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.

Chair
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
HonorHealth


Michael Abecassis, M.D.

Dean
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.

Director
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.

Special Advisor
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

President
Creative Testing Solutions


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

Mayor
City of Peoria


Rita Cheng, Ph.D.

President
Northern Arizona University


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

Mayor
City of Flagstaff


Dave Dexter

President & CEO
Sonora Quest Laboratories


Debbie Dicarlo

CEO
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
Pfizer


Julian Fruhling

Arizona Market Executive
Banterra Bank


The Honorable Kate Gallego

Mayor
City of Phoenix


Harry George

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Solstice Capital


Jim Goulka

Chairman & Managing Director
AZ Tech Investors


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
BioAccel


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


William C. Harris, Ph.D.

President & CEO (retired)
Science Foundation Arizona


The Honorable Kevin Hartke

Mayor
City of Chandler


The Honorable Daniel Hernandez, Jr.

Arizona House of Representatives


Doug Hockstad

Assistant Vice President, Tech Launch Arizona
University of Arizona


Tom Hornaday

President
Hornaday Development LLC


Linda Hunt

Senior Vice President of Operations, Arizona
Dignity Health


Gail Jackson

President & CEO
Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona


Heidi Jannenga

Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer
WebPT


Kyle Jardine

Director, Development
Wexford Science and Technology


Diane Jelinek, Ph.D.

Dean of Research
Mayo Clinic


Holly Jensen

Vice President, Communications
University of Arizona


Larry D. Johnson, Jr., D.A.H.

President
Phoenix College


Tim “T.J.” Johnson

Executive Chairman
HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc.


Paul Keim

Cowden Chair & Regents Professor
Northern Arizona University


Ron King, Ph.D.

Board Member, Co-Founder
BioAccel


Gretchen Kinsella

Arizona Business Unit Leader
DPR Construction


Joan Koerber-Walker

President & CEO
Arizona BioIndustry Association


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


Matt Lingard

Marana Site Lead
Bayer Crop Science


Jack W. Lunsford

President
The Lunsford Group


Christine Mackay

Director, Community and Economic Development
City of Phoenix


Joann MacMaster

CEO
Desert Angels


Richard Mallery, Esq.

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


Libby McDannell

Executive Vice President
Arizona Medical Association


John McElligott

Executive Director
Maricopa County Medical Society


Jon W. McGarity

President
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

Partner
Molera Alvarez


Jeffrey D. Morton

Partner
Snell & Wilmer


Richard T. Myers

Former Regent
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


The Honorable Douglas Nicholls

Mayor
City of Yuma


The Honorable David Ortega

Mayor
City of Scottsdale


Nina Ossanna, Ph.D.

Chair
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

Executive Director
invisionAZ


The Honorable Brigette Peterson

Mayor
City of Gilbert


Suzanne Pfister

President & CEO
Vitalyst Health Foundation


Liz Pocock

Interim CEO
Startup Tucson


The Honorable Christian Price

Mayor
City of Maricopa


Steve Purves

President & CEO
Maricopa Integrated Health System


Guy Reed, M.D.

Dean
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


Jessica Rigler

Assistant Director
Arizona Department of Health Services


Todd Sanders

President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce


Rick Schnellmann, Ph.D.

Dean
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

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.

President
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


Joann Sweasy, Ph.D.

Director
University of Arizona Cancer Center


Ryan Takeuchi

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


T. Paul Thomas

CEO
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


Eric E. Walk, M.D., FCAP

Senior Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs
Chief Medical Officer
Roche Tissue Diagnostics


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

Mayor
Town of Oro Valley


Neal Woodbury, Ph.D.

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


The Honorable Corey Woods

Mayor
City of Tempe


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

President
CredibleMeds


Russ Yelton

CEO
Yelton & Associates


Steven Zylstra

President & CEO
Arizona Technology Council


Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program

Participating on the Steering Committee in 2020-2021:

Mohammad Albanna

CEO
Humabiologics


Sahil Diwan

CEO
SafKan Health


Dr. John Ehteshami

CEO
Additive Implants


Rachel Mertensmeyer

CEO
RexPay


Ben Renquist

President
GenetiRate


Ruchir Sehra

CEO
Resonea