Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, is an associate professor of surgery and director of optometric services at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She serves as a teacher and mentor to ophthalmology residents, optometry externs and medical students. Dr. Sclafani accepts numerous invitations to speak at conferences and seminars around the country and is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. She has received numerous awards and honors for demonstrating exceptional clinical expertise and teaching skills including Illinois Young Optometrist of the Year in 1998, Optometrist of the Year in 2008 and ICO Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Sclafani has also been appointed to positions of leadership in several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric as Past-Chair of the Cornea and Contact Lens section Association, and is  Past- President of the Illinois Optometric Association. She resides in Chicago with her husband Jeff, Optos North America,  and son Liam and she serves as a consultant for the Chicago Blackhawks. Dr. Sclafani was selected by Review of Optometry as one of the Top 10 Females at the Forefront of Optometry.


Vice President

Melanie J Denton, OD, FAAO, is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2005) and the Michigan College of Optometry (2009). In 2010, she completed a one-year residency in Ocular Disease at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami. Dr. Denton is currently in private practice in Salisbury, NC, where she specializes in dry eye management and is an active InfantSEE provider. She is involved locally with the Kiwanis and Civitan Clubs of Salisbury. Nationally, in addition to the Women of Vision executive board, Dr. Denton is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry and the American Optometric Association. She is also active in Volunteers for Optometric Services to Humanity of North Carolina (VOSH-NC) as secretary. Her current clinical interests include pediatric optometry, ocular disease, and dry eye management.




Pam Theriot, OD, FAAO began her education with receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry & Biology from Rice University. She then completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry in May 2001. She completed a residency in Vision Therapy/Pediatrics at State University of New York, College of Optometry. Dr. Theriot currently provids patient care as the only Optometrist at the Syracuse Eye Center.  She is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, member of the New York State Optometric Association, and a past president of the Southern Arizona Optometric Association.



Mandy Mataya Pietig is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Illinois College of Optometry. She is currently working in a private practice in Ankeny, Iowa. Her clinical focus includes advanced contact lens fitting and pediatric optometry. Dr. Mataya Pietig enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, cheering for the Hawkeyes, boating, golfing or any outdoor activity.





Special Advisor

Dr. Christine W. Sindt is a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.  She completed a disease based residency at the Cleveland VA Medical Center.  Dr. Sindt joined the Faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 1995, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Contact Lens Service.  Dr Sindt is a Fellow in the Academy of Optometry.  She was the 2010-2011 Chair of the AOA Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Past president of Women of Vision and Immediate Past President of the Scleral Lens Education Society.  Dr. Sindt is Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry and an Associate Editor for Review of Cornea and Contact Lens. 




Special Advisor

Glenda Secor, OD, FAAO, is currently in private practice in Huntington Beach, California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section, and is a past Chair of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technology. Dr. Secor is an active member of the American Optometric Association and currently serves as a Council Member of Contact Lens and Cornea Section. In recent years, she served as the New Practitioner Practice Management Project Team Chair. Her honors include being named California Optometrist of the Year in 2006 by the California Optometric Association, being named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Optical by Vision Monday in 2004, and being selected as Distinguished Practitioner in Optometry for the National Academies of Practice in 2003. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California College of Optometry. She has been a clinical investigator for numerous manufacturers and has lectured, served on editorial boards, and published extensively. Dr. Secor received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University.



Member at Large

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO is a principal optometrist at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she performs primary and medical eMelissa Barnett, ODye examinations and fits contact lenses including specialty contact lenses in addition to teaching optics and contact lenses to ophthalmology residents. She lectures and has been published on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses, corneal collagen cross-linking and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is also a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and has appeared on several television shows. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga and spending time with her husband, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex (6) and Drew (4).

Member at Large

Dr. Lori Grover is nationally recognized clinician in the field of vision impairment and rehabilitation, and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU-SOM) Wilmer Eye Institute.  A 1990 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Grover earned her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  As Research Director for JHU-SOM Office of Women in Science and Medicine, she increased awareness of institutional gender issues while promoting interventions that targeted disparities related to women’s professional development.  Dr. Grover’s work spans the intersections of evidence-based education and practice, health policy, health economics, health informatics, and health services research.  Her primary interests focus on care delivery and chronic conditions in the aging population, disparities in access to health care, and policies that improve wellness of people with chronic vision impairment.  She is a Past Chair of the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Section (AOA VRS) Council, and currently serves on the AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee and Member Engagement Committee.  She is a Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Optometry of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Vision Care Section (VCS) Counsilor of the American Public Health Association.  Dr. Grover was appointed by the Governor of Maryland's Office of Health Care Reform to the Maryland Essential Health Benefits Committee and contributed to the Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013.  Recent publications include “Health Services Utilization and Cost of Retinitis Pigmentosa” in Archives of Ophthalmology, and “Treatment of Retrochiasmal Visual Field Defects” in Current Treatment Options in Neurology. She is an international educator and advocate for improving access to care for patients across professions. 

Immediate Past President

Gretchyn M. Bailey, NCLC, FAAO, is Editor in Chief and Content Channel Director of Optometry Times. She is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in journalism. She fell into eye care by a twist of fate, and she has been here for the past 21 years. She has served as Associate Publisher of AOA News and Optometry; Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses; Director of Special Projects for Review of Optometry and Review of Ophthalmology; and Executive Editor of Contact Lens Spectrum. Ms. Bailey is NCLE certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Founding President
Rhonda Robinson, OD, FAAO, earned her Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University in 1982. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Indiana Optometric Association, and the Society of the Central Indiana Optometric Association. She is a leader in the national optometric community and the founding president of Women of Vision. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the various schools of optometry in North America and continuing education programs. She is a regular contributor to optometric journals and serves as a contributing editor of Optometric Management. She has been a guest on The Martha Stewart Show and The Doctors discussing her forte: fitting multi-focal contact lenses; and was recognized by Vision Monday as one of the top 50 women in optical and by Review of Optometry as one of the top 10 most influential women in optometry.
Charter Members
Rhonda S. Robinson, OD
Jan Jurkus, OD
Mary Jo Steigemeier, ODCharter Members
Linda Casser, OD
Kristine Eng, OD
Kelly Kerksick, O
Millicent Knight, OD
Glenda Secor, OD
Jennifer Smythe, OD
Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD
Denise Whittam, OD
Siu G. Wong, OD, MPH
Sally M. Dillehay, OD, EdD
Christine Sindt, OD
Gretchyn M. Bailey, NCLC, FAAO