Management Team

Juanita Leary

President

In 1988, and still in her final year of university at UPEI, Juanita began working at the Charlottetown location of Vogue Optical. After graduating with a newly minted Bachelor of Arts degree, a budding love of retail and a desire to grow, Juanita moved to the administrative team at Vogue. Over the years, Juanita has used her strong work ethic to move through many departments from accounting to buyer to marketing and finally to President. In her current position as President, Juanita’s primary responsibility is the day to day operations of all retail locations and spends lot of time on the road ensuring that the company’s high standards are always being met. Juanita’s motto has been “Love what you do and love who you do it for.” She contributes her success in the company, and the company’s success, to hard work and commitment to great relationships. During her 25 year career Juanita has also organized and attended optical road clinics in NFLD, NS, PEI and NB. She has participated in several Vision Expos in New York City and attended Johnson & Johnson’s Training Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jamie Hearn

Vice President

Born and raised in Petty Harbour, NF, Jamie graduated from St. Kevin’s High School in 1995 and then West Viking College in 1997 where he graduated with his Dispensing Optician’s License. From 1997 to 2006, Jamie worked as Optician/Managing Optician, in various Vogue Optical locations throughout Nfld, NB and NS. In 2006, Jamie was promoted to the position of NB Regional Manager and now has 21 stores under his jurisdiction. During his 16 year career Jamie has organized and attended numerous Optical Road Clinics in NF and has attended several Vision Expos in New York City. Jamie has also attended the Transitions Academy in Orlando and Johnson & Johnson Training Academy in Jacksonville Florida.

Regan Lewis

Vice President of Finance

Regan Lewis joined Vogue Optical in May 2015. Regan has had a diverse career in retail, manufacturing and service industries. Recently, he was CFO for the Sherwood BMR and Prebilt Steel group of companies in Charlottetown where he was in charge of leading and directing financial strategy and operations, as well as, providing oversight for IT, human resources and project management. Prior to that, he worked with Henderson & Cudmore and Superior Sanitation in the role of CFO/Controller. Regan is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and he received his CA with Deloitte & Touche (now MacPherson Roche Smith & Associates). Regan also received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1986.

Kathy Bryanton

Director of Manufacturing

Upon graduating in 1984, Kathy began working for JM Rusk Optometrist and enrolled in the Dispensing Optician’s program. She received her license in 1986 and continued working as a licensed optician with JM Rusk until joining Vogue Optical in 1989. Kathy worked as a licensed optician, then a store manager and since 2005 was Director of Purchasing where her duties included the merchandising and procurement of all frames, lenses, contact lenses and accessories for the 65 Vogue Optical locations. Kathy recently accepted the new position of Director of Manufacturing and now works full time at the Vogue Manufacturing Lab in Charlottetown. During her 29 year career, she has served as President of the Opticians Association of PEI. She has also participated in several Vision Expos in New York City.

Ernie Yarn

Regional Manager for Nova Scotia

Born and raised in Halifax, Ernie attended Queen Elizabeth High School. Upon completion in 1976, he joined Halifax Optical (Standard Optical) as a sales consultant and received his Dispensing Optician’s License in 1979. Ernie was appointed Store Manager of Halifax Optical in 1990 and served in this capacity until joining Vogue in 1994. Ernie managed the Vogue Optical location on Spring Garden Rd until 1996 when he was promoted to Nova Scotia Regional Manager. He has held this position for 17 years and now has 21 stores in his jurisdiction. During his 37 year career, Ernie has served on the Education Committee of the Nova Scotia Society of Dispensing Opticians and participated in several Vision Expos in New York City. Ernie has also attended the Transitions Academy in Orlando and Johnson & Johnson Training Academy in Jacksonville Florida.

Gladys Dalton

Regional Supervisor for Newfoundland

Gladys graduated from Holy Heart Of Mary Regional High School and then attended Memorial University for two years, while working at Cabot Optical. She entered into the Dispensing Optician’s Program in 1983 and received her license in 1985. Gladys joined Vogue Optical as a Licensed Optician in 1986 and became Store Manager of the Vogue Optical on Duckworth St in St. John’s one year later. She received her Contact Lens Fitters License in 1991. Gladys has held the role as a Regional Manager for St. John’s for 15 years and has 7 stores in her jurisdiction. During her 30 year career Gladys has also served on the Education Committee and Newfoundland Guild of Dispensing Opticians in various capacities and participated in several Vision Expo’s in New York City.

Barb MacDonald

Payroll Administrator

Barbara is currently the Payroll Administrator/Human Resources of Vogue Optical.  Barbara joined Vogue Optical in June of 1992 where she started as a Sales Consultant in the Souris, PE location. In 1994 she joined the team at Head Office in the Accounting Department. She was promoted to her present position in 1997 and has been managing these two key areas ever since.

Flo Conway

Accounts Payable

Flo joined Vogue in 2001 in the accounts payable department. Previous to joining Vogue she worked for a retail clothing company for 12 years and a wholesale company for 2 years.

Dawn Brown

Marketing Coordinator

Dawn joined Vogue Optical in 2005 in an administrative role. She has held a few different roles in the company before taking over the Marketing responsibilities in 2007. She is currently responsible for all advertising and sponsorship for all stores in the chain. Prior to joining Vogue Optical she worked for Transcontinental Atlantic Media Group.

Rhonda Stevenson

Accounts Payable

Employed with Vogue optical since 2005, working in the Accounting Dept. Prior to joining Vogue worked with the Dept of Education/ Student loan dept. and worked at Island Optical after completing Administration course in 1998.

Chris Dennis

IT Manager

Chris Dennis joined the Vogue Optical team in 2005, as its first IT Manager/Network Administrator. Chris graduated from RCC College of Technology (Toronto, ON) in 1997 with a Network Engineer Technologist Diploma. He then obtained an Information Technology Management certificate through Athabasca University in 1999. Chris began his professional career working with IBM Integrated Systems Solutions as a Server Solutions Specialist in1998. He then moved to NF Group Canada in 1999. As a Unix/Linux System Administrator, Chris was responsible for a company-wide Linux/Unix system network that expanded across Eastern Canada, collecting data for government bodies. Chris moved home to Prince Edward Island in 2001 to work with Montague Computer as Network Administrator/Service Manager.

Barb Murray

Accounts Receivable

Barb started at Vogue Optical in August of 2008 in the Accounts Receivable Department. Her previous employment has been with Canada Mortgage and Housing, Eastern School Board and in the Grocery Wholesale Industry for over 20 years.

Derek Gaudet

Accounts Receivable

Derek started at Vogue Optical in June of 2014 in the Accounts Receivable Department. He graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Business Degree focusing on Accounting in 2012. Prior to Vogue, he worked in the hotel and tourism industry for over seven years.

Tracy Smith

Executive Assistant

Tracy Smith is currently Executive Assistant to the President of Vogue Optical Group Inc. Ms. Smith joined Vogue Optical in 2009 following 8 years’ experience in the insurance industry and 7 years with non-profit organizations. Ms. Smith earned her BBA from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2005 and Chartered Insurance Professional designation in 2011.

Crystal Greene

Controller

Crystal Greene has been employed with Vogue Optical since June, 2017. Miss Greene received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2002, and received her CPA, CMA designation in 2015. She has worked in various Accounting and Finance positions at companies such as APM Construction Services Inc., Cavendish Farms, and Islands and Holdings Inc.

Kevin Francis

Network Administrator

Kevin joined Vogue Optical in February of 2014. Kevin attended Holland College In 2009 in the Computer Information Systems course, graduating as a Network Administration Specialist in 2011. Prior to Vogue, heI was a lead technician for IBM replacing computer systems, debit pinpads, and re-imaging computer systems in local banks. HeI was also a contracted technician for People To Go focusing on warranty work through Toshiba, as well as a maintenance worker at a local boutique hotel. Kevin currently helps stores with troubleshooting problems in their computer systems, updating store computer systems, and updating one of our systems used for store files/forms on a daily basis.