POF  Board of Directors

President's  Message

February 2017

Wow! Yes, it is a great new look for our website.

What a great year we had in 2016! Fantastic events with outstanding speakers and wonderful times catching up with those colleagues you’ve missed. Your association strives to fulfill the needs and wants of our members like the new look of this website.

Thank you Mark for all your work on this!

This year looks to be another busy one. On January 30, 2017, I attended the Florida Board of Opticianry meeting in Tallahassee. The meeting was very interesting and productive. With a full agenda, the guests included representatives from NCSORB, ABO, NAO and several more. On the agenda, a presentation from ABO on their Practical Exam that has very real like Virtual simulations of the lensometer and slit lamp. Other items on the agenda included applicant variance requests and the NAO Career Progression Program, which the Board approved. Good news for apprentices.

In early February, your association Board of Directors gathered in Tampa for a two day meeting. Much was accomplished and your association board continues to look ahead to the future for ways to improve what we do for you. Mark Miller, executive director, gave us a wrap up of last year’s successes and laid out plans for a busy 2017. Our Lobbyist, Nancy Stewart brought us up to speed on the movement at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Don’t forget that POF also helps PROTECT YOUR LICENSE!

Also this month, the OAA held its Leadership Conference. This is where workshops are put on to help various states run their associations more effectively. POF with our large membership, excellent education, and active legislative involvement is the strongest optician’s associations in the U.S.

Our first Big Event this year will be West Coast Better Vision Conference , May 19-21, 2017 at the beautiful Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.  Make plans and reservations now as this place always fills up. For the entire years schedule see it on this site.

Our industry is evolving and changing. Those French and Italian companies seem to be playing nice together in the sand box. Stay tuned! More to come I’m sure.

Warmest Regards,

David Couch

President, Professional Opticians of Florida

 Executive Board Members 


David Couch

13602 N. 46th Street
Tampa, FL 33613
813-205-3532 (cell)
813-972-3536 (work)
813-971-7437 (fax)



Vice President


Jerry Campbell

1982 S US Hwy 1 Suite 101
Rockledge, FL 32955
321-636-7200 (work)
321-243-7928 (cell)





Wes Stuart

2110 Meadow Glen Cove #122
Winter Park, FL 32792
601-606-4178 (cell)






Atala Valdes

14824 Redcliff Drive
Tampa, FL 33625
813-616-0384 (cell)
813-931-0500 ext.106 (work)


Past President


Gloria Dodge

1300 S Tropical Trail
Merritt Island, FL 32952
321-431-8154 (cell)
321-735-8368 (fax)


POF Board of Directors

Central Florida Chapter

Wesley Stuart

2110 Meadow Glen Cove #122
Winter Springs, FL 32792
601-606-4178 (cell)


Ft. Lauderdale Chapter

Walter Goldberg

10808 Morningstar Drive
Hollywood, FL 33026
954-536-2325 (cell)
954-438-5040 (fax)


Gulf Coast Chapter

Torri Martin

925 N Entrada Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
239-770-4495 (home)
239-267-2946 (fax)



Jacksonville Chapter 

Vince Cottone
5554 Norde Drive W
Jacksonville, FL 32244
904-613-3703 (cell)


Manasota Chapter

     Yvonne Schloss
    343 St. Armands Circle
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    941-388-5115 (home)



Miami Chapter

     Raymond Castro

    11200 SW 8th Street PG Ste 160

    Miami, FL 33199

    305-342-3164 (cell)



        Palm Beach Chapter


Sarah Barry
6219 SE Georgetown Place
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
772-349-4759 (cell)
561-799-3932 (work)


Future Optician Representative 

Marguerite Barthelemy


 228-343-6025 (cell)




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