About Us

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization composed of manufacturers, distributors, integrators, and consulting companies who are actively involved in the Passive Optical LAN marketplace. Our members support the growth and education of the Passive Optical LAN industry and are focused on formulating solutions on how best to market, install, educate, and support this burgeoning field.

Our Mission

The Association for Passive Optical LAN advocates the education and global adoption of passive optical networks for the local area network marketplace.

Board of Directors

  • Board Chairman: Thomas C. Ruvarac, Tellabs
  • Director, Chairman-Elect: Alan Bertsch, Qypsys
  • Director, Treasurer: Ryland J. Marek, 3M
  • Director: Matt Miller, CallisonRTKL
  • Director: Kevin Morgan, Corning
  • Director/Vice-President: John Short, IBM
  • Director: Tom Napoli, Noovis
  • Director: Sean Kelly
  • Director: Monique Apter, Zhone


  • President: Thomas C. Ruvarac, Tellabs
  • Vice-President: John Short, IBM
  • Secretary: Jimmy Cuffe, Qypsys


The Association has currently organized our members into four Committees focused on a variety of activities.

Membership Committee:

  • Curt Maynes (3M)

Technology Committee:

  • Aaron Labourdette (A.J. Labourdette, Inc.)
  • Sean Kelly (Chair) (CommScope)
  • Bob Basile (Corning)
  • Paul Kopera (CSC)
  • Jimmy Gagnon (EXFO)
  • Stanley Ruth (Henkels & McCoy)
  • Luis Farrolas (IBM)
  • Matt Miller (Secretary) (Leidos)
  • Blaine Overstreet (Nokia)
  • Steve Heuber (Noovis)
  • Mike Watts (Noovis)
  • Brett Glisson (Qypsys)
  • Mike Wilson (Tellabs)
  • David Bell (Tellabs)
  • Dustin Bateman (VT Group)
  • Aaron Reale (VT Group)
  • Lonnie Barrington (Zhone)

Marketing Committee:

  • Joe Chapin (3M)
  • John Short (IBM)
  • Laura Godfrey (Optical Cable Corporation)
  • Alan Bertsch (Qypsys)
  • John Hoover (Tellabs)
  • Betsy Conroy (The Siemon Company)
  • Sarah Sousa (Zhone)
  • Caraline McGinnis (VT Group)
  • Arria Guilan (CommScope)
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