2017-2018 Board of Directors



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


 

President-Elect: 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.


 

Vice President: Matthew. L Parker, PhD, LSSMBB, COMT, OSC

Matthew has been associated with ophthalmic healthcare for 30 years. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of PACT Matters, LLC, a Georgia based consulting firm specializing in service-specific continuous improvement, six sigma coaching, team dynamics and change management. After graduating from the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he continued his quest for academic excellence while educating others. He accredits his professional development to military Ophthalmologists and their willingness to educate technicians.  

Matthew is a contributing author and speaker on ophthalmic technology subjects with JCAHPO and ATPO. Amongst his strong passion for ophthalmic sciences, he is a classically trained cellist, pianist, and opera singer.  He still performs in venues across the country.



 

Immediate Past 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 Immediate Past President of the ATPO Board of Directors, is an ATPO representative on the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Council serving as a JCAHPO Councilor, and is the Program Director of the Ophthalmic Personnel Society of San Antonio (OPSSA).  In March 2015, she developed and continues to moderate the “Ophthalmic Tech’s on Facebook” group. She is also the owner and principle of Ophthalmic Seminars of San Antonio. She works full time as a Senior Ophthalmic Technician at Stone Oak Ophthalmology in San Antonio, Texas with Kristin Story Held, MD, and Allison Paige Young, MD. 


 

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: Sarah Gill, COT 

Sarah has been in Ophthalmology since 2007. Like many other ophthalmic technicians, she came upon the career by chance when she accepted a position as a front desk receptionist with the intention to train as a technician. She fell in love with the field of Ophthalmology and hasn't looked back. Sarah is a COT at Saint Louis University where she continues to build her skills and grow professionally. Her job provides her the opportunity to use her passion for teaching to educate and motivate others in ophthalmology. Her motto is, "I love to gain and share knowledge." She serves on several committees for ATPO, is a frequent contributor to ATPO's publications such as the Monthly Memo, co-instructs exam certification review sessions for ATPO, and conducts workshops for JCAHPO. Sarah looks forward to serving ATPO and helping to grow the membership. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute to member’s professional and career development. Sarah is an active volunteer for ReSpectacle® and participates in the St. Louis VisionWalk.


 

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.

 



JCAHPO Representative: 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 President: William F. Astle, MD, FRCSC, Dipl. ABO 

William F. Astle, MD, FRCSC, Dipl. ABO, is the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Alberta Children’s Hospital, a Professor at the University of Calgary in the surgery department, and a consulting ophthalmologist at Foothills Medical Centre and Peter Lougheed Centre. His research interests include laser refractive surgery, pediatric cataracts and implantation of intraocular lenses in children, amblyopia research, and the effects of diabetes on the pediatric eye. Dr. Astle was seated as IJCAHPO’s President August 1, 2017, for the 2017-2019 term. This is his second term as President as his first term was 2007 to 2009. Dr. Astle has a long history service to IJCAHPO having joined the organization in 1995 as the Canadian Ophthalmological Society representative. In 1999, he was elected to the IJCAHPO Board of Directors and has served as Chair of the Certification, Education, and International Relations Committees. 


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 Management Staff

Executive Director: Wade Delk

For more than nine years, Delk was the Director of Governmental Affairs of the National Board for Respiratory Care and Applied Measurement Professionals, a role that he has held since 2006. In that capacity, he headed the organization and corporation’s legislative initiatives at a federal and state level. Delk was responsible for the government affairs programs for association clients of the association management company. Prior to this, Delk served as Executive Director of The Institute for Credentialing Excellence and National Commission for Certifying Agencies. He has served on a Federal Advisory Committee, and numerous think tanks and task forces for various organization.  In his early career, he held positions in associations, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and with a national political party. He has special knowledge in the field of certification and licensure, membership, strategic research, and governmental affairs. He holds a Bachelors in Political Science with a Concentration in International Relations. Delk began his work as Executive Director of the Center for Organizational Management in 2016.


ATPO Representatives to JCAHPO
 
 
  Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC
  Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB, OSC
    Amy Jost, BS, COMT, CCRC, OSC

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