MOA Committees

2013 – 2014

AGU

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

  • David Parker – Chair
  • Ty Hubbard
  • Allison Lord
  • Jacob Ivey
  • Chris Bullin
  • Alicea Smith
  • Lauren May
  • Brittany Rogers

BUDGET AND FINANCE

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

  • Mike Weeden – Chair
  • Greg Loose
  • Nicole Monroe
  • Bill Lord
  • Glenn Cochran

Children’s Vision/InfantSee

Coordinates programs and education related to children’s vision. Seeks to improve InfantSee enrollment and education.

  • Sarah Fratesi – Co-Chair
  • Susanne Cunningham – Co-chair
  • Kimberly Ragan
  • Tonyatta Hairston
  • Earl Malone
  • Sallye Scott
  • Karmen Jones Crawford

EDUCATION

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

  • Emily Nail – Co-chair (Fall)
  • Jacob Ivey – Co-chair (Summer)
  • Chris Bullin – Co-chair (3rd Party / Practice Management)
  • David Prudhomme
  • William Strickland
  • Beverly Roberts – Para Representative
  • Tiffany McElroy
  • Nicole Monroe – Mentor
  • Andrena Woodhams

EXPOSITION

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

  • Mandi Smith – Chair
  • Evan Davis – Co-Chair
  • Sean Aldinger
  • Michael Reed
  • Sidney Wilson
  • Ramonica Lewis
  • Allison Lord

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Helps the membership with EHR and office technology issues

  • Minh Duong – Chair
  • Philip Marler
  • David Prudhomme
  • Robert Tharp
  • Alvero Moreno
  • Frank Reese
  • Brittany Rogers

INDUSTRY LIASON

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

  • Philip Marler – Chair
  • Steven Reed
  • Bill Lord
  • Dax Eckard
  • David Curtis
  • Nicole Monroe
  • E. Watts Davis

LONG RANGE PLANNING

  • Steven Reed – Chair
  • Bradley Thompson
  • Linda Johnson
  • Eric Randle
  • Glenn Cochran
  • Anna Taylor
  • Stephen Mitchell
  • Mary Kathryn Wilson

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT/RETENTION

Works to increase membership numbers and improve membership value.

  • Bradley Thompson – Chair
  • Arthur Dampier – Co-Chair
  • Jennifer York
  • Pamela Tharp
  • Rebecca Patton
  • Kimberly Ragan
  • Michael Holifield
  • Bo Beddingfield

NOMINATIONS/AWARDS

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

  • Bradley Thompson – Chair
  • Arthur Dampier
  • Philip Marler
  • David Parker
  • Susanne Cunningham

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
  • Sean Aldinger
  • Tonyatta Hairston
  • Alex Espy
  • Bradley Thompson
  • Chris Evans

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
  • Jeff Minor
  • Mike Weeden
  • Chris Bullin
  • Todd Hall

VISUAL REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT

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

  • Rod Fields – Chair
  • Dewey Handy
  • Michael Reed
  • Bethany South

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.

  • Mary Kathryn Wilson – Chair
  • Lauren Eaton
  • Alex Espy
  • Josh Bostick
  • Jay Nail
  • Walter Pang
  • Josh Patrick

LEGISLATIVE

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

  • Megan Sumrall Lott – Co-chair
  • Mike Weeden
  • Dax Eckard
  • Chris Walls
  • Bill Lord
  • Bradley Thompson
  • Kimberly Ragan
  • Tonyatta Hairston
  • Sidney Wilson
  • Chris Evans
  • Hall Hill
  • Glenn Cochran
  • Kent Stribling
  • Steven Reed
  • Bo Beddingfield
  • Lori Blackmer
  • Michael O’Brien

FEDERAL KEY PEOPLE

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