Who We Are

The VBSA activities are overseen by a board of directors including co-chairs, secretary and treasurer whom are listed below along with brief biographical information:

Board of Directors

Board Co-Chairs

Bill ChurchBill Church
President of Green Mountain Antibodies, Inc.
William R. Church, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of Green Mountain Antibodies since 1996. Previously Dr. Church was a Research Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Vermont. His research focus at Vermont, and at the Mayo and Scripps Clinics, was the use of antibodies to study proteins involved in multi-protein functions such as blood coagulation and the immune response. Dr. Church received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1980 and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University in 1974. He is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has lived in Burlington, Vermont since 1984. He is a founding board member of the Vermont Biosciences Alliance.
Kimberly Murray, AICP
Director of Economic Development, Town of Colchester
Kimberly earned her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida in 1995 and is a Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners as well as a member of the International Economic Development Council. She has worked in the field of planning and development for fifteen years in the areas of land use, environmental, transportation, and economic development working with Regional Planning Commissions, towns throughout Vermont, the City of Montpelier, and most recently the Town of Colchester. She spent several years working for the Vermont Agency of Transportation managing planning contracts and working with communities on transportation issues. She also received her real estate salesperson license and worked briefly as a Realtor before coming to the Town of Colchester to work as their Director of Community and Economic Development in 2007. Since then she has worked diligently to help the Town foster and encourage appropriate economic development including innovative, technical, and globally competitive activities and educational opportunities that result in job creation, retention, increased tax base and an improved sustainability and quality of life for the citizens of Colchester.

Kimberly is a ninth generation Vermonter and lives in Colchester with her family.

Board members

Betsy Bishop
President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Betsy Bishop is President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this, she served as the Commissioner of Economic Development. Bishop worked for Governor Jim Douglas for seven years, first with his transition team and then went on to lead his policy and legislative team for six years as his Deputy Chief of Staff. Before working for the Douglas Administration, Bishop served as Vice President of Government Affairs at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 1998, and then started her own company which advocated for businesses in the state legislative and regulatory arenas.
Mark BlanchardMark Blanchard, Secretary
Technology Business Specialist, Vermont Small Business Development Centers
As Technology Development & Commercialization Advisor, Vermont, Mark provides free business counseling to technology-based innovative small businesses statewide for Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC). Clients range from 100+ employee firms with revenues in excess of $20 million to start-up ventures. Areas of counseling include seeking R&D funding, especially through SBIR/STTR programs, working with Tech Transfer programs, general business strategy, business planning and raising capital.

Mark serves on the Board of Synergy Innovations Inc., a small technology development firm with SBIR successes leading to two spin-outs and earlier was the firm’s VP. He has been marketing manager for a producer of innovative manufacturing equipment and also a restaurant owner. His corporate experience includes seven years as Vice President, Administration for Thermal Dynamics Corporation preceded by eight years, largely overseas, in management and strategic planning roles with Caltex Petroleum. Mark is a former U.S. Navy engineering officer. He graduated from Dartmouth College and after the Navy earned his MBA at the Amos Tuck School.
Chris Coulter
President of Adaptive Engineering, LLC
A problem solver by nature, Chris has been helping medical device and biotechnology companies overcome challenges throughout his career. He has been instrumental in developing new products as well as the methods and equipment to manufacture them. His portfolio of products includes in vitro diagnostics, medical catheters, surgical instruments as well as electro-mechanical scientific instrumentation.

Chris has an affinity for advancing entrepreneurial ventures and has worked in multiple start-up companies. In 2002 Chris started his own business, Adaptive Engineering, LLC, a consulting company focused on assisting Vermont based bioscience and medical device companies. Chris is proficient with all aspects of product development - from market research, concepts and prototyping to project management, production and market launch. Chris graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a mechanical engineering degree. He lives with his family in Richmond, VT.
Jack Glaser
President of MBF Bioscience, Inc.
Jack Glaser is the co-founder and has been President and owner of MBF Bioscience for over 20 years. Jack led the company from startup though steady organic growth to a worldwide provider of cutting edge tools for scientific researchers. His proven strengths lie in implementing technology to solve complex biological analysis problems and in establishing productive, creative, and fulfilling business organizations.

Jack has been the principal investigator at MBF for over 10 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. In 2007, he received the United States Small Business Administration’s Vermont Small Business Person of the Year award for outstanding leadership related to the company’s staying power, growth, sales, innovation, and community contributions.

In 2007 and 2009 we earned the distinction of being named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. This award honors employers who strive to create better workplaces for their employees, in turn benefiting the state’s economy.

Jack lives in Williston, Vermont with his wife Cait and daughter Sophie.
Paul Haley
President of Research Proteins, Inc.
Bio coming soon
Robert A. Hamilton
Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Vermont Campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Hamilton is a tenured professor with ACPHS, having previously served as Department Chair and Director of Continuing Professional Development. His research interests have included pharmacoepidemiology of drug interactions and drug therapy of congestive heart failure.

Dr. Hamilton received his BS in Pharmacy from ACPHS in 1977 and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980. He moved to Milton, Vermont in 2009 to open the Vermont Campus, located in Colchester.
Margaret LaggisMargaret Laggis, Treasurer
Margaret is a Principal in Laggistics, a full service public relations and grass roots marketing firm specializing in controversial public issues and environmental policy. She has over 20 years of lobbying and public relations experience in Vermont. This followed stints as a minority staff member of the House Agriculture committee and a professional staff member of the Senate Agriculture committee in Washington, DC.Current clients include the Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, Syngenta, Beaver Wood Energy, the Indoor Tanning Association, the Vermont Groundwater Association, CropLife America and others.
Michael Stanley
Senior Scientist, Chroma Technologies Inc.
Michael Stanley came from a teaching background: first high school, then college and university His Ph.D. in cellular biology was imaging-based and that influence led him to the industrial world, first via confocal microscopes and then to Chroma thirteen years ago.

Michael now splits his time at Chroma between experimental design for end-users and equipment manufacturers; teaching at microscopy courses with an emphasis on laser-based systems; coordination with engineering/design/sales; and trouble-shooting. In his spare time he rides custom built choppers and scooters and does his best to keep up with his eight year old son.

VBSA’s working committees include

Communications: Chris Coulter, Chair

Event planning: Kimberly Murray, Chair

Finance: Mark Blanchard, Chair

Membership / Sponsorship: Paul Haley, Chair

We always welcome people to become actively involved in the activities of these groups. Please help us to make sure that the VBSA continues to offer innovative, valued programs and services to the bioscience community. And we manage to have fun along the way too. For more information please contact the board c0-chairs or any board member.