Trish Shomion: CEO

Trish Shomion

Orlando, FL — Trish Shomion, who has extensive experience serving medical associations at the local and global levels, has joined the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as CEO.

Most recently, Shomion, CAE, was a Senior Advisor with Global Management Partners, LLC (GMP), a professional association management company where she served as the Executive Director of medical organizations such as the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. During her tenure at GMP, Shomion achieved consistent year-over-year membership growth, expanded revenue streams, and managed domestic and international medical conferences.

Her responsibilities at AAO will be similar and include supporting the Academy Board and the AAO Foundation Board in stimulating organizational growth, promoting innovative research, providing exceptional education, and disseminating knowledge to advance optometric practice and improve patient care.

The American Academy of Optometry (the Academy) is an association of optometric and other vision science-related professionals who strive to stay at the top of their field and are committed to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. The Academy is a thriving professional association whose membership has nearly doubled in the last ten years. The Academy’s annual meeting is the largest in optometry and provides innovative continuing education lectures, clinical workshops, symposia, and scientific presentations. The American Academy of Optometry Foundation develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education to ultimately improve patient care. For more information about AAO and its Foundation, visit