Current Board Members
Julie Parsons is a graduate of Saugus High School in 1984 and Salem State University from which she received a Bachelor of Science.
Julie began her optical career in 1991 and has dedicated the past 26 years to helping patients achieve their best vision. She is an American Board of Opticianry certified, licensed dispensing optician. Julie has been working as the optical manager at Nutfield Eye Associates in Londonderry, New Hampshire for the past 7 years. Her passion and knowledge have made her an excellent representative of the profession and she has been able to attend trade shows across the country learning and promoting opticianry. Julie is proud to be the current President of the New Hampshire Opticians Society. It is her passion to educate, support and promote her profession.
When Julie is not working she enjoys kayaking and camping and is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. In her spare time she operates a home based business creating embroidered dog bandanas that she sells on eBay and Etsy. She makes her home in Salem, New Hampshire.
Scott Thielen has been in the optical field for over 25 years. He has worked as a dispensing optician, lab finishing and surfacing, frame sales rep, educational speaker, office manager, and practice administrator. All these experiences have led to a driving commitment to elevating the profession to the public. Scott has his ABO Advanced Certification and is currently helping Dr. Stegen open and run a new optical store in West Lebanon NH.
My goal is to utilize my experience to help the NH Opticians Society increase the knowledge of our membership and elevate the status of the profession to the public and more importantly to our fellow professionals in the optical field.
My other passions include poker, hiking and spending time with family.
Sally is an ABO certified optician who began her optical career in Richmond, Virginia in 1987. She has been on the board of the NHOS as treasurer for five years. She has done a little bit of everything in our industry; She has been a receptionist, worked as a contact lens specialist, ophthalmic tech, and she even went out on the road as a sales rep (twice). What she found was that her true passion is being an optician. What she loves the most about her job is the ability to make a personal connection with the people she meets every day, she is proud of the relationships that she has made and feels lucky that she found a career that she truly enjoys.
Lisa Ginn is a local New Hampshire girl, living in the Concord area since 1995. She received her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Leadership from Southern NH University in 2015.
Lisa has been working in the industry for 15 years. Fourteen of those years have been at Concord Eye Center in Concord NH. She is an American Board of Opticianry certified optician. Lisa is currently the Executive Director. She is proud to have been voted in to this position after having spent the past seven years on the board as Vice President for the first year, and President for the following six. Lisa has represented the society at many leadership and trade conferences across the country.
Lisa is the proud wife of Josh and mother to Tyler, who is 9, and Tessa who is almost 2! She loves spending time with her family. In her free time, she helps organize and coach her son’s soccer team. This crazy, busy family resides in Pembroke, NH.
Kathy Bowen started her career as an optician in 1987 and has enjoyed every aspect of caring for patients and sharing her knowledge of the ever changing technology of lens design over the past 30 years. She finds caring for and helping her patients has been incredibly satisfying. Kathy is proud to be an American Board of Opticianry certified optician and is registered with the state of New Hampshire.
Don Taylor, ABOC
Victoria Forslind is a graduate from Nashua Community College which she majored in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. She currently lives in Nashua NH and works at Focused Eye Care. Victoria started her career as an optician back in November of 2016 and is currently studying to be an American Board of Opticianry certified. She enjoys her job and the people she works with, her goal is to gain knowledge to help further her career and provide the best quality vision care she can. In her spare time, she likes going out to the movies and trying new and exciting food venues.