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Women in the News – May 2023

Women In Optometry regularly recognizes the accomplishments of women ODs in the profession and in their communities in the “Women in the News” series. Have you stepped into a new leadership role or recently won an award? Send us a note: MBijlefeld@jobson.com.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

New York State Optometric Association

Dr. Thau receives the award from Frank Pirozzolo, a past Woll award winner.
Andrea Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP, of New York, New York, was awarded the Frederic A. Woll Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the NYSOA. It has been awarded only 37 times previously in the associations 128-year history. 


viola kanevsky
Dr. Viola Kanevsky


Dr. Damaris Raymondi
The NYSOA Optometrist of the Year award was given to Viola Kanevsky, OD, and the Damaris Raymondi, OD, was awarded the Young Optometrist of the Year. Both doctors work in New York City.


Jennifer Schad, OD, FAAO, of Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry, was honored as Educator of the Year by the Michigan Optometric Association. 


Marie Bodack, OD, FCOVD, of Southern College of Optometry, was installed as president of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. 


Arkansas Optometric Association

Dr. Julie Dolven

Dr. Katie Brown
The Arkansas Optometric Association installed its new board.

Julie Dolven, OD, of West Little Rock, was elected as vice-president, 

and Katie Brown, OD, of Little Rock, is the new secretary/treasurer. 

Also named: James Herzog, OD, of Cabot and Jacksonville, became president and Alex Bell, OD, of Rogers, became president-elect.


Amanda Umlandt, OD, FAAO, was named the 2023 Virginia Optometrist of the Year.


Dr. Lee Ann Remington
Pacific University College of Optometry alumna and former faculty member Lee Ann Remington, OD, will receive the Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist at the university’s graduate and professional commencement ceremony, where she also will deliver the keynote address.


When Julie A. Schornack, OD, MEd, was installed as only the second president of Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU) in late April, she also accepted the mantle of being its first female president.


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