Cockrell files for president-electMarch 2, 2013
“It is a privilege and honor to have the opportunity to continue to serve our profession,” Dr. Cockrell said.
Currently, Dr. Cockrell serves as the liaison trustee to the Advocacy Group Executive Committee, Federal Legislative Action Keyperson Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Health Center Committee, State Government Relations Committee, and Third Party Center Executive Committee.
During his time as an AOA volunteer, Dr. Cockrell has served as chair of the following committees: AOA State Government Relations Center, Patient Care and Management, the Primary Care and Patient Management, Statutory SCOPE, Nominating, and Resolutions and has served on the Federal Government Relations Committee and Legislative Action Response Committee.
He also chaired the first Affiliate Legislative Defense Fund Project Team.
He has served on the Information & Member Services Group, the Paraoptometric Section, the Contact Lens Section (charter member), and the Optometry’s Meeting® New Practitioner Practice Management Project Team. He served on the board of directors of Optometry Cares®— The AOA Foundation.
A member of the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners since 1996, he has served as president and currently serves as a member of the board. Dr. Cockrell was the founding chair of the American Board of Optometry (ABO) and is a Diplomate of the ABO. Dr. Cockrell is a past president of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) and was named the OAOP OD of the Year in 1994.
He was named to the OAOP Optometry Team of the Century 2000 and chaired the OAOP Congress Committee, the Oral Pharmaceutical Legislative Committee, and the Laser Legislative Committee. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
A graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Cockrell has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and is active with the Rotary Club, Group Homes for the Mentally Handicapped, the Public Education Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Regional Airport Authority.
Dr. Cockrell lives in Stillwater and practices with his wife Cherry B. Cockrell, O.D., Jeff D. Miller, O.D., and John M. Millirons, O.D.
The Cockrells have two children, Cherry Beth and Shepard.