D.A.R.E. Judges


Additional bios and photos will be added when future judges have been confirmed.


Karen Giberson, The Accessories Council

Giberson has over 20 years of experience in marketing, merchandising and public/media relations, including stints at QVC and Macy’s. She is the president of The Accessories Council where she is responsible for over 16 events annually, including the ACE Awards. Giberson is also a partner in Fred Siegel Partners. She executive produced a television show/product line “Avec Eric,” featuring chef Eric Ripert on PBS, as well as a partner in Hunter & Moss, a line of environmentally friendly handbags. Additionally, she has consulted for Always In(Style), Crown Consumer Brands, Elyse Ryan Jewelry, HCI Direct/Sculptz, Miramax and Tracy Reese, among others.

Clodagh Norton
, Eyestylist

Norton is a British journalist who has worked in the optical sector for over 14 years. She is editorial director of 20/20 Europe and co-founder of the Eyestylist, The Fine Eyewear Design Review, a new site dedicated to the most beautiful, high-quality sunglass and spectacle designs. Since 2008, she has also worked as a communications consultant specializing in consumer PR for eyewear companies.

Cynthia Shapiro, Europa International

Shapiro is co-founder, CEO and creative director for Europa International and Cinzia Designs. She brings with her over 37 years of experience in the optical industry, and from the beginning has been directly responsible for overseeing all of Europa's marketing and advertising. Also chief among her many duties is overseeing product design and manufacturing. She carries with her a unique perspective of the eyewear industry shaped by her tireless research of style trends and her experience running a successful business within the fashion industry.

Deirdre Carroll
, Senior Editor, Vision Monday

Carroll is senior editor of Vision Monday magazine, where she’s covered frames, sunwear and fashion accessories (including products, marketing initiatives, companies and brand licenses) as well as retail buying and merchandising trends for the past seven years. She is also the creator and editor of Style.Pages in print and Bold Face and High Visibility on VisionMonday.com. More recently, Carroll is the chief community officer for SightNation, the top social network community site for eyecare industry professionals.

Catherine Wolinski, Assistant Editor, Vision Monday

Wolinski is Vision Monday's assistant editor and social media editor. For the past year, she has covered independent retail and professional associations for Vision Monday in print features such as Local Diary, Trending and In/Store and in web features on VisionMonday.com, along with managing Vision Monday's Twitter and Facebook social media properties. Additionally, Wolinski assists in web production of VMail e-newsletters and posts and manages content for the eyecare industry social networking community, SightNation.

Marge Axelrad
, Sr. VP/Editorial Director, Jobson Optical Group

A 25-year veteran in the optical industry, Axelrad is currently responsible for the overall editorial direction of Vision Monday including its print publication, VMail, its e-newsletters including CLICK, VisionMonday.com and special events including the VM Global Leadership Summit. Her focus is on general corporate and company news, industry developments and business trends for eyewear, lens and contact lens, retail and managed vision care companies. She is also the editorial liaison to Jobson Optical Research. Prior to her role at the Jobson Optical Group, Axelrad covered retail developments in the apparel, department store and home furnishings industries.