Douglas “Heath” LaFevers

Title: National Business Development Manager

Company: BioMérieux

Location: Apex, NC

Education: BS, Food Science, Poultry Science, minor, Microbiology, North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1996

Career History: National Business Development Manager, bioMérieux, 2019-present;

Director of Quality and Sales, Baldies BBQ, 2010-2019;

Mid Atlantic US Account Manager, bioMérieux, North Carolina Area, 2012-2015;

Pre-Sales Engineer, Aircom International, Dallas, Texas, 2011-2012;

Equine Diagnostic Laboratory Director, Director of Pharmacology, NCSU (North Carolina State University) College of Veterinary Medicine, 2000-2011;

Microbiology Quality Assurance Manager, Gold Kist, Inc., 1997-2000

Douglas “Heath” LaFevers, National Business Development Manager at BioMérieux, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of biotechnology management.

Mr. LeFevers joined BioMérieux in 2019 and has utilized his skills and managerial experience to carry out a plethora of everyday responsibilities. On a daily basis, he aligns with team members to educate and empower the territory account team for outreach and general food safety sales. His role entails understanding the needs and gaps from predominantly the U.S. region’s key opinion leaders within the food and food production industry and then joining this with his internal research development and scientific affairs team to close the gaps and deliver on the region’s needs. Prior to his current role, Mr. LeFevers served as the Director of Quality and Sales at Baldies BBQ, as a pre-sales engineer for AIrCom International, as the Equine Diagnostic Laboratory Director and Director of Pharmacology at North Carolina State University and as the Microbiology Quality Assurance Manager at GoldKist. His technical microbiology and quality assurance roles were direct food safety application roles within the industry, whereas the director role at the laboratory was a managerial role that leaned more heavily into in-laboratory processing, and data analysis expertise.

To date, Mr. LeFevers considers his most notable achievements to being every occasion where he is able to see a concept (an idea that fills a need or gap in testing capabilities) grow, through research and development, from concept to delivery. After a challenging 2020, he is overseeing three simultaneous novel assays through accreditation and launch. To prepare for his work within biotechnology and food safety, he earned a B Bachelor of Science in food and poultry science with a minor in microbiology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1996.

Looking towards the future, Mr. LeFevers intends to stay within the food safety diagnostic realm because he sees the impact it can have on overall human health as well as confidence within their hardworking food industry team. As far as his specific role, the business development position has given him the unique ability to liaise between industry and research and development. He’s very happy with the role and is open to new opportunities that further his growth and the growth of others in his team. In recognition of his work, Mr. LeFevers was added to the President’s Club at BioMérieux in 2014, recognized as the Valedictorian of Sales Excellence Training at BioMérieux in 2012. He has also been the recipient of the Tom Hester Poultry Scholarship.

Gregory Stanton


Title: Direct Support Professional

Company: Looking Upwards

Location: Charlestown, RI

Education: BFA, Human Service, Substance Abuse Counseling, Rhode Island College (2017 – 2019);

Associate’s Degree Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling, Community College of Rhode Island (2014 – 2017);

Associate’s degree Gunsmithing/Gunsmith, Professional Careers Institute (1991 – 1993)

Career History: Direct support professional, Looking upwards (2017 – present);

Field Supervisor, NITHPO Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (1989 – 2005);

Small weapon expert, US Army (1981 – 1990)

Gregory Stanton, Direct Support Professional at Looking Upwards, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of human service.

Helping others has been a calling for Mr. Stanton for decades. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1990 as a small weapons expert, he received an associate’s degree in gunsmithing from the Professional Careers Institute. Prior to completing his military service, he began working as a field supervisor for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Prevention Office (NITHPO). He made the decision in his 50s to return to school in order to expand his efforts on helping others. In 2017, he received an associate’s degree in substance abuse and addiction counseling from the Community College of Rhode Island. He followed this with a BFA in human service and substance abuse counseling from Rhode Island College in 2019.

Mr. Stanton has served in his current role since 2017, and in 2019 was recognized as the Direct Support Professional of the Year. His line of work includes taking care of mentally challenged adults, providing education and food for them, hygiene care and emotional support. He attributes his success to his ability to giving his best at everything he does. He believes that a person should always be the best they can be. Looking toward the future, Mr. Stanton sees himself as being a counselor in the chemical dependence field.

Erica Russell, BSW

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Title: Social Worker

Company: Cox South Hospital

Location: Walnut Grove, CO

Education: Degree, Social Work, Missouri State University, 2009

Career History: Social Worker, Cox South Hospital, 2019-Present;

Support Coordinator, Abilities First, 2017-2019;

Foster Care Case Management;

Family Advocate, Head Start Facility

Erica Russell, Social Worker at Cox South Hospital, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field.

On a daily basis, Ms. Russell enjoys making other’s lives better and considers her work to be rewarding. Helping adolescents, adults and seniors allows her to find solutions for people in all stages of life. Her responsibilities include working with families and children with developmental disabilities, writing support plans, gathering information about the children and discharge planning for rehab and nursing facility patients. She started on her path after earning a degree in social work from the Missouri State University in 2009. She started as a social worker at Cox South Hospital in 2019 and brought to this position her prior experience after working as a student coordinator for Abilities First, foster care case management and as a family advocate for Head Start Facility.

Ms. Russell also finds meaning through her philanthropic endeavors. She teaches third and fourth-grade students for the Sunday school at her local church, in addition to volunteering at its food pantry. She has been recognized for her work with a Citizenship Award from the American Diabetes Association. She was fourteen when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during her stay at a children’s hospital. It was during that time she met with a social worker who took care of everything, which inspired Ms. Russell to pursue the field herself. Ms. Russell knows how much patients have to worry about, especially with long-term diagnoses, and endeavors to alleviate some of the difficulties they and their families may face.