Spring 2015
Spring 2015

Class Notes Spring 2015


J. J. Abrams, NICO, marked his 65th year in practice in January. He sees patients three afternoons a week at Abrams Eye Care in Westside, Ind. He’s the oldest practicing optometrist in the state and says he has no plans to retire.


Alfred Lee, NICO, continues to open the doors at the practice that bears his and his son’s name in the Chinatown district of San Francisco. The 94-year-old has been operating the practice in the same location since 1951.


Thomas Wells joined Krzyzak Eye Care in Liverpool, N.Y.


Ron Anderson retired after 40 years of practice in Battle Creek, Mich.


Ruth McAndrews was presented with VOSH International’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 16 at the VOSH annual meeting in Denver. She was honored for her lifetime of service to humanity, improving visual welfare through selfless leadership, invention and public health awareness.


Sandra Block was presented with Prevent Blindness America’s Distinguished Service Award at the AAO meeting in Denver. Additionally, she was elected Alumni Council Trustee for ICO’s Board of Trustees. She will serve a three-year term.


Julie A. Schornack was named one of 2014’s Most Influential Women in Optical by Vision Monday. She currently serves as vice president for clinical affairs at Marshall B. Ketchum University’s Southern California College of Optometry.


William Dean completed his 26th year at AuSable Eyecare in Grayling, Mich. He also completed the AuSable Canoe Marathon, a non-stop, 19-hour canoe race in the summer of 2014.


Ingryd Lorenzana was named a 2014 Influential Women in Business by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.


Tom Mahaffey joined Central Illinois Eyecare in Normal, Ill.


Nicholas Colatrella was installed as president of the Minnesota Optometric Association in February.

Kenneth Jeffers was inducted as a member of Central Arizona College’s Wall of Success in 2014. He was recognized for his volunteerism and accomplishments, most notably with the nonprofit organization FaithWorks.


Pavan Avinashi received the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award during the 17th annual North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards event.


Amy Lagina married Brian Kunkel on Sept. 6. She practices at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center and with the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.


Phillip Elston opened Clarity Advanced Eyecare in Birmingham, Mich. He and his business partner, Jared Most, OD, have developed a dry eye management center within the practice. Both doctors are also on staff at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center.


Ryan Ames received an MBA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in December.


Evan Kuhn joined Midwest Family Eye Center in Brainerd and Staples, Minn.


Chris Borgman authored an article in Primary Care Optometry on inexpensive treatment options for common conditions.

Jessica Condie joined Kehoe Eye Care in Galesburg, Ill.

Karina Conlin got married Nov. 8 in Madison, Wis. The following month, she joined Columbia Ophthalmology, affiliated with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, as a primary care optometrist.

Gerianne Mulanix welcomed a daughter, Judith Grace, on Dec. 22. Big brother is two-year-old Ezra David.


Eric Coy joined Family Optical Centre in Rockford and Belvidere, Ill. He practices primary care optometry while also focusing on pediatrics and contact lenses.


Jared Fairbanks joined Midwest Vision Centers in Hutchinson, Minn. He resides in Litchfield with his wife, Jennifer Mulder, OD ’13.

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The following abbreviations denote predecessor names of the Illinois College of Optometry.
NICO: Northern Illinois College of Optometry
CCO: Chicago College of Optometry
MCO: Monroe College of Optometry
Northern Illinois College of Optometry Chicago College of Optometry Monroe College of Optometry

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