherine Leo (Eyemart Express), Judith Lew (Essilor of America), Lynn Lim (Luxottica), Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.), Jordan Loyd (Essilor of America), Mariko Macken (Eye Recommend), Giulia Mazza (Luxottica), Karen Michaelson (KARE Consulting, LLC), Alyssa Miller (Europa Eyewear), Amanda Mobley (Abb Optical), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Megan Molony (National Vision), Cortney Murchie (Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Janna Neal (Zyloware), Tracy Neal (GPNT), Amanda Ng (Luxottica), Selin Olmsted (Selin Omsted Design Studio), Jennifer Palombi (CooperVision), Audrey Pavia (Tura, Inc.), Kait Payne (Walman Optical), Elizabeth Peters (Keplr Vision), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus (Visionary Insights), Rhonda Regguinti (Eyefinity), Dorina Reiz (Vision Institute), Kristen Reynolds Hopper (VSP), Lisa Ross (Match Eyewear), Alana Rossi (Luxottica), Randi Rubin (-), Alejandra Ruiz (Eyemart Express), Holly Rush (Mariposa Advisors), Amy Sabella-Malone (CooperVision), Lisette Sacks (Eyemart Express), Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America), Debra Seigel (VSP Optics), Amanda Shapiro (Europa Eyewear), Pam Spicuzza (Luxottica), Amy Stachler (Luxottica Wholesale, N.A.), Jennifer Stewart (Performance 20/20), Gina Taylor (National Vision, Inc.), Elaine Thomas-Bush (Eyefinity), Kimberly Tomczyk (CooperVision), Jennifer Valdez (GPN Technologies), LaReina Valdez (Eyemart Express), Kathy Valley (Essilor of America), Dawn Ward (Europa International), Monica Wheelock (National Vision), Carol Wilbur (Optical Women's Association), Carrie Wilson (Walmart Optical), Tiffany Wise (Essilor)

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