SECO’S PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS PRESENTED AT HOUSE OF DELEGATES

2018 SECO International Award Winners

SECO International has announced the winners of its prestigious 2018 awards, recognizing significant contributions to the profession of optometry. The awards were presented during the SECO International House of Delegates meeting on March 2, 2018.

OD of the South – Jerry Gerdes, OD

The 2018 Optometrist of the South award is presented to Dr. Jerry Gerdes for his contributions to the profession of optometry. Dr. Gerdes is a graduate of Louisiana State university and the Southern College of Optometry. Since 2002, he has been in private family practice at The Vision Clinic in Oakdale, Louisiana and more recently at Family Eye Clinic in Lafayette.

Young OD of the South – Rachel Wruble, OD

The 2018 Young Optometrist of the South is Rachel Wruble, OD, FAAO of Belmont, NC. Dr. Wruble is a graduate of Ferris State University and Michigan College of Optometry. She became co-owner of Northlake Eye in Charlotte, NC in 2016.

Paraoptometric of the South – Margaret Chester, CPOA, CPOC

Margaret Chester of Greenwood, MS is the 2018 Paraoptometric of the South. She was the Mississippi Optometric Association’s Beverly Roberts Paraoptometric of the Year in 2017 and is the only paraoptometric professional in Mississippi to hold the CPOC certification.

President’s Award – Paul C. Ajamian, OD, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

The Southern Council of Optometrists honors Paul C. Ajamian, OD, with the President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the advancement of continuing education in Optometry worldwide during over 30 years of service as a dedicated leader with SECO International. His perseverance in support of our profession and commitment to our mission and ideals will be long remembered.

Distinguished Service Award – Vaughn G. Sanders, OD

Southern Council of Optometrists awards its President’s Award to Vaughn G. Sanders, OD in sincere and heartfelt appreciation for his dedication and service to the profession of optometry. His perseverance in support of our profession and commitment to our mission and ideals will be long remembered.

Jerry Gerdes, OD
Jerry Gerdes, ODOD of the South
Rachel Wruble, OD
Rachel Wruble, ODYoung Optometrist of the South
Margaret Chester, CPOA, CPOC
Margaret Chester, CPOA, CPOCParaoptometric of the South
Paul C. Ajamian, OD, Dipl. ABO
Paul C. Ajamian, OD, Dipl. ABOPresident's Award
Vaughn G. Sanders, OD
Vaughn G. Sanders, ODDistinguished Service Award

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