Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is the first President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a quasi-public organization charged with administering the 10-year $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature in June 2008. The MLSC is the hub for all sectors of the Commonwealth’s life sciences community – biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics and bioinformatics.
Before assuming her role at the MLSC, Dr. Windham-Bannister co-founded Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions (ABS), a boutique consulting firm serving life sciences companies. Within ABS, Dr. Windham-Bannister managed the Commercial Strategy Group.
Dr. Windham-Bannister has co-authored two books: Competitive Strategy for Health Care Organizations, and Medicaid and Other Experiments in State Health Policy. She also has written numerous articles on competition in today’s health care marketplace.
Dr. Windham-Bannister received a B.A. from Wellesley College, a doctorate in health policy and management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Doctor of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2012 (honoris causa). She completed her doctoral work under a fellowship from the Ford Foundation and was also a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.
Executive Management Team:
Vice President for Policy and Domestic & International Government Relations
Katie joined the MLSC in 2013 and is responsible for domestic policy and government relations, as well as international government relations. In this capacity, Katie will focus on building ongoing relationships with domestic and international government officials and overseeing all legislative, policy and regulatory matters for the MLSC. She will also help plan and execute the MLSC’s role in international trade missions. Prior to joining MLSC, Katie was the chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and a senior advisor to Governor Deval Patrick. She also worked for Sen. John Kerry in both Washington D.C. and Boston, and for Attorney General Martha Coakley. She has an undergraduate degree from Boston College in political science and communications and a Master’s degree in public management from the George Washington University.
Angus G. McQuilken
Vice President for Communications & Marketing
Angus McQuilken joined the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) in 2008, and he currently serves as Vice President for Communications & Marketing. In this capacity he oversees media relations, electronic communications, event coordination, trade shows and other marketing activities. McQuilken serves as a member of the MLSC’s senior management team, and he co-leads the Center’s business development efforts that have drawn dozens of new companies to Massachusetts. Prior to his work at the MLSC, Angus served as Vice President for Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, as Deputy Communications Director for the Democratic National Convention Committee, and as Chief of Staff for State Senator Cheryl Jacques. Angus holds a BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2008 he received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He enjoys basketball, long-distance bicycling and politics.
Beth Nicklas, Esq.
General Counsel and Vice President for Academic and Workforce Programs
Beth Nicklas joined the MLSC in June of 2009. In her role as General Counsel and Vice President of Academic & Workforce Programs, Beth serves as the principal legal adviser to the MLSC and manages the program development and implementation of all initiatives targeted at academic and workforce development organizations, including STEM education. Beth brings a diverse background of private and public sector experience to her position at the MLSC including six years working as a consultant for the federal government with the Cambridge-based firm of Industrial Economics. She graduated from Columbia University School of Law and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Vice President for Industry Relations and Programs
Pamela Norton joined the MLSC in 2011 as Vice President of Industry Relations & Programs. Her role is to lead the activities focused on helping life sciences companies thrive in Massachusetts, including the Accelerator, Small Business Matching Grant and International Collaboration programs. Through her 30-year medical industry career, Pamela’s insight around the future of medical advances and her ability to bring together critical stakeholders has been well-known. Initially a biomedical engineer at Johnson and Johnson, Pamela then spent 20 years as a leading management consultant at Arthur D. Little and IMS Consulting. Pamela earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Brad Rosenblum joined the MLSC in 2009. In his role, Brad oversees the financial and administrative functions of the MSLC, manages the MLSC’s Tax Incentive Program, and oversees the MLSC’s early-stage portfolio. Before joining the MLSC, Brad worked in a variety of finance roles for public- and venture-funded companies. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from Boston University. He is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Senior Coordinator, Trade Missions and International Relations
Ben Bradford joined the MLSC in the spring of 2014 in the role of Senior Coordinator of International Programs. In this role, Ben is responsible for fostering relationships and collaborating with international government officials and external stakeholders. Prior to his work at the MLSC, Ben worked as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts State House. Ben graduated from Union College, in Schenectady, NY, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Ben enjoys traveling, playing sports and spending time with his family and friends.
Manager of International Programs & Relations
Tal Dinnar joined the MLSC in fall 2012 as the manager of International Programs and coordinator of global partner relationships. In this role Tal is responsible for initiating, developing and fostering collaboration between Massachusetts and global companies. Tal also assists international companies in their effort to grow their business activities in Massachusetts. Prior to the MLSC, Tal worked at Scientia Advisors, a global life sciences strategy consulting firm (joined Precision for Medicine), and as a Configuration and Data Manager for Elop (a division of Elbit Systems NASDAQ: ELST). Tal holds a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Political Sciences and East Asian Studies, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Marketing and International Trade. She has traveled worldwide and speaks six languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Tal enjoys playing early music, orienteering, dancing and geocaching with her husband and three children.
Manager, Government Relations and Policy
Colin Donnelly joined the MLSC in fall 2012 as Government Relations and Policy Associate. In this role, Colin assists in the development and implementation of the government relations, policy and International policy agenda for the MLSC and is responsible for fostering ongoing relationships with appointed and elected officials at the local, state, federal and international level, as well as with other external stakeholders. Before coming to the MLSC, Colin worked in communications for the City of Boston. He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in Government, a Secondary Field in Islamic Studies, and a Language Citation in Arabic.
Staff Accountant & Programmatic Compliance Associate
Nancy Goryl joined the MLSC in January 2014 as Staff Accountant & Programmatic Compliance Associate. In this role, Nancy’s primary responsibility is the collection, tracking and maintenance of documentation and financial information in compliance with grant agreements. She supports the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and the Senior Financial Analyst with daily internal finance operations. Her previous position was at IMN, a digital marketing company in Waltham, MA. She has a B.A. from Connecticut College and a Certificate in Accountancy from Bentley University. Nancy’s hobbies include creating and viewing art, hiking and volunteering for animal causes.
Senior Coordinator, Communications
Samantha Hooper joined the MLSC in December of 2014 as the Senior Communications Coordinator. Prior to the MLSC, Sam worked as a press assistant, with a focus on new media, for Governor Deval Patrick. She also worked as the Communications Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party and served on two successful Massachusetts campaigns; Marty Walsh for Mayor of Boston in 2013 and Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate in 2012. In the Spring of 2012, Samantha earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Art from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Samantha enjoys snowboarding, practicing yoga, attending live music performances, and spending time on the beaches of the South Shore and Cape Cod during the summer.
Manager, Industry Relations and Business Development
Danica Medeiros joined the MLSC in June 2011. In her role as the Manager of Industry Programs and Business Development, she manages and administers the Accelerator Loan and Milestone Achievement programs, and works on initiatives to support industry. Prior to her work at the MLSC, Danica spent several years in the healthcare field, overseeing accounts, marketing strategy, and customer service. She graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Business Administration, and was a four year recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. Danica enjoys spending time with her family, supporting small farm initiatives, and volunteering at various organizations in her community.
Manager, Academic & Workforce Programs
Ryan Mudawar joined the MLSC in January 2009 in the role of Program Associate. In 2013, he became Manager of Academic & Workforce Programs. He most notably manages the MLSC’s Internship Challenge, which creates hundreds of new internship opportunities each year for college students. He also administers the MLSC’s academic research grants and the High School Equipment and Supplies Grant Program, as well as other STEM education initiatives. Prior to joining the MLSC, Ryan worked at several non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Boston area. He received his Master’s in Political Science – International Relations in 2007 from Suffolk University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. Ryan is a Massachusetts native, hailing from Springfield.
Barb Platt joined the MLSC in the summer of 2014 as an Administrative Assistant. Barb’s function is that of working on projects and tasks in support of all the MLSC departments. In addition, she is also responsible for supporting the receptionist function; database, spreadsheet and mailing list updates; general filing. She is responsible for coordinating meetings of the MLSC’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), as well as preparing and assembling materials for the meetings. Before coming to the MLSC, Barb worked as Administrative Liaison to both the President and Head of School at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham and was an Executive Assistant in various departments at Digital Equipment Corporation. A former race car driver, Barb enjoys all forms of motorsports, football, reading and traveling.
Senior Coordinator, Marketing
Rob Ramos joined the MLSC in January 2014 as Senior Marketing Coordinator. Rob’s primary responsibilities at the MLSC are handling sponsorship opportunities, promoting the MLSC’s objectives and programs both inside and outside the Commonwealth, and maintaining the MLSC’s website and social media presence. Prior to his work at the MLSC, Rob was an E-Commerce & Marketing Manager in New Orleans with the New Orleans Saints and Hornets/Pelicans. Rob graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor’s in English Communications. He enjoys playing basketball, baseball, staying up-to-date on consumer technology and spending time with his wife and friends.
Cheryl Sadeli, CPA, CGMA
Cheryl joined the Center in January 2015. In her role as the Finance Manager, she manages the day to day activities of the Center’s internal finance operations, assist with the Tax Incentive Program administration, and serve as a Board Observer. Prior to joining the Center, Cheryl worked at Jobs for the Future, a Boston based national nonprofit, and KPMG LLP. Cheryl received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Rhode Island College and her MBA from Bryant University. She is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys yoga, travelling and reading mysteries and historical fiction.
Administrative Assistant/Office Coordinator
Lauren Tuttle joined the MLSC in the fall of 2012 as Administrative Assistant and Office Coordinator. Lauren manages the scheduling/calendar of the MLSC’s President & CEO, Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister. In addition, she is also responsible for supporting the MLSC’s administrative, facility and receptionist functions, as well as coordinating conference travel for the management team. She is responsible for coordinating and scheduling meetings of the MLSC’s Board of Directors, Board Committees and Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), as well as preparing and assembling materials for the meetings. Before coming to the MLSC, Lauren worked as a Medical Secretary at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. She studied criminal justice at Middlesex Community College. Lauren enjoys reading mystery novels, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Program Associate, Academic and Workforce Programs
Alexander Zafris joined MLSC in 2015 as Program Associate for Academic and Workforce Programs. He is responsible for implementing programs that include the Internship Challenge and other initiatives targeted at academic and workforce development organizations, including STEM education. He previously served in the Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick as Scheduler and Briefing Coordinator and, before that, Assistant Director of Personnel. He currently serves as Vice Chair for the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth and a Member of the Board of Directors for the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Alumni Association. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Summa Cum Laude, in 2012 and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo credit: Lauren Parikhal, 2013 & Aleksandra Divitkina, 2014