Eyewear and Eyecare Experts

The Vision Council’s eyewear and eyecare experts are available for interviews upon request.  To arrange an interview, please reach out to Hayley Rakus at hrakus@thevisioncouncil.org.

Ashley MillsAshley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council 

With more than 20 years of management, marketing and leadership experience, Ashley Mills has served as CEO of The Vision Council since 2016, after serving in roles as vice president of trade shows & meetings and director of marketing & shows. Under her leadership, The Vision Council supports the optical industry through a breadth of industry forums, advocacy, research, trade shows and executive events, and consumer education. Mills prides herself in being a champion for vision and through her role as CEO of The Vision Council, a voice for the industry.

Prior to her roles with The Vision Council, Mills held positions including director of communications for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and director of public relations for The Council on Foundations. Earlier in her career, she honed her skills in public relations as vice president/managing director with Hill & Knowlton and senior account supervisor for Weber Shandwick. Mills currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Optical Women's Association as well as co-chair of their Digital Marketing Committee and is a frequent speaker at their gatherings.


Justin BazanDr. Justin Bazan, Optometrist and Medical Adviser to The Vision Council 

Justin Bazan, OD, is owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, New York, which he established in the summer of 2008. Dr. Bazan is a recognized international speaker with an emphasis on practice management both in the eyecare industry and small business world. He is an avid industry writer and is a regular columnist in numerous trade publications. Dr. Bazan holds several industry positions including President of the Optometric Society of the City of New York and he is involved in the American Optometric Association (AOA) as the Federal Advocacy Representative for New York State. He is also a member of the AOA New Technology Committee. Lastly, he is a proud co-founder of the Young ODs of America, a thriving nationwide network of burgeoning optometric all-stars.


Bridgitte Shen LeeDr. Bridgitte Shen Lee, Optometrist and Medical Adviser to The Vision Council

Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Texas in Austin and her Doctor of Optometry magna cum laude degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry. She is the co-founder of Vision Optique, a private optometric practice founded in 1999 which is regarded as one of the premier high-end optical and advanced contact lens practices in Houston. Dr. Shen Lee is passionate about helping people see better and live better lives, and inspiring other eye care professionals. She enjoys sharing the latest technology in contact lens, ophthalmic lenses, and ocular aesthetics through lecturing, product launches and Problem Based Learning presentations.