Our Team



 Staff Members

 Board of Directors

Kelly Schmitz


Kelly Schmitz is the Executive Director of NRP Engineering for Cummins Inc, working in Columbus IN and living in the south suburbs of Indianapolis.  He has been with Cummins for 17 years, with varying roles in engineering and business leadership. Kelly has worked at multiple Cummins facilities in the U.S., as well as a 2-year assignment in France.  He has his own experiences in innovation, holding 15 US Patents – many of which are also held in other countries. Kelly has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Wisconsin.

Rupal Thanawala

Vice President

Rupal is an Account Executive of Accenture and she has over 23 years experience in business and IT strategy. She is recognized as trusted advisor to CIOs and helped them developed long range and short range plans. Her responsibilities are extended to supplier management, resourcing, budgeting, client satisfaction and corporate responsibility. She has led multiple full life cycle projects, global template roll outs, system consolidations, upgrades and divestiture projects. She has led multi million global implementations for business and IT transformation deploying SAP and other packaged software.

Her project experiences span from Blue Print phase to Go-live and establishing Center of Excellence, Shared Services centers and BPO including developing RFX to collaborating with service providers and customers leveraging variety of technologies. Rupal earned Bio Medical Engineer from Mumbai University and Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.

Rupal is actively engaged in multiple community and corporate organizations to build an Inclusive and Diverse ecosystem. She is very passionate about mentoring and coaching youth and developing leadership skills.

Joerg Schreiber, Ph.D.

Treasurer & Secretary

CEO, Electronic Patient Recruiting LLC, and White Arrow Consulting.

Ryan Hiler

Board Member

Ryan Hiler is an associate and a registered patent attorney in Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property Group. Ryan’s practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property including securing patents, trademarks, and copyrights, licensing, technology transactions, and litigation. Ryan received his juris doctorate magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He received a Master of Science in Biology, with focuses in molecular biology, biotechnology, and biological chemistry, from Purdue University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science, with minors in Chemistry and Biology, from Indiana University.

Passionate about his local community, Ryan is also active in Momentum Mentor Networks, Indiana Health Industry Forum.  Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys being with friends and family, traveling, watching sports and movies, exercising, and spending time with his wife, Sheila, their daughter, Isabel, and their dog, Hoosier.

Isaiah Pittman IV, M.D./Ph.D.

Board Member

Dr. Pittman is a Clinical Endocrinologist, with Providence Medical Group,  in Terre Haute, IN. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Dept. Biochemistry ISU/IU, ISU-Terre Haute Center for Medical Education.

STEM Advisory Board

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Advisory Board provides recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters related to STEM programs, and scholarships awards. They also serve as direct mentors to our YiQ Scholars and as a search committee for external project advisors and mentors.

We are currently searching for three additional volunteers with complimentary STEM backgrounds to serve on this board.

Anusuya Das, Ph.D.

STEM Advisory Board Chair

Anusuya Das got her PhD in Bioengineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she worked on computational modeling of angiogenesis and experimental validation via microfluidic experiments. After that, she worked on several tissue engineering and regenerative medicine projects at the University of Virginia. She has also worked on many global health endeavors in Africa, India and the United States. Currently she is developing and teaching new courses that combine bioengineering principles as applied to global health challenges at Indiana University Purdue University- Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Vicky Montenegro, MS, CLP

STEM Advisory Board Member

Vicky is an Intellectual Property and Licensing Consultant. She graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Los Andes – Bogotá, Colombia and with a M.S. in Biology-Genetics from Purdue University.  She has previously worked as Project Manager at Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, and as Research Associate-Laboratory Manager at Chilkoti Lab., Duke University Biomedical Engineering. She also co-founded Diverse Advantage Inc., in Durham, North Carolina.

Dara Marquez

STEM Advisory Board Member

Dara is graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s College and her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue. She previously worked as an Associate Automated Synthesis Chemist at Eli Lilly and Co. She has served as a coordinator and as a mentor for several of our YiQ Summer Programs, and has been inspired to develop her own science program for women. As a result of her passion for learning and mentoring at YiQ she was offered a summer internship at Eli Lilly and was later hired as a full time employee. She also writes poetry, has conducted research on Paper Analytical Devices (PADs) and has served as President of the Society of Women Engineers local chapter.

Prahasith Veluvolu

STEM Advisory Board Member

Prahasith Veluvolu is the founder and CEO of Mimir, a educational technology company that focuses on helping schools create more and better tech engineers. Mimir was is backed by Y Combinator (investors of Dropbox, Airbnb, and Reddit) and participated in S15 batch over the summer. With the help of YC and other Midwest Investors, the company grew 10x over the summer and has its software deployed in over 40 colleges.

Past Board Members

Alfredo Lopez-Yunez, M.D.

Founder and Past-President (2011 – 2017)

Originally from Colombia, Dr. Alfredo Lopez-Yunez completed his core medical training at the Javeriana University School of Medicine and at the National University of Colombia-Institute of Clinical Genetics in 1991. He is currently owner and CEO of Alivio Medical Center, where he serves as Director and practices medicine. Previously he was full time faculty at IU School of Medicine where he taught courses in Neurology and served as Co-Director of the IU/Wishard Stroke Unit. His goal is to create a new generation of researchers and innovators in Indiana that will be able to create new products and solutions to meet current and future challenges in the world. Dr. Lopez-Yunez actively engages and mentors students who participate in our Young Innovators Quest programs and who work as interns in his medical practice.


Kevin A. Howard

Past Treasurer (2016 – 2017)

Kevin Howard is the Project Manager for Business Development at the Regenstrief Institute, where he works to commercialize and disseminate medical research developed by the institute and the IU School of Medicine. He holds an MBA and an MS in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and a BA in Spanish Literature from the University of Oklahoma. Kevin is on the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation (MDFF), and previously was the Administrative Manager for Alivio Medical Center. He has extensive product development experience in educational publishing and has served in the United States Air Force. Kevin’s ideal vacation would include his family, exploring Colombia, authentic food and good coffee.

Maher E. Rizkalla, Ph.D.

Past Board Member (2014 – 2017)

Maher E. Rizkalla is the Associate Chair and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis (IUPUI). During his career Dr. Rizkalla has worked at Purdue University Calumet, Argonne National Laboratory, has authored over 160 publications, has served in NSF review panels and is a member of IEEE and the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Rizkalla holds a B.S. (1975) from Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt, a M.S. (1980) from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt and a Ph.D (1985) from Case Western Reserve University, all degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Diana Vasquez

Diana Vasquez

Past Secretary (2011 – 2013)

Diana graduated with a Master’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Diana worked as a Research Engineer at Alivio Medical Center while pursuing her post graduate degree. She joined the Health and Science Innovations team when the organization and its flag initiative, the Young Innovators Quest program, transitioned from an idea to a reality. Diana’s passion for STEM education encouraged her to work hand in hand with current and past board members to stablish the program. She coordinated the first two summer camps with great success. Diana currently exercises her profession as a Transmission Planning Engineer at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. in Carmel, IN and continues to volunteer as a workshop presenter at the Young Innovators Quest every summer. Diana is an active member and volunteer in the Central Indiana Section (CIS) of IEEE, has formerly served as IEEE Young Professionals Section and Region 4 Chair, and currently is the CIS-IEEE Power and Energy Society Chair.

Jake Yue Chen, Ph.D.

Past Vice President and Co-Founder (2011 – 2016)

Jake Chen co-founded Health and Science Innovations and served as Vice President from 2011-2015. He is currently Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Director of the Indiana Center for Systems Biology & Personalized Medicine at IUPUI. He has been conducting research and development in bioinformatics and computational biology since 1995. Prior to coming back to academia, in 2002-3, he was the head of computational proteomics at Myriad Proteomics, Inc. (now Prolexys Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), Salt Lake City, Utah, where he led a team of bioinformatics researchers and developers to process and study the “human protein interactome” data, a proprietary network map of human protein-protein interactions consisting more than 10,000 human proteins and 80,000 interactions from more than 1TB of collected raw data.

Marta H. Spence

Past Treasurer and Co-Founder (2011 – 2016)

With a successful career in business development working around the globe, Marta Spence, a native of Argentina, is now a full time community advocate. She has a proven track record in strong leadership, strategic planning and finance skills.

Teresa Aponte-Torres

Past Board Member (2012 – 2016)

Teresa Aponte-Torres is currently the Key Center Manager at KeyCorp. She is originally from Puerto Rico and is a self motivated individual who demonstrates strong commitment to Health and Science Innovations success through dedication and pride in her work.

Norberto Monarrez

Past Board Member (2012 – 2016)

Norberto Monarrez was born and raised in Mexico, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in 1989. He also holds an MBA with dual concentration in Management and HR.

Jessica Scalfano

Past Vice President (2015 – 2016)

Jessica is currently Vice President of Business Development at Pharmscript. In 2012, Jessica graduated with her MBA in Global Strategic Marketing and Healthcare management from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Spanish from Butler University in 2006. Jessica was hired into Eli Lilly immediately following her graduation from Butler and worked there until September 2015, when she was hired by Pharmascript.  She feels that Eli Lilly not only gave her a lot of professional opportunities but many personal ones as well as been able to become more involved in the community. Lilly also provided her with the opportunity to help and reach patients with the intent to make their lives better.

In her spare time, Jessica teaches a fitness class where she has the additional opportunity to flex her passion for helping people better themselves through health and well-being. All the rest of the time Jessica spends time traveling the world and around the country with family and friends.

Roberto Curci, Ph.D.

Past Board Member (2012 – 2015)

Roberto Curci is Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs at Butler University. He is also the President of Latinus Group, Inc. During his career he has produced over forty publications and has worked for several companies, including Gillette, McGuire & McGuire Banking Consultants and Fernández & Asociados Ltda. He is also involved in the community through his service on other advisory boards and boards of directors.

Michael A. Vance, Ph.D.

Past Board Member (2014 – 2015)

Michael A. Vance is Professor of Pharmacology at the College of Pharmacy/Health Science, Butler University.