Our Mission

In essence, the OAA is the collective voice of the opticianry industry. The ongoing mission of the OAA is to work with members, partners and other professionals—both inside and outside of our industry—to assure that opticians receive the recognition, respect, opportunity and protection you deserve.

Likewise, we work tirelessly to further a positive and informed brand image for opticianry, in both local and national markets.

We're here for you.

Our History

Opticianry is a longstanding and noble field of practice—one, in fact, that dates back as far as the mid-1300s.

The Opticians Association of America is a well-established and integral part of that legacy. Established in 1926 as the Guild of Prescription Opticians, the OAA holds the distinguished honor of being the only national organization representing the professional, business, educational, legislative and regulatory interests of opticianry.

For over 90 years, the OAA has been dedicated to the advancement of the American optician.

Pride. Power. Progress.

These three words aren't just a catchy tagline. They are the driving force behind every decision we make.
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Meet The Team

OAA Executive Committee

Johnna Dukes, HFOAA, OGA - President
Ron Harbert, HFOAA - 1st Vice President
Doug Pelkey, HFOAA - 2nd Vice President
Russ Fritz, Jr., HFOAA, OGA - Secretary/Treasurer
Dibby Bartlett, HFOAA - Immediate Past President
Chris Allen, Executive Director

OAA Board of Directors

George Bourque, HFOAA, OGA - Guild Council Chair
Tom Barracato, HFOAA, OGA - Representing Firm Membership
Lanard Atkins, HFOAA, OGA - Representing Firm Membership
Phernell Walker, HFOAA - Representing State Societies
John Bruening, HFOAA - Representing State Societies
Donna Hatch, HFOAA - Representing Individual Membership
Kevin Silva, HFOAA - Representing Individual Membership
Tyjia Sherman, HFOAA - At-Large Board Position
Aarlan Aceto, HFOAA - At-Large Board Position
Sue Shire, HFOAA - Vision of Hope Foundation
Jason Harfenist, HFOAA - Student/Apprentice Position