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.
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.
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.
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.
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.