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Erich A. Hinel, OD

Chair Cincinnati, Ohio (At-large Member) Dr. Hinel became an American Board of Optometry Diplomate in January 2014.  He practices at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, where he completed a residency in ocular disease before joining the staff.  He attended The Ohio State University for optometry school, and completed a master’s degree in vision science.  Hinel was Read More …

Paul A. Hodge, OD, FAAO

Vice Chair Allegan, Michigan (Appointed by the American Optometric Association) Dr. Hodge is a 1985 graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry and became an American Board of Optometry Diplomate in July 2011.  He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 2000. Hodge served as president of the Michigan Optometric Association Read More …

Stanley Woo, OD, MS, MBA

Treasurer Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Appointed by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry) Dr. Woo currently serves as the Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He previously held the position of Dean of Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University for four years as part Read More …

Michael D. Gerstner, OD

Secretary Memphis, Tennessee (At-Large Member) Dr. Gerstner is a 1997 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, and completed a residency in ocular disease at Southern Eye Associates in Memphis. He earned his bachelor of science degree in biology from Indiana University in 1993. He currently serves as an associate professor and chief of the Read More …

Diane Adamczyk, OD

Clifton, NJ (Appointed by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry) Dr. Adamczyk has served as the Director of Residency Education at SUNY College of Optometry since 1999, where she is also a professor. A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry, she completed a residency at the Newington VA Hospital in Newington, Connecticut and began Read More …

Niloufar Soltanian, OD

Atlanta, Georgia (Appointed by American Optometric Student Association) Dr. Soltanian is a 2013 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at Omni Eye Services, where she is now employed full-time as a staff optometrist specializing in ocular disease and pre- and post-operative management of surgical patients. She also Read More …

Russell Newman, CPA

Austin, Texas (Public Member) Mr. Newman currently serves as the president of Healthtronics, Inc. He received his master’s in professional accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed CPA with extensive experience in the healthcare market. Mr. Newman brings broad operational, financial and leadership skills to the board and will provide Read More …

Kristen Thelen, OD

Gainesville, Georgia (At-Large Member) As an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Emory University, Dr. Thelen brings both clinical and academic viewpoints to the board. A graduate of Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Thelen completed a residency in ocular disease and surgical co-management at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta and became an ABO Diplomate in 2015. Read More …

Matthew Gerstberger, OD

Garden City, Kansas (Appointed by the American Optometric Association) Dr. Gerstberger is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry and is currently in private practice in Garden City, Kansas. He has been a Diplomate with the American Board of Optometry since 2013, is a member of the American Optometric Association and serves on the Kansas Read More …

David Sterna, OD

Lorain, Ohio (At-Large Member) Dr. Sterna currently practices in Northeastern Ohio with a focus in medical optometry and disease management. He was among the first group to take the board certification exam and has been a valuable part of our volunteer network ever since. He has served on various committees including item writing, exam review, Read More …

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO

Brooklyn, New York (Appointed by American Academy of Optometry) Katherine M. Mastrota is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Optometry and its 2007 Alumna of the Year. Dr. Mastrota is Program Chair of the Anterior Segment Section of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum, Optometry Times and the Read More …