March 2018

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WOA Board

Joe Maycock- President
Nate Edwards- President-Elect
Chris Jons-Treasurer
Jonathan Hartley-Secretary
Jeremy Nett- Director
Sam Hoffman-Director
Brandi Bilyeu- Past President

Note from Kari

Thank you for your patience as there was no newsletter in February.  I was busy at the legislative session and working on building our strategy for the upcoming year.

It will be a very busy year for the WOA.  We will need each of you to participate.  Soon, the WOA Legislative team will be meeting to further define our strategic plan.  Be watching for information soon from your regional chair and be ready to act!

I sincerely thank you for the opportunity to be your Executive Director and I look forward to the rest of this year!

Happy Birthday!

Brandi Bilyeu-16
Jamie Hazen-27
Keith Eldred- 28

Mike Harris-6
Nate Edwards-19
Jim Boucher-27
Grant Jones-31

Remember- if you're birthday is not showing up here you need to update your member profile!

Congratulations to WOA OD of the Year!

Congratulations to Ken Morse!  Here are some highlights of Ken's work.

Public Service &  Community involvement:
-20 year member of the Lions Club
-President of the Lions Club of Casper 2011-2012
-Lion of the Year Award 2009
-Event organizer for Lions Club Golf tournament to support the Camp for Visually
-Presenter and Sponsor to Junior Leadership of Casper
-2 time Dancing with the Stars of Casper participant to Benefit Mercer Family Resources

Service to Visual Welfare of the Public
Impaired Children for 10 years
-Event organizer for Lions club preschool screening program for 6 years
-Knight of Sight Award 
-President of the Blue Envelope Board of Directors that provides funding to Cancer, 
         Heart Disease, Mental Health, and Wellness projects in Natrona County

Service to Optometry
-Give One Day Participant/Provider
-Infant SEE Participant/Provider

Service to AOA or Affiliate
-28 year member of AOA
-Board member and Board President of WOA in 2008-2009
-Legislative representative for WOA 2005-2006
-Current WOA Legislative Regional Chairman 
-Former Chair of the Membership committee WOA
-AOA PAC Contributor

Congratulations to WOA Young OD of the Year!

Congratulations to WOA Young OD of the Year Amy Aldrich!  Here is a few highlights from her work.

Public Service
• Member of Rotary International
• Laramie Lion’s Club
• Leadership Laramie
• Member of the Laramie Community Band

Service to Visual Welfare of the Public
• Volunteer at the Downtown Clinic
• Wyoming Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program
• Head Start Vision Screening 
• Laramie’s “Back to School Bash”

Service to Optometry
• Teaching assistant, peer tutoring at SCCO
• Presentation of two posters at American Academy of Optometry, 2014
• Investigator for Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG)
• Currently involved in four studies through PEDIG
• Awarded a clinical research grant from the AAO for “Comparison of Blur Detection Thresholds and Best Visual Acuity in Children”
• Consultant to Wyoming Early Intervention Assessment Team
• Presented continuing education: presented lectures and in service presentation to the Orange County Optometric Society, Fullerton, CA, to the University of Wyoming speech and language pathology graduate students on Cortical Visual Impairment, the Rotary Club and Laramie Lyceum on Vision, Eye care and Low Vision, UW School of Nursing, (Adjunct Faculty Member), on Eye Health Screening evaluation to Family Nurse Practitioners, UW Kinesiology Department on Visual Performance in Sports, and Premiere Bone and Joint, Vision Therapy and Physical Therapy Collaboration.

Service to AOA or Affiliate
• Dr. Aldrich is a new doctor to the state of WY.  She participates in local and state education offered through the WOA, is an active member and we look forward and anticipate her leadership roles in the WOA in the future.
• Infantsee provider
• AOA PAC donor

Wyoming Council of the Blind Scholarship Available

The Wyoming Council of the Blind.
Good News from the Wyoming Council of the Blind.  Once again, The Council will award a scholarship to a Wyoming student in the amount of $1,000.00.
This year, the Council is encouraging ALL interested students meeting the application requirements, to apply.  If you are a first-time applicant or a past recipient of the scholarship, we want to hear from you!  However, PREFERENCE, will be given to first-time applicants.
Please review the vision requirements carefully.  (Best corrected visual acuity of 20/50 or worse n both eyes)  I have attached an application for your convenience.  The Council encourages you to check out our website at:  
As an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, we suggest that you consider additional scholarship opportunities and other resources at:
If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact me at:, or call 307-754-2421.
Thank you, 
Linda Johnson, Chairwoman
WOA Newsletter - March 2018