The  2012 OAA State Leadership Conference:

LAKELAND, TN, February 24, 2012 – The Opticians Association of America (OAA) has been finalizing the creation of a new charitable foundation for months. It is with great excitement that the Vision of Hope Foundation was introduced to the over 160 industry leaders at the recent OAA State Leadership Conference. The Vision of Hope Foundation was formed to promote opticianry education; develop future opticianry leaders; and perform international, national and community based vision related mission work.

Hoya sponsored the first ever program of the foundation by providing travel grants to three NFOS students to attend the 2012 OAA State Leadership Conference. The “Students to Leadership” program was established to introduce future opticians to the idea that opticianry is more than simply a career. Hopefully by introducing these students to opticianry leaders, they will become more involved in the future of opticianry by striving to be the future leaders of the industry.

The contest was open to all second-year opticianry student of NFOS schools. The students chosen for the program entered a contest where they had to answer the question, “How can I be a leader in the optical field?” This year’s winners were Jenny Freytag (Roane State Community College), Erik Meland (J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College) and Kin Moy (Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology).

OAA Student Winners

During the 2012 State Leadership Conference, OAA held a silent auction with all proceeds being donated to the Vision of Hope. OAA is proud to announce that over $5,000 was generated to assist the foundation and its programs. A&A Optical has signed on to be a partner with the newly created foundation and Hoya has agreed to sponsor the “Student to Leadership” program again in 2013.

Established in 1926, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) serves as the only national organization representing opticianry’s business, professional, educational, legislative and regulatory interests. For more information about the Vision of Hope and its mission to provide vision for the needy; one pair of glasses at a time through education, leadership and mission work, please contact the OAA office at 4064 E Fir Hill Drive, Lakeland, TN 38002, 901.388.2423,, or