GWCO Board of Directors

Douglas Melzer, OD

Oregon Director
Portland, OR
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Michael Judkins, OD

President - Elect
Utah Director
Ogden, UT
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Hilary Hawthorne, OD

California Director

Los Angeles, CA
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Curtis Ono, OD

Washington Director

Seattle, WA
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David Karpik, OD

Alaska Director
Kenai, AK
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Todd Smith, OD

Arizona Director
Peoria, AZ
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Donna Ellinger, OD

Colorado Director
Westminster, CO

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Keith Kawamura, OD

Hawaii Director
Wahiawa, HI
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Robert Sorensen, OD

Idaho Director
Hayden, Idaho
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Willie Thomas, OD

Montana Director
Missoula, MT
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Hilaire Pressley, OD

Nevada Director
Las Vegas, NV
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Mamie Chan, OD

New Mexico Director
Albuquerque, NM
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Levi Porter, OD

Wyoming Director
Casper, WY
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Seattle, WA 98133
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(206) 209-5273

Patty Anderson, CAE, IOM
Executive Director

Katie Pitchford
Event Manager

Tiffany Hanzo
Member Services Manager

Connor Boyd
Marketing & Communication Coordinator

Ally McGuire
Event Coordinator

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

In Loving Memory - Dr. Harue Marsden

We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and valued colleague, Dr. Harue Marsden on February 2, 2017. Harue was a long-time board member and President-Elect of the Great Western Council of Optometry (GWCO). Her leadership and dedication has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of GWCO. Harue’s physical presence will be sorely missed, but her spirit will live on in our hearts and minds. As Helen Keller once said, “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

In dedication of the life and career of Harue Marsden, OD, MS, ’87, professor and associate dean for clinical education at Marshall B. Ketchum University, the university has set up a Dr. Harue J. Marsden Memorial Fund to create scholarships and a lasting tribute. Visit the university website for additional details.