February 6, 2020 @ NVISION Eye Center

Board Members: Drs. Gross, Scovill, Grosu, El-Moghrabi, Grazian, Ardakani, Dexter, Skay, Millet, Boermans, Meisel, Fasciani, Budarina, Newman, Sherman, Lavin, Volk, and Ordonez.


Call to order: 6:45pm.


Secretary:  Dr. Roula El-Moghrabi

Reviewed January 2020 Minutes, motion by Dr Meisel, second by Dr Boermans, to accept minutes as written, motion passed.


Treasurer:  Dr. Simona Grosu

Reviewed  January P&L.


President-Elect: Dr. Alexandra Scovill

Discussed ideas for alternative to vendor dinner.


Immediate Past President:  Dr. Robert Grazian

No Report.


President:  Dr. Wendy Gross

  • Discussed Annual Holiday Party considerations:
    • Location: Hotel Republic, Downtown San Diego.
  • Proposed date: December 5, 2020.
  • Discussed possible theme ie. Gatsby.
  • Discussed SDCOS 2-HR CE, Handlery Hotel, Thursday February 13th.
  • Discussed COA House of Delegates in Los Angeles on February 21-22, 2020.
    • COA will be hosting a membership huddle to talk about society membership recruitment and retention strategy. Each society is encouraged to send 1-3 representatives
      • Drs. Gross and Ardakani will participate.
  • Discussed COA Legislative Day, Sacramento, April 22, 2020.


Vendor Liaison:  Dr. David N. Sherman

  • Voted on 2020 Sponsors:
    • Motion by Dr. Sherman, second by Dr Meisel, to accept Alcon, Newsight, Vision West, Novartis, Vistakon and Westpack as sustaining sponsors, motion passed.
  • Motion by Dr. Sherman, second by Dr. Volk, Motion passed by email vote for Sun Ophthalmics to be approved as a 2020 sustaining sponsor in the miscellaneous category.


Governmental Affairs:  Dr. Richard Skay

No Report.


Professional Affairs:  Dr. Amanda Dexter

Discussed 2-HR CE – Dr. Maria Walker on Feb 13, 2020.


COA Health Care Delivery Systems (HCDS) Liaison:  Dr. Andrew Fasciani

No Report.


LOVC Liaison:  Dr. Michael Morgan (absent)

No Report.


Communications:  Dr. Nickolet Boermans & Dr. Lucia Millet

February newsletter:  deadline for entries is 15th of the prior month.


Webmaster:  Dr. Ilya Volk

  • Discussed ideas about how to recruit more sponsors.
  • Discussed ideas for social media and recording future events, meetings and CE’s.


Membership: Dr. David Ardakani

Discussed alternative ideas about New Member BBQ in June.


OD Relations:  Dr. John Fitzpatrick (absent)

No Report.


Peer Review:  Dr. Paul Lavin

Discussed peer review report.


Public Awareness:  Dr. Bob Meisel

  • Monarch screening:
    • Monday 24 February
    • Skay and Meisel volunteering.
  • Monarch examswith VSP Mobile Clinic
  • Tuesday – Wednesday 10-11 March
    • Jenn Chinn volunteering all day on the 10th
    • Need 1-2 ODs for the 11th
  • UCSD Health Fair:
    • Saturday 11 April 10 am – 3 pm
    • Mathieson and Meisel volunteering.
  • Golf tournament
    • Ideas for alternative activity: Craft Beer
  • Veterans Stand Down2020
    • No dates yet but probably late June.
    • Possible Sponsorship by SDCOS.
  • Discussed purchase of AOA pamphlets/brochures.
  • Discussed purchase of Hand held instruments.
  • Discussed Mission Trips to Mexico in 2020:
    • lionsinsight.net



Dr. Jenn Chinn (absent)                                Co-Membership chair/New Member Liaison

Dr. Kathryn Ordonez                                      Sunshine Coordinator

Dr. Marcelline Ciuffreda (absent)              Richard Rex Fund Liaison

Dr. Tiana Mathieson (absent)                     Co-Public Awareness

Dr. Nina Song (absent)                                   School Liaison

Dr. Tatyana Budarina                                      Signs Liaison


Honorary Board Member:  Dr. Byron Newman

No Report.


Administrative Director: Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz.

Guests: Dr. Steven Giang and future Dr. Shelby Esambolchi.

Meeting adjourned: 7:56pm.

Next Board Meeting: March 12, 2020, at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute.