Our Team

William L. Miller – CEO

Mr. Miller previously served as CEO of AlBiotech, providing drug discovery and diagnostic development organizations a broad range of laboratory services. Mr. Miller joined Bostwick Laboratories, a national anatomic and clinical pathology laboratory, as the laboratory manager for Phoenix, AZ, and was later promoted to COO. Prior to joining Bostwick Laboratories, Mr. Miller’s work experience included time with the Banner Healthcare System and the John C. Lincoln Hospital Network. Mr. Miller also spent time in the United States Air Force in both Minot, ND and San Antonio, TX.

Mr. Miller holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. He was born in Huntington Beach, California and raised in Ecuador, South America, attending high school in Tempe, AZ.

Mr. Miller also worked as a part-time instructor at Phoenix College in the health and science department.

Matthew J. Beckman – Senior Scientist

Dr. Beckman was previously a member of the faculty of the Department of Molecular Biochemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he led a research team in the area of bone biology and regeneration and directed the molecular division of the VCU Orthopedic Research Laboratory. Dr. Beckman has published over 40 articles, manuscripts, and reviews and is currently a leading expert in the area of Personalized Medicine for next-generation DNA sequencing and heredity genomics, with a focus on targeted therapeutics in pain, cardiac, and medication management. Dr. Beckman also serves as acting Laboratory Supervisor in the CLIA and CAP accredited clinical lab at GENETWORx, that supports state of the art gene testing technology.

Dr. Beckman holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Steubenville in Ohio. He received his PhD degree in Nutritional Physiology with an emphasis in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Iowa State University. His postdoctoral training was in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied the molecular mechanism of action of Vitamin D and metabolism of Vitamin D via P450 enzyme systems.

Stacey Blankenship – Consultant Pharmacist

Mrs. Blankenship is a Registered Pharmacist, serving the Richmond, Virginia area for over 15 years. Her career history includes 10 years as a Pharmacist for CVS/Caremark. She began as a store pharmacist and eventually took over the role as Pharmacist in Charge. While there she developed an immunization program by being one of the first Pharmacists to become immunization certified and initiating flu clinics in over 20 stores in her region. She also has served as a managed care pharmacist for Express Scripts where she ensured prescription accuracy by performing drug utilization review, evaluated drug-drug interactions, dose evaluation, and therapy duplication.Mrs. Blankenship received her Pharm.D. from the Medical College of Virginia (M.C.V.) School of Pharmacy.

Sarah Jacobs-Helber, PhD, HCLD (ABB), Chief Laboratory Officer

Sarah Jacobs-Helber has more than 20 years of experience in laboratory management and molecular testing and brings considerable expertise to GENETWORx’s Laboratory. Dr. Jacobs-Helber joined GENETWORx in 2013 as the Laboratory Director of the high-complexity clinical laboratory and now serves as the Chief Laboratory Officer. Prior to her position at GENETWORx, she served as the Clinical Director of American International Biotechnology (AIBiotech) in Richmond, VA. Dr. Jacobs-Helber received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and her PhD in Microbiology/Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond VA. Her post-doctoral research included time at the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology at the Medical College of Virginia. She holds board certification as a High-Complexity Lab Director (HCLD) from the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) and also holds a Certificate of Qualification as the Director for Molecular Genetics and Parentage testing from the New York State Department of Health. She is the first author on numerous scientific articles published in high-impact journals.

Damon Faulkner – VP of Sales and Marketing

Damon Faulkner has worked in the Diagnostics, Medical Device and Biologics field for over 25 years and has managed sales teams in those fields for 20 years. He has managed sales teams for Smith+Nephew, Orthovita, Organogenesis as well as sales reps with his own distributorship. Damon brings a track record of successful new product/service campaign launches regionally and nationwide as well as building distribution channels for those launches.

Charnetta Williams – Director of Operations

Mrs. Williams has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with an emphasis in customer service, training and quality assurance settings. Mrs. Williams joined Bostwick Laboratories, a national anatomic and clinical pathology laboratory, as the Laboratory Reporting and Processing Manager and was later promoted to Medical Records Manager, Insurance Research Manager, Missing Information Manager, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager, and lastly Logistics Manager. Prior to joining Bostwick Laboratories, Mrs. Williams’ work experience included time with CyMed, Inc, a medical transcription company where she was the Office Manager.

Mrs. Williams received her Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from ECPI in Richmond, VA. She was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Powhatan, VA.

Lori Downum – Clinical Laboratory Manager

Lori Downum joined GENETWORx in March 6, 2017 as the Clinical Laboratory Manager.
Mrs. Downum graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and a minor in Administration of Judicial Procedure. She has been registered and certified with The American Society of Clinical Pathologist as a Medical Technologist since 1992. Mrs. Downum obtained her Specialty in Immunology certification in 2004.From 1992 to 2000, Mrs. Downum worked at the Medical College of Virginia, serving as a Medical Technologist until 1994 when she was promoted to a Senior Medical Technologist for the Microbiology, Immunology, Virology and Flow Cytometry Departments.

In 2000, Mrs. Downum was promoted to Supervisor of the Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, and Flow Cytometry Departments at MCV. As MCV is an educational institution, Mrs. Downum was responsible for teaching medical residents and MT students in addition to overseeing all aspects of patient testing, personnel issues, fiscal responsibility, and regulatory compliance.

Lori Downum joined Bostwick Laboratory in 2006 as the Chemistry Supervisor, was promoted to Laboratory Manager in 2007 and promoted to Chief Laboratory Officer for the Clinical Laboratory in March of 2009 until her departure in December 2013.

Lori Downum joined the staff at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Virginia in February 2014. She worked to develop regulatory compliance, training, competency, CE and assisted with other needs of the clinical laboratory.

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