November 7, 2019 @ The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo

Board Members: Drs. Scovill, Grazian, Gross, Biaggi, Skay, Sherman, Wong, Morgan, Ciuffreda, Millet, Fasciani, Ardakani

Meeting began: 7:07pm

Secretary:  Dr. Alexandra Scovill

Reviewed October 2019 Minutes, motion to accept minutes as written by Drs. Skay and Morgan, motion passed.

Treasurer:  Dr. Wendy Gross

Reviewed 2019 October financial statement and 2019 Year to Date P&L, 2020 Budget has been drafted and still needs to be approved by the board.

President-Elect: Dr. Michelle Biaggi

No Report

Immediate Past President:  Dr. Michael Morgan

No Report

President: Dr. Robert Grazian

  • Discussed SDCOS 2-HR CE, Handlery Hotel, Thursday, November 14th, 2019, Dr. Justin Kwan, O.D., MGD, and dry eye technology.
  • Discussed Annual Holiday Party, Dec. 7th, Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, $40 per person, includes banquet dinner, two drink tickets, and raffle. Music DJ, dance floor, and photobooth.
  • Discussed LOVC volunteer doctors needed to perform eye exams M-F, 9-12:30pm at LOVC Clinic.
  • Discussed House of Delegates, Feb. 21-22, 2020, Los Angeles, Renaissance Airport Hotel, Sign-up sheet available.
  • Discussed COA Legislative Day, April 22, 2020, Sacramento.
  • Discussed New SDCOS President notebook computer.
  • New Trustees, Board nominations:
    • Secretary: Dr. Roula El-Magrabi
    • Webmaster: Dr. Ilya Volk
    • Trustees: Drs. Tatyana B, Song, Mathieson
    • Motion to accept new board members by Drs. Grazian and Skay, motion passed
  • Discussed Annual membership meeting on November 14th, closed doors.
  • Reviewed Society employee annual review. Motion to approve employee review by Drs. Skay and Sherman, motion passed.

 Vendor Liaison:  Dr. Dave Sherman

  • Voted on 2020 Sponsors:
    • Motion to accept NVISION as a platinum sponsor by Drs. Skay and Sherman, motion passed.
    • Motion to accept Nordic Natural and Coopervision as sustaining sponsors by Drs. Skay and Sherman, motion passed.
  • Discussed educational event request, Paragon CRT event tentative July 16, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm, Henry Restaurant. No cost to SDCOS.

Governmental Affairs:  Dr. Dick Skay

Discussed annual optometric political funds available for donation.

Professional Affairs:  Dr. Amanda Dexter (absent)

  • Attendance of October 17th 2-HR CE, total members and guests: 103, and total number included 20 sponsors.

HCDS:  Dr. Andrew Fasciani

No Report

LOVC Liaison:  Dr. David Wong

No Report

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

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

Webmaster:  Dr. Stephanie Le (absent)

Discussed MailChimp communication platform.

OD Relations:  Dr. John Fitzpatrick (absent) Dr. Grazian for Dr. Fitzpatrick

  • Purged the OD’s from the list who don’t want to be called for fill-in work.
  • SDCOS member complaint about excess cell phone usage throughout CE meeting.

Peer Review:  Dr. Paul Lavin (absent)

No Report

Public Awareness: Dr. Bob Meisel (absent) Dr. Grazian for Dr. Meisel

1) Reviewed Monarch School stats: 72 patients seen with 68 Rxs prescribed

Thank you to Drs. Skay, Recker, Chen, Grazian, and Meisel for their volunteer assistance.

2)  Monarch spring semester screening and exam dates are yet to be determined.

3) Discussed UCSD AMSA health fair in National City at Montgomery-Waller Park,

Informational only; passing out brochures and answering questions.

Saturday, April 11, 2020, 10:00am -3:00pm.

4) Discussed the future of SDCOS golf tournament (w/o Dr. Meisel coordinating it), will re-address at the next meeting.

Membership: Dr. David Ardakani

  • Reviewed October 20th COA President’s Council meeting.
  • Bylaw changes for COA voting system: Motion to make a COA bylaw change to move from a caucus voting system to ranked choice voting system by Drs. Ardakani and Skay, motion passed.
  • Discussed Young OD’s meeting, ugly sweater party, December 14th

Richard Rex Liaison:  Dr. Michael Morgan

No Report

Motion to recess by Drs. Grazian and Skay, motion passed.


Dr. Jenn Chinn                        Co-Membership (absent) young OD event Dec. 14th

Dr. Marcelline Ciuffreda      Holiday Party Committee

Dr. Simona Grosu                 Co-Public Awareness, Holiday Party Committee (absent)

Dr. Anita Koo                          School Liaison (absent)

Dr. Kathryn Ordonez            Sunshine Committee (absent)

Honorary Board Member:  Dr. Byron Newman

No Report

Guests: Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz, Administrative Director

Tatyana Budarina, O.D.

Roula El-Mograbi, O.D.

Nina Song, O.D.

Tiana Mathieson, O.D.

Ilya Volk, O.D.


Final list of SDCOS board members voted in for 2020:

President: Wendy Gross, OD

President-Elect: Alexandra Scovill, OD, FAAO

Treasurer: Simona Grosu, OD

Secretary: Roula El-Moghrabi, OD

Past President: Robert Grazian, OD

Membership: David Ardakani, OD

Vendor Liaison: David N. Sherman, OD

Professional Affairs: Amanda K Dexter, OD, FAAO

Governmental Affairs: Richard Skay, OD

Co-Communications Liaison: Lucia Millet, OD

Co-Communications Liaison: Nickolet Boermans, OD

Webmaster: Ilya Volk, OD

Public Awareness: Robert Meisel, OD, FAAO

OD Relations: John Fitzpatrick, OD

Peer Review: Paul Lavin, OD, FAAO

COA Health Care Delivery Systems Liaison: Andrew Fasciani, OD

LOVC Liaison: Michael Morgan, OD

Trustee: Tatyana Budarina, OD

Trustee: Jenn Chinn, OD

Trustee: Marceline Ciuffreda, OD

Trustee: Tiana Mathieson, OD

Trustee: Kathryn Ordonez, OD

Trustee: Nina Song, OD

Honorary Trustee: Byron Y. Newman, OD

Administrative Director: Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz


Next Board Meeting: January 9, 2020,  at FruitCraft – Fermentery & Distillery on 1477 University Avenue San Diego, CA 92103

Meeting adjourned: 8:59pm