August 6, 2020

Board Members: Drs. Gross, Grosu, Sherman, Scovill, Song, Fasciani, Ordonez, Chinn, Mathieson, Dexter, Newman, Ciuffreda, Grazian, Ardakani, Millet, Mathieson and El-Moghrabi.

Call to order: 6:40 pm.

Secretary: Dr. Roula El-Moghrabi
Reviewed June 2020 Minutes; motion to accept minutes as written by Dr. Grazian, second by Dr. Sherman, motion passed.

Treasurer: Dr. Simona Grosu
Reviewed June and July P&L; motion to accept May P&L as written by Dr. Sherman, second by Dr. Grazian, motion passed.
Discussed changing the requirement of checks over $300 to have the signature of two of the following members: President, President-Elect, or Treasurer. Decision not to change requirement.
Schedule date for 2021 budget meeting: TBD

President-Elect: Dr. Alexandra Scovill
Discussed alternatives to vendor dinner: i.e. Zoom happy hour with a gift.

Immediate Past President: Dr. Robert Grazian

President: Dr. Wendy Gross
Reviewed CE Webinars: 150 attendees at last meeting Discussed restructuring our society around virtual meetings

  • Changes to schedule, types of events, sponsorship program, pricing, etc
  • All remaining CE for the year 2020 will be virtual
  • Trustee positions
    • Change signs liaison position to social media manager with responsibilities as follows:
      • Manage and update social media channels (Instagram, facebook)
      • Assist webmaster
    • Encourage participation of other trustees

Holiday Party: Hotel Republic on December 5, 2020

  • Working on cancelling

Vendor Liaison: Dr. David N. Sherman
Sponsor update

Governmental Affairs: Dr. Richard Skay (absent)
No report

Discussed Virtual Legislative Day report
-Teleconference meetings held with Sen. Brian Jones on June 17, Asm.. Randy Voepel on June 26 -SDCOS participants Drs. Meisel, Grazian, MBKU 4th year students.

Professional Affairs: Dr. Amanda Dexter
-Discussed the 5-hour CE on August 16th – Lee Vien and David Yang
-Discussed 2021 CE plan: Virtual and Open for other ODs in California
-Discussed meeting with VSP on plan and reimbursement changes: Week of the 17th, TBD

COA Health Care Delivery Systems (HCDS) Liaison: Dr. Andrew Fasciani
No Report

LOVC Liaison: Dr. Michael Morgan (absent)
LOVC currently closed due to COVID-19

Communications: Dr. Nickolet Boermans (absent) & Dr. Lucia Millet
August 2020 newsletter: deadline for entries is the 15th of the prior month.

Webmaster: Dr. Ilya Volk (absent)
Potential virtual platform: Cvent

  • Plans start at around 3k
  • Capable of doing very large events with many vendors if needed
  • Interactive virtual exhibit hall, competitions/games and scoring for participation
  • Tracking attendees and automatic reminders about upcoming events
  • Q&A sessions, live quizzes, polls, etc
    • Zoom meeting August 17th at 11 AM with west coast director for a demo
      • Drs. Dexter, Sherman, Gross, and Grosu

Membership: Dr. David Ardakani
No Report

OD Relations: Dr. John Fitzpatrick (absent)
No Report

Peer Review: Dr. Paul Lavin (absent)
No Report

Public Awareness: Dr. Bob Meisel (absent)
Monarch School will not have a vision screening or VSP Mobile Clinic this semester


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

Discussed different ideas to allow Pre-optometry students to meet with current ODs since they cannot shadow them due to the pandemic
Working on scheduling zoom call with SDSU pre-optometry club

  • Dr. Nina Song – School Liaison
    Dr. Tatyana Budarina (absent) – Signs Liaison/Social Media Manager

Honorary Board Member: Dr. Byron Newman

Administrative Director: Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz

Meeting adjourned: 7:51pm Next Board Meeting: September 10, 2020, location: Virtual meeting using Zoom.