On February 29, 2014, at the annual business meeting of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) in Dallas, Texas, New York City College of Technology Professors Robert J. Russo and Kimberly Strickler were elected president and vice president, respectively.
The NFOS is an association of opticianry schools dedicated to facilitating the development of formal educational programs in identified areas of need, upgrading the standards of opticianry education, facilitating the exchange of teaching methods, working for the uniformity of formal education in opticianry, and aiding other national opticianry associations in mutually beneficial ways.
Professor Russo is the chairperson of the College’s Department of Vision Care Technology. He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners and the Opticians Association of America in Refractometry, and is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. He is a past commissioner for the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, a past member of the board of directors of the Contact Lens Society of New York State, and past chapter president of New York State Society of Opticians.
Professor Russo received an associate degree in ophthalmic dispensing from New York City Community College, a bachelor’s degree in business management from The City University of New York, and a master’s degree in education from New York University. He was named National Federation of Opticianry Schools “Educator of the Year” in 2009 and “Optician of the Year” by the New York State Society of Opticians in 2012.
Professor Strickler is the clinical dispensing, ophthalmic dispensing and fabrication coordinator in the Department of Vision Care Technology. She is certified by the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners, and is licensed in both New York State and Florida. Professor Strickler is past secretary of the National Federation of Optical Schools, a commissioner on the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, as well as a member of the New York State Society of Opticians Education Committee for approving continuing education. She has lectured for both state and national organizations.
Professor Strickler received an associate degree in counseling from Jordan College in Michigan, a bachelor’s degree in ophthalmic optics from The City University of New York, and a master’s degree in multicultural studies from the College of Staten Island.