Meet the Team

As a team, we believe in…

• Treating everything and everyone with dignity and respect • Contributing to our community
• Looking after our customers • Giving back through charitable efforts
• Working with our vendors • Recycling everything we can
• Encouraging our employees • Respecting our environment

 

Leadership

Bobbi O’Hara, CEOPhoto of Bobbi

About Me: A lab rat by training and trade, Bobbi’s free time is spent with her family and many pets. She visits nursing care facilities, schools, and church with her corgi as a certified pet therapy team, and she is an avid nature lover who tries to find any excuse to get outside and connect.

Fun Fact: While science oftentimes requires exacting measurements, at home, all bets are off. Recipes are merely a suggestion and when asked to make something again, her reply is, “I’ll try!”

 

Research & Development

Russ Hart, Founder and Research & Development ScientistPhoto of Russ

 About Me: Born in England and growing up in London, Russ was a teenager during the mad, mad ’60s. He received his degree in chemistry from University College, Cardiff in Wales; his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Sussex; and conducted post docs at the University of Georgia and University of Sussex before his first gig at Abbott Labs. He’s started 3 companies, and is a self-described nerd who loves exquisite design: Products have to be packaged right and marketed with panache!

Fun Fact: Russ met Barb Scheuer at the London Diag. “It’s been downhill ever since!” he says.

 

Photo of BarbBarb Scheuer, Founder and Research & Development Scientist

About Me: Barb has 30+ years experience in the research, development, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory areas of immunoassays and other detection kits. She’s co-partnered in the start-up growth of two separate life science companies, and has also been involved with the management side, including HR and finance. As the saying goes: “Jack of all trades, master of none!”

Fun Fact: Barb grew up spending her free time in or on lakes, either in 70°F, or better yet, -20°F, weather. She loves to travel and meet new people, experience new cultures and food, and she loves spending time in the garden trying to fight weeds and make things look restful.

 

Photo of MaheekaMaheeka Embogama, Research & Development Manager

About Me: Maheeka is a scientist by training. She received her doctoral degree in biochemistry from Wayne State University, and her favorite areas of science also include bio-organic and analytical chemistry. She enjoys melding science and business to develop new solutions.

Fun Fact: Maheeka’s free time is spent with her family, doing creative activities, hiking, or kickboxing.

 

 

Customer Service

Sherry Adams, Customer Service SupervisorPhoto of Sherry

About Me: Sherry has over 20 years of customer service experience in the biotech field, and she has had the pleasure of receiving, processing, and shipping orders all over the world! Her first ever customer service job was just out of high school, where she worked in a booth at Sears, Roebuck & Co. selling “anti-fog” eyeglass cleaner. Needless to say, she cleaned many, many pairs of glasses!

Fun Fact: She travelled to Colorado to rescue a Giant Schnauzer named Xena from a horrible breeding mill, and she is the most amazingly brave girl!

 

 

 

Business

Heather Jackson, Business ManagerPhoto of Heather

About Me: Heather has spent many years in the business management field. Prior to joining Arbor Assays, she spent 9 years working in the Ann Arbor Public Schools system. Heather is very passionate about helping vulnerable and at risk children, and she has worked with hundreds of homeless children and their families throughout the years to help find local resources.

Fun Fact: Heather once zip lined on the longest zip line in South America.

 

Linda Gronemeyer, Finance SpecialistPhoto representing Linda

About Me: In addition to loving all things numbers, Linda loves all kinds of animals and enjoys spending time with her family.

Fun Fact: Linda regularly volunteers at a local sanctuary for cats diagnosed with feline leukemia.

 

 

 

Sales & Marketing

Photo of JeffJeffrey Lehr, Sales & Marketing Director

About Me: Jeff is a dedicated life scientist with a penchant for solving problems. He grew up in a cancer research lab at The University of Michigan and has been helping scientists with research applications ever since. He’s obsessed with learning how things work at the most basic levels, from molecular biology to quantum field theory. He’s passionate about protecting the environment through sustainability and renewable energy, and will gladly discuss the merits of solar electricity with anyone who will listen.

Fun Fact: Jeff is a novice beekeeper (but the bees keep the honey for themselves), and he repairs and refurbishes antique farm equipment in his spare time.

 

Photo of MatisenMatisen Douglas, Marketing Specialist

About Me: A recent graduate from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s in English literature, Matisen got her start in marketing at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Born into a family of scientists, she soon came to Arbor Assays to start marketing in the biotechnology field. She spends her free time reading, daydreaming, and playing with her overly-energetic kitten, Stella.

Fun Fact: From the ages of 8 to 18, Matisen was a classically trained ballet dancer.

 

 

Manufacturing

Mindy Arden, Manufacturing ManagerPhoto representing Mindy

About Me: Mindy graduated from Michigan State University in 1997 with a degree in Environmental Science. She worked as an environmental chemist before branching out into biotech, where she’s been ever since! She’s an avid reader, traveler, and is completely smitten with her young daughter.

Fun Fact: Mindy is obsessed with Bob Ross!

 

 

Photo representing JackJack Gross, Manufacturing & Shipping Assistant

About Me: A Michigan native, Jack has worked at Arbor Assays for almost five years. He enjoys taking cross-country road trips, and in his free time, Jack likes to read and cook.

Fun Fact: Jack is currently learning leather working.

 

 

 

John Petrut, Manufacturing TechnicianPhoto of John

About Me: John is our talented manufacturing tech who makes almost everything we sell!

Fun Fact: A self-described jack of all trades, John likes to spend his time tinkering, gardening, building, and learning whatever else he can.

 

 

 

Shaun Sanderson, Manufacturing AssistantPhoto of Shaun

About Me: Though Shaun has experience in many fields, he went to school for Automotive Mechanics, Bodywork, and Engineering. After working in that profession for many years, he settled into Arbor Assays in 2019. When not working, he enjoys kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with his family.

Fun Fact: Shaun grew up on a dairy farm in Chelsea, Michigan.

 

 

Quality Assurance

Photo of LizLiz Raymond, Quality Coordinator

About Me:  Liz is a quality professional with experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and certification industries. She is a University of Michigan alumna and completed her M.S. in Neuroscience at Texas A&M University. Her background includes research in molecular/cellular biology, analytical chemistry, and field biology. When not working to ensure product quality, Liz enjoys playing board games, weight training, and spending time with family.

Fun Fact: Coming Soon!

 

Nasrin Meraji, Quality Control TechnicianPhoto of Nasrin

About Me: Nasrin began her career as a biology teacher in Iran, where she taught for 20 years. In 2012, she and her family moved to the U.S., and she returned to college at Henry Ford College to learn English and continue her education. After two years here Nasrin began studying biotechnology for three more years, graduating in 2018 and receiving the award for the best biotechnology student in her year. After an internship with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Nasrin felt very lucky to be able to join Arbor Assays as a lab technician

Fun Fact: Nasrin recently began cultivating a rose garden, and is having so much fun gardening at her new house.

 

 

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