Minutes of the

North Carolina State Board of Optometry

February 18- 20, 2011

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 18 through Sunday, February 20, 2011 to conduct the Board’s Winter 2011 examinations and for other purposes.  Present were Dr. Michael Clark, President, Dr William Rafferty, Secretary-Treasurer, and Drs. David Anderson, Andy Cook, Harold Herring and Mr. Roger Mitchell and Ms. Mary Richardson, Members of the Board.  Staff Members present were Dr. John Robinson, Executive Director, Ms. Janice Peterson,  Administrative Secretary, and Ms. Sara Roberts, Administrative Assistant.  Present on Friday was Mr. Johnny Loper, the Board’s Attorney.   Present as Clinical Examiners were Drs. Jill Bryant, Kenneth Bumgarner, Jamie Casper, Ania Hamp, David King, Magda Metwalli,  John Miller, Sandra Moore,  Brett Munn, and Robert Rosenstein. 

 

Calling the meeting to order 4:15 P. M. the President then read from the ‘conflict of interest statement’, as required by the State Board of Ethics following which he directed the Members attention to the copy of the Ethic Board’s statement in their meeting notebook.

 

Meeting with Board Attorney.   Mr. Loper joined the meeting as the President was calling it to order.  Out of respect for his time the Dr. Clark welcomed Mr. Loper and turned the meeting over to him for his remarks before proceeding with other items of business on the Agenda.  Mr. Loper responded to various questions and issues raised by the Board as to the status of various matters, no of these being matters involving current or contemplated litigation or otherwise calling for a closed session.  When there were no further questions from Members of the Board the President thanked Mr. Loper for arranging his schedule to meet with the Board late on a Friday afternoon. 

 

 

Approval of Minutes.  On a motion by Mr. Mitchell seconded by Dr. Anderson and carried unanimously the minutes of the November 11 – 14, 2010 in Asheville were approved.

 

 

Report of the President.    Dr. Clark stated had no report to give at this time. 

 

Report of the Secretary/Treasurer.  Dr. Rafferty reviewed the Budget Report dated 07/01/10 thru 02/17/11.   He noted that the Board’s income is somewhat less than the amount budgeted; and while legal expenses are substantially higher than the budgeted amount, the ‘overall or total’ expenses to this point in time are comfortably within the amount budgeted.  With less than four and a half months left in the fiscal year the vast majority of the 2011 license renewal fees have been paid.  Those that have not been paid will be subject to “late penalty fees”.   The Summer 2011 Examinations fees will be paid by applicants prior to the end of this fiscal year.  Finally, achieving the ‘budgeted income’ is somewhat dependent on the Board’s interest and investment income.  Those figures will not be available until the annual audit is completed in August 2011.  Assuming the economy continues to improve it is anticipated that the Board’s net income for the year could reach the amount budgeted, while its total expenses should not exceed – or might even be less than - the amounts budgeted.   After answering questions from Members of the Board by Dr. Rafferty and the Executive Director, on a motion by Dr. Anderson seconded by Ms. Richardson and carried unanimously the report of the Secretary/Treasurer was accepted.

 

Report of the Executive Director.     The Executive Director in giving his report reviewed and where appropriate elaborated on the information contained in the meeting notebook calling the Board’s specific attention to:

 

Dr. Clark, that concludes my report.  On a motion by Dr. Rafferty seconded by Mr. Mitchell the report of the Executive Director was accepted.

 

On a motion by Dr. Anderson seconded by Ms. Richardson and carried unanimously the Board approved as policy the Memorandum prepared by the Executive Director on “Solicitation of patients through misleading or fraudulent advertisements, acts or practices constituting same or through use of the commercial media including, but not limited to, print or electronic media and regardless of whether such advertisements, acts or practices are “deliberate” or the result  of “negligence” on the part of the practitioner or by an entity or individual acting on their behalf”.

 

Revocation of Licenses.  On a motion by Dr. Anderson seconded by Dr. Herring and carried unanimously the following licenses were revoked for non-payment of the 2010 license renewal fees

 

Michelle K. Caputo, O.D.

Roxana J. Hastings, O.D.

Victor Hoffman, O.D.

George D. Martin, O.D.

Keith Stillions, O.D.

Jeffrey L. Summers, O.D.

Mary Grace Summers, O.D.

Lori J. Wassmann, O.D.

Thomas K. Wilcox, O.D.

Albert D. Woods, O.D.

William M. Younger, O.D.

 

Clinical Examiners Honorariums & Travel.  On a motion by Mr. Mitchell seconded by Dr. Anderson and carried unanimously the Clinical Examiners are to receive honorariums in the amount of $ 600.00 plus reimbursement for meals and travel expenses.

 

Clinical Practicum Examinations.  The first examination session began promptly as scheduled on Saturday morning, February 19, 2011 at 7:45 A.M. and final session was concluded on Sunday morning February 20, 2011 at 11:30 A.M.  Nineteen candidates, their applications having been previously approved, appeared for examination over the two day period. 

 

At the conclusion of the last examination session, there being no further business on a motion by Dr. Cook , seconded by Dr. Herring and carried unanimously the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 o’clock P.M. on Sunday,  February 20, 2011.

           

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board to review the results of the Winter 2011 Examinations and for other purposes will be held at the offices of the Board in Wallace, North Carolina beginning at 5:30 P.M. on Friday, March 25, 2011 ending no later than 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

 

The Examination Review Committee is scheduled to meet in the Board office on Wednesday, April 20, 2010 to review the results of the Winter 2011 examination with any candidate making a request in writing to the Board to review their results.

 

 

                                                                                                Approved March 25, 2011

                                                                                                                                Wallace, North Carolina