OANJ News

New Year, new OANJ Board

OANJ welcomes Michael Harcarik and Maryann Macchiaverna as its newest board members. Harcarik is with Pearl Vision in Bridgewater. Macchiaverna is an optician with Costco in Flemington. OANJ thanks the outgoing board members, Sam Morgenstern, Norm Schleiffer and Susan Valenza for their service through the years. The current make up of the OANJ is as follows:

OANJ Officers
President - Danielle Vigilotti
Vice President - Alan Rosenberg
2nd Vice President - Paul Di Giovanni
Secretary/Treasurer - Todd Rupell

Board of Directors
Peter Geotz
Joseph Grodman
Michael Harcarik
Leonel Lee
Maryann Macchiaverna
Brian Thomas 

OANJ Continues to Advocate for Opticians/Students

Board Members Leonel Lee and Maryann Macchiaverna continue to attend the monthly meetings of the NJ State DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS - BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF OPHTHALMIC DISPENSERS AND OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIANS to monitor issues impacting licensure and represent the interests of opticians and students in training. Their work was a focal point of a panel discussion held at OANJ's fall events and have led to a surge in membership.

A primary issue of concern was the delay in administering the licensing exam this past fall. Lee has advised that those who were scheduled to take the exam in October should prepare to take the exam in February. All are encouraged to follow the OANJ Facebook page for frequent updates.

Save the date!

The next OANJ Continuing Education event is set for Sunday, May 17 at the RWJ Conference Center in Mercerville. Mark your calendars and watch the OANJ website and Facebook page for more details as they become available.  

Thanks for your renewal, and your patience! 

OANJ Membership is climbing again and it comes at a great time as more voices are needed to promote OANJ's advocacy goals that protect practice and a professional pay scale for licensed opticians. Our renewal system has worked well, but some renewing and new members experienced a 'glitch' caused by the timing of their payments. The issue is resolved and those impacted were notified. If we missed anyone and your invoice indicates a December 2019 expiration date, please know that your record has the correct date and your membership is current through December 31, 2020. If you need a corrected invoice, please contact the OANJ Office at 609-695-0030. We regret any inconvenience and appreciate your support and patience. 

If you still have yet to renew -please do so as soon as possible. You can easily renew online by logging into the OANJ website or contacting the office. Renew today and encourage your colleagues to do so as well. We need every voice in these challenging times. 

Welcome Coburn Technologies!               

Coburn Technologies, Inc. has become OANJ's newest Corporate Partner. Coburn Technologies, Inc. is a leading, global provider of computer-integrated ophthalmic lens processing systems and ophthalmic instruments. They design, manufacture, and service software, equipment and supplies used in all aspects of surfacing prescriptions in lens blanks, coating and finishing lenses to fit into patient frames. Coburn Technologies, Inc. also provides a broad range of diagnostics, refraction and retinal imaging equipment for a more complete solution to the eye care professional.

To learn more, visit https://www.coburntechnologies.com/