Janet Lambert

Janet Lambert

Chief Executive Officer

jlambert@alliancerm.org

Janet Lynch Lambert joined ARM in 2017 as the organization’s first CEO. With more than 25 years in public and private sector management, Janet is an experienced government relations and business professional with an extensive record of accomplishment. Janet most recently served as the Acting Head of Engagement for the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health and as head of the Outreach Office in the Office of the NIH Director. Prior to joining NIH, she was Vice President of Government Relations and head of the Washington office of Life Technologies, aiding the company in its growth from $300 million in annual sales to more than $3 billion.

Prior to Life Technologies, Janet held leadership positions in government relations, marketing and business development at large and small life science organizations, including GE and InforMax. Her experience also includes legislative and staff leadership positions in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Janet received her MBA in International Business from Georgetown University and her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and two daughters.


Michael Werner, J.D.

Michael Werner, J.D.

Co-Founder & Senior Policy Counsel, Acting US Public Affairs Team Co-Lead

mwerner@alliancerm.org

Michael Werner has almost three decades of healthcare law, lobbying, regulatory, reimbursement and policy development experience in Washington. He is the co-founder & senior policy counsel of ARM as well as a Partner at Holland & Knight LLP. In these roles, Michael focuses on issues affecting biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, medical research and research institutions, physicians and patients. His specific areas of knowledge include legislation and implementing FDA regulations regarding drug/biologic review, approval and distribution; reimbursement strategy and issues; FDA and NIH oversight of clinical trials including registries and reporting of trial results; approval and marketing of orphan drugs; stem cell research and regulation of cell therapy, gene therapy, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine products; human subject protection issues such as IRB review and informed consent, as well as conflicts of interest and other bioethics issues arising from research and uses of new technologies.

Before joining Holland & Knight and founding ARM, Michael was president of The Werner Group, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that provided lobbying, regulatory, and bioethics consulting services for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, physicians, health plans, investors, and patient advocacy groups. Prior to founding The Werner Group, he was chief of policy for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), representing over 1000 biotechnology companies in the U.S. and other countries.

Before BIO, he spent six years as counsel for legislation and policy for the American College of Physicians. Mr. Werner was senior healthcare advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a congressional investigator for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and senior advisor to Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer.


Christina Hartman

Christina Hartman

Head, US Government Relations

chartman@alliancerm.org


Brett Logan

Brett Logan

Director, US Market Access and State Government Relations

blogan@alliancerm.org


Robert Falb

Robert Falb

Director, US Regulatory Affairs

rfalb@alliancerm.org

Robert began his career in management at two major department stores, with a sideline job selling T-shirts at rock concerts. He then transitioned to Capitol Hill, putting his customer service experience to use to anticipate and meet the needs of multiple stakeholders, first as a Hill staffer and later as a government affairs specialist at a medical society, a pharmaceutical trade association, and at a large pharmaceutical manufacturer.

That skill set is in high demand at ARM, where Robert works with ARM’s US Regulatory Affairs Committee. An excellent listener, he harmonizes viewpoints from across ARM’s 425+ members to develop the organization’s regulatory positions. He then advocates for those positions with the FDA, and in partnership with other members of ARM’s public affairs team, with Congress, CMS and other policymakers. Robert enjoys the challenge of educating stakeholders about the unique needs of this field and its potential to transform healthcare for patients.

Robert graduated from Brown University with a B.A. degree in Political Science. He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and twins—a boy and a girl.


Elisabetta Zanon

Elisabetta Zanon

Director, European Policy & Advocacy

ezanon@alliancerm.org

Elisabetta has spent more than 20 years working in European government affairs. She did not start off in the health policy arena – working instead on other areas including the environment and economic development – but became passionately interested in healthcare when working first with the UK National Health Service and later with the European Society of Cardiology.

Elisabetta is responsible for communicating ARM’s positions to European policymakers and raising awareness about the value that regenerative medicines and advanced therapies can provide to patients and healthcare systems. Because legislation is typically drafted by lawyers with a more general knowledge base, Elisabetta helps to bring specialized, frontline expertise to decision-makers. Her work builds on her extensive knowledge of European public affairs and her enthusiasm in knowing that she makes an impact with her job by helping therapies at the cutting edge of innovation reach patients in need.

As an Italian, who lived in different countries and works in Brussels for a US-based organization, Elisabetta encompasses the multicultural spirit of the EU. She likes staying active, and often goes on long runs with her dog.


Paolo Morgese

Paolo Morgese

Director, EU Market Access & Member Relations, Acting European Team Lead

pmorgese@alliancerm.org

Paolo is a healthcare investment and market access professional with more than 15 years of experience in both assessing and supporting access to innovative healthcare technologies. Between 2012 and 2017 he worked at Deerfield Management, a healthcare investment company, where he was Director of EU Research and Market Access. Prior to that, he worked at Merck Serono for five years, Kyphon, which became Medtronic, and also spent several years with the Italian HTA Agency Agenas. Paolo’s interests and expertise are centered around healthcare technology value assessment and maximization, with a particular interest in the early stages of product development. He is an engaged stakeholder in EU and international policy debates around access to cell and gene therapies, health technology assessment convergence, early dialogue activities and value-based pricing/contracting. He is the past chair of the European Biotech Industry Association HTA task force and biotech industry representative at the EUnetHTA Joint Action 2 Stakeholder Forum. In addition to his role at ARM, Paolo is also the Managing Director of Forethought Access, an early-stage market access consultancy based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Paolo holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Siena (Italy) and an MSc in Financial and Business Economics from the University of Essex (UK). He is an Italian national and currently resides in the French Alps with his wife and two children.


Mimi Choon-Quinones

Mimi Choon-Quinones

Director, European Regulatory Affairs

mchoon-quinones@alliancerm.org


Stephen Majors

Stephen Majors

Senior Director, Public Affairs, Acting US Public Affairs Team Co-Lead

smajors@alliancerm.org

Each step of Stephen’s 15-year career converged at ARM in his role of Senior Director of Public Affairs: A journalist covering politics and state legislatures; a business development professional advising companies on how to navigate geopolitical risk; a pharma and biotech industry consultant; a graduate of journalism and public policy programs.

At ARM, Stephen serves as global media spokesperson and social media strategist, and contributes to ARM’s policy and advocacy objectives in Washington, in state capitals, and in Brussels. He breaks down complex science for the public and policymakers, and explains why policies need to change to ensure that patients can benefit from the groundbreaking advancements of ARM’s members.

Stephen thought he left science behind after muddling his way through AP Chemistry in high school. He’s glad he was wrong. Stephen lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife, son, and rambunctious beagle/lab mix.


Aleksandra Stein

Aleksandra Stein

Manager, Data & Analytics

astein@alliancerm.org

Aleksandra has focused on quantitative transformation across multiple industries, building out data and analytical capabilities in-house.  She is passionate about delivering actionable insights, telling impactful stories, and developing sustainable data-driven decision-making capabilities.

Joining ARM in 2022 as the organization’s first Manager of Data and Analytics, Aleksandra helps educate ARM’s membership, policymakers, and the public via a forward-looking quantitative foundation for the cell and gene therapy sector.

Aleksandra has a PhD in statistics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she focused on adaptive designs to improve Phase III clinical trials.  In her spare time, Aleksandra loves to learn about new foods and cultures, and how they impact each other.  She is based in Charlotte, NC.


Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Manager, Public Affairs

awolf@alliancerm.org

Email, social media, and seeing ads for something you just googled. Adam is fascinated with digital marketing – and directing it toward life-saving causes.  Adam joined ARM in 2022 as the Public Affairs Manager to connect people with our mission by communicating the transformative impact of cell and gene therapies.

Before joining ARM, Adam worked with a variety of humanitarian and community service organizations. His experience includes advocating for landmine clearance, supporting conflict resolution, and serving one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity.

Originally from Wisconsin, Adam currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two cats. He enjoys sports, traveling, reading, and helping put together Model United Nations conferences.


Michael Lehmicke

Michael Lehmicke

Vice President, Science and Industry Affairs

mlehmicke@alliancerm.org

Michael joined ARM in 2018 as its first Director of Science and Industry Affairs. Michael has over 20 years of R&D experience in biomaterials, medical devices and regenerative medicine. He has led product development teams for class II devices, human cell and tissue-based products, and drug/device combination products. He is a creator and an inventor with multiple U.S. patents to his name.

Michael has a MSc in /Biomedical Engineering, with a focus on tissue engineering, from Drexel University. Michaels areas of expertise include cell-based tissue engineering, bioceramics, biodegradable polymers, project management, strategic pipeline development, and business development.

He is passionate about regenerative medicine and believes that it represents our best hope for meeting many unmet clinical needs, thereby changing patient’s lives for the better.


Josephine Lembong

Josephine Lembong

Manager, Science & Industry Affairs

jlembong@alliancerm.org

Josephine joined ARM in 2021 as its Manager of Science and Industry Affairs.  She brings to ARM over 10 years of R&D experience in the tissue engineering & regenerative medicine field. In addition to her technical know-how, she honed many “soft skills” while working towards her PhD in chemical engineering, including project management, working with external collaborators, and helping to identify solutions for complex problems in the field. Prior to coming to ARM, she worked with ARM member Rooster Bio, where she led their scalable hMSC manufacturing programs, oversaw the technical direction in cGMP tech transfer, and managed their custom Process Design & Acceleration services.

Josephine sees her role at ARM as an opportunity to refine the field of regenerative medicine. She is excited to know ARM’s work to develop best practices and provide feedback to regulatory agencies will help to shape the future of the sector. While ARM is not Josephine’s first foray into the cell and gene therapy sector, she marvels at the breadth of therapies developed by ARM member companies. She appreciates the collaborative environment fostered by ARM members and the willingness to share their knowledge of the field.

Josephine lives in the DC Metropolitan area with her husband and son and enjoys playing volleyball in her free time.


David Townsend

David Townsend

Vice President, Finance & Operations

dtownsend@alliancerm.org

David started his career in local radio and television where he worked both on-air and behind the camera. A self-described introvert, it is perhaps unsurprising that David opted to transition into finance early on in his career, and now spends the majority of his working hours toiling over spreadsheets in peace — although he does venture out periodically to reassure his coworkers that he is not a hermit.

As ARM’s Vice President of Finance and Operations, David uses his natural planning and organizational skills to help balance competing deadlines and manage ARM’s events, membership, and operations teams. He also relies on his customer service skills to provide support to the other departments at ARM, allowing them to fulfill their strategic functions. David came to ARM with extensive experience in the nonprofit field, but enjoys the flexibility and variety offered by working at a smaller organization.

A Mississippi native, David now lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife. He enjoys touring historic sites near DC and has completed three marathons.


Becky Wright

Becky Wright

Staff Accountant

bwright@alliancerm.org

Becky’s life-long love of learning is what brought her to ARM. As a teacher, she attended business school in the evenings and on the weekends, where she took her first classes in accounting and discovered an interest in business and contract law. She handled the finances for a small non-profit providing assistance to veterans and worked for a small payroll company before joining the ARM team as the Staff Accountant.

At ARM, Becky’s strong attention to detail and unflappable nature allows her to juggle the many tasks – and many spreadsheets! – needed to manage the finances of a growing organization. ARM is the biggest place she’s worked, and she’s enjoyed the challenge of translating her skillset to address the needs of a larger organization. In her continual quest for knowledge, Becky has also enjoyed the chance to learn more about the cell and gene therapy sector and how it’s positioned to help patients.

Becky lives in Virginia and is a mom of four. She enjoys staying active, traveling, and is always game for new experiences, from competing in a triathlon to ziplining.


Rosie Walker

Rosie Walker

Program Director, GROW RegenMed Internship

rwalker@alliancerm.org

Rosie has always been a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion programs. As a first-generation college student, Rosie feels that internship and mentorship opportunities were vital in helping her to advance academically and professionally. She enjoys the opportunity to pay it forward, and has helped to create similar opportunities while in past roles working in higher education and with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

As the Program Director for the GROW RegenMed Internship program, Rosie works with ARM members as well as institutes of higher education and non-profits that work with minority students, building relationships to make the program successful. Rosie enjoys learning about the innovative cell and gene therapy field, and feels that Black students have the potential to excel in the industry if given the right opportunities and exposure.

Rosie lives in Houston, Texas. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she began teaching hula hoop fitness classes as a way to stay active while outside and socially distanced.


Shakita Bazemore

Shakita Bazemore

Manager, Operations

sbazemore@alliancerm.org

Shakita is a self-described problem solver. Shakita was drawn to operations because it allows her to work with her colleagues from all parts of the organization. By ensuring that the general needs of the organization are met, Shakita allows other ARM employees to focus on their strategic priorities.

As the Operations Manager at ARM, Shakita helps to identify solutions to help boost efficiency and effectiveness. Like many of the organizations where she has worked before, ARM is expanding rapidly, giving Shakita the opportunity to develop and implement new internal procedures and policies to keep pace with ARM’s growth. As ARM’s Operations Manager, Shakita handles a range of HR-related matters, facilitates the implementation of office- and IT-related projects, and provides support for finance-related matters.

Shakita, who lives in the DC metropolitan area, enjoys learning new software programs and cooking. Highly organized in both her professional and personal life, she is known for sending out detailed itineraries on family vacations.


Laura Stringham

Laura Stringham

Senior Director, Marketing and Events

lstringham@alliancerm.org

Laura comes to the Alliance with extensive experience in marketing and event coordination for multi-stakeholder organizations. Prior to ARM, she was the marketing & event manager at Janssen Labs, a healthcare incubator housed within Janssen Research & Development, the pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson. There, Laura implemented all marketing and press strategies surrounding the newly opened innovation center, as well as managed multiple event programs aimed at increasing awareness of the facility and its residing start-up companies. Previously, Laura spent more than three years managing programs and events for CONNECT, a San Diego not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.

Laura received a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meeting and Event Management from San Diego State University.


Kelly McWhinney

Kelly McWhinney

Director, Events

kmcwhinney@alliancerm.org

Kelly McWhinney, CMP, joined ARM in 2021 as the Director of Events.  She has spent her entire career in event management and has more than twenty years of experience in complex event design and execution. Prior to ARM, she was the Director of Event Services at Federal Conference, an event consulting firm in Alexandria, VA.  In this role, she was responsible for managing a team of event planners who executed over fifty events annually.  Additionally, she served as a strategic leader and consulted on a variety of events ranging from commercial to government to not-for-profit. She began her career at various luxury resorts where she managed meetings and events for over ten years.

Kelly received a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from University of Central Florida. Originally from Boca Raton, FL, she now resides in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters.


Jancee Curl

Jancee Curl

Senior Manager, Marketing and Events

jcurl@alliancerm.org

After four years of managing partnering for life sciences conferences, including ARM’s Meeting on the Mesa, Jancee’s role as the Senior Manager of Events and Marketing at ARM fits like a puzzle piece. While Jancee’s previous experience has lessened the learning curve, there is always a lot to learn about the regenerative medicine sector – and she loves continually being a student.

Jancee began her role at ARM in the spring of 2021. A jack-of-all-trades, she enjoys being involved in the many, many tasks involved in making sure ARM’s events run smoothly. She feels that most people would be surprised at the behind-the-scenes work involved in events – which for Jancee includes coding the conference websites, sending e-blasts, putting together programming, and managing vendors.

Jancee lives in San Diego with her husband and their dog and cat. She loves traveling – which is one of her favorite parts of working in the events industry – and has visited more than 20 countries across five continents, including spending a year teaching English in South Korea.


Brittany Miller

Brittany Miller

Manager, Events

bmiller@alliancerm.org

Brittany joined ARM in 2022 as the Events Manager. Before joining the team, she spent most of her career event planning for local parks and recreation departments in DC and Northern Virginia. Brittany created programs to provide educational and recreational opportunities for adults, alongside putting on large-scale, city-wide events for the public. Prior to working in local government, she was a Recreational Therapist in the healthcare industry. She earned her B.S in Recreational Management and Dance from Lock Haven University. Originally from Long Island, Brittany currently resides in Washington, DC where she loves to eat at new restaurants, teach Barre3 fitness and catch concerts at the 9:30 club.


Savannah Bryant

Savannah Bryant

Events Coordinator

sbryant@alliancerm.org

Savannah Bryant joined ARM in 2022 as the Events Coordinator. Prior to ARM, she spent four years working as a Special Events Coordinator at The Johns Hopkins University, where she managed several campus venues, including academic buildings and outdoor spaces. Working with a range of clients including faculty, student affairs departments, student groups, and many external clients, she supported all the logistical backend work to bring their events to fruition. Prior to that she worked within the arts, curating several small to large group exhibitions. She earned her B.A. in History and Philosophy from Slippery Rock University. She currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.


Erica Wilhide

Erica Wilhide

Director, Membership and Business Development

ewilhide@alliancerm.org

Erica’s passion for patient advocacy led her to ARM. She joined in 2022 as the Director of Membership and Business Development and brings over 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry and nonprofit sector.

Erica was a device representative for Stryker Instruments, winning multiple president’s club awards for her sales performance. Most recently, she was a Clinical Oncology Specialist for Natera. Erica is proud to serve as a Donate Life Ambassador for The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland and is co-chair of The Decision Project. With her late husband John, she created the 2is10 Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to promote collaboration among health care providers and raise awareness and funds for rare disease treatments, transplants and organ donations. They are subscribers to Helen Keller’s belief that, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Erica now resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her two sons and enjoys rooting for them on the sidelines, staying active, traveling and gardening.


Kristy Rothfritz

Kristy Rothfritz

Manager, Membership

krothfritz@alliancerm.org

Kristy has always been drawn to the nonprofit sector and the ability of organizations to positively impact peoples’ lives. Kristy has worked in administrative, operations, and marketing roles, familiarizing herself with the different functions ongoing at an organization. Her diverse experience means that she is always willing to jump in and lend a helping hand where needed.

At ARM, Kristy does much of the behind-the-scenes work for ARM’s membership team.  In particular, she manages the renewal process for existing members as well as the onboarding process for all new members.  Additionally, she also helps to maintain the membership database, keeps spreadsheets up-to-date, processes invoices, and acts as a source of information for ARM members. This is Kristy’s first role in biotech, and she enjoys working in a growing, fast-paced industry that is propelling medicine forward and making a difference in the lives of patients.

Kristy lives in New Jersey and enjoys spending quality time with her family and watching the NY Mets.  She is also a fitness enthusiast and can often be found working out and experimenting with new, healthy recipes.


Thomas Szabo

Thomas Szabo

Executive Administrator

tszabo@alliancerm.org

Tommy was excited to return to the non-profit sector when he joined the ARM team in 2021. Prior to working at ARM, he was the Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Management Office. While there is plenty of overlap in his job duties at both positions, Tommy was excited to leave some of the red tape behind to work with a smaller, mission-oriented organization.

No job is too small for Tommy, who works behind the scenes on everything from managing ARM CEO Janet Lambert’s schedule and wrangling the office printer to hanging coat hooks in the ARM offices. A naturally empathetic person with a strong commitment to customer service, he excels at anticipating and acting on the needs of senior staff at ARM. A self-described nerd, Tommy enjoys the opportunity to learn more about the sector as he takes minutes for ARM’s Science & Industry committees.

Tommy is originally from Sicklerville, NJ and currently resides in Leesburg, VA with his wife and dogs, Rocky and Charlie. He plays ice hockey and is fluent in American Sign Language.


Elaine Blauser

Elaine Blauser

Membership and Public Affairs Coordinator

eblauser@alliancerm.org

Elaine Blauser joined ARM in 2022 as the Membership and Public Affairs Coordinator. Prior to ARM, she spent five years working in private event management and membership sales at The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square.

Elaine earned her B.S. in Hospitality Management from The University of Pittsburgh and her M.S. in Travel & Tourism from Temple University. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her mischievous cat Lawrence.