Meet the 2023 BioKansas Workforce Committee

The Workforce committee aims to better align the workforce with various bioscience employers in the region.  Committee activities focus on improving the acquisition, training, retention, and productivity of life science staff for the biosciences to continue to grow and thrive. Inclusion in the committee is by invitation only. To learn more or to express interest in joining the committee, contact us.


Rebecca J Wates, PhD

Bioanalytical Scientist

PRA Health Sciences

Ishfaq Ahmed

Assistant Professor of Biology & Biomanufacturing,

Kansas City, Kansas Community College

Joanna J Cielocha, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, Science Coordinator Rockhurst University

Katherine Deeter

Chief People Officer, Ventria Bioscience


James Genandt, PhD

President & CEO, Manhattan Area Technical College

Sohrab Habibi Goudarzi, PhD

Senior Director, Pharma Discovery and R&D, KCAS Bioanalytical & Biomarker Services

Ali Hoehn

Associate Scientist,


Merck Animal Health

Kristin Koch

Continuous Improvement Specialist, Ceva Sante Animale

Dave Koncak

Vice-President, Compli LLC

Anil Mahapatro, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair Department of Biomedical Engineering,

Wichita State University

Amirsoheil Negahbani

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences IRB Chair, Cleveland University – Kansas City

Olivia Provance, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Yale School of Medicine

Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS

Founder and CEO, The VET Recruiter, Therio Partners

Scot Stubenhofen

Vice President

Catalyst Flex, Catalyst Clinical Research, LLC

Jack Treml, PhD

Assistant Director & Professor of Practice, Biotechnology

University of Kansas, Edwards Campus

Julie Watson

Validation Engineer, GMP Pros