Mr. Gaynor was named President and CEO in January 2008. He joined LightPath in July 2006 as Corporate Vice President Operations. Mr. Gaynor is a mechanical engineer with over 25 years business and manufacturing experience in volume component manufacturing in electronics and optics industries. Prior to joining LightPath, Mr. Gaynor was Director of Operations and Manufacturing for Puradyn Filter Technologies. Previous to that he was Vice President of Operations and General Manager for JDS Uniphase Corporation’s Transmission Systems Division. He has also held executive positions with Spectrum Control, Rockwell International, and Corning Glass Works. His experience includes various engineering, manufacturing and management positions in specialty glass, electronics, telecommunications components and mechanical assembly operations. His global business experience encompasses strategic planning, budgets, capital investment, employee development, cost reduction, acquisitions and business start-up and turnaround success. Mr. Gaynor holds a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has worked in manufacturing industries since 1976.
Vice President and Executive Director of Compliance, Treasury and Tax
Dorothy Cipolla has been Vice President & Executive Director of Compliance, Treasury & Tax since June 2018. Prior she was Chief Financial Officer, since February 2006. She is Secretary and Treasurer of LightPath. Ms. Cipolla has over 30 years’ experience and served as a CFO for both public and private companies. Prior to joining LightPath Ms. Cipolla was engaged as CFO for LaserSight Inc a manufacturer of Laser eye surgery equipment from March 2004 through February 2006. Ms. Cipolla served in various accounting, finance and business positions with LaserSight Inc., Alliant Energy Corporation, Goliath Networks, Inc, Network Six, Inc. as well as various roles within The Kendall Company (Colgate Palmolive) and Ernst & Young. Ms. Cipolla is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Al Symmons has been a valued part of LightPath’s leadership team for the past eight years. During this time, Alan is credited with making significant corporate-wide improvements, including the organization and management of a technical staff; implementation of LightFast, a quick turnaround of product quotes and production of custom designs; and the development of new lens products that included low cost lenses, blue lenses and many custom designs. Al holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from the University of Arizona and has completed significant course work in Optical Sciences.
Donald Retreage, Jr
Chief Financial Officer
Donald Retreage, Jr. is a corporate leader with vast experience of nearly 25 years in international finance and accounting, a financial management expert with a proven track record of accelerating revenue growth, and adept at strategic decision-making resulting directly in maximized workforce productivity and business profitability. He brings to LightPath a multi-faceted skillset that effectively aligns strategic initiatives with corporate targets across revenue generation, cost controls, financial reporting, staff development, employee engagement, and public company valuation metrics. Mr. Retreage comes to LightPath from Houser Logistics, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President. After graduating from the University of Louisiana of Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting & Finance, he spent the majority of his career in increasingly progressive financial and operational roles for multinational corporations, including Seaboard Corporation and Sodexho/Universal Ogden Services.
Board of Directors
Robert Ripp has served as Chairman of LightPath since November 1999. During portions of fiscal years 2002 and 2003 he also served as the Company’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ripp was Chairman and CEO of AMP Incorporated from August 1998 until April 1999, when AMP was sold to TYCO International Ltd. Mr. Ripp held various executive positions at AMP from 1994 to August 1999. Mr. Ripp previously spent 29 years with IBM of Armonk, NY. He held positions in all aspects of operations within IBM culminating in the last four years as Vice President and Treasurer and he retired from IBM in 1993. Mr. Ripp graduated from Iona College and received a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. Mr. Ripp is currently on the board of directors of Ace, Ltd., Axiall Corporation and PPG Industries, all of which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Ripp also serves on the Company’s Compensation, Nominating and Finance Committees.
Dr. Steve Brueck has served as a Director of LightPath since July 2001. He is a Distinguished Professor, Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he joined in 1985. He retired in 2014; he remains active as a University of New Mexico Research Professor. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Doctorate of Science in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Brueck is a fellow of the OSA, the IEEE and the AAAS. Dr. Brueck serves on the Company’s Audit Committee.
Mr. Faris has served as a director of the Company since December 2011. Mr. Faris is an experienced entrepreneur with almost two decades of operating, venture-financing and commercialization experience, involving more than 20 start-up and emerging-growth technology companies. In June 2013, Mr. Faris founded Aerosonix, Inc. (formerly MicroVapor Devices, LLC), a privately held developer and manufacturer of advanced medical devices, and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Faris also founded the Astralis Group, a strategy advisor that provides consulting to start-up companies, in 2002 and, since 2004, Mr. Faris serves as its Chief Executive Officer. In June 2007, Mr. Faris founded Planar Energy, a company that developed transformational ceramic solid state battery technology and products, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until June 2012. Planar Energy is a spin-out of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. From October 2004 to June 2007, Mr. Faris was a partner with Corporate IP Ventures (formerly known as MetaTech Ventures), an early stage venture fund specializing in defense technologies. Mr. Faris also previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Waveguide Solutions, a developer of planar optical light wave circuit and micro system products, and as a director and Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Optics, Inc., a precision-optical-component and fiber-optic-instrument spin-out of the University of South Florida. Mr. Faris was also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Corporation, a technology accelerator, served as a director of the Florida Seed Capital Fund and Technology Commercialization at the Center for Microelectronics Research, and the chairman of the Metro Orlando EDC. Mr. Farris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Penn State University in 1988. Mr. Faris is currently on the board of directors of MicroVapor Devices, LLC, Spectra Health, Inc., and Open Photonics, Inc., all of which are private companies. Mr. Faris also serves in the Company’s Audit, Nominating and Finance committees.
Mr. Khan has served as one of our directors since February 2005. From September 2015, he serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ViSX Systems Inc., a pioneer and leader in media processing semiconductor solutions for video over IP streaming solutions. From May 2013 to July 2014, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lilliputian Systems, a developer of portable power products for consumer electronics. Since August 2011 has served as the managing partner of K5 Innovations, a technology consulting venture. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of SiGe Semiconductor (“SiGe”), a leader in silicon based radio frequency front-end solutions from April 2007 until it was acquired by Skyworks Solutions Inc. in June 2011. Prior to SiGe, Mr. Khan was Entrepreneur in Residence and Operating Partner of Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital group focused on technology investments. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Khan served on the board of directors for Gainspan Corporation. Mr. Khan received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan. Additionally, he received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Khan is currently on the board of directors of Intersil Corporation, which is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
Louis Leeburg has served as a Director of LightPath since May 1996. Mr. Leeburg is a self-employed business consultant. From 1988 until 1993 he was the Vice President for Finance of The Fetzer Institute, Inc. From 1980 to 1988 he was in financial positions with different organizations with an emphasis in investment management. Mr. Leeburg was an audit manager for Price Waterhouse & Co. until 1980. Mr. Leeburg received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University. He is a member of Financial Foundation Officers Group and the treasurer and trustee for the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust Fund and The Institute for Noetic Sciences. Mr. Leeburg also serves on the Company's Audit and Compensation Committees.
Mr. Dunham previously served as a consultant to the Board beginning in May 2014 until his appointment to the Board in April 2016. Since March 2015, he has been an Operating Partner with a merger and acquisition advisory firm as well as doing business consulting. From May 2011 until March 2015, Mr. Dunham served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Applied Pulsed Power Inc., a pulsed power components and systems company near Ithaca, New York. From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Dunham was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Dynasil Corporation (NASDAQ: DYSL). He continues to be a Director at Dynasil and is a member of their audit committee. Prior to joining Dynasil, Mr. Dunham spent approximately one year partnering with a private equity group to pursue acquisitions of mid-market manufacturing companies. From 2000 to 2003, he was Vice President/General Manager of the Tubular Division at Kimble Glass Corporation. From 1979 to 2000, he held progressively increasing leadership responsibilities at Corning Incorporated (“Corning”) in manufacturing, engineering, commercial, and general management positions. At Corning, Mr. Dunham delivered results in various glass and ceramics businesses including optics and photonics businesses. Mr. Dunham earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Dunham’s expertise in executive leadership, financial, operations and management, business acumen, optics/photonics market knowledge, and knowledge of the acquisitions process, qualifies him for service as one of our directors.
Mr. Joseph Menaker, Ph.D. co-founded ISP Optics Corporation and served as its President until its sale to LightPath in December 2016. Since the acquisition, he has served in a consultative capacity to LightPath. He is also involved in the Latvia-based UAV Factory, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Menaker holds advanced degrees in Economics, earning a Ph.D. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics from the Leningrad Finance and Economics Institute and an MS in Economics from Latvian State University. As a result of his role as a consultant to LightPath during the integration of ISP Optics Corporations following the acquisition, and certain payments made to him in such role, as well as sums paid to him in connection with the acquisition, the Board determined that Dr. Menaker is a non-independent director under the applicable NASDAQ Listing Rules.