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There is a place for you on these committees:
The Communications 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: Erinn Morgan (Eyecare Business)
Vice Chair: Yvette Carranza (Digital Vision, Inc.)
Vice Chair: Susan Tarrant (Eyecare Business)
Communications Committee Members: Kathryn Allen (Essilor), Stephanie Burgueno (Vision Service Plan), Megan Burns (Eye Designs Group), Bianica Carter (Luxottica), Carrie Chambers (Eyefinity), Julia Clarke (L'Amy America), Angela Gerber (Liberty Sport), Regina Haas (Match Eyewear), Ivy Inniger (Luxottica Retail), Shadetra Johnson (Essilor), Maddie Langston (IDOC), Phyllis London (ClearVision Optical), Courtney Myers (Havas PR), Sasha Rankine (Luxottica), Amanda Rights (OptomEyesLife), Brandie Shaw (IBM Watson Health), Deirdre Smathers (Eye Designs), Jennifer Sommer (Walmart Inc.), Gracanne Zenga (Outlook Consulting)
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.
Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC)
Co-Chair: Jean Sabre (Uptown Vision)
Connection & Enrichment Committee Members: Dorinda Abendschein, Paula Blomquist (Eyemart Express), Jennifer Chinn (Dr. Chinn's Vision Care), Linda Chous (UnitedHealthcare), Alana Clarke (Luxottica), Mary Lanning (Zyloware Eyewear), Laura Lewis (MyEyeDr.), Rachel Meyer (Eyefinity), Karen Michaelson (Zeiss), Nancy Roellke (VSP), Jennifer Trakhtenberg (ClearVision Optical), Elaine Walsh (Essilor), CARRIE WILSON (Walmart Optical), Debra Woyce (National Vision, Inc.)
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: Ashley Mills (The Vision Council)
Vice Chair: Jessica Goebert (De Rigo REM)
Digital Marketing Committee Members: Robyn Crimmins (VSP), Angelina Fifer (VSP Global), Gilda Mehraban (Zyloware Eyewear), 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.
Pamela Capaldi (Brien Holden Vision Institute)
Co-Chair: Laura Dorris (Healthy Eyes Advantage)
Vice Chair: Jennifer Chappelle (Essilor of America)
Events Committee Members: Lynn Lim (Luxottica), Angela McCoy (MyEyeDr.), Courtney Myers (Havas PR)
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.
Chair: Debra Bulken (Luxottica)
Vice Chair: Jan Cory (IDOC)
Vice Chair: Nan Meehan (ABB Optical Group)
Membership Committee Members: Patricia Bobilin (Eye Designs), Michelle Brown (Walman), Trudi Charest (4ECPs), Jacqueline Janiec (Zyloware), Jordan Loyd (Essilor of America), Gilda Mehraban (Zyloware Eyewear), Janna Neal (Zyloware), Christina Perraud (MyEyeDr.)
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.
Maureen Cavanagh (Essilor of America)
Co-Chair: Robyn Crimmins (VSP)
Nominating Committee Members: Marge Axelrad (Jobson Optical Group), Tiara Claxton (Thelios), Ann E. Englert (Solutions), Corinne McCormack (Corinne McCormack Consulting), 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.
Sue Downes (MyEyeDr.)
Co-Chair: Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.)
Professional Development Fund Committee Members: Jennifer Brown (Kering), Pamela Capaldi (Brien Holden Vision Institute), Ann E. Englert (Solutions), Laura Lewis (MyEyeDr.), Megan Molony (National Vision), Janna Neal (Zyloware)
The Website Committee works hard to make sure the OWA's website is easy to navigate, beautifully designed, and packed full of all the valuable information and resources our members need.
Chair: Janelle Pauli (VisionWeb)
Vice Chair: Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America)
Website Design Committee Members: Alexandra Dreu (Dreu Consulting), Alysia Gradney (Vision Source)