ARBO elects new board

August 24, 2013

The Association of Boards of Optometry (ARBO) elected its 2013-2014 board of directors at its 94th Annual Meeting in June.

W. Ernest Schlabach, O.D., of Harrisonburg, Va., was elected president of ARBO for the 2013-2014 term. Dr. Schlabach was elected to the ARBO Board of Directors in 2008 and served two terms as secretary-treasurer and one term as vice-president. Dr. Schlabach previously served on the Virginia Board of Optometry.

New ARBO officers are: Roger D. Pabst, O.D., of Redwood Falls, Minn., vice-president, and Susy Yu, O.D., of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., secretary-treasurer. Dr. Pabst serves on the Minnesota Board of Optometry, and Dr. Yu previously served on the California Board of Optometry.

Michael W. Ohlson, O.D., of West Union Iowa will serve as immediate past president. Gregory S. Moore, O.D., of Charleston, W.Va.,; Michael J. O’Hara, J.D., Ph.D., of Omaha, Neb.; William B. Rafferty, O.D., of Winston-Salem, N.C.;; and Jerry A. Richt, O.D., of Cleveland, Tenn., will serve as directors.

Founded in 1919, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s purpose is to represent and assist member licensing agencies in regulating the practice of optometry for the public welfare. ARBO is based in Charlotte, N.C., and serves 65 boards of optometry in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

For more information, contact Lisa Fennell, ARBO executive director, at 704-970-2710 or arbo@arbo.org.

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