Committees

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2020-2021 BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Dennis Kitsko, DO, FAOCO-HNS Past President dennis.kitsko@chp.edu
Judy Davis, DO, FAOCO Immediate Past President jldavis3d@gmail.com
Carl Shermetaro, DO, FAOCO-HNS President cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Donald Morris, DO, FAOCO
President-Elect donshea@verizon.net
Ankur Patel, DO, FAOCO-HNS Vice President ampatel254@gmail.com
Robert Peets, DO, FAOCO
Secretary/Treasurer peets.robert@yahoo.com
Carissa Wentland, DO, FAOCO-HNS
BOG member-at-large carissa.wentland@gmail.com
Lyndsay Madden, DO, FAOCO-HNS
BOG member-at-large lyndsaymadden@gmail.com
Leslie Norris, DO, FAOCO
BOG member-at-large leslie@norris.net
Douglas Kubek, DO, FAOCO-HNS
BOG member-at-large dkubek1@hfhs.org
Timothy Winter, DO, FAOCO
BOG member-at-large timothywwinter@gmail.com
Julia Agapov, DO, FAOCO BOG member-at-large yuliba@gmail.com
Iain Decker, DO
CRF Ophthalmology Chair iain.decker@gmail.com
Bo Pang, DO
CRF Otolaryngology Chair bopangx@gmail.com

AD HOC COMMITTEE-ACGME

Sidney Simonian - Co-Chair sksimonian@gmail.com
Paul Imber, DO Co-Chair docimber@aol.com
Leslie Norris, DO lnorris@seeitclear.com
Larry McIntire, DO ldmcintire@gmail.com
Mark Van Ess., DO drmjve@yahoo.com
Ralph McClish ralph@aocoohns.org

FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carl Shermetaro, DO President cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Donald Morris, DO Vice President donshea@verison.net
Ankur Patel, DO Treasurer ampatel254@gmail.com
Judy Davis, DO Secretary jldavis3d@gmail.com
Dennis Kitsko, DO Member dennis.kitsko@chp.edu
Alvin Dubin, DO  Advisor addubin@gmail.com
Josh Prober, JD
Roger Morris, JD
Member
Non-Voting Member
jprober@osteopathic.org

AOCOO BOARD

Don Morris, DO President/Chair donshea@verison.net
Robert Peets, DO Vice President/Vice Chair goummsu@yahoo.com
Leslie Norris, DO BOG member-at-large
lnorris@seeitclear.com
Timothy Winter CRR timothywwinter@gmail.com

AOCOO-HNS BOARD

Carl Shermetaro, DO President/Chair
cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Ankur Patel, DO Vice President/Vice Chair ampatel254@gmail.com
Lyndsay Madden, DO Member-at-large
lyndsaymadden@gmail.com
Carrisa Wentland, DO CRR carissa.wentland@gmail.com

STANDING COMMITTEES

EXECUTIVE & FINANCE
AUDIT (Subcommittee of the EFC)
Kristin Reidy, DO kereidy@eyenm.com
ADVOCACY DIVISION
Julia Agapov, DO yuliba@gmail.com
 
Committees reporting to the Advocacy Division Chair
BUREAU OF FEDERAL HEALTH
David Gossage, DO eyegoose@yahoo.com
AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION DELEGATE
Judy Davis, DO jldavis3d@gmail.com
Carl Shermetaro,  DO cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Mr. Ralph McClish, Exec. Director ralph@aocoohns.org
 
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY COUNCILLOR
Donald Morris, DO donshea@verison.net
Ralph Lanciano, DO, Alt rclanciano@comcast.net
 
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY - HEAD AND NECK SURGERY REPRESENTATIVES
Paul Imber, DO - Governor docimber@aol.com
Dennis Kitsko, DO - Altenative Governor dennis.kitsko@chp.edu
Edward Scheiner, DO - Alternate Governor e.scheiner@comcast.net
GOVERNANCE DIVISION
Carrisa Wentland DO, Chair carissa.wentland@gmail.com


Committees reporting to the Governance Division Chair
 BYLAWS
Don Morris, DO, Chair donshea@verizon.net
Ankur Patel, DO ampatel254@gmail.com
Robert Peets, DO peets.robert@yahoo.com
Ralph McClish ralph@aocoohns.org
NOMINATING
Ankur Patel, DO, Co-Chair
ampatel254@gmail.com
Donald Morris, DO, Co-Chair donshea@verison.net
Judy Davis, DO jdavis3d@gmail.com
Dennis Kitsko, DO dennis.kitsko@chp.edu
Carl Shermetaro, DO
cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Sidney Simonian, DO sksimonian@gmail.com
Ralph McClish, Advisor ralph@aocoohns.org
BUDGET REVIEW & ADJUSTMENT (EFC)
Carl Shermetaro, DO, Chair cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Donald Morris, DO donshea@verison.net
Ankur Patel, DO ampatel254@gmail.com
Robert Peets, DO peets.robert@yahoo.com
Judy Davis, DO
jldavis3d@gmail.com
Ralph McClish, Advisor ralph@aocoohns.org
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) DIVISION
Timothy Winter, DO timothywwinter@gmail.com
 
Committees reporting to the IT Division Chair
COMMUNICATIONS/PRACTICE  E-mail
OPHTH Members:
Don Morris, DO donshea@verizon.net
 
ENT Members:
Ankur Patel, DO ampatel254@gmail.com
MEMBERSHIP DIVISION
Leslie Norris, DO, Chair lnorris@seeitclear.com
 
Committees reporting to the Membership Division Chair
AWARDS
Paul Imber, DO, Co-Chair docimber@aol.com
Robert Peets, DO, Co-Chair goummsu@yahoo.com
David Gossage, DO eyegoose@yahoo.com
John Alway, DO, Advisor thaidog@fuse.net
ETHICS
Douglas Kubek, DO - Chair dkubek1@hfhs.org
Karen Briggs, DO karen@ksbeyedr.com
COUNCIL OF REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
Ophthalmology
POSTGRADUATE TRAINING DIVISION
Sidney Simonian, DO, Chair sksimonian@gmail.com
 
Committees reporting to the Postgraduate Training Division Chair
COUNCIL OF MEDICAL EDUCATION
Sidney Simonian, DO, Chair sksimonian@gmail.com
Kristin Reidy, DO (AOBOO Chair) kereidy@eyenm.com
Jeffrey Hutchison, DO hutcheye@gmail.com
David Gossage, DO eyegoose@yahoo.com
Larry McIntire, DO ldmcintire@gmail.com
Edward Scheiner, DO e.scheiner@comcast.net
Carl Shermetaro, DO cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Ralph McClish, Advisor ralph@aocoohns.org
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Carl Shermetaro, DO cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Donald Morris, DO donshea@verison.net
Ankur Patel, DO ampatel254@gmail.com
Dennis Kitsko, DO dennis.kitsko@chp.edu
Judy Davis, DO jldavis3d@gmail.com
COUNCIL OF RESIDENTS AND FELLOWS
Ophthalmology 
Iain Decker, DO Chairman iain.decker@gmail.com
Otolaryngology
Bo Pang, DO
Chairman
bopangx@gmail.com
EDUCATION COMMITTEE
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS - Lyndsay Madden, DO lyndsaymadden@gmail.com
Committees reporting to Director of Education Affairs and Professional Programs Division
AOCOO EDUCATION - OPHTHALMOLOGY
Cornea Richard Chu, DO
Glaucoma Julia Agapov, DO
Neuro-Ophthalmology Tim Winter, DO
Oculoplastics Zach Pearce, DO
Pediatrics Christin Sylvester, DO
Refractive Surgery VACANT
Retina Leanne Labriola, DO
Consultant Don Morris, DO
Consultant Leslie Norris, DO
 
AOCOO EDUCATION - OTOLARYNGOLOGY
Rhinology & Otolaryngic Allergy Ian Humphreys, DO
Head and Neck Rizwan Alsam, DO and Shant Korkigian, DO
Otology Cody Buchanan, DO and Michael Foster, DO
Laryngology Lyndsay Madden, DO
Facial Plastic George Miguel, DO and Charlie Guy, DO
Pediatrics Carissa Wentland, DO and Raymond McGuire, DO
Sleep Medicine
VACANT
Consultant Ankur Patel, DO
Consultant Libby Smith, DO
Consultant Mark Van Ess, DO
Consultant Namrata Varma, DO
 
EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

2024 Annual Clinical Assembly

Hilton Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Ophthalmology
TBD

Otolaryngology
TBD

2023 Annual Clinical Assembly

Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA

Ophthalmology
Tim Winter, DO

Otolaryngology
Namrata Varma, DO

2022 Annual Clinical Assembly

Hilton Caribe, Puerto Rico

Ophthalmology
Zachary Pearce, DO

Otolaryngology
Rizwan Aslam, DO

2021 ANNUAL CLINICAL ASSEMBLY

Ophthalmology
Robert Peets, DO

Otolaryngology
Michael Foster, DO

2020 ANNUAL CLINICAL ASSEMBLY

Ophthalmology
Timothy Winter, DO

Otolaryngology
Namrata Varma, DO

2019 ANNUAL CLINICAL ASSEMBLY

Ophthalmology
Leonid Skorin, DO

Otolaryngology
Ryan Leonard, DO

2019 MID-YEAR SEMINAR

Ophthalmology
Leslie Norris, DO

Otolaryngology
Matthew Farrugia, DO

2018 ANNUAL CLINICAL ASSEMBLY

Ophthalmology
Julia Agapov, DO

Otolaryngology
Lyndsay Madden, DO

2017 ANNUAL CLINICAL ASSEMBLY

Ophthalmology
Leslie Norris, DO

Otolaryngology
Matthew Farrugia, DO

2016 ANNUAL CLINICAL ASSEMBLY

Ophthalmology
Lee Shettle, DO

Otolaryngology
Mark Van Ess, DO

2016 MID-YEAR SEMINAR

Ophthalmology
Julia Agapov, DO

Otolaryngology
Lyndsay Madden, DO

 
FOUNDATION COMMITTEES
AUDIT (same as AOCOO-HNS Executive Finance Committee above)
Judy Davis, DO jldavis3d@gmail.com
Carl Shermetaro, DO cbsdrdad@gmail.com
Donald Morris, DO donshea@verison.net
Ankur Patel, DO ampatel254@gmail.com
Dennis Kitsko, DO dennis.kitsko@chp.edu
 
FUNDRAISING
Donald Morris, DO donshea@verison.net
Troy Creamean, DO
 
FOUNDATION ADVISORY
Sirtaz Sibia, DO, Chair sirtazsibia@hotmail.com
Robert Franchi, DO Otolaryngology rjfranchi@hotmail.com
Paul Imber, DO Otolaryngology docimber@aol.com
Alvin Dubin, DO, EVP/CEO, Advisor addubin@gmail.com
A. Douglas Stevens - Financial Advisor A.Douglas.Stevens@morganstanley.com
Roger Morris, JD roger.morris@quorles.com
John Alway, DO thaidog@fuse.net
Kristin Reidy, DO kereidy@eyenm.com
Edward Scheiner, DO e.scheiner@comcast.net

Committee Responsibilities

“COMMITTEES ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE AOCOO-HNS”

General Information

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the AOCOO-HNS, the President makes committee appointments.  The President may also create special committees to accomplish specific goals of the Colleges.  The three types of committees within the AOCOO-HNS are standing, appointed and special committees.  The President is an ex-officio member of all committees and is informed of the activities of the committees on a regular basis.  Each committee meets at least one time per year, filing written minutes and a written report to the Board of Governors and/or Board and membership of the Colleges.

Most committees of the Colleges meet  before the spring and fall meetings, filing reports that are duplicated and distributed to the Board of Governors at that time.

Notification of membership meetings are sent out a minimum of 60 days prior to the meeting.  Some committees may provide members with the opportunity to participate in meetings via teleconference; however, this is not always an option.  Committee minutes are finalized within 30 days of the meeting and forwarded to all committee members shortly thereafter.    Minutes of committee meetings are maintained at the AOCOO-HNS Office for use by committee chairs or members seeking information on committee actions.

Committee Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives were formulated for each committee of the Colleges.  The goals and objectives are distributed to each committee member upon appointment to a committee and to the chair.  Each committee is asked to review its goals and objectives on a regular basis with the advice of the Division Chair.  Committees may make recommendations for changes, additions or deletions in goals and objectives to the AOCOO-HNS Executive Committee.

Budgetary Responsibilities

Special projects being considered by a committee and the proposed budget must be returned to the AOCOO-HNS Office within 30 days of the Mid-Winter Meeting of the Finance Committee (deadline, January 1st).

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