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New KOA President Dr. Chad J. Thompson

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 TOPEKA – More than 450 people attended the 2014 Kansas Optometric Association Convention, which took place April 24-26 in Topeka.

   The 2014-15 Board of Directors was installed.  The new officers include: Dr. Chad J. Thompson, Beloit, President; Dr. Dawn D. Williams, Garden City, President-Elect; Dr. Eric C. McPeak, Hiawatha, Secretary-Treasurer; Dr. Wayne R. Hemphill, Olathe, Director; Dr. Clifford L. Holt, Shawnee, Director; Dr. Julie A. Toon, Wichita, Director;  Dr. Stacy A. Clark, Salina, Zone President; Dr. Jeremy M. Durham, Wichita, Zone President; Dr. Matthew C. Gerstberger, Garden City, Zone President; Dr. Jon Stoppel, Gardner, Zone President; Dr. Charles Rottinghaus, Topeka, Zone President; Dr. Matt D. Skahan, Iola, Zone President; Dr. Seth A. Thibault, Pratt, Zone President; and Dr. Jason C. Eubank, Wichita, Past President.

   Dr. Sharon M. Green, Lawrence, was named 2014 Optometrist of the Year for her outstanding service to the public and the profession.

   The 2014 Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Dr. Wayne R. Hemphill, Olathe, and Dr. Jason B. Rogers, Overland Park, for their meritorious and faithful service to the profession and citizens of Kansas.

   The William A. Carriger, Sr., Legislative Service Award was presented to Bill Brady and John C. Peterson, Topeka, for their work in the political process.

   Dr. Dawn D. Williams, Garden City, was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Young Optometrist of the Year Award for her numerous contributions to the profession.

   Also recognized were the 2013-2014 Leadership KOA class, which included Drs. Kathleen Ammel, Ottawa; Logan Banister, Derby; Kari Burchett, Osawatomie; Lance Eisenbarth, Topeka; Jace Giannetti, Augusta; Amanda Hursh, El Dorado; Stacey Jones, Hays; Marc Randall, El Dorado; and Jacob Shaw, Wichita.

   The 2014-2015 Leadership KOA class was announced at the meeting.  The members include Drs. Mike Atteberry, Topeka; Katy Conway, Salina; Dajana Komandina, Wichita; Andrew Piester, Pratt; Brandon Smith, Salina; Erin Smith, Salina; Anthony Taylor, Hays; and Phil Walters, McPherson.

   The 2014 Vision Service Award was presented to the Abilene School District for their unique vision and learning project.  Superintendent, Dr. Denise Guy and Assistant Superintendent Chris Cooper were present to accept the award.  This is the highest award that the Kansas Optometric Association presents outside the profession.

   Optometrists were able to attend 14 hours of continuing education on the latest developments in eye health and vision care for re-licensure.  Among those attending were: Drs. David Cooper, Nicklaus Richmond, and Chad Thompson of Beloit.

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