Piedmont Triad Advisory Committee

The following community leaders donate their time and expertise to shape the growth of life science in the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina.


  • Executive Advisory Council lead: Jerry Barker, President, Novex Innovations

  • Michael Batalia, Ph.D., CLP, Co-founder, Wide Eyed Technologies, LLC

  • Manju Bhat, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, Business & Education, Winston-Salem State University

  • Bill Bullock, Senior Vice President, Statewide Operations & Economic Development, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  • Jennifer Byrne, Co-founder and CEO, Javara Inc.

  • Robert Egleston, Executive Director, Twin City Development Foundation

  • Chair: Daniel (Dan) Erb, PT, Ph.D., Provost, High Point University

  • Vice Chair: Geoff Foster, M.S., MBA, CEO and President, Core Technology Molding Corp.

  • Serena Guzman, Senior Vice President of Atlantic Division, LabCorp

  • Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH, President, Salem Academy & College

  • Nancy V. Johnston, Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Office, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  • Carissa Jones, President, Mercodia Inc.

  • Genevra Kelly, MPH, Institute Partnerships, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

  • Ag Tech Consultant: Michael Kelly, Chief Financial Officer, Piedmont Animal Health

  • Peter Marsh, Founding Partner, Flywheel Coworking LLC and Founding Director, Flywheel Foundation

  • Eric Muth, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, North Carolina A&T State University

  • Sherine Obare, Ph.D., Dean, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, North Carolina A&T State University and UNC Greensboro 

  • Mark Owens, I.O.M., CCE, President and CEO, Greater Winston-Salem Inc.

  • Mark Phillips, VP, Statewide Operations; Executive Director, Eastern Office, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  • Russ H. Read, BSc, MA, Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, Forsyth Technical Community College

  • Cynthia (Cindy) Rothschild, Ph.D., Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

  • Ken Russell, Director of Technology Development at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

  • Malay Shah, MBA, Co-Managing Director, Piedmont VentureSouth

  • Terri Shelton, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, University of North Carolina Greensboro

  • Chris Veal, Regional Director, Triad West RSC @ WSSU, Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

  • Gordon Vail, Ph.D., US Head of Crop Protection Field Development, Syngenta

  • Daniel Yohannes, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Renaissance Fiber Inc.

For questions or more information, contact:
Nancy Johnston
Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Office Statewide Offices | nancy_johnston@ncbiotech.org

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