Board of Directors
President: Jacqueline Pullos, COMT, OSC, CTC
Having always had a passion for caregiving and an interest in vision, stumbling into the ophthalmic field in 1987 was indeed a “happy accident” for Jacqueline Pullos. She is currently the Technician Staff Education Coordinator for the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City Utah, where she oversees the training and education of over 50 ophthalmic technicians. A “serial volunteer,” she has been active in numerous sectors of her community from the arts to social programs, to politics. Jacqueline has had the opportunity to travel to Cameroon with Orbis International, as well as to Micronesia, South Sudan, and Tanzania with Moran’s Global Outreach Division, where she could combine her "tech and teaching" skills with her love of service to teach and train ophthalmic medical staff and provide patient care. She is also involved in local ophthalmic outreach and is a recipient of the Virginia Boyce Humanitarian Award.
Jacqueline has served on the ATPO board of directors since 2014. She has been a member of the Publishing Committee and the Membership and Marketing Committee and has served as the chair of both the Finance Committee and the Exam Review Committee. She is also part of the Train the Trainer faculty and is very proud to be the current president of ATPO. Her focus is on growing membership and creating new and innovative ways to support career growth for those members.
Vice President: Rhonda Ullom, COMT, FCLSA, OSC, OCS
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.
President-Elect: 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, MEd, COMT, CCRC, CTC, (F)ATPO
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: Susan Busch, COMT, (F)ATPO
Susan started her career as an ophthalmic assistant in 1984 and fell in love with it. Throughout her career she worked as an ophthalmic tech-photographer, Clinical Research Coordinator and as a Study Coordinator. She joined ATPO in 1992 and has always been a supporter and volunteer serving on many committees, volunteering for COMT Practical Review since 2005. Susan was recipient of The Virginia S. Boyce Humanitarian Award in 2016. She served two terms as Treasurer on the Board from 2010-2014. She currently is the National Chair for the Regional Mentor Program and is a Director on the Board of Education and Research Foundation, Inc.
Susan was inducted as an ATPO Fellow in 2020. She has recently retired and is looking forward to having more time to volunteer for ATPO by helping with Train the Trainer and other projects. She is committed to help ATPO grow its membership and help techs meet today’s challenges and opportunities.
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: Jenn Malin, COT
Jennifer began her career in ophthalmology over 15 years ago. Over the last 15+ years Jenn has had the ability to work in every specialty with some of the most renowned doctors throughout the state of Georgia including a multi-year stent at Emory Eye Center. Currently, Jenn serves as a lead technician at a practice in the Austin area. She continues to strive to teach and grow in ophthalmology as much as possible. Jenn is currently studying to obtain both her ROUB and then her COMT in the coming years.
Jenn is a proud member of the ATPO and believes that a strong foundation will only continue to grow and stress the importance of our integral work in patient care.
Director-at-Large: Martin Orozco Jr. COMT, OSC
Martin has been in Ophthalmology since 2012. His career began when he was looking for a job, came across an ophthalmic technician career when taking his grandmother to her eye doctor’s appointment. He began his ophthalmic career by learning on the job training in sub-specialty clinics at Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City. He states, “Many mentors have help me grow interest in ophthalmology and I want to do the same for others, so that one day they too can have this opportunity of loving ophthalmology like I do”. Recently, in 2020 he achieved the highest level of certification for a technician, Certified Opthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT). He is currently working for a Retina practice called Retina Vitreous Center in Edmond, Oklahoma. There he serves as the Clinical Operations Coordinator where he is responsible for the education and training of its technicians. He also works as an adjunct instructor at Metro Technology Center, where he instructs working adults in ophthalmic technician classes.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he joined ATPO and has since then been an active member serving as co-chair of the Regional Ambassador Committe, Publication Committee and on the Board of Directors. He is ready to serve its members of ATPO to bring forth their skills and to help them achieve their best in ophthalmology.
Secretary: Veronica Plessinger, COT
Veronica started her ophthalmic career working in optical sales for Pearle Vision in 2005, then became a tech for Tri-State Ophthalmology in Ashland, Kentucky from 2006-2011. In 2010, Veronica served as Vice President for the Kentucky chapter of ATPO (KATPO) and was a valued member of the board. What a great introduction to get her ready for serving the members of ATPO.
Since 2011, Veronica has been a Technician at Eye Care Associates in Youngstown, Ohio, and in 2015, she became the Clinical Supervisor. Veronica’s role in her own words, “As clinical supervisor, I have created and implemented an extensive training protocol, and new bonus and review structure, which has now been adopted by the entire company. The patient experience is also very important to me and I have worked extensively on developing and implementing protocols for improvement.” In addition to all of these accomplishments, Veronica is also a Research Coordinator, Alcon Consultant and member of the Alcon Advisory Board, member of the Allergan CORE Technician Speaker Bureau, and Adjunct Instructor at the Mercy College of Ohio Ophthalmic Technology Program.