About Us

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 wvbdopt@frontier.com.


Jennifer Stevens, O.D., President

John S. LeRose, O.D., Secretary-Treasurer

Mrs. Sammons, WVAOP Liaison 

James Herman, O.D., Rules Chairman

Thomas Stout, O.D., Complaint Chairman

David Harshberger, O.D., Education Chairman

Raymond Keener, Consumer Member

John Le Rose, Consumer Member

Board Counsel: Keith Fischer, Esq.

Executive Director: Pamela Carper