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Eberly Science Alumni Society Board
Alumni Board Members for 2019-2020

Executive Committee

 

Mark Lane

'88 B.S. Biology, '91 Ph.D. Physiology
Executive Director, Drug Development
PRA Health Sciences

Mark has over 25 years of experience, having served in leadership roles at some of the world’s premier Life Science organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Merck, Wyeth, MedImmune and GE Healthcare among others.  Prior to joining industry, Mark had a successful career as an academic scientist and internationally recognized speaker at the National Institutes of Health (Aging), where his team published over 100 papers, articles, and book chapters. Currently an  Executive Director in PRA Health Sciences Center for Global Drug Development, Mark has expertise in new product development (pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices),  program and project leadership/management, business development/licensing. He has also worked briefly as a Senior Management Consultant TransAccel Group and TayganPoint Consulting Group specializing in portfolio management, R&D process  improvement  and change management and  communication. Mark is also a founding member of the Penn State Startup Leadership Network, dedicated to supporting startup companies spinning out of  University  research.  

Matt Powell'89 B.S. Physics

Matt Powell graduated with from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Physics (Acoustics) in 1989. After earning his commission with the U.S. Air Force, he became a Special Operations Pilot serving in combat operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and North Africa. He has served as a commander at the squadron, group and wing levels, retiring as a colonel in 2017.

He earned a Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) from the Air War College.

Matt and his wife, Beth, are both Lifetime Members of the Penn State Alumni Association, as well as members of the Nittany Lion Club. They live in Centre Hall, PA.

Karen Keller

'00 B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Partner, Shaw Keller LLP

Karen is an intellectual property litigator with my own IP litigation boutique. She leads teams in patent infringement lawsuits involving agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, high performance liquid chromatography, biotechnology products, and networking technologies. In late 2012, Chambers USA Women in Law nominated her for its 2013 Up and Coming Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Award.

She serves as a member of the Sedona Conference’s Patent Litigation Working Group 10 on Patent Litigation Best Practices. Karen served as the President of the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In 2013, Karen was recognized for service to the District of Delaware with the Judge Caleb R. Layton, III Service Award. She is also involved in various pro bono representations including civil rights cases, family law matters and veterans’ cases.

Karen has a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Penn State and worked at GlaxoSmithKline conducting drug discovery research. Prior to founding Shaw Keller, Karen worked on other intellectual property litigation and prosecution matters at a firm in Philadelphia and at one of Delaware’s largest law firms. Karen serves on the Alumni Council of the Penn State Alumni Association and as an appointed member of the Executive Board. She is a co-chair of the Penn State Eberly College of Science Millennium Society and am active in LionLink Career Mentoring, FastStart, the Lions Roar Alumni Admissions Committee, and the new campaign. Karen serves on the board of the Evan David Foundation and The Peninsula Golf & Country Club.

At-Large Directors

Paul Battle’98 B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Director, Data Center Channel Partners
Lenovo Technology Solutions Ltd.

Paul is the Director of Data Center Channel Partners for the US and is responsible for driving Lenovo’s Data Center Business with the top 200 Data Center Value Added Resellers.

After graduating Penn State University in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB), Paul worked at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) conducting Colorectal Cancer Research and publishing several times with Dr. J. Milburn Jessup, MD. and his team. During this time, Paul took Computer Engineering Hardware and Software Design Courses at University of Pittsburgh.

 In 2000, Paul joined IBM's PC/Server Division in Atlanta as an inside sales representative. Paul quickly progressed on the inside sales team and moved to Field sales in 2002 in NY Metro.  In 2005, IBM PC Division was acquired by Lenovo. Paul held various positions for Lenovo in NY from Enterprise Sales Rep to Global Account Executive.

 In 2008, Paul and his wife moved to London, UK where Paul stayed with Lenovo and was responsible for the EMEA Telco business. In addition to PCs, Paul covered business development for Android Tablets, Android Phones, Telcos as a Channel and Data Center.
 In 2015, Paul and his wife moved back to NYC, staying with Lenovo once again, to lead a team as Director of National Channel Partners.

 Paul enjoys mentoring and giving back in various ways including volunteering, philanthropic work, etc. In addition, Paul loves playing sports (soccer, tennis, golf, skiing, etc) and watching sports (All Pittsburgh Teams, All Penn State teams and Manchester United FC).

 

Kristin Brancato’92 B.S. Chemistry
General Manager and Chief Technology Officer
Botaneco Inc.

Kristin Brancato has over 20 years of experience in technical and executive positions in the consumer products space primarily focusing on new product development for home care, personal care, women’s health, and the nutraceutical markets. Bringing invaluable knowledge and expertise, she plays a key role in establishing and delivering Botaneco’s innovation and technology strategy. Kristin has a Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, and is the holder of many patents.

William Flood'86 B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology
'03 M.S. Health Evaluation Sciences
Chief Medical Officer
NantHealth

​William Flood is the Chief Medical Officer for eviti at NantHealth, a next-generation, evidence-based, personalized healthcare company enabling improved patient outcomes and more effective treatment decisions for critical illnesses. Prior to his role with NantHealth, Flood has served as Assistant in Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. He is a multi-time graduate of Penn State (ECOS: BS - Molecular/Cell Biology; COM: MS - Health Evaluation Sciences) and the Temple University School of Medicine (MD). He performed his post graduate medical training at the Duke University Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. While in usual practice, Flood was named a "Best Doctor in America" many years. A native of Levittown PA, he lives in Landisville, PA with his family.

Shelby Foster

'16 B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Associate Scientist
GlaxoSmithKline

Shelby graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in technical writing. Upon graduation, she moved to the greater Philadelphia area to work at GlaxoSmithKline. Shelby spent two years in upstream processing to manufacture the severe asthma biopharmaceutical Nucala. In 2018, Shelby transitioned to a role in research and development for biopharmaceuticals at GSK. She currently works in upstream process development to optimize manufacturing platforms and deliver maximum drug substance through media formulation, in-process filtration, and testing for best operating setpoints.
 
Outside of work, Shelby is an avid runner and lives in Conshohocken, PA.

Eric Freed

'85 B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chief, Virus-Cell Interaction Section
National Cancer Institute

​Dr. Eric Freed received his Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did postdoctoral work with Dr. Howard Temin at UW-Madison in 1991.  He joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, in 1992.  In 1997 he was appointed as a Tenure-Track Investigator in NIAID, and he was promoted to a tenured Senior Investigator position in 2002.  In 2003 Dr. Freed joined the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program (HIV DRP, renamed as the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program in 2015).  In 2009, he was appointed as the first Editor-in-Chief of Viruses.  He was selected as an NCI Mentor of Merit in 2010 for excellence in mentoring and in 2015 became the Director of the HIV DRP.  He is also a member of the NIH AIDS Discovery and Development of Therapeutics (ADDT) study section and currently serves as ADDT Chair.  He is a Co-Director of the University of Maryland Virology Program and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

BRIANA GOOD'16 B.S. Biology
Inside Account Manager
Agilent Technologies

Brianna is a proud 2016 graduate of the Penn State Eberly College of Science at the University Park Campus. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, Beta Phi Chapter, serving as the chapter Homecoming liaison, and a member of the Education and Ritual Committee. She was an active four-year participant of THON and continues to support the dance marathon each year.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Brianna attended Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA pursuing her Master’s degree in Forensic Toxicology. Brianna completed a Master’s Research Thesis titled The Postmortem Redistribution and Detection Levels of THC and Other Cannabinoids Including Biomarkers of Recent Usage with the assistance of samples from NMS Laboratories. She completed her Masters program in 2018 with an intensive Toxicology internship at the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education involving mock casework, forensically defensible report writing, and mock courtroom defense.

Brianna currently works for Agilent Technologies in Wilmington, DE as the Inside Account Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio district supplying laboratory solutions in the form of Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry. She enjoys fitness and true crime documentaries in her spare time.

 

 

Kolin Good'89 B.S. Biology
Consulting Physician
Reading Health System

Kolin Good is a 1989 graduate of the Penn State University with a B.S. in Biology. She attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she received a scholarship for academic excellence. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned the Laughlin Fellow Award for the most outstanding resident at graduation.

She was named Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Reading Hospital, Reading Health System, in 2011 and served in the position for 12 years before transitioning to a new role as a Consulting Physician in January 2019.

She  is a Life Member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Kevin'89 B.S. Microbiology
Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs, Quality, and Medical Writing
Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Kevin joined Achillion Pharmaceuticals in September 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs, Quality, and Medical Writing. Achillion was acquired by Alexion Pharmaceuticals in January 2020.

Kevin was previously employed at Karyopharm as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Quality, and Pharmacovigilance where he was responsible for leading the strategic development and operational implementation activities across the Company’s regulatory, quality control and pharmacovigilance divisions.

Kevin brings nearly thirty years of experience in developing regulatory and development strategies and has led or participated in numerous regulatory filings for both development- and commercial-stage products across a wide range of therapeutics indications. Prior to joining Karyopharm, Kevin served as Global Head of Regulatory and Quality at Zafgen, Inc. where he led the regulatory, quality and compliance divisions. Kevin also spent fourteen years at Sanofi where he led the regulatory development for Phase 1-3 programs in fibrosis, wound repair, liver and metabolic diseases including non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, diabetes and obesity. He was also responsible for the commercial regulatory affiliate organizations in the U.S. and Canada, overseeing advertising, promotion, and compliance activities. Kevin started his career at Hoffmann-LaRoche Pharmaceuticals in virology research, in vitro diagnostic device development, and clinical/regulatory affairs.

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Marine Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from the Temple University School of Pharmacy, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management from the Capella University School of Business and Technology, graduating with distinction. Kevin is also certified in regulatory affairs (US RAC) from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.

Donna

'87 B.S. Biology
Director, Compliance Officer
Merck & Co., Inc.

Donna has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and currently serves as the Ethics & Compliance Officer responsible for supporting several departments in Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), including clinical research, regulatory affairs, and outcomes research, as well as managing the MRL Ethics & Compliance Assessments team. In this role, Donna partners with her client groups to define and implement compliance policies, monitor and assess risk, advise and recommend actions for improvements, and identify solutions while maintaining an independent view into MRL operations.

Donna joined Merck in 1989 as a Pathology Biologist, moved on to Adverse Experience Reporting and Worldwide Product Labeling, supporting a broad range of products, before moving into a research compliance role. Prior to joining Merck, Donna worked as a Research Assistant in the Anatomy department at Temple School of Medicine and as a Pathology Research Assistant at Rorer Pharmaceuticals. While at Merck, she also served as an Adjunct Professor the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs master’s program at Temple University.

Both Donna and her husband are Life Members of the Penn State Alumni Association, their two daughters are current Penn State students, and Donna has been actively involved as a mentor in the ECOS Alumni Mentoring Program and the Fast Start Program. Donna lives in Harleysville, PA with her family, 4 horses, dog, and cat, and has been an avid horsewoman for over 40 years riding and competing in horse shows, most recently in Ladies Sidesaddle.

'88 B.S. MathAndrewSantacroce
VP of Technology Development
TMNA Services, LLC

Andy Santacroce is Vice President of Technology for Tokio Marine North America Services (TMNAS). He leads an interdisciplinary team at TMNAS that identifies and develops differentiating technology to engage commercial insurance customers, empower team members, and provide a uniquely positive insurance experience across its national footprint. Prior to joining TMNAS in 2016, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Global Applications & Digital Products at BDP International in Philadelphia. He has held key leadership positions at the Verizon companies, Cable & Wireless, SmithKline Beecham, PECO Energy, The PMA Group and Prudential Insurance. He serves on the Board of Directors for Encore Series, Inc. (The Philly POPS) since 2012, the Board of Directors for Cradles to Crayons since early 2019, and on the Executive Board of the Penn State Alumni Association for several years. He has also served as a director on several other non-profit, governmental and quasigovernmental boards and is actively engaged as an Advisor for key technology incubators. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Penn State University. In 2016 he received industry recognition as a Premier 100 Technology Leader by Computerworld Magazine and as an Alumni Fellow by Penn State University.

Chris Stump'09 B.S. Math
Sr. Product Integration Analyst
Comcast

Christoper is an analytics professional focusing on both descriptive and predictive analytics that can inform improvements in network and video quality. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Penn State, graduating in 2009, and an MS in Finance from Temple University in 2013. Christopher has worked at Comcast Cable in Philadelphia since 2013. He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and an active member of the Penn State Blue Band Alumni Association. 
 

Elaine Voce'86 B.S. Biology
Account Executive
Avanos

Early in her career, Elaine gained experience in an Intensive Care Laboratory and Anesthesia Research setting at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, PA; affording her a direct patient care experience.  For the last 21 years, Elaine has been in Medical Device Sales at Ballard-Kimberly Clark-Halyard-Avanos with a focus in Respiratory and Critical Care - Long Term Care Enteral Feeding. During her sales tenure, she has been a Committee Member of the Pennsylvania Society of Respiratory Care and the Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers. She has also been a Field Sales Trainer and served on the Sales Advisory Board. In the last two years, Elaine has added Capital Sales to her experience. She is the first to  have sold Cortrak machines in Western Pennsylvania.

 Her passion for Health Care has driven her to be a consistent a top sales performer. She has achieved Club One status numerous times.  Three of these times earned her Club One trips. Elaine is also the recipient of two President's Club Awards, the highest sales honor at Avanos. 

'82 MicrobiologyKaren Weaver
Director, Global Project Management & Leadership
Daiichi Sankyo Corporation

Karen graduated from Penn State with a BS degree in Microbiology in 1982.  She is part of a long legacy of PSU graduates. Her parents, Elaine Levin and Alfred Levine graduated in 1948 and got married on campus on their graduation day.  Her father was in the Blue Band.  Karen’s brother and sister-in-law also graduated from Penn State in 1976.  In addition, Karen’s twins, Kayla and Kyle, graduated from Penn State in Spring, 2013.

Since graduation, Karen has been employed in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years’ and possesses experience in all aspects of drug development and project management (PMP and CPM-certified). She is currently employed by Daiichi Sankyo Corporation in Basking Ridge, NJ where her focus is in oncology drug development.

 In her spare time, Karen bleeds blue and white as a member of the Nittany Lion Club, Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association, and of the Northern NJ Alumni Association Chapter. She also gives back to the university through participation in the Eberly College of Science mentoring program.

Karen resides in Franklin Lakes, NJ. She is a season ticket holder with her husband, Kevin, and follows all things Penn State. She has 2 chocolate labs, Heisman and Cadence, who have filled her empty nest.  She is excited to become a member of the Eberly Alumni Board and cannot wait to contribute new ideas for the future.

JULIE WIGHT'95 B.S. Chemistry
Product Specialist
Agilent Technologies

Julie Wight received her B.S degree in chemistry from Penn State.  While at Penn State, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and a member of the Penn State Equestrian Team.
 
After Penn State, Julie went on to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Ph.D. In Chemistry.  After spending 5 years in the lab developing scientific instrumentation, she decided the lab wasn’t for her and moved to San Jose, California to join Thermo Finnigan as a product marketing specialist.  There, she was responsible for product management and marketing for a range of hardware and software products.

Deciding that product management was a great fit but missing winter, Julie moved with her husband to Toronto, Ontario to work for Applied Biosystems.  At Applied Biosystems, she continued working with research scientists, programmers and customers to help envision and bring to market new products.

 After the birth of their first child, Julie and her husband wanted to move back to the states.  They relocated to the Washington, D.C. area where she works for Agilent Technologies.  At Agilent, Julie is a technical sales specialist for Mass Spectrometry and supports a team of account managers and manufacturer reps throughout the Maryland, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia.

She and her husband have 2 children and when she’s not busy with them, she enjoys running, biking and riding horses.  She serves on the Mary of Nazareth Catholic School Board of Directors and the Eberly College of Science Alumni board where she is the committee chair for the alumni engagement committee.

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Lori Schrider.

Director of Strategy, North America Laboratory Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers
'98 B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

'03 M.B.A. Fairleigh Dickinson University

As the Director of Strategy at Siemens Healthineers, Lori serves as a member of the North America leadership team where she drives commercial initiatives for the Laboratory Diagnostics and Point-of-Care testing businesses. Prior to Siemens Healthineers, she was Director of New Systems Marketing and Business Development at ZEUS Scientific where she was responsible for commercialization strategies for infectious disease and automimmune products. Before ZEUS, Lori held various roles of increasing responsibility over 17 years of service at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, formerly a Johnson & Johnson company. Lori held roles in sales, marketing, training and operations for diagnostic solutions ranging from basic chemistry assays to infectious disease serology assays used in clinical laboratories and transfusion medicine.

Lori enjoys giving back through career coaching and mentoring. She considers her biggest achievement as being a mom to her 3 children Emily, Eric and Eliana (future Nittany Lions if she gets her way). Her other interests include cooking, gardening and classic cars.