MOA Committees

Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2015

AGU

Works with new students and graduates to help them become involved with the association and assist them with placement when necessary.

  • Mary Kathryn Wilson – Co-Chair
  • Tiffany Li McElroy – Co-Chair
  • Chris Bullin
  • Bran Dawson
  • M. Allison Lord
  • Josh Massey
  • Walter Pang

BUDGET AND FINANCE

Recommends budget and finance issues to the Board of Directors and membership

  • Tonyatta Hairston – Chair
  • Glenn Cochran
  • Greg Loose
  • Bill Lord
  • Michael Weeden

EDUCATION

Secures education, finds sponsorship for lectures, and hosts speakers for Fall and Summer

  • Michael O’Brien – Co-chair (Fall)
  • Jacob Ivey – Co-chair (Summer)
  • Chris Bullin – Co-chair (3rd Party / Practice Management)
  • Emily Nail – Mentor/Advisor (Fall)
  • Lori Blackmer
  • David Prudhomme
  • Beverly Roberts – Para Representative

EXPOSITION

Works to find sponsors and exhibitors for fall and summer conference.

  • Mandi Smith – Chair
  • Evan Davis – Co-Chair
  • Michael Reed
  • Ramonica Lewis

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Helps the membership with EHR and office technology issues

  • Minh Duong – Chair
  • Glenn Cochran
  • Alvero Moreno
  • David Prudhomme
  • Robert Tharp, Jr.

INDUSTRY LIASON

Works to find MOA industry partners for annual funding of our programs

  • Philip Marler – Chair
  • Rebecca Patton – Co-Chair
  • David Curtis
  • E. Watts Davis
  • Christopher Evans
  • Steven Reed
  • William Strickland

LONG RANGE PLANNING

  • Steven Reed – Chair
  • Josh Massey – Co-Chair
  • Arthur “Reggie” Dampier
  • Linda Johnson
  • Eric Randle

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT/RETENTION

Works to increase membership numbers and improve membership value.

  • Bradley Thompson – Chair
  • James “Jimbo” Bearden
  • Jason “Bo” Beddingfield
  • Arthur “Reggie” Dampier
  • Kimberly Ragan
  • Pamela Tharp

NOMINATIONS/AWARDS

Selects all candidates for MOA awards and nominates officer and board positions including nominees for Governor for State Board.

  • Eric Randle – Chair
  • Bradley Thompson
  • Arthur “Reggie” Dampier
  • Philip Marler
  • Susanne Cunningham

PUBLIC HEALTH

  • Sean Aldinger, Co-Chair
  • Greg Loose, Co-Chair
  • Sarah Fratesi, Lead Children’s Vision
  • Susanne Cunningham, Lead InfantSee
  • Josh Patrick, Lead VOSH
  • Hannah Schmidt Nail
  • Kimberly Ragan
  • Sallye Scott
  • Jennifer York

PUBLIC RELATIONS/COMMUNICATIONS

Assists MOA office with information and pictures for Focus, reviews and updates website as necessary, serves as liaison with AOA(Hill and Knowlton)

  • Chad Smith – Chair
  • Susanne Cunningham
  • Chris Evans
  • Tonyatta Hairston
  • Jennifer York

THIRD PARTY

Provides information to membership regarding any third party issues. Serves as a voice for optometry in state and federal third party concerns.

  • Bill Lord – Chair
  • Kent Stribling – VSP
  • Steven Reed – Medicaid
  • Chris Bullin

VISUAL REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Coordinates programs and education for low vision, sports therapy, and visual therapy.

  • Rod Fields – Chair
  • Dewey Handy
  • Michael Reed

YOUNG OD COMMITTEE

Comprised of ODs with less than 5 years experience and charged with developing new programs (including better ways to take advantage of social media) and providing networking events specifically for young ODs. Committee will have planned legislative training and updates on legislative issues to develop more confidence in contacting legislators and voicing the concerns of our profession.

  • Josh Patrick – Chair
  • Josh Bostick
  • Alexandria Espy
  • Anh Giang
  • Hannah Schmidt Nail
  • Jay Nail

LEGISLATIVE

(based on older congressional districts) – Works with lobbyist in providing legislative support on a state and federal level

  • Megan Sumrall Lott – Chair
  • Mike Weeden – Co-Chair
  • Jason “Bo” Beddingfield
  • Lori Blackmer
  • David Cheatham
  • Glenn Cochran
  • Gil Davis
  • E. Watts Davis
  • Dax Eckard
  • Christopher Evans
  • Aubrey Fulton
  • Tonyatta Hairston
  • Hal Hill
  • Fred Mothershed
  • Josh Patrick
  • Kimberly Ragan
  • Steven Reed
  • Mandi Elkins Smith
  • R. Kent Stribling
  • Brandon Walley
  • Chris Walls

FEDERAL KEY PEOPLE

  • Emily Nail
  • Jimbo Bearden
  • Linda Johnson
  • Fred Mothershed
  • David Parker
  • Craig Belk
  • Gil Davis
  • Linda Ross Aldy
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