POF  Board of Directors

President's  Message

June 2017

For those of you who went to the West Coast Better Vision Conference at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, you will agree it was Outstanding!! Experts from all over the country presented their latest data and information on a variety of topics during the continuing education hours. Professional Opticians of Florida attracts the finest speakers.  Besides education there was fun and gifts for many who participated. Once again the management of Mark Miller and Staff did an excellent job. The 32 hr. Contact Lens course was fantastic and highly praised by the attendees. Thanks to Caroline Miller and Carri Russell for their work on it. This organization has great volunteers too! All of you who donated a few hours to helping the weekend go smoothly, I personally want to thank you! Volunteers direct and keep this association moving forward for our profession.

On a sad note, our profession lost a fine gentleman recently. Charles “ Chuck” Chaney was a Past POF Board member, West Coast Chapter President and a member for over 25yrs. He was a former instructor at the Hillsborough College Opticianry program and the man to ask when anybody had an optical question. Many of us were proud to call him our friend.

Tallahassee goes into Special Session soon for Budget approval. Anything can happen in the legislature so our Lobbyist, Nancy Stewart will keep an eye on anything that affects opticianry.

Plan now to attend The Summer Showcase Conference at the beautiful Daytona Shores Resort, August 4-6, 2017. The only Four Diamond luxury hotel on Daytona Beach. Last year we had a great time there. A nice place to bring the family for some beach time and get outstanding education as well. This is a pretty part of Daytona Beach. I had never seen before and I am looking forward to my return visit. Over 35 different CE topics to choose from so getting your 20 hrs will be easy. You know your friends and colleagues will be there. Visit the Link to register now as the hotel rooms go quickly. 

My term as president ends in August. It has been a pleasure serving the past 3 yrs. .I have been proud to represent this fine and nationally respected association and will continue to be an active member for years to come.

Remember, POF is the only NON-PROFIT CE provider. And the only member association that puts money back into protecting our license. Spread it around!

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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