Meet FFP’s Program Leadership

Co-Chairs

Joan K. Portello, OD, MS, MPH, FAAO

Portello Joan Photo Dr Joan K. Portello is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. She obtained her OD degree in 1986 and has been a member of the faculty of the SUNY, College of Optometry since graduation. Dr. Portello also obtained two Masters degrees since her OD program, in Public Health and in Vision Science. Dr. Portello is the course coordinator for the Optometric Theory and Procedures III and IV course, teaches in the Primary Optometric Care department, and is a faculty advisor for SUNY, College of Optometry’s Graduate Center for Vision Research. During this time she has obtained numerous teaching awards from both the students and the Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in Teaching and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. This year, Dr. Portello was also awarded the New York State Optometric Association Optometric Educator Award. Dr. Portello has also served as president of the SUNY College of Optometry Alumni Association from 2002 to 2008.

While maintaining a broad teaching load, Dr. Portello has also published many academic papers, both as a sole author and as a contributor. Her current research activities center on Computer Vision Syndrome where she mentors Masters students and presents posters and papers. She is the author in chapters of optometric texts and has been a prolific and regular speaker at optometric meetings. Dr. Portello is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, has lectured overseas to facilitate Australian optometrists obtaining therapeutic rights, has a license to practice in Florida, and obtained a certificate of competency to practice in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to optometry she maintains competency as an instructor for both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association and injection procedures.

Dr. Portello is also actively involved with the optometry community in New York beyond SUNY. She is a New York State consultant for the American Optometric Association Healthy Eyes Healthy People 2010/2020 and has received numerous grants from the AOA Foundation and the American Optometric Association, through Luxottica, Inc. She is on the AOA Council for Optometric Education. Dr. Portello is also a member of the New York State Therapeutic Licensing committee, and a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

In addition, she is a director of the Special Olympics in New York State and as such facilitates the education of those providing vision screening and the provision of eye wear to those athletes. Dr. Portello is Faculty Advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, and as such also implemented the first optometric mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. These ongoing trips now have served thousands of villagers, and the number of students attending these trips has doubled over the period. Dr. Portello continues to provide ongoing support to subsequent trips by the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists.


Jeffrey Walline, PhD, OD

WallineJeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD is the Associate Dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, and he received his Master’s degree and PhD degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Dr. Walline has conducted several pediatric contact lens studies, and he is the Study Chair of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study, a multi-center, randomized clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute to determine whether and how soft multifocal contact lenses may slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.