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Appointments made to Board of Optometry

Friday, July 6, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Dr. John Kaminski, of Midland, Paul McNamara, of St. Johns, Dr. Nancy Peterson-Klein, of Mecosta, and Dr. Carl Powers, of Petoskey, to the Michigan Board of Optometry.

The nine-member board oversees the licensure requirements and standards for Michigan's more than 1,600 optometrists.

"These individuals bring decades of valuable and pertinent experience and I am pleased to appoint them to the Michigan Board of Optometry," said Snyder. 

Kaminski is an optometrist for Mid-Michigan Eye Care in Midland, where he specializes in gerontology and low vision rehabilitation. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Central Michigan University's physician assistant program. Previously, Kaminski worked as an optometrist for Central Eye Consultants in Mount Pleasant and served as a sergeant in the U. S. Army for three years. He holds a bachelor's degree in applied biology from Ferris State University, a specialization in aging from Ohio State University's Department of Gerontology, a doctorate of optometry from Ohio State University and a low vision specialization from the Michigan Optometric Association. Kaminski will represent optometrists and replaces Dr. Peter Agnone.

McNamara is retired from service as president and chief executive officer of Clinton Memorial Hospital in St. Johns and as director of network services at Sparrow Health System. Previously, he served two terms as a Clinton County Commissioner. McNamara is a past regent and member for Central Michigan for the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the St. Johns Rotary Club. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Ambrose University in Iowa and a master's degree in management from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. McNamara will represent the general public and replaces Harvey Curley.

Peterson-Klein serves as the associate dean emeritus of academic and student affairs for Ferris State University's Michigan College of Optometry. Throughout her career, she held many positions at the Michigan College of Optometry, including acting dean, associate dean, director of external rotations, director of affiliated residency programs and professor of optometry, in which she provided clinical supervision of contact lens services and adult, pediatric and primary patient care. Peterson-Klein received a bachelor's degree in physiological optics and a doctorate of optometry, both from Ohio State University. She will represent optometrists and replaces Dr. David McClintic.

Powers is president of Carl F. Powers OD PLLC in Petoskey and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Michigan Optometric Association and holds a doctorate of optometry from Ferris State University. Powers will represent optometrists and replaces Dr. Donald Lakin.

Kaminski, Peterson-Klein and Powers will serve four-year terms that expire June 30, 2016. McNamara will serve the remainder of a four-year term that expires June 30, 2015. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.