Rose Gerber, ABO, CPO and Business Manager
Rose has been with Fairbury Vision Center for 19 years, serving in a variety of positions. She is quite skilled with computers and has extensive experience dealing with both vision and medical insurance plans. She is both a Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) and American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified. Rose is always willing to go the extra mile to help our patients with their insurance needs. A Fairbury native, she is active in the Fairbury Baptist Church and enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, John, and spending time with their 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Janet Millis, ABO, CPOT, and Patient Care Manager
Janet joined Fairbury Vision Center in 2011 after working for over 15 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has embraced her optometric career enthusiastically and enjoys assisting patients with their visual needs. Janet completed her Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT) training in 2015, which is the highest level of technician certification. She also holds certificates of completion from the Essilor Quick Start Optician Program and the Apollo program, as well as completing numerous Medicare billing training sessions. Janet volunteers her time on the American Optometric Association’s Paraoptometric Certification Commission. She was selected from a group of paraoptometrics across the nation as Paraoptometric of the Year by the American Optometric Association in 2020. Janet enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and their 4 children.
Gina Maurer, CPOA
Joining our staff in 2015, Gina has proven to be an invaluable member of our team. Gina is easy to get along with and has a great attitude. She has completed training as a Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) and Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA). Gina enjoys working with patients, developing friendships with coworkers, and learning new skills. She does a wonderful job in her duties at the front desk and as a technician. Gina is married to Jason. They have three boys, a girl, and two cats. She keeps busy with her kids’ activities of sports, band, and chorus.
Sara Walgora, Optician
Sara joined Fairbury Vision Center in 2019 and has become an outstanding optician. She is kind, caring, and willing to help patients and coworkers whenever needed. She enjoys helping patients choose frames and lenses and loves the confidence they show in their choices. She is currently studying for the exam to become a Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) through the American Optometric Association. Outside of work Sara enjoys spending time with her children – three girls and one boy, fishing, and motorcycle trips with her boyfriend Patrick. In addition to being a busy mom, Sara is also active in fundraising for OSF Children’s Hospital in Peoria.
Kenni Dechene, Optician/Technician
We were fortunate to find Kenni when she moved back to the area in 2020 after working in eye care for several years. Kenni is an experienced optician and optometric
technician, so she helps patients choose frames and lenses and gets patients ready to see the doctor. Kenni is knowledgeable, friendly, and caring and enjoys both her coworkers and patients alike. She is currently preparing for the examination to become a Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) through the American Optometric Association. Outside of work, Kenni enjoys spending time with her son, Flynn, and her nieces and nephew. She is also a reader, video gamer, hiker, and painter. Kenni is always happy to volunteer her time in the community when opportunities arise.
Bailey Younker, Receptionist
As our most recent team member, Bailey has impressed all of us with her positive manner and eagerness to learn. Before joining Fairbury Vision Center, Bailey was a certified nursing assistant and she enjoys rewarding relationships with patients as well as coworkers. She is very organized, helpful, and responsible, and is the friendly face you see first upon entering the office. Outside of work, Bailey enjoys going to the gym and taking walks with her husband Zane and their dog Arlo.