Faculty

Dr. William B. Underwood - Opticianry Program Manager
Dr. Underwood 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 and a National Contact Lens Examiners certified Master Contact Lens Technician. He is a licensed optician in Florida and New York. Bill was the 1998 recipient of the Opticianry Education Achievement Award from the National Academy of Opticianry as well as a past President of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Opticianry and the National Academy of Opticianry. Bill is a frequent lecturer at national and state meetings.
Email: bunderwood@hccfl.edu 
Phone: 813-253-7430


Ms. Laurie Pierce - Faculty
Ms. Pierce joined the Hillsborough Community College Opticianry faculty in 1996. She received her A.S. in Opticianry from Newbury College in Boston. Prior to moving to Florida, she was Program Director of the Opticianry program at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke Massachusetts. She is an American Board of Opticianry certified Master Optician and licensed in Massachusetts and Florida. Ms. Pierce was the 2003 recipient of the Opticianry Education Achievement Award from the National Academy of Opticianry as well as a past President of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Dispensing Opticians.

Laurie teaches Dispensing and Lens Theory, Dispensing Labs and Refractometry courses. She is a frequent lecturer at national and state meetings.
Email: lpierce@hccfl.edu


Ms. Mary Seguiti - Faculty
Ms. Seguiti is a graduate of the HCC Opticianry Program 1985 and a Licensed Florida Optician. She received her B.A. degree in Business Management from Eckerd College. Mary serves on the Executive Board of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools and is a consultant to the optical industry.
Email: mseguiti@hccfl.edu 


Mr. Lee Stokes – Clinical Coordinator (HCC/ Tampa)
Mr. Lee Stokes is a graduate of the HCC Opticianry Program Class of 2000 and a licensed Florida Optician. Mr. Stokes is the Clinical Coordinator for the Opticianry Clinic on the Dale Mabry Campus. In addition to his role as Clinic Supervisor, Lee teaches the Ophthalmic Laboratory Courses.
Email: lstokes@hccfl.edu


Richard McCoy – Site Coordinator (Edison College/ Ft Myers)
Richard McCoy received his A.S. degree in Opticianry in 1980 from Hillsborough Community College and his B.A. from the University of South Florida. He is presently the Opticianry Program coordinator for HCC at Florida Southwestern State College in Ft. Myers, Florida. The program Mr. McCoy oversees is a distance learning program based out of the HCC Dale Mabry campus with some classes held at Florida Southwestern State College, Lee County Campus, Ft. Myers.

Richard is a licensed Florida Optician and a past President of the Gulf Coast POF Chapter, Ft. Myers, FL.
Em
ail: rmccoy@hccfl.edu or Richard.McCoy@fsw.edu 


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. 
Email:pmickens@hccfl.edu


Jim Pinckney - Adjunct Faculty
James Pinckney is a licensed Florida Optician and Clinical Site Coordinator for the HCC Opticianry Program Distance Learning Students. He received his A.S. degree in Opticianry from Erie Community College in Buffalo NY.

Mr. Pinckney conducts workshops and clinical site inspections as well as evaluating Distance Learning Student's skill and ability. Mr. Pinckney has owned optical businesses in NY State as well as the Apopka, FL area.
Email: jpinckney@hccfl.edu


Wayne Wesa - Adjunct Faculty
Wayne Wesa is a graduate of the HCC Opticianry Program and a Licensed Florida Optician. He has extensive Ophthalmic Laboratory experience and assists in teaching those courses.
Email:wwesa@hccfl.edu 


Atala Valdez - Adjunct Faculty
Atala Valdez is a graduate of the HCC Opticianry Program and a Licensed Florida Optician. She assists in teaching the Dispensing Laboratory and Contact Lens courses
Email: avaldez@hccfl.edu 


Thomas Neff - Adjunct Faculty
Thomas Neff is a graduate of the HCC Opticianry Program and a Licensed Florida Optician. He assists in teaching the Vision Care Clinical courses.
Email: tneff@hccfl.edu