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Glasper to Leave OAO July 31

Tuesday, July 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Executive Director Glasper to Leave OAO July 31
OAO Board to Assume Responsibilities

OAO Executive Director Mark Glasper has announced his decision to leave the association July 31, 2017.  He will assume his next role as Executive Director with the Kentucky Pharmacists Association Aug. 1, 2017.

“The decision to leave the OAO was not an easy one,” Glasper said.  “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my nearly 5 years with the OAO because of the great members I’ve served and the terrific Officers and Board Members with whom I’ve worked.”

During Glasper’s tenure, the OAO has nearly doubled its membership and seen its professional development program flourish.  The organization has had a resurgence in its government affairs program and its Partnership program has grown exponentially.

“I have to thank President Linda Fitzgerald for her unwavering support to grow the OAO membership while Education Committee Co-chairs Pat Kuhl and Shirley Earley have spent countless hours developing the CE program into a national model,” Glasper said.

“Members should be proud of the organization’s advocacy efforts led by Government Affairs Committee Chair John Bruening and lobbyist Lisa Rankin,” Glasper said, adding “Partnership Committee Co-chairs Bob Alexander and Diana Powell have been so instrumental in the growth of the Partnership Program with their insightful advice and counsel.”

“I will miss my OAO family, but I leave with great memories of the conversations and interactions I’ve had with members,” Glasper said.

“Steady As She Goes” – OAO President Linda Fitzgerald

“We’re obviously saddened to lose the best Executive Director ever known by this organization,” Fitzgerald said.  “We owe much to Mark for his steady leadership and will miss his presence at our regional seminars and at the Statehouse in Columbus.”

Glasper’s departure also comes at a crossroads for opticianry in Ohio.  The Ohio Optical Dispensers Board will be consolidated with the Ohio Optometric Board into a Vision Professionals Board in January 2018. Unfair representation on the new board (4 optometrists, 2 opticians, 1 public member) means opticians will effectively lose their governing body and voice.  Governor Kasich will appoint the new members of the Vision Professionals Board.

“It's time for opticians to rally around opticianry in Ohio,” Fitzgerald said.  “It's time to be the best educated Opticians Ohio has ever seen.  I'm asking you, this year especially, to earn CE hours by supporting the organization that protects and furthers our profession and your career – the OAO.

If you have already earned your CE for the year, come out and bring your staff for personal and professional development, for networking and for building OUR organization stronger.  We need to unite and have fun again while we learn and earn our CE.”

Fitzgerald stresses that now is the time to join if you're not a member.  And, if you’re able, to make a donation to the OAO Legislative Defense Fund, so Ohio can continue to be one of the highly regarded licensed states in the country.

“It’s steady as she goes,” Fitzgerald said.  “The OAO is strong, committed and resourceful.  Our Board will be working diligently over the coming months to further the organization’s direction until a decision can be made regarding how to fill the executive director position.”

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