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NASHO Elects Davis Vision and Wellspring Autism Network to Board of Directors.

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO), today announced two new members to the association, Davis Vision and Wellspring Autism Network.

Steve Holden, President of Davis Vision has joined the NASHO Board of Directors as a new director. Davis Vision is one of the nation's leading managed vision care companies with roots in the optical industry that date back nearly 100 years. 45 years ago, Davis Vision became one of the nation's first managed vision programs, and it has been providing comprehensive vision benefits ever since. Today, over 55 million members from thousands of clients in all industries, trades and professions - including managed care organizations, municipalities, Fortune 500 companies, labor organizations and local, state and federal government employees - enjoy the benefits of a Davis Vision plan. Holden is a 33-year veteran of the health care industry. Prior to joining Davis Vision, he served as the president of Cole Managed Vision until it was acquired by Luxottica (EyeMed).

Also joining as a director representing Wellspring Autism Network, is William L. Young, Vice President of Network Development. Wellspring was created in response to the growing need for effective autism treatments for children with autism-spectrum disorders, behavior disorders and developmental disabilities. The organization's specialty is using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques for helping treat autism in toddlers and children with autism. Wellspring's mission is to build the nation's first network of independent providers specializing in Autism treatment. Mr. Young will spearhead the newly formed Network Development Division that will serve as a platform for national expansion in the treatment of Autism.

"We are pleased to welcome two new members to NASHO," said NASHO Executive Director Julian Roberts. "Our diverse membership reflects the need of specialty health organizations to have a forum for discussing and addressing common interests. Ancillary and specialty health is a growing area, and our members are making important contributions to overall health and wellness of the population. We look forward to the contributions of Davis Vision and Wellspring Autism Network in our discussions of continuously adding value for consumers and customers."


NASHO members provide dental, vision, hearing, chiropractic, radiology, behavioral health, pharmacy benefits and other ancillary services. NASHO was launched in January 2003 as a subsidiary association of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO) ( to advance and evolve specialty healthcare delivery in the United States. Its mission is to enhance and promote the value proposition of specialty health organizations. To learn more about NASHO, visit
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