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Holly Cook

Vice President of Human Resources

Holly joined LabConnect in 2015 bringing more than 20 years of human resource experience to the company. She has diverse industry experience in hospitality, real estate, manufacturing and health care. Holly began her tenure at LabConnect as the first full-time Human Resource employee and was recently promoted to Vice President. The human resources team along the employee base for LabConnect has grown rapidly since she joined. The oversight of this group includes human resources, training, and recruitment. Holly holds a B.S. in Management with a Human Resource concentration from the University of Central Florida and earned an MBA at Florida Gulf Coast University. Along with being a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), she is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management. Holly lives in Jonesborough, TN.

Theresa Heath

Vice President of Business Development

Theresa joined LabConnect in September of 2019 with more than 30 years of experience in bringing life sciences innovations to patients. Theresa is responsible for leading new business development activities at LabConnect. Prior to joining LabConnect, Theresa spent 11 years in business development for a global central lab and a full-service clinical CRO, collaborating with sponsors on complex clinical trials. From 1996 to 2006, Theresa worked with leading molecular diagnostics companies such as Ventana (now Roche Tissue Diagnostics) and Exact Sciences, leading the commercialization of women’s health diagnostics and a colorectal cancer screening test. From 1986 to 1996, Theresa worked for Nichols Institute (now Quest Diagnostics) in various sales and marketing leadership roles. Theresa earned her BS degree in Marketing from Arizona State University and lives with her husband in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kris Kuryla

Vice President, Project Management

Now Vice President, Project Management, Kris joined LabConnect as Executive Director, Project Management in February 2019. Kris is responsible for the oversight of central lab project management services offered by LabConnect, aligning project service strategy to client needs, and ensuring excellence in project delivery. Kris brings over 20 years of central laboratory experience with prior leadership roles in Global Project Management, Data Management, and Clinical Trials Information Systems. Her research interests include Neurology, Oncology, and Infectious Diseases. Kris earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology with concentrations in Computer Information Systems, Quality Systems Management, and International Logistics. She served as the Chair for the Western New York Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals from 2011-2017. Kris and her husband divide their time between residences in Rochester, NY and Johnson City, TN.

Jeff Mayhew

Chief Development Officer

One of LabConnect’s founding partners in 2002, Jeff has more than 30 years of operations and business development experience within the health care industry. He also brings LabConnect more than 20 years of international business experience. Jeff is responsible for the oversight of LabConnect’s new business and network development activities and the company’s Scientific Operations division. Before starting LabConnect, Jeff was Founder and Director of Nexus Health Management International, where he was involved in the development of inpatient behavioral health services in Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Strategic Alliance Development for Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Vice President of Operations/Development at Option Care, Inc. and as a Franchise Operations Manager for Medicine Shoppe International. Jeff earned his BA degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Andre Merza

Vice President, Quality Assurance

Andre began his career in quality and compliance in 1999, including leadership positions at CRL across different biopharma regulatory disciplines. He brings a vast amount of experience such as multi-site management, project management, regulatory affairs, vendor management – as well as lean and process efficiency. Prior to joining LabConnect, Andre held quality positions at large and medium sized CROs over the past 21 years across the GxPs. In his prior experience he worked within the GLP, cGMP computer systems validation and other areas. Andre earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University. Andre lives in Fall Branch, TN, with his wife, Maisy.

Dale Mitchell

Chief Information Officer

Dale joined LabConnect as Chief Information Officer in June 2019. He brings over 39 years of Information Technology professional experience in defense, semi-conductor manufacturing, and department of corrections, with most of that time in the healthcare commercial and health systems laboratory industries. Dale is responsible for all technology initiatives, guides the overall direction for the company’s technology products, and provides support and guidance for application development processes companywide. Prior to LabConnect, he served as Chief Information Officer at Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, a large Commercial and Hospital based Laboratory in the Northwest, which was acquired by LabCorp. He has also held a variety of leadership roles at Carilion Laboratories, which was acquired by Quest and TriCore Reference Laboratories. Dale lives in Johnson City, TN.

Susanne Oltz

Chief Financial Officer

Susanne has over 17 years of clinical trial experience including Vice President positions at two top 10 CROs- PRA and WCT and most recently CFO at Atlantic Research Group. She brings a vast amount of experience which includes oversight of the contract process, development of resource management tools, study costing, project financial metrics as well as leading large finance teams. Prior to joining LabConnect, Susanne held executive positions at large and medium sized CROs, large investigator site and pharma including both public accounting and other senior corporate finance roles. In her prior experience she worked within the finance, legal, and proposal areas. Susanne earned her Master of Business Administration from St. John’s University and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University. Susanne lives in Johnson City, TN, with her husband, Phil.

Barry Simms

Interim CEO/COO

As chief operating officer, Barry Simms oversees LabConnect’s operations and is an accomplished, hands-on leader who has successfully led teams, departments and regions for a global CRO. Barry joined LabConnect after 16 years of increasing responsibility from clinical research associate (CRA) and manager of corporate training to country manager of North America and senior executive director of clinical operations. Barry was instrumental in growing CTMS, a CRO with 100 employees, through its acquisition by Chiltern, a CRO with 4,300 employees in 46 countries. During eight years at Chiltern, Barry held multiple senior roles including line management oversight for the North American clinical operations department. In this role, he supervised US CMO line managers, clinical research associates, clinical team leads and clinical trial administrators. His professional passions include leadership development, process improvement and client management. Barry has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Virginia College at Wise and an MBA from King University.

Lisa Rehberger

Vice President of Business Operations

Lisa joined LabConnect in 2012 and leads the Proposal and Contract Management functions. Prior to joining LabConnect, Lisa spent 12 years in Client Services and Account Management at a large clinical pharmacology unit (formerly Northwest Kinetics/Charles River Clinical Services NW). Lisa earned her BA degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and currently resides with her husband and two children in Gig Harbor, WA.

Stephanie Weber

Vice President of SampleGISTICS™

Stephanie joined LabConnect in 2009 bringing more than 10 years of combined central and specialty laboratory project management experience across domestic and global clinical trials. She is responsible for the management and oversight of LabConnect’s Advanced Therapy and SampleGISTICS™ services. Stephanie has spent the last decade working with top pharma clients and other industry experts to help develop LabConnect’s comprehensive sample tracking platform, SampleGISTICS™. She has a degree in chemistry from The College of Staten Island as well as a law degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Stephanie currently resides in Camas, Washington, with her husband and two children.

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2304 Silverdale Drive, Suite 100
Johnson City, TN 37601

+1 (423) 722-3155

+1 (800) 501-7947



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