Daniel J. Llerena
Chief Financial Officer Daniel Llerena is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Forward Science. Prior to being named CFO, he served as the Vice President of Finance upon joining the company in 2016. Daniel received his Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of Florida and has over 10 years of experience in public accounting, during which time he worked at the “Big 4” accounting firms, specializing in the healthcare industry. In addition to his finance and accounting duties, Daniel’s responsibilities at Forward Science include human resources oversight and strategic sales; as well as, assisting the engineering team on research and development projects. His well-rounded skillset and overall approach to business has been a key asset to Forward Science’s growth and advancement.
of Business Development Jason is an experienced, mature leader with a proven record in the healthcare market. He has held numerous sales and leadership positions in the medical device field. Jason was Regional Biologics Manager for Medtronic, the largest medical device company in the world. He was the Senior Area Sales Manager for Bioventus Surgical, a global leader in orthobiologics. He was also Director of Sales for Trimira, LLC, a privately held global medical diagnostic device and imaging company. Other past positions include: Area VP, Southwest for Keystone Dental, Inc. and Regional Sales Director, Southwest for Straumann USA where he earned the “Blue Vase” award presented to the #1 manager in the company. Jason attended Oklahoma State University and Sam Houston State University, receiving the BBA in Accounting. He also successfully completed the Executive Program in Strategic Sales Management from The University of Chicago/Booth School of Business.
Development & Manufacturing Jeremy Poirier currently serves as the Director of Development & Manufacturing at Forward Science, where he is heavily involved in the product manufacturing and development process. He studied network technology at South Louisiana Community College and has more than nine years of experience in manufacturing and operations environments. Jeremy worked as Production Manager and a Manufacturing Technician at Forward Science prior to being promoted to his current role. Before joining Forward Science, Jeremy held multiple manufacturing and production positions at Schlumberger, BOSS, and MASCO. His hands-on approach has built a solid and reliable manufacturing and production team.
Director of Training & Education Ellen Myers is the Director of Training and Education at Forward Science, where she provides ongoing clinical training and support to our current and potential partners, as well as our sales team. Ellen spearheads the development of clinical education programs and continuing education on early discovery of oral cancer and oral health concerns related to cancer treatment side effects. Ellen received her Bachelor’s Degree in dental hygiene from the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. Prior to joining the Forward Science team, she has spent more than a decade working clinically as a Registered Dental Hygienist in both the Houston and Dallas metro areas. With a passion for preventive care and both patient and clinician education, Ellen joined the Forward Science team to make a global impact.
Operations & Talent Development Marcus Wilkins is the Director of Operations and Talent Development. He focuses on the continual improvement of the processes and procedures that will allow Forward Science to continually grow to meet the needs of customers and partners. Marcus leads the efforts to recruit and retain diverse top tier talent throughout all by leading and developing engaging programs and activities. Marcus received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a CPMP of the Project Management Institute and President of the Greater Houston Manufacturers Association. Prior to joining Forward Science, Marcus held manufacturing and people engagement roles at Atec, Inc., HCSS, and The Greater Houston Partnership. Marcus has over 20 years of professional experience starting with a career in the National Football League. He now works to continue Forward Science's mission of saving and improving lives.
Naomi Bier, PhD
Research and Development Manager Naomi currently serves as the Research and Development Manager at Forward Science, leading the team in development of science-based products with clinical impact. She and her team work together to use rational design and implementation to perform the necessary research and to develop products with high safety and efficacy standards. Naomi earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. Prior to microbiology, Naomi spent time working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology studying elemental composition of solid materials and chemical measurement science. Naomi seeks to use her extensive research experience to develop products with real clinical impact to improve lives alongside the rest of the Forward Science Team.
Director of Sales Jessica Holscher is currently serving as the Director of Sales for Forward Science. Jessica oversees all sales operations, focusing on advancing our sales success by designing plans to drive sales efforts, leading and motivating team members to exceed goals, establishing and assessing marketing strategies, and building and maintaining strong business relationships with clients nationwide. Jessica develops key growth sales strategies and implements action plans while working closely with other leaders to expand our product lines in order to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological and Psychological Sciences from the University of Missouri and has extensive experience in business-to-business sales. Originally joining Forward Science as our District Sales Manager, subsequently advancing into the Director of Strategic Sales role, and now spearheading sales efforts as Director of Sales, Jessica has propelled our sales efforts in her previous and current roles. With an innovative growth plan and a desire to exceed customer expectations, Jessica has dedicated herself to continue moving science forward.