VOSH Pennsylvania

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity - Pennsylvania Chapter

Village outside of Cap Haitian, Haiti

The VOSH PA Board

Mark Rakoczy, O.D.
Mark Rakoczy attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown before graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1981 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. He received the Academic Achievement Award and the Clinical Excellence Award while at PCO. Upon graduation, he practiced in the US Army for three years then went into private solo practice in Everett, PA in 1984.  Dr. Rakoczy has been a member of the Everett Lions Club for 25 years and has been President, Secretary and Treasurer of his club. He also received the Melvin Jones Fellowship for recognition of humanitarian work, sponsored by his club. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Southcentral Blind Association for over 20 years.
Dr. Rakoczy is married to his wife Pam and has three children, Stephanie, Adam and Alex. He enjoys traveling, fishing and running.  He has been to Haiti five times on eyecare missions, four of them with his daughter.

Diane Wilson, O.D.


Diane Wilson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rockhurst University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1984. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1988. Dr. Wilson also completed a residency with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Louis from 1988-89.  She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Missouri Optometric Association, and the Arnold Rotary Club. One of her special interests includes leading  mission trips to Haiti once or twice a year to provide eyecare to the material poor.  Dr. Wilson is an Arnold native and St. Pius X graduate. She attends Immaculate Conception Church and resides in Barnhart with her husband, Mitch, and three children, Jon, Caroline and Susana.  Her son Jon has joined her on three eye missions and is planning to be an optometrist.

Kelly Murphy


Kelly Murphy received her CMA and degree in Biological Sciences.  For twelve years she has worked as an optometric office manager in Norristown.  She has been active in the Shaken Baby Alliance and been a guest speaker for numerous child abuse prevention groups.  She resides in Pottsgrove with her spouse, Jason, and her four children, Madison, Sammie, Noah, and Nora.

David McPhillips, O.D.

Board Member

David McPhillips graduated from PA college of optometry in 1985.  He completed his hospital based residency at Hershey Medical Center and Lebanon VA Medical Center.  Since 1994, David McPhillips has worked as an optometrist in his private practice in Horsham, PA.  Before entering private practice, Dr.McPhillips was on staff at Wills Eye Hospital where he specialized in pediatrics, contact lenses, and low vision.  He was also the director of Greater Atlantic Health Plan HMO for eight years.  His accomplishments include Optometrist of the Year in PA in 2000 and four time Optometrist of the Year in Philadelphia County.  Dr. McPhillips was president of Pennsylvania Optometric Association in 2000, Philadelphia County Optometric Society, and Horsham Rotary Club and is the current President elect of Fellow of American Academy of Optometry as well as the Orthokeratology Academy of America.  He is an active board member of the Horsham Rotary, Hatboro Horsham Education Foundation, and the Horsham Chamber of Commerce. He is the current President of VOSH International and is a cofounder of the VOSH PA and VOSH Delaware Valley chapters.  Specialties include pediatrics, low vision and orthokeratology.  Dr. McPhillips resides in Horsham with his wife Joann and their two children, Matt and Nicole.  He enjoys spending time with his children and attending Philadelphia Phillies games.

Stephanie Rakoczy-Schetrompf
Board Member
Stephanie Rakoczy is a licensed clinical social worker for the state of Pennsylvania who received her Bachelor's of Social Work from Slippery Rock University and her Master's Degree in Social Work from Temple University.  She was employeed for six years investigating child abuse and neglect, has provided outpatient and urgent mental health therapy and is currently working with military veterans.
She currently resides in Everett, Pennsylvania and has traveled with VOSH for the last three years to Haiti.  She has provided testimony at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa, published an article in The New Social Worker and is a member of NASW.  She is very passionate about her work and considers her trips to Haiti as International Social Work.  She would love to expand her work in Haiti to eye care and social work. 
During her trips to Haiti, she frequently uses the tonometer to test patients for glaucoma and has dispensed glasses and completed visual acuities.  She is also a current liason in creating International Adoptions for orphaned children in Haiti and was inducted as the first female Lions Club Member for her branch in 2013. Stephanie does outreach on behalf of VOSH-PA.

Marcha M. Polection, O.D.

Haitian Liaison

Marcha Polection graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 1995 . She received her Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College Optometry in 2000. Dr. Polection is a board certified Optometrist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is currently in private practice in both states. Dr. Polection has been traveling to Haiti with VOSH PA since 2007. She is an active member of the Haitian Community in Philadelphia. Dr. Polection was awarded by the Haitian Community Help Center in Philadelphia, PA for her VOSH PA services to Haiti in 2009. She serves as a liaison to VOSH PA and the Haitian Community. Dr. Polection resides in Abington, PA with her family.

Barbara W. Brown, O.D., FAAO                       

Board Member

Barb Brown graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics in 1984. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1988.  She is a member of the American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry.  Dr. Brown is a St. Louis native and has retired from the position of Director of Admissions at the UMSL College of Optometry in 2012, and still remains in private practice in St. Charles, MO part time.  Her special passion is bicycling about 50 miles per week.  She attends and is very active in her church, Emerson Chapel in Ellisville, MO.

Marianne Banales, O.D.

Board Member

Marianne attended undergraduate school in California at UCLA and then went on to the Southern California College of Optometry. She graduated there first with a B.S. in Visual Science in 1992 and then with a doctor of optometry degree in 1993. She was a member of the National Optometric Student Association all 4 years and served as Secretary of the school's Student Association for 3 years.

Marianne practiced as the optometrist for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union before opening her own private practice. She was also the Optometrist serving the California Youth Authority. She was a member of the Tri County Optometric Society and enjoyed volunteering her time performing vision screenings at elementary schools. She sold her private practice to move to Florida for a relocation of her husband's job.

She then took time off from optometry to raise her four children. Marianne has served on three mission trips to Haiti and is looking forward to another trip soon. She enjoys spending time with her family, paddle boarding, exercising and spending time outdoors.