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

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

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

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

Executive Director
SciTech Institute

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

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

The Honorable Cathy Carlat

City of Peoria

Ji Mi Choi

Vice President, Knowledge Enterprise
Arizona State University

Christina Corieri

Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Ducey
Governor’s Office

The Honorable Paul Deasy

City of Flagstaff

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

Vice President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Brandy Flores

Alliance Development Manager

Julian Fruhling

Arizona Market Executive
Banterra Bank

The Honorable Kate Gallego

City of Phoenix

Jyotsna Ghai, Ph.D.

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

Jim Goulka

Chairman & Managing Director
AZ Tech Investors

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)

The Honorable Deb Gullett

Executive Director
Arizona Association of Health Plans

Sharon J. Harper

President & CEO
The Plaza Companies

The Honorable Kevin Hartke

City of Chandler

Gabrielle Finley-Hazle

Dignity Health Arizona Central & West Valley

The Honorable Daniel Hernandez, Jr.

Arizona House of Representatives

Doug Hockstad

Assistant Vice President, Tech Launch Arizona
University of Arizona

Tom Hornaday

Hornaday Development LLC

Gail Jackson

President & CEO
Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona

Heidi Jannenga

Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer

Kyle Jardine

Director, Development
Wexford Science and Technology

Holly Jensen

Vice President, Communications
University of Arizona

Paul Keim

Cowden Chair & Regents Professor
Northern Arizona University

Gretchen Kinsella

Arizona Business Unit Leader
DPR Construction

Joan Koerber-Walker

President & CEO
Arizona BioIndustry Association

Melissa Kotrys

Health Current

David Krietor

Executive Director
Phoenix Biomedical Campus

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

Executive Director
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

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

Richard Mallery, Esq.

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

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

The Honorable Kate Brophy McGee

Arizona State Senate (former)

Mike Mobley, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Office for Research and Innovation
Grand Canyon University

Jaime A. Molera

Molera Alvarez

Jeffrey D. Morton

Snell & Wilmer

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

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

Liz Pocock

Startup Tucson

The Honorable Christian Price

City of Maricopa

Steve Purves

President & CEO
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Matthew Rank, M.D.

Professor of Medicine; Chair, Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Mayo Clinic

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

Nannon Roosa

CATS Tonometer

Jessica Rigler

Assistant Director
Arizona Department of Health Services

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

Amber Smith

President & CEO
Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce

Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D.

Vice President/Research Director
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

Colleen Smith, Ph.D.

Coconino Community College

Joseph Snell

President & CEO
Sun Corridor Inc.

Janet Spear

General Manager
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Carol Stewart

Associate Vice President
Tech Parks Arizona

Julia Strange

Vice President, Community Benefit
Tucson Medical Center

Kristen Swingle

Interim President and CEO
Critical Path Institute

Joann Sweasy, Ph.D.

University of Arizona Cancer Center

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

The Honorable Jeff Weninger

Arizona House of Representatives

Glenn Williamson

Founder & CEO
Canada Arizona Business Council

The Honorable Joe Winfield

Town of Oro Valley

Neal Woodbury, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research, Chief Science & Technology Officer
Arizona State University

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 2021-2022:

David Talenfeld

Botanisol Analytics

Emma Bowers

Founder & CEO

Eric Luster

Movement Interactive

Anthony Dietz


Navid Ziran

Satori Orthopaedics

Charles Phillips

Scintillation Nanotechnologies

Scarlett Spring

TapRoot Interventions and Solutions