SUNY Student Organizations

ACE: The Health Practitioner's Society
President: Jay Kim
President-Elect: Jane Chen
Secretary: Sherry Shang
Treasurer: Jessica Hoang
Event Coordinator: Kelly Armstrong
First Year Liaison: Andrew Nguyen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Delaram Shirazian
Mission Statement: Interprofessional practice is rapidly gaining traction in today’s healthcare setting. ACE strives to promote interprofessional collaboration by emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary health care, through joint screening opportunities and networking events.

Description of Activities: Participating in this club will offer you the ability to communicate and learn about different professions, and how they relate to optometry. ACE hosts joint health screenings and interprofessional networking events with other health providers, namely podiatrists and dentists.

How do I join or become a member? All students are welcome to join ACE. Email Jay Kim at for more information.

American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
Trustee: Ashka Patel
Trustee-Elect: Hira Alam
Class of 2024 Liaison TBD
Class of 2023 Liaison Anson Tam
Class of 2021 Liaison Ian Olexio
Social Media Chair Lindsey Boody
AOA-PAC Coordinator: Avalena Linsky
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Vricella


Mission Statement: The purpose of the American Optometric Student Association is to improve the visual welfare and health of the public, to promote the profession of optometry, and to enhance the education and welfare of optometry students. AOSA represents nearly 6,000 students from all 22 schools and colleges of optometry. AOSA is the national student affiliate of the American Optometric Association; when you become a member of AOSA, you automatically become a member of the AOA as well. AOSA is also the liaison between students of optometry and other affiliated national optometric organizations including: NBEO, ARBO, AFOS, AOAPAC, COVD, APHA, FRC, OEPF, AAO, and ASCO. AOSA and AOA work hard as the voice of optometry as a whole to protect and expand the scope of practice and ensure you can utilize all of the tools you learned in school to the fullest extent possible when you graduate and start practicing.

When/where are meetings held? Students are encouraged to attend all organized optometry meetings at SUNY as well as the annual AOA/AOSA Optometry’s Meeting.

How does a student join/ get involved? All SUNY students are automatic members of AOSA. Check your email for information on meeting times and contact the Trustee or Trustee-Elect for more information about getting involved!


Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK)
President: Aileen Lee
Vice President: Carlos Woc
Secretary: Monica Papinski
Treasurer: Crystal Guo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Zuckerman


Mission Statement: To stimulate scientific attainment, academic excellence and the ethical practice of optometry; and to promote and provide financial support for worthy research projects relating to vision care and the eyes.

Description of Activities: Clinical tutoring for students who ask for help learning clinical techniques Volunteer to help out in Optional lab.

When/Where meetings are held? Fall and Spring meetings are held at school in the classrooms.

How does a student join/get involved? Invitation to membership is extended to second, third, and fourth year students possessing the following record of achievement: To be eligible for BSK membership, a student must attain a grade point average of 3.5. Membership will be extended to those eligible at the end of each academic year.


Contact Lens Education and Research Club (CLEAR)
President: Caroline Crisostomo
President Elect: Travis Pfeifer
Secretary: Julie Song
Treasurer: Nadia Khan
Journal Club Coordinator: Julie Lin
Social Media Coordinator: Taylor Davis
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Sharon P. Keh, Dr. Azinda Morrow, Dr. Irene Frantzis


Mission Statement: SUNY CLEAR is dedicated to educating optometry students on the use of contact lenses for treatment of refractive error and ocular diseases, exposing students to current contact lens related research and technology, and informing them about the evolving contact lens brand and products on the market. We also aim to provide insight on integrating this knowledge about contact lenses into clinic and future practices.


Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS)
President: Behrad Garmsiri
Vice President: William Huang
President Elect: TBD
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Poirier


Mission Statement To increase student awareness about current issues and challenges facing the profession of optometry in Canada and to encourage communication and involvement between students and their future co-workers in Canada.

Description of activities: CAOS strives to keep Canadian students updated on topics such as: current scope of practice for Optometrists in Canada and Canadian board examinations.

When/Where meetings are held? One to two times per semester at SUNY

How does a student join/get involved? All Canadian students are members.


Chinese Culture Optometric Student Association (CCOSA)
President: Timothy Yuan
Vice President: Priscilla Deng
President Elect: Tiffany K. Chen
Secretary: Stephanie Yu
Treasurer: Kevin Dou
Social Chair: Julie Ren
First Year Liaison: Brian Chu
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gui Albieri


Mission Statement: CCOSA aims to spread and celebrate Chinese culture. Chinese civilization is one of the oldest, with a records dating back at least 5000 years. Today, Chinese is the most common language spoken worldwide, and China contains the largest population of any country. CCOSA works with the Confucius Institute and the Cultural Diversity Committee at SUNY to bring awareness of Eastern ways of thinking to the Western world through speakers, events on and off campus, and of course, Chinese food. CCOSA also facilitates cultural exchange with students from Wenzhou Medical University, at which SUNY has an externship site.

Events this Year:

  • China Winter Trip
  • Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
  • 3-4 social events per semester such as tea making, cooking, and calligraphy classes
  • Welcoming students from Wenzhou Medical University (Summer)

How do I join/get involved? Attend the first meeting for more information.

California Student Optometric Student Association (COSA)
President: Breanna Tran
President-Elect: Tiffany Y. Chen
Class of 2022 Representative: Brandon Tran
Class of 2023 Representative: Joanna Wong
Class of 2024 Representative: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Wong


Mission Statement: The purpose of this chapter is to increase student awareness and promote membership of the California Optometric Association (COA), promote student involvement in current legislative issues regarding the optometric profession, expose students to state scholarships, and offer students opportunities to interact with optometrists and industry representatives currently working in California. This club is designed to promote organized optometry at the state and national level by working in cooperation with AOSA, NYSOA, and related organizations.

Vision Statement: The vision statement of COSA is the same as that of the California Optometric Association. Our purpose is to support and advance the profession of optometry to assure quality health care for all Californians, as primary providers of vision and health care.

When/Where are meetings held? 3-4 times per semester in the classrooms on the 1st floor.

How does a student get involved?


Facebook: (Send a request to join)

College of Optometry in Vision Development (COVD)
President: Stephanie Yu
President-Elect: Eden Nourmand
Treasurer/Secretary: Diana Serdah
Treasurer/Secretary Elect: Alyssa Zoll
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Audra Steiner


Mission Statement: At SUNY College of Optometry, the COVD club’s purpose is to expose optometry students to the vision therapy specialty early in their optometric career. We aim to raise awareness, passion, and interest within our student body to promote involvement in this integral part of Optometry: training and enhancing vision. After all, COVD believes that vision is more than just seeing 20/20! It is one of the specialties where Optometrists can really differentiate their knowledge and skills from other healthcare practitioners. Only optometrists are trained to conduct vision therapy, and by all means, treating strabismus is an art. To carry out its mission, COVD hosts speaker events throughout the academic year. Our doctors are all fellows of COVD and practice behavioral optometry and vision therapy in their respective practices. By sharing their knowledge and patient care experiences, our presenters inspire students to explore this specialty, formulate their own standard of care, and join other fellows of COVD after the completion of their education here at SUNY.

When/Where meetings are held? 3-4 meetings per semester at SUNY.

How does a student join/get involved? Free student membership, email newsletter and student discounts for the Annual meetings. You can join COVD by clicking on the following link: You can also attend lunch meetings and Annual COVD meetings to stay current or contact Diana Serdah at


Connecticut Student Association of Optometrists (CTSAO)
President: Michelle Kulowski
Vice President: Stephen Murray
Secretary/Treasurer: Agatha Sleboda
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Quy Nguyen


Mission Statement: The purpose of this chapter is to increase student awareness and promote membership of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, promote student involvement in current legislative issues regarding the optometric profession, expose students to state scholarships, and offer students opportunities to interact with optometrists currently working in Connecticut. This club is to be designed to promote organized optometry at the state and national level by working in cooperation with AOSA, NYSOA, and related clubs.

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO)
President: Annie Liang
President Elect: Cori Robinson
Secretary: Jay Kim
Treasurer: Hardy Zhou


Mission Statement: The Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO) Club is a fellowship of Christians and non-Christians that aims to maintain community, growth, and outreach both in our personal lives and also in the optometric field. FCO is a national and international organization that is affiliated with Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA).

Description of Activities: We host Zoom gatherings every other week where we fellowship, pray, and read the Bible together, in addition to virtual game nights once a semester. We also typically host an annual mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico to provide free glasses and eye exams to those without access to eye care, in collaboration with Mission to Mexico.

When/Where meetings are held? Every other Friday at 5:15-6:15pm via Zoom.
How does a student join/get involved? Contact Annie Liang at for more information!



Jewish Optometric Association (JOA)
President: Shulamit Ilyabayev
President Elect: Eden Nourmand
Vice President: Sharon Itzhakov
Secretary: Gabrielah Baruch
Treasurer: Aviela Segev
Communication Liaison: Eli Sharvit
First Year Liaison/Event Coordinator: Rachel Gerber
Social Media Coordinator: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Steinway


Mission Statement: The Jewish Optometric Association seeks to represent, support, and provide outreach to the large number of Jewish optometry students at SUNY. The club aims to bring together the religious commonality of our members’ personal lives as well as their professional commonality. It is open to both Jewish and non-Jewish students.

Description of Activities: The club hosts quarterly lunch meetings for members to bond and enjoy good free food. Additionally, most of these meetings are accompanied by a Rabbi who speaks briefly about upcoming holidays. The club also hosts an annual school-wide luncheon with an O.D. guest speaker who speaks about a unique topic within optometry. Finally, the club hosts an annual Shabbat experience by one of the Jewish faculty members.

When/Where meetings are held? All meetings are held at SUNY. The Shabbat experience is held at a faculty’s home.

How does a student join/get involved? Membership is open to any and all SUNY students. There is no membership fee. At the first meeting students simply sign up to be members. Students additionally can get further involved and hold board positions which are available to all years including first.

Lions Club (LC)
President: Jay Kim
Vice President: Veena Bokka
Secretary: Jina Yoo
Treasurer: Faizy Mohammed
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty advisor: Dr. Richard Soden


Mission statement: To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

Description of activities: Vision Screenings, Blood Drives, Community Service/Volunteer events, Tutoring Vision Therapy Patients
Meetings held: 1-2 meetings per semester

How do I join/ Get involved: Email Jay Kim for more information!


Muslim Optometric Student Association (MOSA)

President: Zirwa Ziamir
Vice President: Saba Farid
Treasurer: TBD
Social/Events Coordinator: Iqra Azam
First Year Liaison: Faizy Mohamed
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gui Albieri


Mission Statement: MOSA is needed to promote a sense of community for Muslims at SUNY College of Optometry. The club will host monthly lunch meetings that will consist of a short Islamic talk followed by discussion and food. MOSA aims to collaborate with other faith-based student organizations to engage in interfaith dialogue and promote tolerance. Additionally, MOSA intends to participate in joint health screenings and promote interprofessionalism by working with other local Muslim healthcare associations.

Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA)
President: Stephanie Schwartz
President-Elect: Avalena Linsky
Treasurer: Stephanie Sayegh
First Year Liaison: Kayla McCutcheon
Faculty advisor: Dr. Esther Han


Mission statement: NORA is diverse group of professionals dedicated to advancing the art and science of rehabilitation of the neurologically and cognitively injured and disabled survivor population and their families. NORA members recognize the crucial role of vision in human performance. NORA emphasizes treatment modalities designed to optimize the frequently neglected visualmotor, visualperceptual and visual information processing dysfunction in the neurologically affected person. NORA events and speakers aim to expose students to the world of brain injury and rehabilitation from optometrist’s, other healthcare professional’s, and patient’s point of view.

Where/when are meetings held: 1-2 meetings per semester in the classrooms on the 1st floor.


National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)
President: Sophia Johnson
Vice President: Omar Perdomo
Secretary: Gulnoza Azieva
Treasurer: Veena Bokka
Director of Communications: Sena West-Erhabo
Recording Secretary: Stephen Dellostritto
First Year Liaison: TBD
DOP Coordinator: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Quy Nguyen


Mission Statement: In 1979, after ten years of service to under-served communities, the NOA sought to establish a student organization to promote service among optometry students and carry forward the NOA’s mission of advancing the visual health of minority populations. In addition to fulfilling this core mission, the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) incorporated the goals of furthering the professional development of its student members and increase the diversity in the profession of optometry by enhancing the recruitment and retention of minority students. The National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) is an international service organization comprised of over 1,000 optometry students who are dedicated to increasing access to eyecare for minority and under-served communities.NOSA’s mission is to advance the visual health of minority and under-served communities by investing in the success of compassionate students who are eager to serve these communities.

Description of Activities: Vision screenings, meet and networking event with current NOA members, Clinical assessment tutoring, Volunteering, Social Events, Middle School, High School and College Outreach Programs, National Conferences

When/where are meetings held? 2-3 times a semester at SUNY

How Do I Join/get involved? Attend the first meeting for more information. $25 application fee (includes tshirt, Spanish-English dictionary for eyecare providers, & NOSA pin)


New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP)
President: Aalia Khan
Vice President: Ewa Kowalczyk
First Year Liason: TDB
Event Coordinator: Sanjana Saksena
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tamara Petrosyan


Mission Statement: We are dedicated to advancing the profession of optometry and serving optometrists in meeting the eye care needs of the public. NJSOP is focused on improving the quality and availability of vision care, and we fulfill this objective by providing reliable and current information regarding eye care and health care policies. One of our most important responsibilities is to educate the public about the importance of routine comprehensive eye exams while providing competent, quality patient care. Additionally, NJSOP assists members in conducting their practices successfully in accordance with the highest ethical standards of patient care.

Description of Activities: NJSOP is the state association for optometrists practicing in New Jersey. We strive to be a resource and guide for optometry students throughout their education. NJSOP makes frequent visits to SUNY and PCO/Salus University…and more often than not, we bring pizza!

Yearly events for students to get involved in:

  • The Special Olympics at The College of New Jersey
  • Therapy By The Sea in Atlantic City, NJ
  • SUNY’s NJSOP Student-Doctor Networking Cruise
  • There is also a scholarship opportunity, the Dr. Leslie Mintz scholarship, awarded to one student annually.
  • NJSOP is a great way to network with doctors in New Jersey, and gain valuable information about your optometric career.

When/Where meetings are held? Meetings are usually bi-annual and held in either room 101 or 103. Lunch is always served. Flyers about upcoming meetings will be posted around the building.

How does a student join/get involved? To join, visit the student section of our webpage:

For more information: e-mail or , come to a meeting, and ‘like’ our facebook page:


New York State Optometric Association (NYSOA)
President: Brigette Roman
President-Elect: Jacob Rosenberg
Secretary: Rachel Kim
Treasurer: Breanna Tran
First Year Liaison: Nishita Patel


Mission Statement: NYSOA is dedicated to enhancing the vision care and health of the public and promoting the art and science of optometry. For eleven decades, it has continued to benefit individual doctors of optometry, the profession and the quality of life of New Yorkers. NYSOA plays a significant role in how optometry is perceived by other professions, government agencies and the public at large.

Description of Activities: NYSOA is a non-profit individual membership organization, which works with local affiliated optometric associations throughout New York State and is affiliated with the American Optometric Association. Members practice in a variety of settings including their own private offices, in association with other optometrists and ophthalmologists, and in hospital clinics and health maintenance organizations. Membership is open in special categories to full-time faculty members and optometry students. NYSOA members benefit from the associations community relations and public service efforts.

When and where meetings are held? Located throughout New York State, monthly meetings and special seminars provide for professional exchanges including policy on local, state and national issues. In their respective communities, local societies conduct a variety of activities including public relations projects and community screening programs at health fairs, senior citizen centers and schools.

How do students get involved? The best way to be involved is to attend the local society meetings, Student Society meetings, and to volunteer your time when appropriate. Contact Jacob Rosenberg or Brigette Roman


Optometry Innovations and Technology Club (OITC)

President: Andrew Kageyama
Vice-President: David Grecu
Treasurer: tbd
Secretary: tbd
Student Liaison: Elton Wong

About our meetings: Our club aims to meet 1-2 times per semester. Our meetings will include talks and workshops that expose students to emerging technologies.

Mission Statement: The Optometry Innovations and Technology Club strives to be a hub where students, residents, and faculty can come and learn the most recent developments in the optometric world. Our aim is to create leaders that will utilize the newest technologies in their communities to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.


Student Chapter of American Academy of Optometry (SAAO)
President: Julie (Siyun) Ren
President-Elect: Michelle Kim
Vice President: Sanjana Saksena
Secretary: Kent Uehara
Treasurer: Rebecca Hung
First Year Liaisons: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hue


Mission Statement: The purpose of this chapter is to increase student awareness of the American Academy of Optometry, promote student attendance at the annual Academy meeting, encourage and educate students about how to pursue fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry, and to foster interest in vision science research.

Description of Activities: The goal of the SAAO is to both inform and involve SUNY students in the latest developments within optometry. Doctors of the Academy have graciously donated their efforts towards helping students take the next step in their careers, thus shaping leaders and innovators for the future of our profession.

When/Where meetings are held? 1-2 times per semester, locations TBA

How does a student join/get involved? Membership to SUNY’s chapter is free and open to all optometry students, to full time students in the vision sciences and related sciences, and to in-house residents. In addition, student membership to the AAO is covered by SUNY, which spans across all 4 years of the OD program plus residency for recent graduates. For more information and a copy of the application, please visit:


Student Chapter of American Public Health Association (SAPHA)
President: Brooke Goonetilleke
Vice President: Christina Marzelli
Secretary: Jai Sheth
Treasurer: Jessica Hoang
First Year Liaisons: Tracy Tse, Alex Martin
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hue


Mission Statement: To connect students who have an interest in public health, give opportunities to serve in the public health field, and to serve the general public with knowledge and resources to maintain healthy living and prevent disease. We would also like to connect with public health and students of other health disciplines outside of SUNY for health fairs and public health events in the NYC metro area.

Description of Activities: In addition to the general meeting each semester, SAPHA members provide eye health education at nursing homes throughout the NYC area, support Diabetes and Glaucoma awareness in the months of November and January through various activities within the college, fundraise for The Red Cross, host guest speakers at SUNY lunch meetings, contribute to preparation for the annual VisionWalk which supports the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

When/ Where are meetings held? The goal of the SAPHA is to have at least 3 general meetings or volunteer activities per semester. Meetings are held in one of the classrooms, depending on availability.

How does a student join/get involved? All students are welcome to the organization. We keep a list of interested members on our email list. All meetings are announced via school email.

Student Optometric Association for Private Practice (SOAPP)
President: Safia Suliman
President-Elect: Leandra Debono
Treasurer: Ryan Campbell
Secretary: Melody Kordnaij
Artistic Director: Lily Wang
Social Media Director: Alena Koickal
Event Coordinator:Jennifer Le

Fourth Year Liaison: Emily Shtull
Third Year Liaison: Elise Regina
Second Year Liaison: Nand Shah
First Year Liaison: Howard Ho
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Bovenzi


Mission Statement: To inspire optometry students to pursue private practice and to provide information that addresses their concerns regarding private practice in order to instill confidence for success in private practice optometry.

Description of Activities: Lunch-time practice management seminars, after-school workshops, and networking events with ODs and other industry professionals.

When/Where meetings are held? Lunch meetings and Seminars are held every 1-2 months

How does a student join/get involved? Sign up at orientation or attend the first meeting for more information



President: Rebecca Chan Min
Vice President: Emma Hoang
Treasurer: Sofia Ribolla
Social Media and Advocacy Chair: Jenny Liu
Second Year Liaison: Avalena Linsky
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Michael McGovern

SPECtrum provides a welcoming and safe space where members and allies of the LGBTQ+ campus community can come together to discuss and study diversity, and achieve a greater understanding of the spectrum of sexuality and related social issues. In addition, we work to educate those in the SUNY Optometry community about issues that affect us as healthcare providers of LGBTQ+ patients as well as other minority groups.SPECtrum also looks to work with the external community to identify segments of the LGBTQ+ population in need of optometric care and services, and to then either provide or coordinate that care.

How does a student join/get involved? Membership is open to any student that wished to join. There is no membership fee.

Please email or reach out to us using our social media channels if you have any questions or would like to apply for a leadership position with SPECtrum.



Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH)
President: Melody Kordnaij
President-Elect: Amanda Fitzpatrick
VOSH International Liaison: Sherry Shang
Treasurer: Ashley Marshall Walker
Secretary: Zachary Graham
Database Manager: Connie Kang
Screening Coordinator: Chelsea May
Fundraising Chairs: Elise Regina, Andrew Rouse, Lauren Sabol
Social Media Chair: Shannon Robinson
Member Liaison: Laura Medina
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory DiSanto & Dr. Matthew Bovenzi


Mission Statement: The primary mission of SVOSH is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.

Description of Activities: Weekly meetings include cleaning donated glasses and lensometry for future mission trips. On international mission trips, members provide eye exams and Rx glasses to people in developing countries.

When/Where meetings are held? Weekly meetings take place on the 3rd floor student lounge at times TBA.

How does a student join/get involved? All students are welcome to join SVOSH. There is a membership due of $30 which includes a SVOSH shirt and pin. Attend the first meeting for more information.


Student Glaucoma Society (SGS)
President: Lynne Rader
Vice-President: Junn Cho
Treasurer: Kelly Armstrong
Secretary: Max Williger
First-Year Liaison: Nada Fareed
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Madonna


Mission Statement: To have more Doctors of Optometry managing glaucoma in clinical practice. The primary way to achieve this with current students is by increased exposure, practice and knowledge in the field of glaucoma.

Description of Activities: Monthly doctor-hosted journal club meetings, two or more school-wide seminars with leading glaucoma specialists, hands-on clinical skills workshops.

When/Where meetings are held? Monthly.

How does a student join/get involved? Email or any of the board members. There are no membership fees.

SUNYOpt Insight

President: Jennifer Liu
Vice President: TBD
Secretary: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shelby Leach


Mission Statement: SUNYOpt Insight’s purpose is to spark dialogue through discussion groups, foster community building, further social consciousness and critical thinking, and engage with a range of social & global issues that directly and indirectly relate to optometry. By increasing our understanding of the world around us, we can be better healthcare providers, educators, and contributors in an interconnected society. Open participation from anyone in the SUNYOpt community (students, faculty, staff, admin) is encouraged to allow space for diverse perspectives and experiences.