WIB-Southern California

Name:  Gabriela Velasquez
WIB Position:  Chapter Chair
Company: Real Staffing Group
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Born and raised in El Salvador, Gabriela likes to think of herself as a citizen of the world. She completed her first two years of college in Nicaragua, studied abroad in Austria, and then moved to the U.S. to complete her bachelor’s degree in International Business from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. She became a recruiter fresh off college when she joined a small, generalist agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. After 2.5 years of successfully filling roles in many industries and spaces, she was headhunted by Real Staffing Group, a specialist agency in the Life Sciences industry. She joined the Medical Device recruitment team and specialized in the Clinical Operations space. In March of 2015, she was invited to relocate to San Diego, CA to help build a local team. Today she specializes in placing  Clinical & Medical Affairs professionals within Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. She is genuinely interested in the life sciences, yoga, a good crime show, and her family. She is also part of the Corporate Social Responsibility and the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at Real Staffing Group. 

Name:  Kristin Gross
WIB Position:  Chapter Vice Chair
Company: Guidepoint
Title: VP, Corporate Business Development
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Kristin holds a graduate degree from Harvard University and oversees strategic initiatives within pharmaceutical, biotech and device companies through business development activities.  Ms. Gross also serves on the following boards: YANA Cancer Comfort and Harvard Club of San Diego.  She helped launch the San Francisco Bay Area WIB Chapter in 2010 followed by the Southern California WIB Chapter in 2013, the same year she was recognized as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences Industry by PharmaVoice

Name:  Chrystel Gelin
WIB Position:  Communications Chair
Company: Morrison & Foerster
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Chrystel is currently a legal marketer and business developer for Morrison & Foerster in the IP/Life Sciences Group. With a keen interest in the life science industry, a science background in Electronics & Ocean engineering, experience with startups and trade organizations, Chrystel is a genuine relationship builder & connector, multifaceted business developer and marketer with multicultural upbringing (Africa, France, UK). She is dedicated to help The WIB Southern California grow and thrive in anyway she can.

Name:  Rachel Johns
WIB Position:  Communications Vice Chair
Name:  Debra Bressaw
WIB Position:  Program Chair
Company: Global Edge Strategies, LLC
Name:  Julie Fishman, RPh MPA
WIB Position:  Program Vice Chair
Company: JF Consultancy
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Julie Fishman is a co-founder and managing member of Quality Specialty Pharmacy in NYC area as well as a principle of a JF Consultancy Practice.  A graduate of University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and NYU Wagner School, she combines clinical skillset, broad knowledge of pharmaceutical and biotech industry and entrepreneurial approach.  Julie recently moved to San Diego from New York City and is fully enjoying her new home.

Name:  Laura Pomeroy
WIB Position:  Funding Chair
Company: Merrill Lynch
Title: Financial Advisor
Name:  Courtney Cote
WIB Position:  Funding Vice Chair
Company: EvaluatePharma USA
Title: West Coast Sales Manager
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Courtney has been in the life sciences industry, specifically market intelligence for 12 years. She is currently West Coast Sales Manager at EvaluatePharma USA, Inc.; and formerly at IMS Health. She earned awards in both roles for top sales performer. Courtney graduated with a Masters in International Business and Undergraduate degree in business, finance and psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Name:  Gloria C. Lin, Ph.D.
WIB Position:  Funding Vice Chair
Company: CG Discovery, Inc.
Title: Co-founder
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Dr. Gloria C. Lin is a co-founder of CG Discovery, Inc. Her drug development experience encompasses clinical trials, preclinical studies, and basic research. Dr. Lin held positions of increasing responsibilities at companies including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergan. Dr. Lin received postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UCLA.

Name:  Carlyn Crisostomo
WIB Position:  Funding Vice Chair
Company: Sanguine Biosciences
Title: Co-Founder and COO
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Carlyn is an experienced operations and strategy professional with 10+ years of combined experience in the life sciences and financial industries. Currently, she is Co-Founder and COO of Sanguine Biosciences, a Los Angeles-based and venture backed technology start-up serving the pharma and biotech industries. Carlyn is also Co-Founder of Lifted Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing scholarship and business grants to deserving students and individuals in the Philippines. Carlyn received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. 

Name:  Mickie Henshall
WIB Position:  Membership Chair
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Mickie Henshall is the Vice President of Marketing at Accriva Diagnostics, a leading provider of hospital-based cardiovascular point-of-care diagnostics.  With a career that began at the lab bench, Mickie has over eighteen years of leadership experience in technology firms spanning molecular diagnostics to life science research.  Mickie holds her degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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