KATPO, the Kentucky Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, is a state chapter of the national chapter, ATPO. As such, KATPO represents the profession of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (OMP) in and around the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The KATPO Board of Directors is composed of ten leaders, who are OMP who live and/or work in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each board member is a member in good standing of ATPO and KATPO, and has a desire to promote ophthalmic education and professional advocacy.
The Board of Directors is in place to serve and represent all of the members of KATPO. If you have comments or concerns that you wish to share with the Board, please email one of us.
Immediate Past President:
Robin Caffee, COA
University of Louisville Eye Specialists
My name is Robin Caffee, COA. I am employed at University of Louisville Physicians Eye Specialists. I primarily work in pediatrics but also work in oncology, neurology, and retina. I enjoy fundus photography and of course interacting with my patients! I have served on the KATPO Board of Directors in many capacities and look forward to continuing my work with KATPO in the future.
Julia Doering, COA
I have been in eye care for over 30 years. My background includes refractive surgery, clinical management, retina, glaucoma and general ophthalmology. I enjoy working with patients and educating fellow partners in ophthalmology. I became involved in KATPO in 2007 and became treasurer for KATPO in 2014. I am currently KATPO's President-elect and look forward to serving our community of ophthalmic personnel. It has been a great honor to serve on this board and to be active in helping others achieve certification and knowledge in the field of ophthalmology.
Deborah McDonald, CRA, COT
Deborah started her ophthalmic career 40 years ago. As a COT and CRA she is currently working at the University of Kentucky Advanced Eye Care in Lexington, KY. She is an active member and past president of both KATPO and ATPO. She holds the honor of being a fellow member of both organizations. Additionally, she is the founding member of Ray of Hope Eye Care, Inc. that provides educational resources and support staff locally and abroad. She received the Virginia Boyce Humanitarian Award in 2001.
Dana McMahan, COA
I’ve been in ophthalmology for 6 years and when I started I had no experience in ophthalmology. I have been in the Glaucoma department the entire time, it’s my passion! Since starting 6 years ago, I’ve received my COA, trained new staff within glaucoma, did ophthalmology work in Ecuador and have become a lead technician. I am honored to be part of KATPO as the VP and look forward to this new adventure.
Meranda Sandlin, COT
Meranda started out in eye care over 11 years ago and works as a lead technician currently. She has experience working with all aspects of ophthalmology but currently works with a refractive practice. Meranda enjoys connecting and caring for patients along with helping educate others. She has taught one CE class for fellow technicians. She has enjoyed attending all KATPO yearly meetings since starting in the field. Meranda served for a year on two committees before becoming Secretary 2 years ago.
Karen Susco, COMT
Kentucky Eye Institute
Karen has been working in ophthalmology for 28 years. She has spent those years at the Kentucky Eye Institute. She has had several roles there starting out as a scribe, certifying as a COMT and now is the Clinical Director. Karen has had the opportunity to teach the COA Written Exam Reviews for ATPO and KATPO since 2006. She has served ATPO and KATPO in several board capacities including President of both organizations. She is a Fellow Member of both organizations as well.
Mary A. Bledsaw, COA
Eye Clinic/Surgery Services
Roby Rex VA Medical Center
Mary has worked in ophthalmology for 15 years. Currently she is the newest addition to the Roby Rex Veterans Administration Hospital Eye Clinic. She feels honored to be able to give quality ophthalmology care to our Veterans. Previous opportunities have allowed her to work in DRCR research, Retina , Cornea and Refractive clinics, also to first assist in retina and refractive surgeries. In 2013, she organized an eye clinic in conjunction with a Back-to School Health fair, during this event with the help of University of Louisville and John Kenyon 47 children received eye exams prior to entering school for the first time. Mary is currently serving on KATPO's continuing education committee and Tech Bowl committee.
Allegra Taylor, COA, OSC
I started in ophthalmology 9 years ago working as a scribe for a LASIK/general surgeon in Evansville IN. Met the man of my dreams and moved to Louisville for the last 6 years where I started working for the University of Louisville and obtaining my COA and OSC. I work mainly retina and neuro-ophthalmology, with a little general/anterior mixed in there. I joined KATPO in 2016 and look forward to my next two years as Member At Large.
Nicole Smith, COT
My name is Nicole Smith. I am a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) at Cincinnati Eye Institute. My current role is Technician Trainer Coordinator. I spend my days teaching new technicians basic work up skills and how to be effective at their job. My background is mostly in glaucoma, but my true passion is education. I have been in the field of ophthalmology since 2015 and have held many responsibilities during that time, such as technician, scribe, and departmental trainer. I have been with my wonderful husband, Craig, for twenty years and we currently reside in Milford, OH. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group called KATPO!
Each year new members of the board are elected. We are always looking for candidates to serve on the board. If you have an interest in planning continuing education events, promoting the ophthalmic medical profession, networking with peers, and building strong organizational skills, please let us know! You can contact ANY board member to ask questions or volunteer.
Several positions on the Board of Directors changed. The results of the vote:
If you are interested in running for a position next year, serving on a committee, or simply volunteering to help, please contact Robin Caffee, COA, and let her know. You can find more information on each position here: