Gengenbach inducted as president of Nebraska Optometric Association
After serving as president-elect for one year, Eric Gengenbach of Grant was inducted as the 2019 president of the Nebraska Optometric Association during their fall convention in Kearney.
Gengenbach and his wife, Tori, own First Insight Eyecare with locations in Grant, Imperial, Ogallala and North Platte.
Jamie Picquet of Grant was inducted as the 2019 president of the Nebraska Paraoptometric Board at the convention. She has been with First Insight Eyecare for four years.
Both Gengenbach and Picquet will begin their terms in January.
The Nebraska Optometric Association (NOA) has around 300 members out of over 400 optometrists in the state.
Gengenbach said the organization fights for the profession, staying actively involved with the state legislature. Recruitment and retainment of members is a big platform, as there is a downward trend in civic organizations in society.
Dues go toward their website, continuing education, spring and fall convention, legislative efforts and other benefits.
“It’s a time commitment. We try to stay on top of what other states are doing,” he said.
Being a subset of the American Optemetric Association, this last year as president-elect has kept him busy, taking him to Tampa, Florida, Denver and St. Louis. He’s scheduled for San Diego this January.
The Gengenbachs have four daughters: Olivia, 8, Bella, 6, Abigail, 4, and Eden, 1.