Board of Directors
President: Matthew Parker, PhD, LSSMBB, PMP, CTC, COMT, CST
Matthew has been associated with ophthalmic healthcare for 30 years. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of PACT Matters, LLC, a Georgia-based consulting firm specializing in service-specific continuous improvement, six sigma coaching, team dynamics and change management. After graduating from the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he continued his quest for academic excellence while educating others. He accredits his professional development to Military ophthalmologists and their willingness to educate technicians. Matthew is a contributing author and speaker on ophthalmic technology subjects with IJCAHPO and ATPO. Along with his strong passion for ophthalmic sciences, he is a classically trained cellist, pianist, and opera singer. He still performs in venues across the country.
President-Elect: Jacqueline Pullos, COMT, OSC
Like many ophthalmic technicians, Jacqueline's career began as a "happy accident." Twenty-eight years later, she is still doing what she can to preserve, promote, and elevate the profession of allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP) through training, education, and IJCAHPO certification within the practice in which she works, as well as locally, regionally, and nationally. Over the years, Jacqueline said that she has seen many changes in ophthalmology, and medicine, in general. Many of these changes have been exciting and positive, while others have raised concerns. "I believe ATPO represents the best interests of AOP, and is one of the keys to preserving and growing these professions through education, professionalism, and legislative action."
Vice President: Sarah Gill, COT, OSC
Sarah has been in Ophthalmology since 2007. Like many other ophthalmic technicians, she came upon the career by chance when she accepted a position as a front desk receptionist with the intention to train as a technician. She fell in love with the field of Ophthalmology and hasn't looked back. Sarah is the Clinic Coordinator at Eye Care Associates of St. Louis. A trained educator, her motto is, "I love to gain and share knowledge." She uses her passion for teaching to help educate and motivate others in ophthalmology, while also continuing to build her skills and grow professionally. She serves as Chair for the Membership/Marketing Committee and the Education Committee, she is a frequent contributor to ATPO's Monthly Memo, instructs exam certification review sessions for ATPO, and instructs workshops for IJCAHPO. Sarah is eager for the continued opportunity to contribute to the member’s professional and career development. She looks forward to serving ATPO as Vice President and helping to grow the membership and the organization. Sarah is a volunteer for ReSpectacle® and participates in the St. Louis VisionWalk.
Immediate Past President: Amy Jost, BS, COMT, CCRC, CTC
Amy has worked in ophthalmology for 20 years, and has a passion for helping Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) with certification and career growth. She is the Clinical Research and Education Liaison at Cincinnati Eye Institute, where she coordinates continuing education programs and oversees numerous clinical research projects. Amy has been an integral part in developing a Tech Training program and a Train The Trainer program. She is the advisor and a past president of KATPO, which is the Kentucky state chapter of ATPO. She has served on the ATPO Board of Directors since 2013, and is excited about being the President of ATPO. She is focused on increasing membership benefits and creating new and exciting educational opportunities to meet the needs of ophthalmic professionals everywhere.
Treasurer: Suzanne Hansen, MEd, COMT, OSC
Suzanne has focused her career on ophthalmic education for nearly 15 years. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor and Co-Program Director for the Tarrant County College Ophthalmic Assistant Program in Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, she served as the Chair for the Department of Ophthalmic Technologies at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' (UAMS) College of Health Professions, and served as Program Director for the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Bachelor of Science Program. Suzanne completed her Master of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, specializing in Adult Education. While working as part of the clinic staff at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS as an ophthalmic medical technologist, Suzanne earned her COMT certification. Prior to completing the program at UAMS, Suzanne worked as an optometric assistant while earning her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Hendrix College. Suzanne is an avid advocate for our profession and is honored to give back by serving on the ATPO Board of Directors.
Director-at-Large: Beth Koch, COT, ROUB
Beth has been working in ophthalmology since 1987 and has worked her way up from a receptionist to an ophthalmic technician. Along the way, she performed tasks in different areas including assisting in cataract surgery, photography and ultrasonography. She has served on many committees for ATPO as well as lectured and helped run workshops and meetings with both IJCAHPO and ATPO. She is currently working at Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Center as a lead technician for a neuro-ophthalmologist as well as working in the ultrasonography department. As a member of the board, Beth would like to continue to help ATPO grow and wants to inform technicians on all levels about the importance of growing in this ever-changing profession.
Director-at-Large: Rhonda Ullom, COMT, FCLSA, OSC
Rhonda has been in the field of Ophthalmology for over four decades. As the Clinical Trainer for Virginia Eye Institute, she is responsible for the education and training of more than one hundred clinical associates. Rhonda began her career as the surgical technician for a small private practice in West Texas. With her COT and CRA achieved, she took a position with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Rhonda had wonderful mentors along the way and never forgot how important that is in order to learn, grow, share, and teach others in this dynamic field of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP). Everywhere her career took her, Rhonda always tried to serve on local and state boards, teach courses for the different organizations, do mission and charity work, and always elevate those AOP around her. Past achievements include Clinic Director, Clinical Research, COA, COT, OSA, CRA, NCLE, and Eye Bank Technician. Being an active ATPO member, serving on the Exam Review Committee, Ambassador Program, Train The Trainer, and now Board of Directors, Rhonda is grateful for the opportunity to continue to teach, share, and elevate AOP in a larger and more impactful way.
SECRETARY: MONA CARPENTER, COMT, (f)ATPO