Our Team
Executive Management

Frank J. McCaney
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. McCaney became the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the board on November 1, 2016. Mr. McCaney previously served as CEO of Corpak MedSystems, a private equity-backed medical device company in the field of enteral feeding. Corpak was sold to Halyard Health (HYH: NYSE) for $174 million in May 2016. Prior to Corpak, he was the founder and CEO of Nitric BioTherapeutics, a venture backed-medical technology company from 2006 until 2012. Prior to Nitric Bio, he was a senior executive at Viasys Healthcare, Inc. (VAS: NYSE), a medical technology company focusing on respiratory, neurology, medical disposable and orthopedic products and had a lead role in spinning Viasys out of Thermo Electron Corporation (TMO: NYSE). While at Viasys, Mr. McCaney had several responsibilities including strategy, business development and investor relations. He currently serves as a director of Diasome Pharmaceuticals, a privately-held company.

 

Christina L. Allgeier
Chief Financial Officer
Christina L. Allgeier was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer in November,2015.
Ms. Allgeier has served as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer and has over 15 years of experience in the medical laser field. Ms. Allgeier joined MELA as a result of the recent acquisition of the XTRAC and VTRAC business.

Ms. Allgeier graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Penn State University and holds a license from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a certified public accountant. For the past fifteen years Ms. Allgeier had been employed by PhotoMedex, Inc. (including a period with Surgical Laser Technologies, Inc. which was acquired by PhotoMedex in 2002). Ms. Allgeier served as Chief Accounting Officer of PhotoMedex from December 2011 until the purchase of the assets from PhotoMedex in June 2015. From November 2009 until the reverse acquisition of Radiancy, Inc. by PhotoMedex in December 2011, Ms. Allgeier served as Chief Financial Officer of PhotoMedex.


Board of Directors

Jeffrey O’Donnell, Chairman

Jeffrey F. O’Donnell, Sr. was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors effective January 1, 2014, and appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors effective March, 2014. Mr. O’Donnell has extensive experience in the Healthcare industry, merging a solid, traditional corporate background with emerging growth experience. He brings more than 20 years of experience (Board and Chief Executive positions) in running emerging medical device firms. Businesses under his direct leadership have achieved over $1.5 Billion in value creation from initial public offering of stock or mergers and acquisitions.
Currently, Jeff is the President and CEO of Trice Medical. Trice is an emerging growth medical device company developing optical needles used by orthopedic surgeons to diagnose soft tissue damage of joints. In 2008, Jeff started and ran Embrella Cardiovascular, a medical device startup company, which was sold in 2011 to Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW). Prior to which, Jeff served as President and CEO of PhotoMedex (NASDAQ: PHMD) from 1999 to 2009. Prior to PhotoMedex, Jeff was the President and CEO of Cardiovascular Dynamics. His team took CCVD public on NASDAQ in June of 1996 and purchased Radiance Medical Systems and Endologix (NASDAQ: ELGX). From 1994 to 1995 Jeff held the position of President and CEO of Kensey Nash Corporation (NASDAQ: KNSY). Additionally, he has held several senior sales and marketing management positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation and with Johnson & Johnson’s Orthopedic Division. In 2005, Jeff was named LifeSciences CEO of the Year by Price Waterhouse Coopers. In 2011, Jeff was named the Greater Philadelphia Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year by Ernst & Young. Jeff is a previous director for Cardiac Science (7 yrs.) and Endologix (12 yrs.) and is currently on the Board of BioSig Technologies. Jeff is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia earning a B.S. in Business Administration.


Dr. Rox Anderson

R. Rox Anderson was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors effective September 30, 2015. Dr, Anderson is a professor at Harvard Medical School, an adjunct professor at MIT, and director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Wellman is the world’s largest academic facility dedicated to photomedicine. After graduating from MIT, Dr. Anderson received his M.D. degree magna cum laude from a joint MIT-Harvard medical program, Health Sciences and Technology. He conceived and developed non-scarring dermatologic surgery using selectively-absorbed laser pulses, which is now the preferred basis for treatment of birthmarks, pigmented lesions, tattoos, hypertrichosis and other conditions. He has made many contributions to the understanding and development of laser-tissue interactions, tissue optics, photodynamic therapy, and optical diagnostics.

Dr. Anderson also practices dermatology, teaches at Harvard and MIT, and conducts research at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. Active research includes diagnostic tissue imaging and spectroscopy, photodynamic therapy, mechanisms of laser-tissue interactions, adipose tissue biology, low-level light effects and novel therapies for skin disorders. Dr. Anderson received the Presidential Citation, the Ellet H. Drake and William Mark awards from the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc., serves on the editorial board of such society’s journal and was its 2009 president.

Dr. Anderson currently serves the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc. as director of government communications and education. This is the first year Dr. Anderson has been nominated to the Board of Directors. We believe Dr. Anderson’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive experience in the healthcare industry, including his strong dermatological research and analysis background.


Samuel E. Navarro

Mr. Navarro brings a wealth of knowledge and industry expertise in finance, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, equity research and investment management experience in the medical device industry. Mr. Navarro is currently Managing Partner at Gravitas Healthcare, LLC. Before Gravitas, Mr. Navarro was Managing Director of Cowen & Co. in New York City and head of their Medical Technology Investment Banking initiatives, leading a team of senior people, and was responsible for building the franchise across all product categories, including M&A/Advisory and financing services and products. Before Cowen & Co., Mr. Navarro spent over four years at The Galleon Group running the Galleon Healthcare Fund as a Senior Portfolio Manager. He was responsible for all healthcare investments across all sectors, including pharmaceuticals / biopharmaceutical industries, medical technology and hospital supplies, and all areas of healthcare services. Prior to Galleon, Mr. Navarro was Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at ING Barings.

Mr. Navarro has also served or serves on the boards of Arstasis, MicroTherapeutics, Jomed, Photomedex and Pixelux Entertainment. Mr. Navarro received an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.


Frank J. McCaney

Mr. McCaney became the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the board on November 1, 2016. Mr. McCaney previously served as CEO of Corpak MedSystems, a private equity-backed medical device company in the field of enteral feeding. Corpak was sold to Halyard Health (HYH: NYSE) for $174 million in May 2016. Prior to Corpak, he was the founder and CEO of Nitric BioTherapeutics, a venture backed-medical technology company from 2006 until 2012. Prior to Nitric Bio, he was a senior executive at Viasys Healthcare, Inc. (VAS: NYSE), a medical technology company focusing on respiratory, neurology, medical disposable and orthopedic products and had a lead role in spinning Viasys out of Thermo Electron Corporation (TMO: NYSE). While at Viasys, Mr. McCaney had several responsibilities including strategy, business development and investor relations. He currently serves as a director of Diasome Pharmaceuticals, a privately-held company.


David K. Stone

David K. Stone was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in December 2011. In 2006, Mr. Stone founded Liberty Tree Advisors, LLC, a life sciences investment banking and consulting firm where he is currently a Managing Director. Prior to this, from 2000 to 2006 Mr. Stone was a Managing Director and Partner at Flagship Ventures, a venture capital fund focused in the life sciences industry. From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Stone led the biotechnology equity research team at Cowen & Company. Mr. Stone is currently on the Board of Directors of PAKA Pulmonary Pharmaceuticals and of Seahorse Bioscience, where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. From 2001 to 2009, he served on the Board of Directors of Oscient Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Chairman from 2005 to 2009.


Kathryn Swintek

Kathryn Swintek, was elected to our Board of Directors, in April 2013. Since August 2010, Ms. Swintek has been a Managing Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Golden Seeds Fund 2, and Managing Director of Golden Seeds LLC, an angel investment forum backing women owned or managed early stage and growth companies. Prior to Golden Seeds, Ms. Swintek was a senior executive at BNP Paribas from November 1989 to April 2008, where she most recently served as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of its London-based Financial Sponsors Coverage Group. From 1974 to 1989, Ms. Swintek was a senior executive with Irving Trust Company (now known as BNY Mellon), where she was a Sr. Vice President and held positions in risk management, and acquisition finance, and managed business relationships for the International Division in North Africa and the Near East, as well as in France, where she served as Representative while residing in Paris. Ms. Swintek is Chair of the Governing Board and the Executive Committee of The Committee of 200, a business women’s leadership organization, which she joined in 2003. She serves on the Board of Directors of Trade Settlement, Inc., Turtle & Hughes, Inc., and Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. She is also a member of the Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors, and Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation. Ms. Swintek’s serves as the Chairperson of our Audit Committee.


LuAnn Via

LuAnn Via was elected to our Board of Directors in April 2012. In November 2012 Ms. Via became President and CEO of Christopher & Banks Corporation, a specialty retailer of women’s clothes; a company operating more than 600 retail stores. Prior to this, Ms. Via served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Payless ShoeSource, a unit of Collective Brands, Inc., from July 2008 to October 2012 when the company was acquired and taken private. Before joining Payless ShoeSource, from January 2006 Ms. Via served as group divisional President of Lane Bryant and Cacique store chains and as President of Catherines stores, both divisions of Charming Shoppes, Inc. Prior to this, and for more than 20 years, Ms. Via held several leadership positions with a number of top retailers. Ms. Via is a Board member of Christopher & Banks Corporation and a member of The Committee of 200, a business women’s leadership group.