Novus Team

Executive Team

Karen Padgett Karen Padgett - Vice President of Marketing for Bio-Techne

Karen has an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BS in Microbiology from Indiana University. Karen was Director of Business Development for a small biological company prior to forming Novus. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, golfing and spending time with her family.

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Todd Padgett Todd Padgett - Chief Financial Officer

CFO Todd has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, a CPA and a BS in Finance from Indiana University. Prior to joining Novus in 2000, Todd worked in the telecom and natural gas industry.

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Dave Eansor Dave Eansor - Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

David joined Novus in January 2013 as the Sr. Vice President of Corporate Development. His primary responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions and New Business Development. Mr. Eansor has over 13 years experience in senior positions in the Life Science Industry including President of the Bioscience Division and President of the Life Science Research business at Thermo Fisher Scientific as well as President of Cambrex Bioproducts. David has a BSc in Chemistry from University of Western Ontario, a Bachelors of Commerce in General Business and Economics, and an MBA from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

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Bryan Tinsley Bryan Tinsley - Vice President of Marketing

Bryan has an MBA and a BS in Microbiology from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Novus in 1998 he worked for a Japanese reagent firm and has 16 years reagent and antibody experience. Bryan enjoys experiencing the outdoors with his family.

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Scott Osgood Scott Osgood - Director of Web & Enterprise Technologies

Scott has an MBA from the University of Colorado and received his BS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Denver. He also completed the Colorado Executive Development in Residence program at the University of Colorado. Prior to joining Novus, Scott held senior technology positions at several companies in the Denver area. Scott enjoys spending time with his family and, time permitting, hitting the links.

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Zachary Kiebler Zachary Kiebler - Vice President of Strategic Relationship Management

Zach has an MBA from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Business and received his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also completed the Bard Center for Entreperneurship's program for entrepreneurial studies. He worked for six years as a professional research assistant in an NIH funded lab. In his free time, Zach enjoys hiking, skiing, and reading.

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Laurie Gilman Laurie Gilman - Controller

Laurie has a BA from the University of New Mexico in Finance and Accounting and is a CPA. Prior to joining Novus, Laurie worked in the real estate industry and public accounting. Outside of work, Laurie enjoys spending time with family, hiking and running.

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Andy Walker Andy Walker - European Divisional Manager

Andy holds a BSc in Biotechnology from De Montfort University (UK), an MSc in Biomolecular technology, University of Leicester (UK) and a PhD in protein folding from the University of Birmingham (UK). He has also completed post-graduate research in the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge (UK). Andy was involved in a successful spin-out of a unit from the MRC and has held several commercial management positions within the life science sector. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family and enjoys cricket, rugby and football. He has recently become a Rockies fan.

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Aaron X. Mikulich - Design

Aaron has a BFA in Graphic Design from Colorado State University and has been designing websites and UI/UX for custom software applications for over 17 years. He spends his free time with his wife and two kids as well as collecting vinyl records, riding his vintage Vespa, skateboarding, and drawing.

Adam Yacko - Systems Administrator

Adam has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Prior to joining Novus, Adam worked as a Help Desk analyst in the real estate industry where he worked his way up into a Systems Administrator position. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling with his wife, watching movies, reading and completing projects around the house.

Alvaro Borjas - Receiving Clerk

Alvaro joined the shipping team in July 2013. Prior to working at Novus, Alvaro was a Shipping Manager for Colorado’s largest E-bay firm. Alvaro brings with him multiple years of related experience. His leisure pursuits include martial arts, basketball, football and hiking. He and his wife are excited to welcome their newest child into the world and are very eager to meet her.

Amelia Zommer - Product Manager

Amelia is a University of Denver alum, obtaining a BS in Biological Sciences with minors in Psychology and Chemistry in 2009, as well as a MS in Developmental Biology in 2011. Aside from molecular biology research, Amelia is also passionate about conservation biology and species preservation. Outside of lab she enjoys volunteering at the Denver Zoo, practicing yoga, snowboarding, baking, and spending time outside.

Amy Chamberlain-Torres - Director of Commercial Operations – APAC

Amy has an MBA from Daniels College of Business and a BS in Biology from the University of Denver. Amy’s career at Novus began in the lab and most recently included the position of Director of Marketing. Amy is an avid traveler, having spent 15 months circumnavigating the globe with her husband. In her spare time, Amy loves being with family and friends, cooking, hiking and SCUBA diving.

Ben Mantle - European Business Development Executive (Novus Europe)

Ben has a BSc in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin. He has academic molecular and cell biology research experience from Leeds and Bradford Universities, as well as more targeted work within medical device R&D, biotech research and pharma drug discovery. Outside of work he is interested in computing and technology, but to relax and unwind likes music, ju jitsu and cycling.

Braden Waddle - Data Integrity Specialist

Braden has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to joining Novus, he was a Quality Assurance Technician for a company that manufactures electrical wire. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing poker, pool and basketball, as well as listening to music and reading. He also likes to watch movies and is a huge sports fan, especially football and basketball (March Madness is the best time of year!). His favorite teams are the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets.

Bradley Jones - Professional Research Assistant

Bradley attended Colorado State University where he received a BS in Biochemistry and a MS in Neuroscience. Bradley is an avid sports fan and loves to watch and play all sports. In his free time he enjoys the great outdoors, if the Broncos are not playing.

Brandon Kelton - Software Development Manager

Brandon Kelton has extensive experience in database and application development and technical support. Prior to Novus, he worked for medical hardware and software supplier McKesson where he designed and developed a training, risk, and quality management application now used throughout the company. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Outside of work he enjoys going out with friends, watching the new Battlestar Galactica, spending time with family, going to movies, and playing with his dogs.

Celina McDuffee - Office Administrator (Novus Canada)

Celina was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. She has been an Administrative Assistant for over 7 years in the legal industry and holds a diploma in Travel/Tourism. Celina brings with her a vast knowledge of office administration and event planning. On her days off, Celina enjoys spending time with her family traveling, camping, fishing and geocaching. Celina also has a love for music, movies and making monster toys from her home.

Chandra Gottschling - Product Director

Chandra has a BS in Biology with a Minor in Economics from the University of New Mexico. She has been with Novus since 2005 working as a Research Associate, Project Manager and Product Director. Chandra enjoys reading, snowboarding, camping, and spending time with her family.

Ching Li – Senior Technical Support Representative

Ching holds a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry. He has worked at many academic and biotech institutes in the States and abroad over the years. After moving to Denver a couple of years ago, he had worked as a freelance representative for a language interpretation and translation service before joining Novus. Ching enjoys cooking and baking at home in his leisure time.

Chris Hutton - Systems Administrator

Chris is from Laramie, Wyoming where he worked for the University of Wyoming as a Computer Support Specialist. He specialized in Desktop Support and worked on the the Databases. In his free time, he enjoys tinkering with his car and drag racing at Bandimere. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. He is also a Bronco and Avalanche fan.

Daniella Riley - Customer Services Assistant (Novus Europe)

Daniella graduated from Sussex University (UK) in July 2011 with a BSc in Psychology and has developed a love of neuroscience. Her interests outside of work/academia are playing the clarinet, karate, kickboxing, traveling, and spending time with friends at her village pub!

David Sedan-Bradley - Domestic Shipping

David has six years experience in the shipping/receiving industry. In his free time he enjoys all things outdoors, softball, soccer, golf and pretty much anything that keeps him active.

David Walden - Operations Executive (Novus Europe)

David has been in the customer service industry for the last 15 years working in the prestige market. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and making furniture.

Debbie Sayers - Accountant I (Novus Europe)

Debbie has been working within accounts for the past 25 years. The main core of her career was spent with a company in London spanning 18 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children walking, bike rides and going to the cinema.

Dianne Hernandez - Research Associate

Dianne graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Prior to joining Novus Biologicals, Dianne was an intern at Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine studying the autophagy pathway. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the violin and spending time with her family.

Dustin Poage - System Developer

Dustin was born and raised in Littleton, CO and currently resides in Parker with his wife and two boys. He attended DeVry University in Westminster and graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Technology at the top of his class with Cum Laude status. He developed an autonomous Go Kart for his senior project. While working at Accelerated Data Systems, Inc. he gained extensive experience with SQL and application development. The development he was involved in included maintaining, enhancing, and creating new applications for Debt Collection. He also streamlined the ability for collectors to intelligently pursue accounts by integrating TransUnion and Experian web services into their legacy and management applications. Dustin also automated several processes utilizing multiple languages and databases to alleviate various workloads for other individuals within the company. Dustin’s hobbies include BMX Racing, Freestyle jumping, attending concerts, block parties with friends and family, and enhancing his car.

Emma Easthope - Technical Support Specialist (Novus Europe)

Emma holds a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Kent and has worked for a diverse range of biotech companies over the past 12 years, including Millennium Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca and Cellzome. Emma is an experienced cell biologist, and is keen to use her scientific knowledge to provide excellent technical support to Novus customers. In her spare time Emma enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and is a Norwich City football fan.

Gary Mack - Laboratory Manager

Gary has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the Novus team Gary worked in protein diagnostics in Boulder and in biological product production in Denver. When not in the lab, Gary can be found soaking up the Colorado sunshine.

Grace Li – SRM Associate

Grace received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining SRM team full time, she worked part-time in Customer Service. She enjoys listening music from different countries and languages, wheel-throwing porcelain, watching forensic/anthropology shows, reading tons of romance novels, and cuddling my family rabbit Chico.

Greg Forney - SRM Associate

Greg has a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry and a certificate of entrepreneurship and innovation from Purdue University. Prior to Novus, he carried out cell culture studies in a cancer research lab for 2 years. Additionally Greg competed in several business plan and entrepreneurship competitions at Purdue, taking second place at their annual Elevator Pitch Competition in 2013. He is passionate about applying scientific literacy to business projects. Outside of the office, Greg enjoys rock climbing, SCUBA diving, snowboarding, and cooking.

Janet Whiting - Purchasing Specialist

Janet is currently working toward receiving her Bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in marketing from Regis University. Janet also works part-time as a realtor. Previously, she worked for a graphics company in Fort Collins, CO. She likes to spend her free time with friends and family, hiking with her dog, snowboarding, and traveling.

Jessica Baden - Professional Research Assistant

Jessica is from Minneapolis, MN and holds a B.S. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from UW-Madison. Prior to joining the Novus lab team, she worked in developing ELISA assays and apoptosis detection reagents for research use along with work in human iPS cell lines. Recently relocated to Denver for this position, and an escape from Minnesota winters, she enjoys all things outdoors. Hiking, biking, and snowboarding are her favorite activities and you can find her out and about every weekend with her fiancé exploring the beautiful Colorado trails and landscapes!

Jill Jenkins - Research Associate

Jill received a BS in Biology with a minor in Molecular Biology from New Mexico State University. Prior to coming to Novus, she worked in customer service, but always had a love of science. In her spare time she likes to play tennis, hike, listen to live music, read a good book or play with her dog Shay and cat Finnegan.

Joanna Szulimowski - Regional Manager (Novus Canada)

Joanna has an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Western Ontario. After graduate school she moved to the US and worked as a research scientist at Rutgers University for several years. She is excited to be back in Canada and working at Novus. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, doing anything outdoors and traveling.

Julie Nishida - Accountant I

Julie has a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University. She joined the staff at Novus Biologicals in 2008. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, three kids, and two dogs, and loves traveling.

Kelsey Haynes - Technical Customer Service Representative

Kelsey recently graduated with a BS in Biology from NDNU and moved to Denver shortly after. In her spare time she loves backpacking, climbing, snowboarding and watching hockey.

Kelsey Stockbridge - International Shipping Specialist

Kelsey has just returned to Denver from Arizona and is excited to be a part of the Novus family once again. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband, family and friends. She is eager to get back up to the Rockies to enjoy the scenery and fresh mountain air.

Kendra Repstine - Financial Report Manager

Kendra joined the Novus team in 2001. Kendra has attended courses at Arapahoe Community College in pursuit of her accounting degree. She worked in early childhood education before joining Novus. In her spare time, Kendra enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching Bronco games and traveling.

Kim Mesman - Marketing Manager/Graphic Design

Kim holds a BFA in Graphic Design and a Minor in Business Management from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to joining Novus in 2005, Kim was a freelancer and designer for various companies in the U.S. Born and raised in the south, she is a die hard New Orleans Saint/LSU fan and loves anything outdoors, sports, traveling, beaches, vintage shopping, transforming old furniture, pomeranians, fleur de lis, happy hours and pretty much any creative hobby available.

Lena Auerbach - Customer Service Advisor (Novus Europe)

Lena was born and raised just outside the Danish capital of Copenhagen. Upon meeting her British better half she decided to move to the UK in August 2008. She has held a variety of administrative and customer service positions across a wide range of industry sectors. She has just recently started her career with Novus, joining the Cambridge team in August 2012. Outside of work Lena enjoys reading, baking, traveling and going back to visit family and friends in Denmark.

Lisa Ikariyama - Online Marketing Manager

Lisa holds her BA in Business Administration from Colorado State University. In her spare time she loves to read, bake, travel and enjoy the Colorado outdoors.

Margaret Romero - SRM Associate

Prior to joining Novus, Margaret spent 17 years with a local Telecom company specializing in Advertising. Margaret enjoys spending time with her family and the outdoors, specifically her native Colorado mountains.

Matthew Dunn - Customer Support/Operations Assistant (Novus Europe)

Matthew recently completed his college education gaining grades in Psychology, Philosophy and English literature. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, mountaineering, watching films and traveling.

Meggie Buckley - International Customer Service Representative

Meggie joined Novus in 2006 to handle customer service relationships. Prior to joining Novus Meggie lived in San Diego working for a pharmaceutical company. Meggie has attended courses at Metro State University. In her spare time Meggie enjoys going to Bronco games and traveling.

Monica LaHaye - Licensing Manager

Monica has a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Novus, Monica worked as a Licensing Coordinator at a biotechnology company in California. In her spare time, Monica enjoys snowboarding, hiking, traveling and cooking.

Nicole Widmer - Accountant II

Nicole has a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish from the University of Denver. Prior to working at Novus, she was an accountant and financial analyst in the real estate industry. In her spare time she enjoys camping, snowboarding, rock climbing, reading, crafts, and completely spoiling her niece.

Payton Quintel - Sr. Research Associate, Conjugation

Payton graduated with a B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego. He was born and raised in California and has been living in San Diego for the past 11 years. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, playing the bass guitar, and spending time with friends

Rachel Giesler - Director of Customer and Technical Service

Rachel has a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She joined Novus in 2008 as an intern while completing her MBA at the University of Denver. Following graduation she joined the Novus team full-time. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Rodolfo Ticsay - Animal House Technician

Rudy received his DVM from Dr. Yanga's Francisco Balagtas College of Veterinary Medicine, Philippines.  Over the last 25 years, he has been working in research and the biotech industry, doing everything from small animal care to implantation of osmotic dosing devices and biomaterials.  In his spare time, Rudy enjoys walking in the park with his wife and dog.

Sam Garcia - Scientific Technical Support Specialist

Sam has a BA in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to working at Novus, she was a research assistant at a small biological company. Outside of work, Sam enjoys dancing, hiking, writing and listening to music, and photography.

Samantha Bowers - Strategic Relationship Management Associate

Samantha is a transplant from New England and graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After college Samantha worked in two High Throughput Screening labs, University of Colorado – Denver AMC and New York University. In both roles, Samantha contributed to novel cellular-based High Throughput and High Content screens by supporting researchers in assay development, liquid handling robotics, data management and statistical analysis. Outside of work Samantha enjoys hiking with her two dogs, practicing yoga, cooking delicious food, and trying new restaurants.

Slagjana Ikonomovski – Marketing Specialist (Novus Canada)

Slagjana holds a BS in Biology majoring in Biochemistry and Physiology. She has international account management experience in the biotech industry. Outside of work she enjoys raising her family and spending time with friends.

Stephanie Lassiter - Marketing Assistant

Stephanie Lassiter is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, but has been a Colorado resident for over 15 years. Stephanie has a graphic design background and will complete a BS  Internet Marketing with a minor in Visual Communications in 2014.  On her days off she enjoys camping, reading, cooking, listening to music of all kinds, spending time with her family and playing/watching sports, including all of the Denver teams. Go Broncos!

Subhash Gangar - Antibody Development Associate

Subhash received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences with focus on Experimental Cancer Biology from Panjab University Chandigarh (India) and then he did post-doctoral training at Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Denver. Besides attending professional development programs, in his free time, he enjoys reading, movies/documentaries and outdoor activities with his beloved wife as well as his one year old princess Sashi.

Terri Howard - Order Entry Clerk

Prior to Novus, Terri worked in a Veterinary office for 8 years and intermittently in Customer Service/data entry for 14 years. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her dogs, cats, birds and horses. She is also a Denver Broncos fan and enjoys walking, keeping active and laughing.

Tim Collamore - ERP Operations Specialist

Tim graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2010 with a BA in Business. His favorite activities are playing basketball and golf, watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family. He also loves rooting for all Denver sports teams.

Todd Young - Shipping Manager

Todd has 12 years experience in regional operations in regards to distribution and transportation. In his spare time Todd enjoys playing basketball, softball and golf. Todd also enjoys jeeping with his family.

Tom Maslanik - Product Manager

Tom has a BA in biochemistry, an MS and a PhD in Integrative Physiology, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining Novus, Tom has held various research related positions in academia and at both large and small pharmaceutical companies. In his spare time, Tom can usually be found spending time with his family and friends enjoying the Colorado outdoors.

Trent Richardson - Technical Support Specialist

Trent was born and raised in California and attended Colorado State University where he received a BS in Biological Sciences. Prior to coming to Novus, he worked for several years in an infectious disease screening laboratory for the human organ and tissue donation community. Outside of work, Trent enjoys homebrewing, skiing, photography, surfing and his newfound hobby of scuba diving.

Trevor Paik - Strategic Relationship Management Associate

Trevor completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with minors in chemistry and economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining Novus, Trevor worked as a research embryologist in Lone Tree, CO. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, music, and spending time with friends.

Vickie Conroy - Accounting Assistant

Prior to joining Novus Biologicals, Vickie spent 13 years as a life and health insurance underwriter for Western Farm Bureau. After having children she worked part-time as an Educational Assistant for Douglas County School Districts for 11 years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, playing golf and watching sports.

Wendy Johnson - Marketing Assistant

Wendy has a BA in Business Administration and Accounting from Augustana College, IL. Wendy loves the Colorado mountains and spends her free time enjoying all sports with her family.

Zach Brooks - IT Manager

Zach has been developing websites since high school. Starting with a fascination with HTML, he branched out quickly in more robust programming languages. In his free time he enjoys reading, drawing, cooking and spending time with friends.