ASORN Board of Directors

Pam Opremcak, MPA, RN

Delaware, Ohio

I am honored to continue my service to ASORN, a remarkable group of nurses and technicians who practice excellence in ophthalmic patient centered care. I look forward to working with this dedicated board of directors and volunteers to advance our goals of education and training throughout the diverse spectrum of patient care. We will continue to reach those who deliver ophthalmic care nationally, touching lives in ways that bring joy and compassion to the art and practice of nursing. ASORN is uniquely qualified and positioned to educate our colleagues, patients and their families in the wonders of ophthalic nursing practice. As President-Elect, I will endeavor to carry on the compassion, vision and mission of ASORN and our enthusiastic membership.

Christine Sonnie, BSN, RN, CRNO

Director at Large
Cleveland, OH

Ophthalmology encompasses everything I love about patient care. I am motivated by what can be done surgically to save vision. I am fascinated by the ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, and the delicate and challenging surgeries that create dramatic improvement in patients’ quality of life. Ophthalmology offers opportunities to build close and meaningful relationships with patients of all ages and background, allowing me to be a warm, compassionate nurse. My practice focus in Ophthalmology is Retina-vitreous. I have been very fortunate to work with talented doctors who have expanded my education in retina and encouraged me to become involved in research projects. I am very interested in the disease that develops premature infants called retinopathy of prematurity. Over the past twenty years I have compiled data on the progression of the disease and the outcomes of intervention, which has been/will be utilized in peer reviewed publications. I am honored to considered to serve on ASORN Board. I promise to have the same drive and passion serving ASORN as I do for the care of my patients.


Provider Unit Director
Pearland, TX

I believe in promoting ophthalmic nursing education, as it is not taught in any nursing curriculum.

Amanda Etterling, BSN, RN, CRNO, CNOR

Secretary - Treasurer
North Olmsted, OH

When I was in nursing school, I had never considered a career in ophthalmic nursing, but after joining the Cole Eye Institute’s surgery center in 2015, I quickly realized ophthalmic nursing was something I was passionate about. I love teaching patients about what is going to happen before, during, and after their surgery. I find value in being a preceptor and educating the new hires on all the amazing facts related to eyes, surgery, and nursing. I also enjoy being a member of ASORN because ASORN has a lot of wonderful resources to offer for education. My two absolute favorite resources are the webinars and the Essentials of Ophthalmic Nursing series. I think it is great that ASORN helps unite the ophthalmic nurses from all over the country. It is an honor to be the Secretary-Treasurer of ASORN. As the Secretary-Treasurer, I do my best to serve with integrity and compassion and uphold the values of ASORN.


Director at Large
Reno, NV

Rob Welch has been an active board member for many years, he obtained his bachelor’s degrees in both Biochemistry and Nursing and also obtained a Master’s of Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Rob is an active member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses and has earned certification as a Registered Nurse of Ophthalmology (CRNO) and is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Rob works closely with doctors and nurses in providing outstanding diagnostics and management of a variety of retinal conditions and has been a valued member of the Nevada Retina team since 2000.