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The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1977. The objectives of the NAVAO are to encourage and promote the best possible primary eye and vision care for our nation’s Veterans and to promote the education, training, professional growth, and welfare of optometric staff, research/clinical fellows, residents, and students. The NAVAO is also dedicated to fostering camaraderie and professional development among VA optometrists. Any VA staff, attending, consultant, research/clinical fellow, resident optometrist, or any other optometrist having an interest in VA optometry is eligible for membership.

NAVAO Executive Committee and Board Members

President: Kevin Mercado
President: Kevin Mercado
Asheville VAMC
Vice-President: Jennifer A. Gustafson
Vice-President: Jennifer A. Gustafson
Boston VAMC
Secretary: Janel Chou
Secretary: Janel Chou
Hampton VAMC/Virginia Beach CBOC
Treasurer: Molly McGinty-Tauren
Treasurer: Molly McGinty-Tauren
Battle Creek VAMC
Immediate Past President: Nancy Wong
Immediate Past President: Nancy Wong
VA Hudson Valley HCS
Membership Director: Katherine Wang
Membership Director: Katherine Wang
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Technology Director: Richard Zimbalist
Technology Director: Richard Zimbalist
Truman VAMC
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Newsletter Editor: Carrie Ho
Central Texas VA Health System
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Events Director: Carla Gilbertson
Battle Creek VAMC

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