Chief Community Officer
As college graduation approached I realized (much to my parent’s horror) that I had no desire to get a job yet. With a B.A. in Psychology from Lehigh University, I took off to Manhattan to begin a program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which is where I discovered that working for a magazine was a real job and fell in love with publishing and New York City. I've now had a decade long love affair with both and joined Vision Monday as an associate editor covering frames, sunwear, and accessories in 2006. In 2008, I was promoted to senior editor and my responsibilities expanded to include providing content for VisionMonday.com and producing the monthly Style. Pages trend feature, as well as managing the social networking presence of the magazine.
In addition to my duties for Vision Monday, I am very excited to take on the challenge of chief community officer for SightNation. I love the idea of claiming a little piece of the web on behalf of the site and providing members of the vision care field and optical industry a one-of-a-kind place to share their collective knowledge and expertise to benefit themselves and others across the nation. If you ever find yourself in the city, drop me a line, I love playing tour guide!
Clinical News Editor
I began my career in eyecare publishing 16 years ago, and after eight years at my first company, I took a brief break from vision-related content to edit and write about dermatology, wounds, podiatry and cardiology. It wasn’t long before I was lured back into the world of eyecare by Jobson, where I have spent the last six years working on a variety of assignments for the Review Group, ranging from print supplements, to continuing education pieces, to advertorials and e-newsletters.
I grew up in Hatboro, Pa., and attended Ursinus College for two years before transferring to Temple University, where I graduated with a B.A. in English. I currently live in Phoenixville, Pa., with my fiancé, our three dogs and two cats. In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking and volunteering for various causes.
JMI ECP Business Services Group
I have been in the media and publishing industries my entire career. Friends used to say that I had ink in my veins instead of blood - I guess today you'd say I have pixels! Through my career I’ve made a variety of contributions to the optical community regarding how industry news and information are delivered. As vice president, group publisher and head of research for JMI’s Optical Group, I served as the launch publisher of Vision Monday and 20/20 Europe, initiated the expansion of VMail and the creation of VMail Extra and guided the creation of the Vision Monday Global Leadership Conference.
Recently appointed to the position of president of JMI's ECP Business Services (of which SightNation is a part), I continue to drive innovation and growth with breakthrough products and services that continue to shape the delivery of information and services to the optical community. Outside of work, I border on being addicted to the game of golf and love good food, good wine and good company.
SightNation Content Ambassadors
I am editor for LabTalk, the optical industry’s number one how-to magazine for optical laboratory owners and managers. While the magazine is produced in New York, I work "on-high" from my mountain home in Big Bear Lake, Calif. At industry trade shows, I also works for Vision Monday but you might not recognize me since my eye is usually pressed to the viewfinder of a camera. I also contribute my photography to 20/20’s Street Seen, where I roam the country snapping pictures of unsuspecting people in their glasses. In my spare time (HA!) I write romantic comedies and am taking a stab at screenplay writing. Some day you might be able to say, "I knew her when."
Cat is the assistant editor at Vision Monday. She covers the optical retail market, specifically independent, boutique and multi-location optical retailers. She reports on optical store/boutique news and trends, including opening, community outreach, frame additions and local events. She also edits the Local Diary, In/Store, Communiqué and Endpage section of Vision Monday's print editions, as well as helping to coordinate Vision Monday's social media properties; @VisionMonday and Facebook.com/VisionMonday.
SightNation Content Advisors:
Izabella Alpert, Marge Axelrad, Walter C. Bethke, Jane Cole, Christopher Glenn, Michael Hoster, Mary Kane, Andrew Karp, Christopher Kent, John Murphy, Gloria Nicola, James J. Spina