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

Executive Committee

Deb Bulken

Deb Bulken

OWA Member Since: 2011
Board / Committee Position: President, Membership Committee Chair
Company: Luxottica
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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!

Lorie Lippiatt, OD

Lorie Lippiatt, OD

OWA Member Since: 2004
Board / Committee Position: Vice President, Professional Development Fund Committee Chair
Company: The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.
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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.

Janelle Pauli

Janelle Pauli

OWA Member Since: 2012
Board / Committee Position: Secretary / Treasurer, Communications & Website Committee Chair
Company: VisionWeb
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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.

Robyn Crimmins

Robyn Crimmins

OWA Member Since: 2012
Board / Committee Position: Immediate Past-President, Nominating Committee Chair
Company: VSP
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What I Love About OWA

The opportunity to connect, share, and learn from the talented women in our industry!

Board of Directors

Trudi Charest

Trudi Charest

OWA Member Since: 2018
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Digital Marketing Committee Chair
Company: Marketing4ECPs
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What I Love About OWA

I love that the OWA is all about empowering women in the optical industry. I have personally experienced the many benefits that the OWA provides from networking events to opportunities to connect with like-minded women and other professionals in eye care. It is an organization focused on growing women in leadership roles and has brought together the leading executive women in our industry into one community.

Jan Cory

Jan Cory

OWA Member Since: 2014
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Membership Committee Chair
Company: I-deal Optics
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What I Love About OWA

I love interacting with industry women whose pure focus is supporting and lifting up other women. The OWA gives us roots and wings!

Laura Dorris

Laura Dorris

OWA Member Since: 2013
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Events Committee Chair
Company: Healthy Eyes Advantage
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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.

Jessica Goebert

Jessica Goebert

OWA Member Since: 2017
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Digital Marketing Committee Chair
Company: De Rigo REM
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What I Love About OWA

The OWA has been one of my biggest supporters during these pivotal years in my career and I love that I am able to surround myself with so many incredible women who have become my mentors, role models and friends. It's inspiring to see the remarkable community that the OWA has built and the deep level of commitment to establishing important programs to foster the professional development of women in the eyecare industry. These tools have helped me tremendously both professionally and personally and I look forward to the opportunity to give back and empower the next generation of optical leaders!

Ashley Mills

Ashley Mills

OWA Member Since: 2016
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Finance Committee Chair
Company: The Vision Council
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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.

Megan Molony

Megan Molony

OWA Member Since: 2016
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Professional Development Fund Committee Chair
Company: National Vision
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What I Love About OWA

I love the OWA for providing a network of powerful women, that all support the mission of promoting the leadership role of women in our industry. It has been a privilege to work with, be inspired by, and learn from such an amazing group of distinguished professionals.

Courtney Myers

Courtney Myers

OWA Member Since: 2016
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Events Committee Chair
Company: Red Havas
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What I Love About OWA

The OWA is such a positive and uplifting organization, every interaction is about encouraging, supporting and uplifting each other. I also appreciate how inclusive the organization is of all parts of the optical industry.

Janna Neal

Janna Neal

OWA Member Since: 2018
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Connection & Enrichment Committee Chair
Company: Zyloware
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What I Love About OWA

The OWA is a "community" that promotes enhancement, leadership, and togetherness. Being surrounded by such passionate women who want to offer their support and mentoring is amazing. I am honored to be part of such an uplifting organization.

Tamara Sanders

Tamara Sanders

OWA Member Since: 2016
Board / Committee Position: Board of Directors, Connection & Enrichment Committee Chair
Company: EssilorLuxottica
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What I Love About OWA

I'm honored to play a role in enhancing and promoting the leadership role of women! The OWA is filled with so many inspiring and amazing women and provides a powerful network to engage and connect.

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

2019-2021 Robyn Crimmins (VSP)
2017-2019 Tiara Claxton (Thelios)
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)