Minutes of the

North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                        

August 13, 2018                                                                            

Video Conference Meeting                                                                                      


The North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry met by video conference on Monday, August 13, 2018,  at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the results of the Summer 2018 Clinical/Practicum Examinations and for other purposes as outlined in the Agenda.  Board members participating on the call were Dr. Andrew Cook, President, Dr. Scott Philippe, Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. H. Mike Johnson, 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 7:06 p.m. by Dr. Cook, 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. Haines, seconded by Dr. Ellington, and carried unanimously, the Minutes of the July 26-29, 2018 meeting were approved.


Report of the President.  Dr. Cook 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. Cook 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 Executive Director.  Dr. Rafferty commented that the greatest allocation of his time has been working with Board Counsel (Mr. Loper) with ongoing investigations and consent orders. He indicated that he and Mr. Loper are in the final stages of concluding several of these investigations. Dr. Rafferty indicated it is likely another conference call would be scheduled with the Board and Mr. Loper to approve these consent orders before the next regularly scheduled meeting in Asheville in November.      

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

Investment Committee. - The Investment Committee members (Dr. Philippe, Mr. Raynor and Dr. Rafferty) advise the transfer of reserves to Fidelity should be completed by the end of September 2018.

Review of the Scoring and Results of the Summer 2018 Clinical/Practicum Examinations.   On a motion by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Mrs. Watson 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 2018 Clinical/Practicum Examination.

Determining the Results of the Examination.  Having reviewed the scoring of the Summer 2018 Examinations in closed session, on a motion by Dr. Ellington and seconded by Dr. Johnson, the Board voted unanimously to come out of 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 2018 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:

License Number



Matthew H. Armentrout, O.D.


Alexandra C. Boldis, O.D.


Megan Christine Boughman, O.D.


Caitlin G. C. Burwell, O.D.


Rebecca Jean Callahan, O.D.


Ariel Marion Cerenzie, O.D.


Melissa Erin Heisler, O.D.


Grant Daniel Hill, O.D.


Keller Kosterman Hopkins, O.D.


Ashley Iketani, O.D.


Charles Brian Jay, O.D.


John William Langel, O.D.


Milan Christopher Lockhart, O.D.


Brittany Marie Moates, O.D.


Alexandra Lee Muncy, O.D.


David R. Neal, O.D.


Daniel P. O'Dowd, O.D.


Sarah Nicole Rappach, O.D.


Kristin Emily Schwab, O.D.


Savannah Renea Sheets, O.D.


Wen Ping David Shiau, O.D.


Lindsay Swenson, O.D.


Carolyn Bracken Talbert, O.D.


Sandra Vidacic, O.D.


Courtney Teressa Ward, O.D.


Michael J. Watt, O.D.


Spencer Thomas Whitt, O.D.


Ryan E. Wirkus, O.D.


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 Mr. Raynor, and seconded by Dr. Philippe, 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 8, 2018 and ending at noon on Sunday, November 11, 2018.  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 5 hotel nights, 6 days without the per diems.

There being no further business, on a motion by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Haines, and carried unanimously the meeting was adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

Approved 11/8/2018