Board of Director Elections

At this time of the year, ATPO turns its attention to future leadership and our election activities. This is an extremely important process, as those elected will help determine the direction of the association and of the profession for the next several years. Positions to be filled this year are Vice President and Treasurer. The deadline to cast your ballot is July 5, 2021.

Candidates for Vice President:

Martin Orozco Jr., COMT, OSCMy interest in serving on the ATPO Board of Directors is to provide a voice and to help lead the association of technical personnel to grow professional, provide network to help each other through good and bad times, to help grow the ophthalmic career awareness, and provide education opportunities as needed. I am excited to run for this position to be able to get a chance to make a difference in someone’s life as a tech and colleague. I am willing to put in my time and effort to help anyone who wants to learn in ophthalmology. I have been mentored to be where I am at, and I would like to do the same for others. I hope that my effort, and love for ophthalmology will help others to love it as well. I have been developing strong leadership skills through my experience in leading clinics that I have worked for, and in previous leadership roles at school and church.

Ophthalmic Experience:

  • 9 years in ophthalmology working in Retina, Cornea, Pediatrics, Neuro Ophthalmology, Resident Clinic, and Clinical Research
  • Currently Clinical Operations Coordinator at Retina Vitreous Center, Edmond, OK.
  • Currently Adjunct Professor, Eye Care Program, Metro Technology Center, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Previously held roles as Ophthalmic technician, Lane Technician, and Lane Assistant at Dean McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma City, OK.

Certifications and Accomplishments:

  • Associate degree in Diversified Studies, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), IJCHAPO, March 2020
  • Working on Corporate Trainer Certified, (CTC)
  • Won State Championship for FIRST Robotics in an engineering group

Contributions to ATPO and other Ophthalmic Organizations:

  • Serving on the ATPO Board of Directors as Director at Large since 2020
  • Co-Committee Chair of Ambassador, member of Publication Committee, member of Train the Trainer Committee, and member of ATPO Salary Survey committee
  • Contributed as a speaker for workshops and lectures for IJCHAPO Annual Meetings

Other Professional and Volunteer Contributions:

  • Volunteer at my church’s youth and adult group as a leader for 7 years
  • National Honor Society, Key Club, STAND club in high school
  • Engineering Club at Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK.

Veronica Plessinger BA, COTMy interest in serving on the ATPO Board of Directors is so that I may continue share my love of learning and ophthalmology with others. I very much enjoy teaching, mentoring and networking and I would love the opportunity to continue to do this.

Ophthalmic Experience:

  • 15 year experience in ophthalmology
  • Currently Clinic Supervisor at Eye Care Associates Inc. Youngstown, Ohio
  • Currently Instructor, Mercy College of Ohio Ophthalmic Technology Program
  • Previously held roles as technician & optician
  • Currently speaker for AbbVie
  • Alcon Advisory Board 2019, 2020
  • Alcon educational content developer, Alcon Experience Academy

Certifications and Accomplishments:

  • COT
  • Currently working toward COMT
  • Bachelors degree from Marshall University

Contributions to ATPO and other Ophthalmic Organizations:

  • Served as Secretary since 2020
  • Contributed as a speaker, planning committee, or other volunteer work for ATPO
  • Former Vice President KATPO (Kentucky Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology)

Other Professional and Volunteer Contributions:

  • JCAHPO presenter and instructor since 2013
  • Sight For All United, School eye exam screener 2019
  • RAM (Remote Area Medical) Volunteer 2019

Candidates for Director at Large:

Wanda Ottar Pfeifer, OC(C), COMT, COMy interest in serving on the ATPO Board of Directors as Director-at-Large is to help advance the goals of ATPO by advocating for all ophthalmic professionals, encouraging certification, and helping to provide high quality continuing education opportunities. As an international orthoptist who has worked with many ophthalmic organizations, I am in a unique position to help promote the image of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel not only nationally but also internationally. I am extremely dedicated to any challenges that I undertake and feel that learning is a lifelong endeavor. I have been teaching for 29 years and recently challenged myself to be a better teacher by going back to school to get my master’s in medical education. I am ready for my next challenge and I would like that to be your voice on the ATPO Board of Directors as your Director-at-Large.

Ophthalmic Experience:

  • 29 years in ophthalmology, emphasis on strabismus and amblyopia, vision screening, electrophysiology, pediatric ophthalmology, research, and training of orthoptic
  • ent, ophthalmic technicians, nurses, residents, fellow’s and medical students.
  • Currently Clinical Director Electrophysiology Service, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Currently Associate Program Director, Orthoptic Fellowship Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Currently Vision Screening Analysts for Iowa KidSight and iScreen vision inc.
  • Currently serve as reviewer for Journal Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility.
  • Currently serve as Electrophysiology Research Technician for all Ocular Gene Therapy Treatment Trials at the University of Iowa.
  • Previously held roles as interim director of Iowa Kidsight vision screening program, editorial board of the journal of the American society of ophthalmic nurses, clinical manager of pediatric ophthalmology service, ediatric ophthalmology research coordinator and pediatric genetic service coordinator.

Certifications and Accomplishments:

  • Canadian Certified Orthoptist (OC(C)), June 1992
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), March 1993
  • American Certified Orthoptist (CO), 1997
  • American Association of Certified Orthoptists, Honor Certificate
  • 2012 Warren Coleman Award from Iowa Lions Foundation
  • 2013 Featured in CNN article on vision screening
  • The Canadian Orthoptic Society Scientific Session Award, 2017
  • Nominated - 2018 and 2019 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award.
  • Employee of the Month-UIHC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, January 2019
  • ATPO Member in the Spotlight, February 2019
  • 2019-2020 Recipient of University of Iowa Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award
  • 2019 Recipient Harold A. Stein, MD, FRCSC Prize for Best Scientific Paper
  • 2019 Received International Lions Foundation Banner from 2019-2020 International President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
  • 05/2020 Featured in International Orthoptic Association article

Ophthalmic Organizations:

  • Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, member
    • Educational Committee, member
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, speaker
  • The Canadian Orthoptic Society, member
  • American Association of Certified Orthoptists, member
    • Education Committee, member (current)
    • Vison Screening Committee, member (current)
    • Historical Committee, chairperson (current)
    • Long Range Planning, chairperson (current)
    • Previous position:
      • AACO Midwest Regional Meeting, Co-Chair
      • Nominating Committee, member
      • AACO Secretary
      • Honors Certificate, chairperson
  • International Orthoptic Association, member
  • American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Women in Ophthalmology, member
  • International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology, member
  • Ophthalmic Genetic Study Club, only orthoptic member
  • American Association of Pediatric, Section on Ophthalmology, member
  • Presented over 100 lectures and poster at local, national, and international meetings.
  • Authored or co-authored over 40 publications, including 3 book chapters.

Other Professional and Volunteer Organizations:

  • Member of Iowa City Noon Host Lions Club
  • Athletic Booster member at kid’s school

Rosalie Brown, COMT, OSAAs a member of the ATPO Board of Directors, I plan to share my experience and knowledge with others by training, networking, and mentoring other eye care professionals. I am proud of being a COMT and wish to help others to further their training and education. In fact, I would like to facilitate ATPO building bridges between optometric, ophthalmic, and opticianry professionals.

Ophthalmic Experience:

  • COMT at Stones River Eye Center, TN
  • Over 40 years as a technician in ophthalmology, optometry, as well as, a licensed optician.
  • I have experience in multiple sub-specialties, with an emphasis on retina, cornea, comprehensive, cataracts, refractive laser surgery, glaucoma, and pediatrics.
  • I have worked in many places, because we moved each time my husband, who served in the Army, got stationed in a new city. I have worked in a variety of ophthalmology practices in Tennessee, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Nevada and a variety of optometry practices and optical shops in Minnesota, South Dakota, Maryland, Virginia, and California
  • I have done a little of everything: worked as a technician, optician, assisted in surgery, lasers, and LASIK, went on trips to Haiti, administered to office work, managed on-call schedules and triaged incoming calls, did training and mentoring, and more.

Certifications and Accomplishments:

  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT)
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant (OSA)
  • Virginia State Licensure of Opticianry
  • Certified American Board of Opticianry- National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE)
  • Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT)

Contributions to ATPO and other Ophthalmic Organizations:

  • ATPO Member since 2009
  • Training and Outreach since 2005

Other Professional and Volunteer Contributions:

  • Some of my favorite work was during the 12 years I spent with Tyree Carr, MD. He was a true inspiration and my mentor. He introduced me to ophthalmic international mission work and the importance of teaching others.
  • Annual mission trip to Haiti every year since 2005 to support Friends of the Children of Lascahobas.

Sergio Orrick, COA , OSA In my travels across this country working in all types of clinics I’ve realized that serving the community has been my one true joy in ophthalmology. Growing up in a household that predominately spoke Spanish gave me the tools and understanding that people are always in need of respect and compassion. From technicians to patients, I have made it my duty to simplify ophthalmic concepts. Whether it's asking a patient, “which one looks better, one or two” to showing a technician how to check angles etc… Finding ATPO has given me an avenue to help develop and possibly teach the simplicities of ophthalmology. I look forward helping technicians regionally and across the country fall in love with this passion of mine some people call work.

Ophthalmic Experience:

  • 17 years of experience in General Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Refractive surgery, Cataract surgery and training.
  • Current clinical duties are Pre-op, post-op and day to day patient examinations (frontline infantry), Visual Fields, OCT, Argos, iTrace and Fundus photos etc.
  • Currently Assisting Doctor in surgery, Cataract and Glaucoma surgery.
  • Previously worked as an Optometric Technician and Optician.

Certifications and Accomplishments:

  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, COA
  • Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant, OSA
  • Currently testing for my Certified Ophthalmic Technician certification.
  • Current Member, Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology
  • Current survivor of a 15 year old Daughter entering high school.
  • Current ATPO Regional Ambassador and serve on Practice Outreach Committee.

Other Programs and Organizations:

  • Faithful Member of Mountain West Church.
  • My Wife and I lead the Starting Point Program at Church.
  • Serve Day Participation and Community Service.

Candidates for Secretary:

Regina K. Joiner, COMT, OSA, OSCMy interest in serving on the ATPO Board of Directors stems from a love of my profession, and to promote the profession of ophthalmology. I know that my experience, and desire to teach and encourage, will help to grow and better my fellow ATPO members. I started my journey with no knowledge of the eye and love to show young technicians that you can advance yourself, and pass on knowledge to the next generation. I have been a member of ATPO since 2008. I am an ATPO Ambassador for Northwest Florida.

Ophthalmic Experience:

  • 33 years in ophthalmology, emphasis on anterior segment, refractive surgery, surgical assisting, and training office staff
  • Currently LASIK Refractive Coordinator, primary scrub technician, senior work up technician, Corneal Crosslinking team member
  • Previously held roles as lead technician, LASIK team member Emerald Coast Eye Institute, work up technician at Tomoka Eye, work up technician and scrub technician for Dr. Richard Jablonski, ophthalmic assistant at White Wilson Medical Center

Certifications and Accomplishments:

  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), November 2018
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT), January 1994 – 2018
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA), August 1989
  • Home Study Course for Ophthalmic Medical Assistants, January 1988
  • Visex Certified, 2004
  • Founder of Halifax Ophthalmic Personnel Society (HOPS), now Central Florida Ophthalmic Personnel Society

Contributions to ATPO and other Ophthalmic Organizations:

  • Member of ATPO since 2008

Savory Turman, COMT, OCS, BHCAI have supported and encouraged ATPO for many years and am excited to become more involved in the promotion of our great career and our amazing community of technicians. I absolutely love the field of ophthalmology and have taken every opportunity to share that enthusiasm with others. Looking forward, I hope to become more active in presenting and training for ATPO and ultimately, raising awareness for the field of ophthalmic medical assisting.

Ophthalmic Experience:

  • Over 20 years in ophthalmology in every facet: optician, technician, testing technician, research, educator, administrator
  • Currently- Director of Clinical Operations for Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins, CO
  • Currently- Integrations Specialist for Panorama Eye Care

Certifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Management (BHCA), January 2021
  • Currently in Master’s program for Organizational Leadership, planned graduation May 2022
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), September 2011
  • Ophthalmic Coding Specialist (OCS), 2016
  • Former Program Director Northern Colorado Technician Continuing Education Event (2013-2019)
  • Rocky Mountain Ophthalmic Personnel member since 2010; current Program Co- Director Northern Colorado (2019-2021)
  • Certified Life & Leadership Coach (CLC), 2021

Other Contributions:

  • Founder- La Vision de Fe (2007-2021), Guatemala
  • Active annual mission work to Guatemala
  • Lecturer at iJCAHPO since 2014
  • Lecturer at ASOA since 2014
  • Contributing Editor to Administrative Eyecare magazine 2019- present