Meet Your Georgia Bio Team
Russell Allen, President & CEO
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Russell Allen is president and CEO of Georgia Bio. Allen directs programs and initiatives that contribute to the positioning of Georgia as one of the leading locations for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, health informatics and medical device sectors. Major responsibilities include strategic and business development and issue management related to capital formation, workforce development, education and commercialization. Allen also leads the affiliate advocacy organization, the Georgia Life Sciences Coalition, and the angel network, Bio/Med Investor Network.
Previously, Allen was President and CEO of Florida’s bioscience association, BioFlorida, and led one of the nation’s largest industry growth periods from 2006 to 2013. Prior to BioFlorida, Allen led BioSouth, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to support commercialization, licensing and partnering efforts for the bioscience industry throughout the southern U.S. There, he instituted member programs and produced the organization’s annual conferences, BioFusion and the CDC Technology Forum.
Allen began his professional career in sales of laboratory research equipment and supplies in the San Francisco Bay area. He moved from biotech sales into Atlanta’s high-tech industry in 1996 when he co-founded Newton Park, one of the region’s most successful marketing, development and interactive strategy firms. As CEO, Allen led the organization from start-up to one of the area’s fastest growing companies and top five digital marketing agencies in Atlanta. In 2001, Russell founded BioQuotient, a bioscience business consulting and marketing firm before taking a position as a vice president of biosciences at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he led the strategy to support and grow the Georgia bioscience industry and served on the board of directors for Georgia Bio.
Allen received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pepperdine University and a certificate in Biotech Enterprise Management from the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for Georgia Bio, Bio/Med Investor Network, Georgia Life Sciences Coalition, Council of State Bioscience Associations and Southeast BIO; and serves on numerous industry advisory boards and councils.
Maria Thacker-Goethe, Vice President of Operations
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Maria Thacker-Goethe joined Georgia Bio April 2006. She oversees the general office operations for Georgia Bio and the Georgia BioEd Institute. Maria is responsible for programs and events, purchasing programs, member outreach and engagement, as well as new member development. Additionally, she is responsible for conceiving, developing and executing a comprehensive internal and external communications strategy.
Maria has a diverse background including environmental health, women’s health and health communications and marketing. Prior to joining Georgia Bio, Maria participated in a fellowship at Centers for Disease Control & Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in environmental investigations, working closely with the National Center of Environmental Health in Chemical Demilitarization.
Maria received her Master in Public Health in health education/communication, and maternal and child health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Sweet Briar College. She is a 2009 recipient of the Power 30 Under 30 Award for professional and community excellence. Maria currently sits on the CJD Foundation Board of Directors and previously served on the Supervisory Committee for the CDC Federal Credit Union. Additionally, Maria volunteers through the Junior League of Atlanta Estrellitas program which works to empower Latina teens.
Angela King, Member Services Manager
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Angela King is the Manager of Member Services. She is responsible for member outreach, marketing campaigns, database management, member engagement and maximizing the value of member benefits.
Additionally, Angela serves as the Administrator for the Bio/Med Investor Network, an angel investor network. As the administrator, Angela oversees network wide projects ranging from planning and executing numerous events, marketing campaigns, and coordinating all logistics for luncheons, board meetings and pitch presentations. She also serves as the liaison between entrepreneurs and investors.
Angela comes to Georgia Bio after recently receiving a Master of Public Administration in healthcare administration and policy and Nonprofit Management from Auburn University Montgomery. Prior to, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In 2013, she successfully completed her certification in nonprofit management, through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and is nationally recognized as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). She is also the receipient of the 2013 River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service- MPA Scholarship Award, which promotes ethical professional behavior within the workplace. Angela volunteers extensively throughout Metro-Atlanta and through Junior League of Atlanta and although she is not a big football fan, she enjoys cheering "Roll Tide" when Alabama plays.
Kristen Pappaterra, Marketing and Events Manager
As the Marketing and Events Manager for Georgia Bio, Kristen is responsible for creating valuable programs and events for Georgia Bio and its members. Additionally she assists with developing and implementing key marketing and communications strategies for all aspects of Georgia Bio. Kristen is responsible for e-marketing, social media, and the website management.
Kristen joins Georgia Bio with a background in marketing, events and public relations. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Minor in Marketing from Georgia Southern University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Jordan Rose, MPH, Executive Director
Georgia BioEd Institute
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Mr. Jordan Rose is executive director of the Georgia BioEd Institute, managing GaBioEd’s workforce, entrepreneurship and education initiatives, ensuring that they align with industry needs. Mr. Rose is responsible for strategic and operational direction of GaBioEd to fulfill the organization’s mission to grow Georgia’s leadership in life science innovation.
Mr. Rose is a creative, lifelong learner who is passionate about promoting science literacy and building community partnerships. He has led formal and informal science education initiatives throughout the Atlanta area for sixteen years. As co-founder and co-director of the Atlanta Science Festival, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, he leads a citywide collaboration of more than 100 educational institutions, museums, corporations, and community groups to celebrate our region's achievements in science and technology. Since 2014 the Atlanta Science Festival has reached over 110,000 curious children and adults at over 300 events at venues across the metro area.
Formerly, as Associate Director for Outreach at the Emory College Center for Science Education, Mr. Rose led numerous grant-funded initiatives to support K-12 teachers and students and facilitate university-community partnerships. Mr. Rose has managed educational outreach programs for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and Emory University's PRISM, an NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education program, which awarded 90 graduate students fellowships to partner with 98 teachers in 43 local middle and high schools.
Mr. Rose received a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a Masters in Public Health degree from Emory University. He enjoys playing soccer with his son, doing crossword puzzles with his wife, and trying to impress them both with his juggling.
Ishaneka Williams, MBA, Program Manager,
Georgia BioEd Institute
Ishaneka Williams is supporting the growth of the life sciences industry in Georgia through managing the programs and partnerships of Georgia BioEd Institute. Additionally, she has been a board member for the Georgia Bio Emerging Leaders Network since the Spring of 2013.
Ishaneka has a diverse business background in economic development, management consulting in the biopharmaceuticals and medical industry, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Ishaneka received a MBA and completed a Global Management graduate program at Tulane University Freeman School of Business, and her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Louisiana State University.