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Awards & Recognition

Vision Source members make a difference in their communities and professions.

We take pride in sharing their accomplishments with the entire Vision Source network to inspire continued growth and achievement within our time-honored profession. Here are some of the most recent awards and recognitions bestowed upon our members. 

3rd Quarter 2014

Vision Source Ranks Second in Vision Monday’s 2014 Top 50 List

Vision Source has achieved the second highest ranking in Vision Monday’s exclusive listing of the Top 50 U.S Optical businesses, published on May 20, 2014. The Vision Monday annual report highlights the industry’s leading organizations. Vision Source appeared for the first time on this list with a collective $1.96 billion in members’ revenues spanning more than 2,800 locations in the 2013 calendar year. Luxottica Retail placed number one at $2.3 billion and Wal-Mart Stores placed third on the list. Vision Source chose to participate in this year’s survey to recognize and celebrate the collective success of the independent optometrists who comprise its membership. For full story, go to

Bronze Award - World Sight Day ChallengeBronze Award

We are proud to share with all the employees and customers of Vision Source that we have been recognized with a World Sight Day Challenge Bronze! Our company feels proud for what we’ve done to help people in the developing world also have access to vision care services.  We will again participate in the 2014 World Sight Day Challenge throughout September and October as one way we show corporate social responsibility.


Third Quarter 2013

J. Gregory Ford, OD, of Grand Rapids, and Paul Hodge, OD, FAAO, of Allegan, began their terms as president and president-elect, respectively, of the Michigan Optometric Association.

Kathryn Beckman, OD, of Lodi, CA, was featured this summer on the cover of Her Life, a magazine in California’s Central Valley.

Brad Bodkin, OD, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, was featured on LIVE 5 News on WCSC for helping victims of the Moore, OK tornado. Dr. Bodkin donated a portion of his eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lens sales to the Red Cross in June to support relief efforts.

Nicole Rush Erenfeld, OD, in Bandon, Coquille and Gold Beach, was the recipient of the Agost-Minnick Award from the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association. Her father, John Rush, OD, presented her the award on behalf of the OOPA.

Taylor McMullen, OD, of Scottsdale, AZ, was interviewed on the television show The List talking about the importance of UV protection.

Stephen Kepley, OD, of Vero Beach, FL, became president of the Florida Optometric Association.

Brent Segeleon, OD, of Williamsburg, received the Vanguard of the Year award from the Virginia Optometric Association.

Maryland Optometric Association (MOA) President John Burns, OD, of Clinton, and President-elect Tracie King, OD, of Elkridge, worked diligently to push for the success of an MOA-sponsored legislation that was supported by optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians. When the law takes effect on April 1, 2014, inequitable provisions commonly found within most vision provider contracts will be unlawful. Among them are provisions that force providers to discount services and materials not covered by the insurance plan. It will also prevent an insurer from forcing a provider to participate with its discount vision plan as a condition of participation on the same insurer’s major medical provider network.

Kent Yount, OD, of Littleton, received the Optometrist of the Year recognition from the Colorado Optometric Association.

Second Quarter 2013

Mitchell T. Munson, OD, FAAO, of Highland Ranch, CO, became the president of the American Optometric Association (AOA) in June.

Dori Carlson, OD, of Park River, ND, completed her role on the AOA Board of Trustees and as immediate past president. Dr. Carlson was also the third recipient of the Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist, which she received at Pacific University’s graduate Commencement ceremony.

David Nelson, OD, of Madison, WI, was featured in the Executive Q&A column of the Wisconsin State Journal for his work as an entrepreneur and with genetic testing to predict early diagnosis of macular degeneration.

The new roster of officers for SECO includes James Herman, OD, president-elect, of Hurricane, WV.

Ted McElroy, OD, treasurer, of Tifton, GA Vision Source OD earlier reported that Darby Chaisson, OD, has become president.

John E. Ellis, OD, of Connellsville, PA, held a Customer Appreciation Week in early June to celebrate his practice’s 20 years, as reported in the Daily Courier.

Karen Rosen, OD, of St. Louis, MO, was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of UMSL Magazine.

Stephen Rice, OD, of Nixa, Ozark and Springfield, MO, received recognition from his Vision Source region for his outstanding leadership.

Jon Forché, OD, of Atlanta, GA, recently became a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry.

Nadine Forché, OD, of Atlanta, GA, recently became a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry.

Dennis Kuwabara, OD, of Honolulu, was honored as Philanthropist of the Year by Optometry Giving Sight.

First Quarter 2013

James Herman, OD, of Hurricane, was named Optometrist of the Year by the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians.

At its annual meetinglate last year, Mark Shirey, OD, of Mobile, became president of the Alabama Optometric Association.

Gina M. Wesley, OD, MS, FAAO, of Medina, MN, will be the inaugural recipient of the Early Professional Achievement award from The Ohio State University College of Optometry Alumni Association. She will receive the award during October’s homecoming celebration.

Mescher, OD, of Hibbing, MN, was selected as the Titan of Taconite, an honorary title given by the town to a member who has made a significant contribution.

Dave Drotzmann, OD, was elected as mayor of Hermiston, OR.

Ryne Wood, OD, of Leet Eye Care in Cape Girardeau, MO, was featured in the Southeast Missourian’s Who’s Who 2013 story.

Vision Source’s Kelly Kersick, OD, was presented with the Young Alumni Award at Southern College and Optometry.

Pavan Avinashi, OD, was honored by the British Columbia Association of Optometrists as the 2013 Young Optometrist of the Year.

Darby Chiasson, OD, of Cut Off, LA, was installed as president of SECO International in March.

Fourth Quarter 2012

Five Vision Source doctors were among the 20 inducted as board certified Fellows of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. They are (l-r from top): Melanie Bartek, OD, FCOVD, of Goldthwaite, TX; Margaret Brya, OD, FCOVD, of Athens, GA; Ashley S. Reddell, OD, FCOVD, of Leavensworth, KS; Rosemary Detmer Stone, OD, FCOVD, of Beaverton, OR; and Amy Dee Pruszenski, OD, FCOVD, of Portsmouth, NH.

Kory Thoma, OD, of Cape Girardeau, MO, was recently inducted in the Columbia College Basketball Hall of Fame in Columbia, MO.

Paul Berman, OD, of Hillsdale, NJ, founder and senior global clinical adviser of Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, was honored at the White House as one of 11 champions of Change. Dr. Berman is working on the Lions Lens project in partnership with Essilor, which will provide high-quality, low-cost eyeglasses for Lions’ humanitarian purposes worldwide.

David Brewer, OD, of Yukon, was inducted into the Pioneers in Oklahoma Optometry Hall of Fame. At right, Dr. Brewer is with Vision Source member Travis Yadon, OD, of Oklahoma City.

Kelly Kerksick, OD, of Columbia, IL, Vision Source director of professional services, was awarded the Young Alumni Award from Southern College of Optometry in October.

David May, OD, of Waunakee, was honored as 2012 Optometrist of the Year by the Wisconsin Optometric Association.

Chad Hudnall, OD, of Grand Island has been elected president of the Nebraska Optometric Association, and John Crotty, OD, of Auburn, was named the association’s Keyperson of the Year.

James Eickhoff, OD, of Reistertown, was awarded the Mel Waxman Award for distinguished service by the Maryland Optometric Association.



Member Support Office Awards

Certificate of Advertising Effectiveness from ContactLens Spectrum & Signet Research

Contact Lens Spectrum and Signet Research, Inc., presented Vision Source with a Certificate of Marketing Effectiveness for its superior print advertising effectiveness as evidenced by direct reader responses to the Signet Research AdProbe study in their February and April 2013 issues.

Certificate of Advertising Effectiveness from eyecare BUSINESS & Signet Research

eyecare BUSINESS and Signet Research, Inc., presented Vision Source with a Certificate of Marketing Effectiveness for its superior print advertising effectiveness as evidenced by direct reader responses to the Signet Research AdProbe study in their February and April 2013 issues.

Innovations in Marketing Excellence 

Contemporary Graphic Solutions also awarded Vision Source with a plaque for 2013 Innovations in Marketing Excellence.

Bronze Award - World Sight Day Challenge