Our leadership team works relentlessly to ensure we uphold our commitment to help companies create products that make a difference in healthcare. Meet the team who drives our path towards growth and success as we continue to help make positive advancements in the medical device sector.

  • Dean Schauer
    Dean Schauer

    Chief Executive Officer & President

    Prior to Confluent Medical Technologies, Dean held several leadership positions within Accellent, a leader in the medical device contract manufacturing industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Accellent’s Cardiovascular Business. His prior roles include Executive Vice President of Operations and Engineering, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Customer Operations, Vice President of Engineering and Quality, Director of Program Management, and Engineering Manager. Dean also worked for 10 years outside the Medical Device Field in various positions including Application Engineering, Technology Development, Technical Management, and Global Engineering and Sales Management. Dean has a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from South Dakota Tech and is certified in Six Sigma methodology.

  • Tom Duerig
    Tom Duerig

    Chief Technology Officer & Founder

    In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Tom drives Confluent Medical Technologies to continually seek and improve technologies that enable the creation of innovative medical devices. Tom founded NDC in 1991, served as the company’s CEO through its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 1997, and resumed that role after the company’s spinout from Johnson & Johnson in 2008. While at Johnson & Johnson, Tom was instrumental in the development of the SMART stent line of products, the TrapEase filter, and several other products within the company’s Cordis division. Prior to NDC and Johnson & Johnson, Tom held technical roles within Brown, Boveri & Cie, and Raychem Corporation. Tom co-founded the Society of Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST), and has authored more than one hundred patents and publications in the field of shape memory alloys. Tom received his BS in Physics from Lehigh University and his MS, ME, and PhD in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Doug Hutchison
    Doug Hutchison

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Doug leads the Confluent Medical Technologies commercial operations team, including sales, marketing, and customer service. Doug started his medical device career with Genzyme Surgical in various sales and marketing roles. He then worked for Intuitive Surgical as a Marketing Director as the company launched in the US and completed its IPO. After Intuitive Surgical, additional experiences included roles as the Global Director of Marketing for Medtronic’s Endovascular Innovations division, as well as commercial leadership roles with early-stage companies OmniSonics and OmniGuide Surgical. Doug earned his BS in Management from the US Coast Guard Academy, and went on to serve for several years primarily in law enforcement operations throughout the Caribbean and New England regions.

  • Mark Lemma
    Mark Lemma

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mark brings more than 25 years of financial, operational and administrative leadership across a variety of industries and geographies to Confluent Medical Technologies. Most recently, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer of Speculative Product Design, LLC (Speck Products) where he managed the Finance, Accounting, Legal, IT, Customer Service and Logistics functions for this high-growth consumer electronics accessory manufacturer. Prior to Speculative Product Design, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer of ALCiS Health, Magellan Navigation and OnVantage. Mark brings an intense focus on strategic initiatives for long-term profitability as well as deep skills in establishing robust operational infrastructures for rapidly growing companies. He holds a BS in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

  • Jonathan Howe
    Jonathan Howe

    CTO, Textiles and Polymers

    In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Textile and Polymers, Jonathan is responsible for Confluent Medical Technologies’’ Warwick product development pipeline and in setting the direction for textile and polymer platform technologies. Most recently, he was the CTO for End-to-End Medical Device Solutions, a leader in the textile and polymer medical device contract manufacturing industry. Jonathan worked for Johnson & Johnson in a number of roles across Cordis, DePuy Spine and Mitek, including as Director of R&D where he lead cross-functional teams developing global medical device procedural solutions and custom components for customers in the Spine, Sports Medicine, and Cardiovascular markets. Jonathan drove portfolio investment strategies and led new product development organizations achieving growth in multi-billion dollar business segments with a track record developing and commercializing a robust pipeline of new products. Jonathan has authored a number of patents with Sports Medicine and Spinal applications and is a certified six sigma black belt. He earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a MIT Leader’s for Manufacturing Fellow with a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from the Sloan School.

  • Brian Adcock
    Brian Adcock

    Sr. Vice President, Human Resources

    Brian brings more than 20 years of Human Resources Management experience to Confluent Medical Technologies from a variety of industries, with a record of scaling global business by deploying cost effective and business-enabling processes/systems and by building high-performance teams. Most recently, Brian served as Vice President, Human Resources at Broadcom Corporation, a high-growth, global semiconductor leader. Prior to Broadcom, Brian held various Human Resources leadership roles at 3Com, CenturyLink, and GTE. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida.  

  • Chuck Faris
    Chuck Faris

    Sr. Vice President, Quality Assurance

    Chuck is an experienced quality professional with a variety of professional and business experiences. During his career, he has had direct responsibility for quality assurance, production, engineering, regulatory compliance, supplier management, production planning, and lean manufacturing implementation. Chuck joined NDC in 2000 as the Head of Quality and has held a variety of quality leadership roles with Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard and LifeScan. He earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. After graduation, he spent six years in the Army as a Military Intelligence pilot and project manager for DA intelligence systems.

  • Don Freeman
    Don Freeman

    Sr. Vice President, Orange County Operations

    Don leads Confluent Medical’s Orange County operations, and is responsible for the strategic planning and execution to enhance the profitability, productivity, and overall value of the business. He was most recently Vice President for Lake Region Medical, where he was accountable for the growth, profitability, strategic direction, and capital planning for a $150M division, specializing in metal tubular based components. Don worked for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in a variety of roles prior to joining Lake Region Medical in 2008. Don holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, a MS in Engineering Management from the University of New Haven, and a MBA from Yale University School of Management.  He is certified in Project Management Professional (PMP) tools and methodologies and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.  Don is also accredited in Accelerating Implementation Methodology tools and practices.

  • Jim Hillman
    Jim Hillman

    Vice President, Warwick Operations

    Currently leading the Warwick Operations team, Jim is a senior Operations and Supply Chain professional that brings over 23 years of experience in leading manufacturing operations. Combined with his service in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, he has been leading change and continuous improvement efforts in organizations for over 30 years. Prior to Confluent Medical Technologies, he led the manufacturing and supply chain operations for Beaver-Visitec International, a $120 million ophthalmic device manufacturer as their Global Vice-President of Operations. He has had full P&L responsibilities in senior operations positions for other companies such as Tegra Medical, Vaupell, Smiths Medical, and Accellent. Jim has been instrumental in leading the transformation of numerous manufacturing organizations utilizing the tools of Lean Manufacturing and is a qualified Lead Cultural Workshop facilitator for the U.S. Navy’s Surface Fleet focusing on the achievement of operational excellence. He holds a BS degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University and an MBA from Oregon State University.

  • David Johnston
    David Johnston

    Vice President, Costa Rica Operations

    David brings to the company more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, and supply chain management. Most recently, David served as Vice President, Costa Rica Operations for Tegra Medical, where he was responsible for scaling operations through organic growth and business transfers from domestic facilities. Prior to his role in Costa Rica, he was the General Manager of Tegra’s Spine facility in the Memphis area. He has also held plant leadership roles at Accellent Inc., where he had full P&L responsibility for two medical device manufacturing facilities and at Humco, an OTC pharmaceutical manufacturer, where he led manufacturing operations. David has also been a management consultant with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, VertiSync LLC, and Scott Sheldon LLC, where he specialized in operation and supply chain strategy and execution. He earned a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

  • Mike Nowaczyk
    Mike Nowaczyk

    Vice President, Fremont Operations

    Mike brings more than 30 years of operational and engineering leadership across a variety of medical device market segments. Prior to Confluent Medical Technologies, Mike served as Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations for Scientific Molding Corporation, a leader in the medical device contract manufacturing industry. Prior to that, Mike held roles at Medtronic where he was site lead in Sunnyvale, CA and part of the strategic leadership team for Operations and the Supply Council at Medtronic. Mike has also held positions at Kyphon and Greatbatch Medical. Mike brings with him a passion for Operational Excellence and is well equipped to deliver sustained operational results that provide quantifiable efficiency and hard dollar cost savings, improved quality, and uncompromised safety. He holds a BS and MS degree in Industrial Technology from Buffalo State College and is a certified black belt in Six Sigma.

  • Danette Ondi
    Danette Ondi

    Vice President, Human Resources

    Danette brings more than 20 years of business experience providing superior human resource management in a variety of industries, including medical device, technology, defense and aerospace technology, and professional services. She provides an innovative yet common-sense approach to strengthening leadership teams and company culture, and works with management to implement programs that target attraction, retention, and development of employees. Danette holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a certified MHI Global instructor.

  • Christine Trepanier
    Christine Trepanier

    Vice President, Product Development & Engineering

    Christine leads the Product Development and the Process Engineering teams, focusing on evaluation of new technologies, process development, and operational excellence.  With twenty years of experience working with the process development, corrosion behavior, and biocompatibility of Nitinol implants, Christine is recognized by the industry and by the FDA as an expert in the field of surface engineering and corrosion of Nitinol. Christine joined NDC/Johnson & Johnson in 1997 to work on the process development and testing of Cordis SMART® stent products. Christine holds a BS in Materials Engineering and a MS in Bioengineering from École Polytechnique of Montreal.