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: Dave Cunningham, Tellabs
  • Director, Chairman-Elect: Alan Bertsch, Qypsys
  • Director: Monique Apter, Zhone
  • Director: Matt Miller, CallisonRTKL
  • Director: Paul Mills, 3M
  • Director: Dave Kiel, Corning
  • Director: Tom Napoli, Noovis


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


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

Membership Committee:

  • Paul Mills (3M)

Technology Committee:

  • Aaron Reale (VT Group)
  • Blaine Overstreet (Nokia)
  • Bob Basile (Corning)
  • Brett Glisson (Qypsys)
  • David Bell (Tellabs)
  • Dustin Bateman (VT Group)
  • Jimmy Gagnon (EXFO)
  • Lonnie Barrington (Zhone)
  • Luis Farrolas (IBM)
  • Matt Miller, Secretary (CallisonRTKL)
  • Mike Watts (Noovis)
  • Steve Heuber (Noovis)

Marketing Committee:

  • Alan Bertsch (Qypsys)
  • Cemil Canturk (Nokia)
  • Jamey Calloway (Optical Cable Corporation)
  • John Hoover, Chair (Tellabs)
  • John Short (IBM)
  • Kevin Borders (Alpha)
  • Laura Godfrey (Optical Cable Corporation)
  • Ronna Davis (CommScope)
  • Sarah Sousa (Zhone)
  • Shawn Taylor Zelman (VT Group)

European Committee:

  • Paul Ryan, Chair (Temple)

Asia-Pacific Committee:

  • Leon Zhang, Chair (Huawei)
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