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Holter named director of AOA Industry Relations Center

January 28, 2012

Denny Holter, chief advancement officer for Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation, has been named the director of the AOA Industry Relations Center (IRC).

“This move will enable us to take advantage of Denny’s relationship building skills and create a broader view of how we work with our industry partners,” said Barry J. Barresi, O.D., AOA executive director.

Holter will report directly to Dr. Barresi, serve on the AOA senior management team and work closely with Renee Brauns, AOA chief operations officer. 

“Both the AOA Board of Trustees and the Optometry Cares Foundation Board are highly supportive of this new appointment. Both boards agree that we will continue to pursue individual gifts and grants fundraising for AOA Optometry Cares and focused corporate sponsorship awards for IRC. Thus we are not changing the fundraising strategy of our foundation or AOA core programs. However, we have, with Denny’s appointment gained new efficiencies of value to the larger purpose of AOA,” Dr. Barresi said.

Prior to joining the AOA, Holter served two years as president of the SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation in St. Louis. He was responsible for rebuilding and repositioning the foundation in the philanthropic marketplace. Prior to that, he served for 12 years in multiple capacities for St. John’s Mercy Health Care in St. Louis, including vice president for development and external relations, executive director of marketing, executive director of retail medicine, executive director of consulting and practice services, and director of product development. 

Prior to his tenure at St. John’s Mercy, Holter was vice president for development at Barnes Hospital, assistant vice chancellor for development at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and executive vice president of the ISU Foundation at Idaho State University. He earned his B.A. at the University of South Dakota and a Master’s degree in education from Idaho State University.

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