APOMA Board Members
Listed below are the current 2017-2018 APOMA board members. Most members are elected for two-year terms and are chosen by their peers to represent the APOMA organization.
Kirk Warden is the Executive Vice President at LaCroix Optical Co. Kirk has been with the company for over 10 years, during which he has served on the Optifab Steering Committee as well as working as a co-founder of the Arkansas Photonics Industry Alliance. Educational background includes a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Oklahoma City University.
Justin J. Mahanna is a vice president at Universal Photonics, a global manufacturer and distributor of optical surface preparation materials. With over 20 years of diverse polishing experience, Justin has been involved all aspects of the business from hands-on manufacturing to supporting the highest technology applications being performed by world leaders in optics.
Mike Mandina is President of Optimax and a master optician and entrepreneur. He started two precision optics manufacturing businesses, then joined Optimax in 1991. He serves the local community and global industry through roles in various organizations. Mike is involved in steering the MCC Optics Department Advisory Board Hiring Committee and the Rochester Regional Economic Council’s Photonics Work Group.
Walt Czajkowski is Vice President of Manufacturing for Edmund Optics. Walt is a past president of APOMA and has served as APOMA Treasurer for several years.
James Sydor is the president of Stefan Sydor Optics Inc. located in Rochester, NY. Jim has been an active member of APOMA for the last ten years and has been on the planning committee for Optifab and the APOMA workshops.
CORPORATE BOARD MEMBER DIRECTORS
David Mohring is the Metrology Program Manager for OptiPro Systems in Ontario, NY. He has a solid background in machine design and process development utilizing computer aided design and manufacturing software with a strong emphasis in precision optical fabrication. David is skilled in developing and implementing precision automated CNC manufacturing and inspection systems. He is also an adjunct teacher for the Monroe Community College CNC Optical Fabrication course.
Lee Steneken is President and part owner of Esco Optics. As a teenager, Lee began working in the fabrication shop of Esco Optics during summers and weekends, under the guidance of his father, Gary Steneken. In 2000, Lee received his degree in marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER DIRECTOR
Chris Ghio is the Director of Sales for Ohara Corporation, a supplier of optical glass, fused silica and IR materials. He has over 15 years experience in the optical glass, ceramic insulator, and glass-to-metal sealing industries. Educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering along with an MBA from SUNY Binghamton.
John Greivenkamp Professor of Optical Sciences and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Arizona.