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Young Optometrist of the Year Nominees & Recipients



Annually, societies may select one of their own to receive their society's Young Optometrist of the Year award, and submit the name to POA for the annual state Young Optometrist of the Year award. This award is presented to an individual who has been in practice for 10 years or less. The state recipient is then nominated for the annual AOA Young Optometrist of the Year award.

 

Recipients of the Young Optometrist of the Year Award

Year Nominees
* Denotes State Recipient
Local Society
2017 Heidi Sensenig, O.D.
*Erin Draper, O.D.
Erin Heinly, O.D.
Daniel Strybos, O.D.
James Deom, O.D.
Shauna Lushko, O.D.
BCOS
BMOS
CPOS
LCOS
NEPOS
WPOS
2016 Jacquelyn Horst, O.D.
Shana Barrett Zeitlin, O.D.
Molly Clymer, O.D.
Ashley Wagner, O.D.
Lorrie Cheng, O.D.
Joseph Ozbold, O.D.
*Maura Massucci, O.D.
BCOS
BMOS
CPOS
NEPOS
PCOS
SWOS
WPOS
2015 Karen Heaney, O.D.
Jessica Young, O.D.
Christie Cardellino, O.D.
*Jennifer McGrath, O.D.
BCOS
MCOS
SWOS
WPOS
2014 Leah M. Stevens, O.D.
*Kara J. Shirley, O.D.
SWOS
WPOS
2013 Karen E. Rule, O.D.
*Michelle L. Beachkofsky, O.D.
Christine M. Weld, O.D.
Andrea N. Russell, O.D.
Jesse Jones, O.D.
Ashley M. Mastrine, O.D.
Michael T. McGrath, O.D.
BCOS
BMOS
CPOS
MCOS
PCOS
SWOS
WPOS
2012 *Lori Gray, O.D.
Mary E. Good, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Vladislav Petcov, O.D.
Andrea N. Russell, O.D.
Matthew R. Sheridan, O.D.
Joseph A. Terravecchia, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
LCOS
MCOS
SWOS
WPOS
2011 Stephen E. Hess, O.D.
Mario J. Saracino, O.D.
*Matthew A. Mastrine, O.D.
Jimmy T. Nguyen, O.D.
Jessica L. Young, O.D.
Shannon L. Mihalacki, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
MCOS
PCOS
SWOS
WPOS
2010 Lori Gray, O.D.
Michael P. Higgins, O.D.
Michelle F. Skumanick, O.D.
*Jessica L. Young, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
NEPOS
SWOS
2009 *Stephen E. Hess, O.D.
Andrew L. Leitzel, O.D.
Jarett A. Mazzarella, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Charlene Maloney, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
SWOS
WPOS
2008 Lori Gray, O.D.
Leslie E. O'Dell, O.D.
Rebecca L. Schoonover, O.D.
*Rebecca L. Wincek-Bateson, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
NEPOS
SWOS
2007 * Vivian M. Descant, O.D.
Sherry L. Winn, O.D.
Christine M. Weldon, O.D.
Veronica A. Wolf, O.D.
BMOS
NEPOS
PCOS
SWOS
2006 Stephen Hess, O.D.
Matthew Link, O.D.
Nicole Beckish, O.D.
Soshella Jalaluddin, O.D.
Ryan Imler, O.D.
Emily Zane, O.D.
*Daniel F. Russell, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
NEOS
PCOS
SWOS
WPOS
SWOS
2005 John A. Lieto, O.D.
Soshella Jalaluddin, O.D.
Daniel F. Russell, O.D.
*Michael J. Cross, O.D.
CDOS
PCOS
SWOS
WPOS
2004 Vivian Descant, O.D.
Kimberly F. Boyer, O.D.
Ryan D. Imler, O.D.
Gerald S. Bell, O.D.
*Lisa Buraks, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
SWOS
WPOS
(PCOS nominee from 2001 & 2002)
2003 Steven Eiss, O.D.
Lora Smith, O.D.
Robert Haak, O.D.
Greg Caldwell, O.D.
Richard Santasania, O.D.
Ryan D. Imler, O.D.
*Maria Eger, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
CDOS
MCOS
NEOS
SWOS
WPOS
2002 Todd Pierzchala, O.D.
Lisa Buraks, O.D.
*Rebecca Knorr, O.D.
BMOS
PCOS
WPOS
2001 John Godfrey, O.D.
Shelby Sieber, O.D.
Talitha D’Italia, O.D.
Tammy Warmouth, O.D.
Lisa Buraks, O.D.
Keith Hilliard, O.D.
*Danielle DesGroseilliers Staresinic, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
CDOS
NEOS
PCOS
SWOS
WPOS
2000 Randall Bumsted, O.D.
*Michael Cymbor, O.D.
Scott Rutkoski, O.D.
Kimberly Riggs, O.D.
Noah Eger, O.D.
CDOS
MCOS
NOS
SWOS
WPOS
1999 Marianne Boltz, O.D.
Daniel Toocheck, O.D.
*Carl J. Urbanski, O.D.
Karen Solofsky, O.D.
Gina Dyda-Owens, O.D.
Kimberly Riggs, O.D.
CPOS
CDOS
NEOS
PCOS
SWOS (society tie)
SWOS (society tie)
1998 Michele Shade-Hinchliffe, O.D.
Richard Hope, O.D.
Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D.
Robert Strohecker, O.D.
Sandra West, O.D.
*Dawn Hornberger, O.D.
BMOS
CPOS
MCOS
NOS
PCOS
(nominee from 1997)
1997 Dawn Hornberger, O.D.
*Andrew Gurwood, O.D.
James Grove, O.D.
R. Bruce Catando, O.D.
Peter Theodorous, O.D.
G. William Orren, III, O.D.
Mark Shust, O.D.
Kimberly Riggs, O.D.
Philip J. Schaville, O.D.
BCOS
BMOS
CPOS
CDOS
MCOS
NOS
PCOS
SWOS
WPOS
1996 Maria Parisi, O.D.
Mark Boas, O.D.
Debra Wolaniuk, O.D.
Laurie Labuda, O.D.
*Janice Bianchi, O.D.
BMOS
CDOS
LCOS
SWOS
WPOS