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Officer Elections - Candidate Bios

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September 20-23, 2018

 Below are the biographies for all candidates in the 2018-2019 IOA Officer Elections. Ballots were emailed to all eligible voters on August 23, 2018. If you did not receive the email, please call the IOA office at 217-525-8012 or email the IOA office.

Two trustees are to be elected for two year terms and one trustee is to be elected for a one year term. The two trustees receiving the highest number of votes will serve the two year terms. You may vote for up to three (3) trustees. 

(No Vote Required)
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 5 years. Currently he is Immediate Past-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 (28), Hayley (25) and Carly (24). Meghan is now busy raising his first grandchild Reese who is now 5 years old, and is working as an insurance analyzer. Hayley recently graduated from law school at Northern Illinois. Carly completed her internship in law enforcement and will begin her career as a police officer this fall after attending the Police Academy. Eric enjoys traveling, golf and boating with his family.


Tina Funk, OD

Charleston, IL

Dr. Funk completed her undergraduate work at Eastern Illinois University in 1999, having studied pre-optometry with a chemistry minor.  She graduated from Indiana University with an optometry degree in 2003.  She became interested in optometry after getting a job as a receptionist for a local optometrist. He enjoyed teaching, and Tina has always enjoyed learning.  Her interest was piqued even further when she worked as an ophthalmic technician for an ophthalmologist in North Carolina while her husband served in the Army.  As soon as her husband finished his term, she returned to school to fulfill her optometric goals.  She has served as Trustee for the Illinois Optometric Association Board for the last five years for Membership, Communications and Education, Public Health and, for the past two years, as Secretary/Treasurer.  Previous to that, she acted as the President of the Eastern Local Society for four years.

Dr. Funk is an active member of the local arts in both Savoy and Charleston and spends several evenings per week at the local dance studio studying ballet, tap and jazz dance, along with some ballroom and hip-hop.  Tina has been married to Tyler D. Funk, a batallion chief at the Champaign Fire Department, for 35 years.  They have a son, Tyler C. , who lives in Bourbonnais with his wife and 2 children.  Their younger son, Taran, just got married this summer and is in Nebraska.  Dr. Funk currently works for Illinois Express Eyecare in Mattoon, IL and participates in programs such as Infant See and the Lions Club's programs for children.  She loves her job and would like to continue to offer her services to the IOA in order to help enhance our profession as only the IOA can.  She is particularly interested in making it easier for doctors to start their own practices and to hep alleviate the various road blocks that are constantly thrown our way legislatively.


Sam 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 served as 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. 


Matthew Jones, OD
Effingham, IL

Dr. Matthew Jones attended undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He is a 2008 graduate of Illinois College of Optometry.  During his training at ICO, he was at the top of his class earning accolades such as Dean's List and Beta Sigma Kappa Honors.

After graduation, Matthew joined his father's private practice.  In the past 10 years, he helped to grow the practice to five locations.  In 2013, he was the recognized by the IOA as "Illinois' Young Optometrist of the Year". He currently serves as an adjunct associate professor of Optometry for UMSL school of Optometry as a host for 4th year Optometry students during their externship rotations.  He is a past president of the Eastern Illinois Optometric Society.

For the past four years, Matthew has served on your board as Legislative Trustee for the Illinois Optometric Association.  As Legislative Trustee, he worked diligently alongside our legislative team to block attacks from online threats and has advocated for the advancement of the profession with pro-optometry and scope expansion legislation in Illinois and nationally. 

In 2014, he was recognized by his community with "Effingham top community leaders under 40" award.

Medical mission work has also always been one of his main passions having been on nearly 20 international trips beginning when he was 12 years old.  Recently, he has lead back-packing teams to provide eye care other medical care to the remote villages of Honduras.

In his spare time, he now enjoys University of Illinois Fighting Illini sports, jeeping, boating, and camping.  Above all things, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and three sons Noah (8), Carson (7), and Brady (3). 


Brandon Lernor, OD

McHenry, IL

Dr. Brandon Lernor graduated in 2012 from the Illinois College of Optometry. While at ICO Dr. Lernor served as the IOA Student Liaison for three years and also served on the Student Association board of directors. Upon graduation he was inducted as a lifetime member of the Gold Key International Optometric Society, the highest level of recognition for student leadership and service. He is also a 2008 graduate with high honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign having majored in Community Health.

Shortly after optometry school graduation Dr. Lernor established himself as an independent practitioner in McHenry, IL. He has been a member of the IOA Executive Council since 2014 serving as the president of the Lake McHenry Optometric Society. During this time Dr. Lernor has represented optometry and the IOA at numerous public events and also arranged several continuing education meetings for local ODs. He is also the creator and administrator of the Chicagoland OD Fill-in Network, a Facebook group with a membership of 300+ optometrists that helps connect doctors to fill in opportunities.

In his spare time Dr. Lernor plays on several sports teams including ones for basketball, baseball and softball. He also enjoys going fishing, golfing, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.


Angela Oberreiter, OD
Springfield, IL

Angela Oberreiter O.D., candidate for IOA trustee, is a 2005 graduate from UMSL School of Optometry. She also graduated from UMSL in 2001 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.

After graduation, she joined Luxottica Retail in St. Louis where she worked in multiple locations. In 2006, she moved to Springfield, IL to open a new office. After joining the IOA in 2006, she became a member of the local society and became president of the Mid State Society from 2007-2011. Dr. Oberreiter was awarded the Young Optometrist of the Year award in 2011. She joined Gailey Eye Clinic in 2012 where she practices primary eye care. In 2015, Dr. Oberreiter became a board member of the Illinois Foundation for Eyecare and then president a year later. As member of the board Dr. Oberreiter was involved in creating a scholarship program. Dr. Oberreiter married Scott in 2008. Scott is a union plumber and works for Illinois Secretary of State. They have 2 boys, Isaac (8) and Pierce (5) who love to play soccer. She is involved in the local community and sponsors a local girls softball team. She enjoys shopping, reading, spending time with her family, and fishing on the family farm’s well stocked ponds.


Clint Taylor, OD 
Carmi, IL

Clint T. Taylor, OD, candidate for IOA trustee, earned his doctorate in optometry at the Indiana University School of Optometry in 2005.  He graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

In 2005, Dr. Taylor founded Taylor Eye Care in Carmi, Illinois.  Thirteen years later, Taylor Eye Care continues to grow, fulfilling its mission of providing the people of Southeastern Illinois with elite eye care.  Taylor Eye Care was awarded the Carmi Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award in 2016.

Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Illinois Optometric Association (IOA), and Southern Illinois Optometric Society (SIOS).  He served as SIOS president from 2014 to 2018, recently stepping down from that position to run for IOA trustee.  As a local society president Dr. Taylor served as a member of the IOA executive council, where he was active with legislative issues and helped recruit partners for the IOA’s Industry Partner Program.

Locally, Dr. Taylor is a member and past president of both the Carmi Chamber of Commerce and Carmi Kiwanis Club.  He is the current board chair of the White County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program. 

Dr. Taylor is married to Kelly (Mitchell), a kindergarten teacher with the Carmi White County School system. They have two daughters, Audrey and Norah, and a son, Jack. He enjoys working on his family’s farm, fishing, reading, and spending time with his family.

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