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
Jeffery Zeitler, LDO
Jeffrey is the current President of the Opticians Association of Washington. He has served on the board since 2016 including one term as Membership chair. He has been active with several other committees including Legislative as his focus is in protecting licensure in Washington State. Jeff graduated from Seattle Central College, School of Opticianry in 2012 and began his optical career. He brings his experiences from working for independent ECPs, labs, and his current position at a corporate optical to his position as President. He is passionate about being an optician and loves meeting and working with people to help them look and see their best
Nicole Askarian LDO
Nicole has been in the optical field since 2013. She started as a receptionist and fell in love with optics. Deciding to further her love she enrolled at Seattle Central College of Opticianry and obtained her Degree. Soon after she passed the State Board Exams. During this time she found that her two major passions could be combined: volunteering and optical. She is very active in volunteering at the Seattle King County Clinic for the past three years and she has earned the title of Optical Vision Director. She volunteers even more of her time in Jamaica to help another organization when she can. She was also elected the Vice President of the OAW(Opticians Association of Washington).Outside of work and volunteering she enjoys traveling and learning languages such as Farsi, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. She also loves quality time with her family.
2nd Vice President
I began my optical career in 1996 in central Texas with Walmart Vision Center. I relocated to Washington in 2010 and earned my LDO in 2015. During my twenty-four years in the industry, I have worked for corporate and independent optical offices. I have been an optician, lab technician, office manager, and independent frame representative. Having worked in a non-licensed state, I have seen the value that education and licensing brings to our profession and the public that we serve. I have also witnessed the detrimental effects that come when there are no requirements for education whatsoever.
I love being an optician and I take great pride in helping people see their world as best as they can. I am honored to be an OAW Board member and I look forward to giving back to the community that has helped me grow as a professional more than I ever imagined I could.
David Reed LDO, HFOAA
David Reed LDO, ABO, NCLEC, has been working in the vision industry since 1999 and is currently approved as a speaker by the American Board of Opticianry. He is also a member of the Opticians Association of American. He has worked in the Accounting area along with working in EHR training all over the country and has been serving on the OAW board since 2017 and is the current President.
David likes to do mission trips distributing glasses to those in need. He has been in many countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Guatemala and Baja California.
Stacey Gabrio LDO, NCLE, ABO
I started as apprentice in 2011 @ Northwest Optical in Tacoma WA. During my apprenticeship I attended Highline College Optician program where I gained the knowledge needed to accompany my hands in training to become an LDO. This will be my 6th year serving on the OAW board. I’ve served in multiple committees from fundraising to legislation. I am currently your legislative chair person and look forward to serving the association this year with my new hat. I’ve spent time volunteering with many other Opticians at Seattle King County Clinic helping others with the gift of sight and I must say it’s a very rewarding experience. I love being an Optician and love helping the world to see. I currently also serve as a co-chair to Tacoma Chapter and look will be working on regrouping and having multiple meetings available through out the up coming year. I hold my ABO and NCLE certifications and have had the pleasure of attending multiple national leadership conferences with the OAA. We have an amazing group this year on board and I am excited to see what the new year brings.
Kelly Shaw LDO
I began my career in opticianry in 2003 and graduated the Seattle Central School of Opticianry program in 2005. I have worked as an LDO as some of Seattle’s premier private opticals. It has been my pleasure to serve as OAW secretary since 2006.
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.
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.
Diane Charles LDO, HFOAA
Legislative Chair and Parliamentarian
Licensed since 1984. On the OAW board of directors since 1985, President 3 times, legislative director since 1988. Worked in a laboratory for 8 years, have owned my own business for 18 years, worked for MDs, currently manage a dispensary for a group of ODs. Do the scheduling for the Millionaire Club vision clinic in downtown Seattle.
Heidi Adams LDO, ABOc, NCLEc
I have been a member of the OAW since 2010, and I have served on the board in one capacity or another since then. I have been working in the industry as an optician for nearly 17 years and currently live and work in Richland, WA. I love everything about being an optician, especially the wonderful opticianry community that I am lucky enough to call family.
Lori has been an Opticians Association of Washington member since 2010. After graduating from Seattle Central College with an Associates of Applied Science in Opticianry in 2011, and shortly after receiving her dispensing optician license, Lori quickly entered the work force. She is currently the lead Optician and office manager of an independent optometry office in Seattle. She lives with her husband Dail, her two cats Cartman and Butters, and tarantula Adelita. Lori’s wide range of experiences with design, management, fundraising, and education will hopefully bring new life and attention to the Opticians Association of Washington to help the association grow and prosper.
Maayan has been a licensed dispensing optician since 2016 though started in the industry as an apprentice in 2012. She took a detour from apprenticeship to go to Seattle Central’s Opticianry Program in 2014. Maayan’s greeted passion within the optical industry has been assisting and supporting independent eyewear companies and promoting fun as well as engaging eyewear with her patients in a private practice in Kirkland. Maayan’s greatest honor has been having a frame named after her by Spectacle Eyeworks. Outside of the optical industry Maayan is known as the Disney Lady. She goes to Disneyland 2-3 times a year. Spreading a little bit of magic is the biggest joy.
Nicole Flanagan, LDO
Nicole started in the optical field in September 2010 by completing her apprenticeship while employed at the Eye and Ear Clinic in Wenatchee, WA. She apprenticed under some wonderful mentors who really helped her hone her skills as an optician. In September 2014, she became a licensed dispensing optician in Washington State. In 2016, she went on to live in the Seattle area for a couple of years and had the opportunity to work at Expressions in Eyewear in Woodinville. She longed to move back to her hometown to be closer to family. In February 2019, she relocated to the Vancouver area and currently works as a licensed dispensing optician at Evergreen Eye Care in Vancouver. While not working, she can be found at home with her husband and two cats while curled up with a good novel.