Stephen Rapundalo, PhD
President & CEO
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Dr. Rapundalo, has broad experience in the life sciences, with an extensive background in pharmaceutical research and development. Prior to joining MichBio in April 2006, he spent almost 20 years as a senior research scientist, project manager, and group leader with Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research and then Pfizer, Inc., primarily in the area of cardiovascular drug discovery. Dr. Rapundalo also led a global interdisciplinary team that developed a strategic, operational and organizational change management program to improve Pfizer's worldwide R&D business processes. He has a strong background in innovation and is an internationally recognized expert in a number of technology areas including high-throughput screening and proteomics, among others.
Dr. Rapundalo has a superb record of scientific achievement with over 50 publications, book chapters, and monographs. He has served as a peer-reviewer for a variety of prominent scientific journals and national funding agencies. In addition, he continues to be active in a broad range of industry and governmental initiatives including intellectual property commercialization, talent recruitment and retention, science education and economic development. Dr. Rapundalo has been a community advocate and civic leader for almost 20 years and formerly served as an elected member of the City Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Director, Marketing & Communications
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Wendy serves as MichBio’s Director, Marketing & Communications. She has over fifteen years of experience in all areas of marketing and communications, including media/public relations, digital media, event planning, leadership, strategic planning, publication management and social media. Wendy’s background also includes previous experience working for two local, member-based associations, and she has held various positions within the automotive, engineering, insurance, machine vision, solar, and time and attendance industries. Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Madonna University, and she is a member of the Women in Communications – Detroit Chapter and the International Association of Business Communicators – Detroit Chapter. She resides with her family in Canton, Michigan.
Director, Membership & Operations
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David serves as MichBio’s Director, Membership & Operations. Having worked with a number of national and international associations in Washington D.C., he brings a unique skill set specifically tailored to the needs of nonprofit associations. David’s experience ranges from member and volunteer relations to strategic growth initiatives, including product development and member enhancement. His previous association employers have included the Fulbright Association, the American Society of Travel Agents and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. David is an Eagle Scout of Troop 63, Williamston, MI. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and has studied abroad in London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Nancy Marcotte is Manager of Finance for MichBio. Nancy has more than 25 years of experience in leading local businesses with their accounting and operations functions. Nancy has experience in retail, scientific and publishing businesses. With a focus on economy and efficiency, she has created success for various Michigan small businesses during critical times, bringing two companies back from near bankruptcy. A fitness enthusiast, Nancy is an active participant in Michigan’s running and cycling communities.
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