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 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.
Vicki Brothers, Director of Marketing
Vicki holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Design with a Minor in Business. 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 guide and support RIVANNA’s rapid market growth.
Mikel Lewis, Director of Manufacturing Operations
Mikel holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Jacksonville University. He spent five years in the US Navy serving as a Submarine Warfare Officer and qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer. Throughout his career, Mikel has developed extensive management and leadership experience. While at Corning, he held numerous roles overseeing manufacturing, warehouse, distribution, and supply chain. He also led the rapid launch, from design to validation, of Coring’s first Viral Transport Media line at the height of the global pandemic. He was also able to take part in multiple product line transitions, both into and out of the US, gaining insight into the regulatory requirements and operational needs for rapid product deployment. Mikel has refined his operational strategy through a Lean Thinking approach to manufacturing, being influenced by the philosophies of Henry Ford, Taiichi Ohno, and Peter Drucker. This ultimately led him to RIVANNA where his leadership is helping shape the culture and ensure the future success of the company.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
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.