2018-2019 Board of Directors



President: Jessica M. Barr, COMT, ROUB

Jessica is an Implementation Specialist and Education Liaison for Quidel Corporation and has over 14 years of clinical ophthalmology experience. She regularly participates in continuing education activities and has taught dozens of IJCAHPO accredited lectures and workshops at local, regional, and national meetings. She is the Past-President of the Philadelphia Regional Ophthalmic Society. Jessica has served in numerous capacities on the ATPO Board of Directors for the past 5 years. 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.


 

President-Elect: 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 IJCAHPO and ATPO. Along with his strong passion for ophthalmic sciences, he is a classically trained cellist, pianist, and opera singer. He still performs in venues across the country.


 

Vice President: Jacqueline Pullos, COMT

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 IJCAHPO 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."



 

Immediate Past President: Amy Jost, BS, COMT, CCRC, CTC

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.


 

Treasurer: Suzanne Hansen, MEd, COMT, OSC

Suzanne has focused her career on ophthalmic education for nearly 15 years. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor and Co-Program Director for the Tarrant County College Ophthalmic Assistant Program in Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, she served as the Chair for the Department of Ophthalmic Technologies at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' (UAMS) College of Health Professions, and served as Program Director for the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Bachelor of Science Program. Suzanne completed her Master of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, specializing in Adult Education. While working as part of the clinic staff at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS as an ophthalmic medical technologist, Suzanne earned her COMT certification. Prior to completing the program at UAMS, Suzanne worked as an optometric assistant while earning her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Hendrix College. Suzanne is an avid advocate for our profession and is honored to give back by serving on the ATPO Board of Directors.



 

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 ICA
 
 
  Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT, OSC
  Barbara Harris, PA, MBA, COT, OSC