Senior Management Team

Luke Burnett, PhD Chief Science Officer

Dr. Burnett has extensive experience working with keratin biomaterials and supervises projects investigating their use in wound and burn healing, resuscitation fluid, bone, muscle and nerve regeneration, and direct to market products. Dr. Burnett has extensive leadership experience both in science, leading teams of industry and academic scientists on several NIH and DoD funded projects, and in over 26 years in the US Army where he is currently a Colonel and a Brigade Commander in the North Carolina National Guard. Dr. Burnett holds a BS from Sonoma State University, a MA from the US Army War College, and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Alexis Gabard Director of Government Affairs

Mrs. Gabard has over ten years experience in project development and program management and over three years experience in projects related to keratin biomaterials. Mrs. Gabard has worked as an interventionist and study coordinator in human clinical trials, consulted for multi center clinical trials, and acted as a project manager for animal studies for regenerative and trauma medicine efforts. She has a broad leadership experience, including facilitating older adult behavior change groups and initiating multi-county governmental-based action committees. She holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an MS from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Bill Hawkins Chairman of the Board, Immucor Lead Director and former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic

Mr. Hawkins was named President and CEO of Immucor in October 2011 and he currently serves as Lead Director. Prior to that, he was Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc. He became CEO of Medtronic, Inc. in August 2007 and Chairman of the Board in August 2008. Mr. Hawkins was named President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2004 after joining Medtronic as Senior Vice President and President of Medtronic’s Vascular business in January 2002. Mr. Hawkins joined Medtronic from Novoste Corp., where he had been President and CEO since 1998. Earlier positions included Corporate Vice President and President of the Sherwood Davis and Geck organization of American Home Products; President of the Ethicon Endo-Surgery organization of Johnson & Johnson; President, Devices for Vascular Intervention and President U.S. Operations, for Guidant Corp.; and several increasingly responsible executive positions culminating in the presidency of the IVAC organization for Eli Lilly & Co. He began his medical technology career with Carolina Medical Electronics in 1977. Mr. Hawkins received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from Duke University in 1976 where he also conducted medical research in pathology. He received a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, in 1982. Mr. Hawkins is a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees, the Board of Visitors of the Engineering School of Duke University and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

L. Andrew Koman, MD Chief Medical Officer, Board Member

L. Andrew Koman, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After graduating from Duke University School of Medicine, his postgraduate training at Duke University included one year of Pediatrics, one year of General Surgery, four years of Orthopaedic Surgery and six months of Hand Surgery and Microsurgery. He served on the faculty at Duke for 18 months before joining the faculty at Wake Forest, where he remains.

Tracie Moreau, CPA Controller, Secretary and Treasurer

Ms. Moreau brings over twenty years of business and accounting experience to this role. Ms. Moreau was previously in public accounting for over twenty years. Ms. Moreau began her career at a public accounting firm in Winston-Salem, and as an entrepreneur, later owned and operated a certified public accounting firm prior to joining KeraNetics. Ms. Moreau received a B.S. from High Point University and a MBA from Appalachian State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dave Parker Managing Director of Operations

Mr. Parker brings over 20 years of engineering and operational leadership experience in world-class consumer goods manufacturing companies, most of which was associated with FDA-regulated products. Mr. Parker has worked as a process engineer and as a Plant Manager for a large manufacturing facility, where he led a team of >750 employees. Dave later served as Chief Operating Officer for Ei, Inc., a specialty topical pharmaceutical manufacturer. He holds a BS and an MS from North Carolina State University.

Chiquita Williams Director of Quality

Mrs. Williams has over 19 years of Quality experience including GMP and ISO in small and large companies, including Fortune 500 organizations.  She has held several positions such as Quality Assurance Technician, Process Specialist, Calibration Coordinator, Standards Chemist, Lab Supervisor, and Quality Manager in processing facilities and a contract laboratory.  In each of these previous roles, Chiquita implemented and practiced standards that optimized the quality of systems and products.  As Director of Quality, she is responsible for comprehensive quality as defined by assurance, control, and systems.  She holds a BS in Chemistry from Longwood College.

Kim Westmoreland Chief Executive Officer, Board Member

Mr. Westmoreland has over 25 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and has founded 6 start-up companies including KeraNetics. Mr. Westmoreland is the former Asst. Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business. His leadership has been recognized in a variety of industries, and he has sat on the boards of a number of companies. He continues his leadership today as a member of the Board of Directors for KeraNetics, Innovation Village, KeraFAST, and The Reason to Believe Co. He holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.