Minutes from August 19, 2016 Meeting
Minutes of the North Carolina State Board of Optometry
August 19, 2016
Wallace, North Carolina
The North Carolina State Board of Optometry met in the Board office in Wallace, North Carolina on August 19, 2016 for the purpose of determining the results of the Summer 2016 Clinical/Practicum Examinations and for other purposes. President Johnson called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m. Present were Drs. Michael Johnson President, William Rafferty, Secretary-Treasurer, Andrew Cook, Scott Philippe, and Jerry Ellington, Mr. Roger Mitchell, and Ms. Mary Richardson, Members of the Board. Also present were Janice Peterson, the Board’s Executive Administrator and Samantha Hardison, the Board’s Administrative Coordinator.
In accordance with the N.C. Board of Ethics, the President read ““Ethics Awareness & Conflict of Interest Reminder” statement and reminded the Members of the Board of their responsibilities in avoiding those situations where there may be a conflict of interest or appearance of a conflict of interest. A copy of that statement was in each of the Board Members’ meeting notebook.
Distribution of Chromebooks and Orientation. The Chromebooks that had been purchased and formatted for each of the Board Members were distributed. Ms. Hardison reviewed the setup, features, accessibility, and functions. Each Board Member was able to click through the agenda items, access accompanying documents, and make notes. Future meetings and communications will be more compatible and easily accessible since everyone will be utilizing the same programming and Board intranet.
Approval of Minutes. On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Mr. Mitchell, and carried unanimously, the Minutes of the July 28-31, 2016 meeting were approved.
Report of the President. Given the short period of time since the last meeting, Dr. Johnson did not have a formal report; however, he did indicate that he would have remarks to make on specific matters at the appropriate time as this meeting progressed. Dr. Johnson took this opportunity to express the Board’s appreciation to Mrs. Richardson and Mr. Mitchell for their years of service on the Board. Their replacements had recently been appointed by the Governor; however, they have yet to be sworn and each declined to attend this meeting on such short notice.
Report of the Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. Rafferty reviewed the Budget Report, a copy of which was linked to the Board’s agenda on their Chromebook.. He noted that by far the greater amount of the Board’s income is received during the months of November, December and January of each fiscal year when the annual license renewal fees are paid. On a motion by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Dr. Ellington, and carried unanimously, the report of the Secretary-Treasurer was accepted.
Legal Update. President Johnson updated the Board in the absence of Mr. Loper:
The binder is in effect for the Board’s D&O Insurance;
The proposed Board rule regarding the fees increase is awaiting further communication from the Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations
Dr. Rafferty was pointed to an investigations committee involving a recent complaint filed against a licensee.
N.C. Board of Opticians proposed rule amendment
Orientation/training session to be scheduled for new Board members
Review of the Scoring of the Summer 2016 Clinical/Practicum Examinations. Having had an opportunity to initially review the scoring and results of the Summer 2016 Clinical/Practicum Examinations, on a motion by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Mrs. Richardson, and carried unanimously the Board went into closed session in accordance with the provisions of NCGS 143-318.11(a)(1), NCGS 93b-8(c) and NCGS 93b-8(d) to conduct a final review of the scoring of the Summer 2016 Clinical/Practicum Examinations to determine those who passed and those who failed the examination.
In closed session following the review of the scoring and the answering of questions posed by the Members of the Board, on a motion by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Dr. Cook, and carried unanimously the Board returned to open session.
Determining the Results of the Summer 2016 Clinical/Practicum Examinations. In open session, Dr. Philippe moved and Mr. Mitchell seconded a motion that carried unanimously that the following applicants who achieved a passing score on the Summer 2016 Clinical/Practicum Examinations be granted a license to practice the profession of optometry in the State of North Carolina. Further, in accordance with Article 6 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes of North Carolina that their names and license numbers as assigned be entered in the Board Registry as follows:
2449 Robert John Africano, O.D.
2450 Brittney J. Angelo, O.D.
2451 Matthew Christopher Bryant, O.D.
2452 Cerina Leigh Buchanan, O.D.
2453 Nathan Lollins Cheung, O.D.
2454 Clayton Davis, O.D.
2455 Anthony R. Fioravanti, O.D.
2456 Cameron Street Hamrick, O.D.
2457 Stefanos Kotsokalis, O.D.
2458 Rosemary Ying-Hwa Liao, O.D.
2459 Natalie Brown McIntosh, O.D.
2460 Scott Joseph McIntosh, O.D.
2461 Logan Joseph Oliver, O.D.
2462 Amber S. Parham, O.D.
2463 Shalini Girish Patel, O.D.
2464 Thomas A. Pinkston, O.D.
2465 Carrie Moore Quilla, O.D.
2466 Jamin David Quilla, O.D.
2467 Ruhina Riyaz Shemna, O.D.
2468 Cassandria Elizabeth Warr, O.D.
2469 Robert William Woodard, O.D
Report of the Committee on Licensure of Military Applicants. A motion was made by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Dr. Ellington and carried unanimously to accept the recommendation presented by Dr. Rafferty on behalf of the Committee on Licensure of Military Applicants.
Determination of Date to Review Examinations. Candidates have two weeks from the date of the notice of their results to request a review. Drs. Rafferty and Philippe will schedule a date to meet with those candidates who request a review.
Board Staffing - Executive Director On a motion by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Dr. Cook, and carried unanimously the Board went into Executive Session to discuss the proposed Executive Director employment agreement to be presented to Dr. Rafferty. Dr. Rafferty, Mrs. Peterson, and Mrs. Hardison were excused from the meeting and did not participate in any discussions, evaluations, or recommendations.. After discussion, on a motion by Mrs.
Richardson, seconded by Dr. Cook and carried unanimously the Board returned to open session.
While in open session, a motion was made by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Dr. Philippe, and carried unanimously that Dr. Johnson and Dr. Rafferty continue to discuss the details of the employment agreement and report back to the Board for approval.
Monitoring Services/Background Checks. President Johnson appointed Dr. Philippe and Mrs. Peterson to a committee to investigate and report to the Board at its meeting in Asheville in November regarding recommendations for the Board’s utilization of monitoring services, background and criminal records checks.
Psychometric Consulting Services. Dr. Rafferty updated the Board regarding the proposal by Alpine Testing Solutions. A motion was made by Dr. Cook, seconded by Dr. Philippe, and carried unanimously for Dr. Rafferty to continue discussions with Alpine in order for them to be prepared and available to attend the Board’s Winter 2017 practicum examinations.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board will be in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016 and ending at noon on Sunday, November 13, 2016. On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Mr. Mitchell, and carried unanimously reimbursement for this meeting was approved for travel, 4 hotel nights, 5 days’ meal expenses, and 5 per diems for each member of the Board.
On a motion by Mr. Mitchell, seconded by Mrs. Richardson, and carried unanimously the meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m.
November 10, 2016