The Board


Welcome Board Members!

Are you a current or new board member? Helpful resources and information pertinent to your position are available on the new Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) board member website.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, the site contains material that provides insight into the duties and responsibilities of the role. To view the site, please visit http://flhealthsource.gov/board-members.

The Florida Board of Opticianry plays a leading role in the ever-changing health care environment through dialogue with the public, the legislature, academia, and the community.  The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Five members are licensed opticians and two members are laypersons. Despite the expiration of their term, Board members continue to serve until they have been replaced.

Members of the Board

John B. Girdler
Vice-Chair
Tallahassee, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Margaret Slattery
O'Brien, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Richard Williams
Panama City, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Byron D. Shannon Chair
Ocala, Florida

Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Paul Wilford
Tallahassee, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Irene Stavros
RDH
Miami, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Vacant

Term Ends:

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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health's Division of Medical Quality Assurance serves as the principle administrative support unit for the Board. The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee, and its regulatory functions are funded in full by fees paid by its licensees. Board members are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. Unless filling a vacancy, members of the Board generally serve two four-year terms. Despite the expiration of a term, Board members can continue to serve until they have been either replaced or reappointed or serve the maximum of ten years as governed by s. 457.103, F.S. To learn more about becoming a member of the Board, visit the Governor’s Appointments Office website or email appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Staff

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Jennifer Wenhold
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Administrative officer for the Board of Opticianry, oversees licensing. Responsibilities also include implementation of new legislation, budget, setting up Board meetings, training of new Board members.
Michael Dean
Regulatory Supervisor
Responsibilities: prepares meeting agendas, answers specific questions regarding the laws and rules, responsible for board policy.
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Audriana Covington
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Answer General Questions pertaining to and Process applications for Optician by Examination, Apprentice Optician, and Optical Establishment Permits.
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Legal Counsel

Tom Barnhart
Assistant Attorney General, Board Counsel

Peter Delia
Assistant General Counsel, Prosecutor