2021 Leadership Optometry Applications Now Open

If you are interested in joining the 2021 Leadership Optometry class, or would like to nominate someone to participate, applications are now open! We’re working on some exciting updates to the Leadership Optometry class and will be sharing those over the next couple of weeks.

CLICK HERE to download the application.

Leadership Optometry covers a year of learning more about our association and how it operates, the efforts that go into our legislative and congressional advocacy, and the issues that affect optometry as a profession. They will meet throughout the year to learn about the MOA, the PAC, the MVF, and how they are all integral to the profession of optometry.

As part of the course this class will select and complete a project that helps support optometry in Mississippi. Previous classes have fully endowed the Helen St. Clair Scholarship, created The ABC’s of Vision handout for educators and parents, held a children’s vision workshop for teachers, school nurses, and parents, and focused on increasing MOA membership and PAC contributions.

The 2021 class year will run June 2021 through May 2022.

If you would like to talk to someone who has participated in the MOA’s Leadership Optometry course – talk to a previous class member! Many members of the MOA have graduated from previous classes and have since taken on leadership roles within the MOA, OFP PAC, and MVF.

Josh Bostick
Evan Davis
Josh Hatfield
Stephen Mitchell
Josh Patrick
Michael Phillips
Kimberly Ragan
Ryan Wally

D. Monique Carr
Sarah Fratesi
Hilari McFarland
Stacie Moore
Evan Stout
Courtney Robinson Thompson

Bran Dawson
Chris Herring
Eric Johnson, II
Bobby Pankey
Katie Richardson
Mandi Smith

Roya Attar
Farryl Franklin
Kelli Mullen
Robert Slater Smith
Gerald Stinson

Projected 2021-22 Schedule

JUNE 2021 (At Summer Convention in Sandestin, FL): Session 1— Orientation, Leadership Skills & Behavioral Profiles, Optometric Issues, Historical Perspective and Project Options and Selection

AUGUST 2021 (Not affiliated with any conference, date TBD): Session 2—Public Relations, Public Perceptions, Relationship with Other Health Care Providers, Media Training, Capitol Resources, (possible) Tour of Capitol (date TBD)

OCT 2021 (At Fall Conference in Jackson, MS): Session 3— MOA  Meetings, State Board Meeting

JAN 2022 (At Legislative Day in Jackson, MS): Session 4—Legislative, MOA Governance and Administration, Vision Foundation, OFP

MARCH 2022 (Independent meeting, can be virtual): Session 5—Project Meeting

JUNE 2022 (At Summer Convention in SanDestin, FL): Session 6– Presentation of Project and Leadership Graduation