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Officer Elections - Candidate Bios
 
 Below are the biographies for all candidates in the 2017-2018 IOA Officer Elections. Ballots were emailed to all eligible voters on August 15, 2017. If you did not receive the email, please call the IOA office at 217-525-8012 or email the IOA office.

Three (3) trustees are to be elected for two year terms.The three (3) trustees receiving the highest number of votes will serve two year terms. You may vote for up to three (3) trustees.
CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT (No Vote Required)
Mark Skowron OD

Elmhurst, IL


Mark Skowron attended Western Illinois University, and graduated from ICO in 1981. He practiced corporate optometry and public aid for the first 2 years before establishing Skowron Eyecare in 1983. He has been in private practice in Elmhurst, IL for 34 years, opening a second office in 1986, and then selling that practice in 2008. His practice is mostly primary eye care with an emphasis on ocular disease and contacts. He enjoys golf, skiing, and traveling. He has 3 children, and currently resides in Hinsdale with his wife Gail, and their two daughters.


QUALIFYING POSITIONS
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2016-2017 IOA President-Elect
2015-2016: IOA Secretary-Treasurer
2014: IOA Legislative Trustee
2013: IOA 3rd Party Trustee
2013: ICO Alumnus of the Year
1995 - 2005: President of West Suburban Society
(Operated society out of personal funds)
1995 -2015: IOA Master of ceremonies at Friday night banquet awards dinner

1990 - Present: Lions Club member
~2015 Recipient of the Melvin Jones Award
1986 - 2008: Bensenville Care, Bensenville, IL
1983- Present: Skowron Eyecare, Elmhurst, IL
1978 - Present: IOA member
serving on numerous state committees


"We are so privileged to have such a strong association which has enabled us to practice to the extent that we do today. Only 60% of Illinois ODs are currently IOA members. Just imagine how much stronger we would be if we could get that figure up to 70 or 80%. We need leadership that can dedicate whatever time and energy is needed to make certain that we maintain and can build that strength.

No matter where or how we practice, we are all optometrists striving for the same goal in providing the best eye care for our patients. I would be honored to serve as President, and ask for your support.”

CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT
Eric Botts OD

Macomb, IL


Dr. Eric Botts grew up in Manly, IA. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1988, he then graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He started his first practice in the Macomb Walmart Vision Center in 1992. Since then, he has opened an additional office in Galesburg in 2006, and has added a third location in 2009 in West Burlington, IA as well as a fourth location in 2016 in Quincy, IL. His practice philosophy is to provide the most thorough eye care, utilizing the latest technology.


Dr. Botts has served as secretary and president of the West Central Optometric Society. He has been a member of the Walmart Doctor Advisory Board for the past 4 years. Currently he is President of Energeyes, the association for corporate-affiliated optometrists. He also is a past member of the Macomb Salvation Army Board, Macomb Community Theater Board and Macomb Country Club Board of Directors.


In 2007, Dr. Botts started a company named OBC Billing Specialists that helps doctors credential for all insurance plans, educates doctors on how to code and submit claims, as well as offering a complete insurance billing service for optometric practices. He wants to help every optometrist practice to their fullest ability; diagnosing and treating all ocular eye disease their license allows. Dr. Botts
understands the importance of receiving reimbursement for his services and therefore will focus on helping all Illinois optometrists receive fair payment for the care they provide, as well as have equal access to insurance panels.

He moved to Macomb in 1992 with his wife Lori and enjoyed raising three daughters Meghan (25), Hayley (23) and Carly (21). Meghan is now busy raising his first grandchild Reese who is now 4 years old, and is working as an insurance analyzer. Hayley is in her third year of law school at Northern Illinois. Carly completed her internship in law enforcement and is looking to begin her career as a police officer. Eric enjoys traveling, golf and boating with his daughters.

CANDIDATE FOR TRUSTEE
Timothy Cundiff OD

Peoria, IL


Dr. Timothy Cundiff is from East Peoria. He is a graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School and Loras College
in Dubuque, Iowa. In 2008, he graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry. He then returned home to Peoria and joined Dr. Roger Fitch in practice at Vision Care Center – a full-scope private practice, with specialty in vision therapy. In 2013, he was elected President of the Illinois Valley Optometric Society, representing the optometrists in Central Illinois. In 2014, he was named Young Optometrist of the Year in the State of Illinois. Cundiff has served as Trustee for the IOA President’s Cabinet since 2015. He has served as the Communications Trustee and is currently the Public Health Trustee. Cundiff has been honored and humbled with the opportunity to serve our great profession.

As the Chairman of the Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria, Cundiff served as the Chairman of Peoria’s 2013 All-America City Campaign – a nationwide competition to earn the highest civic award given to a US city. After leading Peoria to victory, Cundiff received the ultimate recognition of his efforts by being awarded the Key to the City by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. In 2014, Cundiff was honored with the prestigious Nova Award by the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria at their annual George Washington Day Banquet. Cundiff was named to Peoria’s “40 Leaders under Forty” in 2010 at the age of 28.


Cundiff serves on the Board of Directors for the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Wildlife Prairie Park. He is the Past-Chairman of the Board for Methodist College. He is the President of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association. A collegiate athlete at Loras, he still plays baseball in the Peoria Sunday Morning League and is the President of the League. Cundiff is married to Kate and they live in Peoria and are members of St. Philomena Catholic Church.


Cundiff volunteers with WTVP-47, Peoria’s Public Broadcasting Station, as an on-air personality. He serves as an Emcee for various local events including Young Professionals, Chamber of Commerce, Peoria Promise, and Peoria Riverfront Museum. Cundiff also presents a series of lectures to various audiences: students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the business community. The series, both motivational and educational, focuses on the important connection of vision with reading and learning.


CANDIDATE FOR TRUSTEE
Richard Butz OD
Naperville, IL

For more than three decades Dr. Richard Butz has practiced optometry in the great state of Illinois and devoted himself to his life’s work: providing quality vision care. Throughout his career he has labored through his practice, community organizations, and political efforts to further the simple goal of helping others attain the best vision possible through healthy eyes.

Although he has lived and practiced in Illinois for most of his life, Dr. Butz grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1979, he attended the Illinois College of Optometry, receiving his O.D. in 1983. Dr. Butz was employed in both private and commercial settings for the first seven years of his professional career before purchasing the small private practice of retiring Naperville optometrist Dr. Frederick Boulton in 1990. Since that time, Dr. Butz has grown and relocated his Naperville practice several times, becoming a member of the Vision Source network in 2006.

Dr. Butz has been a member of the AOA since his optometry school days and an IOA member since 1985. He has been a key-person for the IOA since the early 1990s as well as a longtime contributor to the IOA-PAC. He is currently serving as the President of the Fox Valley Optometric Society.

As a member of the Naperville Noon Lions Club for over 30 years, Dr. Butz has earned a number of awards and has served as the club’s president on two occasions. He has also led several missions to a remote region of Haiti over the past ten years, where he and his fellow missionaries provided eyeglasses, medications, cataract surgery, and other eye care to the impoverished people of the area. Dr. Butz also annually provides free eye examinations to the homeless people of Aurora’s Hesed House and to the low income children at the Ann Reid Early Childhood Center in Naperville.

Dr. Butz is an Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry for the Western University College of Optometry. In addition to the fourth-year students he has trained, several of Dr. Butz’s employees have gone on to optometry school and successful optometric careers.

Dr. Butz and his wife Karen reside in Naperville where they have raised three sons. In his free time he enjoys swimming, sailing, gardening, and traveling.

 

CANDIDATE FOR TRUSTEE
Chelsey Moore OD

Springfield, IL


Chelsey Moore, O.D. is a Minnesota native who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. During college, Dr. Moore participated in gymnastics while being named an Academic All-American her senior year. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2010 with Honors from Indiana University while graduating in the top 3 of her class.  Dr. Moore is currently in practice at Prairie Eye Center (Springfield/Jacksonville locations) and practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on disease.

Chelsey was re-elected in April 2017 for the position of Chatham Public Library Trustee.  She has also been involved in numerous activities with the Chatham Jaycees for the past seven years.  Dr. Moore served on the board of trustees as secretary for three years for the Chatham Jaycees.  She has also been awarded the "Jaycee of the Year" award for the area in 2012.  Chelsey is the chairperson of the annual Clothes for Kids event in which over $10,000 is distributed to kids in need for clothing for the winter months.  She also is the chairperson for the annual Easter Egg Hunt for the Jaycees.  She also helped coach youth gymnastics from 2010-2016.

Dr. Moore has been the Midstate IOA Society President for the past five years.  She enjoys running and traveling as well as spending time with her husband and three month old daughter, Elise.

CANDIDATE FOR TRUSTEE
Samuel Forzley OD
Lemont, IL


Dr. Forzley is a 1986 graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry and Illinois Eye Institute. Certified by the Illinois Board of Examiners, Dr. Forzley’s post graduate training included an internship at Fort Sheridan Army Base and the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. Dr. Forzley began his career with Lake Shore Eye Physicians and Surgeons as a contact lens specialist. He then joined Wheaton Eye Clinic and was a staff doctor for 20 years, with an emphasis in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Glaucoma. Dr. Forzley started Forzley Eye Clinic in 1991 providing the people of Lemont and surrounding communities with expert eye care – specializing in treatment of eye diseases and conditions, as well as contact lens fitting. Dr. Forzley is President of the Joliet Optometric Society and currently is serving on the IOA legislative committee. Dr. Forzley is a member of the Lemont Lions Club and has been privileged to provide eye care to those in need for 25 years.  He and his wife Missy have 4 children.


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