Executive Team Bios
Lorna Taylor, President and CEO of Premier Eye Care
Lorna Taylor is the President and CEO of Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in national managed eye care that provides services and administration of everything from routine vision exams to complex ocular surgical procedures.
Taylor is an accomplished leader, both in directing Florida-based Premier and in making an impact in the community. Premier, ranked as one of “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For” for seven consecutive years — #1 in mid-sized companies in 2019 — has also been ranked repeatedly as one of the state’s fastest-growing companies by the Florida Business Journals.
Premier manages full-risk medical and routine ophthalmic care for over 4 million people and is recognized for industry-leading technology-based solutions and a successful corporate culture. Taylor promotes associate engagement through an organizational model that encourages innovation and self-direction to team members, half of whom are millennials.
Taylor and her leadership team embrace a culture where the triple bottom line, “people, planet, profit,” is part of the corporate DNA. Her team is purposeful in hiring and promoting practices. Premier believes that the more diverse the team at all levels of the organization – from entry to senior leadership – the stronger the team. Premier also practices pay equity across the company, including gender, age and ethnicity. This requires an intentional focus with continual review and adjustments. Reflecting the success of this approach, Premier has high associate loyalty and engagement with only a 2% turnover rate, significantly lower than the 22% industry average, and has been ranked nationally as one of the 75 Best Places to Work for Millennials by the Center for Generational Kinetics.
Taylor received Angie’s Award for exemplifying a commitment to community service, as well as was awarded the Health & Wellness category of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year awards. Among her other awards: Supporter of the Year, Faces of Philanthropy by the Florida Museum of Photographic Art; Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; the Light of Sight Award from the Lion’s Eye Institute Foundation, and the Sustainability Leadership Award from the Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay. Also, she was named as an entrepreneur of the year by the Business Observer and received the Tampa Bay Ethics Award from the University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics; the International Women’s Day Leadership Award from Working Women of Tampa Bay; the Mildred M. Baynard Founder’s Award presented by Preserve Vision Florida; the 2019 Patron of the Arts IMPACT Award by Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts; Academy Preparatory’s 2020 Fabulous Five; and the Pinellas County Urban League’s 2020 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Leadership Award.
Personally, Taylor is involved in a wide variety of community and nonprofit causes. She has board positions with The Dalí Museum, Preserve Vision Florida, University of Tampa Board of Trustees, The Athena Society, Arts Conservatory for Teens, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, and The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg.
She has also been involved at the board level in the International Green Belt Movement for many years. Led by founder and Noble Laureate, Wangari Maathai, the group built a coalition of women in Kenya, paying for every tree seedling they planted. From this initiative, the women started businesses and improved conditions in their communities. Since 1977, the movement has planted over 50 million trees, and the effort has had a profound impact on making steps toward environmental sustainability, eradicating poverty and empowering women.
Taylor is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in divinity, concentrating in social ethics. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she enjoys her two rescue pups, travel, art, and the vibrant cultural life of the Tampa Bay area. Reflecting her approach to work and community, Florida Trend named her as one of St. Petersburg’s movers and shakers, and she was named by Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper as one of the 10 most intriguing people of Tampa Bay.
Michael Hecht, O.D., Chief Medical Officer
Michael A. Hecht, O.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Premier Eye Care, a leading third party administrator of eye care benefits for health plans. For more than 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their members receive high-quality, cost-effective care.
Dr. Hecht began his career with Premier Eye Care in 1993. After graduating from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Biology in 1976, he entered the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he earned a degree in Visual Sciences in 1977 and Doctor of Optometry in 1980. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Hecht returned to Florida to practice within a large multi-specialty ophthalmology practice in Palm Beach County. At that time, Dr. Hecht was the first optometrist in Palm Beach County to practice together with ophthalmologists.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Hecht’s efforts resulted in an integration of primary care optometry and general ophthalmology, fostering an environment of cooperation and communication between the two eye care professions in South Florida. Well recognized for his expertise in developing ophthalmic provider networks and in the clinical aspects of ophthalmic practices, he was invited to join and assist in the establishment of Premier Eye Care.
In addition to his role as Chief Medical Officer of Premier Eye Care, Dr. Hecht was a member of the Palm Beach County Optometric Society and served as President from 1986-1987. He was also the Chairman of the Palm Beach Winter Seminar, serving from 1990-1999.
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Hecht resides in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife. He and his wife have two children; a married daughter who lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two sons, and a married son who also lives in Palm Beach Gardens and is an attorney in West Palm Beach. In his free time, Dr. Hecht enjoys his family time, gardening, jogging and spending as much time as possible with his wife and family traveling to Maine.
Jason Panos, Chief Operating Officer
Jason Panos is the Chief Operating Officer of Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care – providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high-quality, cost-effective care.
Panos began his career with Premier Eye Care in 1997. After graduating from Lynn University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1995, he continued on to Florida Atlantic University. He graduated from FAU in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on management information systems.
Panos specializes in HealthCare Operations Technology. As data needs continue to grow and healthcare systems become ever more complex, he has developed systems that allow enormous amounts of data to be accessed, yet are simple enough that Premier can use and apply this data to everyday operation needs.
This integration of technology, healthcare and business helps keep the Premier Eye Care team ahead of the curve by leveraging health care data in the most effective manner possible.
In addition to his role as COO of Premier Eye Care, Panos was a tenured professor at Broward College for 8 years. His expertise centers on computer networking systems with a focus on Microsoft and Cisco systems. Panos’ certifications have included Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Cisco Certified Networking Associate and Cisco Certified Academic Instructor.
Originally from Michigan, Panos now resides in South Florida with his wife, two daughters and one son. In his free time, he enjoys his family, traveling, and participating in triathlons.
C. Haas Gómez, Vice President of Network Management
C. Haas Gómez is Vice President of Business Development for Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care – providing services and administration of everything from Routine Vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. Since 1994, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.
Shari Basye, Vice President of Operations
Shari Basye is the Vice President of Operations of Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care – providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high-quality, cost-effective care.
Anna Pinera, Vice President of National Network Management
Anna Pinera is the Vice President of National Network Management for Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.
Afrouz Motedaeiny, OD, Medical Director
Afrouz Motedaeiny, O.D. is the Medical Director of Premier Eye Care, a leading third party administrator of eye care benefit for health plans. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.
Moira Burke, M.D., Medical Director
Moira Burke, M.D. is a Medical Director for Premier for Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. Dr. Burke provides clinical guidance, supervision, oversight and evaluation for the company’s Utilization Management and Credentialing programs. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while ensuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.