• Richard M. Myers, PhD
    Richard M. Myers, PhD
    President and Science Director
  • Howard Jacob, PhD
    Howard Jacob, PhD
    Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics
  • Carter Wells
    Carter Wells
    Vice President for Economic Development
  • Cynthia House
    Cynthia House
    Vice President for Organizational Development
  • Maureen Mack
    Maureen Mack
    Vice President for Marketing and Communications
  • Melissa DeVore
    Melissa DeVore
    Director for Human Resources
  • Neil Lamb, PhD
    Neil Lamb, PhD
    Vice President for Educational Outreach
  • Pete Yanul, MBA
    Pete Yanul, MBA
    Chief Financial Officer
Richard M. Myers, PhD
President and Science Director

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Richard Myers leads the Institute and supplies the strategic oversight for the research enterprise, including sustaining a large, active laboratory. A native of Selma, Ala., and the son of a pharmacist, Myers brings 35 years’ experience in genetics and genomics to the position and directed the Stanford Human Genome Center, one of the first U.S. human genome centers, pioneering the next generation sequencing techniques that are elemental to the field today. Under Myers’ direction, the Stanford Human Genome Center contributed more than 10% of the data in the public Human Genome Project’s efforts to sequence the human genome. In addition to his role as president and science director, Myers continues to conduct research using genomics tools and genetics to understand how genes interacting with the environment contribute to human diseases and other traits.

Howard Jacob, PhD
Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics

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PhD in Pharmacology, University of Iowa
Genomics, common human disease
Howard Jacob is committed to bringing whole genome sequencing into a clinical setting, both for rare disease and to explore the use of the genomic sequence for preventive and predictive care. The Jacob lab is focused on developing a functional screening program to identify disease-causing variants and test potential treatments. Before joining HudsonAlpha, Jacob led a team of researchers and clinicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) who developed and implemented the nation’s first fully integrated clinical genomics program. Prior to joining HudsonAlpha, Jacob was the founding director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Program and the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Genetics at MCW.

Carter Wells
Vice President for Economic Development

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Carter leads the economic development team and is responsible for the Institute’s relationships with local, state, and federal government officials, site selectors, and the associate companies. A native Huntsvillian, Carter brings to the role a wealth of experience, having served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Bud Cramer and as CEO of biotech start-up iCubate. He is also an executive committee member and past chairman of BioAlabama, a statewide organization that represents Alabama’s bio-related industries, research institutes, and academia all working together to foster, develop and support the life sciences in Alabama. Carter also serves on the boards of the Business Council of Alabama and the startup incubator BizTech.

Cynthia House
Vice President for Organizational Development

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Cynthia House has 28 years experience as a theorist and practitioner in the Organization Development (OD), Change Management (CM) and Leadership Development (LD) fields, consulting in non-profit, not-for-profit, private, public, and government sectors with technology, healthcare, financial, aerospace, educational, religious, hospitality, and manufacturing organizations. Her OD career began in 1989 when she opened Lazarus Consulting Group, a consultancy known for innovative, systems-based, strategically aligned methods and culture change, offering a wide range of services in OD, CM and LD. In 2004, Cynthia went in-house as a Senior OD & CM Specialist at NASA. For her work there, she received the Space Flight Awareness Award, the second highest award given by NASA. In addition to her in-house work at NASA, she was Manager of Organization Development and Engagement for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta and Director of Organization and Clinical Development for St. Thomas Healthcare in Nashville. Cynthia has a Master of Arts from Murray State University in West Kentucky and several hours of doctorate level courses in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She is a Jesse Stuart Fellow, listed in Who’s Who of Women in Business, selected for membership in the AMA’s first International Innovative Leadership Think-Tank and has pioneered many new methods for the practice of Organization Development, Change Management and Leadership. In addition, to support these new ways of doing things, Cynthia has developed over 100 educational units.

Maureen Mack
Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Maureen Mack comes to HudsonAlpha from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) where she was the Director of External Communications and responsible for designing, developing and executing MCW’s external communications strategy. Mack also was instrumental in the extensive national media coverage of the Nicholas Volker case. Volker was the first child to be saved by DNA sequencing under the scientific leadership of internationally-renowned genomics expert Howard Jacob, Ph.D. Mack brings more than 15 years of communications expertise to HudsonAlpha and her role furthers the Institute’s mission of creating a healthier, more sustainable world through genomics.

Melissa DeVore
Director for Human Resources

Melissa DeVore leads all aspects of human resources, including employee administration, employee relations, talent management and performance management. Her goal is to align the direction, services and innovations of the human resources department with the direction and strategies of the Institute. Melissa has over 20 years as a leader in human resources in the government contracting, banking and staffing industries.

Neil Lamb, PhD
Vice President for Educational Outreach

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Neil Lamb leads the educational outreach team in its endeavor to foster a genetics-literate society and Alabama’s biotechnology workforce. In this capacity, he creates innovative teacher training, student experiences, public enrichment, classroom kits, and digital resources that re-shape how science education is delivered. He joined HudsonAlpha in 2006 from Emory University where he was a faculty member in human genetics and responsible for lab management, bioethics oversight, and genetic education in the School of Medicine and public outreach. Lamb’s career shifted from hands-on science to science education when he realized that he had found his true calling: inspiring a passion for human genetics and technology in others. Lamb often serves as an ambassador for the Institute, explaining hard-to-understand biological concepts to the public at the popular Biotech 101 series. Serving as a sort of ambassador at large for the Institute, Dr. Lamb also recently testified before the Alabama House of Representatives Ways and Means Education Committee about the myriad contributions HudsonAlpha makes to Alabama’s educational system. Lamb says his three children are his most fulfilling genetic achievement.

Pete Yanul, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

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Pete Yanul leads the finance and accounting team and is responsible for all aspects of financial operations, financial analysis, modeling, budgeting, forecasting and performance management, with the goal of setting the Institute on a path toward long-term sustainability and building its reputation for transparency and operational excellence. A native New Yorker, he has more than 25 years of diverse financial management experience, having spent the last 10 years in the biotech and medical device industries. Yanul previously served in financial leadership roles at Nektar Therapeutics and Open Biosystems/Thermo Fisher Scientific and considers his return to Huntsville, Ala., an exciting homecoming.

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