The following standing committees, with the exception of the Executive Committee, shall have its members appointed from the membership by the President and will be specifically assigned duties by and shall report to the Board periodically as determined by the President or a quorum majority of the Board. Committee appointments are made by the President during election years (every odd-numbered year) and are for two year renewable terms.


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for the management of the business of the NAVAO and advises the President on all policy matters of the Association. The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.

  • Kevin J. Mercado, O.D., FAAO (President)
  • Jennifer Gustafson, O.D., FAAO (Vice-President)
  • Janel Chou, O.D., FAAO (Secretary)
  • Molly McGinty-Tauren, O.D., FAAO (Treasurer)
  • Nancy Wong, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO (Immediate Past President)


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee monitors funds and assists the Treasurer in the collection and disbursements of funds. The committee also projects future financial demands and sources for the Association.

  • Molly McGinty-Tauren, O.D., FAAO (Treasurer and Chair)
  • Makesha Sink, O.D., FAAO
  • Glenn Saxon, O.D., FAAO
  • Brooke Smith, O.D., FAAO


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee recommends means for membership retention and growth and monitors pertinent data about the membership.

  • Katherine Wang, O.D., FAAO (Membership Director and Chair)
  • Amber Louprasong, O.D. (Vice-Chair)
  • Janel Chou, O.D., FAAO (Executive Committee Liaison)
  • Rachel Caywood, O.D., FAAO
  • Theresa Chong Fernandez, O.D., FAAO
  • Matthew Horton, O.D., FAAO
  • Rebecca Kline, O.D., FAAO
  • Susie Lim, O.D., FAAO
  • Jarett Mazzarella, O.D., FAAO
  • Kristin McDougall, O.D., FAAO
  • Mark McKenzie, O.D.
  • Jennifer L. Monarrez, O.D.
  • Shannon K. Santapaola, O.D., FAAO
  • Amber Scharnweber, O.D., FAAO
  • Heather Spampinato, O.D., FAAO
  • Nina T. Tran, O.D.


Events Committee

The Events Committee is responsible for planning and overseeing all NAVAO functions, including the annual NAVAO Business Meeting and Reception

  • Carla Gilbertson, O.D., FAAO (Events Committee Director and Chair)
  • Jennifer Gustafson, O.D., FAAO (Executive Committee Liaison)
  • Christopher Bugajski, O.D., FAAO
  • Sarah Dieter, O.D.
  • Amy Knapke, O.D., FAAO
  • Rebecca Forman, O.D., FAAO
  • Heather Spampinato, O.D., FAAO
  • Kelly Thomann, O.D., FAAO
  • Katherine Wang, O.D., FAAO


Newsletter Committee

The Newsletter Committee is responsible for maintaining a formal communications link with the membership and assists the Newsletter Editor with publishing the quarterly NAVAO Newsletter.

  • Carrie Ho, O.D., FAAO (Newsletter Editor and Chair)
  • Nancy Wong, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO (Executive Committee Liaison)
  • Lisa Beard, O.D., FAAO
  • Hyewon Chang, O.D., FAAO
  • David Galeoto, O.D., FAAO
  • Anju Kanikunnel, O.D., FAAO
  • Andrew Mangum, O.D.
  • Michelle Nguyen, O.D.
  • Kelly Richmond-Revy, O.D.


Technology Committee

The Technology Committee is responsible for communicating with the membership via online technology. The Committee will maintain the NAVAO website, make suggestions for its improvement or enhancement, and conduct events requiring technological support as directed by the Executive Committee.

  • Richard Zimbalist, O.D., FAAO (Director of Technology and Chair)
  • Kevin J. Mercado, O.D., FAAO (Executive Committee Liaison)
  • Alvaro Castillo, O.D., FAAO
  • Meaghan Horton, O.D., FAAO
  • Tran Nguyen, O.D., FAAO
  • Jason Powell, O.D., FAAO
  • Brett Zwolensky, O.D., FAAO

Technology Sub-Committee on Continuing Education

  • Amber Louprasong, O.D. (Coordinator)
  • Angella Gentry, O.D., FAAO
  • James Omodio, O.D., FAAO