The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1969 to offer certification and continuing education opportunities to ophthalmic allied health personnel. Currently more than 25,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and around the world hold a JCAHPO certification.



JCAHPO’s mission is to enhance the quality and availability of ophthalmic patient care by promoting the value of qualified allied health personnel and by providing certification and education.


In pursuit of its mission, JCAHPO will bring results in four areas:


    1. Development of standards of conduct, examination, certification, and recertification of allied ophthalmic personnel;
    2. Development of continuing education and services for allied health personnel in ophthalmology;
    3. Provide a forum for ophthalmic-related organizations to collaborate;
    4. Support of the accreditation process for medical programs for training and education of allied health personnel in ophthalmology.



JCAHPO is governed by a Commission consisting of elected representatives of 19 ophthalmic organizations in the United States and Canada.

Commission members elect a Board of Directors which has primary responsibility for managing the affairs of the Commission. The officers of the Board of Directors serve as the Executive Committee.


Regular Member Organizations Representatives

American Academy of Ophthalmology Samuel Solish, MD

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Steven J. Lichtenstein, MD, FAAP, FACS, FAAO

American Glaucoma Society Sarwat Salim, MD

American Ophthalmological Society William Mieler, MD

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery with
American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators
Howard Barnebey, MD

American Society of Retina Specialists Michael Stewart, MD

Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB, OSC
Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT
Sergina Flaherty, COMT

Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists Mary Lynch, MD

Canadian Ophthalmological Society Femida Kherani, MD, FRCSC, DABO

Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Medical
Marc Lafontaine, BSc, COMT
Craig Simms, COMT, ROUB, CDOS

Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs Suzanne Hansen, COMT, MEd

Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Michelle K. Rhee, MD

North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society Elizabeth Palkovacs, MD

Society of Military Ophthalmologists Todd Mondzelewski, MD, LCDR, MC(FS), USN

Affiliate Member Organizations Representatives

American Association of Certified Orthoptists Alex Christoff, CO, COT

American Orthoptic Council Aaron Miller, MD, MBA

Contact Lens Society of America Jane Beeman, FCLSA

Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society Phillip Chin, COMT, CRA

Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology

The Canadian Orthoptic Society Kristen Oldford, BSc, OC(C), COMT

Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

Board of Directors

* Eydie G. Miller-Ellis, MD

President Elect * William F. Astle, MD, FRCSC, Dipl. ABO

Secretary * Lynn D. Anderson, PhD, CEO

Treasurer * Neil Choplin, MD

Immediate Past President * Karl C. Golnik, MD, MEd

Secretary of Education Craig Simms, COMT, ROUB, CDOS

Secretary of Certification Marc Lafontaine, BSc, COMT

Secretary of International Relations William F. Astle, MD, FRCSC, Dipl. ABO

Secretary of Public Affairs William H. Ehlers, MD

Public Member Jeannine Bayard, BSN, MPH

Director-at-Large Jonathan S. Collins, MD

Director-at-Large James Tsai, MD, MBA, FACS

Director-at-Large William Mieler, MD

Foundation President Peter C. Donshik, MD

ATPO Representative Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB

Legal Counsel Dennis Merley, Esq.

*Executive Committee