2015-2016 Board of Directors

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.”


President-Elect: Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC

Sergina has 30+ years of clinical ophthalmic assisting, ophthalmic surgical, as well as ophthalmic photography experience. Sergina is a member of the Ophthalmic Personnel Society of San Antonio (OPSSA) and she has held the office of president and is currently the program director. She is founder and CEO of Ophthalmic Seminars of San Antonio (1996) and currently coordinates and speaks at seminars in San Antonio, Regionally, and Nationally. Sergina is also the full time Senior Ophthalmic Technician, Refractive Coordinator, and Research Coordinator at Stone Oak Ophthalmology in San Antonio, Texas.


Vice President: Amy Jost, BS, COMT, CCRC, OSC

Amy has worked in ophthalmology for 19 years and is filled with a passion for collaborating with ophthalmic personnel in preparing them for 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 Immediate 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 Vice President of ATPO. She enjoys offering her experience and resources to build membership, improve communication, and create new and exciting educational opportunities to meet the needs of ophthalmic professionals everywhere.


Immediate Past President: Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT, OSC

Over the past 34 years, Bobbi has held numerous positions in several private practices as well as the university setting. She is currently the Clinical Manager of the Glaucoma Division at the Jules Stein Eye Institute (JSEI) at UCLA and a training consultant for Kaiser Permanente of Southern California. As an instructor for ATPO and JCAHPO and the former Program Director of the JSEI Ophthalmic Assistant Training Program, she has had the opportunity to teach and mentor hundreds of AOPs as they pursue certification and further their careers. "As I continue to serve on the Boards of ATPO, JCAHPO, and CoA-OMP, I want to lead our growing membership to fulfilling ATPO's mission by becoming more involved in advocacy and legislative issues that will affect our members and profession in the future. Please feel free to contact me about any ideas or concerns you many have or if you would just like to become more active!"


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: Jessica M. Barr, COMT, ROUB

Jessica is the Clinical Supervisor for the Division of Ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 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 a Director-At-Large 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 and Vision Walk, and other community outreach initiatives.

JCAHPO Representative: Matthew Parker COT, OSC, LSSMBB, PhD

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
  Anna Kiss, COMT