President & CEO
Travis A. McCready
Travis McCready is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a $1 billion public–private partnership with the mission of advancing the life sciences sector in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s investment strategy, along with the agency’s operations, programs, and partnerships. Previously, Mr. McCready served as the Vice President for Programs at The Boston Foundation, directing the Foundation’s grants and community investment strategy to benefit the people of Greater Boston. Prior to that, he was the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, responsible for growing the innovation economy of Kendall Square, one of the Commonwealth’s most economically robust districts. He has also held the Chief Operating Officer and CFO positions at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, overseeing the operations and finances for the three convention centers in Massachusetts.
Mr. McCready serves on the Boards of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Conservation Law Foundation, Life Science Cares, and WBUR. He has served on the Economic Development Planning Council under two governors, including co-chairing the subcommittee on innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was named one of Boston’s top “40 under 40” young business leaders by the Boston Business Journal. Mr. McCready is a frequent speaker on economic development strategy as it relates to the convergence of private, public, and not-for-profit interests, and his blog, Life Sciences Discourses, has been recognized by The Boston Globe.
Mr. McCready received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Iowa, and began his law career as a corporate attorney in Minneapolis, MN.
Executive Management Team:
Director, Business Development & Regional Strategy
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.
Director, 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.
Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Coordinator
Karyn Hoffman joined the MLSC in July 2016 as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Coordinator. Karyn’s responsibilities involve high-level, direct support to the CEO including scheduling, project work and internal/external coordination of group meetings. Karyn also supports the Center’s Board of Directors, Board Committees and Scientific Advisory Board. Prior to her work at the MLSC, Karyn worked as a Business Development and Project Manager for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and served in several Executive Assistant/Office Manager roles within the non-profit and healthcare industries. Karyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Simmons College.
Beth Nicklas, Esq.
General Counsel and Vice President for Academic and Workforce Programs
Records Access Officer
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.
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 Program Associate
Monica Anc joined the MLSC in the spring of 2016 as a Senior Program Associate. In this role, Monica assists in the execution of the MLSC’s industry programs, which include initiating program launch, implementing application processes, and coordinating applications evaluation through peer and Scientific Advisory Board review processes. Prior to joining the MLSC, Monica worked as an Immigration Paralegal and held earlier roles in state and federal government. Monica graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Arts degree in Political Science, where she was awarded a grant in connection with a Department of State internship in the Political and Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. She enjoys learning photography, traveling, and playing soccer in her spare time.
Tal Dinnar, PMP
Director of Industry Programs
Tal Dinnar joined the MLSC in 2012, and is the Director of Industry Programs, leading strategy and execution of industry grants. As a certified Project Management Professional (from PMI) with a strong global network, Tal develops and manages industry programs such as the Universal Partnerships (UP) promoting Massachusetts R&D collaborations with global industry and academia; the NIH supplemental grants; and the International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP) managing government agency alliances in Australia, Canada, Europe and Israel. Prior to the MLSC, Tal worked at Scientia Advisors, a global life sciences strategy-consulting firm (joined Precision for Medicine), and as Manager at ELOP Space & Reconnaissance Division of Elbit Systems (NASDAQ:ELST). She holds a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Political Sciences and East Asian Studies, and a post-graduate certificate in Marketing and International Trade. She speaks six languages (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean) and enjoys travelling, playing early music, orienteering, dancing and geocaching with her husband and three children.
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 Business Development Associate
Sandhya Iyer joined the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) in 2016, and she currently serves as Senior Business Development and Communications Associate. In this capacity she oversees lead-generation and follow-up, electronic communications, event coordination, and other Communication activities related to business development efforts. Prior to her work at the MLSC, Sandhya worked as an Assistant to Executive Producer for Films in Percept Picture Company in Mumbai, and worked as a Radio show producer in Radio Mirchi. She volunteers with the Relay for Life for Ayer to help promote their event. Sandhya holds a BA in English Literature from Gujarat University, Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from Indira School of Communications in Pune, and MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University. She enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and watching old classic films in her spare time.
Director, Academic & Workforce Programs
Ryan Mudawar joined the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) in January of 2009. As Director of Academic and Workforce Programs, he most notably oversees the MLSC’s Internship Challenge, a program which has created over 2,500 new internship opportunities for college students across the Commonwealth. He also manages the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for high schools and middle schools, which has awarded over $12 million to over 100 public schools, as well as numerous Capital Equipment grants for colleges and universities and research grants for academic research institutions. 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 and 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.
Senior Staff Accountant
Ciara Murphy joined the MLSC in February 2017 as a Senior Staff Accountant. In this role, Ciara assists the Director of Finance in the day to day activities of the Center’s internal finance operations. She also supports in the administration of the Capital and Accelerator Loan programs. Prior to her work at the MLSC, Ciara held the position of Audit Manager in a public accountancy practice in Limerick, Ireland. Ciara holds a BBS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Limerick and received her professional accountancy qualifications from Chartered Accountants Ireland. She enjoys CrossFit and travelling in her spare time.
Program Associate, Academic & Workforce Programs
Cheryl Purnell joined the MLSC in 2015 in the role of Program Associate. She supports all aspects of the Academic and Workforce Development Program, Internship Challenge and STEM programs and represents MLSC at job fairs and meetings. Prior to joining MLSC, Cheryl worked in the Wellesley, MA school system, most recently in the Middle School special education department. Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Systems from Boston College. She enjoys cooking/nutrition, needle crafts, and spending time with family and friends.
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 son.
Cheryl Sadeli, CPA, CGMA
Director of Finance
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.
Photo credit: Lauren Parikhal, 2013; Aleksandra Divitkina, 2014; Rob Ramos, 2015 & 2016