Board of Directors
Executive Mangement Team
William “Bill” McCollum
Mr. McCollum, a former US Congressman and Florida Attorney General, is a Partner in the Public Policy and Regulation practice with Dentons, a multinational law firm. He has deep knowledge, relationships, and technical expertise in international trade, governmental policies and regulations, and provides consultation in the areas of life sciences and health care, manufacturing, and technology in the private sector as a legal counsel and advisor.
Mr. McCollum served as Attorney General of Florida from 2007 to 2011, where he addressed issues ranging from a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, addressing issues such as mortgage and Medicaid fraud, and the Deep-water Horizon oil spill.
A Republican, Mr. McCollum served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 8th district from 1981 to 2001. He served on the Judiciary, Banking and Financial Services, and Intelligence committees and a number of leadership positions, including chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime; chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence; vice chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Committee; ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing the Federal Reserve; and vice chairman of the House Republican Conference for three terms. He was one of the 15 members selected to serve on the House Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair.
A native of central Florida, Mr. McCollum has been active in investigating consumer fraud cases, and he spearheaded an investigation and settlement of telecommunications advertising and data use practices while serving as attorney general. In private practice, he advised a wide range of clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, technology and health care sectors on a host of policy and regulatory matters, and he maintains a wide-ranging set of relationships with thought leaders at the federal and state level as a result of his public service.
Mr. McCollum is a retired commander in the United States Naval Reserves, where he served for 23 years. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida with a B.A. and a JD, where he served as President of Florida Blue Key, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Margaret “Maggie” Kavalaris
Corporate Structure, Licensing & Finance
Maggie Kavalaris heads Dentons’ legacy Corporate practice and is a member of the Venture Technology practice. Her practice focuses on corporate finance, securities and intellectual property licensing, with an emphasis on the representation of venture-backed, emerging growth companies, in particular, technology companies.
Ms. Kavalaris transactional experience includes venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings, including underwriter side representation of investment banks in technology company equity offerings. She also advises companies in all stages of development with respect to corporate governance and operations, technology development, transfer, licensing and distribution. Ms. Kavalaris is a frequent speaker on technology, corporate finance, intellectual property, law firm management and women in leadership and law firms.
Recipient of numerous honors and awards, Ms. Kavalaris accolades include: Elected to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Leadership Board; 2005 Elected Chair of Washington, DC based WCF (formerly Women’s Campaign Fund); 2005 Elected to the Board of Directors, San Francisco Zoological Society; 2001 Named to Los Angeles Daily Journal, Top 100 Lawyers in California List; and 2000 LMA San Francisco Law Firm Marketing Partner of the Year, 1999
Prior to joining Dentons, Ms. Kavalaris was a partner in the Venture Capital, Emerging Companies, Public Offerings, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Technology Transactions practice groups in the Washington, DC office of Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. Before that, she served three terms as a member of the Executive Board of Gray Cary from 1996-2005, its national Marketing Partner from 1995-2004 and chair of the Corporate and Securities Group from 1999 to 2002.
She also served as managing partner of Gray Cary’s Washington, DC office from 2003-2005. Ms. Kavalaris received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1981 and earned her B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in 1977, where she was elected to membership in the Pyrtanean Honor Society and the Order of the Golden Bear.
Mr. Heard has enjoyed a 50 plus year career in the aerospace industry with a variety of assignments and interests. Following five years with the Air Force, that included tours with Strategic Air Command and Air Force Systems Command, he joined the Boeing Company.
While with Boeing, Heard divided his efforts between engineering, marketing/business development, and program management. As a vice president, he directed the Tandem Rotors Programs (CH-46 and Ch-47), the Comanche Program (RAH-66) and served as the deputy program manager of the V-22 Osprey Joint Program Office. In total, he managed six multi-billion dollar Department of Defense programs for Boeing. Additionally, he was vice president of domestic and international marketing/business development for Boeing’s passenger, cargo and tanker military aircraft programs and was Boeing Aerospace’s senior executive in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Heard has also been a long time participant in space activities, particularly as they relate to transitioning the Kennedy Space Center to a multi user spaceport.
Mr. Heard has served on numerous cabinet level panels and commissions (including the Defense Science Board and the Commercial Space transportation Advisory Committee). He has been a frequent witness before both the U.S. Congress and foreign legislative bodies on the subjects of strategic deterrence, battlefield mobility, space exploration, and the role of technology in national defense and space policy. He continues to actively serve on a number of local, state and national boards and commissions associated with aerospace issues ranging from training and education to economic development.
A 1960 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Heard also holds advanced degrees in engineering and business management respectively from the University of Illinois and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow for 1975/1976. He is enjoying an encore career as an aerospace consultant working with clients from the public and private sectors on both aviation and space programs. He has just been awarded a life time achievement award by the National space Club.
Michael J. Partsch
Mr. Partsch, CEO of AcceleMed Management, Inc. has 24 years of experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and developing companies from start-up to exit, focusing on the life sciences industry. Over his decades of experience he has developed expertise in sourcing, founding, capitalizing and managing innovative medical device companies. Application areas include biopharmaceutical, and neuromodulation.
Mr. Partsch has founded or co-founded many companies including Neose Technologies – development of next-generation therapeutic proteins; HandyLab – fast and accurate detection of genetic disorders, cancers and a wide range of communicable diseases; Cervel (a.k.a NeoStim) – magnet based neurostimulation; and Nalu Medical, Inc – medical device start-up.
Mr. Partsch’s venture capital experience includes Accuitive Medical Ventures (AMV), which he co-founded and played a significant role in devising the fund’s investment strategy, raising $160M and deploying the capital in 10 investments. At Versant, he focused on medical device investing, and played significant roles in the investments in: IntraLase Corp (NASDAQ: ILSE), Glaukos, Confirma, Cameron Health, AcuFocus, NeoVista, Inogen and Second Sight. At EDF Ventures he served as interim CFO of IntraLase, Corp (NASDAQ: ILSE) and founded HandyLab, Inc., which was acquired by Becton Dickenson for $275 million.
His professional accomplishments include selection as a Kauffman Fellow, which is a prestigious two-year, post-graduate fellowship in venture capital, co-development and instruction at the James R. Swarz Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, a two- week boot camp for entrepreneurial MBA students at Carnegie Mellon University, and an independent board member for MyoScience (Menlo Park, CA).
He received a dual major Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Philosophy of Science with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University with dual concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Mining, Water & Environment
Mr. Zolezzi is a visionary leader and life-long innovator. His vision and implementations has created a new paradigm, redefining traditional thinking for applying innovation into high-impact solutions. Utilizing unconventional methodologies, Mr. Zolezzi has proven that advanced science and disruptive technologies can be applied, demonstrated, and accelerated to the marketplace in a number of energy, industrial process and environmental applications, achieving significant social and economic impact.
He is has been featured in such publications and media outlets as The Washington Post, Forbes, Reuters, Wired UK, and many others, related to some of his most notable global impact solutions, including his successful invention and validation of the Plasma Water Sanitation System (PWWS), a high impacting technology, which has the ability to provide clean drinking water to the over 2.5 billion people worldwide that do not have access to clean water.
Recipient of numerous honors and awards, Zolezzi accolades include: 2013 Fifth-Biennial International Design Innovation Recognition; 2012 AVONNI Distinction, Trajectory in Innovation Award; 2012 Design Distinction (Mayor University); 2012 SOCAP participation, San Francisco; 2012 Engineer Technological Innovation Award; 2011 Yuri Gagarin Medal Distinction, Russian Academy of Engineering Sciences; 2005 Technology Pioneer Award granted by Florida governor, Mr. Jeb Bush; Two-time nominee by American enterprises to the Santa Clara innovation award; Latin American Business Forum participation, Edinburgh University.
Mr. Zolezzi is a native of Chile, where he is Chief Innovation Officer of the Advanced Innovation Center (AIC), which he founded and currently leads a team of experts in physics, chemistry, nanoparticles, plasma and industrial design, solving some of the most complex and impacting problems known to man. AIC is collaboration amongst United States firms such AML Superconductivity and Magnetics and global alliances with Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, among others.