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.
Robin Borg, SPHR
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, National Marrow Donor Program®(NMDP)/Be The Match®
Robin Borg, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at NMDP/Be The Match, is a strategic executive with health care industry experience, including software technology (SaaS) provider, professional services consulting, and med-tech device. Her specialties include high-growth culture development, rapid hiring of top-notch talent, talent management, change management, organization design, and senior executive coaching.
Robin’s guiding philosophies are grounded in the theory that a healthy organization provides the winning capacity to achieve beyond all other disciplines. Her driving passion is to help companies maximize their performance by aligning their business and people objectives.
Robin’s career experiences range from founding her own HR consulting boutique – People Factor – that supported an array of companies, from venture capital backed med-tech companies to executive HR leadership roles with BSC, Abbott, Optum and Cantel. As the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for NMDP/Be The Match, she plays a major role in the company’s performance by elevating team performance through employee development, leading organizational strategy and fostering a culture of rapid transformation.
Robin is a graduate from the University of Minnesota and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR). She is an avid, competitive distance runner and a veteran of six marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
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®
Chief Advancement Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Joy King is Chief Advancement Officer of NMDP/Be The Match and Executive Director of Be The Match Foundation. Joining the team in 2016, Joy’s primary role is to shape the foundation’s strategy and aid in overall direction of the organization. Her philanthropic work aids Be The Match in ensuring patients get the cellular therapy they need when they need it, helps patients live longer healthier lives, and offers hope for a cure to thousands more patients in need of cellular therapy.
In her time with Be The Match, Joy has secured the first of many principal gifts in the history of the organization. Additional successes include launching Be The Match® Mexico, funding research programs to reduce post-transplant complications, providing increased grants for patient assistance, and aiding in diverse recruitment to the Be The Match Registry®.
Joy brings 19 years of experience to advance the life-saving mission of Be The Match. Her career began with the American Cancer Society in 2000 as Field Representative for Relay For Life® in Texas. Elevating to the role of Senior Vice President of Operations, for the Midwest division of the American Cancer Society overseeing 250 staff members with an annual fundraising goal of $32 million. She is passionate about curing cancer and serves as an executive leader, board member, and transformational catalyst.
Joy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University, is a member of several Minneapolis based and nationally recognized women leadership organizations, a board member for Be The Match Mexico, a trustee of the Minneapolis Jeremiah Program, as well as a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Joy has also been recognized by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as a 2015 Women in Business.
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.
Chief Information Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Lead Executive, Donor & Collection Services, 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, he leads the development and implementation of information technology strategies that uphold the NMDP/Be The Match as a sustainable organization with a best-in-class registry and as a global leader in research.
McCullough also serves as the Interim Lead Executive for Donor and Collection Services at the NMDP/Be The Match. In this role he provides leadership and strategic direction to the teams focused on the recruitment and service delivery to donors including collection and medical quality services, the NMDP/Be The Match Biorepository, lab services and Be the Match Mexico.
McCullough has 25 years of experience across information technology and operations and spent much of his career at General Electric and Citigroup.
McCullough earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and a Master of Business Administration from Williams College of Business at Xavier University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal 2017 Titans of Technology Honoree.
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.