Hammonds Elected Presidentof SECO International
SECO International elected a new president and slate of officers during its annual House of Delegates meeting at SECO 2017—widely recognized as the largest global optometric education meeting for eye care professionals—in Atlanta.
Lynn Hammonds, O.D.—first elected to the SECO International Executive Committee in 2013—was named president. She’s practiced optometry at EyeCare Associates in Hoover, Alabama since 1996 and became increasingly involved with the Southern Council for Optometrists in the mid-2000’s, serving as an Alabama Trustee. Dr. Hammonds has been on the Alabama Board of Scholarships and Awards since 1996 and been Chair of the Optometry Cares Foundation, Scholarship/Endowment Committee since 2012.
Other newly installed officers include: Emilio Balius, O.D., President-Elect; J. Max Ernst, O.D., Vice President; Max Raynor, O.D. Treasurer; Richard Durocher, O.D., Secretary; and Ted McElroy, O.D., Immediate Past President.
“I’m honored to serve SECO International in this capacity and continue the important, excellent work Dr. McElroy began,” says Hammonds. “SECO 2017 is a excellent event, full of inspiring education sessions, cutting-edge products and technology and fun-filled networking events.”
Each spring, more than 6,000 optometrists and ophthalmic professionals from around the globe gather at SECO’s flagship meeting to learn about the latest research, innovations and techniques in the profession.
SECO 2017 features 100 world-class speakers presenting more than 200 continuing education courses for optometrists and ophthalmic professionals, including five special sessions, 37 hands-on learning labs and the new MedPRO360 program. In addition, attendees are able to view the latest products and technologies in the expansive exhibit hall and partake in 50 social and affiliate events.
In addition to Lynn’s vast involvement in SECO International, she has also served the UABSO Alumni Association board, culminating in serving as our President in 2004. She was the UABSO Alumna of the Year in 2012. She has been in private practice optometry in Hoover since 1992. She and her husband Michael have a daughter Laura who is a senior at Auburn University.
Baker Elected Secretary of the American Optometric Student Association
Andy Mackner has been elected the 50th president of the American Optometric Student Association. A third-year optometry student at Pacific University College of Optometry, Mackner chairs AOSA’s Advocacy Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia College and calls Pelican Rapids, MN, home.
Other officers elected Jan. 7 are:
- Vice President Melissa Zaleski of Nova Southeastern University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biobehavioral health from Penn State University.
- Secretary Jodi Baker of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Auburn University.
- Treasurer Jon Beeson of Inter American University of Puerto Rico holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Arizona State University.
The four will begin their terms in March, taking the reins from President Erick Henderson, Vice President Lauren Fereday, Secretary Christin DeMoss and Treasurer Evan Tirado.
Briggs Honored as Georgia Optometrist of the Year
Dr. J. Judson Briggs, O.D., UABSO Class of 1982, was recently selected by his peers to receive the Georgia Optometrist of the Year Award. The Optometrist of the Year Award is the highest honor which may be bestowed upon any active GOA member, recognizing the recipient as the most outstanding Georgia optometrist for the past twelve months, honoring the recipient’s past and present, unique and broad contribution to optometric and public service. Dr. Briggs is the immediate past president of the Georgia Optometric Association, having also served in numerous other leadership positions within the organization.
Judd is pictured here with his wife Tammy and daughter Rebecca.
Stevens Named West Virginia Young Optometrist of the Year
Jennifer L. Stevens, O.D., UABSO Class of 2010, has been named the 2016 West Virginia Young Optometrist of the Year for her performance of outstanding services on behalf of the profession and to the visual welfare of the public.
Dr. Stevens graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2006, and completed her Doctor of Optometry at the UAB School of Optometry in 2010, with Beta Sigma Kappa Honors. Following a residency in Ocular Disease at the Huntington, WV Veterans Hospital in 2011, she joined her parents at Whittington Eye Care Associates in her hometown of Charleston, WV. She is an active member of the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians, serving on numerous committees. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association, and serves on the Remote Area Medical team providing eye care in her community.
In 2016, when flooding ravaged West Virginia just miles from her office, Dr. Stevens worked diligently to provide for her community’s eye care needs – organizing six months of free contacts and a replacement pair of glasses for those in need.
Jennifer Stevens and her husband, Nathaniel (UABSO Class of 2010) have two sons, Jacob and William.
Sullins Honored by National Board of Examiners in Optometry
William David “Trey” Sullins, III, O.D, UABSO Class of 1995, was recently honored for seventeen years of service to the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) on the Exam Development Committee and Council. In this role, Dr. Sullins authored many patient cases, mainly covering ocular disease topics, for use as exam materials, often providing his own photography of the subject matter. Regarding his many years spend contributing to the NBEO in relation to his practice, Dr. Sullins noted that “this experience has been a team effort. I greatly appreciate the support provided to me by my practice partners who helped expand the volume of exam material by sharing their interesting and challenging cases. Also, they provided coverage for patients when I travelled to the NBEO.”
Trey Sullins is a 1995 graduate of the UAB School of Optometry, where he was active in student organizations and participated in three oversees mission trips with his classmates. In 1996, he completed a primary care/ocular disease residency in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, through NOVA Southeastern University. Dr. Sullins and his wife, Dr. Christa Sullins (UABSO Class of 1995) then joined the private practice founded by his grandfather in his hometown of Athens, TN.
Dr. Sullins was presented with a plaque to commemorate his service to the NBEO