Our FDA/Xavier PharmaLink Strategic Committee is made up of the following FDA officials and industry experts:
Senior Vice President
Grace has over 25 years of global experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry and has held global leadership positions at Hospira, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Pliva Inc., Janssen Pharmaceutica and Elan Pharmaceuticals. Her Quality and Compliance expertise spans API’s, solid dosage forms, parenterals, and infusion devices. Most recently with Impax (formerly CorePharma), Grace was responsible for the development and execution of a contemporary Corporate Quality and Compliance strategy. Grace holds a post graduate diploma in pharmaceutical manufacturing technology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, an M.S. in chemistry from Dublin City University, Ireland and a B.S. in chemistry from University College Cork, Ireland.
Director, Global Chemistry, Manufacturing & Controls
Jennifer L. Brown is currently a Director in the Global Chemistry, Manufacturing & Controls group within Worldwide Regulatory & Safety at Pfizer Inc in Groton, CT. With a small team, she is responsible for CMC strategy for a global portfolio of investigational and commercial products. Jen has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in regulatory affairs from Temple University. Jen has been at Pfizer for 20 years, in Analytical R&D and then GCMC. Prior to joining Pfizer, Jen was a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa, teaching middle school science, and Jen also served as a Pfizer Global Health Fellow, working at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya for several months in 2005.
Associate Director, Treyburn & Supplier Quality Assurance
Cathleen has over 25 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry and has held quality leadership positions at Digene Diagnostics, DentSply International, Dornier Medical Systems, Solvay (Abbott) Pharmaceuticals, Dendreon Corp, Aaron Industries, and Purdue Pharma L.P. Cathleen’s expertise includes third party manufacturing, product complaint monitoring, and implementation of various quality systems. She has extensive quality and compliance knowledge of medical device, biologic, solid, liquid oral dose, and transdermal manufacturing.
In her current role Cathleen leads the external supplier quality assurance group, and heads the quality function for Purdue’s Durham, North Carolina, manufacturing facility. She is currently working on a M.S. in regulatory affairs from Johns University. Cathleen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Georgia.
Elanco Animal Health
Brent has more than 25 years of global experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In his current role at Elanco, Brent is responsible for development, implementation and management of a comprehensive, proactive, surveillance program for the global external regulatory environments relative to GxP requirements for the animal health industry that includes communication and collaboration with subject matter experts and global Quality and Regulatory Leaders regarding the impact of new proposed laws, regulations and guidelines for veterinary products. Previous experience includes leadership positions in Regulatory GMP Compliance and Worldwide Clinical Compliance with Pfizer, and in Regulatory Affairs with Janssen Pharmaceutica. Prior to his industry experience, Brent was employed by the U.S Food and Drug Administration as an Investigator in Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore Districts and a Compliance Officer in the Cincinnati District Office. Brent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee.
Supervisor, Consumer Safety Officer
Steve Eastham has been with FDA for 25 years. He has a degree in Biology from Northern Kentucky University. In his career with FDA he was an investigator for 12 years, specializing in drugs before becoming a Supervisor. Steve currently oversees the Cincinnati District’s human drug program and supervises approximately 10 investigators. He manages some of the district’s most complex drug work.
Global Director, Corporate Quality Systems and Programs
Tami is Global Quality Leader with 23 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. She is a chemical engineer by education, joining Perrigo in 2000. Tami has held positions in Quality Assurance and Control, Research and Development, and Technical Engineering. She is a certified Lean Six-Sigma Blackbelt and a Certified Quality Engineer. She is also HACCP certified and a Safe Quality Food Practitioner. Her experience spans solid, semi-solid, and liquid drug dosage forms, API’s, and Infant Formula/Foods. Tami has led multicultural Quality teams in the implementation of global quality systems such as global change control, EDMS, SQM, quality investigation and CAPA, global quality programs, global technology council, and auditing to support compliance. She is a strategic, global continuous improvement leader and change agent advancing the culture of sustainable quality throughout all levels in the organization.
Sr. Director, Quality Operations
Merz North America, Inc.
Ashley Goldberg joined Merz North America in 2011 and is currently Head of Quality for Merz North America. Responsibility includes a broad range of Medical Products for Medical Dermatology, Neurology and Aesthetic use. She has held previous roles in sterile large and small volume parenteral manufacturing quality and in product development specializing in advanced aseptic processes in Blow Fill Seal Technology. She led the creation and maintenance of Baxter’s Global Supplier Audit and Re-Evaluation Schedule and oversaw the implementation of an electronic Supplier Audit and Re-Evaluation Module. Before moving to Merz, she was responsible for Global Supply Chain quality strategy and compliance at Baxter Healthcare. Ms. Goldberg has been certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt, is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, a Certified Quality Auditor, received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Management from Hope College and her MBA from Marquette University.
Principal Scientist, Oral Care Regulatory Affairs
Procter & Gamble
Michael has over 10 years of hands-on regulatory experience in both the Over-the-Counter drug and medical device fields. Michael started his tenure at Procter & Gamble in the upstream drug development division and then found his way to Regulatory Affairs. He has successfully managed and executed regulatory strategies for both drug and medical device projects to ensure regulatory compliance and successful FDA interactions. In addition to his numerous responsibilities with Procter & Gamble Michael serves as one of the Industry Co-Chairs for Xavier Health’s Cincinnati Chapter. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from North Dakota State University.
Senior Vice President, Head of Small Molecule Operating Unit, Technical Operations
David joined Shire in February 2011 as Vice President for Supply Chain Strategy and Product Commercialization in the Specialty Pharmaceuticals Division and was promoted to Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain and Quality in June of the same year. Since then he has headed up the Supply Chain organization for the consolidated Shire and since April 2016 has been Head of the Small Molecules Operating Unit.
Previously David has worked for Ciba-Geigy, SPIMACO, Rhone Poulenc Rorer, Eli Lilly and Genzyme and has over 33 years of experience covering both Pharmaceutical and Biotech Manufacturing and Supply gained in Europe, Middle East, Japan and the USA.
David has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. He is on the Strategic Committee of the FDA/Xavier Pharmalink Conference, is a member of the faculty of Supply Chain Management World and their Future of Health Care Board.
Lead Quality System & Compliance Consultant
King & Spalding
Mr. Niedelman retired from the Food and Drug Administration in 2006 after a 34-year distinguished career, where he served as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs and as Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Regulatory Affairs. He ensured consistent interpretation of FDA’s regulatory policies by directly overseeing offices at the headquarters of the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), including the Office of Regional Operations, Office of Enforcement and Office of Criminal Investigations. While at ORA, Mr. Niedelman served as the principle liaison to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and was a member of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) Steering Committee, FDA/Medical Device Industry Grassroots Initiative Steering Committee and the CDRH Post Market Initiative Steering Committee. He joins King & Spalding from Crowell & Moring LLP, where he was a senior consultant in its health care group. Previously, he was executive vice-president of Quintiles Consulting. Mr. Niedelman specializes in regulatory, enforcement and policy matters involving industries regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He provides strategic advice, insight and guidance to the medical device, pharmaceutical, biologics and food industries to ensure compliance with the requirements of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
University of Cincinnati, College of Law
Professor O’Reilly has been involved with FDA issues since 1974. He authored the standard reference encyclopedia on FDA for westgroup.com, which the U.S. Supreme Court quoted with the words, “The experts have written…”. He chairs the FDA committee of the American Bar Assn., is on the editorial board of the Food & Drug Law Journal, formerly chaired the programs committee of the Food & Drug Law Institute, and was keynote speaker at the FDA’s midwest celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2006. Before his academic career, he was principal FDA legal adviser for Procter & Gamble, and is the last active member of the team that negotiated the terms of the 1976 medical device amendments. He has published 51 texts and 215 articles since 1977.
Divisional Vice President Compliance and Operations Services
Agnes Ortega is Divisional Vice President, Compliance and Operations Services AQR/EHS. She assumed her role in June 2014.
Agnes has responsibility for establishing, implementing and maintaining strategies related to Global EHS, Quality Intelligence and Applications, Quality Operations and Global Compliance. This includes conducting evaluation of internal and external trends to assess risk to Quality and EHS Compliance for Abbott’s established and emerging markets; establishment and maintenance and development of corresponding IT solutions; execution of Global Compliance Audits; and maintenance of AQR/GES Training and Documentation.
Agnes possesses 31 years of robust Quality Management experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industry working for major firms such as Warner Lambert, Schering-Plough, AstraZeneca, which includes the successful implementation of remediation actions associated with Consent Decrees.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.
Drug Specialist and Pre-Approval Manager
FDA, Cincinnati District Office
Nick Paulin began his career with FDA in 2007 in Cincinnati District of the FDA. Nick is a Drug Specialist, and conducts pharmaceutical inspections domestically and internationally. He serves as a Pre-Approval Manager, FARS/MSB Monitor, and is a mentor to New Hires. Prior to starting his career at FDA, Nick was a math/science teacher, and has a biology degree from Purdue University. Nick enjoys running and spending time with his wife and three-year-old daughter.
Director, Xavier Health
Dr. Marla A. Phillips joined Xavier University in 2008 as the Director of Xavier Health, where she leads initiatives with FDA officials and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device professionals. Marla began working in the pharmaceutical industry for Merck in 1996 where she took on roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in position of Head of Quality Operations at the Merck North Carolina facility. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
President and Principal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
John Taylor joins Greenleaf following a distinguished career of more than 20 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. During John’s time at the agency, he led several of its priority initiatives.
At Greenleaf, John continues his commitment to healthcare innovation as the firm’s President and Principal of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, providing strategic consultation to FDA-regulated clients on enforcement and compliance matters.
From 2009 – 2014, John held three high-profile positions at FDA: Counselor to the Commissioner; Acting Deputy Principal Commissioner; and Acting Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy.
As Counselor to the Commissioner, John served as the principal advisor to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on issues that impacted the agency’s programs, policymaking, management, budget and administration. In his role as Acting Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, John provided leadership and direction to more than 4,000 employees in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and Office of International Programs (OIP).
John began as an attorney within FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) in 1991. During this time, John was responsible for all phases of criminal and civil litigation related to violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and other federal laws. In 1997, John was promoted to Senior Advisor for Regulatory Operations and Policy within FDA’s Office of the Commissioner; he was later named Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER) Office of Compliance. In 2000, John accepted his position as Director of ORA’s Office of Enforcement. Two years later, John was promoted to Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs (ACRA).
In 2005, John left FDA to spend four years working in industry, first as Divisional Vice President for Federal Government Affairs at Abbot, then, in 2007, as Executive Vice President for Health at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
John has received multiple honors, including the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service (1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2011) and the FDA Award of Merit (2000, 2003 and 2005). John received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in History.
Pharmaceutical and Compliance Consultant
Bill Webb has over 30 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Quality Operations, and in his most recent role, was responsible for internal US WorldMeds Quality Assurance and Quality Control, and international Quality oversight of CMOs and CLOs. Other previous experience includes Director Quality Assurance and Quality Control North America for Aptalis Pharmatech. In that role he was responsible for multi-site Quality Systems compliance, international supplier audits and qualifications. Additionally, while at the Forest Pharmaceutical facility in Ohio, Mr. Webb was responsible for Quality at various levels. Mr. Webb is currently engaged in pharmaceutical and compliance consulting.
CEO and President
Jim Wulfeck is the founder and President of the The Mastery Institute and the creator of GMP Mastery™, a 21st century strategy for making GMP a value-adding business strategy.
Jim created the GMP Institute in 1977, and grew it to be the world leader in helping food, drug, medical device and cosmetic manufacturers embrace the challenge of complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Regulation.
Since 1977, Jim has traveled the world consulting, developing and conducting GMP training workshops, and performing GMP audits that positively influence the business performance and results of manufacturing organizations in the United States, Puerto Rico and over 70 countries. Examples of his published training programs include: “GMP Makes Good Business Sense”; “GMP – Why Do We Need It?”; “The Ten Principles of Good Manufacturing Practice”; “GMP – The Best Way To Comply”; “Written Procedures – Our Roadmap To Quality”; “Write It Down – Keep Good Records”; “Doing The Job Right The First Time”; “Check And Double Check”; “Keep It Clean” and “Auditing For Compliance and Improvement”.
Vice President for Commercial Technology North America
Bob Zinser, semi-retired, was formerly Vice President for Commercial Technology North America at Patheon. Patheon is a provider of pharmaceutical development and commercial manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical industry. In this role, Bob was responsible for commercial technologies used at the Toronto, U.S. and Puerto Rico sites of Patheon. He has spent 45 years in the pharmaceutical industry, with extensive experience in Quality Control, Manufacturing, Packaging, Supply Chain, Contract Management, Business Management and five years as Cincinnati Site Director. Bob holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemistry, and an M.B.A. in management, all from Xavier University.