The winners of Wednesday 2021 Women and science
December 27, 2021
At RTI Surgical, we are committed to gender equality and have been delighted to recognize some of the exceptional women who use science to help patients by developing innovative solutions for clients through our Women in Science Wednesday series.
Congratulations to all of our 2021 Women in Science laureates. We look forward to recognizing many more women in 2022 and sharing their impact on improving the quality of life for patients!
Olivia Dansereau, an R&D engineer in new product development, started as an intern while studying biomedical engineering at the University of Florida. She is now an integral part of the team of many new product development projects and supervises interns and technicians from the R&D department. Olivia’s work within the Tissue & Biologics team focuses on the design and execution of studies and the compilation of data to support the design and development of current and future products.
Angela Alongo, installation technician and team leader has worked at RTI for 14 years. Angela’s technical understanding of geometric sizing and tolerancing enables her to translate engineering design requirements into manufacturing code that accurately produces our high quality medical devices. She uses her expertise to help design for manufacturing and engages in continuous improvement projects that help RTI continue to meet customer needs and facilitate growth. Angela attended Northern Michigan University and obtained a CNC machining certification.
Karen knight has been with RTI Surgical for 24 years and is currently the Quality Control Coordinator for the Greenville, NC facility. In her role, Karen is responsible for all internal product quality control analytical testing and environmental monitoring. Throughout her career, she has taken advantage of opportunities to learn a variety of functions and has worked in R&D, glassmaking, manufacturing, logistics and quality. Because of her experience and tenure, Karen is Greenville’s go-to person and enjoys sharing her knowledge with new hires saying, “I am very proud of what I do and the experience of being able to help in every job. department is an honor ”. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from the University of the District of Columbia.
Cheryl stallworth, CLS-SUP (FL), CTBS, Sr. Quality Engineer Sterility Assurance, has worked at RTI for 20 years and takes pride in their role in ensuring that RTI implants are safe for implantation. As the leader of the sterility assurance team, Cheryl manages the culture programs that determine the eligibility of tissues for treatment. Aseptically processed and packaged grafts are also evaluated under these programs to ensure that the implants meet our stringent release and distribution requirements. She is also responsible for the dose audit and the bioburden monitoring program which regularly monitors terminally sterilized grafts. Prior to joining the sterility assurance team, Cheryl spent 17 years in the biomedical laboratory performing serological, microbiological and analytical testing for donor eligibility and quality control. Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and an Associate of Science in Medical Technology. She is a Certified Medical Laboratory Technician, Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, and Certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist-Supervisor in the State of Florida.
Lindsey Bartelli, Senior R&D Engineer, has worked at RTI for 12 years. As a Packaging Engineer, Lindsey develops sterile barrier packaging systems and performs packaging testing to ensure that implants manufactured and packaged at our Marquette and Greenville facilities meet sterilization standards. . She also supports the packaging operations team. Lindsey graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Packaging.
Kathy mcleod has been part of the RTI family for 28 years and has held several critical positions throughout his career to ensure that RTI implants meet our strict quality standards and are safe for implantation. As the longest-serving employee at our Alachua, Florida plant, Kathy began her career in 1993 at the University of Florida Tissue Bank working in lab support, customer service, monitoring quality and production planning. In 2000, she was promoted to Operations Supervisor, where she oversaw the BioCleanse® processing, packaging, irradiation and labeling teams before joining Tutogen Medical as Materials Manager and Senior Production Planner. . When RTI merged with Tutogen in 2008, Kathy became the Central Procurement Supervisor with responsibility for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of warehouse and equipment before moving on to the team. engineering in 2020. In her current role as an engineering technician, she supports the operations team with new product development, supply continuity and value stream operations. Kathy obtained an Associate of Arts from St. Petersburg College and became a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist in 1998 and was awarded the Certification Board for Sterile Processing & Distribution (CBSPD) designation in 2016.
Casey sumlin serves as the Quality and Regulatory Supervisor for the Greenville, NC facility which manufactures synthetic based bone graft substitutes for our customers. In her role, she provides quality and regulatory support for new product development projects, supports audits, manages the establishment’s quality system, actively participates in the maintenance of the validation system and the non-conformance system and Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA). Casey also supports the regulatory team by assisting with the change management process and the maintenance of existing registrations for the synthetic-based BGS portfolio made in Greenville. Casey joined RTI Surgical in 2017 as a Quality Systems Specialist, then was promoted to Quality Engineer before assuming her current mixed quality and regulatory role. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from East Carolina University.
Ana Y. Rioja, Ph.D., CTBS, joined RTI in 2019 as Senior R&D Engineer. In this role Ana has led design control activities and technical approaches to meet product and customer requirements for new product development and support projects for the Tissue & Biologics and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery platforms. . From this year, Ana took on the role of project manager for the HCT / P and 510 (k) projects. In this role, she works with R&D, design assurance, quality, operations, regulatory, manufacturing and other departments to accomplish all the tasks necessary for the completion of the project. She also contributes to project activities, including testing, design control, regulatory registrations and submissions. Ana graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. She got her doctorate. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of South Florida.
Rebecca Medor, Quality Engineer 2, has been working at RTI Surgical for three years. As a member of the Sterility Assurance Team, Rebecca oversees environmental monitoring and environmental monitoring programs at RTI’s facilities in Alachua, Florida. In her role, Rebecca examines environmental data to ensure treatment spaces meet the strict requirements of tissue processing. Additionally, Rebecca supports the operations team with CAPA surveys and consults with them on room cleanliness and equipment disinfection / sterilization. Rebecca graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cellular Sciences. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Health Sciences with a diploma expected in December 2021.
Dawn Hutcherson is the Operations Supervisor for the Tutoplast® Tissue Sterilization Process Packing Group. After the allografts have gone through the Tutoplast® process, the team shapes, measures, cuts and conditions the implants to meet RTI’s strict quality specifications. Dawn ensures that every surgical implant processed by her team meets applicable safety requirements and she works cross-functionally to ensure the timely delivery of our implants to surgeons around the world. Prior to becoming an Operations Supervisor, Dawn saw the importance of compliance and maximizing tissue donation as a Tissue Processing Technician. Today, Dawn is a motivating team leader who reinforces these key principles as her team works to treat implants that improve the quality of life of patients every day. Prior to joining RTI, Dawn spent 13 years in retail management. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and studied specials education at Mississippi State University.