Novus Team

Executive Team

Karen Padgett Karen Padgett - Vice President of Marketing at Bio-Techne, founder of Novus Biologicals

Karen has an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BS in Microbiology from Indiana University. Karen formed and founded Novus Biologicals before working for Bio-Techne. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, golfing and spending time with her family.

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Dave Eansor Dave Eansor - Senior Vice President at Bio-Techne & Managing Director of Novus Biologicals

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 at Novus Biologicals

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 at Bio-Techne

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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Laurie Gilman Laurie Gilman - Controller at Novus Biologicals

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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Rachel Giesler Rachel Giesler - Director of Operations at Novus Biologicals

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.

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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.

Anna Schauble - Senior Accountant

Anna has a BA in Business from the University of Puget Sound. Prior to working at Novus, she worked at headquarters for a large beauty supply chain in Denton, TX. Married with three kids (all boys), she is busy outside of work watching whatever sport her kids are currently playing, camping, reading, and making more boxes of mac and cheese and bowls of cereal than she ever imagined!

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

Over the past 18 years I have worked for two separate companies and, for each, have taken departmental needs and converted them into software solutions that have saved and made companies millions of dollars through automation and information management.  I have a tenacity for visualizing a system, seeking out modern methods of implementation and developing an organic solution.  When I started with Novus Biologicals, I saw a need for automating product input and management, inclusive of manipulating images in mass and uploading and updating products in mass.  This resulted in the Product Central interface.  I am currently leading the Littleton internal systems development team in Project Aero, the reimagining of Product Central.  In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, going to the movies, playing with my dogs and taking road trips.

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.

Cheryl Ward – Salesforce Administrator

Cheryl is from Colorado, where she received her B.A. from U of Colorado at Boulder.  She also studied at the Universitaet Regensburg in Germany where she received her Master’s certificate in Germanic language and history.  In her free time, she is an avid weight lifter and book nerd.  Oh, and I bleed ORANGE AND BLUE.

Ching Li – Senior Technical Support Representative

Ching holds a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry. He has worked at many academic and biotech institutes such as Yale University School of Medicine, USA and National Chen Kung University College of Medicine, Taiwan, and biotech institutes in the States and abroad over 25 years. After moving to Denver a few years ago, he had worked as a freelance representative for a language interpretation and translation service for local hospitals and clinics 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.

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.

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.

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 - Junior Web Developer

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.

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.

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.

Lisa Ikariyama - Search Engine Marketing

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.

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 - Accounting Manager

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.

Paul Spear - Product Manager

Paul earned his doctoral degree from Dartmouth College in Immunology where he studied adoptive T cell immunotherapy for cancer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Cornell University. Prior to Novus, Paul held a life sciences sales position, working directly with customers for over 2 years. Outside of Novus, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, including eight brothers and sisters and twenty eight nieces and nephews. He a basketball enthusiast, poet, and lover of all things Southern.

Sam Garcia - Technical Support Team Lead

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 - Quality Assurance Analyst

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.

Stefanie Roth - Accountant 1

Stefanie holds 2 degrees, the first is a BS in Business Administration-Management from UNC and the second is a BS in Accounting from Regis University. Prior to joining Novus she worked for a mortgage processing company. She has 2 kids (boys) and loves spending time with them. She enjoys watching hockey (Avalanche and my kids) and is a Bronco season ticket holder.

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 - Customer Service

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.

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.

Trent Richardson - Supplier Relationship Team Lead

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.

Wendy Johnson - Marketing Assistant

Wendy joined Novus Biologicals in 2007 and has B.A.s 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 - Web Developer

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.