Hawthorne files for re-electionMarch 3, 2013
Dr. Hawthorne was officially appointed to the AOA volunteer structure in 2006. She has been active in committees including the AOA Communications Advisory Group and served as chair of the Credentials Committee and the Hispanic Communications Project Team from 2008-2009.
“Building the AOA’s relationships with key media stakeholders is essential to educating the public about our role as primary eye care doctors,” Dr. Hawthorne said.
In 2007, she served as the AOA’s spokesperson in promotion of the American Eye-Q® survey and has done numerous media interviews on behalf of the profession. Most recently, Dr. Hawthorne conducted desk-side media interviews in New York, N.Y., to promote optometry to consumers sthrough media channels such as Parents, Family Circle, Real Simple, Fitness, Reader’s Digest and the Wall Street Journal.
Currently, Dr. Hawthorne serves as the liaison trustee to the Clinical Resources Group Executive Committee, Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Ethics and Values Committee, Evidence-Based Optometry Committee, Health Promotions Committee, InfantSEE® Committee, New Technology E-Committee, OD Registries Committee, VISION USA Committee, and Sports Vision Section. She also functions as an observer liaison of the Third Party Center Executive Committee. Previously, she had served as liaison trustee to the Communications Group Executive Committee, the Hispanic Communication Project Team, Optometry’s Image Coordinating Committee, Social Media Committee, Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Paraoptometric Executive Committee, Council on Research, and the Optometric Extension Program.
Dr. Hawthorne is a past president of the California Optometric Association (COA). She has been involved with many aspects of the COA, including the Public Vision League, the Vision West Advisory Board, Communications Committee, and the Education Committee. In 2013, Dr. Hawthorne remains involved as a COA volunteer serving as chair of the Nominating Committee, a member of the Legislation and Regulation Committee, the California Optometry Editorial Board, and as an education consultant for local society meetings. She presided as Speaker of the House to the 2012 COA House of Delegates (HOD) and chaired the HOD Advisory/Rules Committee. Over a decade ago, she served as a member-at-large on the COA Nominating Committee.
Dr. Hawthorne became a trustee for the Great Western Council of Optometry (GWCO), representing California from 2006-2010. She was recognized as the COA’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2000 and as Keyperson of the Year in 2001. She is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry.
Dr. Hawthorne remains active in her community and the Los Angeles County Optometric Society, providing resources for nearby schools, and has contributed service to California Vision Foundation and California Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, Vision Care Section. She has a private practice in south Los Angeles, Calif., and has worked as a staff doctor for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Student Medical Services.