NFOS Board of Directors

President Robert Russo

Robert Russo



Professor Russo is the chairperson of Vision Care Technology and the anatomy and physiology and contact lens coordinator. He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, the Opticians Association of America in Refractometry and is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. He is a past Commissioner for the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, a past member of the board of directors of the Contact Lens Society of New York State and past chapter president of New York State Society of Opticians.

In addition, Professor Russo has served on the faculty for the Opticians Association of America, Vision Expo East and West, EyeQuest, SECO and the ABO/NCLE Education Conference. He has published several articles on contact lenses and speaks frequently at the national and state level.

Professor Russo received an Associate Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from New York City Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from The City University of New York, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from New York University. Professor Russo was named “National Federation of Opticianry Schools “ Educator of the Year” in 2009  and  “Optician of the Year” by the New York State Society of Opticians in 2012.

Vice President Kimberly Strickler

Kimberly Strickler

Vice President

Professor Strickler is the clinical dispensing, ophthalmic dispensing and fabrication coordinator of Vision Care Technology.  She is certified by the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners and is licensed in both New York State and Florida. Professor Strickler is a Commissioner on the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, a member of the New York State Society of Opticians and is a member of the New York State Society of Opticians Education Committee for approving continuing education. Professor Strickler has lectured for both state and national organizations.
Prior to moving to New York, Professor Strickler was Director of Retail Operations for two top-hundred tri-ophthalmic practices in Florida and a private consultant.
Professor Strickler received an Associate of Arts Degree in Counseling from Jordan College in Michigan, a Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Optics from The City University of New York and a Master of Arts in Multicultural Studies from the College of Staten Island.

Past President Kristi Green

Kristi Green

Past President


Mrs. Green is the program director of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Opticianry program in Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Green has an Associate degree in Opticianry from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in Occupational and Technical Education from Old Dominion University. She is President of the Opticians Association of Virginia, a past board member of the Contact Lens Society of America and is a fellow member of the National Academy of Opticianry. Mrs. Green is an ABO Master Optician and a Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America. She is a licensed optician in her home state of Virginia and has industry experience in both private and retail optical settings. Mrs. Green has lectured at state and national meetings, and has written several articles for national trade publications.

Executive Manager Randy Smith

Randy Smith

Executive Manager


Randy has more than 30 years of opticianry experience, including positions as Opticianry Program director at Arkansas State University Mountain Home, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Va., faculty member of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, optical director at Vision Care Associates, Aberdeen, S.D., and manager of The Glasses Place, Minneapolis, Minn., and wholesale optical experience with Soderberg Optical in St. Paul, MN. Randy holds an associate's degree in ophthalmic dispensing from Ferris State University, a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from Iowa State University and a master's degree in career and technical education from Ferris State University. He is a member of several professional organizations, has guest lectured at numerous conventions, expos and workshops, and has written a number of articles for Vision Care Products News magazine and other periodicals throughout his career. Is a member of the board of directors for the ABO/NCLE and the National Federation of Opticianry Schools. He is currentlythe Opticcianry Director for Baker College- Allen Park in Michigan.

 Mary Seguiti

Mary Seguiti

Mary Seguiti is an instructor for the Opticianry program at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Florida.  She has an extensive 30+ years of experience as an Optical Consultant for the industry.  She received her AS in Ophthalmic Dispensing from Hillsborough Community College and her BA in Business Management from Eckerd College.  She has been a Florida Board certified Optician since 1985 and very involved with the Professional Opticians of Florida.  Mary is a member of the of many of the National Organizations.  She is certified by the  American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiner.  Mary works with her students on international mission trips providing eyecare to those in need.

 Christiaan van Vliet

Christiaan van Vliet

Christiaan van Vliet, LDO, graduated from Seattle Central College's School of Opticianry in 2004 with an A.A.S. in Opticianry. He has worked as a dispensing optician in private practice in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. He has also worked as a contact lens technician for Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Washington.

Christiaan was interested in teaching as far back as high school. In 2010 he returned to Seattle Central College to begin teaching the spectacle laboratory classes at the School of Opticianry. Since returning to teach at Central, he has also taught Ophthalmic Dispensing Business and Optical Theory. Christiaan graduated from South Seattle College's Bachelor of Applied Science program with a degree in Professional-Technical Education.

“I believe strongly in formal education for opticians,” says Christiaan. “Educated opticians have demonstrated critical thinking skills in order to earn their degree. Moreover, they understand the science behind ophthalmic dispensing, making them a more valuable asset in any practice.”