Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Mainos
It’s been an exciting year with a bit of travel, the addition of new family members, and starting to prepare for next phase in
our lives (retirement). [If you are reading this as a PDF, links should be live]
Dominick continues to be active in Optometry as a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of
Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute and at Lyons Family Eye Care (both in Chicago). This past year he had an opportunity to
present a poster (Maino D, SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME SEQUELAE IN THE ADULT) at the American Academy of Optometry
meeting in New Orleans. Dominick is also the Chair of the Poster Abstract Review Committee for the American
Optometric Association and a member of the AOA Executive Committee. This year’s AOA meeting was held in Seattle,
WA where he created and was the moderator of a symposium (Current Research that You Should Incorporate into Your Mode of
Practice Now) that was attended by more than 200 optometrists. He is also active in the College of Optometrists in Vision
Development and is a member of the Editor’s Advisory Board for COVD’s journal, Vision Development & Rehabilitation.
When he is working at Lyons Family Eye Care (LFEC), Dominick sees a wide variety of patients and uses special
computerized tools to assess attention (TOVA) and eye movement abilities (Visagraph). At LFEC he works with 3
awesome docs who were former students of his at ICO. And on Wed. when he’s there, one of those former students who
owns the office is now his boss!
Dominick has also been very active in the community and serves on the Filament Theatre’s Board of Directors as its
secretary. The Filament Theatre is a professional theater company whose productions include family friendly programing,
house concerts and more! He has also worked on the political campaign to re-elect Alderman John Arena and is
continuing to be amazed and astounded by the democratic process in Chicago! (Ask him to tell you about Chicago
Earlier in the year, Dominick was the photographer at his brother’s wedding in Hawaii and this past Oct. he had an
opportunity to visit his brother and his new wife Gail in Reno, NV (They actually live in a small city about 30 miles from
Reno called Fernley). They had a great time together taking a gun safety and shooting course (they shot 9mm Glock
pistols) and going to see River Dance, and attending a party where the hosts featured their very own wine from their
vineyard. These folks also had a magnificent wine cellar in their house!! Joseph and Dominick also had a chance to make
some beautiful images at Pyramid Lake which is on the Paiute Indian reservation. Joseph was also recently blessed with
his very first grandchild!
Sylvia takes care of her mother who has Alzheimer’s 4 days a week and still works at Lurie Children’s Hospital of
Chicago. When she does manage to have a bit of free time she is active as the chair of the art and environment
committee at St. Bartholomew Church and sings in the church choir. We try to make good use of our limited time together
and frequently go to live theater shows at the Filament Theatre, the Gift Theater and several other theaters in the
Chicago area. We also go to the Mystick Krewe of Laff’s Mardi Gras celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center and
hanging out with our BFFs, Charles & Karen Grant while going out to comedy clubs, the movies and sometimes just
stayin’ home practicing the art of mutual communication. This summer we are planning an Alaskan cruise!
Dominic, Edie and our grandchildren (Dominic and Vincenzo) are all doing well. Dominic is now 9 and in 4th grade. He is
a non-stop reader who want gift cards to Barnes and Nobel for Christmas. Vinny is 3 years of age, a non-stop ball of
energy who at times is a bit mischievous. His smile will always melt your heart though and you cannot stay upset with him
Christina Marie is working with children with disabilities at the UIC Nobel Charter School, still dating “Ryan, the tech
wizard”, and is about to start a MEd program at UIC. In fact, my family will soon be at the top of the “really smart people
list” with Dominic getting his MBA, Edie her RN and Christina her MEd!!!!
Sylvia and Dominick are also in the process of thinking about retiring fairly soon. For Dominick (who still really likes what
he does) that means within the next couple of years. Sylvia would like to begin her retirement a bit sooner than that
however! Well, that’s all the news for now.
We wish you a most Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!!
Cowboy Joe and Dominick in
Silver City, NV
Dominick had his
portrait done by
His portrait was
featured in an
exhibition at ICO.
Dominick directing the ICO Graduate,
Alumni & Faulty Choir at the U of C
Grants and Mainos
Mystick Krewe Mardi Gras
Alderman John Arena, the Soup Nazi,
At an Arena fund raiser!