2017 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:
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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 Program 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.
Tiara Claxton (Safilo USA), 818-472-2200
Program Committee Members
Marge Axelrad (Jobson Optical Group)
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), 315-491-6271
Membership Committee Members
Dawn Alcorn (Essilor Vision Foundation)
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), 617-429-4453
Vice Chair: Yvette Carranza (Digital Vision, Inc.), 503-231-6606
Vice Chair: Brandie Shaw, 516-712-4765
Communications Committee Members
Carrie Chambers (Eyefinity)
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.
Chair: Deborah Myres (Pacific Northern, Inc.), 972-512-9012
Mentoring Committee Members
Jessica Bellon (Luxottica Wholesale, N.A.)
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.
Robyn Crimmins (VSP Optics Group), 916-851-5154
Digital Marketing Committee Members
Laura Dorris (Vision West, Inc.)
Website Design Committee
Chair: Laura Dorris (Vision West, Inc.), 858-432-5302
Vice Chair: Janelle Pauli (VisionWeb), 512-241-8603
Website Design Committee Members
Alysia Gradney (Vision Source)
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.
Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc.), 330-332-2080
Vice Chair: Sue Downes (MyEyeDr.), 703-847-8866
Professional Development Fund Committee Members
Pamela Capaldi (Brien Holden Vision Institute)
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: Robyn Crimmins (VSP Optics Group), 916-851-5154
Vice Chair: Ann E. Englert (Solutions), 850-890-0553
Nominating Committee Members
Marge Axelrad (Jobson Optical Group)
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