A Letter from the Executive Director
Consider for a moment what it means to you and your business to be an optical “professional”. It means that you care about maintaining a high level of quality in your skills and that you pay attention to advances in your industry.
These are also the reasons to become a member of the Opticians Association of Washington. Being “involved” is not complicated, but it does demonstrate your interest in being the best.
New members are welcome at any time. If you have been a member in the past, now is the perfect time to re-join. If you are a member we would like to say thank you for your loyalty.
The mission of the Opticians Association of Washington is to promote the professional stature of Opticians through educational opportunities, legislative activity, state and national communication.
We believe that professional growth and educational opportunities are also important to you, and we urge you to become a part of the only industry association in this state, by joining the Opticians Association of Washington.
Donna Hatch, LDO
Opticians Association of Washington
Gina Demmerly LDO
As your current President, I take great pride in educating and encouraging
opticians from all walks of life at any stage of their career. I am eager
and happy to support Apprentice and Student Opticians, Licensed Dispensing
Opticians, Vendor partners and those working in the field or even just
considering a new career. I hope to bring more Opticians into the OAW
family to not only increase Optician awareness in Washington, but to ensure
our licensure stays intact and protected.
The OAW also allows my creative juices to flow freely as their Convention
Committee chairperson as well. I love coming up with ideas for convention
and Education Days that allow my peers to learn in a fun environment. I
hope to see all of you at one of our gatherings soon! So please, come say
hi, ask questions, give feedback and help your Opticians Association of
Washington grow and thrive.
Having graduated from Seattle Central College School of Opticianry, I am
currently a Licensed Dispensing Optician practicing in an independent OD
and Optical. I enjoy providing personalized eye care from start to finish.
Whether I am pre-testing, giving a contact lens training, or finding the
perfect frame, I have found my passion in patient care. Nearly every day I
have the opportunity to learn something new in an industry that is
constantly growing and changing.
I love what I do and I do what I love.
David Reed LDO
I started working at Valley Vision Clinic in 1999 in the accounting area. In 2004 I earned my degree in Business at Walla Walla University. I also worked for First Insight training on their MaximEyes Electronic Eye Care Computer program. In 2011 I went to Sacramento, California to go to school to study to be an Optician. I returned back to Valley Vision Clinic and received my ABO in May of 2011 and my NCLEC in November 2011. I received my LDO in April of 2016. I enjoy mission trips where I lead a team that has gone as far south as Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Guatemala and west to the Philippines where I met my wife. Over the past 6 years we have distributed close to 10,000 pairs of glasses. Currently at Valley Vision Clinic working on my ABO-AC.
Nicole Askarian LDO
2nd Vice President
Nicole has been a member of the OAW since 2014. She graduated from Seattle Central School of Opticianry in 2016. She is passionate at giving back to the community and is the executive vision director for the Seattle King County Clinic. She enjoys learning languages and trying new food.
Barbara Demmerly LDO
I have been an optician since 1986, passed the ABO in 1987, the NCLE in 1993 and became licensed in Washington since 1995. I have been in management since 1988, either at a single location, or in a multistore capacity. Currently I am a Regional Optical Manager for Shopko Stores, with responsibility for 38 locations throughout the North West. I have volunteered for the OAW board for several years, serving as president in 2017. I am honored to be working with this wonderful group of optical professionals and volunteers who are uniformly passionate about protecting our optician licensure as well as working to support all opticians in Washington State. My passion is optician training and education and am very honored to continue to serve on the OAW board as education chair.
Kendall Hatley, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC, FNAO
Kendall is currently the optical manager for Valley Vision Clinic, a five-physician optometric group practice located in Walla Walla, WA. His optical experience started in La Grande, OR, working with an ophthalmologist for four years before moving to Salem and opening a store for Binyon Optical. He has been with Valley Vision Clinic since 1979 working in various capacities.
Kendall became actively involved with the OAW as treasurer in 2005, a position he still holds. He has also been a board member and past president. Kendall is also a certified ABO speaker interested in sharing the power of properly used tools in the hands of skilled opticians to create miracles for our patients.
Hobbies include photography, woodworking, boating, camping, and reading.
Kelly Shaw LDO
I started my optical career in 2003 at Seattle CentralSchool of Opticianry and passed my ABO and NCLE exams in 2004. I have been an LDO since 2005 and OAW Secretary since2006. I enjoy the energy and the shared enthusiasm for our industry that is on display during our two semi-annual conventions. Being on the OAW board allows me to stay on top of what is happening legislatively and in our industry as a whole. Meeting and connecting the outstanding members of our optical community keeps me inspired to continue to grow my skills and our organization.
Donna Hatch LDO, HFOAA
I started my exciting career in the Eye glass’s industry in 1985 at Award Optical later transferring to sister company Vision Craft INC wholesale optical lens Manufacturer for five years. Went to work for the Optical Shoppe, I have been fortunate to work many facets of the industry. I did my apprenticeship for Opticianry under Dale St Clair LDO while at The Optical Shoppe where I earned my degree as a Licensed Dispensing Optician with American Academy of Opticianry. I was privileged to earn the OAW Lloyd Sass Memorial Award for Outstanding Optician of the Year 2010. Worked for Dr. Bryan for 18 years and 14 Years for Abel Li when he took over the practice, currently Office Manager and LDO for Central Washington Eye Clinic and Optical. Executive Director of the Opticians Association of Washington making a difference for future opticians, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Optician Association of America and Vision of Hope. My goal is to Help America See one pair of eyeglass at a time. I have a deep passionate love for the optical industry and want to make a difference for the future.
Maayan Shuval LDO
Photo and bio still to come!
Jose Guadarrama LDO
This is my first year being on the board and I am very excited to be more involved in our optical community. I began working in eye care in 2011 and haven’t looked back since. I am now a LDO, but also have my ABO and CPO certifications. As everyone else, I look forward to seeing you all at future events. During my free time I enjoy reading, being with family, and spending time with my pets.
Stacey Gabrio LDO
This will be my 4th year serving as a board member for the OAW. I currently serve on the fundraising and education committees. I am also the chapter leader for Tacoma and love every moment I get to volunteer for our community. I’ve attended multiple national leadership conferences with OAA and also was awarded Optician of the year for 2018. I look forward to a great year for the OAW and serving our association as a whole.
Heidi Adams LDO
I have been a member of the OAW since 2010 and have been working in the industry as an optician for nearly 15 years! I love everything about being an optician, especially the wonderful opticianry community that I am lucky enough to call family. I enjoy seeing you all at each OAW convention and throughout the year at other education events, and am looking forward to the time we see each other again.
Jeffery Zeitler LDO
Bio still to come!
Photo and bio still to come!