Women of Distinction: 50 Most Influential Women in Optical for 2006

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Retailers
Diane Beaufils, Eye Care Centers of America
Rebecca C. Jackson, Omega Optical
Julie King, Wal-Mart/DMM
Paulette Krstevski Vision Point/VP operations
Vanessa Wise, LuxotticaRetail/Dir Lens Purchasing

Dispensing Opticians
Polly Fisher, A&A Optical Retail
Barbara Folgo Strand Eye Care
Laura Frezza-Chiarello, West & Stannish Opticians
Madeleine Kruhsberg, Apex Optical
Sylvie Putman, Pro-Style Optical

Optometrists/Ophthalmologists (Part 1) and (Part 2)
Sarah Appel, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Roxana F. Barad, MD, Pittsburgh Eye Associates
Ida Chung, OD, SUNY College of Optometry
Kristine Eng, OD, Orinda Associates
Joan Exford Korb, OD, Korb Associates
Michelle Harrison, OD, Camden EyeCare Associates
Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, NewEngland Coll of Optometry
Lorie Lippiatt, OD, Salem EyeCare Center
Katherine Mastrota, OD, Omni Eye Clinic
Pamela Miller, OD, Private Practice
Jennifer Planitz, OD, Rio EyeCare PC
Maria Richman,OD, The Doctor’s Choice for Low Vision
Rhonda Robinson, OD, Ossip/Robinson Optometry
Jenny Smythe, OD, Pacific University College of Optometry
Sarita Soni, OD, Indiana University

Supplier s (Part 1) and (Part 2)
Kim Bratcher, The Alliance
Carole Bratteig, Transitions Optical
Judy Canty, Polycore Optical USA
Louise Courville-Gill, Hoya Vision Care
Lori Feldman, I-dealoptics
Barbara Flickinger, Marchon Eyewear
Diane Gillis, Essilor of America
Karen Gough, CIBA Vision
Ann Harrison, 1-800 Contacts
Cathy Kaye, ClearVision Optical
Donna Nagawaki, Rem Eyewear
Cindy Pelletier, ABB Optical
Janet Phillips, New York Eye
Carmen Renscher, Shamir Insight

Managed Care
Kim Caruso, Davis Vision
Cheryl Johnson Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Marylin Seastrom, EyeMed Vision Care
Kathy Torrence, Kaiser Permanente Optical Services

Laboratories
Karen Keeney, Chadwick Optical, Inc.
Carol Lamy, Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc.
LuAnn Mosier, Pech Optical Corp.
Jennifer Steffey, SunStar Optical

Associates/Consultants/Media
Cathy Ciccolella, Vision Monday
Valerie Scott, Association Exposition Services
Elizabeth Taylor-Creed, Southern Council of Optometrists/SECO






NEW YORK--The growing contributions of women throughout the optical industry and throughout the eyecare field are increasingly diverse.

Ranging from design, product development, sales and marketing communications to organization, operations, training, academia and the eyecare professions, women’s capabilities and points of view are more visible than ever before.

Their work is reflected throughout large, national organizations as well as via local or regional companies and entrepreneurial ventures.

In Vision Monday’s fourth annual, ground-breaking report which honors a new group of “50 Most Influential Women,” we turn the spotlight to a cross-section of women who are committed to high standards and exhibit a passion for serving their business colleagues, customers and patients.

Each of these women demonstrates leadership in their respective arenas. As a group, they are proud of their accomplishments and have learned much as their careers have developed, much of which they are eager to share with others just getting started or moving up. Many cite friends, relatives or professional colleagues who have taught them important lessons along the way.

Acknowledged for their accomplishments, communication skills, business sensibilities and innovation, these women build influence both within and on behalf of their companies, many also to their communities.

Women are constantly redefining their participation throughout the vision care field and optical industry.

We present capsules of the achievements and philosophies of just some of them through this special report.      --The Editors


This year marks VM’s fourth annual salute to “50 Most Influential Women.” We are proud to add 50 new names to join the ranks of honorees that have come before. To read about the PAST HONOREES from the first three reports.To see the METHODOLOGY.