Leadership Team

Meet The Team

Our operations leadership team consists of industry and business experts.  Together they are committed to building the largest network of vertically integrated ophthalmic service clinics in the US, physician-owned and professionally managed.

Our clinical leadership team is made up of 13 physicians who mentor our doctors and drive the clinical culture in our practices.

Executive Leadership

Alberto Villatoro

Chief Financial Officer

Alberto J. Villatoro proudly joins the team as Chief Financial Officer after having led the finance team at Pacific Dental Services, where he was the direct report and strategic partner to the founding CFO. He has 15 years of comprehensive corporate finance experience including a Director role at Jacuzzi Spas®, and previously, various leadership roles at Black & Decker® and Colgate Palmolive®. Most notably, he was consistently ranked top of his class for Black & Decker’s 3-year Finance Executive Development Program. Alberto is recognized for his many contributions in finance to these companies.

Alberto is originally from El Salvador in Central America. He attended college in New Jersey at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Management. He then went on to Carnegie Mellon in Pennsylvania where he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA). In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Luisa, and his 2-year- old son Sebastian. They mostly spend time outdoors and like working in their garden.

Tim Blair

Tim Bair

Vice President of Human Resources

Tim comes to Acuity Eye Group®  with over 30 years of Human Resources and consulting experience. Prior to joining the team, Tim was the AVP of Human Resources for Care1st Health Plan. He has held a variety of leadership roles in the HR space including Vice President of HR, Senior Director of HR, Director of HR, Senior Manager and HR Business Partner. Additionally, Tim has worked for a range of companies such as Nationwide Insurance, DIRECTV, IBM, Contour Aerospace, Pacific Dental Services and Vance and Hines. Tim’s experience with high-growth companies coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit and HR background makes him a great fit. While at Pacific Dental Services, he led the HR department and grew the team from 1800 to nearly 4000. Additionally, he has owned his own HR consulting business as well as owned and operated his own retail services business.

Tim holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, an MBA, and has a Human Capital Strategist (HCS) Designation. He resides in Huntington Beach, with his wife and two sons.  When he is not on a soccer field watching his sons play, you may see him driving his Harley or one of his classic cars down PCH.

Laura Rod

Vice President of Marketing

After graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Laura spent the last 16 years in the Marketing and Advertising field. She has focused the last nine years applying her marketing strategy to the healthcare industry. Most recently, Laura was a Senior Manager in the Marketing Department at Pacific Dental Services, an industry-leading Dental Support Organization. She spent seven years leading the development of strategic marketing and patient experience initiatives for five unique brands at a national and local-office level. Due to her passion for the healthcare space and desire to impact the way healthcare is provided to patients, Laura was involved in the launch of the first medical practice under the Pacific Dental Services support system, offering patients true comprehensive care between their dental and medical providers.

Prior to Pacific Dental Services, Laura spent many years working at advertising agencies such as DRAFTFCB and UPSHOT where she supported a variety of clients including Kaiser Permanente, Avery Dennison and Procter & Gamble on their direct-to-consumer initiatives. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her children’s school.

Support Leadership

Jason Irby

Jason Irby

Senior Director of IT

Jason is an intensely driven technology professional with over 25 years of experience. Jason offers Acuity Eye Group an established track-record, enabling business leaders to surpass their objectives through disciplined IT processes and exceptional operational delivery. Prior to joining the team, he architected, built and managed a computer network for over 550 locations for a leading national dental support organization – bringing standardization of infrastructure and scalability in an enterprise environment. Jason is well respected among his peers for his "lead from the front" approach.  His passions in the IT arena include network architecture, data center design, application performance management and, more than anything, team building. Jason has served in other roles such as project manager, IT instructor, web developer, and systems manager, among others. Jason's appreciation for entrepreneurism led him to design and operate his own restaurant and build a security and surveillance business.

When Jason isn't working, he can be found skateboarding at the beach with his wife and two kids or tinkering with his Jeep in his hometown of Huntington Beach, CA. Jason enjoys music, cooking and anything "hands-on" around the house - which earned him the nickname of "MacGyver" among family.

Arlayn Ladson-Castle

ChieF Compliance Officer

Arlayn comes to us with over 15 years of Contracts and Compliance expertise.  Most recently, Arlayn was the Chief Compliance Officer for Pacific Clinics, which is a behavioral health company with 85 locations.  During her 6+ years there, she provided leadership and management over Contracts and Compliance.  Arlayn was also the Director of Clinical Trials Management for USC, during which time she participated as a speaker on Compliance Programs & Successful Contract Negotiations at the MAGI Clinical Research conference.  As well, she worked in the Law & Regulatory Affairs Department at Amgen, a biotechnology organization..

Arlayn holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and English from Dillard University, and a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.  Arlayn is married and has two children in college.  In her spare time, Arlayn likes to travel, enjoy jazz & dining with her husband, entertaining friends at home, and reading.  Also, she is also a bona-fide inventor.

Alan Guagliardo

Alan Guagliardo

Senior Director, Strategic initiatives

Alan is a process zealot who loves analytics and working with teams to build solutions and pilot new ideas. He graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Management where he redesigned a hospital’s patient transport system. While at DaVita Healthcare Partners, he created a telemedicine platform that doubled the reach rate for post-hospitalization pharmacist-to-patient medication reconciliations and reduced the number of medication related re-hospitalizations. Here at Acuity, he launched the company’s in-house optical lab and is responsible for the success of the Five Star measures.

Field Leadership

Josh Eddy

Josh Eddy

Director, field operations

Josh is a retail management and marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience in sales development and operations, networking with reliable dealers/channel partners, revenue expansion and strong sales knowledge in diversified industries. He possesses a strong track record of successfully building competent teams of motivated staff and long lasting networks.

Josh is independently involved in translating business requirements into specifications and integrating knowledge with research. In addition to this, Josh is an expert in evaluating the performance of sales & marketing teams against the set targets, doing need-based promotion planning and providing valuable feedback for improvement. Josh is highly recognized for his professionalism, positive mental attitude, commitment to excellence and demonstrated ability to communicate and work with senior management, associates, distributors, and customers.

Josh believes the most dangerous phrase is "We've always done it this way.”

Christine Tonoli

Director, Field operations

Christine has been in the Retail Management industry for over 25 years within various corporate platforms. Her experience and passion for the healthcare industry led her to obtain her B.S. in Health Care Administration along with her MBA in Business Administration. Her experience encompasses a proven ability to manage proposals through completion, marketing ensuring accuracy and quality while incorporating most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches business experiences. Her passion for her teams is to lead with a clear vision and direction which has carried each of them into higher revenue and an increased clientele. Her training is vast and she knows the true value of an integrative team and a positive company culture. Christine is passionate about helping doctors and their teams succeed within their clinics.

Never one to sit idly, Christine enjoys catering to her artistic niche with photography, participating in community events for health awareness, and spending time with her daughter who is currently serving in the U.S. Marines. Chances are you will see her on her day off enjoying the magic at an amusement park – she claims you’re never too old to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Angela Medley

Director, field operations

Angela is a native San Diegan who has worked in the field of Ophthalmology for over 19 years. She has worked in all areas of an Ophthalmology practice and attributes this to her success throughout the years. At West Coast Eye Care Angela started as a front office associate and worked her way up to the position of practice administrator overseeing their six locations. Angela is a Breast Cancer Survivor who believes and demonstrates challenges should be met head on. She believes challenges build strength and are not to be feared.

Angela holds a Bachelor in Business Management, an MBA, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and children, taking long walks, and finding new and exciting adventures to experience. She is an avid Foodie and enjoys cooking and trying new foods.

Scott Brummet

Scott Brummett

Director, Field Operations

Scott has over 30 years in the Healthcare industry. Most recently, he was the Chief Administrative Officer of Newport Medical Solutions, a medical billing company that provides the full spectrum of Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) services to specialty medical/surgical practices. Scott also spent two years at APS Healthcare, a specialty health services company providing field and telephonic based complex case management services delivered to high risk/high cost Medicaid, Medicare, and Dual Eligible members. As the Director of the Project Management Office, he was responsible for implementing new Population Health programs for new and existing APS clients. Scott also spent 17 years, in a variety of leadership roles, at PacifiCare Health Systems, a $15 billion healthcare insurance and services company, in the areas of IT, Operations, and Strategic Project Management.

Scott resides in Fountain Valley with the love of his life, Mary. They have four sons, three grandchildren, and have also opened their home to foster four brothers since 2011. Scott is a sports enthusiast, and enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with his family and friends. He holds a Business Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Teaching Credential in Social Studies from National University.

Robert Miller

Director, Field Operations

Robert attended Pacific University where he pursued his academics and played football. After college he joined the US Air Force and served six years as an Aero Medical Evacuation Technician (EMT-MEDIC). Of those six years, he spent three years in support of Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Provide Comfort. He trained over five hundred Air National Guard and Reserve Aero Medical Evacuation Technicians for combat preparedness and aircraft medical evacuation configuration. He was a crew member on the mission that brought American hostage and journalist Terry A. Anderson back to safety in the US. The Hezbollah Shite Muslims in Iran had held him captive for over six years.

After serving his country, he shifted his focus to retail. Though he started in an entry level position, he quickly worked his way up to District Stores Director and has over 18 years of multi-unit and customer service experience. He supervised teams of 800+ employees and coordinated operations and store functions within his regions. His strengths are in improving systems and building top-performing teams. Robert has been consistently recognized for his dedication, superior business achievements, and people development by his supervisors and CEO’s. He analyzes information carefully to develop and execute strategic processes for successful operations and business planning. He strives to achieve the highest level of customer service satisfaction and integrity within his region. In his spare time he enjoys traveling with his family, visiting museums and hiking. He is active in his community and on the board of his son’s school.

Scott Yee

Director, Field Operations

Scott Yee is a seasoned retail management professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. He received his bachelor's in Business Administration Management from Hawaii-Pacific University and has worked in senior leadership roles at large companies such as Nike, Vans, and CVS.  In his previous life, Scott was instrumental in leading and developing service strategies and innovating new operational procedures. He has been successful in building teams that emphasize a culture of driving growth, creating a customer-centric mindset within his teams.

Scott is a sports enthusiast who in the past has completed 10+ marathons, but now enjoys walking/hiking with his wife on the weekends. His other hobbies include golf and koi keeping.