Leadership Team

Robert Austring, Chief Executive Officer

raustring [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com

Robert AustringMr. 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 C. Leiner, Chief Technology Officer

dcleiner [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com

Dennis Leiner

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.

Vaughn Staples, Director of Operations

vstaples [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com

Vaughn Staples

Vaughn Staples joined Lighthouse Imaging in April 2014 as Director of Operations. He brings 25 years of experience with process engineering, product development and sales to market leadership in the electronics industry.

Staples worked at Mentor Graphics from 1988 to 1998 where he was responsible for leading design process consulting services across North America, South America, and Europe.  In 1998 he joined Intercept Technology as Director of Consulting and was later appointed Chief Operating Officer.  At Intercept, Mr. Staples held an integral role in the design, development, and introduction of printed circuit board design systems.   He co-founded Phoenix Design Systems in 2007 and developed an expert system for data migration between major computer aided design systems.  Mr. Staples currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Benjamin Gray, Director of Engineering

bgray [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com

Benjamin GrayMr. 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. 

Erin Hayes, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Manager

ehayes [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com

Erin Hayes joined Lighthouse Imaging in September 2013 as the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Manager.  For over 12 years, she has focused on the development, manufacture and compliance of products in the human medical device industry. Erin started her career with Alere Scarborough, Inc. as a manufacturing chemist and grew with the organization with roles in Operations, Product Development, Product Transfer and Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance.

She currently manages all aspects of the Quality System for Lighthouse. She has a degree in Biology from the University of Maine at Orono and is currently studying for her Masters in Health Policy and Management.  In addition, she is a certified Quality Auditor

William W. McGaw, Director of Business Development

wmcgaw [at] lighthouseoptics [dot] com

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.