Governor Rick Scott Appoints Two to Board of Opticianry


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On March 5th,  Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Paul Wilford and the reappointment of John Girdler to the Board of Opticianry.

Wilford, 50, of Tallahassee, is an optician with the Tallahassee Eye Center. He succeeds Antonio Feroce and is appointed for a term beginning March 5, 2015, and ending October 31, 2017.

Girdler, 50, of Tallahassee, is an optician with Luxottica, Sears Optical. He is reappointed for a term beginning March 5, 2015, and ending October 31, 2018.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.


About the Board Members


Florida Board of Opticianry

The Board of Opticianry operates within the Florida Department of Health. The seven member board, appointed by the governor, monitors the professional conduct, education and licensure of Florida opticians. The board also works to enforce the laws and rules that govern the profession.

More information on licensing of opticians in Florida is available at the Board of Opticianry website.

Board of Opticianry Office
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258

Optician Board Members

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B. Dale Shannon, Board Chair
Licensed Optician
Ocala, FL
Term:  7/23/13 - 10/31/15







John B. Girdler III
Licensed Optician
Tallahassee, FL
Term: 3/5/15 - 10/31/18









Margaret “Peggy” Slattery
Licensed Optician
O'Brien, FL
Term: 9/18/14 - 10/31/17





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Paul Wilford

Licensed Optician

Tallahassee, FL

Term 3/5/15 - 10/31/17





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Richard Williams
Licensed Optician
Panama City
Term: 9/18/14 - 10/31/15






Consumer Board Members


David Calvo, Board Chair

Consumer Member

Miami, FL

2nd Term: 7/23/13 - 10/31/16








Irene Stavros, RDH

Consumer Member

Miami, FL

2nd Term: 7/23/13 - 10/31/14






Board Administrative Staff:


jen-wenhold.pngJennifer Wenhold
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Administrative officer for the Board of Opticianry, oversees licensing. Responsibilities also include implementation of new legislation, budget, setting up Board meetings, training of new Board members

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258







Michael Dean
Program Operations Administrator
Responsibilities: prepares meeting agendas, answers specific questions regarding the laws and rules, responsible for board policy
Email: Board Staff




Melesia Thomas
Regulation Specialist II
Responsibilities: processes applications, prepares board materials, and answers correspondence.
Email: Board Staff


 Board Counsel




Douglas D. Dolan
Assistant Attorney General
Administrative Law Bureau
PL-01 The Capitol Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050
Telephone: (850) 414-3752
Facsimile: (850) 922-6425





Important Notice

All correspondence and inquiries should be directed to the Board of Opticianry Staff at 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258 and not the individual board members.

Since this Board serves as a "quasi judicial" entity on licensure issues, contact with the members may cause the members to recuse themselves from administrative proceedings. Staff will direct inquiries, when appropriate to the full Board for review.

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