Team

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

President and CEO

M.S., Sloan School of Management, MIT

Jill is the President and CEO of Allied Minds and an Executive Director of the Board. 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).

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.

Kevin Sharer

Kevin Sharer

Senior Independent 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.

Harry Rein

Harry Rein

Non-Executive Director

Emory University and Oglethorpe College MBA, Darden School at the University of Virginia

Harry joined the Board of Allied Minds in 2017 and brings extensive experience from the venture capital sector. Most recently, he served as General Partner for 10 years at Foundation Medical Partners (Foundation), having been instrumental in its formation. Foundation is an early stage venture capital firm focused on the healthcare sector. Prior to Foundation, Harry served as Founder and Managing Partner at Canaan Partners (Canaan). Harry was responsible for life sciences investments at both Foundation and Canaan. Prior to Canaan Harry was President and CEO of GE Venture Capital Corporation, having joined General Electric Company in 1979. He directed several of General Electric’s lighting businesses before joining the venture capital subsidiary.

Harry currently serves on the Board of DeliverCareRX and served on the Board of Anadigics until 2016. He has served on the Board of over 20 public and private entrepreneurial companies, including: Cell Pathways; OraPharma (acquired by Johnson & Johnson); National MD (acquired by GE); OmniSonics; GenVec; CardioNet; and Spine Wave, and was an investor in Praecis Pharmaceuticals.

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.

Fritz Foley

Fritz Foley

Non-executive Director

B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, Yale University Ph. D. in Business Economics from Harvard University

Fritz Foley is the André R. Jakurski Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Financial Planning at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the HBS faculty in 2004, he taught at the University of Michigan Business School. He received a Ph. D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.

Professor Foley’s research focuses on corporate finance.  He has published papers on investment, capital structure, working capital management, dividend policy, joint ventures, intellectual property, and corporate tax policy.  His work has been funded by grants from a variety of organizations including the National Science Foundation and the World Bank.  He is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Corporate Finance and International Trade and Investment Programs and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics.

Professor Foley teaches Corporate Financial Operations, a second-year MBA elective course he created.  This course takes a general management perspective on corporate finance, focusing on the activities that chief financial officers perform.  He also Co-Chairs Finance for Senior Executives and has taught in numerous other HBS Executive Education programs.

In his role as Senior Associate Dean, he works closely with the HBS leadership team on a wide portfolio of activities including multiyear financial planning, resource allocation, risk management, and program evaluation. He has advised firms in technology, biotech, retail, health care, professional services, and other industries on financial matters and strategic choices. He has also served as a trustee for several nonprofit organizations.

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.

Simon Davidson

Simon Davidson

EVP - Technology Investments

B.Comm – University of Melbourne

Simon is an EVP at Allied Minds and is responsible for Allied Minds’ technology investments, including origination of new deals and oversight of existing portfolio companies.

Simon has 25 years’ experience in the technology sector and joins Allied Minds from In-Q-Tel, where he was a Managing Partner of the US-based strategic investor that identifies and partners with start-up companies that develop innovative technologies for the US intelligence community.  In his ten years at In-Q-Tel, Simon oversaw both the East Coast investment team as well as co-leading the practice group focusing on the physical sciences within the business. He played a foundational role in the development of their investment strategy into the physical sciences, where he oversaw and led investments across multiple sectors, including space and air communications, autonomous drones, low power sensors, physical security and detection, and wireless infrastructure.

Simon began his career as a strategy consultant at Andersen Consulting and then as a technology banker at JP Morgan.  He has held senior investment positions at JP Morgan Communication Partners and Fidelity Ventures, and business development roles at Sarvega, a venture-backed start-up and subsequently at Intel.

Dr. Omar Amirana

Dr. Omar Amirana

Senior Vice President

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

Dr. Amirana is Senior Vice President at Allied Minds where he leads the strategic direction and development of the Life Sciences portfolio. Omar also serves as the CEO of Allied Minds subsidiaries SciFluor, LuxCath and Signature Medical. He was previously 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 numerous company boards and is currently also on the board of CardioFocus, a revenue stage company in the field of atrial fibrillation ablation. He has held various operating roles in 5 startups and served as VP of Business Development at St Jude Medical (now Abbott). Omar is passionate about the beach, sports, and travel and enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters, and dog.

Neil Pizey

Neil Pizey

Head of Corporate Development

BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics, University of Oxford Post Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law London

Neil is responsible for corporate development at Allied Minds, encompassing strategy, corporate finance and investor relations.

Neil has 12 years’ experience in investment banking in London with Credit Suisse and Citi. During this time he advised UK corporates, including several technology companies, on a wide range of equity capital markets transactions and M&A. He was part of the Credit Suisse team that advised the UK Treasury on the emergency recapitalisation of the UK banking system in 2008/9.

Outside of work hours he can be found cycling keenly around the countryside or purchasing unnecessary cycling kit. He has two young daughters: Maya and Nina.

Matt Thoms

Matt Thoms

Vice President

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

Matt Thoms is a Vice President 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.

Nina C. Thayer

Nina C. Thayer

VP, Associate General Counsel

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

Nina Thayer is Vice President, Associate General 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. Outside of the office, 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.

Arun Jaganathan

Arun Jaganathan

Director

M.A. in Biotechnology, Columbia University B.Sc. in Microbiology & Immunology, McGill University

Arun Jaganathan is a Director at Allied Minds, where he focuses on the life sciences portfolio, including existing subsidiaries and new company formation. Arun’s background includes experience in medical devices, life science tools and drug discovery and development. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Arun was part of the Corporate Strategy team at Boston Scientific, where he was involved in supporting business development and strategic planning efforts, including M&A and white space market opportunity assessments. Arun also has several years of consulting experience – most recently at Fletcher Spaght Inc., where he advised small to mid-cap life sciences companies on their growth strategy. Arun lives in Back Bay with his wife Andrea. In his free time, he is passionate about giving back to the community, including serving at homeless shelters to feed the needy in the Greater Boston Area.

Raquel Argüelles

Raquel Argüelles

EA to the CEO and CFO

Raquel Argüelles is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and CFO at Allied Minds. In her role, Raquel works to ensure the smooth operation of day to day demands and activities.  Before joining Allied Minds HQ, Raquel worked for Harvard Management Company (“HMC”) as a Portfolio Administrator for the external platform working directly with the Real Estate, Natural Resources and Private Equity portfolios.  Prior to HMC Raquel worked at Prism VentureWorks.  Raquel started her career in the hospitality industry and was part of opening teams for exclusive properties including Delano South Beach.

Raquel is MCSE certified and enjoys working on computers in her spare time.

Outside the office, Raquel enjoys spending time with family, travelling, cooking, doing DIY projects and working in the yard.

Kirsten Flaherty

Kirsten Flaherty

Sr. Director, Human Resources

B.A. in Global Management, Simmons College

Kirsten is Sr. Director at Allied Minds where she leads the strategic direction and development of the Human Resources function.

Kirsten holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Management from Simmons College and her professional background includes experience in Change Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Talent Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Process Improvement, as well as Total Rewards and Recognition. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Kirsten lead the U.S. Human Resources department for L.E.K. Consulting, LLC in Boston and most recently she headed the Human Resources department at DDJ Capital Management, LLC.

Leading the HR strategy and developing the talent and culture of an organization is Kirsten’s passion.

Julie Kieck

Julie Kieck

Corporate Paralegal

B.S. in Liberal Studies, Assumption College Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Assumption College

Julie is the Corporate Paralegal at Allied Minds and is responsible for supporting the EVP/General Counsel and Corporate Counsel with contract drafting, review and management, corporate governance matters and various other projects.  Prior to joining Allied Minds, Julie worked at in-house legal departments with Boston Scientific, Indigo Agriculture, EMC Corporation and one of its subsidiary companies. Julie lives in Metro-West with her husband and two dogs.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, gardening and staying active.

Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy

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.

Shonda Ellerbe

Shonda Ellerbe

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.

Mark Biagini

Mark Biagini

Director, Information Technology

Cisco Network Associate Certification, Boston University Microsoft Systems Engineer Certification, Boston University

Mark Biagini is the Director of Information Technology at Allied Minds. Mark joined Allied Minds in 2012 and oversees the firms Information Technology Operations. Additionally Mark provides several key IT services to all Allied Minds Subsidiaries. Prior to joining Allied Minds Mark was the Director of IT for the venture capital firm Oxford Bioscience Partners (OBP). During Mark’s 12 years at Oxford he supported the firms technology operations while OBP 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 based in Boston. When Mark is not working with technology; he enjoys mountain biking, running and spending time with family.

Isida Kallushi

Isida Kallushi

Sr. Human Resources Generalist

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

Isida Kallushi is the Senior 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.

Irina Basarabeanu

Irina Basarabeanu

Accounting and Reporting Manager

M.S. in Accounting, University of North Carolina- Charlotte BSBA in Accounting and Finance, University of North Carolina- Charlotte

Prior to joining Allied Minds, Irina was a Manager of External Reporting at American Tower Corporation, a global provider of wireless communications infrastructure. Irina’s experience also includes several years as a Financial Reporting Senior Analyst at Sensata Technologies, Inc., a leading supplier of sensing and control solutions, and three years as a Staff and Senior Audit Assistant in the Audit and Risk Advisory practice of Deloitte & Touche, LLP- Charlotte/Boston office, building her audit experience across the full cycle of an audit engagement, through a broad variety of industries. Irina lives in the suburbs of Boston. When not working, Irina loves to spend time with her family, cooking for friends, volunteering and reading books.

Calvin Carlisle

Calvin Carlisle

Accounting Manager

Calvin is an Accounting Manager at Allied Minds serving the high tech portfolio companies. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Calvin held multiple accounting positions across five years at Arbor Networks, a leading software security company. Calvin also spent 5 years in accounting at Solidworks Corporation a leading CAD software company. Calvin’s prior background has exposed him to full cycle accounting at both large and medium sized high tech companies. Calvin enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, watching and playing sports.

Ivana Dinkova

Ivana Dinkova

Accounting Manager

MBA, Finance concentration, Bowling Green State University BSBA in Accounting, Bowling Green State University

Ivana Dinkova is the Accounting Manager at Allied Minds, where she is the main point of contact on any accounting related matters specific to the life science portfolio companies. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Ivana held accounting positions at Alkermes, Perkin Elmer, Boston Technology Research, Boston Financial Investment and KCM Capital. Ivana’s background includes experiences in various industries such as: biotechnology, pharmaceutical, technology and private equity ranging from start-ups to large public corporations. Outside of the office, Ivana is passionate about spending time with her family, outdoor activities and travel.

Zach Simpson

Zach Simpson

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

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.

Kathryn Graves

Kathryn Graves

Recruiting Manager

B.S. in Journalism, University of Florida

Kathryn Graves manages recruitment for Allied Minds and its subsidiary companies. She brings more than 10 years of experience in corporate recruitment and selection, and has created and managed talent acquisition programs for high-growth companies in the U.S. and Australia.  Prior to joining Allied Minds, Kathryn was National Recruiting Manager in the Sydney, Australia office of Avanade, a joint-venture between Microsoft and Accenture. She oversaw recruitment for Avanade’s four Australian offices and was Recruitment Lead for Avanade’s Asia-Pacific offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Japan. Prior to joining Avanade, Kathryn served as Corporate Recruiting Manager for CCS Medical, a large diabetes medical supply company. She also managed recruitment for the U.S. business headquarters of CP Ships, a global container-shipping company eventually purchased by Hapag-Lloyd. Kathryn is passionate about travel, loves the ocean and enjoys free diving and surfing.