Our Management Team

Meet Our Management Team

Our Management, Engineering and Manufacturing teams are passionate about delivering world-class medical optical solutions to our OEM partners. Our combined history gives us more than 100 years of experience in medical optics design, development and manufacturing including Class I, II and II device design.

Our team members have diverse backgrounds in both startup medical ventures as well as Fortune 100 Medical Device companies. As a leading medical optics solutions providers, we bring extensive knowledge of world class best practices on bringing innovative devices to market.

Robert Austring

Robert Austring, Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Austring has over 30 years in the Medical Device Industry. During this time he participated both as an individual contributor and in leadership roles in positions ranging across Product Development and Operations.

He began his career with Johnson and Johnson, working in the intraocular lens industry. He held various positions in Product Development and Manufacturing. He joined Alcon Laboratories and was responsible for process development for the first foldable acrylic intraocular lens. This product became the market leader, generating over $100M is sales within one year of launch.

At the conclusion of this project, Robert joined a start-up venture which provided design, development and manufacturing of optical systems specializing in diffractive designs. He was responsible for setting up the facilities and operations for their injection molding operations.

Robert joined Staar Surgical and led operations in the scale-up and launch of an advanced material for a foldable intraocular lens as well as several new optical designs. He has spent the last several years heading up business development, taking client products from concept through commercialization. This includes both durable and consumable product lines, specializing in electronic based instrumentation.

Dennis Leiner

Dennis Leiner, PhD, Chief Technology Officer

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Dr. Leiner received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Optics in 1975 from The University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics. He received his Master’s Degree in Optics from the Institute in 1977.

From 1976 to 1978, he was employed by Galileo Electro-Optics Corporation as an optical engineer, where he established and managed an optical laboratory for identifying the performance characteristics of fiber optics used in communications.

Dr. Leiner returned to academia in 1978 to pursue his doctorate. He received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Connecticut in Storrs after researching optical techniques for the diagnosis of middle ear pathologies.

In 1981, he accepted the position of principal optical engineer at Dyonics, Inc., the predecessor of Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, Inc. While at Dyonics, he was responsible for the development of new concepts in medical endoscopy, including the technical management of product development. During his tenure at Dyonics, he designed video endoscopic products, engineered fiberoptic illumination and sensor systems, developed new techniques for the optical characterization of endoscopes, and invented new endoscope designs, resulting in the issuance of several patents.

In 1984 and 1985, Dr. Leiner taught optics at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell while at the same time establishing a medical optics design and consulting company, Leiner Associates, Inc. He left teaching in 1985 to focus full time on the development of Leiner Associates, which was the predecessor of Lighthouse Imaging Corporation. Dr. Leiner is listed as inventor or co-inventor in 14 patents and has published more than 20 papers in the areas of medical optics and optical instrumentation.

Benjamin Gray

Benjamin J. Gray, Director of Research & Development

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Mr. Gray has over 9 years of experience as a lead electrical engineer including 5 years as a medical device development specialist.  His projects include the first handheld, high-definition digital endoscopic camera, a fiber optic based medical diagnostic device, numerous camera and display systems, as well as various other medical and surgical devices.  His specific core competencies include the application of new and existing technology to innovative products, video-imaging systems, medical device development and standards certification.

In 2004, Benjamin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University.  From 2004 to 2009, he worked at TriSquare Electronics as an electrical engineer and project coordinator where he was responsible for system research, development and design.  In 2009, Benjamin joined Pivot International as Senior Electrical Engineer.  In this role he performed new product development of medical devices and led the electrical design team, including worldwide operations, from concept to prototype and through design in to production.

Benjamin has worked with Lighthouse Imaging Corporation since 2012 developing digital imaging and electronic endoscopic systems, where he helped to pioneer a new generation of our medical imaging systems.


Daniel Gray, PhD, Senior Optical Engineer

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Dr. Gray is a Senior Optical Engineer at Lighthouse Imaging. He has 8 years’ experience in the medical and industrial optics industry. In his current role he is responsible for all optical aspects of Lighthouse’s client projects. Dr. Gray obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester in 2002, 2003 and 2007 respectively.

From 2007 to 2010 he worked at Optos Plc to commercialize adaptive optics retinal imaging technology as well as develop new low cost versions of Optos’ wide-field retinal scanning system. From 2010 to 2014 Dr. Gray worked at GE Global Research, developing new optical technology for high throughput fluorescence microscopes, fluorescence guided surgery, and biometric identification. He received a Six Sigma Black Belt while at GE and taught tolerance analysis to new GE employees.

Dr. Gray has a diverse skill set, specializing in product development, design for manufacture, medical devices, lens design, image processing, opto-mechanical design, and scanning laser systems. He is a recognized expert in biomedical optics with 7 peer-reviewed journal publications and 12 granted/in process patents.


Alan Ladouceur

Alan Ladouceur, Director of Operations

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Alan has over 30 years of experience in directing operations for Fortune 500 companies in the Medical Device industry covering Class I, II and III devices. As a leader he understands his operational role in maintaining the effectiveness of LIC Quality Management System and the positive outcome that it has with our internal and external customers.

Alan has extensive experience in directing contract manufacturing operations across various regulated industries involving sterile disposable catheters, implantable intra-ocular lenses, silicone implants, user interface control consoles and system builds supporting the cardiovascular and ultrasound industries.

Kelly Rhoades

Kelly Rhoades, Director Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance

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Kelly has over 30 years of quality assurance experience with over ten of those years in the medical device industry. She has worked in regulated industries for the majority of her career. Kelly first started her career as an inspector and ascended through the quality assurance roles as a quality technician, quality engineer, quality management and quality leadership. Her experience includes quality system development and implementation, Six Sigma, risk management, process engineering, CAPA remediation, certified auditor, and supplier development. She currently manages all aspects of the quality management system.

Her medical device experience includes an array of products. Most recently in orthopedic implants working in Indiana with Zimmer Inc. Prior to that she worked for CME America which manufactured infusion pumps and administration sets. Also included in her medical device career were surgical sutures, sterilization products, IV bag holders, MRI power amplifiers, personal protection medical office supplies, endoscopy guide wires and heart stents

Fred Calnan

Fred Calnan, Director of Business Development

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Mr. Calnan has more than twenty years of experience providing solutions to clients in medical and other high technology industries. Fred joined Lighthouse in July 2015 as Director of the OEM business.

Fred grew up in Ireland and after graduating in engineering he immigrated to USA in 1988. Prior to joining Lighthouse Fred worked for Viking System Inc. a leading developer of 3D laparoscopic visualization systems for minimally invasive surgery. He led the global launch of Viking’s 3DHD system and was responsible for developing sales in more than 20 countries eventually leading to ConMed’s acquisition of Viking in 2012.

He began working in the medical field in 2002 with Plexus as an account executive providing product development and manufacturing services to large OEM clients. His early career was in the industrial automation business with Schneider Electric as a robotics application specialist.

Fred holds an engineering degree from University of Limerick in Ireland and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley MA.

William McGaw

William W. McGaw, Director of Sales – Test & Measurement Group

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Mr McGaw has 34+ years of experience in general management and sales & marketing management with such notable manufacturers as ITT Goulds, IDEX, Busch Inc. and Pivot International. Bill joined Lighthouse Imaging in 2014 and is currently responsible for global sales of the company’s Test & Measurement Group.

Mr McGaw holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Institute of Technology and has extended studies from American Management Association, Broad Graduate School of Management (Michigan State University), MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation), Frank Lynn & Associates, MCE (Management Centre Europe), IMPAX Corporation and Butler Learning Group.