About Our Contributors

Talish is a second year student at NECO. She earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at University of California, Irvine. She now lives with her family in Massachusetts. Talish was always interested in health care, but it was not until her second year in college that she became fascinated with the world of vision. She was heavily involved with her pre-optometry club back at UCI, at the Braille Institute of Anaheim, and with the non-profit organization MAKAPO, where she participated in canoe outings with the legally blind. Outside of school, she enjoys dancing and currently dances for an Armenian dance group in Boston. She also enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her friends and family, as well as traveling to different parts of Europe. This summer she will be traveling to Armenia with Birthright Armenia and Armenian Volunteer Corps to provide vision care to people in need. Talish is very excited to apply what she has learned in her first year courses at NECO to her upcoming experience abroad.

Phyllis Andrejko is the director of eye care services at New England Eye Roslindale. She is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry, trained in family practice eye care.  Dr. Andrejko was previously a primary care optometrist at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and held the position of associate director of eye care services at the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center.  During that time, she worked extensively with children and adults in providing comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fitting, glaucoma management, and pre- and post-op surgery management.

Catherine Berce is the administrative director for the Office of Academic Affairs at NECO and also the content manager for NECO424 and the NECO blogs. She’s been working at the College since 2006. When she took the job, she thought it would be a short term gig before going to grad school. Seven years later, she’s still here and happy, grateful for the opportunities given here, and the friendships made. Originally from northern Maine, she finds Boston winters balmy and really quite pleasant.

Elise Harb is an associate professor in the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care and has been teaching at the college since 2005.  She teaches in the Strabismus and Amblyopia course and is the instructor of record for the Special Populations clinical rotation for fourth-year students.  Her clinical area of expertise is pediatrics and she is an attending pediatricoptometrist at the Codman Community Health Center in Dorchester and Boston University Eye Associates.  In addition, she collaborates with Williams College in providing eye care to several communities in the developing Nicaraguan Atlantic Coastal region on an annual basis.

Beth Harper graduated from SUNY College of Optometry in 2007 and came to Boston for her residency in ocular disease at the Boston VA. She is currently a staff optometrist at Lynn Community Health Center and works with second and third year NECO interns. She has a passion for her profession and currently serves as the membership chair of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.

Karen Lowe is an administrative assistant at the New England College of Optometry.  She also blogs about size acceptance on her personal blog.  Feel free to ask her anything about cooking lentils.

Barbara McGinley is the current associate dean of students at the college and has worked in the Office of Student Services at NECO for 14 years.  During that time she has seen changes in academic curriculum, clinical experiences, and methods of teaching.  For her, the constant has been her enjoyment in working with students, staff, and faculty at the college.

Kristin Motte is the director of library services at NECO.  As the head librarian for the college since 2008, Kristin oversees all library services, the college archives, and NECO’s Educational Media Office.  She also works closely with new students to orient them to library resources and services. In addition to her library responsibilities, Kristin acts at the copyright officer for NECO and is a participant in the E-Learning Work Group.  Prior to her current role at NECO, Kristin served as a librarian in both public and academic libraries since earning her master’s degree in library and information science in 1994.

As the chief clinical officer of New England Eye, Amy Moy is responsible for leading initiatives to foster excellence in patient care.  She provides a platform for the professional staff of New England Eye to advance practice standards for patients and to assure that quality clinical training is delivered to students at the New England College of Optometry.  Dr. Moy also practices at the Martha Eliot Health Center, where she serves as director of the Eye Care Service.  She earned her O.D. degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2003.

Tony Russo is the Director of IT at NECO.  He joined the college community in the fall of 2007.  He lives in Billerica with his wife of 12 years and is the father of three children, 18, 10 and 9 years of age.  When he is not working, his hobbies include being a huge sports enthusiast and playing and listening to music.

Clifford A. Scott was named the college’s twelfth president in December of 2009. Prior to his appointment as president, Dr. Scott was the dean of academic affairs and also held the position of chair of the Department of Community Health at the college for eight years. He has been a faculty member at the college since 1970 and has been a professor of optometry since 1990. Dr. Scott earned his doctor of optometry degree from the Massachusetts College of Optometry, now The New England College of Optometry, in 1968. He received his masters in public health degree in health care policy and management from Harvard University in 1984.