C. Randal Mills, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Executive Director, Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research® (CIBMTR)
With more than 20 years of experience as a leader of biotechnology, Dr. Mills has shown how innovation coupled with rigorous execution can alter the course of disease and prevent human suffering. As CEO of NMDP/Be The Match, Dr. Mills leads an organization of nearly 1,000 professionals and more than 3,000 volunteers, fighting so that every person who needs a life-saving blood stem cell transplant gets the right match, exactly when they need it.
Before joining NMDP/Be The Match, Dr. Mills served as CEO of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s $3 billion agency charged with accelerating more than 300 stem cell programs for patients in need. Under his leadership, CIRM 2.0 was launched, creating an organization internationally recognized for its speed, innovation and productivity. As CEO of Osiris® Therapeutics, Dr. Mills led the company through its IPO and launched several first-in-class cell therapy products, including remestemcel-L—the first stem cell drug used for the treatment of children with deadly graft-versus-host disease. Dr. Mills was also a co-founder of Regeneration Technologies, Inc., where he invented BioCleanse®, the first sterilization system for human tissue transplantation accepted by the FDA. To date, this technology has safeguarded more than three million transplantations without a single case of disease transmission.
Dr. Mills was named to the World Regenerative Medicine Congress list of the World’s 50 Most Influential People in Regenerative Medicine and named “Emerging Pharmaceutical Leader” by Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine. He is the recipient of the George W. Hyatt Memorial Award for outstanding scientific contribution to the field of transplant and his BioCleanse technology won the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer award.
Dr. Mills serves on numerous boards including as past chairman of KeraLink International, a pioneer in the restoration of sight through corneal transplantation. He received his bachelor’s degree in cell science and holds a doctorate in drug discovery and development from the University of Florida. He is married with two children and is a licensed pilot.
Dennis L. Confer, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Leader, Innovation Lab
Associate Scientific Director, Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research® (CIBMTR)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Joining NMDP/Be The Match as chief medical officer in 1999, Dr. Confer is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, and has worked in blood and marrow transplantation, immunobiology and clinical research for more than 30 years. In addition to his role as chief medical officer, Dr. Confer is leader of the Be The Match Innovation Laboratory.
His experience as a practicing transplant physician includes 10 years at the University of Minnesota and five years as director of bone marrow transplantation with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is the co-principal investigator for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network data coordinating center. He has led the NMDP/Be The Match Phase III study of PBSC versus marrow transplants and is experienced with FDA regulatory matters. In addition, he has been the author or co-author of six book chapters and more than 120 publications.
Dr. Confer received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1977 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, where he also served as a resident from 1977-1979 and chief resident from 1979-1980. He served a fellowship in hematology/oncology from the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1980-1983. He became interim medical director of NMDP/Be The Match in 1991, and served as medical director from 1993-1999, while serving as associate professor and director of bone marrow transplantation at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Steven Devine, M.D.
Associate Scientific Director/Senior Vice President of Research, Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research® (CIBMTR)
Dr. Devine is a board-certified oncologist and was the director of the blood and marrow transplant program at Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus. Prior to that, he held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Illinois in Chicago, and Emory University in Atlanta. He also served on the graft-versus-host disease advisory boards of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Incyte pharmaceuticals, the Kiadis advisory board, and the Genzyme advisory board.
Dr. Devine is immediate past-chair of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute/NCI-sponsored Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alliance for Clinical Trials and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Dr. Devine received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Massachusetts. He completed his internship and residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, then went on to complete a clinical fellowship of hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago, and completed his fellowship in bone marrow transplant at Emory University.
Executive Director, Be The Match Foundation®
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Joining the NMDP/Be The Match in 2016, Joy King is responsible for leading the foundation staff and its board of directors to significantly grow revenue to advance the life-saving mission of NMDP/Be The Match. Revenue raised by the foundation is used to expand access to cellular therapy, provide support for patients and their families experiencing transplant, and fund life-saving research.
With more than 15 years of experience in development leadership roles, King was most recently the senior vice president of operations for the Midwest division of American Cancer Society, overseeing 250 staff members with an annual fundraising goal of $32 million.
In this role, she led operations for the division including community engagement, distinguished partners and health systems. King was also recently recognized by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as a 2015 Women in Business honoree.
Her career began with American Cancer Society as field representative for Relay for Life in Texas. She was quickly promoted to regional executive director in Texas and then regional vice president for Nebraska, transforming the staff into a high-performing successful team. In 2013, she took on the role of vice president of community engagement for the Midwest division.
King holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University.
Brian L. Lindberg
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Chief Policy Officer
Since joining NMDP/Be The Match in 2005, Brian Lindberg has established the in-house legal department and implemented the organization's formal enterprise-wide risk management function.
In addition to overseeing the legal affairs and risk management areas, he is also responsible for the Contracts and Procurement Department, the internal audit function, and the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Department.
As chief policy officer, Lindberg provides leadership and direction for NMDP/Be The Match's public policy agenda, with focus on federal legislative and executive agency activities in support of the organization's mission.
As compliance officer, he is responsible for maintaining compliance with the full scope of legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements faced by the organization in its efforts to accomplish its mission. As the institutional official, Lindberg ensures that the NMDP/Be The Match's Human Research Protection Program functions effectively and that it complies with all requirements applicable to research involving human subjects.
Prior to joining NMDP/Be The Match, he served as assistant general counsel (Clinical Advisory Counsel) for a large hospital and clinics system. Lindberg began his legal career in large firm private practice, during which time he served as outside legal counsel to NMDP/Be The Match.
Lindberg received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Racial and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College, and his Juris Doctor degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Senior Vice President, Donor & Collection Services, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Since 2000, Molly McCormick has led various functions across the NMDP/Be The Match operations teams, currently overseeing the daily operations of donor experience, donor recruitment, donor management, collection services, donor medical and quality services, biorepository, laboratory services and Be The Match Mexico. She also serves as project director for the Single Point of Access-Coordinating Center of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program overseen by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
McCormick earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota-Morris and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University, where she was awarded the Harold Martin Fellowship.
Chief Information Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Mike McCullough joined the NMDP/Be The Match in 2015 and is responsible for ensuring that the organization's information technology systems meet the needs of patients and donors. In this role, McCullough leads the development and implementation of information technology strategies that uphold NMDP/Be The Match as a sustainable organization with a best-in-class registry and as a global leader in research.
McCullough has more than 20 years of experience across all aspects of the information technology industry. Most recently, he served as vice president of information technology at Horace Mann Insurance Company. In this role, McCullough successfully developed and executed a comprehensive IT strategy for year-over-year growth. Prior to that, he was at General Electric where he won significant recognition for managing large projects, building business value and driving change.
McCullough earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and a Master of Business Administration from Williams College of Business of Xavier University.
Amy L. Ronneberg
Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
President, Be The Match BioTherapies®
Amy Ronneberg joined the NMDP/Be The Match in July 2013. She is responsible for planning, implementing and directing NMDP/Be The Match's finances, facilities and real estate management, reporting and tax management. In this role, Ronneberg assists NMDP/Be The Match executives and board of directors in developing and implementing an operating and financial business plan to meet the changing health care environment.
Along with her finance duties, Ronneberg ensures the organization is staffed with financial and human resources to meet the organization’s strategic plan goals, ensuring that it is meeting its operating and strategic metrics. Ronneberg also leads Be The Match BioTherapies business and new business development and is responsible for developing and delivering a strategic plan to grow and expand our portfolio of product offerings.
Ronneberg has 20 years of experience in financial and operational leadership. She spent 12 years at Capella Education Company, where she served as chief accounting officer, vice president of finance and led enterprise-wide operations and customer service. She also worked for Ernst & Young for several years as an audit manager.
Ronneberg has served on several boards and is currently on the board of Magenta Therapeutics (MGTA), Tmunity Therapeutics, the Women's HealthCare Leadership Trust, and the Finance Committee for Allina Healthcare.
Ronneberg earned a Master of Business Administration from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn. and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Senior Vice President, Provider Services, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Julie Smolich is the senior vice president of provider services at NMDP/Be The Match. She provides leadership and strategic direction to the teams focused on product and service delivery to transplant center customers and partners, as well as commercial entities leveraging NMDP/Be The Match’s vast capabilities.
Julie is responsible for identifying and understanding market and customer needs and translating that into the development and implementation of new and/or improved services and solutions that will ultimately help more patients who may benefit from transplantation or other emerging cell and gene therapies.
She has extensive and varied experience in leadership roles, product/portfolio management, new product development, strategic planning, and process development and improvement.
Prior to joining Be The Match in 2017, Julie spent 16 years at Capella Education Company where she held several leadership positions. Most recently, she was the vice president and general manager of a multi-million dollar business unit where she led the
innovation of a ground-breaking academic delivery model called FlexPath. Earlier in her career, she worked in the financial services industry at Piper Jaffray and Ernst & Young.
Smolich earned her Master of Business Administration from Capella University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Cloud State University.