Board of Directors

Our Board


Richard Giersch - Chairman
CEO, Valtari Bio
Director, WVU Innovation Center

John Maher, Ph.D. – First Vice Chair
Vice President for Research, Marshall University
Executive Director, Marshall University Research Corporation

Melissa Watkins - Secretary
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Deron Johnson – Assoc. Member Rep
Director, State Government Affairs


Anne Barth
Executive Director
TechConnect West Virginia

John H. Brown, Jr.

Brown Communications LLC

Jeffrey P. Smith, Ph.D.
VP, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Mylan Laboratories, Inc.

Jagan Valluri
Chief Operating Officer

Allie Karshenas, Ph.D.
Associate VP of Clinical Operations & Institutional Advancement
West Virginia University

Todd Davies, Ph.D.
Director, Research Development & Translation
Marshall Clinical Research Center

Executive Director

Bryan Brown