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Executive Committee / Officers

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Executive Committee | Board of Directors | Staff | Past Presidents | Founding Board Members

Executive Committee

Tiara Claxton

Tiara Claxton

OWA Member Since: 2010
Board / Committee Position: President
Company: Thelios
What I Love About OWA: I am dedicated to this organization purely for what we support; "To enhance and promote the leadership role of women in the optical industry through networking, education and peer support." I love working along side, connecting and networking with like-minded individuals!
Robyn Crimmins

Robyn Crimmins

OWA Member Since: 2012
Board / Committee Position: Vice President, Nominating Committee Co-Chair, Digital Marketing Committee Chair
Company: VSP Optics Group
What I Love About OWA: The opportunity to connect, share, and learn from the talented women in our industry!
Debra Bulken

Debra Bulken

OWA Member Since: 2011
Board / Committee Position: Secretary / Treasurer, Membership Committee Co-Chair
Company: Luxottica
What I Love About OWA: I love having the opportunity to engage with likeminded women, who see the potential in ALL women in our industry, to engage through continuous learning and networking to become the best leaders they can be!
Maureen Cavanagh

Maureen Cavanagh

OWA Member Since: 2006
Board / Committee Position: Immediate Past President, Nominating Committee Co-Chair, Communications Committee Co-Chair
Company: Essilor
What I Love About OWA: Throughout my entire career, I have always made an effort to encourage women to achieve their full potential. And now, as OWA president, it is truly a privilege and honor to represent women within the optical industry. There are a tremendous number of women who are inspired, motivated and touched everyday by the exceptional initiatives of the OWA, and we are all united in our approach to foster an association which provides support and guidance to such an outstanding group of distinguished women.

Board of Directors

Pamela Capaldi

Pamela Capaldi

OWA Member Since: 2007
Board / Committee Position: Director, Events Committee Co-Chair
Company: Brien Holden Vision Institute
What I Love About OWA: The OWA offers an amazing community of women. It is a joy to be able to connect, network, and be inspired by so many resourceful, intelligent, and engaging women. I always come away from my encounters with the women of the OWA filled with ideas and energy!
Laura Dorris

Laura Dorris

OWA Member Since: 2013
Board / Committee Position: Director, Events Committee Co-Chair
Company: Vision West
What I Love About OWA: I truly enjoy being part of OWA and meeting so many wonderful people who are passionate about the mission and goals of OWA to connect, inspire, lead and promote women in leadership in our industry. There are many resources OWA makes available for women- no matter the size of the company you work for, or where you are in your career path. Iron sharpens iron and the encouragement and influence you can receive and provide is so meaningful.
Sue Downes

Sue Downes

OWA Member Since: 2016
Board / Committee Position: Director, PDF (Professional Development Fund) Committee Co-Chair
Company: MyEyeDr.
What I Love About OWA: It's rewarding to see the reach women have achieved in optical and to be a part of that growth; the OWA is truly a lens that sharpens women's passion for the optical industry. It's a dynamic forum for giving back and one of the keystone organizations for young women to share their best practices and influence in the broader industry as a collective powerhouse. Together our accomplishments are boundless.
Lorie Lippiatt

Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD

OWA Member Since: 2004
Board / Committee Position: Director, PDF (Professional Development Fund) Committee Co-Chair
Company: The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.
What I Love About OWA: I love being part of an organization that promotes the leadership roles of women in Optical. As President of a small female-dominated business, I enjoy and utilize the resources the OWA provides in my own company.
Erinn Morgan

Erinn Morgan

OWA Member Since: 2015
Board / Committee Position: Director, Communications Committee Chair
Company: Eyecare Business
What I Love About OWA: The OWA is inspiring! I love the incredible camaraderie, support, and opportunities the OWA provides to women, including myself. It's a fantastic organization with the inspired focus on helping women progress and succeed in their careers in the optical industry.
Ashley Mills

Ashley Mills

OWA Member Since: 2016
Board / Committee Position: Director, Digital Marketing Committee Vice Chair
Company: The Vision Council
What I Love About OWA: Promoting women's leadership has never been more relevant. I love that OWA has been supporting women in optical for years now, and has created a touchstone for so many talented people in our industry. The women I get to work with through OWA – at all stages in their careers – inspire me and help me to be a better leader.
Deborah Myres

Deborah Myres

OWA Member Since: 2009
Board / Committee Position: Director, Mentoring Committee Co-Chair
Company: Visual-Expressions
What I Love About OWA: I love that the OWA is a networking group for woman that reaches to all areas of business in the Optical Industry. With contagious enthusiasm, this group is all about helping others — connect , inspire and lead thru so many different programs. It is an exciting time to see the growth and continued development of an amazing group of women.
Janelle Pauli

Janelle Pauli

OWA Member Since: 2012
Board / Committee Position: Director, Website Design Committee Chair
Company: VisionWeb
What I Love About OWA: The women of the OWA have surrounded me with encouragement, guidance, and mentorship throughout these early years of my career. I know that I have a network of friends in this organization that I can turn to without hesitation. Devoting time to leadership and the development of yourself and others through this organization helps provide true meaning in my career, and I'm thrilled to carry this forward to new members of the OWA.
Jean Sabre

Jean Sabre

OWA Member Since: 2004
Board / Committee Position: Director, Mentoring Committee Co-Chair
Company: Uptown Vision
What I Love About OWA: What I love most are the incredible women that I have got to meet, that now I can call friend. So amazing!

All terms are 2-year terms effective September through August.

Staff

Carol Wilbur

Carol Wilbur

Email Address:
Position: Executive Director
Company: Madeleine Crouch & Co.
Address:14070 Proton Road, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75244
Phone: 972.233.9107 x207

Past OWA Presidents

2016-2017 Maureen Cavanagh (Essilor)
2015-2016 Heather Smith (VisionWeb)
2013-2015 Christie Walker (Jobson Optical Group)
2011-2013 Ann E. Englert (Solutions)
2009-2011 Laurie Badone (Carl Zeiss Vision Inc.)
2007-2009 Grady Culbreth (Grady & Associates, Inc.)
2006-2007 Sherrie Rogerson (REM Eyewear)
2005-2006 Rene Soltis (Vision Council)
2004-2005 Corinne McCormack (FGXI, Corinne McCormack, Inc.)
2002-2004 Lorinda Fraboni (Walman Optical)
2000-2002 Co-President Marge Axelrad (Jobson Optical Group, founding member)
2000-2002 Co-President Jean Scott (Luxottica, founding member)
1997-2000 Linda Little (The Little Group, Founder of OWA)

Founding Board Members (September 1997)

President Linda Little (DAC Vision)
Co-Vice President Marge Axelrad (Vision Monday Group)
Co-Vice President Jean Scott (Luxottica Group)
Secretary-Treasurer Audrey Reed (Essilor)

Board of Directors

Stephanie De Long (Eyecare Business)
Susan Elliot (Jobson)
Lorinda Fraboni (Walman Optical)
Sonja Hendriks (Optical Software)
Val Manso (Manso Management Resources)
Frances Nuelle (Eyewear Magazine)
Susan Polson (National Optronics)
Lisa Sarbach (consultant)
Christie Costanzo Walker (Frames Data)