Vice President, Finance
Nick has more than 20 years of financial experience, including seven years as Controller for SynergEyes. He was part of the team that launched the initial first generation of SynergEyes products. Prior to SynergEyes, Nick was Controller of LEGOLAND California, a family-based theme park. Previously, he was Controller of Baxa Corporation, a medical device company that specialized in providing fluid handling and delivery systems.
Nick started his career as a tax accountant for and worked in public accounting for John Hansen where he earned his CPA. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University.
Vice President, Marketing and Clinical Services
Louise brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and product development in both large and small companies. She understands the nuances of working in a multi-faceted environment of private practice optometry… where the needs of the independent practice exist within the context of a much bigger marketplace dominated by very large players.
Prior to joining SynergEyes, she managed the growth and development of brands as Vice President of Marketing and Digital Development at Upper Deck and Vice President of Marketing at Mattel. She has worked in ventured-funded companies, private companies, Fortune 500 companies as well as advertising and public relations agencies.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Southern California.
Senior Vice President, Operations and MIS
Vishal brings to SynergEyes 19 years of experience in the Automation, Manufacturing and IT industries. He previously has held positions in project engineering, project management, logistics and IT management for Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Polaris Software and most recently Trend Technologies. Vishal’s vast exposure to various business processes in the manufacturing industry, coupled with an in-depth understanding of IT, enables him to provide leadership and direction to the SynergEyes Operations and IT Groups.
Vice President, International Business
Tina Sharp is the Vice President, International Business and is in charge of all the International Sales & Distribution for SynergEyes. This includes all sales outside US where she is responsible for establishing strategy and policy relative to the International Distributor Partners. Prior to being promoted to this position, she held positions with the company as Global Sales Support Manager and Director of International Relations.
Prior to joining SynergEyes in 2007, she was the Global Sales Support Manager for Kinetikos Medical, Inc., from 2000 to 2007 where she was in charge of all support functions both the Domestic Direct Sales Channel as well as the International Distributor Partners. From 1996 to 2000, she was Senior Sales Representative for Helix Medical.
Vice President, R&D and Integrated Technology
Neal joined the SynergEyes team in 2005; his background includes extensive experience in manufacturing soft, rigid and hybrid contact lenses. Prior to SynergEyes Neal held various positions in the Technical Services and Engineering departments at the Hydrocurve / Barnes Hind Contact Lens Manufacturing facility in San Diego. While at SynergEyes Neal has held the positions of Sr. Process Engineer, Manager of Engineering and Director of Engineering, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations leading to his current position in R&D and technology.
Senior Director, Marketing: Vision Correction Division
Heidi Noorany joined SynergEyes in 2014, bringing over 25 years of strategic marketing, brand and business building experience to the team. Prior to joining SynergEyes, Heidi held marketing leadership positions in multiple industries, with organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Most recently she served the optometric community as Director of Marketing for Carl Zeiss Vision. Heidi also drove focal businesses at WD-40 Company and Nestle, as well as within the wireless and technology industries. She is a passionate believer in leveraging customer insight to drive the delivery of impactful customer and patient experiences.
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Director, Quality Assurance
Karen joined SynergEyes in 2012 and brings more than 30 years Quality Assurance/Control functions experience to the team. In her current role she holds the responsibility for creating, monitoring, and providing continuous improvement of the FDA/ISO regulated quality systems.
Formerly of Hydrocurve/Sola-Barnes Hind, in addition to her experience in the contact lens industry Karen worked for several FDA regulated Class III medical device companies all of which were used in the treatment of heart disease. The range of devices included atherectomy (for sclerotic arteries), angioplasty, stent delivery systems, atrial fibrillation, and percutaneous delivered heart valves.
Karen’s experience has afforded her the opportunity to learn about the human factor of the individuals who utilize the medical devices. The experience has carried over to SynergEyes where a contact lens, for some individuals is not just a daily wear lens, for those that suffer from irregular corneas it is their connection to the world.
Dede Reyes, FCLSA
Director, Clinical Services and Training
Dede Reyes has been with SynergEyes since early 2007. She has held various positions within SynergEyes as Clinical and Field Consultant, Product Specialist, Consultation Team Manager and was recently promoted to Director of Clinical Services and Training. Dede brings to SynergEyes 27 years of contact lens experience in fitting and education.
Prior to joining SynergEyes, Dede was the Co-Director of the Contact Lens Service at UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences and Manager of the Vision Correction Service.
She is a Fellow Member of the Contact lens Society of America. She has authored multiple articles on contact lenses and is a practiced lecturer.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Prior to his association with SynergEyes, Dave spent 14 years with CooperVision, Inc at Vice President levels in marketing, domestic and global sales. He retired in 2007 as President, CooperVision Surgical.
International Business Development Consultant
Jonathan Jacobson joined SynergEyes in 2014 to help expand the company’s international business. Jonathan is a global, multilingual executive with 30+ years of experience in the contact lens field. Jonathan’s marketing and general management background include nearly 25 years with Bausch & Lomb, and more than 5 years with Menicon Company Inc., Japan’s largest contact lens manufacturer.
Jonathan brings to SynergEyes significant hands-on experience building new markets and launching products globally. During his tenure with B&L, Jonathan increased the Boston brand’s global leadership of the RGP contact lens category, catalyzed the development of China’s orthokeratology market, and propeled the growth of large diameter RGP lenses, the fastest growing segment in the global specialty lens category.
Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Sonsino brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and clinical skills to SynergEyes. In a consultative role, Dr. Sonsino will lead SynergEyes’ clinical studies by engaging patients within his practice and by networking with other colleagues around the country when a large number of patients are enrolled in clinical studies.
Previously Dr. Sonsino was faculty at Vanderbilt Eye Institute for 12 years. As an assistant professor, he was the division chief of optometry, founded the Center for Sight Enhancement, was the director of the Scleral Lens Clinic, authored 9 patents on vision-related medical devices, authored multiple papers, and lectured internationally on contact lens technology.
A council member of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens Section and a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Therapies Section of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Sonsino is in private practice with his wife, Michele Sonsino, O.D., in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Sonsino graduated with research honors from the New England College of Optometry, Boston and is well known in the optometric profession as a true leader and innovator in contact lens fitting and care.