Meet the AZBio Team
The AZBio Team works with our AZBio Board of Directors to help our members achieve their goals and get maximum value from their AZBio Membership.
Joan Koerber-Walker, President and CEO
As President and CEO of AZBio and a member of the AZBio Board of Directors, Joan Koerber-Walker works on behalf of the Arizona Bioscience and Medical Technology Industry to support the growth of the industry, its members and our community on the local and national level. Ms. Koerber-Walker is also a life science investor and has served on the boards of numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations.
The Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio) serves as the unified voice of the bioscience industry in Arizona. AZBio strives to make Arizona a place where bioscience organizations can grow and succeed. It accomplishes this by creating a forum for the bioscience community to join together, educating policy makers and the public, influencing public policy, and advancing the economic interests of individual organizations as well as the sector as a whole. In the life science industry, Ms. Koerber-Walker serves as as Arizona’s representative to the State Medical Technology Alliance (SMTA), a consortium of state and regional trade associations representing their local medical technology companies which she chaired in 2015 and represents Arizona as a member of the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) and the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI).
Rob Schemitsch, Member Services Director
The work our AZBio Members do adds great value to our community and most importantly to patients and their families. As AZBio Member Services Director, Rob Schemitsch works with AZBio Members and potential members to help them get maximum value from their AZBio Membership.
As the lead advocate for AZBio Member Engagement, Rob helps members make the most of their AZBio Membership by helping them make connections, maximize cost-saving opportunities from our AZBio Purchasing Power Partners, to build up their company’s talent base with educational tools from Life Collaborative and to hire talented team members through the AZBio Career Center.
Rob brings over 15 years of life science experience to his role at AZBio including service as Executive Director of the Translational Stem Cell Therapy Foundation, Director of Business Development at the Celebration Stem Cell Centre, Sales Representative – Diabetes Specialist at Takeda Pharmaceuticals,and as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative at inVentiv Health.
Katie Eldridge, Member Services Coordinator
Katie Eldridge leads the AZBio Office Team through our support relationship with KCA. Responsible for event and member administration, Katie works with AZBio Members and guests to deliver a great AZBio experience.
A graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Event Management, Katie brings years of experience in event planning, client relationships, and sales. Her positive attitude, passion for events, and attention to detail allow her to assist the entire AZBio team and our members in making the most of AZBio membership and activities.
Katie is also the staff lead for our AZBio Events Committee and works with committee members to coordinate the AZBio Expo, the AZBio Awards, and Trailblazers each year.
Alex Gasca, Administrative Support Team
Alex Gasca is an enthusiastic member of the AZBio Office Team through our support relationship with KCA.
Alex works with Katie on both event and member administration, to ensure that AZBio Members and guests to receive a great AZBio experience.
An undergraduate student at Arizona State University, Alex Gasca is a senior ready for graduation day! Alex is studying Tourism Development and Management in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions with certificates in Special Events Management and Convention Sales & Meeting Planning. In addition to being part of the AZBio events and membership team, Alex has worked to plan and execute events for the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA, the Phoenix Film Festival, and many more organizations.