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.
Chief Operating Officer
Tom Meyer leads the operations and strategic planning processes in Xavier University’s expanding health initiatives. At Xavier, Tom has been an adjunct instructor, lecturer, and Senior Advisor at the Xavier Leadership Center. Tom has broad business experience with Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard and as a Strategic Planning Consultant. Tom’s expertise spans Strategic Planning, Organization Transformation, Brand Management, Quality Process Improvement (Six Sigma Master Black Belt), Information Technology and Operations. Tom holds a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from Xavier University.
Associate Director of Program Development
Michelle Rich joined Xavier Health as the Associate Director of Program Development in January of 2017. Michelle spent nearly nine years as a National Account Manager at American Thermal Instruments, providing temperature monitoring solutions to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to support supply chain compliance. Michelle also has a background in pharmaceutical sales. Michelle holds a B.S. in organizational communication from Ohio University.
Director, Art & Communications
Heather serves as Xavier Health’s visual communication, marketing, and branding specialist. Previously, she was an art director at University of Delaware, overseeing visual branding and communication, and working as a graphic designer for nearly every type of print and digital project.
Specializing in visual and audio communication, Heather was web developer/graphic designer for a group of seven radio stations in Buffalo; a graphic designer/illustrator for an apparel company which counted University of Virginia, Dave Matthews Band and Train among its clients; and co-host of an award-winning morning radio show. Heather is a graduate of University of Dayton, with a B.A. in communication.