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Our corporate culture successfully nurtures an engaged, highly motivated group of associates. Premier believes that the more diverse the team at all levels of the organization — from entry to senior leadership — the stronger the team is overall.

For more than 25 years, we have offered customized services, innovative technologies, and expert solutions to our Health Plan partners, their members nationwide, and the highly-qualified providers in our network — from optometrists, to ophthalmologists and sub-specialists.

Recognitions include being named as one of Florida Trend magazine's "Best Companies to Work For" for eight consecutive years (2013-2017) and #1 mid-size company in both 2019 and 2020 — an accomplishment only a handful of companies have achieved since the program’s inception over a decade ago. Premier was also recognized as one of the 75 "Best Places to Work for Millennials" in the nation by the Center for Generational Kinetics.

Launched in the state of Florida, Premier Eye Care is headquartered in Tampa, with an operations center in Boca Raton, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii.


Best Company to Work For

Our Mission

Premier is a national managed eye care company founded on the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit. Embedded in our corporate DNA are the values of diversity, equity and inclusivity. This commitment is demonstrated in our internal policies, our business practices, our giving strategies, and how we use our corporate platform and voice. As a highly engaged and innovative team, we are evidence that the more diversity at the table, the stronger the team and delivery of unparalleled eye care services.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Lorna Taylor

Lorna Taylor

President and Chief Executive Officer,Chief Experience Officer

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Michael Hecht

Michael Hecht, O.D.

Chief Medical Officer

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Jason Panos

Jason Panos

Chief Operating Officer

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Shari Basye

Shari Basye

Chief Collaboration Officer

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Jeff Nowak

Jeff Nowak

Chief Solutions Officer

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Melaunda Hall

Melaunda Hall

Vice President of Plan Benefit Administration

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Afroux Motedaeiny

Afrouz Motedaeiny, O.D.

Medical Director

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Anna Pinera

Anna Pinera

Vice President of National Provider Network Operations

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Gene Wong, O.D.

Gene Wong, O.D., M.B.A.

Associate Medical Director

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C Haas Gomez

Carlos Gómez

Vice President of Florida Network Development

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Shetikee Ware

Shetikee Ware

Director of Quality Improvement & Delegation

Chris Watkinson

Chris Watkinson

Director Member & Provider Services

Crissia Corbitt

Crissia Corbitt

Director of HEDIS®

Duane Carter

Duane Carter

Director of IT Operations & EDI

Liz Reed

Liz Reed

Director of Network Management

Stacie Somlak

Stacie Somlak

Hawaii Market Director

Rob Connock

Rob Connock

Director of Databases

Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

Director of Medical Administrative Services

Jeanne Massengale

Jeanne Massengale

Director of Appeals

Iris Lushan

Iris Lushan

Director of Benefits & Payroll Administration

Dennis Poore

Dennis Poore

Director of IT Infrastructure

Lotane Wilson

Lotane Wilson

Director of Claims Processing

Jordan Wenzlick

Jordan Wenzlick

Director of Database Solutions & Reporting

Kerri Ross

Kerri Ross

Director of Credentialing

Michelle Curtis

Michelle Curtis

Director of Project Management

Sandra Victoria

Sandra Victoria

Director of Claims Support

John Lumley

John Lumley

Director of Facilities

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Committed to Community

As part of our commitment to the Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet, Profit -- our team is deeply involved in our community. Premier is not just where we work, it is where we share common values and a commitment to those inside and outside of our company. We approach this commitment with passion and purpose through volunteerism and philanthropy.

We support many organizations that are close to our hearts, including:

  • Preserve Vision Florida – offers vision education and free eye screenings to Florida’s underserved children and families
  • Arts Conservatory for Teens – offers arts education in Title I schools, creating a measurable impact on high school graduation rates and opportunities for college placement.
  • The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum – preserves and presents Black history to promote understanding, diversity, equity and social justice.
  • The Florida Holocaust Museum - dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life.

We are evidence that the more diverse the team, the stronger the company. We support organizations that share our values of diversity, inclusion and equity:

  • Equality Florida – we have signed the “Equality Means Business” pledge
  • NAACP – to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality oof rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination.
  • Urban League – nonpartisan historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality and social justice.
  • The Links, Inc. – organization of African American women devoted to strengthening African American communities through fund-raising, education, advocacy and volunteering.
  • United Negro College Fund – mission is increase the total annual number of African American college graduates through a three pillar strategy.

Arts and culture is good for business. An active arts and culture scene allows us to attract and retain the best and brightest to our company, so we support arts organizations including:

  • Studio@620 – to bring people from diverse cultural backgrounds together to experience artistic and educational programs in innovative ways.
  • The Dali Museum – serves as an active resource in the cultural life of our community and the world at large.
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Art – dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture.
  • Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts – uniting businesses who recognize the strategic value of championing and supporting arts and culture as vital economic drivers and essential contributors to quality of life.

Our associates regularly participate in fundraising and races for causes like:

  • Walkabout for Autism
  • Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk
  • SMART Ride – AIDS relief
  • Bike Ride for the Cure – raises funds and awareness for kids fighting cancer
  • Tunnel 2 Towers – raises funds for First Responders and commemorates 1st responders from 9/11
  • Loop the Lake Ride – helps promote childhood literacy

Our associates regularly celebrate, observe and volunteer:

  • Food Pantries
  • Toy Drives
  • No-kill Pet Shelters
  • Red Nose Day – raises awareness and funds to end worldwide child poverty
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Day
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Movember
  • Earth Day and World Peace Day
  • Hurricane relief through supplies, food preparation, and animal rescue

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