Minutes of the North Carolina State Board of Optometry

February 9-11, 2018

Jane McKimmon Center -North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

The North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry met at the Jane McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11, 2018 to conduct the Board’s Winter 2018 examinations and for other purposes.  Present were Dr. Michael Johnson, President; Dr. Andy Cook, Secretary-Treasurer; Drs. Scott Philippe, Jerry Ellington, Michael Haines, Mrs. Susan Watson, and Mr. James Raynor, Members of the Board;  Dr. William Rafferty, Executive Director; Mr. Johnny Loper, Board Attorney; Mrs. Janice Peterson, Executive Administrator; and Mrs. Samantha Hardison, Administrative Coordinator.  Also present as an observer on Saturday was Dr. Jill Bryant, representing the NBEO.   Present as Clinical Examiners were Drs. Jamie Casper, Ania Hamp, Melissa Misko, Melanie Denton, Maggie Metwalli, Mark Newman, Lee McPherson, Brett Munn, John Miller, and Samantha Ward.

Meeting of the Board. 

At 10:06 A.M. the President called the meeting of the Board to order after which he read from the ‘conflict of interest statement’, as required by the State Board of Ethics.  

Motion to Adopt Agenda: No changes in the Agenda were made. Motion by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Philippe, carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes. 

On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Dr. Haines, and carried unanimously the Minutes of the November 9-12, 2017 meeting in Asheville were approved.

Report of the President.   

Dr. Johnson commented that tomorrow we will be conducting the Winter 2018 Clinical/Practicum Examination with the changes the Board approved at its last meeting in November 2018. He expressed his appreciation to everyone involved in making the changes happen. Dr. Johnson stated he would comment on items as the Board moved through its agenda. On a motion by Dr. Ellington seconded by Dr. Cook, the report of the President was unanimously accepted.

Report of the Secretary/Treasurer. 

Dr. Cook reviewed the Budget Report dated 07/01/17 thru 02/02/18.  

He announced that the personal vehicle travel  reimbursement, related to official Board business was adjusted to $0.545 per mile for 2018. This adjustment was consistent with federal guidelines.

After addressing specific questions from members of the Board by the Secretary /Treasurer and the Board staff, on a motion by Dr. Ellington,  seconded by Mrs. Watson, the motion carried unanimously to accept the report of the Secretary/Treas’


Report of the Investment Committee composed of Mr. Raynor, Dr. Cook and Dr. Rafferty. The Committee reviewed our current investments and investment strategies. After a detailed discussion, a motion was made by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Dr. Ellington and unanimously passed to move the Board’s investment accounts to Fidelity Investment, except for possibly one Bond Fund if penalty is excessive, and contingent upon any other unknown obstacles.

Report of the Executive Director.  Dr. Rafferty presented a Powerpoint presentation reviewing some important Agenda items from the Annual FARB Forum Meeting he recently attended on behalf of the Board. License Mobility and Portability was one of the issues discussed. He indicated that implementing the examination changes has required a considerable amount of time since those examination changes were approved by the Board at its last meeting in Asheville, NC. Dr. Rafferty indicated he would comment on other Agenda items as they came up in the Agenda.    

A motion was then made by Haines, seconded by Mr. Raynor and passed unanimously to accept the report of the Executive Director.


Legal and Legislative Update.  

Motion made by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Mr. Raynor and passed unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss updates regarding ongoing investigations and other legal issues of importance to the Board. Following these discussions, a motion made by Dr. Haines, seconded by Dr. Philippe and passed unanimously to come out of executive session. The following motion was made out of Executive session:

Motion made by Dr. Haines and seconded by Dr. Cook and passed unanimously to chronologically list former and current discipline on the Board’s website.

Expired Licenses. 

On a motion by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Mr. Raynor, and carried unanimously the following licenses will be placed into the “License Not Renewed” Category as they have not been renewed since 12/31/2016; and, therefore, were declared to have expired due to non-payment and placed into the of the 2017 license renewal fees:

Clarissa Glover-Danque, O.D. - #2353

Larry L. Walter, O.D. - #0816

Clinical Examiners Honorariums.  

On a motion by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Philippe, and carried unanimously the Board approved an honorarium for each of the Clinical Examiners in the amount of $800.00, in addition to reimbursement for their meals and travel expenses for their participation in the Winter 2018 Clinical Examination.

Examination Review for any Unsuccessful Candidate(s). 

Drs. Scott Philippe and William Rafferty will conduct the examination review(s) for any unsuccessful candidate(s). A candidate must submit a request in writing for a review within two weeks after the announcement of the exam results.  The review will take place at a time and place to be determined once requests are received.

Clinical Examiners Orientation and Stations Set-Up. 

Dr. Rafferty conducted an orientation with the Board and Clinical Examiners reviewing changes to the Examination and roles of each in the examination process.


All stations were set up by Board staff in preparation for the first session on Saturday morning.

Clinical/Practicum Examinations. 

The first examination session began promptly as scheduled on Saturday morning, February 10, 2018, at 7:45 A.M. and the final session concluded on Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2018 at 1:55 P.M..  All candidates whose applications had been approved appeared for examination over the two-day period.  

Next meeting of the Board; Adjournment. 

The next meeting of the Board for the purpose of reviewing the results of the Winter 2018 examinations and for other purposes will be held via video conferencing on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

At the conclusion of the last examination session, there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

Approved 2/20/2018 via video conference