MOA Board

2018-2019

Current Officers

Amy Crigler, O.D.

President

Jason “Bo” Beddingfield, O.D.

President-elect

Dax Eckard, O.D.

Vice President

Evan Davis, O.D.

Secretary/Treasurer

Mike Weeden, O.D.

Past President

2018-2019

Current Board

Ryan Wally, O.D.

District 1

Stacie Moore, O.D.

District 2

Jacob Ivey, O.D.

District 3

Bobby Pankey, O.D.

District 4

Hilari McFarland, O.D.

District 5

Michael Phillips, O.D.

At Large

Rod Fields, O.D.

At Large

Mary Kathryn Wilson, O.D.

At Large

2018-2019

Board Meetings

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Old Capitol Inn

Jackson, MS

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Henderson Beach Resort

Destin, FL

7:30 – 8:30 pm

Conference Call

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Hilton on County Line Road

Jackson, MS

2018-2019

Committees

Works with new students and graduates to help them become involved with the association and assist them with placement when necessary.

  • Mary Kathryn Wilson – Chair
  • Chris Bullin
  • Bran Dawson
  • Katie Richardson
  • Walter Pang

Recommends budget and finance issues to the Board of Directors and membership.

  • Evan Davis – Chair
  • Bo Beddingfield
  • Dax Eckard
  • Allison Lord Griffin
  • Nicole Monroe

Secures education, finds sponsorship for lectures, and hosts speakers for Fall and Summer. 

  • Katie Richardson – Co-chair (Fall)
  • Jacob Ivey – Co-chair (Summer)
  • Hannah Nail / Jay Nail – Co-chair (3rd Party / Practice Management)
  • Beverly Roberts – Para Representative

Works to find sponsors and exhibitors for fall and summer conference.

  • Mandi Smith – Chair
  • Melissa Rasmussen – Co-Chair
  • Audrey Otto
  • Michael Reed
  • Evan Stout

Works to find MOA industry partners for annual funding of our programs.

  • Hilari McFarland – Chair
  • Roya Attar
  • Chris Evans
  • Josh Patrick
  • Michael Phillips
  • William Strickland

Works with the board on strategic planning and long-range goals and direction for the Association.

  • Mike Weeden – Chair
  • Arthur “Reggie” Dampier
  • Minh Duong
  • Linda Johnson
  • Eric Randle

Works to increase membership numbers and improve membership value.

  • Chair TBD
  • Chris Evans – Co-Chair
  • Anh Giang Edwards
  • Greg Loose
  • Tina Sorey
  • Anna Pope Taylor

Selects all candidates for MOA awards, MOA Leadership Optometry classes, and nominates officer and board positions including nominees for Governor for State Board. Comprised of the five most recent MOA Past Presidents.

  • Mike Weeden – Chair
  • Greg Loose
  • Nicole Monroe
  • Eric Randle
  • Bradley Thompson

Works with Legislative Committee on Public Health and Consumer Protection issues. Addresses issues of patient care related to vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, children’s vision, and InfantSee.

  • Lori Blackmer, Chair
  • Gil Davis
  • Sarah Fratesi, Lead Children’s Vision & InfantSee
  • Rod Fields, Lead Low Vision
  • Megan Sumrall Lott, Vision Therapy
  • David Parker, State Senator
  • Kimberly Ragan, MVF Liaison
  • Michael Reed, Sport Vision
  • Jennifer York

Assists MOA office with information and pictures for the weekly eNews, reviews and updates website as necessary, serves as liaison with the AOA marketing group.

  • Patricia O’Kelley-Hughes – Chair
  • Stacie Moore
  • Walter Pang
  • Mary Kathryn Wilson

Provides information to membership regarding any third party issues. Serves as a voice for optometry in state and federal third party concerns.

  • Bill Lord – Chair
  • Eric Randle – Co-Chair
  • Mike Weeden – Co-Chair / CAC
  • Chris Bullin
  • Kent Stribling – VSP

Comprised of ODs with less than 5 years experience and charged with developing new programs (including better ways to take advantage of social media) and providing networking events specifically for young ODs. Committee will have planned legislative training and updates on legislative issues to develop more confidence in contacting legislators and voicing the concerns of our members.

  • Chris Herring, Chair
  • Miles Ashley
  • Preslee Magee
  • Michael Pegg

Grassroots works on rallying membership, writing handouts and talking points, and distributing info.

Tiffany McElroy, Chair

NORTH
Katherine Randolph, Captain
Sean Aldinger
Ty Hubbard
Nicole Monroe
Walter Pang
Jennifer Stroupe (Para)
Justin Zampella

DELTA
Mallory Morris, Captain
Preslee Magee
David Prudhomme
Mary Kathryn Wilson

METRO
Ang G. Edwards, Captain
Julie Dawson
Josh Massey
Michael Phillips
Kimberly Ragan

CENTRAL
Stacie Moore, Captain
Tara Dew
Chris Herring
Jacob Ivey
Philip Marler
Jay Nail
David Otto
Slater Smith

SOUTH
Justin McElroy, Captain
Evan Davis
Aubrey Fulton
Greg Loose
Bridget Milliken
Josh Patrick
Ty Smith

COAST
Jay Fuller, Captain
Rod Fields
Johneen Gilich
Patricia O’Kelley
Scott Sanders
Jason Wilson

Works with lobbyist in providing legislative support on a state and federal level. Focus is on strategy, writing bills, working with legislators, and directing the lobbying team.

  • Ryan Wally – Chair
  • Linda Ross Aldy – Staff Consultant
  • Bo Beddingfield
  • Lori Blackmer
  • Amy Crigler
  • Gil Davis
  • Minh Duong
  • Megan S. Lott
  • Stacie Moore
  • Charlie Tillman
  • Mike Weeden

Federal Key Persons are the main point of contact for members of Congress.

  • Sen. Roger Wicker–Linda Ross Aldy (executive director)
  • Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith–Dr. David Parker (state senator)
  • Rep. Trent Kelly–Dr. Ryan Wally
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson–Dr. Linda Johnson
  • Rep. Michael Guest–Dr. Minh Duong
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo–Dr. Greg Loose

Past Presidents

Our past presidents have served the MOA with dedication, and we are grateful for their contributions. Below is a listing of our past presidents for the last 10 years.

Term Served Name
2017 – August 2018 Tonyatta Hairston, O.D.
2016 – 2017 Mike Weeden, O.D.
2015 – 2016 Greg Loose, O.D.
2014 – 2015 Nicole Monroe, O.D.
2013 – 2014 Eric Randle, O.D.
2012 – 2013 Bradley Thompson, O.D.
2011 – 2012 Reggie Dampier, O.D.
2010 – 2011 Philip Marler, O.D.
2009 – 2010 Susanne Cunningham, O.D.
2008 – 2009 David L. Parker, O.D.