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2013-2014 Board of Directors


President: Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT

Over the past 33 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 OMT's 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!"



Immediate Past President : Mona Carpenter, BS, COMT

For the past 32 years, Mona has worked in a variety of ophthalmic settings and practices. She has worked in private practice and a university clinic; in a cataract/refractive practice and vitreo-retinal practice; as a surgical technician and a photographer; in contacts and low vision. Mona is a Technologist at the Kentucky Eye Institute in Lexington, KY. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the ATPO Board of Directors for the past four years. I look forward to one more year as your Immediate Past President. The Board is always glad to get input from our members, so please feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas. We learn better and grow stronger when we work together."


President-Elect: Michelle “Mickey” Kaminski, COT

Mickey has worked in ophthalmology for over 31 years. She has served in many capacities in ophthalmology including technician, refractive coordinator and scrub technician, lead trainer, retinal photographer, and clinic manager. She is currently employed as clinic and technician manager at Mid-America Retina Consultants in Kansas City. She is also involved in ATPO with coordinating a regional continuing education symposium in Kansas City for technicians. “I have mentored and trained many technicians throughout my ophthalmic career and I have a passion for ophthalmology. I look forward to serving on the Board for ATPO and helping others to consider or enhance their career as ophthalmic personnel.”


Vice President: Christine McDonald, COA, ROUB

Christine began working in ophthalmology in 1987. She has worked in nearly every position involved in an ophthalmic practice, beginning at the front desk and working her way to her current position as business manager. Her duties as an ophthalmic assistant have provided her the opportunity to visit many places; most notably Haiti, where she has worked alongside volunteers caring for patients and performing ophthalmic surgery and also worked with others to establish a permanent eye clinic in Haiti. “I currently work to promote the benefits of ATPO within our practice as well as with other ophthalmic technical personnel I meet and I will continue to do so as an ATPO board member.”



Treasurer: Susan Busch, BA, COMT

Susan has worked in ophthalmology for over 25 years as an ophthalmic technician, and a photographer. She has also worked in clinical studies as a clinical research associate. “It has been an amazing and wonderful journey. With each position, I have gained an understanding of the challenges Ophthalmic Medical Technicians face today. I also recognize the importance of giving back to a career which has been very rewarding. It will be an honor to serve on ATPO’s Board of Directors.”



Director-at-Large: Sergina Flaherty, COMT

Sergina M. Flaherty, COMT, 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.


Director-at-Large: Amy Jost, BS, COT, CCRC

Amy serves as the Clinical Research and Education Liaison overseeing numerous clinical research projects and coordinating ophthalmic technician continuing education programs within Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI).  She has worked in ophthalmology for 16 years and is filled with a passion for continuing education and clinical research. Amy has been an integral part of the development of an internal multi-faceted Tech Training Program. She is the current President of the Kentucky state chapter of ATPO (KATPO) and has enjoyed offering her experience and resources to build KATPO membership, communication, and educational opportunities. Serving on the ATPO Board became the next logical step when searching for ways to give back to her peers.


JCAHPO Representative: Jessica M. Barr, COMT, ROUB

Jessica has taught numerous JCAHPO-accredited lectures and workshops over the past 3 years. She is the current Vice President for the Philadelphia Regional Ophthalmic Society and helps to plan their continuing education meetings. Jessica serves as the ATPO regional network mentor for the northeastern United States, she is an Adjunct Professor at Camden County College for their COT level ophthalmic technician program, and she also participates regularly in community service events such as Give Kids Sight Day and Vision Walk. Most recently in 2013, Jessica began working as the Clinical Supervisor for the Division of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


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

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 OMT.


ATPO Representatives to JCAHPO
  Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT
  Martha Moos, BS, COMT, OSA
    Michelle Willis, COMT, OSA

ATPO Representatives to CoA-OMP
  Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT
  Anna Kiss, COMT

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