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People Behind the Concept

CO is committed to promoting wellness and meeting high standards of quality, access, product safety, risk management and cost effectiveness.  CO will be governed by a highly experienced team of professionals that establishes policies and provides fiduciary and managerial oversight.

Geoffrey Reilinger

Founder and CEO

Geoffrey brings twenty years of entrepreneurial and management experience in product and business development.  He has held senior management positions with nationally recognized companies, including Reebok, The Limited Corporation, and Petco to name a few.  In addition to deep knowledge of Retail Operations Management, Geoffrey was instrumental in expanding these business, including doubling the size of Reebok’s retail operation, from 25 to 50 stores nationwide.

Geoffrey has also served as a founding team member for emerging Internet businesses in the education arena.  At JuniorNet, a safe educational entertainment site for children ages 3 to 12, Geoffrey was involved in all aspects of startup, including business and product development, building the management team and technology infrastructure, developing marketing and communications strategies and overseeing operations.

As Vice President of Operations at Digiblock, a premier educational consumer product company focused on the K-4 marketplace, Geoffrey was responsible for an international based manufacturing and distribution operation that yielded quality products, enhanced distribution, reduced production costs and boosted profitability for the company.

Geoffrey’s success and effectiveness has been enhanced by his training and experience in business and product development, his relentless focus on delivering high quality cost effective products, and his understanding of the organizational needs of large, mature institutions as well as emerging businesses.  Geoffrey holds an MBA from Babson College.

Joel Pierce, Esq

Joel F. Pierce is a Partner with Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP. He has had extensive experience in the litigation, trial, and appeal of a broad spectrum of cases on behalf of businesses and individuals in the state and federal courts throughout New England.  His trial experience includes the full range of product liability and toxic tort cases, including consumer and recreational products, industrial products, aviation and other transportation, chemicals and other toxic substances.  Mr. Pierce also has tried a number of cases in the areas of negligent security, liquor liability, police “excessive force”, construction, motor vehicle, premises liability, employment discrimination, and commercial disputes.

Mr. Pierce presently focuses his practice on complex liability and procedural issues such as toxic exposure, causation, product liability defect and warnings issues, and multi-jurisdictional litigation, and on damages for severe injuries and death.  Trials in these areas include such issues as “pure warnings” cases, defect and causation, consumer protection violations, compensatory damages for brain damage and severe disability, and punitive damages for wrongful death.  Applying his courtroom and litigation experience to prevention counseling, Mr. Pierce has devised warnings and other pre-accident advice for manufacturers and other businesses.

Mr. Pierce has compiled an impressive record of results at trial and appeal.  In addition, he has considerable experience with all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution including mediation, arbitration, and mini-trials, along with conventional settlement negotiations.  Mr. Pierce has served for many years as a member and chairman of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. He has considerable experience with zoning and licensing matters, as well as practice before other administrative agencies.

Mr. Pierce began law practice in 1976 with the Boston firm of Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, becoming a senior partner, and in 1998 joined John Davis and Judith Perritano in founding Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP.

Elizabeth Reilinger, Ph.D

Elizabeth Reilinger, Ph.D., Co-founder and Managing Partner of LeadWell Partners, is a seasoned, successful leader, with more than 35 years of experience advancing social innovation and impact in the nonprofit and public sectors. She has been cited for her work around strengthening governance and the alignment between strategy, execution, outcomes and accountability. The Boston Business Journal has recognized her “. . . as an example of a new breed of nonprofit chief: tough, bottom-line smart, and management trained.”

In her capacity as a CEO, she led one of the nation’s premier nonprofit organizations through a major turnaround and expansion and engineered a successful merger with another major institution. At Cornell University, she directed numerous studies and evaluations of national social policy initiatives, advised federal and state legislative and executive branches around policy development and provided technical assistance to public and nonprofit organizations around program development, management and evaluation. She has served as Dean of Allied Health at Boston University and on the faculty at Tufts University, Ithaca College and the State University of New York.

From 1996 to 2008, she chaired the Boston School Committee, driving the agenda for urban education reform. Under her leadership, Boston won national acclaim for its documented improvements in student achievement, including the 2006 national Broad Award and the 2004 inaugural CUBE Award for outstanding school board governance practices. In 2007, Dr. Reilinger received the Richard R. Green Award, the nation’s highest honor for leadership in urban education.

Dr. Reilinger has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education and emerging businesses. She has been the recipient of many awards for fundraising acuity, for governance and management leadership, and for promoting opportunities for urban youth. Dr. Reilinger received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Jerry De Zutter, Ph.D.

Jerry De Zutter, Ph.D., manages and contributes to the productivity of ALS TDI’s in vitro, RNA, and cell-based assay validation group. Jerry’s team is one of three that compose the discovery and pre-clinical research pipeline at ALS TDI. The group is responsible for the upstream activities of reagent and therapeutic validation, mostly achieved by designing and performing in vitro, cell-based assays. His team is also charged with downstream analysis of samples collected from our pre-clinical studies and data generation from the same. To accomplish the upstream cell-based validation activities, the group uses traditional cell biology techniques. For validation and downstream data generation and analyses, the team is responsible for operating automated liquid handling, real-time quantitative PCR and high throughput (96-peg) gene expression profiling technologies, all integrated into our custom-built LIMS platform. Jerry coordinates the group’s integration in the discovery research pipeline, manages the day-to-day activities of the team’s scientists, performs experiments as needed and contributes intellectually, in conjunction with other senior staff, to determining the direction of the ALS TDI’s research program. Prior to joining ALS TDI, Jerry spent four years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals gaining substantial experience in drug discovery. He earned his doctorate in molecular medicine, specializing in neurodegeneration research, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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