Team

Chris Silva

Chris Silva

Chief Executive Officer

BA, Tufts University MBA

Chris has 25 years of operating experience. He is the CEO of Allied Minds and an executive member of the board. He was one of the original founders when the Company commenced operations in 2006 and is responsible for setting the Company’s strategy and direction, leading the executive team and allocating capital resources. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Chris was a partner at JSA Partners for a decade, where he provided strategic counsel and M&A support to aerospace & defense corporations and private equity firms. He was also former management consultant at A.T. Kearney and a corporate development executive at GRC Intl (acquired by AT&T), a technical and scientific contractor to the Department of Defense and US Intelligence Agencies. Chris began his career as an officer in the US Air Force. Chris is currently a board member of a number of companies to include Spin Transfer Technology, SciFluor Life Sciences, Federated Wireless, and Allied-Bristol Life Sciences.

Peter Dolan

Peter Dolan

Chairman of the Board

BA in Social Psychology, Tufts University MBA, Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth

Peter has 30 years of operating experience, including 18 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

He joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1988 and after more than a decade leading the company’s Consumer Products, Nutritionals and Medical Device businesses, he was named CEO of the company in 2001 at age 45. After his career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, he was Chairman and CEO of GeminX, a venture capital backed startup oncology firm that was successfully sold to Cephalon Pharmaceuticals.

Peter is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tufts University, elected as Chairman in November 2013 and has served as a trustee since 2001.

Mr. Dolan has served on the boards of multiple for-profits and not-for-profits, including the American Express Company, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) and the Tuck School Board of Overseers at Dartmouth College. He also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for The Partnership for a Healthier America.

Mr. Dolan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in 1978 in Social Psychology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Rick Davis

Rick Davis

Senior Independent Director

Rick Davis has more than 30 years of experience in business and public affairs. He is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Pegasus. Mr. Davis is a member of the firm’s Executive, Investment and Compliance Committees. He has a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sector. Having served on President Ronald Reagan’s political team, Mr. Davis also served in three Reagan Administration Cabinet Agencies including as White House Special Assistant to the President for the Domestic Policy Council. In his capacity in the White House Mr. Davis managed all policy development related to Climate, Energy and Environment.  President George H.W. Bush appointed him as Deputy Executive Director for the White House Conference on Science and Economic Research Related to Global Climate Change.

While in the private sector Mr. Davis built one of the most influential and successful public affairs companies in the United States. In 2000 and 2008 Mr. Davis served as Senator John McCain’s national campaign manager leading all aspects of the campaign activity. While serving as Senator McCain’s chief strategist and political advisor Mr. Davis was integral in the development of some key legislative initiatives including ground breaking Climate Legislation and Campaign Finance Reform. Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of The Environmental Defense Action Fund developing initiatives and ties to the corporate community that promotes better stewardship of the environment.

Jeff Rohr

Jeff Rohr

Non-Executive Director

B.S. in Accounting, Florida State University

Jeff has 30 years of senior management experience at Deloitte LLP having last served in the role of Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. In the role of CFO, Jeff was responsible for all aspects of financial affairs of Deloitte, including strategy, accounting, financial reporting, treasury, capital adequacy, liquidity, taxes, pensions, and risk management. Previously, Jeff served as the Managing Partner of Deloitte’s Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions as well as National Director of Deloitte’s Business Planning.

Currently, Jeff serves on a number of Boards and Foundations, including the Board of Directors of American Express Centurion Bank, where he is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee,  the Board of Education of the Bronxville NY School District,  Chairman of Florida State University’s College of Business board of governors, and the Homeownership Preservation Foundation. He is the Audit Committee Chair at Allied Minds.

Kevin Sharer

Kevin Sharer

Non-Executive Director

B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy MBA, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Kevin brings more than 30 years of experience in business to the Allied Minds Board of Directors, which he joined in 2015. He currently teaches at Harvard Business School.  Before HBS, Kevin was CEO of Amgen for twelve years and before that Amgen’s President for eight.  He has served on the board of directors of many prominent companies, including Chevron and Northrop Grumman, and is on the Naval Academy Foundation. Before Amgen, Kevin was Executive Vice President of business markets at MCI, General Manager of several GE business units and on the chairman’s staff, worked at McKinsey, and was on two nuclear fast attack submarines including a tour as chief engineer of a new construction Los Angeles class ship.  He is married and lives in Boston.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Non-Executive Director

M.S., Sloan School of Management, MIT

Jill brings more than 25 years of experience as an international business leader, including 16 years as CEO of private and public companies in the technology and information services markets.

Most recently, Smith served as Chairman, CEO and President of DigitalGlobe Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a global provider of satellite imagery products and services. Smith started her career as a consultant at Bain & Company, where she rose to become Partner. She subsequently joined Sara Lee as Vice President, and went on to serve as President and CEO of eDial, a VoIP collaboration company, and of SRDS, a business-to-business publishing firm. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Micron Electronics, and co-founded Treacy & Company, a consulting and boutique investment business. She currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) and Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B).

Marc Eichenberger

Marc Eichenberger

Chief Operating Officer

New York University, Economics and German MBA, Wharton School of Business

Marc Eichenberger is the Chief Operating Officer of Allied Minds. Before joining Allied Minds, Marc established his own professional services firm. His previous roles have included valuation, management advisory, M&A support and temporary senior executive roles, most recently as a Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions with a transportation services firm. He also served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for a small manufacturer of expansion joints. Prior, Marc was a Senior Principal with the leading consultancy A.T. Kearney. For over 10 years, he supported acquisitions, strategy development, and drove the restructuring of underperforming businesses. Marc was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Marc is married with three children and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, cycling and paddling on the ocean near his home in MA.

Joseph Pignato

Joseph Pignato

Chief Financial Officer

BA in Financial Economics, Saint Anselm College

Joe Pignato is the CFO of Allied Minds. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Joe was the CFO of Swipely, Inc. During his ten years in the venture capital industry, he served as General Partner, COO and CFO of two separate early stage venture firms – Charles River Ventures and Prism Ventures. Early in his career Joe served in various senior financial roles including CFO at Lightbridge, Inc., a publicly traded software company. Joe started his career in public accounting at Deloitte. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mike Turner

Mike Turner

General Counsel

JD in Business Law and Regulation, Cornell Law School BA in Political Science and Economics, Colgate University

Michael serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, advising the Board of Directors and senior management on strategic and investment activities, corporate governance and compliance.

Before joining Allied Minds, Michael was a Partner at DLA Piper and Goodwin Procter. At these firms, Michael acted as outside general counsel to public and private companies, investment banks, and private equity and venture capital firms, with an emphasis on serving the needs of growth companies in the technology and life science sectors, and providing counsel on company formation, equity and debt financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, intellectual-property transactions, executive compensation, employment law, and other operational and transactional matters. Michael is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and New York.

When not at work, Mike is a huge fan of high school, collegiate and professional cross-country and track & field, and tries to spend as much time as possible outside running, hiking, skiing or golfing.

Dr. Omar Amirana

Dr. Omar Amirana

Senior Vice President

MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School BS, Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

Dr. Omar Amirana leads the strategic direction and development of the Life Sciences portfolio and is currently the CEO of LuxCath, SciFluor and Biotectix. Omar previously served as Partner at Oxford Bioscience Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm with ~$1B under management. There he led the Series A investment in nFocus Neuromedical (brain aneurysm therapy) which was sold to Covidien for ~$100M. Omar has served on a number of boards and is currently on the board of CardioFocus as well as the Ignition Awards Committee at BU. He has held varying operating roles in 5 startups as well as VP of Business Development at St Jude Medical (STJ). Omar is passionate about the beach, sports, and travel and enjoys spending time with his wife, baby daughter, and dog.

John Serafini

John Serafini

Senior Vice President

B.S. with Highest Honors, United States Military Academy at West Point MBA, Harvard Business School MPA, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government

John focuses upon the commercialization of dual-use technologies originating from U.S. federal research institutions with sector concentration upon communications, cyber, mobility, space, robotics, and unmanned systems technologies. John’s investment activities center upon the intersection of profit-maximizing private capital and the unique requirements and R&D capabilities of the US Government and include Allied Minds Federal Innovations, Optio Labs, Federated Wireless, Foreland Technologies, Whitewood Encryption, BridgeSat, HawkEye 360, and Percipient Networks. A former Airborne Ranger-qualified U.S. Army infantry officer with duty stations at the 82d Airborne Division & UNCSB-JSA of the Korean DMZ, John was recently named to the Boston Business Journal’s annual list of 40 under 40.

Vincent Chun

Vincent Chun

Vice President

MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Dr. Chun leads due diligence in physical sciences and manages physical science subsidiaries at Allied Minds. He has led strategic R&D projects at subsidiaries. Dr. Chun began his career as an engineering trainee for NASA at age 17. He developed spacecraft control and dynamics simulation algorithms for Photon Research Associates, and led its biotech subsidiary as CTO to develop and commercialize molecular modeling software for drug discovery. After business school, he participated in and led strategic and market analyses, operational improvements and performance optimization projects for A.T. Kearney; and managed revenue improvement projects at EMC. Dr. Chun joined Allied Minds in 2007. In Vincent’s spare time, he practices figure skating (he is an Adult Gold Medalist), teaches Tai Chi, and serves on the choir at his church as vocalist and guitarist.

Donna See

Donna See

Vice President

MBA, Columbia Business School MPH in Health Policy & Management, Columbia University’s School of Public Health BA in Natural Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Donna See is a Vice President at Allied Minds, leading the firm’s partnerships with U.S. universities. Donna brings more than 14 years of experience in academic technology transfer, public-private partnerships, and early-stage technology development. She most recently served as Director of Licensing and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Columbia Technology Ventures, an internationally recognized leader in the field of academic tech transfer, and as the Founding Director of the Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership. Prior to Columbia, Donna was Director of Business Development and Technology Transfer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, forging strategic alliances with government and industry partners to evaluate, develop and acquire new healthcare technologies. In her imaginary spare time, Donna enjoys medieval tapestry reconstruction and cleanroom wirebonding.

Roger Yang

Roger Yang

Vice President

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego M.S. in Industrial Administration, Tepper School, Carnegie Mellon University

As a Vice President with Allied Minds, Roger has held interim management positions at several subsidiaries as well as serve on the committee assessing new technologies in the physical sciences. Roger’s background in turnaround and restructuring at AlixPartners and deep Operations experience consulting at A.T. Kearney, is a testament to his wide and diverse interests spanning industries in High Tech and Aerospace to Consumer Packaged Goods and Energy.

Nina Chen Thayer

Nina Chen Thayer

Corporate Counsel

B.S. in Business Administration, Boston University J.D., Boston University School of Law

Nina Thayer is Corporate Counsel at Allied Minds. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Nina was an Associate with Goodwin Procter LLP where she represented private equity and venture capital firms as well as a wide range of public and private companies. While at Goodwin Procter, Nina advised her clients on a variety of matters spanning from mergers and acquisitions to equity and debt financings to employment and corporate governance issues. Nina is admitted to the Massachusetts bar. Originally from central New York, Nina lives in South Boston with her husband and baby boy. She loves to cook for family and friends and go on long walks around the city.

Sam Milenkov

Sam Milenkov

Director of Finance

M.S. in Accounting, Suffolk University BSBA in Accounting and International Business, Suffolk University CPA with the State of Massachusetts

Sam Milenkov is the Director of Finance at Allied Minds. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Sam was a manager in the Audit and Risk Advisory practice of KPMG Boston with several years of audit experience across the full cycle of an audit engagement. His credentials span across a broad variety of industries, including a background in consumer products, retail, technology and early stage R&D companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-national private and public corporations. In 2011, Sam completed an eighteen months rotation at the KPMG Vienna, Austria office where he was able to integrate his experience in US GAAP and IFRS. Born and raised a city boy, Sam now enjoys life in the suburbs of Boston. He’s well embracing country living by taking on horseback riding and other outdoors activities, when not on the tennis court. In a parallel universe, Sam is a food traveling architect, who in the real world watches lots of DYI and cooking shows.

Teresa Fazio

Teresa Fazio

Director

Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, Columbia University B.S. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Teresa Fazio is an Institutional Liaison at Allied Minds, scouting technologies with an emphasis on the Allied Minds Federal Innovations pipeline. She also works closely with the Allied Minds Fellows and due diligence teams. Prior to joining Allied Minds, she was a Technology Licensing Officer at Columbia Technology Ventures, and commercialized inventions out of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her Ph.D. research focused on nanoscale devices to visualize single-molecule interactions. Teresa is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and splits her time between Boston and New York. When she is not working, reading, or writing, she is in a quantum superposition of the Central Park running paths and the Cambridge bike lanes.

Matt Thoms

Matt Thoms

Director

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

Matt Thoms is a Director in our Boston office where he focuses on Allied Minds’ physical sciences portfolio, including existing subsidiaries and new company formation. Matt’s background includes experience in power generation & storage, nano-engineered materials, and transport phenomena. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Matt was a management consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants (now a part of Oliver Wyman) where he developed growth strategies, including M&A and international go-to-market, for companies in information and technology services. In his graduate studies, Matt led research in nano-scale heat transfer for applications in utility-scale concentrated solar power. Outside of the office, Matt takes his scientific curiosity to the kitchen, where he enjoys cooking, baking, brewing, and other culinary adventures.

Moira Forberg

Moira Forberg

Associate

S.B. in Mechanical Engineering, Harvard College MBA, Harvard Business School

Moira is an Associate in our Boston office. Before joining Allied Minds, Moira worked as a research associate in the MIT Computational Fabrication Group, where she designed innovative approaches to multi-material 3D printing as part of the hardware design team. Her experience also includes work as a lab associate at Disney Research, focusing on the automation of mechanical design in 3D printed characters. Additionally, Moira was a management consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants, where she developed growth strategies for clients in the business information and technology sectors. Moira enjoys applying business thinking to opportunities presented by novel technology in her role as Associate at Allied Minds. Moira combines her twin hobbies of running and traveling by competing in half marathons in different cities across the U.S.

Ulli Klein

Ulli Klein

Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

Certificate in Leadership and Management, Boston University MA in Communications, Hawaii Pacific University BA in Public Relations, Hawaii Pacific University

Ulli provides critical, high-level support to the CEO and the executive team at Allied Minds. She has over 10 years of experience in executive leadership support, organizational operations, human resources, board support, as well as relationship and event management. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Ulli worked in similar functions for the London office of SAC Capital, a hedge fund. She has also held similar roles in the nonprofit and private equity sectors. When Ulli is not coordinating office operations, events, calendars and executives, she enjoys traveling and spending time along any body of water.

Shonda Ellerbe

Shonda Ellerbe

Shared Services - Office Manager

Shonda Ellerbe is Office Manager at Allied Minds. In her role as Office Manager, Shonda is responsible for the reception and meeting area, supports office and facilities management and supports the Deal Team during the screening and due diligence process of new technologies. Shonda also frequently supports Allied Minds team members on special projects. Before joining Allied Minds HQ, Shonda worked for Allied Minds subsidiary SciFluor as the Executive Assistant to the General Manager. Prior to joining the Allied Minds family, Shonda served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist in the U.S. Army. Outside of the office, Shonda enjoys cooking for her family, travelling, and checking things off of her bucket list.

Damien Browne

Damien Browne

Shared Services - Financial Controller

MSA in Accounting, Bentley University BS in Corporate Finance and Accounting, Bentley College

Damien Browne is the Financial Controller at Allied Minds. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Damien was the Assistant Controller for two subsidiaries of Danaher Inc. His previous experience also includes six years of Internal Audit between EMC and Deloitte providing risk and controls assurance. Damien is a Certified Public Accountant with the state of Massachusetts. In his spare time, Damien enjoys taking on do-it-yourself improvements throughout his home as well as performing the maintenance on the family cars.

Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy

Shared Services - Senior FP&A Analyst

MS, Finance, Northeastern University BS, Finance, Roger Williams University

Erin McCarthy is a Senior FP&A Analyst at Allied Minds. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Erin was a Senior Financial Analyst with LogMeIn, a technology company specializing in cloud-based connectivity solutions. Erin’s experience also includes four years as a Financial and Business Analyst at State Street, specifically in Global Markets Finance. Erin graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Finance, and earned an M.S. in Finance from Northeastern University. She currently serves on the Center for Advanced Financial Education Advisory Board at her alma mater. Erin lives in South Boston and spends most of her free time at the beach and running races around the city.

Mark Biagini

Mark Biagini

Shared Services - Director of Information Technology

Microsoft System Engineer Certification, Boston University

Mark Biagini is the Director of Information Technology at Allied Minds.

Mark joined Allied Minds in 2012 and oversees the Information Technology Operations. Additionally Mark provides several IT Shared Services to Allied Minds Subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Allied Minds Mark was the Director of IT for the venture capital firm Oxford Bioscience Partners. During Mark’s 12 years at Oxford he supported the firms technology operations while Oxford raised, invested and managed 5 venture capital funds totaling over $1 Billion in capital. Earlier in his career Mark was a Network Engineer for Information Systems by Design. When Mark is not working, he enjoys skiing, windsurfing and spending time with family.

Isida Kallushi

Isida Kallushi

Shared Services - HR Generalist

BA in International Relations and Economics, Suffolk University MA Human Resources Management, Emmanuel College

Isida Kallushi is the Human Resources Generalist at Allied Minds and she provides guidance, assistant and support to management, supervisors and administrators. She has a wide range of HR experience in the following functional areas: benefits administration, multi-state payroll, onboarding, employee relations, performance management and employment law compliance. Prior to joining Allied Minds she worked at Northeastern University where she served as the Benefits Specialist for all faculty and staff regarding benefit plan provisions, and interpretation of complex policies. In her spare time she does yoga, hangs out with friends, reads books and loves to travel.

Zach Simpson

Zach Simpson

Shared Services - Senior Staff Accountant

B.S. in Accounting, University of Kentucky

Zach Simpson is the Senior Staff Accountant at Allied Minds. Before joining Allied Minds, he was a staff accountant for two years at a shared service center serving multiple small businesses throughout Kentucky across various industries. While getting his degree, Zach worked in the marketing department of University of Kentucky Athletic Association. When it’s above freezing, Zach enjoys exploring the Cambridge and Boston areas. You can also find him talking about Kentucky basketball to anyone who will listen.

Nathalie Belfort

Nathalie Belfort

Shared Services - Staff Accountant

Nathalie Belfort is a Staff Accountant at Allied Minds. Prior to joining the Finance team, Nathalie worked as a Staff Accountant for four years at number of Non-profit organizations within the Boston area across various industries. Her previous experience includes 2 years as a Bookkeeper for Dunkin Donuts. Nathalie is a Public Notary with the state of Massachusetts and will be receiving her BS in Business Finance at Bay State College. Nathalie lives in Boston and enjoys experiencing new things and staying active. In her spare time, you can find her salsa dancing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing. When she’s not outdoors you can find her enjoying a good book.