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:   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 Past 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. 

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Treasurer:  Robin Coffee, COA

I have been in Ophthalmology since 2010 and I am currently working at John Kenyon Eye Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  I have been in Ophthalmology since 2010 and have been working with KATPO for several years serving on the board as Member at Large and President.  In my spare time I like to bird watch, walk my “pupper,” read and spend time with my family and friends. I look forward to serving on the KATPO Board of Directors again as treasurer!


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.


Member-at-Large:  Megan Coomer, COT

Megan began her career in eye care in 2007 when she started at a small private practice optometry office in Bloomington, IN. After a 5-year stint there as an optician and technician, she began working at a private ophthalmology practice specializing in cataract surgery where she obtained her COT and has been in ophthalmology ever since. She moved back to Kentucky in 2016 and is currently an ophthalmic tech lead at University of Kentucky Advanced Eye Care. She works in every specialty except pediatrics and is currently one of three technicians specially trained in ERG and VEP testing used in retina genetics clinic. In her free time, Megan loves to craft, knit, and crochet, camp, and spend time with her family and her cat Hank. She is excited to serve for KATPO as member-at-large! 


Member-at-Large:  Debbie Holt, COT  

Debbie has been in Ophthalmology/Optometry for 40+ years. She is currently working for Innovative Ophthalmology in Paducah, KY.  Debbie has experience in all aspects of the Ophthalmology practice.  She is currently the Financial Counselor and Patient Liaison for the practice.  She has been a Certified Contact Lens Technician as well as a Certified Optician, COA and COT. Debbie has always been fascinated with eyes ever since her first pair of glasses at the age of 18.  She looks forward to working with the KATPO and is honored to be a Member-at-Large.