AZBio Board of Directors


AZBio is Committed to Making Arizona

a Top Tier Bioscience State


Chair: Russ Yelton

Chief Executive Officer,  Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, Inc.    View Board Profile  

"The bioscience industry in Arizona continues to grow and thrive due to a continued focus on growing firms in this space by various groups.  AZBio is leading the charge by providing support to life science firms across many areas and ensuring that they have the connections, training and workforce necessary to be successful."

Vice Chair:  Kristen Swingle

Vice President, Consumer Sales and Operations, CBR, from AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.      View Board Profile 

"AZBio is the only organization solely focused on providing programs and advocacy to support the bioscience ecosystem in the state of Arizona.  Regardless of a organization's size, area of focus or financial profile, the breadth of programs, events and networking opportunities provided by AZBio is something that every bioscience company, and their supporting partners, can benefit from."

Secretary:  Greg Garcia, Esq.

Member of the Board of Directors, Invoy Technologies, LLC  

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Treasurer:  Jeffrey Singleton

 Senior Manager,  EY   View Board Profile 

“Building great communities and great businesses start with wise investments.  Arizona’s bioscience industry is built on a foundation of great universities, leading life science institutes and innovative companies that work together to make life better for people in Arizona and around the world.”

President & CEO:  Joan Koerber-Walker

 Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio)   View Board Profile 

"Arizona is one of the top emerging bioscience states as ranked by BIO and TEConomy  Partners.  AZBio Members work together to make LIFE better for people in Arizona and around the world.  AZBio's role is to help our members to achieve their goals and to make Arizona a top-tier bioscience state." 

Mara Aspinall

 Founder, Health Catalysts   View Board Profile 

"Arizona - from south to north - is like a hidden diamond in the desert.  The strength of our bioscience economy is only just being recognized by the rest of the country and the world.  We have unique companies and technologies as well as top universities whose stories need to be told more broadly.”

Kiran Avancha, Ph.D., R.Ph, CCRP

Chief Operating Officer, HonorHealth Research Institute  View Board Profile 


Joel E. Barthelemy

Chief Executive Officer, GlobalMed 

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Jennifer K. Barton, Ph.D. 

Director, BIO5 InstituteThe University of Arizona   View Board Profile  

“Arizona’s bioscience institutions are strong individually, and even stronger together. The University of Arizona and the BIO5 Institute are proud to support AZBio, which helps us all reach our full potential.”

Dirk Karsten Beth, 

Founder & CEO Hyalescent Ventures and Managing Director of US Operations for arivis   

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Rich Bowen

Associate Vice President, Northern Arizona University   

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Scott Brooks

President and  & CEO, Regenesis Biomedical   

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Jeff Buel

Director Government Affairs at Johnson & Johnson 

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Dave Cano

Senior Manager of Business Improvement,  Medtronic    View Board Profile

“AZBio is at the forefront of advancing the biosciences industry in Arizona.  Our ability to collaborate and execute is the engine that drives bioscience development on a local and global scale. Now is an exciting time to be involved in connecting across the state to provide valuable, life-changing solutions.”

Joseph "Jay" Ennesser 

Advisor, iTel Companies 

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Shelby Fletcher

Government Affairs Director, Pfizer, Inc.  

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Theresa W. Fossum, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., DACVS

Vice President of Research and Strategic Initiatives and a Professor of Veterinary Surgery,

 Midwestern University  

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Sergio Gazic

Chief Executive Officer, BioAccel  View Board Profile


MaryAnn Guerra, MBA

CEO, and founder,   Aesthetics Biomedical   View Board Profile

"As Arizona works to grow its bioscience industry, AZBio leads the way. My organization and those we support have received benefit from what this organization provides each and every day.  But more importantly, the community benefits through helping support and sustain new and thriving biotech companies."

Don Isaacs

Chief Executive Officer

 MedCom, Inc.   View Board Profile

Steve Kachelmeyer

Executive Director Regulatory and Quality Affairs

 Ulthera, Inc., Merz Device Innovation Center    View Board Profile


Daniel J. Kasprzyk

Co-founder, President & CEO, Symple Surgical   View Board Profile  

Co-founder, President & CEO, Poba Medical

“The challenges building out our bioscience infrastructure in Arizona are offset by the dedicated efforts of AZBio members and the relentless pursuit of life altering solutions in the biosciences. With over 3500+ medical device jobs in the Flagstaff community we are on the right path to compete with Boulder, CO and Minneapolis, MN in the area of workforce preparedness.”

Joshua LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D.

Executive Director, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University; 

Director, Biodesign Institute, Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics
Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine 

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Barbara Lussenhop

Senior Manager, State Government Affairs, Genentech   

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Renae Moomjian

Principal, Acacia Consultants   

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Elliott Mufson, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology, Barrow Neurological Institute

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William F. Mulholland, II

Partner, Snell & Wilmer   

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Galen Perry

Vice President, Marketing and Communications 

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) an affiliate of City of Hope

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Mike Randall

Director Research and Development

CR Bard   View Board Profile


Elizabeth Sheppard, MBA, HT (ASCP)

Senior Director, Market Access, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc./ Roche Tissue Diagnostics 

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Kathleen "Kiki" Traylor, M.D.

Director, State Government Affairs,  Amgen     View Board Profile  

“The greatest value created by our life science industry is the positive impact that what we do can make for patients and their families.  AZBio works with our community and our elected leaders to ensure that life-changing innovations are accessible to the people that need them.” 

Jeff Vallerga

Biotechnology Program Director, VWR  

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Sandra Watson

Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Commerce Authority  

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