President's Message

A message from the President of the Optometry Alumni Society
Chris Smiley

BuckEYE Alumni,

As we leaf through another season, it gives me great pride to connect with each one of you through our alumni magazine. Every edition acts as a testament to our shared commitment, growth, and innovation stemming from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

The field of optometry has undergone significant changes in the past few years, and our college, faculty, staff, students, and esteemed alumni remain at the forefront of these transitions. A shining example is our new classroom and laboratory space in Hamilton Hall, reflecting our continued emphasis on hands-on experiences, cutting-edge technology, and fostering a conducive environment for learning. I invite you to delve into the magazine to read the heartfelt quotes from our faculty members and students, who are just as excited as I am about this upgrade.

There are some very exciting developments underway at our college! I am thrilled about the news that Dean Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, has been chosen to serve in the role of Interim Provost of The Ohio State University. Her unparalleled dedication and expertise in research and leadership make her an ideal choice for this prestigious position serving our University. Additionally, Jeffrey Walline (OD, MS’98, PhD’02) has been appointed as the Interim Dean of the College of Optometry. Dr. Walline’s visionary approach and profound understanding of research, optometric education and practice, promise to keep our college on a path toward a bright and innovative future. Their appointments are a source of inspiration and a testament to the high caliber of professionals nurtured within our institution.

In this edition, you’ll find touching profiles on Nicole Abrashoff (OD’06), as well as Kelly (OD, MPH, PhD’01) and Jason (OD’99, MPH, PhD’04) Nichols, whose dedication and achievements deserve our admiration and applause. Their stories inspire and remind us of the incredible work and impact we can achieve when passion meets purpose.

I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to Jonathon Ross, OD, MS and Shawn Gilbert, MA. Their dedication to our college’s vision and mission will undoubtedly drive us to even greater heights.

Before I wrap up, a heartfelt thank you goes out to each of you for your continued engagement, dedication, and contributions. Every achievement, every story, and every piece of news we share is not just about an individual but about our collective spirit, endeavor, and passion.

How firm thy friendship . . . O-HI-O!

Chris Smiley (OD’01)
President, The Ohio State University College of Optometry Alumni Society