MEET OUR TEAM

Rod D. Martin


Founder & CEO

ABOUT ROD

Rod Martin was part of the startup team at dot-com legend PayPal, as a senior advisor to founder & CEO Peter Thiel during the company’s startup phase, its initial public offering and its subsequent acquisition by eBay. He not only understands it is possible to transform an industry, he has actually helped do it. After PayPal, he served at Clarium Capital, Thiel’s global macro hedge fund; today, as head of The Martin Organization, he leads a portfolio of technology companies in both the internet and biotech spaces. He holds a J.D. from Baylor Law School, previously served as Policy Director for Governor Mike Huckabee, was a Sturgis Fellow at Cambridge University, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy.

Dr. Twyla Bartel


Chief Medical Officer

ABOUT TWYLA

Twyla Bartel is a Fellow and Immediate Past President of the American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM), She was a professor of radiology and PET Director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She completed a nuclear medicine residency and a PET/CT fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has conducted extensive research in the field of radiology, particularly on the accuracy of PET in detecting various types of cancer. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the Research Fellow Award from the Radiological Society of North America and the Young Investigator’s Award from the Missouri Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. In addition, Dr. Bartel also holds an MBA and has extensive experience in business.

Guillermo Aragon


Chief Operating Officer

ABOUT GUILLERMO

Guillermo Aragon is an entrepreneur and veteran of several start-ups and VCs in the technology, finance and education sectors. He is the founder of GJ Aragon Financial and was an investor, partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Aurora Strategies, Inc. a for-profit educational services company. He is Chairman of the Board at KBO Strategies, Inc., a board member of the NorthStar Academies, a former board member of The Aurora Schools, Inc., and serves as a mentor at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Miami, Florida. For over 25 years, he has provided business consulting, financial services, capital acquisition and project development for early stage through launch for companies in artificial intelligence and natural language programming, customer relationship management, sales force automation, communications and logistics; as well as mergers & acquisitions funding, turnaround focus and re-alignment for clients in technology, bio-tech & pharmaceutical and commercial real estate investment.

Michael L. Clerkin


General Counsel

ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael Clerkin, our General Counsel, is the former General Counsel of the University of Delaware. He also served as General Counsel for the UD Technology Corporation, where he oversaw all intellectual property matters, including protection, licensing, and litigation. There, and later as founder and senior partner of Clerkin, Sinclair & Mahfouz, he has worked closely with start-up companies from their formation through profitability. He holds a J.D. from Marquette University Law School, as well as an LL.M. in information technology law from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School.

Haley Martin


Vice President for Administration

ABOUT HALEY

Haley Martin, our Vice President for Administration, is a seasoned entrepreneur with both startup and corporate experience. She previously founded and led, as CEO and Chief Designer, a successful jewelry company which gained a nationwide footprint in under 18 months. She was particularly successful in utilizing digital media to drive both sales and a superior customer experience. She also serves as President of The Martin Foundation.

Christina Murphy Lusk


Assistant Vice President for Operations

Assistant General Counsel

ABOUT CHRISTINA

Christina Murphy Lusk is our Assistant Vice President for Operations, and Assistant General Counsel. She is an accomplished operations and marketing professional with a degree in Chinese Studies (including proficiency in Mandarin) from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she served as Chairman of the Honors Council and President of the Business Law Society. In 2006 she was selected for Leadership Greater Little Rock, and in 2013 for Leadership Arkansas.

Lourdes Cosio


Assistant Vice President for Client Development

ABOUT LOURDES

Lourdes Cosio, our Assistant Vice President for Client Development, previously served for six years as the District Policy and Outreach Director for a U.S. congressman in South Florida. Prior to that, and based in Madrid, Spain (where she lived for over twenty years), she was the European Sales & Business Development manager for a major online company, general manager of an Internet start-up, Head of Research for a boutique headhunting firm, and financial translator for Ernst & Young Madrid. She combines wide-ranging functional experience with a talent for cultivating relationships, a strong business sense, and an uncommon dedication to outstanding service.

Board of Advisors


 

Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA - With over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, research, and academic healthcare, Dr. Azziz previously served as founding President of Georgia Regents University (now Augusta University), one of four comprehensive public research universities in Georgia, and founding CEO of the Georgia Regents Health System (GRHS, now Augusta University Health System). Dr. Azziz has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of GRHS, the Georgia Regents Medical Center, and the Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals; president of Georgia Health Sciences University; Deputy Director of the Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute and Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences at UCLA; member of the oversight committee for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; member and chair of the FDA Advisory Board on Reproductive Health Drugs, and member of multiple task forces and committees for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Azziz is a recognized translational scientist, serving as medical/scientific consultant and advisor for the study design and product development of several new pharmaceuticals and devices. Dr. Azziz currently serves as Chief Officer of Academic Health and Hospital Affairs, State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration, the largest university system in the nation.

Stephen Belcher

Steve Belcher, CEO of PermaFix Medical, is an entrepreneur and a top nuclear medicine executive with nearly 20 years of experience. Having first served as Sales Director for Cox Nuclear Pharmacy, for almost 12 years he next served as Vice President and Board Director for Cyclotron Services of America before founding and serving as a Principal of Triad Isotopes, formed in 2007. Benefiting from his leadership, Triad has grown to 60 pharmacies and $270 million in sales. He contributed to the success of Triad as its architect, and in roles ranging from VP of Sales and Marketing to VP of Strategic Accounts. In this last role Steve helped secure over $300 million in growth opportunities in his last 2 years alone.

Julie Butler

Julie Butler joins our team as a recent graduate of Oxford University’s MBA program. She also holds a Masters degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her background is in finance and consulting, in both business and charitable organizations in both the U.S. and abroad, including Promethean Spark International, Rescue a Million and Every Child a Hero. She was selected as a youth member of the Council for National Policy and has advised several NGOs at the United Nations. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wellbeing Institute at Cambridge University.

Jerry Graves

Jerry Graves brings forty years of hands-on experience growing multibillion dollar businesses, including 23 years with Coca-Cola, five of those years as Southeast Region Vice President. He has led turnarounds for several key divisions, and during his tenure leading the Florida region multiplied Coke's statewide revenue 4X in four years. He brings strong expertise in operational management, developing new markets, successful introduction of new product lines, cash flow management, personnel development, and development of customer relationships.

Jonathan Kilman

Jonathan Kilman, founder of Converge Government Affairs, is one of Florida’s top lobbyists, advocating for Fortune 500 Companies, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest brands, and an array of regional and non-profit world-changers, managing their U.S. and global government affairs portfolios. He previously co-chaired the Florida government affairs practice of an AmLaw 100 law firm, where the practice he helped build earned recognition as Florida’s most influential law firm by Southern Political Report. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was senior editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Florida, where he graduated as the University’s “Outstanding Male Leader Graduate” and has since been elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame.

Ross Mason

Ross Mason is President of Samaritan's Road International and Founder and Executive Director of HINRI Labs. He holds a Wharton MBA in finance, spent fifteen years in real estate in Moscow, Russia, and became a quadriplegic in 2007 while training for the New Zealand Ironman. His continuing disability has held him back not in the slightest, and his can-do spirit and graciousness is a genuine inspiration to all who meet him. Ross is the former Board Chairman of the Department of Community Health ($11.2 billion annual budget, 660,000 covered lives, the 3rd largest health plan in the United States) and former Chairman of the Metro Atlanta United Way’s Health Access Board. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and a member of Emory University’s Healthcare Advisory Board.

Evelio Silvera

Evelio Silvera is a business development professional and marketing strategy expert with deep experience in start-ups, publicly traded companies, and multinational organizations. He studied at Florida State University and Western Kentucky University and was a national and international speech and debate champion. He has also successfully guided legislation in the areas of healthcare, brownfields clean-up and patent protection for businesses and manufacturers.

Dr. Tracy Yarbrough

Tracy Yarbrough is a professor of pharmacology and physiology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and was previously a professor of nuclear medicine and director of the nuclear medicine residency program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she was also in charge of all imaging protocols. After earning a degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, she completed both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics at the University of Iowa, and a residency in nuclear medicine at Johns Hopkins. She has published an enormous volume of peer-reviewed research, particularly including PET and SPECT imaging, and has been involved in ACRIN/NIH image interpretation and research