Bryan Markowitz has served as the Executive director of the Georgia Optometric Association since 2008. He also has the unique circumstance of having served as the executive director for another affiliate (NJ 2002-2008). He was born and raised in Central New Jersey where he graduated from Rutgers University and received his Masters in Public Affairs and Politics from the Bloustein School of Public Policy at Rutgers University. He has always had a passion for politics and public policy even as a small child. He has lobbied two different legislatures since 1993 and always enjoys developing legislative strategies and seeing those strategies implemented to create laws. During his time in Georgia, he has sought to work diligently in order to continue to bring as much value as possible for each and every member of the GOA. Outside of work, Bryan spends a great deal of time with his wife and two children enjoying activities in his home of Decatur.
Vanessa Grosso is a New York native who moved to Georgia in search of job opportunities (and much warmer weather) after graduating college from SUNY Plattsburgh, where she studied Mass Communication.
Vanessa has worked for the Georgia Optometric Association since October 2003, starting as the Meeting and Project Coordinator to the position she holds today as the Director of Meetings and the Associations’ Operations Manager.
She openly admits to being a workaholic, but in her downtime is an avid fisher, loves cooking and doing all things creative.
Kim Hollis, born and raised in Georgia, received her Business Administration degree while attending Lagrange College. Her areas of most interest included accounting, finance and management. Kim has worked for the Georgia Optometric Association since 2012. Prior to joining the GOA team, Kim maintained a long-term position with Hallmark, the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States. When the retail industry took a large hit years later, Kim took another job in the Optometric field. It was there she developed a strong interest in optometry, and her education and business experience translated well into the association management environment. In Kim’s spare time you will most likely find her relaxing with family, at a race rack or riding back roads and mountains on the Harley with her husband, Steve.
Hannah Leach is a Florida native who moved to Atlanta after graduating college from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where she studied Public Relations and Public Policy. After working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, she recognized her passion to influence policymakers and decisions. Immediately prior to joining the GOA team in 2014, Hannah spearheaded a social media marketing initiative for her company. She is excited to combine her skills and apply them to the continued and increased success of the GOA.