Hymes Named Executive Director, Brauns Named Associate Exec Director of American Optometric Association


  Jon Hymes
Renee Brauns

WASHINGTON, D.C. and ST. LOUIS—The board of trustees of the American Optometric Association (AOA) has named Jon Hymes as executive director, according to David A. Cockrell, OD, AOA president and member of the special committee that led a nationwide executive search.

“For 10 years, the AOA Board, state associations, volunteers, members and staff have worked with Jon day and night to advance the cause of optometry and strengthen the AOA. With Jon Hymes as our executive director, our AOA will be an even stronger and more impactful organization,” said Cockrell.
Hymes has immediately appointed Renee Brauns, the AOA’s chief operating officer since 2010, to the newly created position of associate executive director. The appointments are effective immediately.

Hymes succeeds Barry J. Barresi, OD, PhD, executive director from 2007 through 2013, who left to join Ocuhub, a subsidiary of TearLab Corporation. The AOA initiated a nationwide executive search this past spring and assessed the qualifications of more than 100 applicants for its top staff position in a process conducted by St. Louis-based Grant, Cooper and Associates, the AOA said.

Hymes has served as AOA’s interim executive director since February. For the preceding nine years, he managed the organization’s Washington, D.C. office, the base of operations for its widely recognized federal, state and third-party advocacy teams. He will continue to be based there.

Brauns, the interim deputy executive director this year, joined the AOA in 1999 and has overseen St. Louis operations as chief operating officer since 2010.

Eyenavision Names Farina as New Executive Director


    Joseph Farina

PITTSBURGH, Pa.— Eyenavision, Inc., maker of the patented Chemistrie magnetic lens layering technology, has announced that Joseph Farina has joined the company as executive director. Farina will be responsible for developing and overseeing new products and services.

Farina brings an extensive background in strategic planning, retail development and working closely with ECPs, independent labs and retail chains, the company’s announcement said.

Prior to joining Eyenavision, Farina was a consultant for Signet Armorlite. His previous experience includes managing several large optical retail chains, most recently the Giant Eagle Optical stores located in Pennsylvania.