Meet the Board

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Joshua Cook

President


Josh is a career optician who recently attained his American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Advanced Certification. After graduating high school Josh picked up a “summer job” as an eyewear specialist at the local Visionworks. Josh quickly discovered that in order to do a good job helping people with glasses, he needed to learn more about opticianry. 
Josh was proud to pass the ABO’s National Opticianry Competency Examination in 2008. He was apprenticed to a licensed optician in South Carolina, and completed the National Academy of Opticianry’s Career Progression Program. Upon moving to Pennsylvania in 2012, Josh was disappointed to find that Pennsylvania did not have an official association for opticians to help him develop and advance as an optician. Now, with support of the Opticians Association of America, key leaders within the state, and across the country, Josh is working to help build an organization devoted to empowering and promoting opticians in Pennsylvania. Josh is inspired by the life of Fred Rogers, best known as Mr. Rogers who said: “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet… There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

Stefanie Whetsell

Stefanie Whetsell

Secretary / Marketing Committee Chair


While Stefanie is the new kid on the block, she is not at all unfamiliar with eye care and all it entails. In fact, you may describe her journey in opticianry as nothing short of Hobbit-esque. A native of NEPA (and Delaware transplant), she began working part-time positions as a receptionist in several opticals throughout the area. She was the Business Office Manager of Moscow Family Eye Care in Moscow, PA prior to moving to Delaware, where she was responsible for insurance billing and audits, frame board management, and patient education. After a brief hiatus in veterinary medicine, she is back working in optical, where she is apprenticing and working towards her ABO certification. Stefanie has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In her spare time (haha!), she enjoys spending time with her husband (Dan), daughter (Penelope), and soul-cat (Thorin Kittyshield).

Peter Precht

Peter Precht

Board Member / Membership Committee Chair


Peter began his Optical career in 1986. Working with Lens Crafters in Hunt Valley, MD until 1991. Working at franchised and Corporate Pearle Vision Centers while attending and graduating from Towson State University through the early to mid 1990’s. Peter had the great fortune of running the lab at Clark, Appler and Loeber in Towson, MD from 1996 to 1998, learning from true craftsmen. Peter also owned Mobile Optical Services LLC at this time from 1994 to 2007 when he married and began his beautiful family. 


Peter was the Walman Optical Safety Eyewear Representative in the East from 2007 to 2020 when Eye C Clearly LLC was born.

In 2023 Peter was sworn in as one of the founding board members and has been working to help grow our membership and build a strong organization.

April Conde

April Conde

Board Member / Fundraising Committee Chair


Founder of Safety Eyez LLC, April is an American Board Certified Optician (ABOC) and a Para Optometric (CPOA). In 2017 April received the Para Optometric of the year award provided to her by the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. She has 23 years of experience and 14 of those were dedicated to servicing the New Holland community. Optical is April’s passion and she enjoys providing personalized custom services. Picking frames and lens options based on patients needs. April thrives in giving back, serving on the PA Optometric Association Board, volunteered with Mission Vision, VSP’s mobile clinic and offering onsite services to retirement communities and in home nursing skilled care units. Her dream has always been to open her own optical and serve the community with quality personalized eyewear.

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Susan Klacik

Vice President


After a humble start being hired as a frame stylist with no eye care experience, Susan Klacik fell in love with optics, bought books (with borrowed money) to teach herself, and has gone on hold positions at nearly all levels, and in nearly every aspect of the industry. In her current role as Territory Sales Manager for Luzerne Optical, Susan brings a refreshing, multi-faceted perspective to her clients as a trusted practice consultant and educator.
Susan has served the eye care industry for over 35 years and is recognized by the ABO and AOA as a valued provider of continuing education. She has presented her lens design and technology courses to 3 of the nation’s optometric universities and over the years has provided countless hours of continuing education to eye care professionals across the U.S. and Canada.
Susan’s service on the Opticians Association of Pennsylvania Board of Directors is a crucial means of paying it forward. Just as her treasured mentors have shared their time and talent over the years to support her, Susan is devoted to investing quality time mentoring others towards the achievement of their personal and professional goals. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

Judy Siviglia

Judy Siviglia

Treasurer / Convention Committee Chair


Judy began her career in the optical industry in 1983 as an apprentice optician. Before long she came to realize that contact lenses, rather than eyeglasses, held greater interest for her. She passed the NCLE exam in 1986 and continues to maintain that certification today.
Now, after retiring in 2021 from helping her husband run his eye care practice, She is happy to work one day a week in a busy optometric practice consulting, teaching, and supporting the staff in a variety of ways
Judy believes that serving as a board member of the OAP is an important opportunity to support and promote opticians and their valuable role in the eye care industry.

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Charlie Saccarelli

Board Member / Strategic Committee Chair


Charlie Saccarelli, ABOM, FNAO is the owner and operator of Chadwick Optical, a unique company in Pennsylvania serving practitioners who serve patients with various vision conditions. He’s worked in every aspect of eyeglass manufacturing and dispensing since the late 1980’s. Charlie is a master optician that has lectured and led workshops internationally on homonymous hemianopsia, low vision, brain injury, and opticianry. In 2020, he was nominated for International Optician of the Year, is the Vice Chair of the Low Vision Division of the Vision Council and sits on the board of the Opticians Association of Pennsylvania. He and his company have provided material support for a number of revolutionary research grants in visual field loss and vision rehabilitation. They have created multiple grants to encourage optometrists to enter the field of low vision, and they regularly support ASCO’s special interest groups in low vision and neuro rehabilitation. While Charlie is absolutely fascinated with glasses, what really inspires him is visual perception. What does the world look like through your patient’s eye? What about their EYES? (It’s different). At least ⅔ of the data in our brain got there through our eyes, and he takes what we put in front of our eyes very seriously. When he’s not nerding out on glasses, he’s probably nerding out on some of his other interests, which include human behavior, yoga, process improvement, and outdoor survival.

Judy Canty

Judy Canty

Board Member


Judy Canty is a Licensed Optician with more than 40 years of experience in all phases of the eye care industry, including corporate
retail, private practice ownership, wholesale lab manufacturing and working in government settings. As Past-President of the Opticians
Association of Virginia, former Chairperson of the Virginia State Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians, and an adjunct faculty member at the Northern Virginia Community College’s former Opticianry program, Judy Canty is well known and highly reputed in her field. She is an extremely knowledgeable, entertaining educator who has provided continuing education to eye care professionals in a multitude of settings, from private in-office consultations, to large group and association meetings.