Team 2017-01-09T17:04:44+00:00

LifeOmic Team

Don Brown

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Don Brown

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Don is the most successful serial software entrepreneur in the Midwest. His first company was acquired by EDS in 1986. He founded Software Artistry in 1988 which became the first software company in Indiana ever to go public and was later acquired by IBM for $200 million. Don then founded and served as CEO of Interactive Intelligence which went public in 1999 and was acquired by Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories in 2016 for $1.4 billion. He is also an active technology and business advisor, investor, and philanthropist. Don received a bachelor’s in physics from Indiana University in 1978, a master’s in computer science from IU in 1982, an MD from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1985, and is currently finishing a master’s degree in biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University. Don is an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing with his eight children – especially in and around Park City, Utah. He was named Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012.

David Fuller

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

David Fuller

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

David started out developing clinical laboratory software at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center pathology lab in 1986.  He co-developed the first commercially available electronic search reference for CLIA ’88.  After 11 years in development, IT and operations management roles in the environmental science and tech industries, he joined Interactive Intelligence in 1998 as product marketing director.  In 2005 David became ININ’s senior strategic consulting director where he advised some of the nation’s largest health systems on patient engagement and clinical support service and delivery strategies.  David is an active tech investor and advisor in addition to serving on the Utah State University MIS Advisory Council for the last 7 years. He received a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1988 and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1992.

Jeff Swartz

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Swartz

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Jeff kicked off his software development coding career at Software Artistry and joined Interactive Intelligence as employee #9 and software architect.  In 2012 Jeff left ININ to found OrgSpan, which was focused on enterprise social media.  As COO he led day-to-day operations, recruiting, and product development until OrgSpan was acquired by Interactive Intelligence in 2014.  He next led the Interactive Intelligence PureCloud development effort and then served as VP of Innovation, leading their strategic partnership and M&A efforts.   Jeff earned a bachelor’s in computer science from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1994.

Bonny Lewis Van

Vice President, Laboratory Operations

Bonny Lewis Van

Vice President, Laboratory Operations

Bonny has directed CLIA, CAP and ISO-certified labs and is a proven leader in laboratory testing. In 2004 she joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, gaining appointments in Pharmacy, Pathology and Anesthesiology through her work in pharmacogenetics and informatics. In 2008 she founded Van Consulting to help companies make medicine personal through deeper application of pharmacogenetic testing. As Medical Director of Harmonyx Diagnostics she provided Personalized Medicine genetic diagnostic services. Simultaneously, Bonny served the 2 million people of the Indianapolis area with public health laboratory testing from 2008 until joining LifeOmic. She has held leadership positions on several technical/scientific expert panels and advisory boards. Bonny earned a B.S. in Biology in 1992 from Indiana University, a PhD in Environmental Biology from University of Louisville in 1998 and completed a CoMACC accredited Clinical Chemistry Fellowship from the University of Louisville in 2004.

Tom Barber

Vice President, Genomics

Tom Barber

Vice President, Genomics

Tom has over 25 years of experience studying genetic causes of human diseases such as cancer, deafness, myotonic dystrophy, and other inherited diseases. During his postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Tom’s discoveries contributed to the first exome studies of cancer. He began his industry career at Eli Lilly in 2006 as an oncology drug hunter and biomarker developer. In 2010, Tom created and led the Next Generation Sequencing platform at Eli Lilly which identified preclinical and clinical models for personalized medicine in oncology, diabetes, neuroscience, and cardiovascular disease. In 2014, Tom became the genomics leader at Beckman Coulter developing solutions for NGS sample preparation. Tom has studied human molecular genetics throughout his career, earning a BS in Zoology-Genetics from Michigan State University in 1993, a MS in Human and Molecular Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine in 1995, and a PhD in Genetics from Michigan State University in 2000.

Chris Hemp

Director of Development

Chris Hemp

Director of Development

Chris started coding in high school and built web pages for a local web hosting firm.  While Chris was studying at North Carolina State University he joined IBM’s Tivoli Security group as a software engineer, and he continued working at IBM after earning a BS in Computer Science from NCSU in 2003. Chris then moved on to more challenging software development roles at SAS and RSA Security (part of EMC).  In 2013 Chris joined OrgSpan and owned the web client experience.  When OrgSpan was acquired by Interactive Intelligence, Chris forged small independent teams and leveraged WebRTC at the core of ININ’s PureCloud initiative.  Chris champions software development process improvements that decrease defects and improve update cycles.  Chris lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and three sons.

Phil Gates-Idem

Software Architect

Phil Gates-Idem

Software Architect

Phil’s passion for development began in middle school when he taught himself to code; he went on to earn bachelor’s (2004) and master’s (2005) degrees in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, and he’s worked in software development ever since. Phil’s résumé includes experience with companies representing diverse industries including finance, security, storage, collaboration, and customer engagement, and he thrives at innovative companies willing to make bold changes. Phil is an active contributor to open source software projects such as Marko.js and Lasso.js. He also enjoys mentoring, teaching, and advancing the art of software development. When not coding, his pursuits include soccer, bodybuilding, traveling, and scuba diving.

Matt Lavin

Software Architect

Matt Lavin

Software Architect

Matt has known he was going to be a software engineer for as long as he can remember. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from North Carolina State University in 2001 and immediately joined a small company called OTI. OTI was soon acquired by IBM and Matt stayed for the next 12 years building software development tools and providing a foundation for IBM’s SaaS cloud offerings. Looking for a return to a small company, Matt joined OrgSpan in 2014 just before it was acquired by Interactive Intelligence, and he re-engineered PureCloud’s chat services to scale from tens of users to thousands in multiple regions. He also has a special place in his heart for automating software tests and deployments. Matt is active in the local DevOps and Node.js Meetups, has created and contributed to numerous open source projects and is thinking about computers almost all the time. He keeps a balance in his life by staying active and is usually training for a half or full marathon.

Mark Schroering

Software Architect

Mark Schroering

Software Architect

Mark started his career at Boeing in St. Louis working on embedded real-time software systems for military aircraft simulators.  After spending the early part of his career in the defense world, Mark transitioned to FujiFilm’s Healthcare IT R&D team as a software developer on cardiovascular information system solutions.  In 2008, Mark joined Interactive Intelligence and eventually serving as a software architect on the PureCloud platform.  He led a small development team focused on PureCloud's cloud based contact center solution core services and deployed to Amazon Web Services.  Mark received a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Evansville in 1999, and a master’s in computer science from Washington University, St. Louis in 2003.

David Brown

Software Developer

David Brown

Software Developer

David is a well-rounded software developer with a variety of technical skills. He earned a dual bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Indiana University in 2012 and then his master’s degree in computer science from IU in 2014. After graduation, he joined a team at Interactive Intelligence building a multi-lingual speech recognition engine. David helped apply neural network techniques and deep learning to increase accuracy. After moving to Utah, he did software development as part of a team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. David has taken several graduate courses in molecular biology and genetics. He’s an experienced rock climber and can frequently be found on crags in the Salt Lake City area.

Swee Seong Wong

NGS Bioinformatics Director

Swee Seong Wong

NGS Bioinformatics Director

Swee Seong thrives on computation in applied research. He started out coding image processing algorithms and developing tools for clinical decision modeling. He soon moved on to apply string search algorithms to genomic sequences, earning both a master’s (1999) and PhD (2007) in computer science from National University of Singapore. Swee Seong joined Eli Lilly Singapore in 2007 as a scientist leading various omics data integration and analysis projects. In 2011 he was relocated to Indianapolis with Eli Lilly to lead computational effect and downstream analysis in the company’s DNA sequencing efforts. He excels at leveraging collective knowledge of genetic information from various sources to help unravel the links to biomarkers, phenotypes and diseases in clinical and pre-clinical settings. Swee Seong is passionate about building knowledgebase and related omics data tools to better understand diseases and improve patient care.

Steve Bray

Principal Scientist

Steve Bray

Principal Scientist

In over 15 years of research experience Steve has gained broad expertise in applying genomics to better understand disease. Steve received a BS in biochemistry from Brigham Young University in 2000 and a PhD in genetics from Duke University in 2006. His doctoral research at Duke University and subsequent post-doctoral training at Emory University focused on the genetic control of neurological function including studies of chemosensory function, fragile X syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, his population genetic analyses uncovered unique genetic characteristics of founder populations. In 2011, Steve joined Eli Lilly and Company as a genetics research scientist utilizing DNA sequencing of tumor samples to better understand the genomic landscape of cancer and associated drug response. In these efforts he helped uncover cancer mutations that predict positive treatment responses or resistance to therapies.

Casey Herman

IT Manager

Casey Herman

IT Manager

Casey comes to LifeOmic with a heavy background in Virtualization, Application Layering, and VDI systems. He has a big passion for technology and is a “no task is too large”-oriented solutions expert. When asked what he does with computers, he’ll say, “I take something that doesn’t exist and make it available globally.” Casey has loved both technology and airplane grease in his professional career. He’s gone from being a general aviation mechanic to being the rare cable-guy that people actually love. Next Casey took on progressively larger roles in IT and network/datacom management and eventually ran enterprise desktop virtualization server farms and became a senior IT consultant. Casey’s also an avid R/C aircraft enthusiast and designer. He’s looking to compete in his first drone racing competition soon.
 

Clive Evans

Senior Sequencing Lead

Clive Evans

Senior Sequencing Lead

Clive started his molecular biology career at the Welsh Plant breeding station in Aberystwyth Wales UK in 1983 and received a Master’s in plant molecular biology from Aberystwyth University of Wales in 1996. Upon completing academic studies he worked for DeKalb Genetics, Monsanto and Syngenta in the field of genomics.  Clive later served as the Director of The Virginia Bioinformatics Core Lab facility at Virginia Tech University where he was involved in the sequencing of turkey and wild strawberry genomes. Clive then spent six years at Dow Agrosciences where he was responsible for setting up and running their Next Generation Sequencing Laboratory.  His personal interests include running a hobby farm and DIY projects.

Erkang Zheng

Chief Information Security Officer

Erkang Zheng

Chief Information Security Officer

Erkang is an experienced leader in cybersecurity and brings 15 years of experience in all its domains from identity and access, penetration testing and incident response, to data, application and cloud security. Erkang is passionate about combining innovation and execution to deliver practical solutions that address cybersecurity challenges at their root cause. Prior to joining LifeOmic Erkang built the software security architecture and assurance practice for Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments that serviced over 12 million customer accounts. He also led a team of engineers working on customer protection solutions as well as patent-pending security research and products. Before Fidelity Erkang held key roles at IBM Security and at a number of tech startups. Erkang earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from NC State University and holds several industry certifications such as CISSP. Outside of work Erkang enjoys deep-sea fishing, skiing, and fast cars.

Krisanna Bohall

Facility Manager

Krisanna Bohall

Facility Manager

Krisanna has over 10 years of experience in the facility management field and is an active member of the International Facility Management Association.  Prior to joining LifeOmic she served as Physical Security and MAC Manager for Interactive Intelligence and excelled at providing a safe and secure environment as well as delivering excellent customer service.  Krisanna also enjoys spending time outside and exploring new places.

Jeff Jagoda

Software Architect

Jeff Jagoda

Software Architect

Jeff has always loved learning how complex systems work and finding technical solutions to problems. His early work experience included building profilers for the Linux kernel at Red Hat and for the JVM at IBM. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor's degree in computer science in 2007, Jeff joined IBM full-time to work on projects ranging from web collaboration tools to cloud computing platforms. In 2014 Jeff left IBM to prototype new Internet-based communication solutions at Bandwidth. Before coming to LifeOmic, Jeff rejoined IBM to use a combination of big data analytics and automated systems to understand and influence developer behaviors inside the company.

Chad Jarreau

Software Engineer

Chad Jarreau

Software Engineer

Chad has a deep interest in the intersection of life sciences and technology. He received a master's degree in bioengineering in 2010 and bachelor's degree in Computer Science in 2015 from Louisiana State University. During his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Chad interned at OrgSpan working on the quality assurance team. Upon graduation, he was hired as a software developer on the Purecloud search team at Interactive Intelligence. Chad enjoys many outdoor activities including cycling, running, swimming, and skiing. On weekends he can often be found spending time with his family.

Jin Sun

Clinical Scientist

Jin Sun

Clinical Scientist

Jin has broad experience in the life sciences field and is passionate about improving people’s lives through personalized medicine. Jin earned a master’s in biochemical engineering from East China University of Science & Technology in 1990. He then lectured at China Pharmaceutical University where he advanced to assistant professor and associate professor in the process of earning a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in 2000. He also counselled several Chinese startup companies and oversaw plant design/production scale-up. In 2002 Jin came to the U.S. to join the University of Washington medical genetics division working on genetic mechanisms of inherited diseases. He then moved to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and James Caner Hospital to work on various types of cancer and where he earned a MBA in 2013. During his career Jin has managed a research lab, worked in a CLIA lab focusing on molecular diagnosis, and has had papers published in internationally renowned journals. He enjoys time with family and friends.

Mikhail Samoylenko

Security Engineer

Mikhail Samoylenko

Security Engineer

Mikhail is an experienced software security engineer. Born and raised in Russia, he started coding device drivers and graphics during the early 90’s era of modem dial-up, BBS and FidoNet. He soon joined demoscene as a ‘coder’ on Russian ZX Spectrum and PC teams. Mikhail next participated in a number of international competitions to produce completely secure, copy-protected software which is resistant to reverse-engineering. In 2004 he finished studies at Stavropol State University majoring in Mathematics and Information Security and gaining 2 years of professional coding experience. After publishing his thesis on buffer overflow attacks, Mikhail combined his expertise in software engineering and information security to work for large international companies including Russian Railways, Deutsche Bank and Fidelity Investments – eventually moving to the U.S. in 2010. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children.

Alex Luebbehusen

Software Engineer

Alex Luebbehusen

Software Engineer

Alex’s passion for software development was sparked in high school when he programmed his TI-83 calculator to assist with math homework.  He was instantly hooked and eventually developed ballistic trajectory simulators, coded a school-wide chat network and started and led his high school’s very successful autonomous robotics program.  This inspired Alex to pursue a technology-focused degree at the University of Evansville where he partnered on award-winning robotics teams and earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2015 while also graduating as one of the top of his class and side-lining as a professional software developer.  Alex next gained progressive cloud software engineering experience at Interactive Intelligence and ADESA. He brings multiple-platform software development skills in manufacturing, customer engagement and automotive remarking industries to Lifeomic.  When not working on personal software projects, Alex enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family.

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