Our Leaders

Co-President

Thomas is a PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department at Saint Louis University. He joined the BALSA Group in May 2014 and has completed more than fifteen projects as an advisor, project manager, and consultant. Thomas has experience with technology assessment, primary and secondary market research, and business plan development.

Co-President

Alex is a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience program at Washington University. Alex joined the BALSA Group in 2015 and has been a consultant, project manager, or advisor on thirteen projects. These projects have included performing market analyses, primary research, marketing of new technologies, and generation of investor facing materials.

Vice President

Cheryl is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Cell Biology program at Washington University. She has been a member of the BALSA Group since 2014 and has contributed to nine projects as a consultant, project manager, or advisor. Cheryl is experienced in market analysis, technology evaluation, regulatory compliance, and business plan development.

Tabbetha Bohac

Director of Operations

Tabbetha is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University. She joined the BALSA group in 2015 and has worked on nine projects as a consultant, project manager or advisor. Tabbetha’s recent work has focused on market analysis, technology transfer, primary research and business strategy.

Director of Human Resources

Erica is a PhD candidate in the Plant and Microbial Biology program at Washington University. Erica joined the BALSA Group in 2016 and has worked on five projects as a consultant, project manager, or advisor. Erica’s recent work focused on market analysis, competitor analysis, acquisitions, and technology assessment.

Director of Finance

Justin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University. He joined the BALSA Group in 2016 and has served as a consultant or project manager on four projects. Justin’s projects have focused on technology transfer, market/competitor analysis, and strategic planning for non-profits.

Director of Professional Development

Andrew is a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience program at Washington University. Since joining the BALSA Group in April 2016, he has served as a consultant or project manager on five projects. Andrew is experienced in primary/secondary market analysis, competitor analysis, and technology assessment.

Director of Marketing

Rio is  a PhD candidate in the Chemistry program at Saint Louis University. Since joining the BALSA Group in 2015, Rio has served as a consultant, project manager, or advisor on seven projects which focused on capacity expansion, technology assessment, and business strategy.