Board Members


Listed below are the current 2019-2020 APOMA board members. Most members are elected for two-year terms and are chosen by their peers to represent the APOMA organization.

Mike Mandina


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.

Kirk Warden


Kirk Warden is the 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.

Lee Steneken


Lee Steneken is President of Esco Optics in Oak Ridge, NJ. Lee grew up in the family business and developed a passion for optics, working in the fabrication shop early on. He has worked hard to refine the business from the ground up. His best achievements come when employees and customers succeed together. Lee loves a challenge and thrives when pushing boundaries in optics.

Walt Czajkowski


Walt Czajkowski is the former 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


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.

David Mohring


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.

Justin Mahanna

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.

Chris Ghio


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.

Alexis Vogt


Alexis Vogt, PhD is Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Vogt was appointed to her role at MCC in September 2015 to strengthen and grow the optics and photonics program – the nation’s oldest two-year degree program for training technicians to work in the optics and photonics industry. Dr. Vogt received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics where her research focused on polarization engineering, coherence theory, and microscopy. Prior to joining MCC, Dr. Vogt was the Applications & Business Development Manager at Melles Griot and previous to that, designed contact lenses and intraocular lenses for Bausch + Lomb.