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Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Board of Optometry

Monday, July 14, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Kurt Tech, of Grosse Pointe Farms, and the reappointment of Gregory Patera, of Lake Odessa, to the Michigan Board of Optometry.

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

“I am confident that Kurt and Gregory will do great work on this board and I thank them for their willingness to serve,” Snyder said.

Tech is a middle-market commercial credit analyst for Talmer Bank and Trust. He served as a real estate credit analyst for Bank of Birmingham and a property analyst/leasing agent for Nu-Vest Associates. Tech is treasurer for the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church and a Money Week volunteer teacher. Tech earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Albion College. He will represent the general public and replaces Kays Zair.

Patera is an optometrist with Grand Rapids Ophthalmology. He serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Ionia-Montcalm County and the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Patera earned a degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. He will continue to represent optometrists.

Members serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.