Congratulations to Our Award Winners

Celebrating industry professionals. Take a moment and check out our recent award winners and get a glimpse of past awardees. 

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

John Rush, OD

Dr. Rush spent time in his early career in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in a M*A*S*H like dustoff evacuation unit in Vietnam, while there he worked in a Vietnamese orphanage.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Rush worked with Kenji Hamada to set up GWCO to have a bigger voice in national optometry, and he became the first Oregon optometrist to be elected to and to serve on the AOA Board.

Dr. Rush had this to say about his award: "This GWCO honor is deeply appreciated. Today, I look forward to an even greater GWCO leadership in American and world optometry."

OD of the Year 2019

Mamie Chan, OD

Dr. Chan took over her father's practice in 2000 as her father eased into retirement. She partnered with her cousins and expanded to three locations over eight years before returning to the original building her father built in 1975 to become a solo practitioner in 2012. The practice continues its tradition of serving the community.

After serving in the optometric workforce for more than 10 years and spending time on AOA's Federal Relations Committee, Dr. Chan has developed a unique and strong perspective on the supply and demand of optometry, as well as optometric advocacy efforts on both federal and state levels.


Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • 2018 - Kenneth White, OD
  • 2017 - Harue Masden, OD
  • 2016 - Don Jarnagin, OD
  • 2015 - Kenji Hamada, OD

OD of the Year Award:

  • 2018 - Mark Lee, OD
  • 2017 - Robert Theaker, OD
  • 2016 - Dawn Miller, OD
  • 2015 - Deanna Alexander, OD
  • 2014 - Coby Ramsey, OD
  • 2013 - David Wolf, OD
  • 2012 - Douglas K. Devries, OD
  • 2011 - Lori Z. Youngman, OD
  • 2010 - Dr. Joesph Mallenger
  • 2009 - Dr. Stacey Meier
  • 2008 - Dr. Garard "Jerry" Gustafson
  • 2007 - Allen Hudson, OD
  • 2006 - Stephen Cohen, OD
  • 2005 - James Grimes, OD
  • 2004 - James F. Holder, OD, FAAO
  • 2003 - Richard Hopping, OD
  • 2002 - Dennis Kuwabara, OD
  • 2001 - Art Kobayashi, OD
  • 2000 - Pat Cummings, OD
  • 1999 - Carol Marusich, OD
  • 1998 - Cynthia Murrill, OD
  • 1997 - Kenji Hamada, OD
  • 1996 - Ken Johnson, OD
  • 1995 - Robin Comeron, OD
  • 1994 - Libbi Ann Tracy, OD
  • 1993 - John Rush, OD
  • 1993- Don Jarnagin, OD 

Supporters 2017:

Major Supporters:

Supporters:

  • TelScreen
  • Williams Group

Leadership Awards:

  • Curtis Ono, OD with the 2017 President Award
  • Rand Siekert, OD, with the 2016 Past President Award

GWCO Past Presidents:

  • 2017-2018 Dr. Curtis Ono, WA
  • 2016-2017 Dr. Rand Siekert, AZ
  • 2015-2016 Dr. Mark Lee, NV
  • 2014-2015 Dr. Paul Barney, AK
  • 2013-2014 Dr. Sue Lowe, WY
  • 2012-2013 Dr. Doug Safley, MT
  • 2011-2012 Dr. Scott Nehring, OR
  • 2010-2011 Dr. David Masihdas, UT
  • 2009-2010 Dr. Eugene Young, HI
  • 2008-2009 Dr. Ron Benner, MT
  • 2007-2008 Dr. Doug Devries, NV
  • 2006-2007 Dr. Stacey Meier, AZ
  • 2005-2006 Dr. Carol Marusich, OR
  • 2004-2005 Dr. Dawn Miller, CA
  • 2003-2004 Dr. Jerry Gustafson, WA
  • 2002-2003 Dr. Terry Brenner, UT
  • 2001-2002 Dr. Aaron Mancuso
  • 2000-2001 Dr. Brian Mach, AZ
  • 1999-2000 Dr. Everett King, WY
  • 1998-1999 Dr. James Grimes
  • 1997-1998 Dr. Ray Mans, OR
  • 1996-1997 Dr. Ken King, ID
  • 1995-1996 Dr. Art Kobayashi, HI
  • 1994-1995 Dr. Dave Hubbard, NV
  • 1993-1994 Dr. William Simons, MT
  • 1992-1993 Dr. Robin Kelly-Cameron, WA
  • 1991-1992 Dr. Kenji Hamada, OR
See Board of Directors

Sponsors 2017

Diamond Level:

Gold Level:

Silver Level:

  • Bausch + Lomb
  • CooperVision
  • Hoya
  • Shire

Bronze Level:

  • Northwest Eye Surgeons
  • Nordic Naturals
  • Pacific University
  • Transitions