The AOSA is the largest organization of optometry students, with more than 7,100 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 $100,000 in grants awarded in 2017. 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.

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

Priscilla Chang

ICOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Undergrad: University of California Berkeley

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

Luke Schmidt

ICOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Plymouth, WI

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Likes: Hunting, hiking/backpacking, kayaking, snowboarding, running

 INDIANA UNIVERSITY School of Optometry (Bloomington)

Derek Phelps

IUtrustee@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.

Jenn Peterson

IUtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Bay City, MI

Undergrad: Ferris State University

Likes: I enjoy weekends on the lake, running, photography, brunch with the gals, and Bachelorette Mondays

 INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO

Jessica Vaidya

IAUtrustee@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.”

Kadee Marshall

IAUtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Wichita, KS

Undergrad: Wichita State University

Likes: Love piano bars, dancing, cooking, trying new foods, going to baseball games (Go Royals!), and cheering for the WSU Shockers Basketball team! Always appreciate time w/family & friends!

MCPHS UNIVERSITY School of Optometry (Worcester)

Esther Ko

MCPHStrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Undergrad: University of Waterloo

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

Taylor Hall

MCPHStrustee-elect@theaosa.org

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

Taylor Smith

MCOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Undergrad: Michigan State University

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

Tyler Parmer

MCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: East Lansing, MI

Undergrad: Michigan State University

Likes: Spending time with friends, watching sports, and playing golf

 MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY – ARIZONA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY Glendale, Arizona

Annie Breen 

AZCOPTtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Hillsboro, ND

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

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

Cody Frank

AZCOPTtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Presque Isle, ME

Undergrad: The University of New England

Likes:  Hiking, traveling, live music, trying new restaurants, road trips

 NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Boston)

Graham Stetson 

NECOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Undergrad: Ohio Dominican University

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

Amanda Vessels

NECOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Miami, FL

Undergrad: University of Florida

Likes: Traveling, painting, yoga, and Netflix

 

 NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY – OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Tahlequah)

Caitlyn Mefford

NSUOCOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Nowata, OK

Undergrad: Northeastern State University

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

 

Bibin Cherian

NECOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Mustang, Oklahoma

Undergrad: University of Central Oklahoma

Likes: Spending time with family and friends, playing basketball, and watching movies

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

Paven Korotana

NOVAtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Prince George, British Columbia

Undergrad: University of Alberta

Likes: Reading, baking, scrapbooking and basketball!

Hayden Matz

NOVAtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Oshkosh, WI

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Likes: Playing music, performing standup comedy, and watching professional wrestling. Basically staying 13 years old for as long as possible.

 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY College of Optometry (Columbus)

Liz Galko

OSUtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Mentor, OH

Undergrad: The Ohio State University

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

Theresa Watt

OSUtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Undergrad: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Likes: I love playing soccer and golf! Spending time with family and friends means the most to me. I’m a Harry Potter fan and listen to music everywhere I go. I can have fun doing pretty much anything, especially trying new things!

 PACIFIC UNIVERSITY College of Optometry (Forest Grove, Oregon)

Jeff Ness

PUCOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Stanwood, WA

Undergrad: Pacific University

Likes: Cooking, learning different languages, sports, fishing, being with friends and family

Josh Gill

PUCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Blaine, Washington

Undergrad: Western Washington University

Likes: Golf and other sports

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

Allison Guindon

PCOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Pierre, SD

Undergrad: South Dakota State University

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

Jillian Penney

PCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Undergrad: Millersville University

Likes: hiking, reading, being outdoors, trying new things!

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

Annabelle Storch

SCCOtrustee@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

Danica Quicho

SCCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Undergrad: University of Washington

Likes: Traveling, eating, yoga, playing with my pup, watching movies, reading

 SOUTHERN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Memphis)

Shelby Kruse

SCOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Undergrad: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

Jake Weber

SCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Milford, Nebraska

Undergrad: Nebraska Wesleyan University

Likes: I love playing golf and basketball, following the NE Cornhuskers and Chicago Cubs, watching movies, trying to stay active, eating out, and volunteering with youth.

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

Brandon Harnos

SUNYtrustee@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

Natalie Pare

SUNYtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Undergrad: University of Alabama

Likes: Traveling with friends and family, working out, figure skating, baking

 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM School of Optometry

Neil Doppler

UABtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Delran, NJ

Undergrad: Sacred Heart University

Likes: Skiing, Hiking, Traveling, General Adventure

Savannah Coker

UABtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Hartselle, AL

Undergrad: Auburn University

Likes: Live music, spending time with friends and family, playing with my dog, and Auburn football

 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY School of Optometry

Mina Choi

UCBtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Clarksburg, MD

Undergrad: University of California Berkeley

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

Alison Jensen

UCBtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

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 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON College of Optometry

Kayci Houlette

UHtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Undergrad: Texas A&M University

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

Anna Zhang

UHtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Houston, TX

Undergrad: The University of Texas

Likes: Traveling, eating, and trying new things!

 UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD Rosenberg School of Optometry

Alexandra Wiechmann

RSOtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergrad: The University of Texas at Austin

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

Hayden Matli

RSOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma

Undergrad: University of Central Oklahoma

Likes: Playing volleyball/golf, going to the movies, going to any concert, & anything to do with muscic and dancing.

 UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT ST. LOUIS College of Optometry

Kate Hamm

UMSLtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Undergrad: Kansas State University

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

 

Maria Nguyen

UMSLtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Undergrad: Saint Louis University

Likes: Eating chicken tenders, watching movies and Netflix

 UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL School of Optometry

Alexandra Fortier

UMtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Quebec, Ca

Undergrad: Universite Laval – Business

Likes: Traveling, running, cooking and baking

Brittany Yelle

UMtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Finch, ON

Undergrad: N/A

Likes: Soccer, Spending time with friends, reading.

 UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE Kentucky College of Optometry

Will Brice

KYCOtrustee@theaosa.org 

Hometown: College Station, TX

Undergrad: University of Arkansas

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

 

Shelby Henderson

KYCOtrustee-elect@theAOSA.org

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Undergrad: University of Evansville

Likes: Volunteering at the animal shelter, crafting, spending time with friends, and above all else watching Kentucky basketball!

Western University of Health Science College of Optometry (WUCO)

 

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

 

Aiko Seffinger

WUCOtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergrad: San Diego State University

Likes: Playing soccer, hiking, making music, yoga, dancing, the beach, catching up with family and friends, and exploring new places

 University of Waterloo School of Optometry

Vinoja Kamaleswaran

UWtrustee@theaosa.org

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Undergrad: University of Toronto

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

Tristyn Lautner

UWtrustee-elect@theaosa.org

Hometown: Weyburn, SK

Undergrad: University of Saskatchewan

Likes: Spending time with friends, music, food and cooking, and hanging out with my dog