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The following are introductions of your Program Manager and Instructors.

NormanRoss Dr. Norman E. Ross- Founder of the HCC Opticianry Program

Dr. Ross was born Warren, Ohio, in 1925. He attended the Northern Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL, graduating in 1949.

Dr. Ross was a practicing Optometrist in Ohio for 21 years as well as a veteran of World War II, serving as a medic in the Pacific Arena. Leaving Norwalk, Ohio in the early seventies, he came to Tampa, Florida.

Through contacts in Tallahassee Dr. Ross began to develop a college level education program for Opticians. The program would be the first of it's kind in Florida. That program was developed and began at the Hillsborough Community College Gordon Keller Campus, Davis Island in August, 1973. Dr. Ross was the Director of the program until October 1995.

Through those years, the program expanded and was eventually moved to the Dale Mabry Campus where it still is based. Many changes have come to the career of Ophthalmic Dispensing and the program is continually striving to provide the most complete and effective ophthalmic dispensing education available.

The program is currently managed by William B. Underwood. This program and especially the career of Ophthalmic Dispensing in Florida would not be at the level it has achieved had it not been for Dr. Norman Ross.


Dr. Bill Underwood - Program Director

Dr. William B. Underwood, FNAO, FCLSA(H) is the Opticianry
Program Director at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa,
FL. He received his A.S. degree in Opticianry from Erie
Community College and a Ph.D. in Education from the
University of South Florida.

Dr. Underwood is an American Board of Opticianry certified
Master Optician, registered by the National Contact Lens
Examiners, and a licensed optician in Florida and New
York. He is the 1998 recipient of the Opticianry Education
Achievement Award from the National Academy of Opticianry as well as the President of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools.

Bill is also an Honored Fellow in the Contact Lens Society
of America and past president of the New England Contact
Lens Society. He is a frequent lecturer at Vision Expo and
other national and state meetings.

LauriePierce Laurie Pierce - Faculty

Laurie Pierce joined the Hillsborough Community College Opticianry faculty in 1996. Prior to moving to Florida, she was Program Director of the Opticianry program at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke Massachusetts. She is licensed in Massachusetts and Florida, and is a past President of the Massachusetts Association of Dispensing Opticians.

Presently Laurie serves on the board of the Professional Opticians of Florida as college liason and is an active member of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools. Mrs. Pierce teaches Dispensing and Lens Theory, Dispensing Labs and Refractometry. She entered the field of Opticianry in 1979.


Mary Seguiti - Faculty

Mary Seguiti is a graduate of the HCC Opticianry Program 1985 and a Licensed Florida Optician. Mary is an education developer for Transitions Optical as well as the HCC Opticianry Program Liason to the West Coast POF Board.


Faculty1 Lee Stokes - Clinical Coordinator

Lee Stokes is a graduate of the HCC Opticianry Program Class of 2000 and a licensed Florida Optician.

Mr. Stokes is now the Clinical Coordinator for the HCC Opticianry Program, Dale Mabry Campus, Tampa, FL. In addition to his role as Clinic Supervisor, Lee Stokes works with the Health Science Department to maintain the department's classroom instructional technology equipment.

Faculty1 Richard McCoy - Program Coordinator                           (Florida Southwestern College - Ft Myers)

Richard McCoy is presently the Opticianry Program coordinator for HCC at Edison Community college in Ft. Myers, Florida. The program Richard oversees is a distance learning program based out of the HCC Dale Mabry campus with some classes held at Edison College, Lee County Campus, Ft. Myers.

Richard is a licensed Florida Optician and the President of the Gulf Coast POF Chapter, Ft. Myers, FL.


Pernell Mickens - Adjunct Faculty

Pernell Mickens is an Ophthalmic Technician at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. He has extensive experience in the Opt Tech Field and teaches the Ophthalmic Skills Course.





Faculty3 Jim Pinckney - Clinical Coordinator

James Pinckney is a licensed Florida Optician and Clinical Site Coordinator for the HCC Opticianry Program Distance Learning Students. Mr. Pinckney conducts clinical site inspections as well as evaluating Distance Learning Student's skill and ability.

Mr. Pinckney has owned opticals in NY State as well as the Apopka, FL area.


This page last updated August 24, 2015 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu