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The New YorkState Society of Opticians, Inc. Past NYSSO Award Recipients

Optician of the Year

Given to a dedicated NYSSO member who exemplifies the standards of the profession and the Society.

2018    Stacey Nutting

2017    Renee Krajcar

2016    Mark DiMeo

2015    George Hsu

2014    Joseph and Vincent Lamberto
2013    Loretta Ackerman & Marie Coluccio

2012    Robert Russo       

2011    James Hamilton

2010    William Rich, Jr.                                      

2009    Laurie Schreiber                                                  

2008    Ethan Brown                                                            

2007    Howard Braunstein                                              

2006    Brion Shapiro

2005    Richard Bauman

2004    Carl Conklin, Jr.  

2003    Chuck Brein

2002    Robert Wallner

2001    Linda Pattington                                          

1999    Robert Stone                                               

1998    Margaret Walsh






Richard A. Terry Award

Given to a member who has made an important impact on the Society and in forwarding its mission of advancing and protecting the profession.

2018    Robert Wallner

2017    Anthony Rebaldo

2016    Dale Clemens

2014    Leon Montroy

2013    Deborah Ullrich

2012    Dennis Casey

2011    Michael Buenau

2010    Thomas Guthlein

2009    Not Awarded

2008    Jayne Weinberger

2007    Arthur Todoro

2006    Laurie Schreiber

2005    Linda Pattington

2004    John Kennedy, Jr.

2003    Not Awarded

2002    Paul T. Holdaway  


Lifetime Achievement

Presented to a member who has worked continuously at improving the profession and the standing of NYSSO as a force in ophthalmic dispensing across New York State.

2018    John Godert

2017    Joseph Sollecito

2016    Michael Kather

2015    Ulysses Econs 

2014    Anthony Bernard
2013    Barry E. Santini

2012    Linda Pattington

2011    Herbert Ryder

2010    William Engstrom & Robert "Ken” Sullivan (both posthumously)         

2009    Richard Bauman  

2008    Carl Conklin, Jr.      

2007    Dennis Casey       

2006    John Kennedy, Jr.
2005    Michael Buenau  

2004    Laura Frezza-Chiarello

2003    Thomas Guthlein

2002    Thomas Cogger

2000    Dean Moore 

1999    Sharon Breivogel

1998    John Kennedy, Jr.



Leadership award

Given to a devoted NYSSO member who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, exceptional insight, and the ability to motivate their colleagues all to improve and advance our Society and Opticianry.

2018    Laura Frezza-Chiarello




Optical Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Europa Eyewear)

In 2010, NYSSO established this award to recognize a retailer whose work and practice exemplified the highest standards of the eye care profession and used retail best practices for success.

2018    Consumer Optical*

2017    Aodpme Eyecare

2016    C & R Vision Center

2015    Roberts Eyecare  

2014    OcuSight Eye Care Center
2013    Meade Optical

2012    Reed Eye Associates*

2011    Saratoga Vision*

2010    Raymond Opticians*


*Sponsored by Europa 


Four Under Forty Awards (sponsored by Luxottica)

The Four Under Forty Award was established in 2012 as an annual recognition of four young New York State Ophthalmic Dispensing professionals who uphold the highest ideals of the profession, give back to the profession and their communities, and who truly represent the future of the profession. 

2017     George Hadjigeorghi

             Nicholas Gianforte

             Richard Battista

             Vladislav Kagan


2016    Abigail Giddings

            Melissa Bauch

            Michael Dettman

            Stacey Nutting


2015    Michelle Alfieri-Hammell

            Virdjil Asanov

            Renee Krajcar

            Jennifer Waite


2014    Stephen Cogger
            Christina Kolkmann
            Tiffany McKinney
            Amanda Smolinski
2013    Jeffrey Paul Buenau

            Mark Divietro

            Lisha Lambert-Rivero

            Alicia Rabb


2012    Timothy Caito  

            Raymond Kolkmann, Jr

            Kimberly Passucci

            David Ranani

            *Additional recognition was given to NYSSO President Ethan J. Brown

Contact NYSSO

Phone: (518) 387-9619



P.O. Box 3523

Schenectady, NY 12303

An Open Letter to Opticians

NYSSO writes to all Opticians in New York State to help our fight against unlicensed Opticians.
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