Meet the Virginia Bio team
Jeffrey M. Gallagher, CEO
M. Gallagher, CEO of Virginia Bio, is responsible for leading the premier
statewide trade group that promotes the considerable scientific and economic
impact of the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to taking on the leadership of
Virginia Bio in May 2012, Jeff was a co-founder and served as VP & General
Counsel for Lyotropic Therapeutics. This
small specialty pharma company used its proprietary formulation technology to
create new drug products based on both NCIs and already approved API for
license, further development and commercialization by mid and large
pharma. Previously he practiced corporate law in Richmond, focusing on
new technology company formation, international business and intellectual
property transactions. He was a co-founder and longtime Chairman of the
Richmond based nonprofit World Pediatric Project. He holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard,
a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and an LL.M in Public International
Law from the University of Virginia School of Law. He resides with his
family in the Ginter Park area of Richmond, VA.
Sherri Halloran, CAE, Vice President Membership and Programs
Sherri Halloran, Vice President Membership and Programs, came to Virginia Bio in August, 2008. She is responsible for membership development, member satisfaction, communications, marketing and networking events. She brings a variety of experience to the position, most recently from her role as the Field Marketing Manager in Virginia for Red Bull Energy Drink. She studied Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and Montgomery College. In 2015 she earned the prestigious Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, as one of only 4600 association executives nationwide. Having lived in nine different states and Japan as part of a military family, she settled in Richmond and currently resides in the Ginter Park area of Richmond, VA.
Caron Trumbo, Director of Operations
Caron Trumbo, Director of Operations, joined Virginia Bio in January 2016. She is responsible for day-to-day business, networking events and database management. Caron brings a unique background to the team. She studied Genetics at Texas A&M University and worked as a lab manager at Randolph Macon College before trading in her lab coat for the start up world. She managed a co-working space in Palo Alto and worked as a life science sales rep. She currently resides in Church Hill with her husband and giant goldendoodle.
L. Stephone Jones, Accountant/Bookkeeper
Stephone Jones has been the part time Accountant/Bookkeeper for Virginia Bio since 2005, and has been working as an accountant with the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, and many tenants since 2004. Before joining VABIO, he was a Police Officer with Hanover County for three years. He graduated fro Lee Davis High School and went on to get his BA fro Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Stephone has one son that is currently attending Morehead State University. He is also an avid sports fan.
Cassandra Isley, Director of Business Development
Cassandra Isley, Director of Business Development, joined Virginia Bio in January 2017. She is responsible for recruiting organizations across Virginia to become a vested partner in the bioscience community by being an active member and sponsor of Virginia Bio. Cassandra has an extensive healthcare and management background in clinical and corporate settings. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Microbiology and a Masters from Carilion Health in Clinical Laboratory Science. She currently resides in Glen Allen with her husband and three daughters.