The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) is the international organization dedicated to the promotion of formal opticianry education offered by accredited educational institutions. Formal education is fundamental to the credibility of the Optician as a vision care professional. NFOS member schools are located in the United States and Canada.
The Goals of the NFOS:
- Upgrade the standards of opticianry education
- Facilitate the exchange of teaching methods
- Achieve uniformity of formal education in opticianry
- Assist national opticianry organizations in their efforts
- Develop formal educational programs in identified areas of need
Meet the NFOS Board of Directors
Aarlan Aceto, OD
President and Executive Manager
Dr. Aarlan Aceto, OD is a graduate of both Ophthalmic Design and Dispensing program at Middlesex Communtity College (1995) and the New England College of Optometry (2009). He is currently the Program Coordinator and an Associate Professor of the OD&D program at Middlesex. Dr. Aceto has previously was served as the Externship Director and Assistant Professor developing and teaching courses for two different Optometry programs (MCPHS University and the Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry) in the areas of Ophthalmic Optics, Contact Lenses, Business Management and Service Learning. He has been very involved in Organized Opticianry Opticianry (COA), and Organized Optometry (IOA and CAO), has served as the chair of the Ophthalmic Optics SIG for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and is the current president of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS). He has also served in other volunteer organizations, including as the past president of the Downers Grove IL Lions Club.
Ms. Seguiti is a graduate of the Hillsborough Community College Opticianry Program 1985 and a Board Certified 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. She is a Commissioner for the COA Commission of Opticianry Education.
Immediate Past President
Professor Russo, a professor emeritus is the past chairperson of Vision Care Technology and was the anatomy and physiology, contact lens and ophthalmic business practices coordinator. He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, the Opticians Association of America in Refractometry and is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. Professor Russo is past President of NFOS (National Federation of Opticianry Schools) He is a past Commissioner for the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, a past member of the board of directors of the Contact Lens Society of New York State and past chapter president of New York State Society of Opticians.
In addition, Professor Russo has served on the faculty for the Opticians Association of America, Vision Expo East and West, EyeQuest and the ABO/NCLE Education Conference. He has published several articles on contact lenses and speaks frequently at the national and state level.
Professor Russo received an Associate Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from New York City Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from The City University of New York, an a Master of Arts degree in Education from New York University. Professor Russo was named “National Federation of Opticianry Schools “Educator of the Year” in 2009, “Optician of the Year” by the New York State Society of Opticians in 2012 and received the National Academy of Opticianry’s “Joseph Bruneni Memorial Education Achievement Award in 2015.
Dr. Ferguson is the current president and psychometrician with The Learning Curve, Sevierville, Tennessee, where he developed and administered an opticianry practical examination in several states. He is the past program director of the opticianry program, Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tennessee, and owner of 20/20 Optical. He is a Tennessee licensed optician, certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABOC-AC) and National Contact Lens Examiners. He is currently a board member, American Board of Opticianry, board of directors, Wang Vision, past president of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools, past vice-chair, Commission on Opticiary Accreditation, and past member of the Tennessee State Board of Dispensing Opticians. His professional publications include Optical Formulas Tutorial 2nd, and Ophthalmic Essentials.
Dr. Ferguson holds a BS, Tusculum College, MA, Tusculum College, and PhD. Walden University. In the military he served as a scout pilot with the 7/1 Air Calvary, platoon leader 155th AHC, and discharged with the rank of Captain.
Professor Sollecito is a faculty member and Principles of Optics coordinator of the Vision Care Technology program at New York City College of Technology. He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry and Opticians Association of America in Refractometry, and is licensed in the state of New York. He is currently a Board member of the New York State Society of Opticians, and Regional Director for distribution of New York State Licensing credits.
In addition, Professor Sollecito has served on the Board of Directors for the Opticians Association of America, and the American Board of Optician panel, for writing of the Masters examination. He was the Chairman of the education Committee for the Southeastern Opticians Convention 1997 and 1998. Professor Sollecito wrote, and was the instructor for, the Opticians Association of America Refraction course 1991through 2000.
Professor Sollecito received an Associate’s Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from New York Community College, certification as an Ophthalmic Technician and Technologist, from Mount Sinai Medical School, a Bachelor of Science from Hunter College and a Master in Liberal Arts Studies from the State University of New York.