Marylhurst MBA student Phernell Walker II received two awards in 2017 for his work as an educator in the optometry field from the National Academy of Opticianry and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.
In July, Phernell Walker received the Joseph Bruneni Award in Ophthalmic Optics for his book, Pure Optics, which has assisted thousands of eye care professionals around the country. The award is bestowed annually by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of ophthalmic optics.
Phernell’s contribution to the industry is perhaps conveyed best in the words of Kathy McNelis, a contact lens provider in Philadelphia who shared this recommendation via LinkedIn: “Phernell Walker is an awesome instructor in optics; he can make complicated optical formulas easy to understand and apply in real life. His book, Pure Optics, makes passing the ABO exam a breeze. His enthusiasm for the optical industry is inspirational.”
In October, while lecturing on advanced optics at the National Academy of Opticianry conference, Phernell received the academy’s Educator of the Year Award, in recognition for his work in educating opticians and optometrists on ophthalmic optics and advancing their optometric practices in business and EHR technology.
Phernell Walker is on track to earn an MBA from Marylhurst University in 2018. He is a nationally recognized speaker and author of Pure Optics, now in its second edition. He is a Master in Ophthalmic Optics (ABOM) and is certified by the both the American Board of Opticianry (ABOC) and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLEC).