Maurice Cabirac, B.A.
Co-Founder & Board Member
“Live life with passion!”
Maurice was a Project Manager in the Mechanical Contracting field for 40 years. He has been working as President of Audubon Bioscience Co for the last four years. He functions as the primary advisor to the CEO for all business-related operations.
Rostyslav Semikov, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer & Board Member
"Rescue those being led away to death”
Dr. Rostyslav Semikov is a former practicing medical doctor with over eight years of experience in the procurement of biological samples for research use. His education includes a Master of Science in Global Health Science from Oxford University (UK) and a Medical Doctor from Zaporozhye State Medical University (Ukraine). His previous work experience includes general medical practice, public health management, international healthcare affairs, and head of development at European biobanking CRO. He is well-versed in all aspects of prospective procurement projects and serves as the authority on feasibility for all Audubon Bioscience projects. Dr. Semikov is leading the company’s expansion into different countries by finding country managers, training, and advising on project execution.
Marie Cabirac, B.A.
Sr. Finance Consultant, Co-Founder & Board Member
“Be yourself everyone else is taken.”
Marie retired after working 41 years for McDonough Marine Service in various positions over the years related to the business’s finances. She currently oversees the financial aspect of Audubon Bioscience Co. activities.
Alla Semikova, M.D.
Co-founder and Board Member
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Dr. Alla Semikova is a co-founder and Board Member of Audubon Bioscience. She graduated from Voronezh State Medical University named after N.N. Burdenko in Voronezh, Russia with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree and attended residency there. She then moved to Kyiv, Ukraine, where she specialized in therapeutic dentistry at the Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education. In 2016-2018 Alla worked as a general dentist at “Stomatology 24h” and “Smile Studio” dental clinics, then in 2018-2020 as a periodontist at “ESTE-line” dental clinic.
Erik Uribe, M.B.A.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” - Pablo Picasso
Erik has 10+ years of experience working in biospecimen procurement prior to joining Audubon, holding leadership roles in both business development and technology. In his role at Audubon he will focus on improving the experience for our clients and expanding the number of researchers we support. Erik holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama - Huntsville where his research focus was supply chain optimization.
Ivan Mykhalchuk, M.A.
Chief Operating Officer
“A life spent helping others is a life filled with purpose."
Ivan Mykhalchuk holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the National University of Ostroh Academy (Ukraine) and is an alumni (2001-2002) of FLEX program (USA). He practiced for more than 13 years in a top-tier law firm and the biggest investment company in Ukraine, focusing on transactions, M&A, finance, and healthcare. Mr. Mykhalchuk joined Audubon Bioscience as a General Counsel where he oversaw the business’s legal matters and provided legal guidance to the upper management. From 2023 he obtains the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Andriy Shekhovtsov, M.B.A.
Board Member, Revenue Strategy Consultant
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Andriy has 20+ years of experience in managing brand and marketing strategy at companies from various industries (IT, Teleco, Mobile, Digital Media, and E-commerce, among others). He focused on marketing-driven, brand centered, creative strategies that aim at market leadership and provide long-term business capitalization. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Microeconomics from the University of Trade and Economics (L’viv, Ukraine) and an MBA degree from Maine Business School (Orono, USA). Andriy is helping Audubon to develop and implement a client-centric, service-oriented revenue management strategy to maximize value to all the stakeholders.
Elena Serdyukova, M.S.
Chief Procurement Officer
"The knowledge and insights to uncover opportunities and the commitment to see them through."
Elena Serdyukova has 20+ years of experience in accounting and corporate finance. She started her career in the transport sector and has been working in medical research companies since 2011. Elena joined the Audubon team in March 2019.
Trinh Nguyen, M.B.A.
“Without changing our patterns of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems that we created with our current patterns of thought.” - Albert Einstein
Trinh has many years of valuable experience in quality management at companies such as Baylor Genetics and Baylor College of Medicine. While at Baylor Genetics she played an important role in securing CLIA certification for a company branch in Japan. Trinh holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Houston and also an MBA from the same university as well as ASQ certification in Six Sigma Green Belt.
Alexandra Giardina, M.S.
Senior Operations Director
“You’re never too successful to better yourself or diversify your skillset.”
Alexandra Giardina graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences and Minor in Chemistry. She has 4 years of experience in neurosignaling physiology research and 8 years of experience in cancer research and clinical application of biobanking. She also has 8 years of biorepository management experience with a focus on fresh tissue procurement. Alex's main interests are in tumor morphology, etiology and pathogenesis within different demographic populations. She received a Master's degree in Anatomic Pathology from Tulane University School of Medicine and also practices as a Pathologists' Assistant. Her intent is to foster more efficient collaborations between researchers, surgeons and pathologists. She currently leads the operation of Audubon Bio’s New Orleans office in the United States.
Anastasiia Popova, M.S.
Project Management Director
“Helping People + Your Talent = Life’s Purpose"
Anastasiia Popova has more than five years of experience in the research setting. She has a BA in Psychology from LCC International University and an MSc in Brain Imaging from the University of Nottingham. She has received testimony to her interpersonal communication skills and organizational skills, collaborating effectively with investigators, researchers, and clinicians. Through training and education, she has become well-versed in coordinating and conducting brain imaging and behavioral studies while also managing complex data. As a Project Management Director at Audubon Bioscience, she strives to utilize her skills to contribute to the worldwide research aimed at better health and wellbeing solutions.
Sergiy Inozemtsev, M.A.
“Vivere est cogitare / To live is to cognize”
M.A. in Enterprise Economics, Sergiy has over 17 years of experience in a variety of Finance pillars. Starting as an Accountant he achieved further regular promotions holding different roles with increasing responsibilities including Reporting, Budgeting, Controlling, Analysis, and Strategic Finance Management in industry-leading companies such as Novartis Pharma, Nestlé, and Procter & Gamble. He enabled plenty of essential projects including a number of efficiency initiatives, ERP system implementation, Process Automations, Reporting Transformation, New Product Launches, Risk Mitigations, Capital Investments, Strategic Benchmarking, and others. His inspiration is to make big things happen by leading and serving people.
Olena Radko, M.A.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
Olena has 12+ years of experience and before joining Audubon Bioscience worked at top-tier Ukrainian law firms advising both international and local clients and leading a group of lawyers. Olena holds a Masters’ Degree in Law from the National University of Ostroh Academy (Ukraine). Olena focuses on M&A, corporate and commercial law, and also has an extensive experience in structuring and supporting various cross-border transactions. Since 2021, Olena has been listed in the Best Lawyers Directory as a recognized expert in Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Ukraine and was recommended lawyer in commercial, corporate and M&A, The Legal 500: EMEA 2021.
Oleg Kokhanenko, M.D.
Georgia Country Manager
“If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.”
Dr. Oleg Kokhanenko received his Medical Doctor degree from Zaporozhye State Medical University (Ukraine). He practiced as a neurological intensive care physician at the city stroke center and taught at the department of Zaporozhye State Medical University about nervous diseases. In 2014 Dr. Kokhanenko moved to Georgia to work on shock wave therapy and became a representative of the Swiss enterprise, Storz Medical, in the Caucasus. Since 2016, he has led and strengthened Audubon Bio’s presence in the Caucasus region (countries of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan). Since 2019 he has directed the CSD-Georgia pathomorphological laboratory, which significantly contributes to increasing the quality of diagnostics for patients and collection of biological samples for research purposes.
Gergana Frateva, M.Ph.
Bulgaria Country Manager
“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
Gergana Frateva is a master of science in Pharmaceuticals, graduated from the Medical University in Sofia in 2008. She has more than 14 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry in large multinational companies. Gergana has broad experience in different marketing and sales roles, including international assignments and more than 8 years as a country manager. Gergana sets up an Audubon Bioscience country operation in Bulgaria for business implementation and coordination of its projects. Her main responsibilities include managing clinical trials and collecting biobanking study data through the company’s strategic direction and goals.
Inessa Hovhannisyan, M.B.A.
Armenia Country Manager
"If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small"
Inessa has 16 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a country manager of different international pharmaceutical companies in Armenia. She was responsible for the organisation of all aspects of the business operation; maintaining the Employer’s policies and procedures, promotion of the products in the market. Inessa provided the Sales and Marketing Team of the affiliate with the leadership and direction to achieve sales, local margin and market share goals, future direction for new products and business opportunities. Inessa also provided all types of county forecasting and reporting. Inessa graduated from Yerevan State Medical University in 1999, then continued her study in Mediterranean University of Marcel, France and Loma LInda University, California, USA dental schools. She also has a Master Degree in Business Administration. Inessa joined Audubon in 2021 and is responsible for company operations in Armenia.
Ariadna Avram, M.S.
Romania Country Manager
"Optimism is the faith that leads to great achievements. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence".
Ariadna Avram has a Master degree in Environmental Geological Engineering, a Bachelor’s in Geology and Geophysics. She has more than 13 years of experience as a research and development manager, including 11 years on clinical research trials on oncology, urology, gastroenterology, dermatology, hematology, cardiology, diabetology. Ariadna joined Audubon in 2022 and carries responsibility for the company's operations in Romania.
Emily Hubbard, B.S.
US Operations Director
Emily has worked in Life Sciences for 20 years. Her career began in molecular biology. She moved quickly from the lab into management of Technical and Customer Support and Sales for companies such as Research Genetics, Invitrogen/Life Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Emily shifted into clinical research in 2012 working with sites worldwide to execute observational clinical studies. She is located in Huntsville, AL and proud to be part of the US Operations Team.
Tatiana Ogienko, M.D.
“None of us knows as much as all of us."
Dr. Ogienko graduated from National O.Bogomolets Medical University (Kyiv, Ukraine) and has been practicing medicine for nine years while continuing her clinical career. She held a pediatrician position in the National Specialised Pediatric Hospital OHMATDET and worked as a medical translator. Tatiana joined Audubon Bioscience as a Project Manager in 2020. She is confident that research will help current clinical challenges. Her field of interests include pediatrics and evidence-based medicine.
Alona Bunchak, B.A.
“It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together."
Alona Bunchak studied general psychology at Middlesex Community College at Bedford (MA). She has five years of experience as a project manager in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2019, Alona joined Dr. Valikhnovski Surgery Institute in Kiev Ukraine as an International Customer Director. In 2020 Alona Bunchak joined Audubon Bioscience as Project Manager.
Inna Voievoda, M.S.
“Do the best you can do."
Inna has six years of working experience in the Supply Chain and Customer Service Departments in Syngenta LLC. (Crop Protection & Seeds business). She worked as a Customer Service Specialist, providing high-quality service to the company’s distributors. Later on, she worked as a Country Supply Planner, supporting budgeted sales plan performance by effectively replenishing and supplying Crop Protection goods. Inna has a Master’s degree in International economics from Zaporizhzhya Classic Private University. In 2018, she completed the standalone module Supply Chain Strategy at the University of Warwick, UK. Inna joined Audubon Bioscience in 2020 as a Project Manager.
Marina Nevryueva, M.A.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Marina Nevryueva graduated from Togliatti State University (Russia) with a Master’s of Arts in Philology followed by a Postgraduate Study at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. She has extensive experience in logistics and clinical data analysis with three years as a lab technician and 9 years as a Research Sites Coordinator. She is a University of Michigan trained medical Interpreter and is fluent in three languages. Her passions are running, travel and photography.
Alla Semenova, M.S.
"Live your life, live your work"
Alla Semenova has a Master`s degree in Pharmacy from Lviv National Medical University (Ukraine). She has around 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical environment and more than 4 years in preclinical and clinical research professional support. When working as Sourcing and Procurement manager in clinical trials area for SanaClis CRO (Slovakia) and Coordinator on pre-clinical and clinical trials for Yuria-Pharm (Ukraine), Alla got a practice in: Contracts development, Projects coordination, Budget preparation, Customers&Vendors communication, collaboration with Regulatory Authorities, Supplies management. Alla Semenova joined Audubon Bioscience as Key Account Manager in 2021.
Brittany Chirinos, M.A.
Business Development Manager
"A life spent helping others is a life filled with purpose".
Brittany graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015. She then went on to earn her Master's in Public Health from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2017. She began working for the Louisiana Cancer Research Center in New Orleans, LA where she consented to patients and collected oncological biospecimens for cancer research. She now serves as a Business Development Manager at Audubon Bioscience, helping negotiate deals and drive business growth within the company.
Iryna Shutenko, B.A.
Business Development Manager
"Paths are made by walking"
Before joining Audubon Bioscience in 2022, Iryna acquired more than 5 years of professional experience in project, account, and international operations management with a primary focus on delivering services to a wide range of clients in the healthcare industry. In her previous role as a project manager at Audubon Bioscience, she oversaw requests and ongoing projects, ensuring effective and timely delivery of biospecimen solutions to our partners. In her new role as Business Development Manager, she oversees growth projects and helps drive business growth within Audubon. Iryna graduated from National Aviation University (Kyiv, Ukraine) with a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Affairs.
Bohdana Shkurupii, M.D.
Head of Feasibility and Optimization
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is a success.”
Bohdana Shkurupii received her Medical Degree in 2015 at the Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy. After graduating, she worked as a pathologist at Cherkasy Regional Hospital’s pathology department. Since 2018, she has been at the Department of Pathology at Bogomolets National Medical University. She joined Audubon in 2019 as a Pathologist and Biobank manager. Since 2020, she has acted as Audubon’s Senior Key Account Manager and in 2022 she was appointed Head of Feasibility and Optimization. Her general and oncological pathology knowledge helps her get a deeper understanding of researchers’ needs and coordinate their projects effectively.
Oleksandr Zalishchuk, B.A.
Senior Operations Project Manager
“Dream big. Start small. Begin now."
Oleksandr is responsible for managing a portfolio of key accounts and delivering client-focused solutions based on customer needs. He collects and communicates customer projects’ requirements to all necessary departments while providing updates and ensuring timely execution. Oleksandr holds a specialist degree in English and Philology from Kyiv National Linguistic University and gained customer service experience working as a senior manager at the after-sales department in GC “Dobrograd” and as a technical support representative at Nextiva Inc.
Halyna Chytaieva, M.D.
“Attention to detail.”
Halyna Chytaieva graduated from Bogomolets National Medical University (Kyiv, Ukraine) and completed a pathology internship. She has vast experience as a pathologist while also teaching in pathology and acting as laboratory staff within scientific projects. Dr. Chytaieva is also head of the statistics department in a Primary Medical Care City Center. In 2020, Halyna Chytaieva joined the Audubon Bioscience team as a Biobank Manager. She works with biobanking samples, checking patients’ databases or medical records, and verifying pathologic diagnosis.
Alexandru Marineac, M.A.
International Logistics Manager
“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come."
Alex has 6 years of experience in clinical trials’ logistics. His educational background builds upon an M.A. in Entrepreneurship & Business Management and multiple training courses in GCP, GCLP, and IATA regulations. Alex enjoys working in a multicultural environment, and he joined Audubon Bioscience in January 2021 as part of the Operation system, handling samples from the collection stage to their delivery.
Anna Vedmedenko, M.S.
Supply & Logistics Manager
“Do good work and be good to work with."
Anna Vedmedenko has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She worked as a research assistant in Guinti Psychometrics Ukraine and has experience in management, organization, coordination, and data collection from working in Neuroflex, a center for neuropsychological diagnostics. One of Anna’s main motivations is the feeling of being involved in something useful and meaningful. Anna became a part of Audubon’s team in 2020 as Supplies and Logistics Manager because of her alignment with Audubon’s mission and core values. She is responsible for managing supplies, developing and improving logistics processes, and coordinating equipment purchasing throughout Eurasia countries.
Natalia Sobetska-Koloda, B.A.
“80% of success is showing up” Woody Allen
Natalia holds a BA degree in Theology, and BA in English Linguistics, completed General psychology and Counseling studies in the United Kingdom and obtained HR certification from LvBS. She has extensive experience in sourcing and talent management working for an international recruitment agency and later on managing own executive search company. Before moving to HR and recruitment she was on the management team of a Ukrainian association that ran preventive programs for high school students in Kyiv. In 2021 she joined Audubon Bioscience as HR Business Partner.
Vasyl Kolyadintsev, M.S.
Operations Quality Manager
"For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned".
Vasyl graduated from Danylo Halytsky Medical University in Lviv, Ukraine in 2015. From 2015 to 2016, he completed an internship at the medical academy in Kyiv, and from 2016 to 2018, a clinical residency in Kyiv. He is the co-author of the monograph "Training and assessment of the competence of the staff of clinical diagnostic laboratories according to the requirements of international standards" and author of 4 articles in international publications. While studying at school and university, he was professionally fond of sports, archery, is the Champion of Europe, multiple Champion of Ukraine and multiple laureate of international competitions. During his studies at the academy, he took an active part in the public life of student activity and headed the Student Self-Government
Iryna Petsko, M.A.
"Do what you believe in and believe in what you do".
Iryna Petsko has over 11 years of legal experience. Most of them were dedicated to projects on humanitarian assistance to refugees, IDPs, and stateless individuals in Ukraine ensuring effective access to legal aid, health care, and social benefits to vulnerable populations. Iryna joined Audubon Bioscience in 2021 and legally supports the company’s business matters. Iryna Petsko holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the National University of Ostroh Academy.
Volodymyr Kravchenko, Ph.D.
"It's attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning." – Francis Atterbury
Volodymyr Kravchenko has over 11 years of legal experience. Volodymyr worked at the law firm where he was leading Immigration Law, Corporate & Business Support practices. He was advising foreign clients on various legal matters in Ukraine, including launching and conducting business activities, immigration questions, and regulatory compliance for nonprofit organizations. Volodymyr graduated from Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (Ukraine) with a Master’s degree in Law and also holds a Ph.D. degree in Law. At Audubon Bioscience Volodymyr Kravchenko is responsible for the Compliance & Ethics Program, and ensures the proper processing and protection of personal information.
Jennifer Cvitanovic, M.S.
"If it doesn’t challenge you, then it doesn’t change you".
Jennifer Cvitanovic graduated from the University of New Orleans (UNO) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences and a Minor in Chemistry. She also graduated from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO) with a Masters of Science in Human Genetics. She has over 15 years of experience in molecular genetics, data management, cancer research, and biobanking/biorepository management. Jennifer is most interested in translational research and encouraging bench to bedside projects. She currently leads the QA/QC operations of Audubon Bio’s New Orleans.
Haley Walters, M.S.
Clinical Partner Manager
“Dream big, be kind, work hard, and enjoy the journey.”
Haley Walters graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology and went on to earn her Master’s of Science degree in Anatomic Pathology. She is a certified Pathologists’ Assistant and has worked at some of America’’s leading cancer institutions. She has over 5 years of clinical research experience involving pharmaceutical, biological psychiatric, and central nervous system research. She now works with Audubon as a Clinical Partner Manager to manage all external samples sourcing efforts, including with biorepository vendors, academic institutions, private hospitals, and community oncology centers.
Melissa Occhi, B.S.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Melissa Occhi graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising. After college, she started a career in medical sales. Melissa has over 10 years experience in medical/pharmaceutical sales. She is currently the Project Coordinator for Audubon Bioscience New Orleans where she assists in case collections, data reporting and updating internal documents.