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.

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President Elect:   Steven Vaught, COA

Steven Vaught comes to KATPO with 19 years’ experience in eye care as a Member at Large. Steven’s background is largely in optical before joining an ophthalmology practice 4 years ago; having since obtained his COA. He works primarily in the contact lens clinic but also assists in diagnostic testing, general, cornea, and glaucoma. In his free time, Steven volunteers at various free clinic settings, writes and performs music, and spends time with his wife of 24 years.


 President Elect:  Lynnette Lambert, COT

Lynnette has been in Ophthalmology for 20 years with many years of experience in retina.  She is currently working at a growing ophthalmology practice in Paducah, KY as a COT and is looking forward to achieving a long time goal of becoming a COMT.  Lynnette comes back to the KATPO BOD having previously held Member at Large, President and Immediate Past President positions and is honored to now serve as the current KATPO Treasurer.  Her favorite quote is from Lily Tomlin " I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that.  Then I realized I was somebody."

Vice President: Mary A. Bledsaw, COA

Mary has been in Ophthamololgy for 18 years. A senior technician at Robley Rex VA Medical center, she believes in Lincoln’s promise “to care for him whom shall have borne the battle..” and considers it an honor to serve our veterans. She contributes to ATPO as a Super Tech committee member, an ATPO ambassador and a presenter at ATPO 2018 Grand Rounds. As KATPO’s Tech Bowl chair Mary enjoys making learning fun.

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Immediate President: Meranda Sandlin, COT

Meranda had a career in ophthalmology for 14 years.  Her background includes many sub-specialties but most of Meranda’s years were spent with cornea.  Recently, Meranda accepted a position as a PR representative with Avesis in Kentucky.  She looks forward to using her COT knowledge in a whole new way.  Meranda has served 3 for years as KATPO secretary and is excited about serving as your new President. 


Secretary:   Laure Ulichney, COT

Laure started her career in the eye world by answering an ad for a receptionist in a tiny Optometrist office in New Jersey.  The ad said "contact lens wearer preferred."  Working there only 9 months before getting married and moving to Maryland, an interest was sparked!  Who knew 35 years later she'd still be in the business?  After settling in Maryland/southern Pennsylvania , Laure answered another ad for an Optician.  "Will Train" the ad said.  Laure learned about eye exams and contacts at the first job, next came eye glasses.  A few years later she became an ABO certified Optician.  The more she learned, the more she wanted to learn!  Because of her desire to increase her knowledge.  Laure moved into a tech position.  It was then, while raising 2 daughters by herself she earned her COA.  For a while that was enough, but then that desire to learn was nagging at her!  She pulled out the books again, and began studying!  Laure became a COT in September of 2019.  She is an active member of ATPO and KATPO. 



Member-at-Large:  Danielle Saylor, COA

Danielle Saylor currently works at Huffman and Huffman PSC in Harlan KY. She has worked in ophthalmology for 6 years and currently holds her COA. Her job duties include everything from performing diagnostic tests, helping train new employees and handling all equipment issues. Additionally, she is also working toward becoming a licensed optician. Her favorite thing about ophthalmology are her patients because they make each and every case interesting.