Women In Optometry Announces 2018 Advisory Board Members


NEW YORK—Women In Optometry (WO) has added six new members to its advisory board for 2018. “We are so honored that these ODs have chosen to be a part of the advisory team. Their input is important in helping us keep up with the issues and trends in optometry,” said WO professional co-editor April Jasper, OD, FAAO. She shares that role with Katie Gilbert-Spear, OD, MPH, who said, “The diversity of their experiences makes Women In Optometry more robust.”

These six ODs will serve a two-year term on the board: Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, of Sacramento, California; Nhung Brandenburg, OD, FAAO, Dipl., of Atlanta, Georgia; Tonyatta Hairston, OD, of Jackson, Mississippi; Barbara Horn, OD, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Mary Anne Murphy, OD, of Broomfield, Colorado; and Carey Patrick, OD, of Allen, Texas.

They join existing board members Mario Gutierrez, OD, FAAO, of San Antonio, Texas; Dawn Kaplan, OD, of Chicago, Illinois; Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, of Birmingham, Alabama; Maria Sampalis, OD, of Warwick, Rhode Island; Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, of Houston Texas; and optometry school student Melissa Zaleski of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The editorial board includes representation from ODs from a wide range of career settings and with specialized interests ranging from direct patient care, academia, leadership and more. Six board members completed their term at the end of 2017: Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO; Lauretta Justin, OD; Priti Patel, OD; Tamara Petrosyan, OD; Tonya Reynoldson, OD; and Jennifer Ong, OD. “These board members were so generous with their time, expertise and valuable stories. We all learned from them,” said Marjolijn Bijlefeld, WO managing editor.