Will Mauldin, Ph.D., Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder

Dr. Mauldin received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in Applied Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At the University of Virginia, Dr. Mauldin held an appointment as an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. As a co-founder and CEO of RIVANNA, Dr. Mauldin co-invented, engineered, and is leading the commercial launch of Accuro, the world’s first ultrasound-based epidural guidance device. Dr. Mauldin has an extensive record in clinical ultrasound with over fifty peer-reviewed publications and patents and his research has won numerous funding awards from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Adam Dixon, Ph.D., VP Engineering

Dr. Dixon received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Dr. Dixon is a seasoned engineer who has led medical image processing algorithm development in both academia and industry for over ten years. While at GE Healthcare, Dr. Dixon was the lead or co-developer of several image processing algorithms that have been implemented on clinically available platforms. At RIVANNA, Dr. Dixon leads an engineering team focused on delivering innovative ultrasound solutions for bone-imaging applications and interventional procedures. Dr. Dixon’s contributions at RIVANNA include the development and implementation of algorithms that enhance bone-image quality within ultrasound images and automatically detect anatomical features in the lumbar spine. He has 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 30 conference papers, and numerous patents.

Taisiya Novopachennaia, Operations Manager

Taisiya holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a Minor in Business, Entrepreneurial Track from the University of Virginia. While at the University of Virginia and as a member of a multidisciplinary team between the School of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Taisiya collaborated with surgeons and physical therapists to develop novel tools to improve the quality of care. Since joining RIVANNA in 2016, Taisiya has quickly established herself on the Management Team through her position as Operations Manager. Taisiya is responsible for all manufacturing operations as well as actively improving internal operations to drive costs down, ensure regulatory compliance, and provide consistent customer service across the globe.

Taisiya was born in Russia and now resides in Charlottesville, VA where she enjoys cycling and backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Joel Weinstein

Joel Weinstein is a CIMIT Accelerator Executive and has a robust history as a serial entrepreneur and marketing expert in medical imaging and women’s health. Joel was a founding member of the management team at Hologic for its first 12 years of growth. He was Founder of Assurance Medical, CEO at VueSonix Sensors and Andrew Technologies, and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at BioSphere Medical.

Tim Ober, DVM

Tim Ober is an angel investor and world-renowned horse veterinarian who serves as the veterinarian for the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team. Tim graduated from Tufts University School of veterinary medicine. He is a regular user of ultrasound for guided joint injections, working with the major medical ultrasound manufacturers.

G. Wayne Moore, B.Sc., MBA, FASE

G. Wayne Moore is a 30-year veteran of the diagnostic ultrasound market. Wayne has held senior-level positions with several major medical equipment manufacturers, including Honeywell Medical Systems and Siemens Healthcare.

Kevin Owen, Ph.D.

Dr. Owen has a bachelor’s in engineering physics and a master’s in digital signal processing. Following a career in embedded software and hardware design with stints at GE and the telecoms, defense, and entertainment industries, he returned to academic study, earning a doctorate in biomedical engineering in 2012, with a specialization in hand-carried ultrasound imaging. As co-founder, VP of Engineering, and system architect for RIVANNA, Dr. Owen oversaw and drove the technology development from concept to pre-production prototype and FDA clearance. He has more than a dozen publications to his credit and is an inventor on several patents.