Spring 2017
Spring 2017

Class Notes Spring 2017

1949

William Work, Jr. (CCO) of N. Falmouth, Mass., retired on Nov. 14, 2016, after 67 years of practice. His father opened the practice in 1906.

1955

Laurence Chadwick was honored by the IOA for 50 years of membership during the 118th Annual Illinois Optometric Association Convention in Sept., 2016.

1957

Sylvio Dupuis was recognized as a New England Notable by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College for his professional accomplishments.

1961

Brent Nielsen was honored by the IOA for 50 years of membership during the 118th Annual Illinois Optometric Association Convention in Sept., 2016.

1964

Bob Schmidt was honored by the IOA for 50 years of membership during the 118th Annual Illinois Optometric Association Convention in Sept., 2016.

1965

John Costello, Sr. retired from his practice in Oneida, N.Y., after 51 years.

1972

Brian Caden celebrated his 40th Fellow Anniversary and received a pin to honor his achievement and continued involvement in the Academy during AAO 2016.

1979

James Faron was appointed to a five-year term as a trustee on the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in 2016. He retired after 33 years in practice at the Carle Clinic in Urbana, Ill., and continues to be involved in his real estate company, Faron Properties, LLC.

1980

Dwight Akerman received his MBA from the University of Texas, graduating summa cum laude, in Dec., 2016.

1981

Sandra Block was appointed as Chair of the National Academies of Practice in Optometry during AAO 2016. Additionally, she was honored by Special Olympics Illinois with a 2016 Hero Award for her contributions to the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program since 2001.

1994

Teresa Myers relocated to Complete Family Eye Care in Carbondale, Ill.

1997

Patricia Winters joined Northwest Eye in Wayzata, Minn.

1998

Michelle Cazett returned as the owner of the vision center of the Newton, Iowa, Walmart Supercenter. She also owns the vision center in Marshalltown, Iowa.

1999

Charles Donlea published his first novel, Summit Lake, in 2016, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2016 by Suspense Magazine. His second novel, The Girl Who Was Taken, will be released in 2017 and has already sold in six countries. He practices at Premier Eye Care & Surgery in the Chicago suburbs.

Paul C. O’Donnell joined the St. Lawrence Health System medical staff, working with Canton-Potsdam Hospital Eye Care in Potsdam, N.Y. Additionally, he is a USA Hockey Level IV coach and an AAU Level I coach.

2000

Melissa Sigler was honored by Special Olympics Illinois with a 2016 Hero Award for her contributions to the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program since 2001.

2002

Candi Kimura was installed as a new trustee of the California Optometric Association by fellow alumnus Tommy Lim, OD ’77.

2004

Kathryn Mulder married Daniel DeJonge on Nov. 5, 2016. She owns West Coast Eyecare in Holland, Mich.

2007

Beverly Lezondra-Wheatley and her husband welcomed their second child, Carter Anthony Wheatley, on Sept. 30, 2016.

Katherine Narbone was installed as an officer of the Executive Board of Oak Lawn (Ill.) Chamber of Commerce.

2009

Kristina Dimova is the new owner of the Westerly Eye Care in Westerly, R.I.

Jeffrey Guthrie was elected as the President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists in Nov., 2016. He practices in Bancroft, Ont.

Stephanie Lyons expanded the vision therapy segment of her practice, Lyons Family Eye Care, in Chicago, now with four vision therapists on staff.

2010

Gerianne Mulanix opened Linden Family Eye Care in her hometown of Linden, Mich. in Oct., 2016. She specializes in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation.

Lindsay Sicks and her husband welcomed Grace Antoinette Tuttle, 7 pounds, 14 ounces, on Feb. 5.

Ashley Speilburg and her husband welcomed their second child, Matilda (Mattie) Claire, 9 pounds, 3 ounces, on Jan. 19.

Angela To and husband Alan Labrum, OD ’13, welcomed Wesley Finn Labrum, 7 pounds, 3 ounces, on Dec. 3, 2016.

2011

Marian Longo became engaged on Dec. 15, 2016. Her fiancé surprised her with a proposal on the Goodman Theatre stage during her family’s annual trip to see A Christmas Carol.

2012

Jessica Albers received the Wyoming Young Optometrist of the Year award from the Wyoming Optometric Association during its winter convention. She practices at the Cheyenne and Laramie Vision Clinics.

2013

Alan Labrum and wife Angela To, OD ’10, welcomed Wesley Finn Labrum, 7 pounds, 3 ounces, on Dec. 3, 2016.

2014

Katie Davis received the Optometric Horizon Award from the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association for her initiative and involvement in the organization and community within five years of graduation.

2016

Richard Miller was named President of the Anne Arundel County Optometric Association, a subgroup of the Maryland Optometric Association.


To submit your news and announcements for Class Notes or In Memoriam, e-mail alumni@ico.edu.

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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