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There is a place for you on these committees:
The Communications & Website Design Committee creates the OWA newsletters, communications pieces, and more. If you love to write, interview industry leaders, research relevant industry topics or have always wanted to try, this group may be great for you.
Chair: Janelle Pauli (VisionWeb)
Vice Chair: Angela Gerber (Liberty Sport)
Communications & Website Design Committee Members: Yvette Carranza (Digital Vision, Inc.), Jennifer Centeno (opticianistala), Carrie Chambers (Eyefinity), Krupa Chothani (Shelburne Optometry), Nicole Graham (LensCrafters | Luxottica Retail), Jaclyn Ledoux (Appleton Eye Associates), Kaleena Ma (Mk Vision Center), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Erinn Morgan (Eyecare Business), Courtney Myers (Red Havas), Kristen Reynolds Hopper (VSP), Debra Seigel (VSP Optics)
Perfect for those who like to share their knowledge and grow professionally from the professional insight provided by fellow members, the Connection & Enrichment Committee is always looking for help creating the One-Minute Mentor blasts.
Pamela Capaldi (CooperVision)
Co-Chair: Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America)
Vice Chair: Nancy Roellke (VSP)
Connection & Enrichment Committee Members: Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Katherine Cruz (Katherine Cruz), Stephanie Espinosa (Bel Villaggio Eye Care), Emilia Flamini (Luxottica), Rachel Meyer (Eyefinity), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC)
Do you speak marketing, branding, and social media? Think you can apply your marketing prowess and help the OWA make an even bigger mark on the industry? If so, the Digital Marketing Committee is calling your name. This committee is charged with infusing new excitement into the overall online presence of the OWA, and keeping that excitement alive throughout the year. The goal is to make sure that everyone that interacts with the OWA online gets a real feel for what the association is about and why they should get involved.
Chair: Jessica Goebert (De Rigo REM)
Digital Marketing Committee Members: Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Margaret Gartin (The Social Eye), Kerri Ann Raimo (PentaVision, Eyecare Business), Alana Whitaker (Luxottica)
If you love the networking socials and professional development seminars and want to keep these events packed with a wide variety of optical professionals, the Events Committee may be a good fit. The committee organizes networking events, Connection Series professional development seminars, and more, covering the logistics behind the planning of a successful event.
Chair: Laura Dorris (Healthy Eyes Advantage)
Vice Chair: Courtney Myers (Red Havas)
Events Committee Members: Lynn Lim (Luxottica)
The Finance Committee's purpose is to provide financial oversight, financial planning, and growth strategies that will offer the OWA the financial stewardship necessary to fulfill its mission of serving more women in the optical industry.
Chair: Ashley Mills (The Vision Council)
Finance Committee Members: Emilia Flamini (Luxottica), Erika Jurrens (ABB Optical Group), Manali Patel (The Vision Council), Sue Wetzel (VSP)
Do you want to be sure that the OWA remains a growing, vibrant group? The Membership Committee develops new ways to keep our membership coming back for more.
Debra Bulken (Luxottica)
Co-Chair: Jan Cory (I-deal Optics)
Vice Chair: Gilda Mehraban (Zyloware Eyewear)
Vice Chair: Kathie Sapnas (Luxottica)
Membership Committee Members: Marge Axelrad (Jobson Optical Group), Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Michelle Brown (Walman), Trudi Charest (4ECPs), Debbie Fitzgibbons (Hilco), Barbara Ford (Neurolens), Lorinda Fraboni (Independent), Rose Harris (Transitions Optical), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Shelley Logan (WestGroupe), Benitha Mintz (Zyloware Corporation), Amy Ramnarine (Walman Optical), Bidisha Rudra (Essilor of America), Jean Sabre (Uptown Vision), Kathie Sapnas (Luxottica), Jessica Turcotte (VBA)
The right leadership can make or break a group, particularly one that is made up solely of volunteers. The Nominating Committee thoughtfully considers each nomination for board positions and encourages members to take a more active role in the directing of the OWA by accepting leadership positions.
Chair: Tiara Claxton (Thelios)
Vice Chair: Maureen Cavanagh (Independent)
Nominating Committee Members: Marge Axelrad (Jobson Optical Group), Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Ann E. Englert (Solutions), Sherrie Rogerson (Optical Excellence Consulting)
This committee ensures the future of the OWA by building partnerships with generous benefactors and creating the blueprint for the financial growth of the OWA.
Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.)
Co-Chair: Megan Molony (National Vision)
Professional Development Fund Committee Members: Jennifer Brown (Kering), Ann E. Englert (Solutions), Katherine Lauver (GPN Technologies), Janna Neal (Zyloware), Gretchen Oldt (Sam's CLub), Christina Perraud (MyEyeDr.)