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Five OWA members with their awards

Most Influential Women

OWA members are making waves in the industry and beyond!

Let’s celebrate these game-changing individuals and their inspiring strides—both professionally and personally.

OWA's Most Influential Women of 2023

Above and Beyond

Women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients, and their communities.

Maureen Cavanagh
Vice President Key Accounts — Safilo
Canton, Massachusetts

Rebecca Giefer
CEO — Modo Americas
New York, New York

Judy Lew
Professional Development Director-Opticianry — EssilorLuxottica
Dallas, Texas

Courtney Myers
Senior Vice President — Red Havas
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carol Wilbur
Executive Director — Optical Women's Association
Dallas, Texas

Executive Suite

Women who hold positions such as President, VP, CEO, CFO, CIO, or COO.

Lynn DiMarco
Regional Sales Manager Southeast — Silhouette
Richmond, Virginia

Barbara Lax
Co-Chief Operating Officer & CFO — ClearVision Optical Company
Hauppauge, New York

Cynthia McWilliams
Chief Officer of Sales — OGI Eyewear
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Simone Meskelis
Senior Vice President, ECP & Retail — Hoya Vision Care
Lewisville, Texas

Wendy Salle
Chief Merchandising Officer — New Look Vision Group USA
New York and Miami, Florida

Susy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAO
Director of Business Strategy & Operations Support — Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles, California

Rising Stars
Women who are "up-and-comers" in their careers and companies.

Katie Lauver, ABOC
Chief Revenue Officer — GPN Technologies
Front Royal, Virginia

Erika Plank
Director, Provider Communications — VSP Vision
Rancho Cordova, California

Gwendolyn Plummer
Senior Associate Editor — Vision Monday
New York, New York

Cristin Sullivan
Director, Business Development — PERC and Opti-Port
St. Louis, Missouri

Mentors
Women who are team builders and developers of talent.

Gilda Mehraban
VP, Corporate Accounts & Business Development — Zyloware
Port Chester, New York

Amanda Shapiro
Vice President of Marketing — Europa Eyewear
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Stacey Soltis
National Sales Manager — Eyewear Designs
Bethpage, New York

Innovators
Women who have initiated new products, programs, or ideas marking success.

Mikki Collins
Founder, ROWT Magazine; Business Development Lead/Groups & Alliances — Safilo
Lake Stevens, Washington

Rose Harris
Senior Director, Marketing, North America — Transitions Optical
Pinellas Park, Florida

Most Influential Women of Past Years

  • 2023
  • 2022
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
    Cheryl Archer, OD Allen-Auglaize Eye Care Center Patricia Cochran Vision Service Plan Grady Culbreth Vision Council of America Liz DiGiandomenico EyeMed Vision Care Andrea Gluck Eyewear Designs Ltd. Mary Hagge MJ Optical Diana Hall Bard Optical Julie King Wal-Mart / Sam's Club Heike Kremser Base Curve Deborah Malakoff Vision Council of America Lynn Millay Luxottica Retail Jean Miller Mayo Clinic Colleen H. Riley, OD, FAAO Vistakon Jackee Smith Co-op Optical Dr. Andrea P. Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVD Thau and Associates Kathy Torrence Kaiser Permanente Optical Services Danne Ventura Essilor of America Rose Wallace Transitions Optical, Inc. Shirley Wanamaker Empire Vision/Davis Vision Dana Weeks Optical Services International
  • 2006
  • 2005
    Laurie C. Badone Seiko Optical Products of America, Inc. Eileen B. Baird AES/Reed Exhibitions Lynda Baker Con-Cise Contact Lens Co. Kathy Bernard Signet Armorlite Kelly Bowling Robertson Optical Laboratories, Inc. Sandra Brown Dr. Bizer's Vision World Jenean Carlton, ABOC, NCLC Carlton & Associates, LLC Yvette Carranza Digital Vision, Inc. Kara Casey Meyer REM Eyewear Lynn Cherry Cherry Optical, Inc. Debbie Cohen D.O.C. Optics Tuyet Kathleen Doan, O.D. Clarkson Eyecare Yvonne Grieco Zyloware Corporation Jerry Himes AO Sola/Carl Zeiss Vision Cathy Holley EyeMed Vision Care Debby Kelly Safilo USA Candice Levri Homer Optical Co. Lisa Lingard Vision West Debbie Lochli Viva International Group Lora Loveland Wal-Mart Jacqueline Marvucic Emerging Vision, Inc. D.B.A Sterling Optical Marj McGraw Nouveau Susan Meek, MD, JD Gale Meyer Diviersified Ophthalmics, Inc. Beverly Miller Eye Associates Gloria Nicola 20/20 Nancy Noll Opticare Eye Health & Vision Centers Susan Nutgrass Midwest Labs Gretchen Oldt Empire Vision Centers Laura O'Neil Nationwide Vision Jo Patt Accurate Optical Shirley Platzer-Stocks S.P.S. Associates Audrey Reed Essilor of America Kate Renwick-Epinosa Vision Service Plan Donna Rollins Marchon Eyewear, Inc. Karen Rosen, O.D. Rosen Optometry Carol Russell Bay State Eyecare Linda Sauer Allied EyeCare Janice Scharre, O.D. Illinois College of Optometry Mary E. Schmidt EyeSystems Katheryn Schramm A Child's View Regina Sharp Luxottica Retail Sandy Smith Doctors Vision Center Jackee Smith Coop Optical Vision Design Susan M. Stenson, MD New York University School of Medicine Regina Sullivan Focal Point Optical Andrea P. Thau, O.D. Commander Penny Walter, O.D. U.S. Navy Lu Lu White Jorgenson Optical Supply Bette Zaret Transitions Optical
  • 2004
    Mary Angrisani Coopervision Pat Aptaker Nouveau Eyewear Janie Blackstock Horizon Eye Care Sharon Blankenship Pearle Vision Sandra Bury,O.D. Complete Vision Care Janet Callif Luxottica Retail Janet Carter, O.D. c/o PLEC Laura Costa Vision Service Plan Susan Crawley Volunteer Optical Laboratory Liz Dávila VISX Debora DeLong Safilo USA Donna Denby Davis Vision Liz DiGiandomenico EyeMed Diane F Drake, CDO, ABOM, FLCSA, NCLE-AC All About Eyes Vision Center Kyle Duffens Duffens Optical Amy Endo, CPOT, ABOM A Endo Connie Falvo Transitions Optical Dianna Finisecy Wagner Opticians Patti Galko, LDO, FNAO Northeastern Eye Institute Donna Gindy Rem Eyewear Helene Goldschmidt Frame Up Eyewear, Inc Kathryn Gross-Edelman c/o Pech Optical Corp Susan Hauser Comprehensive Professional Systems Kelly Huntsinger-Chasnov Eyetopian Optical Gail Israel Luxottica Susan Knobler LensCrafters Foundation Jan Kubiak c/o Signet Armorlite, Inc Regina Lage Viva International Group Julie Larson Walman Optical Deb Malakoff Vision Council of America Corrine McCormack Corrine McCormack Inc Paula Newsome, O.D., MS, FAAO Advantage Vision Center Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD Ohio State University College of Optometry Bina Patel, O.D. New England College of Optometry Susan Polson National Optronics, Inc. Susan Resnick,O.D. Drs. Farkas, Kassalow,Resnick and Assoc. P.D. Kathryn Reynolds, O.D. Clarkson Eyecare Nancy Roelke SOLA Optical Cristina Schnider, OD, MSc,MBA,FAAO Vistakon/D-ACAF Glenda Secor, O.D. Rene Soltis, Optician, FNAO Vision Council of America Mary Lou Stephan Optical Lab Debbie Thomas Eye Care Centers of America Cathy Trejo Monument Vision Clinic Kathy Veltri Cole Vision Jennifer Walker Essilor Labs of America Becky Wilkinson Oakley Lisa Wolman For Eyes Optical Debra Woyce National Vision Debi Zuccheri CIBA Vision
  • 2003
    Catherine Amos Vision Service Plan Jackie Angel Wind River County Vision Marge Axelrad Jobson Publishing Donna Benedict Optical Laboratories Association Mindy Bernstein Kenmark Optical Diane Charles Woodlawn Optical Denise Cook Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Grady Culbreth Carl Zeiss Optical Susan C. Danberg, O.D. F.C.O.V.D. Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program Stephanie K. De Long Eyecare Business Stacia Decker Alvernon Optical Nancy DiCosmo Au Courant Opticians Meera Dua Cole Licensed Brands Darlene Eakin Kentucky Optometric Assn Diane Easterwood Kaiser Permanente Northern California Debbie Fink D.O.C. Optics Lorinda Fraboni Walman Optical Mimi Friedfeld ClearVision Optical Pamela B. Fritz American Association of Dispensing Ophthalmologists Gai Gherardi I.a. Eyeworks Andrea Gluck Eyewear Designs Diana Hall Bard Optical Harlyne Hantman Corrine Hood Katz & Klein Wholesale Lab Peggy Hudiecek-Zillman Berris Optical Nikki Iravani, OD CooperVision Michele Janzen Shopko Eyecare Centers Jan Jurkus, OD Illinois College of Optometry Vickie Kathe Lightbenders Lab Group Carene Kunkler Sight Resource Sherry Lay Pearle Vision Teri Lew Vision Service Plan Teresa Mandarini-Hanlon Davis Vision Valerie Manso Optical Dynamics Barbara McReynolds I.a. Eyeworks Emily Mikel Folline Vision Centers Lynn Millay Luxottica Retail Juanita Moman Moman's Eyecare Sue Murray Cumberland Optical Company, Inc Carol Norbeck Silhouette Optical Pam Parizo Parizo's Champlain Valley Eye Care Sherrie Rogerson Doctors Vision Center Selima Salaun Selima Optique Jean Scott Luxottica Naomi Svochak Tru Form Optics Mello Thompson Image Optical Donna Van Green Seiko Optical Frame Division Sheila Vance Sama Eyewear Danne Ventura Essilor Lenses Dana Weeks Optical Services International
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