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Carol E. Berry, MBA has over 25 years of executive management experience in the diagnostic and biotechnology industry.
She currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Asuragen’s Pharmacogenomic and CLIA Laboratory Services Division. Asuragen is a molecular diagnostic company focused on translating biomarkers into personalized molecular diagnostic products and tests including companion diagnostics.
From 2002 to 2007 Carol was a member of the senior management team at Ciphergen Biosystems Inc., a proteomic equipment and pharmacoproteomic research company. At Ciphergen she was responsible for diagnostic business development, sales and marketing, and assessing new potential diagnostic discoveries viable for commercialization.
Ms. Berry served as the Vice President of Sales/Marketing for Dynacare Laboratories for three years where she was instrumental in expanding Dynacare’s market share to a national ranking through acquisitions, strategic partnerships with hospitals, and organic sales growth nationwide.
Ms. Berry started her diagnostic career at Roche Biomedical Laboratories where she was one of the top fifty General Managers from 1986 to 1996.
Carol received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Business Administration/Information Technology from University of Dallas.
Leanna Caron, R. Ph. MBA is a healthcare executive with 17 years of global marketing and business management experience. She is currently Vice President and General Manager at Genzyme, a Sanofi company, overseeing the global commercial operations for the Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine business. While at Genzyme, Leanna has held senior positions in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
When she first joined Genzyme, Leanna lead an international team to successfully launch Aldurazyme®, a drug that helps people suffering from MPS I, a progressive, debilitating and often life-threatening rare genetic disease. While based in Europe, she was responsible for overseeing the commercial operations and European marketing for the Personalized Genetic Health business unit in Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Leanna was the Deputy General Manager for Genzyme Canada Inc. overseeing commercial operations, sales and marketing for the Canadian subsidiary.
Prior to joining Genzyme, Leanna held a variety of senior positions at Merck & Co. Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceutica in both Canada and the United States. Leanna received her Pharmacy Degree from the University of Toronto and later her MBA from Concordia and Cornell Universities.
Leanna is an Olympic Level Figure Skating judge and greatly enjoys these as well as her current contributions to the sport as a Skate Canada Elected Board Member.
Jennifer Tour Chayes, is Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she co-founded in July 2008. Before this, she was Research Area Manager for Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Cryptography at Microsoft Research Redmond. Chayes joined Microsoft Research in 1997, when she co-founded the Theory Group. Her research areas include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science, structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, and algorithmic game theory. She is the co-author of over 100 scientific papers and the co-inventor of more than 25 patents.
Chayes has many ties to the academic community. She is Affiliate Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Washington, and was for many years Professor of Mathematics at UCLA. She serves on numerous institute boards, advisory committees and editorial boards, including the Turing Award Selection Committee of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Advisory Boards of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science, the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farms Research Campus, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Selection Committee for the Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership. Chayes is a past Chair of the Mathematics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society.
Chayes received her B.A. in biology and physics at Wesleyan University, where she graduated first in her class, and her Ph.D. in mathematical physics at Princeton. She did her postdoctoral work in the mathematics and physics departments at Harvard and Cornell. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, and the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. She has twice been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Chayes is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Fields Institute, and a National Associate of the National Academies.
Chayes is well known for her work on phase transitions, in particular for laying the foundation for the study of phase transitions in problems in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science; this study is now giving rise to some of the fastest known algorithms for fundamental problems in combinatorial optimization. She is also one of the world’s experts in the modeling and analysis of random, dynamically growing graphs — which are used to model the Internet, the World Wide Web and a host of other technological and social networks. Among Chayes’ contributions to Microsoft technologies are the development of methods to analyze the structure and behavior of various networks, the design of auction algorithms, and the design and analysis of various business models for the online world.
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David Cole is Vice President for External Affairs at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA. In this capacity, he directs Whitehead’s philanthropic, communications, and public education programs. Prior to joining Whitehead in 2010, he served as the Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives at the Harvard Art Museums, where he focused on the planning and execution of the Art Museum’s Expanding Vision capital campaign, as well as on the development of the museum’s educational outreach programs and community partnerships in the greater Boston area.
He has been a research fellow in organizational learning at Harvard University’s Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA), a lecturer in entrepreneurship and new venture strategy at the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an advisor and consultant on strategic change management to numerous non-profit organizations.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he received a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in art history and American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Elaine Crowley, M.Ed. contributes over 30 years’ experience enhancing the productivity of organizations and their leaders. She recently served as consulting VP, of Organizational Development to a growing oncology drug development company for 4 years and has been the principal of her own firm since 2000. Prior to forming The Crowley Group, she served on the executive teams in global biotech and high-tech companies as: Senior Vice President of OD and Human Resources at Dyax; Vice President of Human Development at SilverPlatter Information, a diverse role which included strategic planning in this multinational e-publishing firm; and Director of Human Resources at both Integrated Genetics and Wang Laboratories, where she served on the M&A teams which successfully executed strategic alliances, mergers, and a spin-off. At Wang, she was the first Director of Human Resource Planning, after 5 years as Director of HR for Research and Development, which grew from 100 to over 1,500 employees during that period.
The Crowley Group develops organizations and their leaders, primarily in life sciences and high-tech. Elaine has been an internal and external executive coach since 1987, often working with CEOs and their teams on communication, especially in geographically dispersed settings, social intelligence, and making their matrix structures work. Her publications discuss leadership and management effectiveness, organizational dynamics, employee development and retention, and effective recruiting techniques, with a focus on C-level positions. With a Master’s in Psychology from Cambridge College, a BA in English from the State University of NY at Buffalo, and a Certificate in Organizational Development from Columbia University, she is also a Certified Behavioral Analyst. She currently serves on the Board of the New England Society for Applied Psychology.
Linn Foster Freedman, Nixon Peabody LLP - Partner
Leader, Privacy & Data Protection Group
Chair, HIPAA Compliance Group
Chair, and Health Information Technology (HIT) Team
Irene Greif, IBM Fellow, is Director of the IBM Center for Social Software and head of the Collaborative User Experience Group (CUE), a team of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) researchers based in Cambridge, MA. The group has historically worked most closely with Lotus product teams on collaboration software and is now extending its impact to other parts of Software Group -- to support collaboration among software developers -- and to IBM's service businesses.
Irene is a former faculty member of Computer Science at University of Washington and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She headed a research group in the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science which developed shared calendar, co-authoring, and real-time collaboration systems. She is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM.) Irene was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2000 and awarded the Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology Leadership award in 2008. In 2010, Irene was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Kip Hollister As Founder and CEO, Kip Hollister opened the doors of Hollister, Inc. in 1988 at age 26 with the dream of eliminating the transactional nature of the staffing industry. Her goal was to build an organization driven by values and relationships while guiding both candidates and clients through the real challenges associated with a continuously evolving job market. In 2009, those values and relationships are precisely what have shaped Hollister into one of the premier staffing firms in Massachusetts.
Kip’s focus on innovation and expansion of the firm’s ability to remain competitive and ahead of rivals, speaks directly to her entrepreneurial spirit and her commitment to meet and exceed both clients’ and candidates’ needs.
As a steadfast supporter of business-community partnerships, Kip recognizes that Hollister is only as strong as the community it serves. Her passion, high energy, commitment and leadership have served in raising the bar for small businesses throughout Massachusetts as well as sparking a fire within her own firm by celebrating social cause through extensive volunteerism. She serves on the boards of YMCA, Training Inc. and Cristo Rey Boston High School, Everybody Wins!! Metro Boston, as well as also being actively involved with City Year and Year Up.
Kip earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Susquehanna University in 1984. She resides with her husband Warren Hyde and four children in Dover, MA.
Hollister employs 60 talented staffing consultants and provides direct hire, contract and temp-to-hire solutions within the following specialty areas: Accounting & Finance, Administrative, Creative & Marketing, Sales, and Technology.
Donna Levin is the Co-Founder and VP of Government Relations at Care.com. She has a 15-year career as a social entrepreneur, most recently serving as VP of Operations at Upromise.com, an online service that helps families save for college. At Care.com, Donna has served on the management team as VP, Operations, establishing the company's safety and customer service infrastructure as well as launching the company’s care management offering. In September of 2011, Donna transitioned to spearhead new programs for families who face some of the most challenging care situations — our nation's military population and families with special needs children and seniors. With a strong belief that both government and corporate entities have a fundamental responsibility to help improve their communities, Donna and her team are currently developing innovative technologies and resources to unite all sectors in their mission.
Founded in 2006, Care.com is the largest and fastest growing service used by families seeking high-quality care providers, providing a place to easily connect with hundreds of thousands of care providers, share care giving experiences and get advice. Care.com addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through - child care, senior care; special needs care, tutoring and lessons, pet care, housekeeping and more.
Care.com has been featured in national news outlets including NBC's Today, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Parenting and Fortune. Most recently, Donna was featured as an emerging leader in the Boston Business Journal.
In addition to recently joining the advisory board of WEST, Donna serves on the advisory board of the Boston Chamber Women’s Network. Donna holds a B.A. from Emerson College and lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Barbara Marx is founder of MARX+ a strategic marketing consultancy that specializes in positioning, messaging and brand development. She has over 25 years of experience establishing marketing programs for some of the world's leading B2B and B2C technology, financial services and educational institutions. Her clients have included AT&T, IBM, Lotus, N.V. Phillips, Digital Equipment Corporation, Polaroid, Fidelity Investments and Northeastern, Tufts, and Syracuse Universities.
In the course of her career she has held a variety of executive positions. As Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Fidelity Investments she directed the branding of the firm's 401(k) business. She was Senior Vice President & General Manager at Hill and Knowlton an international communications consultancy where she headed up the firm’s Advanced Technology Division. She has also held executive management positions at Computervision, an early pioneer in turnkey CAD/CAM systems and BBN HARK Systems, a developer of speech recognition software.
Ms. Marx is past president of the Boston Club, the city's largest organization of professional women, and currently serves on the Board of the Commonwealth Institute, an organization dedicated to helping CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives build successful businesses. She sits on the Steering Committee for Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Program at Dana Farber Cancer Hospital and is co-chair of the organization’s Executive Council. Ms. Marx holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in marketing from Boston University.
Adelene Q. Perkins has served as Infinity's president and chief executive officer since 2009. Ms. Perkins first joined Infinity as chief business officer in 2002 and then served as president and chief business officer of Infinity from 2008-2009. Since joining Infinity, she has played an integral role in developing Infinity's business strategy, leading the company in its transition from a platform- to a product-based organization. She has also been the principal figure in structuring, executing, and managing all of Infinity's innovative strategic relationships, including its global alliance with Mundipharma International Corporation Ltd. and Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P.
Ms. Perkins has more than 25 years of international business and corporate strategy experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, focused on licensing and business development, strategic finance, product life cycle management, and leading high-caliber, cross-functional teams.
Ms. Perkins joined Infinity from TransForm Pharmaceuticals where she served as vice president of business and corporate development and as an early member of the management team that built the company prior to its acquisition by J&J. From 1992-1999, she was vice president of emerging businesses and the co-founder and general manager of the DiscoverEaseT business unit at Genetics Institute, now part of Pfizer. She also formed and served as chief executive officer of MetaMorphix, a joint venture between Genetics Institute and Johns Hopkins University. From 1985-1992, Ms. Perkins worked at Bain & Company, an international strategy consulting firm, where she provided strategic and operational advice to clients in the healthcare industry.
Ms. Perkins received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.S. in chemical engineering from Villanova University. She is on the Board of Project Hope and the Villanova University College of Engineering Advisory Board.
Jeremy Perisho is the National Industry Leader for the Life Sciences & Health Care practice at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (“Deloitte FAS”). Jeremy has more than 20 years of experience with Deloitte and served as client service and engagement partner on Financial Advisory Services projects for some of the leading global companies in the life sciences industry. In particular, she has wide-ranging experience in handling both internal and government investigations of health care fraud, as well as SEC accounting investigations.
Perisho has experience in litigation and dispute support, supporting life science companies with OIG/DOJ/State Attorney General investigations into matters involving anti-kickback statues, allegations of off-label promotion and other types of health care fraud and FCPA violations. Perisho has lead accounting and financial investigations, analyzing financial and accounting transactions, electronic data and conducting interviews to identify financial and accounting irregularities or improper accounting conduct. Perisho has conducted forensic and financial analysis investigations associated with organizations under investigation for revenue recognition and for asset misappropriation. Perisho also provides financial consulting, extending advisory services on structuring collaboration, distribution, co-promotion and licensing agreements to pharmaceutical (brand and generic markets), medical device/diagnostic and biotech companies; assisting clients with transactions by providing forensic due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
Perisho is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in the State of Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Connecticut and is a Leading Edge Leadership Graduate from Simmons College.
Perisho published “Prepare for Life Sciences to Recover in New England” in 2003 and made many speech presentations since then. Recent appearances include the CBI Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress in 2012 and 2011, ACI Physician Payments Disclosure and Aggregate Spend Conference in 2011 and 2010, the 3rd Annual Pharmaceutical Conference, and much more.
Sonja Plesset is Chief Managing Officer for Advancement at Whitehead Institute. She has over eighteen years of experience in non-profit management, development, and higher education. At Whitehead, she works closely with faculty and fellows to cultivate philanthropic relationships with individual, foundation, and corporate donors. Prior to joining Whitehead in 2010, Sonja served as Director of Institutional Support at the Harvard Art Museum where she focused on developing new strategies for the museum’s corporate, foundation and government fundraising as well as on the museum’s educational outreach programs and community partnerships in the greater Boston area. Sonja has served as a lecturer at Harvard University and is the author of Sheltering Women: Negotiating Gender and Violence in Northern Italy, published in 2006 by Stanford University Press. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Harvard University.
June Rokoff is a Founding Member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Institute, an organization dedicated to helping women CEO’s, entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives build successful companies. She has recently been a consultant specializing in coaching high technology management.
As Senior Vice President of Lotus' Worldwide Services Group until December 1995, Ms. Rokoff had worldwide responsibility for the company's service businesses, including consulting services, education and training, and the Lotus Institute. She held several executive positions at Lotus, including General Manager of Lotus' Workstation Products Group and General Manager of Lotus 1-2-3 Release 3. She was promoted to Vice President of the Graphics and Information Management Division in 1989 and to Senior Vice President in 1991. In 1993, she became Senior Vice President of the Software Business Group, and co-managed all product development at Lotus.
Ms. Rokoff was profiled in a NY Times article in 1994 which referred to her as ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘St June.’ She was identified in the June 8, 1992 edition of Business Week as one of the top women executives in the United States. She was the 1992 New England Women’s Leadership Award Recipient for achievement in business. In 1998, Ms. Rokoff was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by the YWCA.
She was recently on the board of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and co-chaired the Commission on Jewish Continuity. In 1994 and 1995, she chaired The New England Women’s Leadership Awards, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club and focuses public attention on the achievements of women, and has served as Honorary Chair of this event for a number of years.
Ms. Rokoff earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from State University of New York in Albany. In 1994 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley College.
Elizabeth N. Spar, Ph.D., J.D.
With more than 13 years of technical experience in diversified academic research environments, she has drafted patent applications in the fields of molecular and cellular biology, immunology, antibodies, RNAi, biologics, biosimilars, protein expression, genetically transformed plants for use as vaccines and immunogens, genomics, drug discoveries, gene therapy, antitumor therapies, screening assays and protease assays.
Dr. Spar’s prior positions include post-doctoral fellowships at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and pre-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University. Dr. Spar’s awards include the Women’s Cancers Program Fellowship, Dana Farber Cancer Institute; and the Ryan Fellowship at Harvard University. She received her B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College, her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University and her J.D. from New England School of Law. Dr. Spar is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Kimberley Zeoli is a senior Partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s national Business Risk Advisory practice. She has over 20 years of experience serving clients in the health care provider, life sciences and federal health industry sectors. Having served over 100 publicly-traded companies and private (for profit and non-profit) organizations, Kim is known nationally for her industry expertise related to corporate governance, risk and compliance issues. She also has significant experience in assisting clients and their legal counsel with responding to audits and investigations by government agencies.
Kim also serves as the regional health sciences industry champion for Deloitte’s women’s initiative network called “WIN”. Since Deloitte’s WIN program was founded 18 years ago, the firm has received recognition and awards from many organizations for its dedication to women's advancement, diversity and inclusion, professional development and workplace flexibility.
In addition to recently joining the advisory board of WEST in Boston, Kim is also actively involved in other professional women’s associations. Since 2008, Kim has served as an advisory board of a national organization called-WBL: Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry which focuses on increasing the number of women executives on corporate boards. Since 2010, she has served on the national advisory board of Women Leaders in Health.