Advisory Board and Partners

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
Marcelo Anderson Sr. Director, Global Head Strategic Partnerships Biogen *
Gray Armstrong Sr. Director of Operations Pfizer
John Balchunas Assistant Director, Professional Development Programs NC State BTEC
Ruben Carbonell, Ph.D. BTEC Distinguished Fellow NC State BTEC
William Darrigrand Vice President, Engineering bioMérieux, Inc. *
Shawn Gallagher President, Partnership Management Eisai Co., Ltd.
Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D. Executive Director NC State BTEC
Amy M. Grunden, Ph.D. William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor NC State, Dept. of Plant & Microbial Biology
Chad Henry Corporate Vice President Novo Nordisk *
Mike Hess, Ph.D. Sr. Manager, Science and Technology Novozymes
Paula M. Keith, Ph.D. Founder BioLogic Solutions, LLC
Kristopher Kelly Director, Manufacturing Science and Technology AveXis
Tim Kelly, Ph.D. President and CEO KBI Biopharma, Inc. *
Louis Martin-Vega, Ph.D. Dean, COE NC State College of Engineering(CoE)
Danny Monroe, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Academic Programs NC State BTEC
Hernan Navarro, Ph.D. Director, BRITE North Carolina Central University (BRITE)
Dave Perez Vice President JE Dunn Construction
Balaji Rao, Ph.D. Director, Academic Programs NC State BTEC
Scot Shepard Vice President, Global Technical Development Seqirus
John Stefanyk Senior Account Manager EMD Millipore *
Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D. Sr. Vice President, Science & Business Development North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Rebell Umphlett Director, Capstone Center NC Bionetwork
John Wagner Program Manager, Biotech Manufacturers Forum NCBIO
Mark Walker Director of Training, Americas Sartorius Stedim *
Pamela Webb Vice President of Sales, Americas, Life Science Formulated Chemistries Steris Life Sciences *
Kennis Wilson Director, Automation & MES Merck & Co., Inc. *
David Yarley Director of Training and Development Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

*Current BTEC scholarship sponsor.


BTEC is part of NCBioImpact, an educational partnership in which the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork, the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO) are also members.

NCBioImpact was implemented to meet the workforce needs of North Carolina's life sciences industry. Another partner is the Golden LEAF Foundation, which provided almost $39 million to build the BTEC facility. BTEC reports administratively to NC State's College of Engineering and resides on NC State's Centennial Campus, an award-winning research science park.