John F. Lewis, Jr.
President & CEO
John F. Lewis, Jr., is a 4th generation Ohioan, his family tracing Ohio roots to the mid 1800s. He is a licensed attorney with experience in international business, venture capital investments and economic development. John is an outspoken advocate for industry led, market facing academic/industry collaborations. During the last 16+ years with BioOhio, John has helped raise nearly $1 billion for Ohio bioscience entities. He was a founding partner of the First Fifty Fund and Ohio TechAngel Fund both based in Columbus. John has more than 18 years international experience, lived in Jamaica, Korea and China, the latter two with Perkin Elmer, while traveling to more than 42 others. John is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University and Capital University Law School.
Manager, Member Services & Events
Jen manages BioOhio membership activities and benefits, including recruitment, cost-savings programs, and member-to-member connections. She also plans, coordinates and executes BioOhio events. Born and raised in Ohio, Jen attended Bowling Green State University and completed her interpersonal communications degree with an internship at Walt Disney World. She spent some time in Tallahassee, Florida working as a blood drive coordinator for the local blood center and then as a stewardship program and events director at Florida State University Foundation before returning to Ohio. Jen is also a singer, songwriter, and banjo player for her folkgrass jam band, The Goldsberrys. Originally formed as a duo with her husband, the 4-piece band released their debut album in 2017 (listen here). Learn more about the group and check out their upcoming gigs on Facebook.
Manager, Projects & Content
Drew was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in East Asian Studies, minoring in Physics. Drew assists members with B2B connections, industry statistics, resource searches, and promotion of member news & events. Drew manages BioOhio.com and tracks industry metrics presented in the Ohio Bioscience Growth Report. He joined BioOhio just as the Ohio Bioscience Resource Directory was being redeveloped, and continues to work on expanding and updating this valuable tool. Prior to BioOhio, Drew taught English as well as operated his own tutoring business for K-12 students. Drew is a music buff, fan of manual transmissions, and a strong proponent of experiential learning.
Meeting and Event Planner
Scott Clay has been in the hospitality and events industry for over fifteen years in every capacity possible, from universities, restaurants, and catering companies, to convention centers and his own entrepreneurial venture. Joining BioOhio in 2018, Scott is thrilled to find his new home with the BioOhio team. He looks forward to learning more about the bioscience industry and working with BioOhio members. When not creating fabulous BioOhio events, Scott is an active member of Central Ohio’s theater community, having the honor of working with some of the most talented artists this city has to offer. In addition, Scott operates his own micro-cakery, Scott’s Sugar Shack, specializing in large carved cakes, unique flavor pairings, and intricate designs. Scott holds a degree in Business from Franklin University, and Fine Arts from The Ohio State University.
Member Services & Events Associate
Lauren’s position at BioOhio involves coordinating events, providing member services, supporting digital marketing and promoting member organizations, and assisting with projects such as the Ohio Bioscience Growth Report. A 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Materials Science & Engineering with a focus on Biomaterials, Lauren utilizes her education and experience to support BioOhio’s members and the organization’s activities. Born and raised in Strongsville, Ohio, Lauren is an avid fan of Cleveland sports, coffee, and hiking.
Member Services & Business Development Intern
Olivia is an Ohio State University Fisher College of Business student, specializing in Finance with a minor in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness. Olivia is excited to spend her summer at BioOhio delving into the bioscience industry and getting to know BioOhio members through her work with member outreach, assistance with event planning, special projects, and contact management. A Cleveland native, Olivia loves traveling, exploring new places, and running. Having grown up with dogs and horses, she frequently volunteers at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and enjoys going back to Cleveland on the weekends to take a ride on her horse.
Manager, Southwest Ohio Bioscience Education Consortium
BioOhio Workforce & Education Consultant
Jamie Allison is a dedicated, high school science teacher with more than 32 years’ experience. He is known for his passion for teaching and facilitating a high energy, hands-on learning environment. Jamie is currently teaching Biotechnology at Loveland High School in southwest Ohio. Prior to teaching at Loveland, Jamie taught at Lockland HS, Fairfield HS and McArthur HS. Jamie has been actively engaged with educational policy, curriculum development, and science-related advocacy for many years. His work teachers and state/local government organizations led to the founding of the Southwest Ohio Bioscience Education Consortium (SWOBEC), with members from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. Now working with BioOhio as the organizations’ education consultant, Jamie is seeking to grow this network statewide. Jamie holds a Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Evansville.
Liz Powell, Esq., MPH
BioOhio Government Relations Consultant
Liz is the founder of G2G and an attorney with 20 years government experience, including serving as Legislative Director in Congress. She leads a team of bipartisan professionals based in Columbus, Cleveland and D.C. that has raised over $159M since 2007. G2G has also run advocacy campaigns; written legislation; provided access to DoD, DHS, HHS, CMS, OSTP and other federal departments; shaped CMS reimbursement rates and regulations; and led lobbying efforts in the Statehouse. G2G’s niche is working with bioscience startup and growing businesses and non-profits.