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Advisory Board

The BTEC Advisory Board was established per the original Golden LEAF grant application to provide guidance to BTEC in the following areas: course content, curriculum development, instruction, certification requirements, assessment, marketing, and facilities/equipment needs. Since its inception, the Advisory Board has met three to four times per year and has provided valuable advice during construction, curriculum development, start-up, and operation.

Name Title Organization
Gray Armstrong Sr. Director of Operations Pfizer
Faye Calhoun, Ph.D. BRITE Interim Director North Carolina Central University BRITE
Ruben Carbonell, Ph.D. Director (on Leave) NC State BTEC
Will Darrigrand Site Director bioMérieux, Inc. *
Shawn Gallagher President, Partnership Management Eisai Co., Ltd.
Ed George Sr. Project Manager RGD Project Management
Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D. Acting Director NC State BTEC
Amy M. Grunden, Ph.D. Professor of Microbiology & University Faculty Scholar NC State College of Life Sciences, Dept. of Plant & Microbial Biology
Chad Henry Corporate Vice President Novo Nordisk *
Mike Hess, Ph.D. Sr. Manager of GO-US Novozymes
Tim Kelly, Ph.D. Executive Vice President, Operations KBI Biopharma, Inc. *
Bob Kenyon Vice President, North American Manufacturing Operations Biogen *
Louis Martin-Vega, Ph.D. Dean NC State College of Engineering
Dave Perez Vice President JE Dunn Construction
Abhinav Shukla, Ph.D. Sr. Vice President, Development & Manufacturing KBI BioPharma *
Mark Sorrells Sr. Vice President Golden LEAF Foundation
John Stefanyk Senior Account Manager/RTP EMD Millipore *
Ken Tindall, Ph.D. Sr. Vice President, Science & Business Development North Carolina Biotechnology Center
John Wagner Program Manager NCBIO
Mark Walker Director of Training, Americas Sartorius *
Pamela Webb Vice President, Americas, Life Science Formulated Chemistries Steris Life Sciences *
Ken Wilson Director, Automation & MES Merck & Co., Inc. *
David Yarley Director, Training Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

*Current BTEC scholarship sponsor.