WOA Convention and Annual Meeting

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2018 WOA Convention and Annual Meeting
September 27-30, 2018
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI


Thank you to all who made the 2017 WOA Convention and Annual Meeting such a success!

The 2017 WOA Convention and Annual Meeting took place from September 21-24 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Convention is WOA's largest meeting of the year, and over 300 doctors from across the country were in attendance. The event also housed a full exhibit hall, with 50 companies in attendance to bring the latest technology and the most up-to-date information regarding products and services to doctors.

22 hours of quality continuing education approved by the Wisconsin Optometry Examining Board were offered at Convention, and delivered by a trio of excellent speakers including: Blair Lonsberry, O.D., Full Professor, Pacific University College of Optometry, Hillsboro, OR; Danica Marelli, O.D., Clinical Professor, Director Ocular Diagnostic and Medical Eye Service, University of Houston, Houston, TX; Kelly Malloy, O.D., Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Philadelphia, PA.

Congratulations to the WOA Officers and Directors elected at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 23; they will take office on January 1, 2018 and include: Dr. Chris Marquardt - President, Dr. Ann Wonderling– President-Elect, Dr. Amber Dentz– Vice President, Dr. David P. Nelson - Immediate Past President, Dr. Christine Renner – Treasurer, and Dr. Tessa Sokol- Secretary. Directors at Large elected at Convention include Dr. Rebecca Kabat (two-year term), Dr. Debra Barnett (three-year term), and Dr. Scott Kenitz (three-year term).

The Wisconsin Paraoptometric Association (WPA) also held their Convention in conjunction with the WOA on Sept. 22-23, offering top-notch education to paras and staff. WOA members are truly grateful for the support of our paraoptometric professionals.

Thank you to all doctors who attended the 2017 WOA Convention and Annual Meeting, and thank you to all speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, optometry students, and paraoptometric professionals who helped make the event successful! We would also like to send a special thanks to our AOA Trustee Dr. James DeVleming who, accompanied by his bride, traveled all the way from the state of Washington. And finally, we would be remiss if we did not extend a special thanks to Drs. Chris Marquardt, Jeff Byers, Dennis Soderberg, Brandon Begotka, Heather Motisi and Larry Addison, all members of the OD band Three Degree Shed, for once again entertaining members and guests on Friday evening of Convention.

The Annual Convention is held to assist Wisconsin doctors of optometry in attaining the required 30 hours of continuing education required each biennium to maintain their state licensure. The 2017 WOA Convention and Annual Meeting was an excellent event for doctors, optometry students, exhibitors, and all in attendance. We enjoyed seeing everyone there and hope you will join us again next year for the 2018 Convention, being held Sept. 27-30, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

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