The Board was established in 1909 and consists of seven members: five licensed optometrists and two public members. The members are appointed by the Governor and serve 3-year terms. The Board’s mission is to “To ensure that all applicants for licensure and all Doctors of Optometry currently licensed, practice their profession in a manner that benefits and protects the public, and to ensure that the highest quality optometric eye and vision care is provided in a professional, competent and ethical manner.” The Board’s telephone number is 304-558-5901. The email address is


Bill Ratcliff, O.D., President and Education Chairman
Steven Odekirk, O.D., Secretary Treasurer

Robert Christen, O.D., Rules Chairman
Thomas Griffith, O.D., Complaint Chairman

Mason "Ed" White, O.D., WVAOP Liaison

Raymond Keener, Consumer Member
John Le Rose, Consumer Member
Board Counsel: Keith Fischer, Esq. Executive Director: Pamela Carper