Phil Sheingold, President & CEO
Phil joined CRI in 2010 bringing 25 years of experience in Operations, Engineering, and Logistics for industry leaders. The majority of his leadership focused on food and beverage manufacturing for companies such as Frito-Lay, Gatorade, and Sensient Technologies Flavors and Fragrances, holding positions of Engineer through Plant Manager to Director of Operations. International experience and responsibilities includes Engineering and Operations for 16 facilities in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Phil was responsible for new plant construction, equipment design, capital improvements, and budget responsibilities exceeding $100 million. As Senior Vice President of Operations for Brightpoint – a leader in third party wireless value add and logistics, Phil managed a team over 600 responsible for Supply Chain in North America. He was also COO for Signcraft, a private company which leads the market in identity solutions, where he worked with the owner in acquiring several companies leading to significant company growth and market expansion. Phil is a continuing student in key systems and processes including Six Sigma, ISO, TQM, Lean manufacturing, and RFID technology having introduced it to Brightpoint. He was also one of the first HACCP Engineers for Frito-Lay and implemented changes through programs throughout the company. He is a Chemical Engineer by degree from Cal Poly University, a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and is active in the community and charitable concerns.
Kashif Qasim, Financial Controller
Finance and Information Systems are Kashif’s main areas of responsibility. He also manages Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for CRI. Kashif joined Catheter Research in 2009 with more than 17 years of diversified experience in fields of Finance and Information Technology at various levels from consulting to senior management. He started his career as an accountant in 1996 with BOC Group, UK (now Linde Group) that specializes in producing medical devices. Kashif advanced his career by managing several SAP implementation projects worldwide. Later he worked with a consulting firm where he managed several projects in IT infrastructure, IS applications, Oracle Siebel CRM, and Change Management; from conceptualization to deployment. He also held various senior positions in finance and is experienced with maintaining and managing accounting, finance, and treasury operations. He has helped organizations in business acquisitions and systems integrations. He holds MBA degree in Accounting & Finance and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He is also VMWare Certified Professional (VCP). He holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce. He holds several certificates of merit for special education.
Babacar Diouf, VP Regulatory Affairs & Quality Systems
A native of Senegal, Babacar speaks four languages to go along with his degree in Geological Engineering from The Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal. Before moving to the United States, Babacar worked in the mining industry in Africa as a field geologist with AngloGold Ashanti with his main focus in geochemical exploration. Before joining CRI in early 2005 as a quality engineer, he spent four years in quality assurance with Autoliv ASP, a leader in automotive safety products. Babacar has received additional training in US 21 CFR, ISO and GHTF standards, European MDD, Canadian-MDR, Risk Management, Biological Evaluation and Sterilization of health care products, and Contamination Monitoring - Environmental Control. Babacar is a certified ISO13485:2003 Auditor, an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor, and an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer. Babacar is a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS). Babacar holds a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University.
Mike Andrus, VP Sales & Marketing
Mike joined CRI in 2012 for the Thomas Medical Division. He has 30 years of leadership and experience in the medical device, medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical and laboratory capital equipment marketplace. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Marketing and Industrial Management. Mike spent 20 years with Bayer HealthCare in progressive positions of responsibility in sales & marketing in both the domestic and international markets. During his tenure he was twice awarded sales representative and manager of the year as well as marketing manager of the year. Next, Mike joined Roche Diabetes Care where he lead their Insulin Delivery Systems sales & clinical team focusing on insulin pump therapy for patients with type 1 diabetes. Mike also lead the North American sales & contracting initiatives for Helmer Scientific, where he managed the inside & field sales teams as well independent distributors and manufacturing representatives. Mike brings solid industry and organizational experience, strategy design and tactical execution while pursing excellence and customer/patient satisfaction.
Gary T. Cerasale, Operations / Extrusion Manager
Gary comes to CRI with nearly 30 years of aerospace, electronic component, medical device & industrial equipment manufacturing experience. His extensive background includes Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma quality techniques, and manufacturing engineering, as well as proven leadership skills and a commitment to team building, problem solving, and process improvement. While working for Bendix Corporation and Allison Gas Turbine (Div. of GM), he was heavily involved with the development and implementation of cellular & FMS manufacturing systems and was very instrumental with new system and equipment start-ups. In his previous position as Director of Quality for Peerless Pump, Gary was responsible for implementing an ISO-certified quality system across multiple plant locations, and completed a successful initiative to obtain CE marking for various products. He also established the company's Six Sigma program. As General Manager for Peerless Pump, he was responsible for test facilities and manufacturing systems upgrade programs that improved quality and increased production throughput. Gary has a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management from GMI Engineering & Management Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology & Industrial Arts from Central Connecticut State College. He also has Six Sigma Champion and Black Belt certificates from the American Society for Quality (ASQ); a Diploma in General Management from Ashridge Management College (Berkhamstead, England); and Lean and Plant-Site Leadership certificates from the University of Tennessee.
Jeremy Slate, Engineering Manager
Jeremy joined CRI in 2013 with 17 years of experience in Engineering focused in medical device manufacturing. He was most recently the Engineering Manager at Hologic. Jeremy has also held various roles at Helmer Scientific and Regin Manufacturing. Jeremy has led projects ranging from new concepts thru manufacturing transfers. These experiences has led to diverse qualifications in product design, project management, personnel management, design control, change control and regulatory compliance for ISO, FDA and international safety approval. Jeremy has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Beckie Zachary, Purchasing Manager
Beckie Zachary recently joined CRI and brings extensive experience in supply chain management in the medical device industry and FDA regulated environments. Before joining CRI, Beckie held procurement positions at Alcoa Closure Systems, Unisys Corporation, TriVirix, Raytheon and most recently at Beckman Coulter. She has been involved in numerous plant start-ups and operations transfers. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager, a Certified Quality Auditor in ISO-13485 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA.
Byron Sanders, Quality Assurance Manager
Byron received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a focus in instrumentation and a minor in Electrical Engineering. Byron started his career at Boston Scientific as a Validation Engineer, and performed gap assessments on previous validations, completed new process validations and implemented process improvements, to aid with in lifting an FDA warning letter. He transitioned to the position of Quality Engineer to support manufacturing and gained experience investigating non-conformances, implementing corrective actions, and driving process improvements and design changes. He later took a position at Terumo Cardiovascular System where he helped develop and implement new quality system documentation related to design controls for medical device software development. Byron joined CRI in 2013 as Quality Assurance Manager where he leads the department supporting quality and regulatory requirements.
Carolyn Dowd, Accounting and HR Manager
Carolyn came to CRI with 18 years of experience in administrative, financial and human resources management in the medical device manufacturing industry. Her experience includes manufacturing cost accounting, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis, and audit and tax compliance, along with extensive acquisition due diligence. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Indianapolis.
Jamie Meinert, Key Account Manager
Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management (TCEM) from Indiana University with a focus in health/medical events. While pursuing her degree, Jamie worked at Best Buy specializing in retail sales, customer service, and supervision before advancing to district management support roles. She joined CRI in April 2009 and held Administrative Specialist and Sales Coordinator positions. In 2013, she was promoted to Key Account Manager to manage Key Contract Manufacturing customers, assist with new marketing initiatives including tradeshow presence, and develop new business opportunities.
Chris Ross, Senior Design Engineer
Chris joined CRI in 2002. He has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. During his college years, he participated in a two year co-op with Union Carbide Corporation in their battery division. This blend of on-the-job experience while earning his degree strengthened his skills in Mechanical Engineering concepts and intensified his learning experience at Purdue. Following graduation, Chris accepted a position with Onkyo America. He traveled to their corporate facility in Japan to learn about work cell optimization. He responsibilities included fixture design, technical troubleshooting, new product introduction and new equipment specification and installation. Chris now supports CRI in all of these roles, including design and development for medical devices. His strong background and experience has resulted in excellence in mechanical engineering concepts.
Kevin A. Mauser, Biomedical Design Engineer
Kevin joined CRI in 2012 as a Biomedical Design Engineer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), with a depth area in implantable devices and instrumentation. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he served as the lead program coordinator for the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) workshop program used in the Department of Chemistry at IUPUI. He developed, implemented, and managed an online interactive version, known as cyber-PLTL (cPLTL), and published an article on this work. Kevin graduated in 2009 and continued on under the guidance of Dr. Ken Yoshida towards a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on bioelectronics and instrumentation. Kevin joined 3DT Holdings as a Development Engineer in 2010 where he worked on the design, development, and implementation of guidewire impedance measurement technology for peripheral and coronary diagnostics. In 2012, Kevin completed and published his thesis (confidential until 2014) and received his Master of Science in BME. With his background in Biomedical Engineering and mix of IT, leadership, collaborative, and development experiences Kevin is responsible for new design and development projects at CRI.
Nathaniel Skinner, Quality Engineer
Nathaniel joined the team at CRI in 2013. He came to CRI with 5 years of experience in the medical device industry, including independent contract work for Tornier Orthopedics, and research and development activities for small companies such as EnHatch Orthopedics and Moximed Inc.. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, concentrating in biomechanics and rehabilitation technologies. In this role, he aids in the development and operation of CRI’s quality assurance system.
Shawn Fetz, Quality Engineer
Shawn joined CRI with 20 years of experience in manufacturing, quality and logistics. He received a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Technology from Purdue University and went to work for Ingersoll-Rand, now Allegion in Indianapolis. Shawn supported many departments and helped with ISO certification, Lean Six Sigma projects and lead many capital improvement and kaizen projects. Most recently he spent 7 years with Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers leading and supporting production and leading quality and engineering projects.
Brian Bading, Manufacturing Engineer
Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a depth area in bioinstrumentation. His classes focused in electrical computer engineering for analog and digital circuit design, Cad/CAM, and FEA theory and applications. Through various projects, he gained experience in PLC, microcontroller programming and implementation, and filing for a provisional patent. Brian worked as mechanic throughout college and started his professional career at CRI in 2013 as Biomedical Engineer. At CRI he is well-rounded on engineering projects within extrusion, facilities, and current and new production lines.
Andy Beard, Manufacturing Engineer
Andy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Ball State University and later his Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Andy joined CRI in 2013 with a diverse background in various industries including automotive, consumer packaging, and medical devices where he focused on injection molding and assembly processes. With this diverse experience, Andy is responsible for fixture design, technical trouble shooting, new product introduction, and new equipment specification and installation.
Paul Roberts, Manufacturing Engineer
Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University. He started his career in the automotive industry at KYB Manufacturing as a Production Engineer. He continued his career path in the medical device industry with Boston Scientific from 2009-2013, first as Manufacturing Tech IV before advancing to Manufacturing Engineer. Paul joined CRI in 2013, bringing his diverse engineering background and experience to support current production and to set up new production lines. His responsibilities include troubleshooting technical issues, designing fixtures, creating equipment specifications, installation, and continuous improvement.