Young Advocate Committee

The New York State Optometric Association is proud to be supporting the American Optometric Association’s national membership growth campaign, “United in Possibilities.” Membership is the foundation and heart of our organizations, and this campaign is designed to reach and engage the newest members of our profession and future generations of leaders. One of the most important aspects of this campaign is peer-to-peer personal outreach. The NYSOA’s Young Advocate Committee, co-chaired by Drs. Marina Su and Alyssa Putman, is facilitating this outreach, and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to engage our young members on such an important initiative.

We invite you to get to know the members of the Young Advocate Committee and help us make connections between these up-and-coming leaders and the young optometrists in your own community. Please check out our Events page to view the Committee's upcoming social events. You can also visit aoa.org/united to learn more about the campaign. We are, truly, United in Possibilities!

NYSOA Young Advocates

Western New York

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/JosephCarrie.jpgName: Carrie Joseph, OD
Local Society: Western New York Society of Optometrists (WNYSO)
Graduation Year: 2014
School: SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: Warsaw, Batavia, and Perry
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Letchworth State Park
Hobbies: Yoga, travel, biking.
Words to live by: Nothing worth having comes easy. – Theodore Roosevelt
Contact: carriemjoseph@gmail.com

Name: Anthony Dell-Anno, OD
Local Society: Rochester Optometric Society
Graduation Year: 2013
School: New England College of Optometry
City where you work: Rochester
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Rushford Lake
Hobbies: Sports and Movies
Words to live by:  Winter is coming.
Contact: ajdellanno@gmail.com

Southern Tier

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/PutmanAlyssa.jpgName:  Alyssa Putman, OD
Local Society: Southern Tier
Graduation Year: 2012
School: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
City where you work: Corning
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Waneta and Seneca Lakes of the Finger Lakes
Hobbies: Exercise, hanging with family and friends, and cooking.
Words to live by:  Be Kind, Work Hard, Stay Humble, Smile Often, Stay Loyal, Be Honest, Travel When possible, Never Stop Learning, Love Always
Contact: alyssaputman@gmail.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/GoldbergLaura.jpgName:  Laura Goldberg, OD
Local Society: South Central
Graduation Year: 2016
School Graduated: New England College of Optometry
Residency: Wilmington VAMC, Wilmington, DE
City where you work: Binghamton
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Green Lakes State Park
Hobbies: Zumba classes and running, exploring new places in NY, attending Syracuse sports games.
Words to live by:  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – Mark Twain
Contact: goldbela30@gmail.com

Mohawk Valley

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/AshlawChelsea.jpgName: Chelsea Ashlaw, OD
Local Society: Mohawk Valley Optometric Society, Co–Chair of NYSOA Young Advocate Committee
Graduation Year: 2015
School: SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: Oneida
Favorite place to unwind in NY: My backyard by the pool with a good book.
Hobbies: Dancing/taking dance classes, running/rollerblading, traveling.
Words to live by:  Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. – Babe Ruth
Contact: ashlawc@gmail.com

Capital District

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/CiarmielloGina.jpgName:  Gina Ciarmiello, OD
Local Society: Eastern
Graduation Year: 2014
School: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
City where you work: East Greenbush and Delmar
Favorite place to unwind in NY: My home in Rotterdam, NY.
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family, baking, boating on Lake George.
Words to live by:  Everything happens for a reason.
Contact: glitz327@gmail.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/TribleyGrillJennifer.jpgName: Jennifer Tribley–Grill, OD
Local Society: Eastern
Graduation Year: 2013
School: New England College of Optometry
Residency: Ocular Disease at VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System
City where you work: Albany
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Schroon Lake
Hobbies: Cooking, snowmobiling, yoga.
Words to live by:  Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain
Contact: jennifer.grill@corneacare.com

Hudson Valley & Westchester

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/BoosJoseph.jpgName:  Joseph Boos, OD
Local Society: WRPOS
Graduation Year: 2015
School: SUNY College of Optometry
Residency: Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care at VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System
City where you work: Rye
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Kensico Dam
Hobbies: Basketball, reading, billiards.
Words to live by:  The most dangerous phrase is, “We’ve always done it this way.”
Contact: Josephboosod@gmail.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/PatelReshma.pngName: Reshma Patel, OD
Local Society: WRPOS
Graduation Year: 2015
School: SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: West Nyack & Garnerville
Favorite place to unwind in NY: South Street Seaport in NYC
Hobbies: Traveling, baking, gym/working out.
Words to live by:  Strive for progress, not perfection!
Contact: reshmapatelod@gmail.com

Name:  Victoria McEwan, OD
Local Society: Hudson Valley Optometric Society
Graduation Year: 2016
School: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Residency: Ocular Disease/Primary Care at VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System
City where you work: Hudson, Millbrook, Hopewell Junction
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Lower Saranac Lake
Hobbies: Spending time with loved ones, traveling, exercising.
Words to live by:  Live each day like it’s your last.
Contact: vicmcewan@icloud.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/PunimAaron.jpgName:  Aaron Punim, OD
Local Society: Hudson Valley Optometric Society
Graduation Year: 2015
School: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
City where you work: Monroe
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Mt. Peter Ski Area
Hobbies: Snowboarding, weightlifting, golf.
Words to live by:  When you come to a fork in the road, take it. – Yogi Berra
Contact: ampunim@gmail.com

New York City

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/SuMarina.jpgName: Marina Su, OD, FAAO
Local Society: OSCONY, NYSOA Metropolitan Region Trustee, Co–Chair of NYSOA Young Advocate Committee
Graduation Year: 2012
School: Southern California College of Optometry
Residency: Fromer Eye Centers/SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: Manhattan, Queens and Bronx
Favorite place to unwind in NY: The “rock” in Central Park or Pier A in Hoboken, NJ
Hobbies: Dancing (Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Hip Hop), travel, DIY activities.
Words to live by: Live with intention. – Mary Anne Radmacher
Contact: marinasuod@gmail.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/AlexopoulosDenise.pngName:  Denise Alexopoulos, OD
Local Society: OSCONY
Graduation Year: 2017
School: Illinois College of Optometry
Residency: SUNY Pediatric & Infant Vision Residency
City where you work: New York City
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Broadway Dance Center!
Hobbies: Crossing things off my NYC Food Bucket List, entering (and usually losing) lotteries to win cheap Broadway tickets, making photo albums.
Words to live by:  Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Desmond Tutu
Contact: denise.alexopoulos@gmail.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/CerconeJocelyn.jpgName:  Jocelyn Cercone, OD
Local Society: OSCONY
Graduation Year: 2012
School: Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Residency: East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center/SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: Brooklyn
Favorite place to unwind in NY: La Colombe Coffee Noho
Hobbies: Traveling, rock climbing and scuba diving.
Words to live by:  Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz
Contact: jocelyn.cercone@gmail.com

Name: Sarah Gleason, OD
Local Society: OSCONY
Graduation Year: 2018
School: SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: New York City
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Battery Park
Hobbies: Running, snowboarding, traveling
Words to live by: Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. – Dalai Lama XIV
Contact: SarahGleason12@gmail.com

Name: Meredith Stallone, OD
Local Society: OSCONY
Graduation Year: 2018
School: SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: New York City
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Eastern Long Island
Hobbies: Running and reading
Words to live by: Do the right thing because it is right. – Immanuel Kant
Contact: mstallone@sunyopt.edu

Long Island

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/BlumCorinne.JPGName:  Corinne Blum, OD
Local Society: Suffolk
Graduation Year: 2014
School: SUNY College of Optometry
Residency: SUNY Primary Eye Care
City where you work: Babylon and Valley Stream
Favorite place to unwind in NY: Hiking at any of the beautiful state parks.
Hobbies: Anything outdoors (hiking, biking, running), baking and cooking, board games with friends.
Words to live by: Choose Happiness
Contact: Corinneblum89@gmail.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/PolizziCristina.jpgName:  Cristina Polizzi–Woods, OD
Local Society: Nassau
Graduation Year: 2014
School: University of Houston College of Optometry
City where you work: Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Syosset
Favorite place to unwind in NY: The beach.
Hobbies: Yoga, reading novels and trying out new restaurants.
Words to live by: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau
Contact: cpolizzi09@gmail.com

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Young Advocate Committee/SchmidtAlison.jpgName:  Alison Schmidt, OD
Local Society: Suffolk/Nassau
Graduation Year: 2015
School: SUNY College of Optometry
City where you work: Commack and Greenvale
Favorite place to unwind in NY: The beach in Montauk.
Hobbies: Hiking, paddle boarding, traveling.
Words to live by:  You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every single day.
Contact: aschmidt701@gmail.com