Steering Committee

Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee is comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors in science, health care, business, academia, and policy, and is the leadership group responsible for overseeing Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap. The group helped to devise the Roadmap in 2002 and contributed to its update in 2014. The committee meets quarterly and sets the key priorities for the Roadmap.

Some of the Steering Committee’s main activities include:

  • Stimulating a business environment in Arizona that will lead to growth in the biosciences and the emerging knowledge industry
  • Seeking ways to encourage new and innovative partnerships
  • Enhancing communications by coordinating efforts to raise the visibility of the biosciences in Arizona
  • Taking advantage of opportunities to advance and promote the biosciences to key audiences statewide
  • Staying abreast of major research, business, and policy developments that impact the biosciences in Arizona

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Mark Slater, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research

Eve Ross

Eve Ross, Ph.D.

Vice Chair
Vice President (Retired)
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

P. David Adelson, M.D., FACS, FAAP

Director, Barrow Neuroscience Institute & Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery/Children’s Neurosciences
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Lawrence J. Aldrich

CEO & Co-Founder
NewAm Health

John Arnold

Executive Director
Arizona Board of Regents

Denny Barney

President & CEO
East Valley Partnership

Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Ph.D.

BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona

The Honorable Betsey Bayless

President Emeritus
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Ben Beckstead, Ph.D.

Cardiac Category Leader
W.L. Gore & Associates

Martha Brumfield, Ph.D.

President & CEO
Critical Path Institute

Robert B. Bulla

Former President
Arizona Board of Regents

Shane Burgess, Ph.D., D.V.M.

Vice President and Dean
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
University of Arizona

Tess Burleson

Chief Operating Officer
Translational Genomics Research Institute

Sally Caglioti

Creative Testing Solutions

Chris Camacho

President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

William Cance

Deputy Director
University of Arizona Cancer Center Phoenix

The Honorable Cathy Carlat

City of Peoria

The Honorable Heather Carter

Arizona State Senate

Rita Cheng, Ph.D.

Northern Arizona University

Christina Corieri

Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Ducey
Governor’s Office

The Honorable Jenn Daniels

Town of Gilbert

Debbie Dicarlo

Cancer Support Community Arizona

David Engelthaler, Ph.D.

Director, Programs and Operations
TGen North

Julian Fruhling

Senior Vice President/Regional Manager
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Harry George

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Solstice Capital

Neil Giuliano

President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Leadership

Robert S. Green, Esq.

President & CEO
EndoVantage, LLC

Mary Jo Gregory, FACHE, RN

President & CEO
The NARBHA Institute

MaryAnn Guerra

Founder & Chairman of the Board

David J. Gullen, M.D.

Chair, Board of Directors, Flinn Foundation
Community Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic (retired)

The Honorable Deb Gullett

Executive Director
Arizona Association of Health Plans

Michele Halyard, M.D.

Dean, Arizona Campus
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Sharon J. Harper

President & CEO
The Plaza Companies

Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D.

Maricopa Community Colleges

William C. Harris, Ph.D.

President & CEO
Science Foundation Arizona

Tom Hornaday

Hornaday Development LLC

Chevy Humphrey

President & CEO
Arizona Science Center

Linda Hunt

President & CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

Tim “T.J.” Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc.

Randall Kimmens

Director, Business & Workforce Development
Maricopa Community Colleges

Ron King, Ph.D.

Board Member, Co-Founder

Joan Koerber-Walker

President & CEO
Arizona BioIndustry Association

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

Executive Director
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

The Honorable W.J. “Jim” Lane

City of Scottsdale

Jack W. Lunsford

The Lunsford Group

Richard Mallery, Esq.

Founding Chair & CEO, International Genomics Consortium
Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Libby McDannell

Executive Vice President
Arizona Medical Association

Jon W. McGarity

EthiX Associates

The Honorable Kate Brophy McGee

Arizona State Senate

The Honorable Mark Mitchell

City of Tempe

Jaime A. Molera

Molera Alvarez

Jeffrey D. Morton

Snell & Wilmer

Regent Richard T. Myers

Arizona Board of Regents

Rick Naimark

Associate Vice President of Program Development Planning 
Arizona State University

Matthew Nelson

Manager of Research Operations
St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center

Nina Ossanna, Ph.D.

Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona

Julie M. Pastrick

President & CEO
Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

Susan Pepin

Managing Director of Health and Clinical Partnerships
Arizona State University – College of Health Solutions

Suzanne Pfister

President & CEO
Vitalyst Health Foundation

Steve Purves

President & CEO
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Guy Reed, M.D.

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Eric Reiman, M.D.

Board of Directors, Flinn Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
Banner Research

Darcy Renfro

Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges

The Honorable Jonathan Rothschild

City of Tucson

Todd Sanders

President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Rick Schnellmann, Ph.D.

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

David Schultz, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research
Northern Arizona University

Tom Schumann

Executive Director
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

Ronald E. Shoopman

Immediate Past Chair
President (Retired)

Southern Arizona Leadership Council

Martin L. Shultz

Former Chair
Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee

Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D.

Vice President/Research Director
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

Joseph Snell

President & CEO
Sun Corridor Inc.

Janet Spear

Plant Manager
Celgene Corporation

Julia Strange

Vice President, Community Benefit
Tucson Medical Center

Ryan Takeuchi

Former Medical Division Business Leader
W.L. Gore & Associates

Marilyn G. Teplitz

MGT Associates

T. Paul Thomas

Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance

Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D.

President & Research Director
Translational Genomics Research Institute

Robert T. Trotter II, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Health Research Initiatives
Northern Arizona University

Greg Vigdor

President & CEO
Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

Victor Waddell, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Arizona Biomedical Research Centre
Arizona Department of Health Services

Eric E. Walk, M.D., FCAP

Senior Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs
Chief Medical Officer
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Sandra Watson

President & CEO
Arizona Commerce Authority

Brandy Wells

Alliance Development Manager

Raymond L. Woosley, M.D., Ph.D.


Russ Yelton

Yelton & Associates

Steven Zylstra

President & CEO
Arizona Technology Council

Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program

Participating on the Steering Committee in 2018-2019:

Jen Koevary, Ph.D.

Avery Therapeutics

Matthew Likens

President & CEO
GT Medical Technologies

Vicki Mayo

TouchPoint Solution

Nitish Peela

Founder & CTO

Anil Shrikhande, Ph.D.

Gemneo Bioscience

Annette Zinky

Chief Operating Officer