List of GOA Committees 2017-2018

The GOA's Committee roster provides members with the opportunity to become involved within the association and make their voices heard. Member participation is essential to ensure a thriving and successful association. Please read the committees below and fill out the form HERE  to serve on a committee. All committees will be chosen by June 23, 2017.   

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Chair: Dr. Paige Foster and Vice Chair: Dr. Charlie Ficco

  • Plans and organizes GOA-sponsored continuing education
  • Assists in finding and selecting speakers and topics for GOA CE programs
  • Helps with onsite class monitoring
  • Assists GOA staff with gaining COPE approval for continuing education courses

  • GRASSROOTS COMMITTEE

    Co Chairs: Drs. Gregg Russell and Darrell Sorah

  • Develops and implements strategies to organize and grow the GOA's legislative key people structure
  • Recruits key people for targeted legislators and schedules legislative meetings with legislators in key districts
  • Supports communications network among GOA members regarding legislative issues
  • Promotes GOA member involvement in campaigning for election of legislators

  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

    Co Chairs: Drs. Tom Spetalnick and Nacondus Gamble

  • Designs and implements strategic programs to maintain and grow the GOA's membership
  • Committee designates one member to act as the student liaison to develop relationships with the schools of optometry specifically in the southern region
  • Reaches out to current members considering dropping their membership in an effort to retain them

  • YOUNG OD COMMITTEE

    Chair: Dr. Rebecca Briggs-Garnier and Vice Chair: Dr. Jessica Hall

  • A committee for newly licensed optometrists to meet and network with one another in a social setting, in turn increasing their involvement with the GOA
  • Identifies issues affecting newer optometrists and how the GOA can provide further guidance
  • Brainstorms and implements ideas on how to increase involvement with the younger members
  • Recruits and engages other young ODs to network and participate in GOA events and committees

  • PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

    Chair: Dr. Mehrdad Saadat

  • Works with our Public Relations consultant to raise public awareness of Georgia optometry with the goal of having committee members from across the state aid in local PR efforts
  • Will develop a promotional video for the GOA

  • CORPORATE AFFILIATE COMMITTEE

    Chair: Dr. Melonie Clemmons

  • Provides services designed specifically for optometrists employed in a corporate setting
  • Conduct focus groups and enhance communications to assist corporate affiliated ODs become more involved with GOA, increase practice revenues and improve quality care to patients

  • COMMUNITY HEALTH COMMITTEE

    Co Chairs: Drs. Joe Rouw and Nadira Shadeed

  • Increases optometry’s participation in charitable and community health events
  • Creates network of optometrists throughout the state interested in performing courtesy eye care services for those in need and provides information on those events in need of optometrists
  • Supports work of PR Committee to promote public education regarding the importance of eye care and eye exams
  • Each committee is to be made up of a chairperson or co-chairs and with additional members based upon interest and availability. All committees will convene twice per year after business hours at the GOA headquarters at 400 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA. The times and locations will be at the discretion of the chair.

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