Senior Management Team

Luke Burnett, PhD Chief Executive Officer and 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.

Ryan Clohessy, PhD Scientist

Dr. Clohessy has conducted biomaterials research for over six years and has been part of the KeraNetics team for more than two. With experience in in vitro and in vivo experimental design, he has led product and process development, as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies to evaluate safety and efficacy of burn and wound healing keratin products. Dr. Clohessy has also coordinated multiple regulatory submissions, ranging from initial Request for Designationsto traditional FDA approval pathways. Dr. Clohessy holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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.

Chris Holder, PhD Director of Research and Development

Dr. Holder has spent over 18 years conducting biomedically-relevant scientific research, with more than 4 years of experience specifically devoted to keratin biomaterials and product development. He has participated in or supervised projects investigating burn and wound healing, bone regeneration, muscle regeneration, small molecule delivery, joint therapy, and bacterial pathogenesis. Dr. Holder has broad leadership experience, including laboratory management and teaching responsibilities in academic and biotechnology settings. He also has personnel management experience from his time as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Holder holds a BS from Clemson University, an MS from the University of Maryland – College Park, and a PhD from the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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 Vice President of Finance, 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.