The AOSA is the largest organization of optometry students, with more than 6,600 members.  It is governed by the four-person Executive Council (all fourth-year optometry students) and the AOSA Board of Trustees (all third-year students).  The essence of being a Trustee is to be the link from each of the respective schools to the AOSA on a national level. Trustees are responsible for maintaining student membership and promoting membership after graduation. They speak at first-year orientations and inform students about the benefits and importance of getting involved in organized optometry, and especially the AOSA. Trustees also promote Optometry’s Meeting, the annual AOSA-AOA joint conferences that are held in various cities across America. They constantly fundraise so their AOSA chapter can sponsor travel grants for their students, with more than $30,000 in grants awarded in 2016. Overall, Trustees serve as representatives from each school and act as messengers for current national optometric issues. Through the AOSA, students also have a voice in the American Optometric Association; the AOSA is an affiliate of the AOA — the same as state optometric associations.

 The 2016-17 AOSA Board


 

School Board Member Trustee-Elect
ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Chicago)

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Meghan Murray

[ICOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: New Bern, North Carolina

Undergrad: University of North Carolina Wilmington– Political Science

Likes: Exploring, spending as much time possible at the beach, visiting museums and the political scene

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Priscilla Chang

[ICOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown:Oakland, CA

Undergrad:University of California Berkeley

Likes:Exploration through photography, hiking, trying new foods, and TED talks

INDIANA UNIVERSITY School of Optometry (Bloomington)

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Katie Rachon

[IUtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Rockford, MI

Undergrad: Ferris State University, Biology

Likes: Traveling, tennis, swimming, crafting, animals

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Derek Phelps

[IUtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown:  Grand Rapids, MI

Undergrad:  Ferris State University

Likes:   Traveling, boating, and playing any sport I can in my free time, particularly hockey and golf.

 

INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO

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Jon Beeson

[IAUtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Payson, Arizona

Undergrad: Bachelors Degree in Biology from Arizona State University

Likes: Sports vision and visual therapy

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Jessica Vaidya

[IAUtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Undergrad: Ohio State University

Likes: “Dance is my greatest passion! Closely followed by watching Netflix, eating food, and cheering for Ohio State football and the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

MCPHS UNIVERSITY School of Optometry (Worcester)

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Ana Bonaldi

[MCPHStrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

Undergrad: Montclair State University

Likes: Photography, traveling, movies and reading

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Esther Ko

[MCPHStrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Undergrad: University of Waterloo

Likes: Travelling foodie that instagrams. Enjoys the outdoors, netflix and going on adventures!

MICHIGAN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY AT FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY (Big Rapids)

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Alyssa Drew

[MCOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Holland, MI

Undergrad: Hope College, Biology BS

Likes: Crafting, reading, being outdoors

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Taylor Smith

[MCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Undergrad: Michigan State University

Likes: Travelling, spending time with friends and family, watching basketball, working out, animals, food

MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY – ARIZONA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY Glendale, Arizona

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Dominic Rentz

[AZCOPTtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Undergrad: UC-Irvine, Biological Sciences

Likes: Hiking, traveling, tennis, soccer, time with friends and family

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Annie Breen 

[AZCOPTtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Hillsboro, ND

Undergrad: College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University (MN)

Likes: Being outdoors, volleyball, rollerblading, Nintendo64 and traveling

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Boston)

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Glenn Coffin

[NECOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Undergrad: Virginia Tech

Likes: Being outdoors, playing soccer, and all genres of music

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Graham Stetson 

[NECOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Undergrad: Ohio Dominican University

Likes:  Cooking, traveling, running, craft beer/homebrewing

NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY – OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Tahlequah)

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Judson Chevalier

[NSUOCOtrustee@theaosa.org ]

Hometown: Coahoma, TX

Undergrad: Angelo State University, Biology Major

Likes: Hunting, fishing, golf

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Caitlyn Boultinghouse

[NSUOCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Nowata, OK

Undergrad:Northeastern State University

Likes: Hiking, kayaking, reading and running! Anything outdoors!

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Health Professions DivisionCollege of Optometry (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)

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Melissa Zaleski

[NOVAtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Lewisburg, PA

Undergrad: Penn State University, Biobehavioral Health Major, Spanish Minor

Likes: Reading, exercising, traveling, all things Disney

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Paven Korotana

[NOVAtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Prince George, British Columbia

Undergrad: University of Alberta

Likes: Reading, baking, scrapbooking and basketball!

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY College of Optometry (Columbus)

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Michael Watt

[OSUtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Mooresville, NC

Undergrad: Appalachian State University

Likes: Soccer, basketball, fishing, music

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Liz Galko

[OSUtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Mentor, OH

Undergrad: The Ohio State University

Likes: Reading, listening to music, cooking new recipes, and dance

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY College of Optometry (Forest Grove, Oregon)

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Andy Mackner

[PUCOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota

Undergrad: Concordia College Moorhead MN, Biology

Likes: Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Traveling

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Ashley Wing

[PUCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Rock Springs, WY

Undergrad: University of Wyoming

Likes: Hiking, camping, hanging with my friends, and netflix!

PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY AT SALUS UNIVERSITY (Elkins Park, Pennsylvania)

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Brian Johnson

[PCOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Palmyra, PA

Undergrad: The Pennsylvania State University, Biology with a Spanish Minor

Likes: Running, exercising, playing sports, Oreos, movies, cartoons, N64

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Allison Guindon

[PCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Pierre, SD

Undergrad: South Dakota State University

Likes: Traveling, music, reading, running, sports, dance

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY AT MARSHALL B. KETCHUM UNIVERSITY (Fullerton)

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Kallie Kappes

[SCCOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Elko, Nevada

Undergrad: University of Nevada, Reno

Likes: Cooking and baking, running and swimming, traveling!

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Annabelle Storch

[SCCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

Undergrad: Stanford University

Likes: Watching and playing all types of sports, spending time with family and friends, traveling, painting

SOUTHERN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Memphis)

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Mong Linh Van

[SCOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

Undergrad: University of Florida, Biology

Likes: Cooking, watching Gator sports, and DIY

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Shelby Kruse

[SCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Undergrad: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Likes: Watching baseball, running outdoors, sweets and the Huskers (Go Big Red!)

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK State College of Optometry (New York)

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Meredith Stallone

[SUNYtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Sayville, NY

Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Likes: Reading, running, and the beach

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Brandon Harnos

[SUNYtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Wayne, MI

Undergrad:  Studied Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience at University of Michigan

Likes:  Running, playing my trumpet, exploring and trying new things, and watching sporting events and Broadway shows

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM School of Optometry

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Jodi Baker

[UABtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

Undergrad: Auburn University

Likes: Cooking, hiking with my dog, volleyball, Auburn football

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Neil Doppler

[UABtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Delran, NJ

Undergrad: Sacred Heart University

Likes: Skiing, Hiking, Traveling, General Adventure

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY School of Optometry

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Kenneth Tran

[UCBtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Rosemead, CA

Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley – Integrative Biology

Likes: Exploring new places, experiences, foods, and TV shows

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Mina Choi

[UCBtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Clarksburg, MD

Undergrad: University of California Berkeley

Likes: Running, reading, traveling, food, concerts, and dogs

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON College of Optometry

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Sandra Bui

[UHtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Houston, TX

Undergrad: Majored in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University

Likes: Karaoking, exploring new restaurants, Netflix, and spending time with family and friends

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Kayci Perez

[UHtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Undergrad: Texas A&M University

Likes:  Running, hiking, tandem biking, and experimenting with healthy recipes!

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD Rosenberg School of Optometry

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Emmanuella Okocha

[RSOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Houston, Tx

Undergrad: Texas Tech University – Biology

Likes: Trying new restaurants, blogging, going on weekend adventures, and Hulu Plus.

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Alexandra Wiechmann

[RSOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergrad: The University of Texas at Austin

Likes: NPR, hiking, board games, trying new restaurants

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT ST. LOUIS College of Optometry

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Theresa Crowley

[UMSLtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Odessa, MO

Undergrad: University of Missouri-Columbia, majored in Biochemistry with minors in Chemistry and Animal Science

Likes: Traveling, horseback riding, sports, reading, hanging out with friends

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Kate Hamm

[UMSLtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Undergrad: Kansas State University

Likes: Running, making food, finding new restaurants, playing board games, and laughing!

UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL School of Optometry

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Maxime Paré

[UMtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Gaspé, Quebec

Undergrad: Collège de Gaspé

Likes: Hiking, biking, skiing

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Alexandra Fortier

[UMtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Quebec, Ca

Undergrad: Universite Laval – Business

Likes: Traveling, running, cooking and baking

UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE Kentucky College of Optometry

 

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Will Brice

[KYCOTrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: College Station, Texas

Undergrad: University of Arkansas

Likes: Watching football, hunting, fishing, or anything else outdoors or on the water

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

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Jaclyn Chang

[UWtrustee@theaosa.org]

Home: Toronto, Ontario

Undergrad: University of Waterloo

Likes: Knitting, reading, watching TV/movies, spending time with friends

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Vinoja Kamaleswaran

[UWtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Undergrad: University of Toronto

Likes: Music, photography, spending time with friends and family

WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES College of Optometry(Pomona, California)

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Johnson Co

[WUCOtrustee@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Santa Ana, California

Undergrad: UC Berkeley Sociology and Media Studies

Likes: Hiking, running, and board games (Bang! and Settlers)

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Cristina Acevedo

[WUCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org]

Hometown: Sylmar, Ca

Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara

Likes: Traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, dancing, trying new restaurants, hiking