The Steering Committee
Lee Clark-Sellers: Founder, Innovation in RTP, Speaker Series
Lee Clark-Sellers is the founder of "Innovation in RTP" and is an Industrial Fellow with the Center of Innovation Management Studies (CIMS), based at the NC State College of Management. Lee currently is the Innovation Officer for Ply Gem Industries, a leading building products company.
She has led Advance Research and and all aspects of Product Development in the Software, Entertainment, Pharma, and Building Industry, working with Universities and emerging technology start-ups. Lee spent 3 years, based in India, as Country Director establishing a development lab, building strategic relationships, and expanding market share. She is also on the Industrial Board of Directors at Duke University Pratt School of Engineering as well as a Coach for EntreDot, a non-profit organization designed to increase economic development in rural North Carolina. She received a BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA from NCSU
Peter Janca: NCSU Adjunct Professor
Peter Janca is a technology executive with experience in global product management, strategy development, and change leadership at IBM, Cisco Systems, and GE. His results include increasing profitability, diagnosing and fixing organizations, and building customer-centric products in record times. Peter also teaches part time at NC State’s College of Management, where he introduces graduate scientists and engineers to the intricacies of business. He serves as Vice Chair of the University-wide Standing Committee on Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development.
Felicia Joyner: Women in Technology International (WITI), Regional VP
Priya Marsonia: Maya Software,Principle Consultant, PMP
Priya Marsonia is a Principal Consultant with Maya Software. She has been a Customer Project Executive with Nortel and a Director of Operations and Technology for VeriSign. She has a degree in Systems and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, and is also a PM and Six Sigma Black Belt. Priya is committed to fostering networking forums for professionals that yield better synergies and business results such as innovation@rtp. Please link to Priya via LinkedIn.
Dr. John Mikszta: BD Technologies, Director, Parenteral Technologies
Dr. John A. Mikszta is Director of the Parenteral Technologies Focus Area at BD Technologies, the Corporate Technology and Innovation Center for Becton, Dickinson & Company. Dr. Mikszta has over 18 years of experience in the fields of drug delivery and immunology research and has led R&D efforts around alternative administration systems for vaccines and drugs including dermal, nasal, pulmonary and powder formulations technologies. Dr. Mikszta received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Illinois State University in 1991 and a Ph.D. degree in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis from the Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1996. Before joining BD, Dr. Mikszta conducted post-doctoral research in the Department of Immunology at the Duke University Medical School. Dr. Mikszta holds numerous patents on drug delivery technologies and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts and review articles in the fields of immunology, vaccination and drug delivery.
Andy Rindos: IBM, RTP Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) & WW CAS Coordinator
Andy Rindos is the head of the RTP Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), which coordinates university relations for the IBM community in NC. Andy also heads World Wide CAS, which consists of 23 centers across the globe. Previously, Andy has headed Tivoli performance, as well as the WebSphere Technology Institute. Andy is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM), an executive technical resource, as well as an adjunct professor at NC State. He joined IBM in 1988, after receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering (Control Theory) from the University of Maryland (College Park). Prior to IBM, he was a neurophysiologist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda MD.
Kirsten Weeks: Cisco, Community Relations Manager
Mary Kay Wells: Tekelec, CIO
MaryKay Wells joined Tekelec in May 2007. As Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Wells is responsible for Tekelec’s global enterprise network with specific emphasis on reliability and evolution to support changing business requirements. She brings 20 years of proven IT knowledge to Tekelec through experience in multiple senior leadership positions at Nortel, including the guidance of infrastructure
management, the delivery of strategic technology initiatives, and the development of internal customer solutions. Prior to joining Tekelec, Wells most recently served as Nortel’s interim CIO. Prior to joining Nortel, Wells was a member of the General Electric Company team.