Team Members

Meet the people behind Sierra Optical Laboratory

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Steve Mullen


After attending University of Oregon in Eugene, Steven Mullen began work as a Software Consultant at Digital Vision Inc., and remained there for 18 years. After this, he went on a fast-paced journey running several optical labs, until he purchased his own lab, Sierra Optical Lab, in 2022, with business partner, Laura Buchthal. Stopping points on this journey include Software Consultant at Digital Vision Inc, President at Capitol Optical Corp, Director at VSP Labs/Capitol Optical, President at Variable Point Optics in Olympia, WA, Regional Vice President at Hoya Vision Care in Seattle, President at U.S. Optical in Syracuse, NY, President at Signature Optical Supply in Syracuse, NY.

Today he enjoys life in the Biggest Little City in the World, Reno, carefully running the Lab, going to Optical Conferences when he can and spending time with his partner Laura, and little dog Toby.

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Laura Buchthal


Bio coming soon.


Audrey Carman

Production Supervisor,
Frames Desk, Customer Service


CJ Sharp

Lab Tech, Finish Dept,
Customer Service

Liz Valdez

Brooke Pfleger

Lab Tech, Stock Room,
Surface Dept


Cody Sudberg

Regional Sales Manager 



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Lab Tech