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.


  • Chair: Michael Kelly, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Piedmont Pharmaceuticals

  • Vice Chair: Daniel (Dan) Erb, PT, Ph.D., Dean, Congdon School of Health Sciences, High Point University

  • Jerry Barker, Chief Sales Officer, CorneaGen and President, Novex Innovations

  • Stephanie T. Dance-Barnes, Ph.D., Interim Associate Provost and Dean University College and Lifelong Learning and Associate Professor of Biology, Winston Salem State University

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

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

  • Gregory L. Burke, MD, MSc, Chief Science Officer, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • Barry Burks, Ph.D., Co-founder and COO, HYPR Life Sciences, Inc.

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

  • Robert Egleston, Executive Director, Leadership Winston-Salem

  • Algie Gatewood, Ed.D., President, Alamance Community College

  • Gary Graham, President, Graham Personnel Services

  • Joseph L. Graves Jr., Ph.D., Interim-Dean & Professor of Biological Sciences, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering

  • Andrew Hebard, President and CEO, Natures Crops International

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

  • Alan Jones, Director, Business Recruitment, Duke Energy

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

  • Troy Knauss, Partner, Guardant Partners and Vice Chairman, Angel Resource Institute

  • John Merrill, Executive Director, Gateway University Research Park

  • George "Randy" Parker, Ed.D, PE, President, Guilford Technical Community College

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

  • Russ H. Read, CPP (LERN), Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, Forsyth Technical Community College

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

  • Simon P. Selwood, M.Sc., Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Novelus Biotechnology

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

  • Wayne A. Szafranski, Director of Business Development, Gateway Research Park

  • Megann Vaughn Watters, Vice President, Corporate Development, Laboratory Corporation of America

For questions or more information, contact:
Nancy Johnston
Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Office

Statewide Offices

336-725-6671 | nancy_johnston@ncbiotech.org