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jim-bonafiniChief Operating Officer

A seasoned polymer chemist with over 30 year’s industrial experience, Jim heads up the operations at Acuity Polymers. He directs the areas of R&D and Manufacturing.

His experience in R&D, technology transfer and medical device manufacture, provides the depth of knowledge necessary to help Acuity Polymers produce technologically superior products.

Jim enjoys woodworking and golf. His favorite food comes from his New England roots, a lobster from the cold waters off the Maine coast.

jonathan-jacobsonChief Executive Officer

Jonathan’s experience in the contact lens business spans more than 3 decades.

He joined Polymer Technology Corporation shortly after the introduction of the first RGP lenses and helped build up the Boston lens material and lens care business globally over his 24-year career.

He joined Menicon Company to help expand their global and North America presence, then turned to consulting for leading specialty lens companies before laying the foundation for Acuity Polymers, where he leads the Commercial operations.

Jonathan is highly passionate about and committed to the specialty contact lens industry, and derives great enjoyment from the many personal relationships he has developed with contact lens makers, fitters, educators, and industry colleagues. In his spare time, he brews beer.

dan-bellVice President of Engineering

Daniel has a lifetime interest in vision care and personal experience in nutrition, chiropractic treatments and fitness.

Mr. Bell is past president of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association and is currently chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for that organization. He has over 35 years of experience as a lens designer and manufacturing engineer.

He spends time in Tampa Florida and at his small farm in upstate New York. His favorite foods include pasta and sushi.

tatsuo-harataCommercial Vice President Asia

With more than 35 years’ experience in the contact lens business including R&D and international sales, Tatsuo joined Acuity Polymers to support the company’s growth in Asia.

His background in chemistry and R&D, along with a deep knowledge of the specialty contact lens business, makes him a valuable resource both inside the company and with our customers.

Tatsuo is an avid marathon runner and has completed the Honolulu Marathon every year since 2009 and his first Boston Marathon in 2016. He also enjoys scuba diving. Tatsuo is based in Nagoya, Japan.

unavailable photoPrincipal Scientist

Wayne T. Ferrar, PhD, came to us from Eastman Kodak where he was a Senior Research Scientist.

In the Chemical Synthesis Laboratory at Kodak, he employed controlled radical polymerization to graft copolymers from semiconductor nanorods. As part of the Graphics Communication Group he carried out the synthesis and characterization of acrylates, amides, esters, siloxanes and phosphazenes for charge transporting polymers for electrophotographic applications. He has also synthesized organic/inorganic composites for photographic and ink jet applications.

Wayne received his doctorate under H. R. Allcock at Pennsylvania State University. He has 57 US Patents band more than 30 journal publications. He enjoys ice skating, biking, and occasionally attempts to play golf.

tony-parrinelloTechnical Services Engineer

Tony brings more than 35 years of optical manufacturing experience to Acuity Polymers, including many years at Polymer Technology Corporation and later at B&L in Rochester.
Tony’s main role is to manufacture and test all the lens materials, and to develop manufacturing guidelines for all our contact lens materials.

He loves to cook on the grill and is known for his excellent home made pizza and tomato sauce (also known as gravy). Tony recently acquired a motorcycle to tinker on when he’s not in the lab.

unavailable photoSenior Process Engineer

A Chemical Engineering graduate from Clarkson University, Kyle has nearly 10 years experience in Process Equipment application and design. At Acuity Polymers, Kyle's responsibilities include raw materials planning as well as formulation and production of polymer materials with a focus on continuous process improvement.
Relatively new to the team, Kyle's experience will be instrumental in scale-up of production capacity and implementation of lean manufacturing practices.

When he's not at work, Kyle can often be found mining at one of New York State’s many rich mineral collecting localities, hiking, or spending time with family and friends.

 

Lisa Bubble 640Quality Control Project Scientist

Lisa spent 10 years working at Bausch & Lomb, seven of which were spent in the development of contact lens materials.

She brings to Acuity Polymers her familiarity with formulation, curing, and testing of lens materials; Good Lab Practices; and the logistical aspects of achieving and maintaining ISO certification.
Her responsibilities include writing and maintaining lab documents, QC of incoming raw materials and finished product, and all processing in between.

When not at work Lisa spends time horseback riding, reading, and spending time with her family.

unavailable photoCustomer Service Representative

Nicole Philip is an administrative professional with several years of experience supporting engineering and manufacturing operations. Nicole manages customer service and administrative processes for Acuity Polymers. Nicole’s focus is creating and fostering connections with customers and vendors. Additionally, she holds a degree in Organization Leadership and has her eye out for ways to increase efficiency.

Nicole enjoys traveling and is also extending her repertoire of international recipes, her stuffed grape leaves are always a crowd-pleaser. Nicole has a big laugh that usually shows itself when spending time with her husband and sons.

Brandon Bubble 640Chemical Engineer

After receiving his Chemical Engineering degree from University of Massachusetts in 2016, Brandon joined Acuity Polymers, Inc. as a Process Engineer.  His responsibilities include formulation and production of polymer materials, process improvements, and maintaining the ERP system.

As an Eagle Scout, Brandon enjoys camping and hiking, and can he can be found skiing at the nearby mountains in the winter. He is a passionate online gamer.

Stephen SilkeyProcess Engineer

Stephen has his degree in Chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Before joining Acuity Polymers, Stephen worked in R&D for an industrial grease and lubrication manufacturer. At Acuity, his role is split between Quality and Production, quality testing raw materials and finished products, machining and lathing products, and packaging finished goods for sale.

Stephen is an avid hockey fan, cheering on his alma mater RIT and the New Jersey Devils, in addition to playing recreationally. He also works with a cat rescue agency, fostering cats and kittens while trying to find them permanent homes.

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Isabella joined Acuity Polymers in 2020 by way of Juniata College where she earned her degree in neuroscience. Isabella contributes in the Quality function , testing raw materials and finished products. She additionally assists with materials R&D, expanding the technical core competencies of Acuity Polymers. 

Outside of work, Isabella enjoys origami, reading, and holds a black belt in karate.

 

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