2016-2017 Board of Directors

President: Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC

Sergina is widely recognized for her teaching of continuing education courses to ophthalmic technicians, both nationally and internationally, and serves as a speaker before industry groups and private organizations. She has written numerous articles for publications that include the Ophthalmic Professional, the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO) ViewPoints magazine, and the Ophthalmic Photographers Society (OPS). As a prominent Ophthalmic Technologist in the country, Sergina currently serves as President of the ATPO Board of Directors, is an ATPO representative on the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), serves as a JCAHPO Commissioner, and is the Program Director of the Ophthalmic Personnel Society of San Antonio (OPSSA). She developed and moderates the “Ophthalmic Tech’s on Facebook” group of over 1,200 AOP since March 2015, and is the owner and principle of Ophthalmic Seminars of San Antonio. She works full time as a Senior Ophthalmic Technician at Stone Oak Ophthalmology with Kristin Story Held, MD, and Allison Paige Young, MD.


President-Elect: Amy Jost, BS, COMT, CCRC, OSC

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-Elect of ATPO. She is focused on increasing membership benefits and creating new and exciting educational opportunities to meet the needs of ophthalmic professionals everywhere.


Vice President: Jessica M. Barr, COMT, ROUB

Jessica is an Implementation Specialist and Education Liaison for RPS Diagnostics, and has over 12 years of clinical ophthalmology experience. She regularly participates in continuing education activities, and has taught dozens of JCAHPO accredited lectures and workshops at local, regional, and national meetings. She is the current President for the Philadelphia Regional Ophthalmic Society. Jessica also serves ATPO as the Regional Network Mentor for the northeastern United States and as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a program co-coordinator and adjunct professor for the Ophthalmic Medical Technician program at Camden County College. Jessica participates regularly in community service events such Give Kids Sight Day, Vision Walk, and other community outreach initiatives.


Immediate Past President: Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB, OSC

Christine began working in ophthalmology in 1987. She has worked in nearly every position involved within an ophthalmology practice, beginning at the front desk and working her way to Practice Administrator. She is currently employed by The Retina Institute in St. Louis, MO. Her skills as an ophthalmic assistant and ROUB have provided her with the opportunity to visit many places; most notably Haiti, where she has worked alongside volunteers caring for patients who have limited access to eye care, and helping establish a permanent eye clinic that serves a Haitian community. She believes in providing outstanding eye care services, whether it be in a developing country, providing care in the practice clinic or helping someone new to the field succeed and become certified. “Giving back is important. You never know how you will touch someone’s life.”


Treasurer: 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 JCAHPO 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."


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 JCAHPO 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: Jodie Jackson, COT

Jodie has worked in Ophthalmology since 1989 and is currently the Director of Clinical Services at Sabates Eye Centers where she oversees 50 technicians. She is also the Director of the LenSx Program and oversees the internship program, working with area medical assistant programs and technical schools to place interns in Ophthalmology. Since 2010, she has been a key member on the KCSee Planning Committee in Kansas City, and she serves on the Advisory Board Committee for Johnson County Community College. Jodi has also been active in Relay for Life since 2014. As an ATPO Board Member, she looks forward to making a difference in the lives of fellow ophthalmic personnel and inspiring them to become more involved in their careers. “I feel there are so many people who have no idea what a career in ophthalmology is about. I want people to know and understand what it is about and how rewarding the career is.”

JCAHPO Representative: Matthew. L Parker, PhD, LSSMBB, COMT, OSC

Matthew Parker was adopted into ophthalmology in 1986 via the United States Army's Eye Specialist Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Since military retirement, he has made a home with the Veteran Affairs medical communities. Matthew tells us, "having the privilege to care for active duty, retired military, and their families is the greatest career reward ever." He founded the Federal Employee Ophthalmic Association (formerly SMTPO), an organization which works to foster professional technical development through standardized education and performance within government medical facilities through Lean Six Sigma process improvements and introduction to the PACT Model. Matthew is a perennial contributor to the JCAHPO Annual Continuing Education Meeting with over 20 years of faculty instructions. In addition to ATPO and JCAHPO, Matthew also works with local organizations to promote education for ophthalmic professionals. He is a selfless contributor, dedicated professional, and passionate educator.

JCAHPO Ex-officio Representative to ATPO: Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD, JCAHPO President

Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Scheie Eye Institute/University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After completing an ophthalmology residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill she pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in glaucoma at Yale University. She then joined the faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine where she remained for nine years. Dr. Miller-Ellis is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, National Medical Association, Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmology Society and Women in Ophthalmology.


Secretary: Lynn Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson, JCAHPO's Executive Director since 1998 and current CEO, was instrumental in assisting ATPO through the steps for its alliance with JCAHPO and continues to be a strong supporter of ATPO and its benefits to AOP.

ATPO Representatives to JCAHPO
  Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT
  Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC
    Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB, OSC

ATPO Representatives to CoA-OMP
  Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT, OSC
  Barbara Harris, PA, MBA, COT, OSC