National Optometric Foundation
On behalf of the National Optometric Foundation (NOF), I would like to express our sincere appreciation to you for choosing to visit the NOF website in hopes of learning more about our organization. The NOF is quite unique in that our vision statement is, “the foundation helping minorities reach their vision through optometry.” For more than 40 years, the NOF has worked to secure its vision in various ways, such as student scholarships, targeted grants and special programming.
Our story began around 1975 when the National Optometric Foundation was established as a 501 (c) 3 organization, which allowed it to receive funds in support of its vision. Early in its history the NOF was successful in competing for a federal grant that supported the minority student recruitment and retention efforts of the National Optometric Association (NOA). The grant made it possible for the NOA to expand its efforts to assist the U.S. schools and colleges of optometry in the recruitment and retention of minority students from across the country. Under the leadership of the late Dr. Charles C. Comer and our founders, the late Dr. John Howlette and Dr. C. Clayton Powell, our optometry schools experienced significant increases in minority student enrollment and retention. With the increased numbers and the need for campus-specific support systems, the NOA began to charter chapters of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) at the individual schools and colleges of optometry.
Today, the National Optometric Foundation continues this legacy by making it possible for deserving students to fulfill their dreams of becoming optometrists. Every year we acknowledge and award the academic accomplishments of NOSA students through various scholarships. To create mentoring opportunities and foster professional relationships with practicing optometrists, we provide travel grants for all NOSA students to attend the annual convention of the National Optometric Association. The NOF also provides funding to support resources to the minority community. Our signature “Three Silent Killer” Program helps educate minority communities about eye and vision related conditions that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities.
We are proud of our history. We hope you will join us in continuing NOF’s rich legacy as we celebrate 40 years of service to our community.
LaSheta P. David
WHO IS DR. DAVID
Dr. David is a native of Charlotte, NC and currently works at her private practice, Invision Family Eyecare in Concord, NC. Dr. David became interested in optometry after her first visit to the eye doctor changed her life. During the exam, she realized the impact that glasses and contacts made on her poor vision. Her compassion for service and the desire to help others improve their quality of life through vision care led her to pursue a career in optometry. Dr. David received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University. After completing her undergraduate career, Dr. David moved to Philadelphia, PA where she received a second Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Science in 1993 and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1996. Dr. David has practiced in various modalities for the past 20 years. In 2008, she opened her private practice where she has been successfully providing exceptional care to patients in Concord and surrounding areas.
MORE THAN JUST AN EYE DOCTOR
Staying true to her commitment to service and compassion for others, Dr. David routinely participates in local health care screenings and supports the Prevent Blindness of NC program. She is also involved in several service based organizations. In addition to being the Foundation Chairperson of the NOA Foundation, she is the Chairperson of the Queen City Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Foundation, an organization that strives to nurture African American youth into tomorrow’s leaders. She is also a member of the Concord Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Junior Charity League of Concord.
WHEN THERE IS SPARE TIME
Though Dr. David has a hectic schedule, she always makes time for the people who are most important including God and her family. Dr. David loves to spend time with her husband Terendius and her two children Taylor and Terendius, Jr. If she finds time, she also enjoys a good book!
- President: Dr. LeSheta David
- Treasurer: Dr. Torrence Watkins
- Secretary: Dr. Cynthia Heard
- Dr. Carol Merritt
- Dr. Clayton Hicks
- Dr. Ernest Robinson
- Dr. Joyce Ramsue-Thompson
- Dr. Mark Orso
- Dr. Derrick Artis
- Dr. Michael Howlette
- Dr. Rose Gregory