The World Council of Optometry (WCO) is pleased to announce the selection of Susan J. Chiles M.A. as Managing Director. ‘We are very pleased to announce this appointment’, reports President Uduak Udom. “Susan will bring leadership and creativity to WCO along with a deep sense of commitment to our profession.”
WCO is a non-profit membership association with a mission to support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach.
Most recently, Ms. Chiles has been the Marketing Communications Manager in the Affiliate Relations and Membership Group at the American Optometric Association (AOA) and currently serves as President of the St. Louis Institute for Association Leadership. Susan has worked in corporate marketing, communications, and brand management for more than 20 years. In addition to her M.A. in Media Communications, Ms Chiles earned a Certificate in Membership Management from ASAE University, with a three-part focus on Membership Principles, Leadership Management, and Advanced Membership.
Ms. Chiles brings a breadth of perspective and experience, having worked with volunteer optometrists at the AOA for the past 6 years. As WCO Managing Director, Susan will work with the Officers, Executive Committee, and Governing Board of the WCO in fulfilling the organization’s mission to facilitate the development of optometry around the world. A key component of her new position will be to direct all aspects of the WCO’s relationship with its membership including recruitment and retention, fiscal management and marketing and communications.
“It is an honour and a privilege to join the WCO and I look forward to continuing to serve optometry in this new role,” Ms. Chiles said.
This is an exciting time for WCO as we look forward to hosting the 2nd World Congress of Optometry being held in Hyderabad, India from September 11-13, 2017. The Congress is an initiative of the WCO in partnership with the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) and the India Vision Institute (IVI). The central theme of the meeting, ‘Accessible, Quality Vision and Eye Health’ complements the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan of ‘Universal Eye Health’ with a goal of universal access to comprehensive eye care services.