March 12, 2020

Board Members: Drs. Scovill, Gross, Dexter, Sherman, Ciuffreda, Millet, Fasciani, Song, Meisel, Fitzpatrick

Call to order: 6:43 pm

Secretary:  Dr. Roula El-Moghrabi (absent)

Reviewed February 2020 Minutes, motion to accept minutes as written by Drs. Sherman and Gross, motion passed.

Treasurer:  Dr. Simona Grosu

Reviewed February P&L, motion to accept P&L by Drs. Sherman and Fitzpatrick, motion passed.

President-Elect: Dr. Alexandra Scovill

-Reviewed tentative 2021 calendar

-Discussed alternatives to vendor dinner; will tentatively give each vendor one ticket to the Holiday Party

Immediate Past President:  Dr. Robert Grazian (absent)

No Report

President:  Dr. Wendy Gross

  • Recapped 2020 COA HOD
  • Discussed Holiday Party:
    • Finalized location: Hotel Republic, Downtown San Diego
    • Finalized date: December 5, 2020
    • Proposed theme: Roaring 20s
  • New OD event and Fundraiser ideas
    • VSP sponsorship (Alcon also interested)
    • Tentative bocci ball tournament at Stone Brewing at Liberty Station in June
    • Planning committee: Drs. Gross, Millet, Fasciani, and Meisel
  • LOVC volunteer doctors needed
  • SDCOS 5-HR CE on March 22, 2020 postponed due to concerns of COVID-19; will credit those that have already paid (will look into future dates to reschedule)
  • COA Legislative Day, Sacramento, April 22, 2019 – possible cancellation due to COVID-19

 Vendor Liaison:  Dr. David N. Sherman

Discussed sponsor update

Governmental Affairs:  Dr. Richard Skay (absent)

-Discussed COA Legislative Day—April 22 and possible cancellation due to COVID-19

Professional Affairs:  Dr. Amanda Dexter

-Reviewed 2020 COA HOD

-SDCOS voted Society of the Year

-March 5-hour CE- Dr. Mile Brujic had to be cancelled due to COVID-19

-Discussed date change for Retina Symposium (May 17 to June 28) and June CE (June 11 to TBD in May)

-Updated 2020 CE Calendar

-Discussed SDCOS/COA Board Liaison

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

No Report

LOVC Liaison:  Dr. Michael Morgan (absent)

No Report

Communications:  Dr. Nickolet Boermans (absent) & Dr. Lucia Millet

April 2020 newsletter: deadline for entries is the 15th of the prior month.

Webmaster:  Dr. Ilya Volk (absent)

No Report

Membership: Dr. David Ardakani (absent)

No Report

OD Relations:  Dr. John Fitzpatrick

No Report

Peer Review:  Dr. Paul Lavin (absent)

No Report

Public Awareness:  Dr. Bob Meisel

1) Monarch School screening – Monday, February 24

– Volunteers: Dr. Skay, Dr. DiMarino, Dr. Luong (VA residents), and 3 UCSD pre-optometry students

– Screened: 214

– Referred: 53

2) Monarch exams with VSP Mobile Clinic

-Cancelled due to VSP company policy of no-travel (Previously scheduled for March 10-11)

-Tentatively re-scheduled for May 18-19 with Dr. Jenn Chinn

3) Health Fair – March 11

-Balboa Park with Dr. Newman

4) UCSD Health Fair – Saturday, April 11 10am-3pm – May be postponed due to COVID-19

-National City

-Drs. Tiana Mathieson and Bob Meisel volunteering

5) Fundraiser to replace SDCOS Golf tournament

      –See President’s report above

6) Fall semester Monarch School screening TBD

7) Veterans Stand Down – June 26-28

-SD High School

8) AOA brochures ordered for health fairs

9) Hand instruments ordered


  • Dr. Jenn Chinn – Co-Membership chair/New Member Liaison
  • Dr. Kathryn Ordonez (absent) – Sunshine Coordinator
  • Dr. Marcelline Ciuffreda – Richard Rex Fund Liaison
  • Dr. Tiana Mathieson – Co-Public Awareness
  • Dr. Nina Song – School Liaison

-Reviewed SCCO Webinar

-Discussed SCCO student bowl sponsorship; will hold for now as the event will likely be cancelled due to COVID-19

Dr. Tatyana Budarina (absent) Signs Liaison

Honorary Board Member:  Dr. Byron Newman (absent)

Administrative Director: Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz

Meeting adjourned: 7:32pm

Next Board Meeting: May 7, 2020, location: TBD