Steering Committee

Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee is comprised of about 135 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.

In 2018, the committee launched four project teams to advance and accelerate the Arizona ecosystem: entrepreneurship, legislative relations, risk capital, and talent.

In addition, 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

Eve Ross

Eve Ross, J.D.

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

Heather Carter

Heather Carter

Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Greater Phoenix Leadership

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Mark Slater, Ph.D.

Immediate Past Chair
Vice President for Research

Michael Abecassis, M.D.

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

The Honorable Amanda Aguirre

President & CEO
Regional Center for Border Health

 Ann-Marie Alameddin

President & CEO
Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

John Arnold

Executive Director
Arizona Board of Regents

Will Aylor

Assistant Vice President for Research
Northern Arizona University

Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D.

Executive Director
SciTech Institute

Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Ph.D.

BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona

The Honorable Betsey Bayless

President Emeritus
Maricopa Integrated Health System

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

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

Chris Camacho

President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation
University of Arizona

Dennis Carey

Executive Director
Pima County Medical Society

Jennifer Carusetta

Vice President, Public Affairs & Advocacy
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Ji Mi Choi

Desert and Pacific Region, I-Corps Hub
Arizona State University

The Honorable Becky Daggett

City of Flagstaff

Bob DeLean

Chairman, CEO & Managing Director
Arizona Tech Investors

Dave Dexter

President & CEO
Sonora Quest Laboratories

Debbie Dicarlo

Cancer Support Community Arizona

David Engelthaler, Ph.D.

Director, Programs and Operations
TGen North

Maureen Fahey

Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Brandy Flores

Senior Manager, Alliance Development

The Honorable Kate Gallego

City of Phoenix

Jyotsna Ghai, Ph.D.

Vice President, Product Development
Roche Tissue Diagnostics (Ventana Medical Systems)

Steven Gonzales, Ph.D.

Maricopa Community Colleges

Robert S. Green, Esq.

Former President & CEO
EndoVantage, LLC

Mary Jo Gregory, FACHE, RN

President & CEO
The NARBHA Institute

David J. Gullen, M.D.

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

Geoffrey Gurtner, M.D.

Professor and Chair
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Michael Guymon

President and CEO
Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce

Sharon J. Harper

President & CEO
The Plaza Companies

The Honorable Kevin Hartke

City of Chandler

Gabrielle Finley-Hazle

Dignity Health Arizona Central & West Valley

Doug Hockstad

Assistant Vice President, Tech Launch Arizona
University of Arizona

Tom Hornaday

Hornaday Development LLC

Matthew Hulver, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research
Arizona State University

Gail Jackson

President & CEO
Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona

Chad Jaeger

Chief Operating Officer
Banner Research

Heidi Jannenga

Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer

Kyle Jardine

Vice President, Market Executive
Wexford Science and Technology

Holly Jensen

Vice President, Communications
University of Arizona

Brittney Kaufmann

Health System Alliance of Arizona

Paul Keim, Ph.D.

Cowden Chair & Regents Professor
Northern Arizona University

Gretchen Kinsella

Arizona Business Unit Leader
DPR Construction

Joan Koerber-Walker

President & CEO
Arizona BioIndustry Association

Beth Kohler

Chief Executive Officer
Arizona Association of Health Plans

Melissa Kotrys


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

Executive Director
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

The Honorable John Lewis

President & CEO
PHX East Valley Partnership

Matt Likens

President & CEO
GT Medical Technologies

Jack W. Lunsford

The Lunsford Group

Christine Mackay

Director, Community and Economic Development
City of Phoenix

Joann MacMaster

Desert Angels

Marie Jay Maningo-Salinas, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Research
Mayo Clinic

Libby McDannell

Arizona Medical Association

John McElligott

Executive Director
Maricopa County Medical Society

Jon W. McGarity

EthiX Associates

Hiral Mistry

New Product Development Leader
W.L. Gore & Associates

Mike Mobley, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Office for Research and Innovation
Grand Canyon University

Jeffrey D. Morton

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Rick Naimark

Associate Vice President of Program Development Planning
Arizona State University

Matthew Nelson

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

The Honorable Douglas Nicholls

City of Yuma

The Honorable David Ortega

City of Scottsdale

Nina Ossanna, Ph.D.

Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona

Kimberly Ott

Assistant to the President, Executive Communication and Media Relations
Northern Arizona University

Katie Paquet

Vice President, Media Relations & Strategic Communications
Arizona State University

Pankaj Jay Pasricha, M.D.

Chair of Medicine
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Julie M. Pastrick

President & CEO
Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

Susan Pepin, M.D.

Managing Director of Health and Clinical Partnerships
Arizona State University – Knowledge Enterprise

Mara Pernick

Partner, Cancer Fund

The Honorable Brigette Peterson

City of Gilbert

Suzanne Pfister

President & CEO
Vitalyst Health Foundation

Zaida Dedolph Piecoro

Health Policy Advisor
Arizona Governor’s Office

Liz Pocock

Startup Tucson

The Honorable Christian Price

Maricopa Economic Development Alliance

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

Director of Workforce and Economic Development
Maricopa Community Colleges

Jessica Rigler

Staff Vice President, Population Health and Innovation
Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona

Nannon Roosa

CATS Tonometer

Todd Sanders

President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Rick Schnellmann, Ph.D.

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

Tom Schumann

Executive Director
Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation

Ronald E. Shoopman

Director of Innovation and Special Projects
Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Former Chair
Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee

Martin 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.

Scarlett Spring

Assistant Director
Phoenix Bioscience Core

Carol Stewart

Associate Vice President
Tech Parks Arizona

Joann Sweasy, Ph.D.

University of Arizona Cancer Center

Kristen Swingle

President and Chief Operating Officer
Critical Path Institute

T. Paul Thomas

Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance

Catherine Todero, Ph.D.

Vice Provost of Health Sciences Campuses
Creighton University

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

Victor Waddell, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Arizona Biomedical Research Centre
Arizona Department of Health Services

Sandra Watson

President & CEO
Arizona Commerce Authority

Michael White, M.D.

Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
Valleywise Health

Jason Wilder, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research
Northern Arizona University

Glenn Williamson

Founder & CEO
Canada Arizona Business Council

The Honorable Joe Winfield

Town of Oro Valley

The Honorable Corey Woods

City of Tempe

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


Russ Yelton

Yelton & Associates

Fanny Zylstra

Director of Operations

Steven Zylstra

President & CEO
Arizona Technology Council

Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program

Participating on the Steering Committee in 2022-2023:

Elsa Chi Abruzzo

Anuncia Medical

Jasmine Bhatti

Navi Nurses

Hannah Eherenfeldt


Joe Rinehart

NeuTherapeutics, LLC

Manny Teran

SaiOx Inc.

Donald Weber

Beacon BioMedical

Scott Zentack

uPetsia, Inc

 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program

Participating on the Steering Committee in 2023-2024:

Iman Daryaei, M.D.

TheraCea Pharma

 Robert Futch

Delta Development Team

 Andrew Heuerman

CEO & Co-Founder
The Patient Company

 Mayank Mishra


 Inga Rose

Reference Medicine

Ben Smith

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