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2018 OWA Committees

Do you want to . . .

We have just the thing for you . . . VOLUNTEER! Become an OWA insider by joining a committee.

There is a place for you on these committees:

Catch the spirit of volunteerism — it will pay big dividends! To express interest in a committee, update your profile and check the appropriate box(es) under Committee Interest.

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Communications Committee

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: Maureen Cavanagh (Essilor of America)

Vice Chair: Yvette Carranza (Digital Vision, Inc.)

Vice Chair: Brandie Shaw (IBM Watson Health )

Communications Committee Members

Carrie Chambers (Eyefinity)
Paige Doan (Essilor)
Kristan Gross (Vision Impact Institute)
Shadetra Johnson (Essilor)
Trinity Louis (University of Toledo)
Jessica Lutz (The Vision Council)
Courtney Myers (Havas PR)
Sabine Rentschar (VSP)
Susan Tarrant (Eyecare Business)
Alana Whitaker (Design Eyewear Group)

Digital Marketing Committee

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: Robyn Crimmins (VSP)

Vice Chair: Ashley Mills (The Vision Council)

Digital Marketing Committee Members

Joanne Butler (Kering Eyewear)
Julie Chi (De Rigo REM)
Paige Doan (Essilor)
Angelina Fifer (VSP Global)
Jessica Goebert (De Rigo REM)
Michelle Hamm (VSP Global)
Cara Kirman (Pennsylvania State University, Health Policy Admin)
Gilda Mehraban (De Rigo REM)
Ashley Mills (The Vision Council)
Erinn Morgan (Eyecare Business)
Jules Tcha (VSP )
Diane Vaccaro (MyEyeDr.)

Events Committee

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.

Co-Chair: Pamela Capaldi (Brien Holden Vision Institute)
Co-Chair: Laura Dorris (Vision West, Inc.)

Events Committee Members

Tara Mahvelati (SUNY College of Optometry)
Valerie Manso (BluTech Lenses)
Courtney Myers (Havas PR)
Deborah Myres (Visual- Expressions)
Nancy Roellke (VSP)

Membership Committee

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.

Co-Chair: Debra Bulken (Luxottica)
Co-Chair: Lorinda Fraboni (Walman)

Membership Committee Members

Dawn Alcorn (Essilor Vision Foundation)
Marge Axelrad (Jobson Optical Group)
Michelle Brown (Walman)
Stacey Curcio (VSP)
Debbie Fitzgibbons (Hilco)
Elkie Fung (SUNY College of Optometry)
Tara Mahvelati (SUNY College of Optometry)
Gilda Mehraban (De Rigo REM)
Amy Ramnarine (Walman)

Mentoring Committee

Perfect for those who like to share their knowledge and grow professionally from the professional insight provided by fellow members, the Mentoring Committee is always looking for help creating the One-Minute Mentor blasts.

Co-Chair: Deborah Myres (Visual- Expressions)
Co-Chair: Jean Sabre (Uptown Vision)

Mentoring Committee Members

Dorinda Abendschein (Essilor)
Jessica Bellon (Luxottica Wholesale, N.A.)
Patricia Bobilin (Eye Designs)
Lisa Dolezel (Cleinman Performance Partners)
Stephanie Dyer (Kenmark Eyewear)
Laura Lewis (MyEyeDr.)
Deborah Lochli McGrath (Altair/Marchon)
Cynthia McWilliams (Kenmark Eyewear)
Rachel Meyer (Eyefinity)
Karen Michaelson (Zeiss)
Linda Park (Eyefinity)
Emilene Rocha (Essilor of America)
Nancy Roellke (VSP)
Holly Snively (Bausch & Lomb)
Kerry Sylvester (Luxottica)
Jennifer Trakhtenberg (ClearVision Optical)
Elaine Walsh (Essilor)
Marilyn Wesolowski (Bausch + Lomb Vision Care)
Debra  Woyce (National Vision, Inc.)

Nominating Committee

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.

Co-Chair: Maureen Cavanagh (Essilor of America)
Co-Chair: Robyn Crimmins (VSP)

Nominating Committee Members

Ann E. Englert (Solutions)

Professional Development Fund Committee

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.

Co-Chair: Sue Downes (MyEyeDr.)
Co-Chair: Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.)

Professional Development Fund Committee Members

Jennifer Brown (Luxottica)
Pamela Capaldi (Brien Holden Vision Institute)
Ann E. Englert (Solutions)
Sherrie Rogerson (Eyewear Designs LTD)

Website Design Committee

Chair: Laura Dorris (Vision West, Inc.)

Vice Chair: Janelle Pauli (VisionWeb)

Website Design Committee Members

Alysia Gradney (Vision Source)
Terri Ossi Hannah (Costa Sunglasses)