Minutes of the

North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                        

August 22, 2017                                                                                

Video Conference Meeting                                                                                      

 

The North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry met by video conference. The conference originated from an extension of the Board Office in Wallace, North Carolina on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the results of the Summer 2017 Clinical/Practicum Examinations and for other purposes as outlined in the Agenda.  Board members participating in the call were Dr. H. Mike Johnson, President, Dr. Andy Cook, Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Scott Philippe, Dr. Jerry Ellington, Dr. Michael Haines, Mr. James Raynor and Ms. Susan Watson. Dr. William Rafferty, Executive Director and Mrs. Janice Peterson, Executive Administrator were also participants in the video conference.

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Dr. Johnson, President of the Board, after which he read the “ETHICS AWARENESS & CONFLICTS OF INTEREST REMINDER” as required by the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. A copy of the”Reminder” was posted to the agenda so each member could review.

Approval of Minutes. On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Mrs. Watson, and carried unanimously, the Minutes of the August 3-6, 2017 meeting were approved.

 

Report of the President.  Dr. Johnson did not have a formal report given the short period of time since the last meeting. However, he did indicate that he would have remarks to make on specific matters at the appropriate time as this meeting progressed. Dr. Johnson also commented that Dr. Rafferty has kept him apprised of the time that he and Mr. Loper (Board Counsel) have spent reviewing Board Optometry Rules and Laws. Dr. Johnson also commented that he thought the Examinations and Board Meeting in Raleigh earlier this month went well. On a motion by Dr. Philippe and seconded by Mr. Raynor the remarks of the President were unanimously accepted.

Report of the Secretary/Treasurer.  Dr. Cook reviewed the Board’s current financial standing by reviewing its banking summary (07/01/2017 - 08/21/2017) that was attached to the Agenda. He mentioned there have been several recent expenditures at a time just before license renewals when the Board is not generating offsetting income and therefore the office has had to tap into its reserves. On a motion by Mr. Raynor, seconded by Dr. Ellington, and carried unanimously, the report of the Secretary-Treasurer was accepted.

Report of the Executive Director.  Dr. Rafferty provided the Board updates on the following topics and initiatives:

Dr. Rafferty discussed the following issues and topics:

A motion to accept the report of the Executive Director was made by Dr. Cook and seconded by Dr. Phillippe and passed unanimously.

Federation of Association of Regulatory Boards - On a motion by Dr. Ellington and seconded by Dr. Haines, and carried unanimously, Dr. Rafferty was approved to attend the FARB Regulatory Law Seminar in Savannah, Georgia on October 5-8, 2017. Reimbursement was approved for meeting registration, travel, 3 hotel nights, and 4 days’ meal expenses.

Review of the Scoring and Results of the Summer 2017 Clinical/Practicum Examinations.   At 7:28 p.m. on a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Mr. Raynor and carried unanimously, the Board went into Executive Session in accordance with NCGS 143-318.11(a)(1) to review the scoring and results of the Summer 2017 Clinical/Practicum Examination and to review and consider approval of the report and recommendation of the Committee on Licensure of Military Applicants.

Determining the Results of the Examination.  Having reviewed the scoring of the Summer 2017 Examinations in closed session, in open session it was moved by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Philippe and carried unanimously, that the following applicants be notified of their having achieved a passing score on the Summer 2017 Clinical/Practicum Examination and that they are to be duly licensed to practice the profession of optometry in North Carolina; further, that their names be entered in the Board Registry with license numbers assigned as follows:

2481        Hakkam Alsaidi, O.D.        
2482        Timothy E. Bass, O.D.        
2483        Jordan Daniel Booth, O.D.
2484        Danielle Christina Gretz, O.D.        
2485        Naomi R. Chun, O.D.
2486        Cameron Waters Clinard, O.D.        
2487        Stephanie Corbin, O.D.
2488        Neha K. Dalal. O.D.
2489        Jordan Thomas DeMarco, O.D.        
2490        Caroline Kaleel Fogleman, O.D.
2491        Rachel Mallory Freeman, O.D.
2492        Eileen Marie Gilmour, O.D.
2493        Tyler David McClarnon, O.D.
2494        Morgan Noel Graves, O.D.        
2495        Hafeezah Safa Omar, O.D,
2496        Derek A. Radich, O.D.
2497        Jenna Lynn Roney, O.D.
2498        Angelina Marie Scaramuzzo, O.D.        
2499        Rashele Sharkey, O.D.
2500        Chaz E. Truesdale, O.D.
2501        Benjamin Hale Wacker, O.D.        
2502        Mark Kilby Wells, O.D.
2503        Heather Danielle Whyte, O.D.
2504        Michelle May-Ling Woo, O.D.
2505        Nicole Yoder, O.D.

 

Report of the Committee on Licensure of Military Applicants.  The Committee is composed of Drs. John Miller and David King (clinical examiners) and Dr. William Rafferty (Executive Director of the Board). The purpose of the Committee is to determine the worthiness of military candidates to satisfy the criteria for licensure to practice safely and effectively in North Carolina in accordance with the provisions of N.C.G.S. 93B-15.1.   Having reviewed the report and recommendations of the Committee in closed session, in open session it was moved by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Philippe and carried unanimously to accept the recommendation presented by Dr. Rafferty on behalf of the Committee on Licensure of Military Applicants. No candidates were recommended for licensure.

In closed session following the review of all applicants and the answering of questions posed by the Members of the Board, on a motion by Mr. Raynor, seconded by Dr. Cook, and carried unanimously the Board returned to open session where the above motions were passed.

                               

Determination of Date to Review Examinations.  Candidates have two weeks from the date of the notice of their results to request a review.  Drs. Rafferty and Philippe will schedule a date to meet with those candidates who request a review.

Honorarium - On a motion by Dr. Philippe, and seconded by Mr. Raynor, the Board unanimously approved one per diem for all members of the Board for this meeting.  

Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board will be in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017 and ending at noon on Sunday, November 12, 2017.  On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Dr. Cook, and carried unanimously reimbursement for this meeting was approved for registration, travel, 4 hotel nights, 5 days’ meal expenses, and 5 per diems for each member of the Board. The Executive Director is approved for the above without the per diems.

Special Hearing - An open hearing on an objection to a subpoena will be conducted on Friday September 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Womble Carlyle Law offices at 555 Fayetteville Street #1100, Raleigh, NC 27601. On a motion by Dr. Philippe and seconded by Dr. Ellington, and carried unanimously, reimbursement for this meeting was approved for travel, meal expenses, and per diem for September 8, 2017. The Executive Director is approved for the above without a per diem.

There being no further business, on a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Dr. Haines, and carried unanimously the meeting was adjourned at 8:29 p.m.

Approved 11/9/17 Asheville, NC