Amy started her optical career in 1992 as an invoice clerk and worked her way into being a dispensing optician within 6 months. She became ABO certified in May 2000. She was a General Store Manager for a large optical chain for 13 years. Amy is now employed by an ophthalmology group in Saginaw Michigan. She was one of the first opticians in Michigan to receive the MBCO certification in 2010. She was elected to the Board of Directors for the OAM in March 2011.
A Letter from the President
"My name is Amy Beyer, and I am honored to be the President of the Opticians Association of Michigan.
What is an Optician? The definition of an Optician according to Webster’s is a person who makes or sells eyeglasses and, usually, contact lenses, for remedying defects of vision in accordance with the prescriptions of ophthalmologists and optometrists. A maker or seller of optical glass and instruments. The Opticians Association of America defines opticianry as a vision expert; a health care professional specially trained to supply, prepare and dispense optical appliances through interpretation of written prescriptions. An optician is an integral part of the vision care experience that adheres to exacting standards in order to enhance your vision. Think about which type of optician you are. Do you just make or sell eyeglasses? Or, are you a vision expert and health care professional?
As Opticianry moves forward through the 21st century, my goal is to move forward with it. The Opticians Association of Michigan wants to help Opticians move forward as well. You may be asking yourself, “How can I move forward in Opticianry?” You can move forward by educating yourself about all aspects of opticianry. You can become involved in your profession. You can become involved in the opticians association. Be passionate about what you do every day.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as the president of the Opticians Association of Michigan."
Amy Beyer ABOC, MBCO, HFOAA
Opticians Association of Michigan
Karen Jackowski sits on the Convention Committee and is our Student Mentor. After a 20 year career as a legal assistant, she was working part-time in a Wal-Mart pharmacy department when her boss sensed something was wrong and suggested an eye exam. After cataracts surgery she had an epiphany: “What a gift to give people - the gift of sight!” Karen attended Baker College graduating with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science. She was top in her class and in the country being identified as Vision Monday's 2013 Best in Class; placed 3rd in the National Opticianry College Jeopardy Bowl. Karen is both ABO and NCL Certified, licensed in Ohio with optical experience in retail, private practice and major medical as a dispensing optician and optical technician.
Gary started in the optical business in 1969 and became an OAM member in 1972. He has been a certified optician since 1974 and has served on the the OAM board in many capacities over the years including President (3 yrs), Vice President (2 yrs), and has served for the last 8 years as Treasurer. He has overseen the planning of the OAM Spring Convention for the last 43 years. He and his wife, Sandy, have 3 sons, Shane, Jason, and Matthew.
Judy graduated from the Opticianry program at Ferris State University and became ABO certified in the spring of 1975. She also holds the titles of FNAO and MBCO. Judy has worked full time as a dispensing Optician since. She is currently managing the Optical Shop for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. She has had the honor to represent our state along with other board members at the Opticians Association of Americas annual meeting and share our Michigan states mission statement at the national level. Judy is married to Rob Coles and they have 4 grown children.
Sue has worked in the optical industry since 1977. Her first 21 years she worked in Illinois and moved to Michigan in 1998. Since moving to Michigan, Sue has worked for a practice in Dowagiac . She joined the board of the Opticians Association of Michigan in 2006 and is currently serving as President. She also has been serving on the board of directors for the Opticians Association of America since 2012. Sue has been married to her husband Larry since 1965 and has three beautiful children and two awesome grandsons.
Ron has an associate degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing and a BA in Business both from Ferris State. He has been a certified optician for 29 years. He has worked in chain optical, private practice, optical laboratory, and has owned a practice for eleven years. Ron loves what he does and has brought his passion for Opticianry to the OAM in hopes he can help others who love the profession too.
James (Jamie) Brady, ABOC, M.Ed., is a graduate of Ferris State University. Jamie holds an AAS in Opticianry, a BS in Business Management and a M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education. Jamie has worked in the optical industry since 1981 and currently teaches ophthalmic optics to the optometry students at the Michigan College of Optometry at FSU. Jamie has recently completed research on the topic of quantifying the effects of aniseikonia and stereoacuity. Currently Jamie is researching surface reproducibility on digital progressive addition lenses.
My name is Megan Redman. I am an ABO Optician with Lenscrafters. I have had the pleasure of attending Leadership with OAM for the last two years.
I am graduating this semester with my degree in the applied science of Opticianry. I was in Vision web magazine in June for student of the year. I competed in the national quiz bowl.
I graduated from the Opticianry program in 1972 from Ferris State University. I have been on the Opticians Association of America Board for a number of years serving as Chair of the Guild of Prescription Optician and as representing Firm Members. I'm Looking forward to serving back on the Opticians association of Michigan board.