May 10, 2018 @ Braille Institute

Board Members: Drs. Biaggi, Gross, Grazian, Sherman, Morgan, Fasciani, Boermans, Millet, Cervantes, Lavin, Wong, White, Cheng


  1. Dr. Val (Guest of Dr. David Wong)
  2. Dr. Jason Tu; Announcements:
  • Distinguished Service Award (by AOA) given to Dr. Joseph Mallinger, O.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.O.; award ceremony will take place at Optometry’s meeting on June 20th in Denver, Colorado.
  • Discussed SoCal OD Mixer 2018 as well as 2018 graduating class presentations at SCCO on May 21st and Western University College of Optometry on May 22nd (12-1pm). Looking for members to attend.

Call to order: 6:40pm

Secretary: Dr. Wendy Gross

  • Reviewed March Minutes. Motion by Grazian and Morgan to approve meeting minutes as written. Motion passes.

Treasurer: Dr. Michelle Biaggi

  • Review P&L
  • SoCal OD Mixer 2018 – VSP sponsored $2500; only $50 extra per society. An iPad will be raffled off and there will be a free drink ticket for every attendee.
  • By-Laws for SDCOS checks – Current codified policy says 2 signatures needed on every check, but may cause delays. Dr. Biaggi proposed we change to 1 signature on every check or amend to match more realistic practices. No decision made at this time.

President-Elect: Dr. Robert Grazian

  • COA has requested that SDCOS hold a reception for Brian Jones, candidate for 38th District, California State Senate. Location will be Dr. Grazian’s office in Santee. Date and time TBD. Looking for ~30 attendees.

Immediate Past President/Richard Rex Fund: Dr. Ketan Bakriwala No report

President: Dr. Michael Morgan

  • Political Donation status
  • Thursdays 2 Hr Meeting update – Ketan will be leading the next board meeting
  • International Optometry Conference – Scotland proposed advertising for advertising exchange. May offer advertisement in our newsletter, but no money exchange.
  • 2018 Graduating Class Presentations (COA) – Looking for members to attend upcoming events (Western University College of Optometry Tuesday May 22, 12-1pm)

Vendor Liaison: Dr. Dave Sherman
Sponsor Update:

  • Luxottica is interested in becoming a sponsor for SDCOS – Waiting for an official application or offer, no decision made at this time.

Governmental Affairs: Dr. Dick Skay
No report

Professional Affairs: Dr. Morgan for Dr. Amanda Dexter

  • Optometry’s Meeting (Denver, CO): AOA Distinguished Service Award (Dr, Mallinger) and AOA OD of the Year (Dr. Redman). COA would like to host a dinner on Wednesday, June 20th.
    • Motion by Sherman and White to contribute $5,000 to dinner; funds coming from facility rental/catering. Motion passes.

HCDS:Dr. Drew Fasciani
No Report

LOVC Liaison: Dr. Erin Swift
No Report

Communications: Dr. Nickolet Boermans & Dr. Lucia Millet
Newsletter due date

Webmaster: Dr. Susan Cervantes
-Square is taking over for Paypal

OD Relations: Dr. John Fitzpatrick
-List is working well

Peer Review: Dr. Paul Lavin
No report

Public Awareness: Dr. Bob Meisel
No Report

Membership: Dr. Eric White

  • New Grad BBQ – might need venue change due to renovations at Dr. White’s house.
  • Imperial Valley Optometric Society proposal- would like to merge with San Diego. Will propose change to COA.
  • Dr. Eric White will be leaving the board – No decision made on replacement at this time.

Dr. Patty Cheng
Dr. David Ardakani (Not Attending)
Dr. David Wong

Honorary Board Member:
Dr. Byron Newman

Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz

Meeting ended: 7:50pm
Next meeting: Thurs, August 9th, location TBD