In the pursuit of our mission to elevate the global standard of care, we value that as a team, we can accomplish a scale that far outweighs the work of one.
Will Mauldin, Ph.D., Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder
Dr. Mauldin received his doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in applied science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Immediately following his graduate training, Dr. Mauldin held an academic appointment as an Assistant Research Professor in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia where he developed an extensive record in clinical ultrasound research and currently holds over 60 peer-reviewed publications and patents. Dr. Mauldin currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Rivanna Medical, Inc. where he is building and leading a talented team of industry professionals to elevate global standards of care through the commercialization of the company’s world-first Accuro product line and associated medical imaging-based technologies. In this capacity, Dr. Mauldin has led strategic planning, formed industry partnerships, and attracted over $90M in funding through private and public sources that includes an up-to $65M contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
Adam Dixon, Ph.D., Executive VP Engineering
Dr. Dixon is a results-driven technical leader with a proven track record of successful technology development, clinical translation, and commercialization within the medical device sector. He has led technology development and clinical translation programs at GE Healthcare and RIVANNA, having commercialized advanced image processing technologies on multiple imaging platforms, including RIVANNA’s Accuro (ultrasound), GE’s Logiq E9 (ultrasound), GE’s Lightspeed 750HD (computed tomography), and GE’s Precision 180 (fluoroscopy). In addition, he has co-authored 15+ peer reviewed journal articles, 30+ conference abstracts, 10+ patents, and has written grants to secure over $10M in SBIR funding to support RIVANNA’s ongoing ultrasound technology development and commercialization efforts. Under Dr. Dixon’s technical leadership, every SBIR granted to RIVANNA has resulted in successful commercialization of multiple products and/or significant follow-on funding to support product development. Dr. Dixon holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University.
Jacob Katz, MBA, Sr. Director of Sales and Product Management
Jacob received his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate school of management, where he graduated with distinction. Jacob has 14 years of experience in medical device marketing, new product development, and product management. At RIVANNA, Jacob leads the commercial organization and is responsible for strategic marketing planning and driving market adoption. Further, he works to optimize distribution partnerships and inform product development strategy. Jacob is a highly analytical and data-driven leader who is passionate about making an impact on the health and well-being of patients. He joined RIVANNA because he believes the company is in a unique position to empower healthcare providers with the imaging tools they need to efficiently deliver exceptional clinical and financial outcomes.
Vicki Brothers, Director of Marketing
Vicki holds a Bachelor of Arts in commercial design with a minor in business administration. She is the communication and marketing specialist at RIVANNA with proven expertise in developing and executing results-driven campaigns in the medical device industry. Vicki’s in-depth experience in advertising and communications forms the foundation for RIVANNA’s comprehensive marketing platform. With more than 30 years of experience, from BBDO-Detroit, where she contributed to award-winning campaigns for premier clients Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler, to heading Nectar, her own agency in Charlottesville, Vicki’s hands-on and diverse marketing skillset involves the creation of marketing and communication plans through their targeted and timely execution. At Nectar, Vicki conceived RIVANNA’s brand identity and designed the UI for the Accuro product launch in close collaboration with the engineering team. This harmonious relationship led her to RIVANNA, where her astute market analysis and trained creative eye continue to support RIVANNA’s rapid market growth.
Mikel Lewis, Director of Manufacturing Operations
Mikel holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Jacksonville University. He served five years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine warfare officer and qualified as a naval nuclear engineer. Before joining RIVANNA, Mikel held positions of increasing responsibility at Corning Life Sciences, culminating in his role as plant operations manager. He was responsible for manufacturing, warehouse, distribution, and supply chain. At the height of the global pandemic, Mikel led the rapid design, validation, and launch of Corning’s first Viral Transport Media line. He holds the regulatory and operational acumen required to support rapid product deployment from experience with product-line transitions into and out of the U.S. Mikel refined his operational strategy through a Lean Thinking approach to manufacturing, influenced by the philosophies of Henry Ford, Taiichi Ohno, and Peter Drucker. At RIVANNA, Mikel’s process rigor, efficiencies, and leadership principles are helping shape the culture necessary for operational excellence.
Tiffany Monroe, Director of Business Administration
Tiffany is a Charlottesville native and graduate of the University of Virginia. She holds a master’s in not-for-profit leadership and is a doctoral student at Regent University. Tiffany has leadership experience in multiple disciplines, including human resources, fiscal management, and resource management and allocation. Her expertise spans advisory and board member roles for local organizations through managing new software launches, process improvements, and policy development for large institutions such as the University of Virginia. As a coaching advocate, Tiffany is a cornerstone of RIVANNA leadership. She sets best practices to recruit, develop, and train a diverse and world-class team and creates the organizational culture essential for advancing RIVANNA’s strategic goals.
Delphine Le Roux, Ph.D., PMP, Sr. Program Manager
Dr. Le Roux is an accomplished leader in biotechnology with more than 12 years of experience managing technological innovations. She received her doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Versailles in France, following a master’s in biotechnology from AgroParisTech, the leading French institution for life sciences. At the University of Versailles, Dr. Le Roux was recruited for a competitive doctoral fellowship, including an applied research position with Idemia. She contributed to developing a new Rapid DNA technology during the fellowship and ushered the platform evaluation and development trajectory in partnership with a global consortium. Dr. Le Roux refined her management and leadership skills as a research scientist at the University of Virginia and an operations project manager at LumaCyte, where she supported the development, launch, and commercialization of paradigm-shifting biotechnologies. Dr. Le Roux joined RIVANNA to drive new technology development programs, including a $65 million government-funded BARDA program.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nikki Troiano Gainey
Nikki has more than 25 years of medical device experience globally, within various functional areas focused on commercialization, strategy, sales, and marketing. Nikki holds a Master of Business Administration from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University. Currently, she is the chief commercial officer for YorLabs. Before joining YorLabs, Nikki was senior vice president of Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound, Global Strategic and Business Development. Prior to joining Siemens Healthineers, she held roles of increasing responsibility at GE Healthcare, where she facilitated the global marketing operations as interim ultrasound chief marketing officer.
Wayne Moore, B.Sc., MBA, FASE
Wayne Moore is a 40-year veteran of the diagnostic ultrasound market with senior-level experience in major medical equipment manufacturers, including Honeywell Medical Systems and Siemens Healthcare. Wayne holds a Master of Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He has numerous publications covering diagnostic ultrasound and is a co-author on more than 25 U.S. and international ultrasound-related patents. Wayne has been directly involved in the development and commercialization of more than 20 technologically intensive diagnostic ultrasound systems during his career. He is the 2021 Ultrasound Section Chair for the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA).
Tim Ober, DVM
Dr. Ober is an angel investor and world-renowned horse veterinarian focusing on high-performance equine athletes. He is the U.S. showjumping team veterinarian caring for some of the most famous horses in showjumping and experienced multiple Olympic, and World Championship medal wins. Dr. Ober graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He is a regular ultrasound user for diagnostics and guided joint injections and has affiliation with major medical ultrasound manufacturers.
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.