Board of Directors
Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation’s Board of Directors represent esteemed stakeholders in the optometric community. Committed to the mission, the following individuals have been elected by their peers and appointed by the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees:
2017 Board of Directors
Allan L. Barker, O.D.
Dr. Barker has been a member of the American Optometric Association for 44 years. He holds a Doctor of Optometry degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Southern College of Optometry. He has lectured and published extensively throughout his career. This includes one of the first studies on hyperopic soft contact lenses in 1977, co- authored with Dr. Frank D. Fontana. He is a former President of the North Carolina State Optometric Society and during his term the society celebrated its 100th Anniversary. He has worked with Southern College of Optometry as a clinical preceptor and as a member the school’s alumni council and 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee. He has served as a VOSH State Director in North Carolina, served on the Essilor Eye Care Practitioner Advisory Panel and completed the Wharton Chief Executive Optometrist course. He worked at the Olympic Vision Center in Lillehammer, Norway and is a charter member of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Barker has been married 40 years to his wife Susan, and they have 3 children and one grandchild. They live in Rocky Mount and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
Joseph C. Mallinger, O.D., MBA
Dr. Mallinger has served on the Board of the San Diego County Optometric Society, where he became President. He has also served on the California Optometric Association Board of Trustees, holding various executive positions including President. Dr. Mallinger owned and optometric practice in Carlsbad, CA from 1976-1996 before returning to school and earning an Executive MBA.
Dr. Mallinger began his career at Vision West in 1997, and in 2000 was selected to become the President and CEO of Vision West – the largest US Group Purchasing Organization offering business and practice management services and education. Among other awards, Dr. Mallinger has been chosen as the California Optometric Association Optometrist of the Year and received SCCO’s Circle of Vision Award.
Kenji Hamada, O.D.
Kenji Hamada, O.D., of Oregon, is a 1972 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Hamada began his career in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served as captain and chief optometrist, earning the Meritorious Service Award. After his service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Hamada started his private practice with partner C. Richard Matti, O.D., when they co-founded what is now Eye Care Group of Southern Oregon for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2005.
Dr. Hamada is an active member of the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association, serving as president of OOPA in 1984 and as president of the Southern Oregon Optometric Society in 1975. He also was one of the original founders of the Great Western Council of Optometry and named as the GWCO OD of the Year in 1997 and selected as the recipient of the first GWCO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Dr. Hamada was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2015.
Cheryl Archer, O.D.
Cheryl Archer, O.D. graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1984 after first receiving her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University. She is an owner and practicing optometrist with Premier Vision Group with offices in Bowling Green, Lima, and Minster, Ohio. She is very active in state and national affairs for the profession of optometry having served on numerous committees and holding office for the Ohio Optometric Association. She is a volunteer for iSee (In-School Eye Exams), the Realeyes classroom initiative, VISION USA, InfantSEE and participated in a VOSH eye care mission in Ukraine. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Ohio Optometric Foundation and Optometry Cares, is a past-President of Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation. Additionally she is serving an appointment by Governor Kasich on the Ohio State Board of Optometry. She and her husband John love to travel and spend time with their family, Jeff, Moira, David, Audrey and grandchildren Kelan, Evan, and Piper.
Kerry L. Beebe, O.D.
Dr. Beebe, of Minnesota, received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from Indiana University, graduating in 1976. He is afellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the National Academies of Practice, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He served as President of the Minnesota Optometric Association (MOA) in 1990 and has served on the board of directors of the North Central States Optometric Council and the Center for Disease Control Diabetic Eye Disease task force. He is a past recipient of the MOA Optometrist of the Year, the MOA Distinguished Service award, and the AOA Optometrist of the Year award. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Adam and Nathaniel.
T. Joel Byars, O.D.
Dr. Byars graduated with honors from Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in 1963 and has more than 50 years of diverse experience. He has been honored with SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Georgianne Bearden Excellence in Leadership Award from the Georgia Optometric Association. Dr Byars has served on the Optometry Cares Board of Directors since 2010 and is an Optometry Cares past-President. He has also been the President of the Georgia Board of Optometry and he was the 75th president of the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Byars resides in Morrow, Georgia.
Hon. Albert B. “Ben” Chandler
Mr. Chandler earned a B.A. in History, graduating with distinction from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He studied at the University of London and Trinity College in Dublin, including an internship in the BritishParliament. Mr. Chandler practiced law with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, and later with Reeves & Graddy before beginning a career in public service. His state service included one term as Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995), and two terms as Attorney General (1995-2003). He helped create KASPER, a national model for battling prescription drug abuse. In February 2004, Mr. Chandler was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a member of the 108th Congress. Ben served Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District until the 112th Congress adjourned in January 2013. He is a member of both the University of Kentucky Arts and Sciences and Law School Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Jennifer live in Woodford County, Kentucky, where they raised their three children on the family farm.
James Deom, O.D., MPH, FAAO
Dr. Deom lives in Drums, PA with his wife Jillian Stark who is physical therapy brain injury specialist. Dr. Deom graduated from Wilkes University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and then went on to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. While at PCO, Dr. Deom served as the AOSA National President as well as many other service rolls. Dr. Deom graduated in 2014 as the first dual degree OD/MPH student from PCO. Dr. Deom’s MPH studies were focused on brain injury and vision rehabilitation. Upon graduation Dr. Deom joined the practice of Hazleton and Stroudsburg Eye Specialists. Shortly after joining the practice, Dr. Deom founded the Scleral Lens institute of which he is the Medical Director.
Dr. Deom is President of his local optometric society, serves on the POA POPAC committee and student new grad committee, as well as a board member for his local blind association. Dr. Deom enjoys running, biking, and swimming in his spare time and has completed seven marathons and three Ironman triathlons.
Mr. Harrold received his undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and his graduate degree from Appalachian State University. Mr. Harrold has been CEO of Envolve Benefit Options at Centene since December 2014. Mr. Harrold is responsible for the growth and management of the vision care, dental, and correctional health care businesses at Envolve. From April 2012 until December 2014, Mr. Harrold served as Executive Vice President of the Specialty Business Unit at Centene Corporation. From August 2009 until April 2012 Mr. Harrold was a Senior Vice President of the Specialty Business Unit at Centene. Mr. Harrold served as Chief Executive Officer of OptiCare Managed Vision, Inc., a Centene subsidiary since July 2006. Mr. Harrold serves on the Board of Directors for Mercy Health Foundation and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP).
He lives in St. Louis, Missouri and is the proud father of two boys, Emerson and Dalton.
Peter Kehoe, O.D.
Dr. Kehoe earned his Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry in 2011 and was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in 2013. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and Indiana University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Kehoe’s father founded Kehoe Optical in 1967, and in 1984 the practice of Marshall Marvelli, O.D. was purchased and merged with Kehoe Optical to become the present Kehoe Eye Care. As an optometrist, Dr. Kehoe has a special interest in children’s vision, contact lenses, glaucoma, macular degeneration, nutrition, and allergy/dry eyes. He served as President of the American Optometric Association and was instrumental in the development of the InfantSEE® program. He currently serves as Treasurer of the World Council of Optometry and continues as an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, and the West Central Illinois Optometric Society. In 2001 he was named Optometrist of The Year by the Illinois Optometric Association. Dr. Kehoe resides in Galesburg with his wife, Melissa and has three grown children, including Dr. Alexandra Kehoe-Bussa, an optometrist in Florida, and four grandchildren.
Carol Marusich, O.D.
Dr. Carol Marusich graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1981 after completing her Masters Degree in Sensory Physiology at Northwestern University and her Bachelors Degree in Biology at Marist College. As a Developmental Optometrist Board Certified by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Dr. Marusich has served as Chair of the International Examination and Certification Board for COVD. Dr. Marusich has been recognized as Optometrist of the Year by the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association and the Great Western Council of Optometry for her contributions to the community and to the profession, and has served as President of both. The National Academy of Practices Distinguished Practitioner Award places her among the top 150 Optometric Clinicians in the country. She lectures locally, nationally and internationally on infant vision, the connection between vision and learning, and vision rehabilitation following stroke and brain injury, and is currently participating in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research evaluating the impact of Vision Therapy on reading development in school age children
Martha Rosemore Morrow, O.D.
Martha Rosemore Morrow, O.D. graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1974. She has served on the SCO Board of Trustees and served as Chairperson. She has received the Doctor of Ocular Science and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Southern College of Optometry. After serving on the Alabama Optometric Association Board of Directors and later serving as President of ALOA, she was also awarded the Optometrist of the Year for Alabama. In 2009, Dr. Morrow was bestowed the Optometrist of the South by the 12 southern states of SECO. She has also served as President of the Optometry Cares.
Samuel Pierce, O.D.
Dr. Pierce was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 2009 and now serves as the Vice President. Dr. Pierce is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO) and a past president of the UABSO Alumni Association. In 2010 Dr. Pierce received the UABSO 2010 Alumnus of the Year award and in 2012 he received the Alabama Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year award. He is also past president of the Alabama Optometric Association and served as a member of the SECO Board of Trustees.
Dr. Pierce is in private practice in Trussville, Alabama. He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Julianna and Emily.
William Reynolds, Jr., O.D
Dr. Reynolds has been active in the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) for more than 20 years. He served as president of the KOA in 2001-2002. Dr. Reynolds has a long history of service on the KOA Legislative Committee and served as Legislative Chair from 2005-2011. was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees at the 115th Annual AOA Congress & 42nd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2012 and re-elected at the 118th Annual AOA Congress & 45th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2015.
Dr. Reynolds is an adjunct faculty member at Southern College of Optometry and Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. He has been clinical director for Kentucky Special Olympics Opening Eyes program and the clinical co-director of the St. Pius X Vision Clinic in Kingston, Jamaica. He is president and chief executive officer of Eye Care Center Optometrists PSC. Dr. Reynolds, his wife, Ann, and their sons, Will and Patrick, live in Richmond, Kentucky.
Carol Record, O.D.
Dr. Carol Record is a partner and CEO of a four doctor, two location, family practice of optometry with emphasis on contact lenses and primary care. Graduating from SUNY, she is a member of the Essilor Advisory Board, a Virginia Licensed Optometrist since 1983, Diplomate American Board of Optometry, Contact Lens Researcher, Lens advisory board member, Past President VOA, VOA OD of the year (2001), and an AOA Trustee (2003-2005).
Dr. Record is an avid tennis player, golfer, and skier.
Jack Schaeffer, O.D.
Dr. Jack L. Schaeffer practices in Birmingham Alabama where he is President and CEO of an 18 location group practice and a refractive laser center. Dr. Schaeffer lectures internationally, serves on many industry boards and advisory panels, and is involved with many clinical studies on contact lenses, pharmaceuticals and equipment. He has recently authored a mini-series on the history of contact lenses and the contact lens specialty practice. He was an Executive Associate Editor of the International Contact Lens Leadership Summit organized by Eye and Contact Lens Journal. Dr. Schaeffer also served as Chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric society. He served as President of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry during its establishment. He is currently the Advancement Chairman of Optometry Cares.