Board of Directors
We are governed by a Board of Directors comprised of science, business, community, and nonprofit leaders.
Our executive team possesses a broad array of experience—from the laboratory to the board room—as well as considerable expertise in science and engineering, business strategy, and technology development.
Tom Bowser, Chairman
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.
Mr. Bowser has nearly 40 years of health care management experience, including 25 years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, eight years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, and two years with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He began his career with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City in 1969 and became the company's President and CEO in 2001. He was elected chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in 2008 – the highest elected office within the national Blues system. Bowser held concurrent positions until his recent retirement from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City in December 2010 when his two-year term as chairman of Association Board ended. Mr. Bowser also was president of Saint Luke's Health Ventures in the 1980s.
Mr. Bowser has served the Kansas City community as past chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Kansas City Area Development Council and as a board member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. He also serves as a board member of the BCS Financial Corporation, the University of Kansas Endowment Association and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. Bowser holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and TransforMED.
Mr. Bowser was appointed to the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees in 2008 and to the Board of Directors in 2011.
Dan E. Arvizu, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, MRIGlobal
Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Linda D. Evans
Vice President of Corporate Human Resources, MRIGlobal
Barrett Brady, Vice Chairman
Former Senior Vice President of Highwoods Properties and former President and Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Nichols Company.
Mr. Brady served as the Senior Vice President, Highwood's Properties, which is a NYSE-listed Real Estate Investment Trust until December 31, 2008.
Prior, Mr. Brady served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Nichols Company from 1995 to 1998. Before joining J.C. Nichols he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dunn Industries Inc., a large construction contractor from 1986 to 1995 and as an Executive Vice President and Treasurer of J. E. Dunn Construction Company.
Mr. Brady was appointed to the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees in 1997 and to the Board of Directors in 2009.
Richard B. Myers, Vice Chairman
President, Kansas State University
Retired General in the United States Air Force,
15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Myers retired as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2005, after serving more than 40 years in the US Air Force. During his term as Chairman, he served as principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a 1965 graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a MBA in 1977 from Auburn University Montgomery, General Myers also served as Vice Chairman and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has held command positions at every level, including Commander of US Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Forces Japan, and two fighter wings. A fighter pilot with over 4,100 hours, General Myers logged more than 600 combat hours during the Vietnam conflict. He holds an MBA from Auburn University (1977), and has attended Air Command and Staff College, the Army War College, as well as the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1991).
General Myers is on several public and non-profit boards and currently lectures nationally on national security issues and leadership. He is Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University and holds the Colin Powell Chair for National Security Leadership, Ethics, and Character at National Defense University.
General Myers was appointed to the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees and Board of Directors in 2009.
Jefferson William Tester, Ph.D., Vice Chairman
The Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.
Dr. Tester also serves as Director of the Cornell Energy Institute and a Fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Prior to his appointment at Cornell in 2009, Dr. Tester was the H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he served as Director of MIT's Energy Laboratory (1989-2001) and Director of MIT's School of Chemical Engineering Practice (1980-1989). His research on renewable and conventional energy extraction and conversion and environmental control technologies has resulted in over 200 scientific publications and 10 co-authored books. Professor Tester is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and currently a member of the IPCC's Working Group on Renewable Energy Sources, and advisory boards of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the American Council of Renewable Energy, Idaho National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He is the author of many publications and has received numerous awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award (College of Engineering) in 2013, Special Achievement Award (Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)) in 2011 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010.
Dr. Tester received his BS and MS Chemical Engineering at the Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971.
Dr. Tester was appointed to MRIGlobal's Board of Trustees in 2004 and to the Board of Directors in 2008.
Malcolm M. Aslin
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Aslin Group Inc. and Alterra Bank
Mr. Aslin serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and as the Chief Executive Officer of Aslin Group, Inc. Mr. Aslin holds additional senior management positions with affiliated entities of the Corporation, including serving as the Chairman of the Board of Alterra Bank (the wholly owned subsidiary of the Corporation). Prior to joining Aslin Group, Inc., Mr. Aslin served as President, CEO, and Director of Gold Banc Corporation, Inc. and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Gold Bank. He has more than 35 years of experience in banking, financial services and service industries. He managed successful offerings of public and private common equity, preferred and debt securities, and led the acquisition of more than 30 bank companies.
Mr. Aslin served as President of Langley Optical Company, Inc., a wholesale optical laboratory located in Lenexa, Kansas, and later purchased the company. Mr. Aslin spent more than 22 years in various positions with UMB Banks and United Missouri Financial Corporation, including President, Chief Operating Officer of United Missouri Bancshares Inc. and President of UMB's Kansas City bank, United Missouri Bank of Kansas City, N.A. Prior to Gold Banc; he served as President of UMB Financial Corporation and its subsidiary UMB Bank.
Board affiliations include Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc.; ACT Teleconferencing Inc.; Labconco Inc.; Labconco Corp; UMB Financial Corp.; Visa USA; United Missouri Bancshares Inc.; United Missouri Bank of Kansas City, N.A; Gold Banc Corporation, Inc.; and Marshall & Ilsley Corp.
Mr. Aslin received his Bachelor of Science, Masters, and MBA in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Mr. Aslin was appointed to MRIGlobal's Board of Trustees in 1989 and to the Board of Directors in 2010.
Neeli Bendapudi, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas
Neeli Bendapudi is provost and executive vice chancellor of the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas in 2016. Previously, Dr. Bendapudi served as the Henry D. Price Dean of the School of Business at KU. She is a scholar of marketing. She holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas, and she has taught at Texas A&M and the Ohio State University. Her research has appeared in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing and Harvard Business Review, among others.
Dean Bendapudi has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and Ph.D. levels, and has received numerous college, university and national teaching awards. She has experience on public and private boards, and served as EVP and Chief Customer Officer of Huntington National Bank.
David B. Dillon, J.D.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Food 4 Less Holdings, Inc.
Mr. David B. Dillon, J.D. serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
at Food 4 Less Holdings, Inc. Mr. Dillon has more than 37 years of experience in the
consumer products business.
He served as Kroger's chairman from 2004-2014 and as chief executive officer from
2003-2013. Prior to that, he held a variety of executive positions at Kroger and Dillon
Companies, which merged in 1983. During his tenure as CEO, Kroger grew revenue by
$45 billion, created 53,000 new jobs, reduced costs for eight consecutive years and
returned $9.2 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends, which
were reinstated in 2006.
Mr. Dillon serves on multiple Boards including:
Member of Advisory Board of Great Range Capital
Board of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation and Consumer Goods Forum
Trustee of Boy Scouts of America—Dan Beard Council
University of Cincinnati Foundation
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
University of Kansas Endowment
Member of School of Business Board of Advisor at the University of Kansas School of
An Eagle Scout like his father and son, Mr. Dillon received the Distinguished Eagle Scout
Award in 2012 for distinguishing himself in his life's work after 25 years. Dave has been
married to Dee for 40 years. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.
J.D. 1976 Southern Methodist University
BS 1973 University of Kansas
BSBA 1973 University of Kansas
Alexander G. Garza, M.D.
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Associate Professor of Epidemiology
at St. Louis University
Prior to joining the SLU faculty in 2013, Dr. Garza's served in the Federal Government. In August of 2009, Dr. Garza was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he served until April of 2013. Dr. Garza led the health and security efforts for DHS which included the health aspects of terrorism and natural disasters.
His office led DHS programs in CBRNE including the BioWatch program and the National Biosurviellance Integration Center. He has served as the DHS lead in response to the H1N1 pandemic, and the health lead for multiple disasters including the Fukishima Tsunami, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Haiti earthquake among others. In 2009, Dr. Garza was also appointed by President Obama to serve on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He participated and helped author reports to the President on numerous issues including the use of Synthetic Biology and the ethics of bioterrorism medical countermeasure development and testing on children.
Dr. Garza began his career in health as an EMT in 1986 and has worked in every level of providing care and leadership in emergency medicine. He has extensive experience working as a paramedic and flight medic and is a board certified emergency physician working at academic medical centers. Dr. Garza has worked as the Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services for the City of Kansas City Health Department and the State of New Mexico. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dr. Garza has received numerous awards for his military service and civilian career including the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge as well as the Young Investigator Award by the American Heart Association for his research in out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Postgraduate Residency in Emergency Medicine, Truman Medical Center
MD, University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine
MPH, Saint Louis University
BS in Biology, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Dr. Garza was elected to MRIGlobal's Board of Trustees and Board of Directors in January 2014.
Leo E. Morton
Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
With a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's of science degree from MIT, and almost 15 years of high-level experience in the corporate world, Leo. E. Morton brings a diverse range of experience and expertise to his role as UMKC's Chancellor.
Mr. Morton was named UMKC's Chancellor on Dec. 15, 2008. Prior to assuming the chancellorship, Mr. Morton worked at Aquila Inc., joining the firm in January 1994 as vice president, performance management. He was named senior vice president in 1996 with responsibility for re-engineering, corporate procurement and environmental services. Mr. Morton assumed additional duties for the management of human resources in 1997 and information technology in 1998. He was named senior vice president and chief administrative officer in 2000 as he also assumed responsibility for additional corporate services. Before he joined Aquila, Leo's management career spanned 41 years in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing positions with AT&T Microelectronics, Bell Laboratories, General Motors, Rust Engineering Company, and Corning Glass.
Mr. Morton has been a UMKC Trustee since 2000 and was in his third year as chairman of the Trustees Board when he stepped down to serve as the university's interim chancellor. Previously, he was a member on UMKC's Center for the City board and chaired the community relations committee of the Trustees.
In addition to his day-to-day role as chancellor, Mr. Morton is active in the Kansas City community. He is chairman of the advisory board of Prep-KC, a major regional youth educational development organization. Morton is also co-chair of the Kansas City Area Development Council. In addition, he is on the Union Station and Truman Medical Center's Board of Directors, the Economic Development Corporation, Starlight Theatre, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Business Leaders for Education, the independent advisory commission on racial profiling for the Overland Park Police Department and the Advisory Committee for the National Association of Corporate Directors, Heartland Chapter.
Mr. Morton was appointed to the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees in 2008 and to the Board of Directors in 2010.
David F. Oliver
Partner, Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Mr. Oliver practices primarily in the area of complex business disputes; has extensive experience in class action work in state and federal court; counsels clients on how to avoid business disputes; and deals with issues of board governance and fiduciary duty claims. He has experience in federal MDL litigation including class action, securities litigation, and products liability. He has tried cases before the majority of federal judges in Kansas City, Missouri, and regularly tries cases in Jackson County, Missouri. He also has experience in temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction proceedings in state and federal court in Missouri and Kansas. He works regularly with lawyers from other parts of the country whose clients have litigation in Missouri and Kansas. He is also certified as a Mediator and serves as a Special Master/Discovery Commissioner in cases.
His civic activities include serving as a board member of the Alliance for Childhood Education; board member of the UMKC Trustees; board member of Teach for America—KC; board member of ArtsKC Regional Arts Council; board member of Johnson County Arts Council; advisory board member Spencer Art Museum; advisory board member of the AUP+D Department at UMKC; education committee member at the Nelson-Atkins Museum; and board member of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He is on the board of The Francis Family Foundation and is a trustee of the Murphy Charitable Fund.
Mr. Oliver was appointed to the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees in 1998 and to the Board of Directors in 2015.
Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1977)
Haverford College (B.A., with honors in History, 1974)
Phi Beta Kappa
Thomas M. Sack, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, MRIGlobal
Dr. Thomas Sack is responsible for all MRIGlobal research operations, generating approximately $100 million annually in contract research in global health, energy, and national security and defense.
Dr. Sack manages nearly 500 technical staff, including chemists, biologists, engineers, and microbiologists working in 10 U.S. locations and overseas. He is responsible for MRIGlobal's partnership in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, which manages more than $400 million in research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Prior to this position, he served as Senior Vice President and Director of Technical Operations; Director of Chemical Sciences Division; and Vice President of Midwest Operations for MRIGlobal. He was responsible for the management, fiscal monitoring, and strategic planning for technical professionals providing scientific support to clients in government and industry. His project portfolio ranged from rapid-response assignments to long-term programs in the areas of chemical weapons detection, instrument development, and spectrometry. His responsibilities included safety, quality, and security programs; Dr. Sack led MRIGlobal's successful certification to the International Organization Standardization's (ISO) 9001:2008 quality management standard.
Dr. Sack has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Rockhurst College and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Sack is a member of the American Chemical Society and has coauthored more than 50 publications and technical papers. He was appointed to the MRIGlobal Board of Directors in 2013.
Michael Salem, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Jewish Health
Dr. Salem has served as President & CEO of the National Jewish Health since January 2006.
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Salem received his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, then returned to his hometown for his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his surgical residency training at Boston University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital. He also completed research and clinical fellowships in Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Following the completion of his medical training, Dr. Salem spent five years on the faculty at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and as a surgeon and critical care physician at George Washington University Hospital. He practiced and taught general surgery and critical care, and oversaw surgical research. He rose to become the Director of Trauma and Critical Care, Co-Director of the Intensive Care Unit, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery.
Beginning in 1999, Dr. Salem helped launch GMP Companies Inc., a Florida-based health care company that develops and commercializes biotechnology and medical technology products and product candidates made primarily by academic researchers. As Executive Vice President, he led the research and development operations of GMP Companies, building research facilities and programs, and navigating the regulatory process to bring discoveries to the marketplace. He was also responsible for licensing and acquisition for the company.
Dr. Salem was appointed to MRIGlobal's Board of Trustees and Board of Directors in 2011.