Minutes of the

North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                        

February 20, 2018                                                                                

Video Conference Meeting                                                                                      


The North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry met by video conference on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the results of the Winter 2018 Clinical 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.  Also present were. Dr. William Rafferty, Executive Director, Janice Peterson, Executive Administrator, and Samantha Hardison, Administrative Coordinator.


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 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.

Agenda.  Dr. Haines made a motion to adopt the agenda. It was duly seconded by Dr. Ellington and passed unanimously.

Approval of Minutes.  On a motion by Dr. Ellington and seconded by Dr. Cook, the minutes of the February 9-11 meeting were unanimously approved.


Report of the President.  Dr. Johnson reviewed the Agenda and stated that he would be offering comments on several of the agenda items as the meeting progressed.  On a motion by Dr. Cook and seconded by Dr. Ellington,  the remarks of the President were unanimously accepted.

Report of the Secretary-Treasurer.  Dr. Cook, Secretary/Treasurer, had made a detailed report ten days prior at the Board Meeting in Raleigh and stated there was nothing substantive to add to that report at this time. He said he would comment on any financial issues if appropriate as the meeting progressed. On a motion by Mr, Raynor and seconded by Dr. Philippe,  the remarks of the Secretary-Treasurer were unanimously accepted.

Report of the Investment Committee.

Ms. Peterson mentioned she received the Fidelity Application and would provide copied to all members of the Investment Committee. Mr. Raynor indicated he would initiate the Application and ask for assistance from Drs. Cook and Rafferty as needed.

Report of the Executive Director. 

Dr. Rafferty indicated he added three items to the Agenda for his report and would lead discussions on each item at the appropriate time on the Agenda. On a motion by Dr. Cook and seconded by Dr. Haines,  the remarks of the Executive Director were unanimously accepted.


Review of the Scoring and Results of the Winter 2018 Clinical/Practicum Examinations.   On a motion by Dr. Cook,  seconded by Dr. Haines 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 Winter 2018 Clinical Examination.  On a motion by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Cook,  and carried unanimously, the Board returned to open session.  No motions were made and no action was taken while in closed session.

Determining the Results of the Examination.  Having reviewed the scoring of the Winter 2018 Examinations in closed session, in open session it was moved by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Cook, and carried unanimously, that the following applicants be notified of their having achieved a passing score on the Winter 2018 Clinical Examinations 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:


Amanda L. Heyward, O.D.


Jennifer D. Idoni, O.D.


Nirvighna N. Kanjiya, O.D.


Michael Thomas Mendsen, O.D.


Tam Thanh Nguyen, O.D.


Alecia R. Palmer, O.D.


Jordan R. Ridgeway, O.D.


Megan B. Swaringen, O.D.


Aaron K. Tarbett, O.D.


Marshall Evans Ward, O.D.


Marium Warsi-Zehri, O.D.


Meagan Greer Williams, O.D.

Report of the Committee on Licensure of Military Applicants.  The Committee was composed of Drs. John Miller, Melanie Denton (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.


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 time and place to meet with those candidates who request a review.

Old Business. 

A motion was made to approve the Board Policies on “Classification of Licenses” and “Reinstatement of Licenses” reclassifying all licenses previously “Revoked for Non-payment” to “License Not Renewed” This motion was made by Dr. Cook and seconded by Dr. Philippe and passed unanimously.

The Staff was instructed to post these two Policies to the Board’s Website and make all reclassification changes.

New Business

On a motion by Dr. Philippe and seconded by Mr. Raynor, the Board unanimously approved the Posting of disciplinary actions of the Board on its Website. The staff was instructed to enact this motion.

The Annual Meeting and Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board.  The Annual Meeting and next meeting of the Board will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel located at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. June 7 through June 10, 2018.  Arrivals will be on Wednesday afternoon, June 6th with the meetings starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018 and ending no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th.  Without objection the President declared that reimbursement for this meeting will be for travel, 4 hotel nights and 5 day’s subsistence for the Members of the Board and attending Board Staff; further, that the Board Members be entitled up to 5 days per diem for their attendance.



There being no further business, at 8:58 p.m.  Dr. Ellington made a motion to Adjourn. The motion was seconded by Dr. Haines and passed unanimously by the Board.                    

APPROVED 4/24/18