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 17 physicians who mentor our doctors and drive the clinical culture in our practices.

Executive Leadership

Alberto Villatoro

Chief OPerating Officer

Alberto J. Villatoro joined 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, his 2-year-old son Sebastian, and his 1-year-old daughter Regina. They mostly spend time outdoors and like working in their garden.

Arlayn Ladson-Castle, JD

Vice President, Contracts & 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.

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.

Eric Priester

Senior Director, Finance

Eric comes to Acuity Eye Group as Senior Director of Finance with over 10 years of experience.  His career has spanned multiple industries and disciplines within finance.  Prior to joining Acuity, Eric spent 5 years working at Jacuzzi Spas.  While at Jacuzzi, Eric contributed to various areas of the business including finance, accounting, and acquisition integration. Before joining Jacuzzi, he worked in the corporate accounting department at Fosters Freeze LLC for four year.  At Fosters Freeze his work expanded beyond finance and into other operational areas as well.  Throughout his career, Eric has been consistently recognized for his professionalism, positive attitude, innovative thinking, and being a self-described “spreadsheet geek.”

Eric earned his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Cal State University, Fullerton in 2012.  When Eric is not working, you will likely find him traveling or enjoying a sporting event.  Eric’s passion for the vision industry is evident by his own experience going from extremely poor to 20/20 vision after undergoing LASIK surgery in 2014.

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 is responsible for the success of optical, retail, premium cataract offerings, and the dry eye institute.

Angela Medley

Director, Revenue cycle

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.

Celia Leung

Director, HR Operations

Celia brings over 20 years of Human Resources knowledge and expertise.  She is a seasoned and skilled professional experienced in partnering with leaders to strategically manage and transform an organization’s talent and human capital. Most recently, she was the Senior Manager of Human Resources with Care1st Health Plan/Blue Shield of California.  During her 9 years there, she managed HR Operations, HRIS, Employee Relations, Benefits, and Talent Acquisition.  In addition, she was instrumental in implementing online benefits Open Enrollment and Employee Self-Service. 

Prior to Care1st, she held progressively responsible HR roles at large multi-national healthcare and insurance organizations including Great West Life, Marsh & McLennan, and AIG.  Celia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Amherst College.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, skiing and hiking with her husband and son.

Field Leadership

Robert Miller

Senior Director OF 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.

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.”