Seven New Leadership-Scholarships Created
Thank you to Jason Chin, OD’04, Terry Chin, OD’76, Randy Brooks, OD’77, Ken Myers, OD’74, Howard Purcell, OD’84, Keith Taylor, OD’81 and Kenneth Taylor, OD’77 for establishing four-year leadership scholarships and serving as informal mentors to students from the class of 2019. They join 27 fellow alumni and non-alumni professionals in helping students navigate their way through optometry school.
Jason Chin, OD’04
Dr. Jason R. Chin works in three private practices in the Boston area, including a practice in Boston’s Chinatown with his father, Dr. Terry Chin. He is a clinical investigator and consultant for local and national clinics and contact lens companies. He has authored articles and posters and has presented and lectured at various optometric meetings. In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Chin is an adjunct clinical professor at New England College of Optometry, is the faculty advisor for NECO’s Contact Lens Society and is the coordinator for the contact lens workshops provided to NECO’s second, third and fourth year students.
Dr. Chin was awarded Fellowship to the American Academy of Optometry in 2006; holds membership in the Association for Research in Visual Ophthalmology (ARVO), the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators, the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association, and is board-certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Terry L.N. Chin ’76
Dr. Terry Chin is a graduate of Boston University and received his optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry. He has over 30 years of experience in the optometric field, currently practicing in an ophthalmology group outside of Boston. He owns his own private practice in Boston’s Chinatown, where he was raised and maintains close ties. He was the first optometrist to work in a Chinatown neighborhood health center and does optometric consultations for a nursing home in the Chinese community.
In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Chin holds a clinical faculty position at New England Eye Commonwealth and is a clinical investigator for ORA, Inc. When not spending time in his various practices, Dr. Chin likes to cook and experience new and different culinary experiences, spend time in Maine, travel the world with his wife, and spend time with his four grandchildren.
Randolph E. Brooks, OD ’77, FAAO
Dr. Randolph E. Brooks is a graduate of the State University of New York-Albany and the New England College of Optometry, Class of 1977, where he was Commencement Speaker and the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Ocular Science in 2010.
Dr. Brooks has written dozens of articles on clinical and patient care, serves as a consultant in the ophthalmic pharmaceutical field as well as to the contact lens industry and has served as a visiting scholar and visiting professor at several colleges of optometry. He has spoken at dozens of optometric meetings across the United States as well as internationally. Dr. Brooks achieved his Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1984 and continues to maintain active membership.
Dr. Brooks was the first New Jersey optometrist ever elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Optometric Association. In 2009-2010, Dr. Brooks was elected as President of the American Optometric Association. In 2002 he was awarded the E. C. Nurock Award, which is the New Jersey Society Optometric Physicians’ highest award. He served 25 consecutive years on the boards of either his state or national professional associations.
Dr. Brooks has been in private practice in northern New Jersey since 1977.
Kenneth J. Myers, Ph.D., OD’74
Dr. Myers, the Founder and Director Emeritus of the VA’s Optometry led the integration of optometry into the VA health care system as an independent service with optometrists as medical staff members holding therapeutic prescribing privileges as medical staff members. He initiated VA medical training programs for optometry externs and in 1975, began residency training programs that were accredited by the American Council on Optometric Education.
In 1977, Dr. Myers helped found the National Association of VA Optometrists and served as its Executive Director from 2005-2009 before founding the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry in 2009.
Dr. Myers received his M. Sc. in physics in 1969 and Ph.D. in biological physics from The Ohio State University in 1972, where he was elected a member of the Sigma Phi Sigma physics honor society. He earned his OD degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1974 and is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Akron from where he earned degrees in electrical engineering and physics-mathematics in 1963 and 1965.
Howard B. Purcell, OD ’84
Dr. Howard B. Purcell is currently senior vice president of customer development at Essilor of America, Inc., in Dallas, Texas. His focus at Essilor is to increase coordination and visibility among the brand sales, professional relations and eye care professional education groups. Before joining Essilor, Dr. Purcell served as senior director of new program development for Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. While at Vistakon, he developed and managed The Vision Care Institute which is known today as an industry benchmark in education and customer relations.
Dr. Purcell has held leadership roles at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry; earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in optometry from New England College of Optometry; is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry and was recently honored as a Distinguished Scholar Member in the National Academies of Practice.
Keith E. Taylor, OD ’81
Dr. Keith E. Taylor has been in private practice for over 25 years. He joined the optometric practice of his father, George E. Taylor, Jr., OD, in 1981 and is the third generation of his family to practice optometry on the North Shore of Boston. He maintains a full spectrum primary care practice and has a particular interest in contact lenses and the various approaches to treating refractive errors of the eye. He is active in the Marblehead community with the local Rotary Club and serves as Chairman of the Board at the Marblehead Bank.
Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bates College in 1977 and his Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in 1981. He is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration; is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, the American Optometric Association, the AOA Contact Lens Section, the Rotary Club of Marblehead, and the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce.
Kenneth P. Taylor, OD ’77
Dr. Kenneth P. Taylor is a senior executive with more than 25 years of global ophthalmic, medical and electronics industry experience. He specializes in technology and market evaluations and strategic planning within the medical industry, with an emphasis on ophthalmic, dental and minimal/less invasive neurosurgical and telemedicine disciplines.
Dr. Taylor is currently the Managing Director of Taylor Consulting Group, LLC, providing a range of consulting services to the ophthalmic and medical device community through a network of external consultants. His extensive background includes President & CEO of Advanced Ocular Systems, Ltd., and Advanced Ocular Systems, Inc.; Arthur D. Little, Inc.; Ophnet, Inc., and Keta Corporation, of which he was Founder, President & CEO. Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Med Biology from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, in 1973 and his Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in 1977.