Our executive management team represents many decades of experience in pathology, biospecimen procurement and fulfillment, and non-profit management. Under their leadership, NDRI remains at the forefront of fulfilling the biomedical research community’s human tissue needs.
With more than 25 years in leadership positions advocating for the advancement of medical and health research and public health, Mr. Leinweber was appointed president and CEO in 2012.
Leinweber previously served as executive vice president of Research!America, a Washington, D.C.-based alliance of 400 member organizations dedicated to making medical and health research a higher national priority. He also was executive vice president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Under his leadership, PAs were fully integrated into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. He held executive leadership positions at the local, state and national levels of the American Heart Association and was a member of the founding executive management team of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the nation’s largest private initiative ever launched to reduce youth tobacco consumption and addiction.
Leinweber received his MBA with honors from The Ohio State University and has completed post-graduate study at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree with high honors from Marshall University. He is a member if the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Mr. Conner joined NDRI in 2012 with more than 25 years of experience leading the financial and administrative operations of several not-for-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.
Prior to joining NDRI, Conner served for eight years as CFO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the standard setting organization for the electric industry. During his tenure he contributed to the organization’s transformation from a voluntary membership organization with an annual budget of $9M to a federally mandated organization with a budget in excess of $100M.
He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from DeSales University and his MBA from Philadelphia University. He has also completed post-graduate studies in commercial contract management from Villanova University.
Dr. Bell rejoined NDRI in early 2017. He is responsible for strategy development and execution, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations of the four functional components of NDRI’s Operations department: Fulfillment, Scientific Services, Site Management and Logistic Management. He also oversees NDRI’s Biorepository, housed in NDRI’s logistics facility. Previously, he served as NDRI’s director of Scientific Services from 2010–2015.
Dr. Bell has more than 20 years of experience in biomedical research and he has taught summer courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories for 10 years. He has published numerous articles, patents, abstracts and book chapters in the fields of neurophysiology and molecular neuroscience.
Dr. Bell completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded training postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translation Therapeutics at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He holds a doctorate from the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University.
Dr. Kopen joined NDRI in 2013. In his position, he oversees NDRI’s strategic initiatives unit. He has more than 25 years of experience in biomedical research and development, heading various departments and programs in non-profit, biotech and pharmaceutical environments. He has also consulted for various pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the areas of GMP scale-up manufacturing of biologics and global regulatory compliance.
Kopen received his doctoral degree in molecular pathobiology from Drexel College of Medicine and is an inventor on more than 30 patents and patent applications worldwide. He is a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), Project Portfolio Management Professionals (PPMP), American Society for Quality (ASQ) and Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM).
Ms. Copelin joined NDRI in early 2018 as the Director, Patient Advocacy and Foundation Initiatives and is responsible for outreach and relationship building with Patient Advocacy Groups and Foundations wishing to advance research on behalf of the patients they serve.
Kerrie has over 15 years’ experience working in non-profit management and has spent the last 8 years working with patient advocacy groups to further their support of patient driven initiatives. Working closely with families living with ALS she has a strong understanding and appreciation for the patients need to feel a part of research and have an opportunity to be part of the solution when looking for treatments and cures for our most devastating diseases.
Ms. Copelin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management.
At NDRI since 2011, Mr. Doolittle oversees all aspects of technology operations, with a focus on improving operational performance by designing and delivering innovative technology solutions to meet changing business and industry needs.
Doolittle has experience working for a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Accume Partners, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Right Management Consultants and the University of Pennsylvania.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Borromeo College of Ohio and is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), the Project Managment Institute (PMI), and 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance.
An experienced quality management professional, Mrs. Mestichelli joined NDRI in 2013 and is responsible for all quality assurance programs, plans and procedures. She provides guidance for administrative and operational processes that require quality integration and for regulatory affairs, serving as our safety officer.
Mestichelli has been successful in leadership and strategic direction in quality initiatives for several health care organizations, including a university hospital. An active member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), she serves on its Quality Council.
She received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, now the Philadelphia University of the Sciences, and earned an MBA summa cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology. She holds certifications from the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Society for Quality, and has completed OSHA-30 training.
Mr. Shad joined NDRI in 2007 as a fulfillment coordinator. Since hire he has served as NDRI’s Director of Fulfillment and was most recently promoted to his current position as Director, Site Management in March 2017. Today, he oversees all activities related to management of our tissue source sites (TSS), which include a vast network of organ procurement organizations, tissue banks, eye banks, hospitals and other tissue recovery professionals. He is also responsible for our Private Donor Recovery program, which includes internal and external obligations for managing TSS relationships, monitoring TSS performance, and identifying, selecting and onboarding new TSS partners that align with the mission and research needs of our organization and our investigators. He has comprehensive experience and expertise in all aspects of facilitating human tissues for research.
Mr. Shad earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Penn State University. He is a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
Dr. VonDran joined NDRI in 2015 and is responsible for outreach to new and existing researchers as well as oversight of researcher onboarding, project development and service.
Previously, VonDran worked as an academic research scientist for 10 years. Her research experience effectively enables her to translate the research community’s needs to new researcher recruitment and programs.
She earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience and cell biology in 2010 from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University and went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Ms. McGovern joined NDRI in 2002 and is responsible for maintaining, creating and implementing human resource policies and systems, including employee recruitment and retention, labor law compliance, benefit administration, professional development, mediation and change management. McGovern is a member of the Society of Human Resources and the MidAtlantic Employers Association. She earned her Professional Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute in 2018.