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Awards

Did you know that beyond all the cool stuff you get with your AZOA membership you can actually earn recognition and awards for being amazing at what you do? It’s true! AZOA’s annual OD and Young OD awards program recognizes the veterans and the up-and-comers in our industry. Consistent with our beliefs that legacy and experience, and next-generation leadership in our profession should be similarly valued, we go out of our way to recognize you – the leaders of the pack. We hope to see your name on this leaderboard soon. Join AZOA, it’s a great first step!

Optometrist of the Year

The Optometrist of the Year award honors optometry professionals who have consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation and service to the profession, as well as their commitment to the visual welfare of the public and to the community at large.

  • Cheryl Schmitt - 2021
  • John Chrisagis - 2020
  • Shannon Steinhauser - 2019
  • Frank Akers II - 2018
  • Chris Parot - 2017
  • Tom Determan - 2016
  • Aleta Gong - 2015
  • Rand Siekert - 2014
  • Gilbert Wong – 2013
  • Michael Lamb – 2012
  • John Rinehart – 2011
  • Caroline Griego – 2010
  • Stacey Meier – 2009
  • Serge Wright – 2008
  • Annette Hanian – 2007
  • Christina Sorenson – 2006
  • Stephen Cohen – 2005
  • Marla Husz – 2004
  • James Holder – 2003
  • James Frank – 2002
  • Jan McVey – 2001
  • Jack Hostetier – 2000
  • Alvin Levin – 1999
  • Patrick Barry – 1998
  • Brian Mach – 1997
  • Charles Edmonds – 1996
  • Jack Hostetler – 1995
  • Robert Pinkert – 1994
  • Richard Gloneck – 1993
  • Russell Jones – 1992
  • Tami Friske – 1991
  • George Johnson – 1990
  • Lowell Branson – 1989
  • Stuart Bark – 1988
  • John Van Such – 1987
  • Vermon Roudebush – 1986
  • Charles Cartledge – 1985
  • Ross Hendrix – 1984
  • Charles Roberts – 1983
  • Bruce Burns – 1982
  • Melvin Kaplan – 1981
  • Donald Jarnagin – 1980
  • Thomas Geiler – 1979
  • Robert Maynard – 1978
  • David Atwood - 1977
  • Martin Laderman – 1976
  • Robert Lamborn – 1975
  • Robert Friske - 1974
  • Andrew Hlusak - 1973
  • Karl Hoefert – 1972
  • Charles Roberts – 1971
  • George Sanchez - 1970
  • Leonard Bronstein – 1969
  • Ray Pisano – 1968
  • Harold Freeman - 1967

Young Optometrist of the Year

The Young Optometrist of the Year award honors young professionals who have been in practice less than 10 years, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation and service to the profession, as well as their commitment to the visual welfare of the public and to the community at large.

  • Caitlin Miller -2021
  • Christina Esposito - 2020
  • Danielle Remington - 2019
  • Logan Ragan - 2018
  • Alicia Feis - 2017
  • Stephanie Mastores - 2016
  • Scott Soave - 2015
  • Jon Bundy - 2014
  • Chad Carlsson – 2013
  • Leslie Falcon – 2012
  • Dave Coulson – 2011
  • Jeff Bergeson – 2010
  • Shannon Steinhauser – 2009
  • Neha Amin – 2008
  • Thomas R. Czyz. – 2007
  • Matt Sullivan – 2006
  • Christina Olivetti – 2005
  • David Rockwell – 2004
  • Annette Hanian – 2003


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