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Layman announces candidacy for trustee

June 3, 2013

Layman_HeadshotRobert Layman, O.D., has filed for election to the AOA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Layman’s 30 years of consecutive AOA volunteer service include the following chairmanships: Diabetes Project Team (2007-08), Optometric Executive’s Project Team (2003-04), Information and Member Services Group Executive Committee chair (1994-2002), Non-Dues Income Committee (1992-94), and Assistance to Graduates Project Team (1988-89).

He currently serves on the AOA Membership Development Committee.

Dr. Layman has served on the AOA Clinical Care Group Executive Committee, Glaucoma Project Team, Communications Technology Project Team, Student Membership Project Team, Membership Development Committee, Program Planning Committee for the AOA Board of Trustees, New Practitioners Practice Management Advisory Committee, and the Resolutions Committee for the 1995 Congress.

He is a charter member of the AOA Contact Lens Section and has been a participant in the AOA Optometric Leadership Institute.

For 10 years, he served as moderator for President’s Council from 2001-2011.

Dr. Layman was honored with the AOA Optometrist of the Year award in 2006. He has also received the Ohio Optometrist of the Year, Ohio Young Optometrist of the Year, Ohio Key Optometrist of the Year, and Outstanding Senior Student awards.

Dr. Layman is a past president of the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA). He currently serves as the OOA Electronic Health Records Task Force liaison to the Northwest Ohio Regional Extension Center/ Health Information Partnership.

Dr. Layman chaired the EastWest Eye Conference from 2009-11.

He has presented the RealEyes Classroom Initiative curriculum to more than 2,000 students in classrooms in his community since the program’s inception.

He is Keyperson optometrist for his U.S. congresswoman and state senator and representative.

Dr. Layman is a graduate of The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Optometry and has served on the alumni board of Epsilon Psi Epsilon Fraternity and on the board of trustees of The OSU Optometry Alumni & Friends.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Layman is a past president of the Toledo Jaycees, Kiwanis Club of West Toledo, and the Downtown Toledo BNI chapter.

He is a vision consultant for the University of Toledo athletic department, assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 87, and serves on the YMCA Board of Managers.

He has been a volunteer with the Mildred Bayer Homeless Clinic of Toledo, instructor at Owens Technical College of Toledo, and on the board of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Dr. Layman is an owner of Pinnacle Eye Group in Toledo, Ohio, and Lambertville, Michigan.

He and his wife Barb have four children, Robbie, age 23, Kristi, age 21, Molly, age 17, and Andrew, age 15.

He is energized to continue advancing the profession by working closely with affiliates, increasing membership, and securing the proper place for optometry in health care reform.

“I see the AOA as a membership organization with an advocacy mission,” Dr. Layman said. “Relentless efforts are needed to assure the integration of optometry as the primary eye and vision care providers for the evolving health care system. Success will be achieved with a patient-focused, member-driven organization.”

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