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, President and COO, Piedmont Animal Health

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

  • Jerry Barker, President, Novex Innovations

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

  • Manju Bhat, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Physiology, Department of Biological Sciences, Winston-Salem State University

  • 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., Executive Vice President for Operations, Emb3ded, Inc.

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

  • Connie Cwik, RAC, President and CEO, Cwik Business Connections

  • Robert Egleston, Executive Director, Leadership Winston-Salem

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

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

  • 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

  • John Merrill, Regional Business Development Director, The Christman Company

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • Daniel Yohannes, PhD, MBA, Yohannes Pharmaceutical Consulting, LLC

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

Statewide Offices

336-725-6671 | nancy_johnston@ncbiotech.org