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, WVAOP Liaison

James Herman, O.D., Rules Chairman
Jennifer Stevens, O.D., Complaint Chairman

Robert Christen, O.D., Board Member

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