Board of Directors

Carolyn Maduza
Ms. Maduza offers more than 20 years of successful executive experience in healthcare technology, life sciences, and enterprise software. She is an insightful and focused business partner with a consistent record of improving organizational performance. A strong leader and change agent, her expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, growth management, fund raising, corporate finance, and turnaround leadership.

Most recently, Ms. Maduza served as Interim CFO to GenMark Diagnostics, a publicly traded NASDAQ/AIM medical device company. Ms. Maduza also consulted as CFO for Helixis, an early-stage manufacturer of advanced nucleic and acid analysis instrumentation and reagents for research and clinical applications.

Ms. Maduza earned a Masters of International Management, with distinction, from the American Graduate School of International Management (“Thunderbird”) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She serves on the Board of Directors of Accela, Inc. and the Foundation to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. Ms. Maduza also serves on the Advisory Boards of AdChoice and Forcura. Ms. Maduza is a domain expert and EIR for CONNECT’s Springboard program, mentoring several companies in the media-IT and healthcare-IT sectors.

Charlene Reed, Ph.D.
Dr. Reed is the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance, a nonprofit product development partnership. The organization’s mission is to facilitate global research and development for, as well as access to, new antimicrobial agents. She has been named to the Brookings Council on Antibacterial Drug Development – a joint effort between the FDA and the Brookings Institution.

Dr. Reed has over 20 years of experience in, and with, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She was partner at two major global retained executive search firms. Following her tenure with those concerns, she established Reed & Associates Executive Search, a global, retained firm specializing in senior level R&D talent for the pharmaceutical industry.

She holds a Ph.D. in Biological Science from Florida State University and earned her A.B. degree with distinction from Sweet Briar College. Early in her career she received a prestigious New Investigator Award from the NIH funding her laboratory.

Michelle Gomez

Mrs. Gomez, a California certificated paralegal serves as FCAR’s corporate legal secretary. In this role she manages the organizations federal and state filing requirements for 501(c)3 nonprofit status. This includes conducting required annual filings and assuring legal compliance with regulations governing nonprofit tax status.

Mrs. Gomez has been volunteering with various charitable organizations for over a decade. In this capacity Mrs. Gomez has not only helped her charities develop more sound policies and procedures, but also worked tirelessly to ensure the maintenance of corporate records and reports.

Furthermore, she is a co-founder of Kupa’a Mau Outrigger Canoe Club, an organization aboard Camp Pendleton that serves military families by providing athletic and community building opportunities. Additionally, Mrs. Gomez serves with the First Marine Expeditionary Force aboard Camp Pendleton as a Family Readiness Assistant providing resources, training, and support to military spouses and families. For her work with Family Readiness, Mrs. Gomez is a three time gold recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award.