Leading The Way: Because Truth Matters.
Knowledge and depth of experience set us apart in the ever-changing field of DNA and other types of personal diagnostic testing. We’re scientists, innovators, problem-solvers, and doers. Our focus is on what matters most: helping our customers get the trusted answers they need to some of life’s most important questions.
President & CEO
Dr. Michael Baird
Chief Science Officer
Michael Baird, Ph.D., serves as Chief Science Officer at DDC and has over 30 years of senior leadership experience in DNA Diagnostics and Genetic testing and is recognized as a pioneer in the DNA relationship testing world. His expertise is a unique blend of regulatory, compliance, quality, clinical and technical allowing him to better understand the operational needs of the company. He has built technical teams focused on product innovation and who are committed to work diligently and cooperatively to achieve focused results and corporate success.
Prior to joining DDC, Michael held the positions of Senior Scientist, Laboratory Director, and Vice President of Laboratory Operations with LifeCodes. Michael has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and additional publications on the use of DNA for identification. Michael was the first to testify in a criminal trial involving DNA as forensic evidence and has since testified in over 350 criminal cases.
Michael is a past chair of the Relationship Testing Standards Committee of the AABB, is a fellow at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and also a member of the AABB, American Society of Human Genetics, the American Genetics Society, the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, the International Society of Forensic Genetics, and the American Society of Hematology.
Michael holds his doctorate in genetics from the University of Chicago.
Vice President of Operations
Kathy Leis is the Vice President of Operations for DDC. In this role, Kathy is responsible for the coordination and oversight of daily operations across multiple departments including the laboratory, accessioning, case management and government contracts. Kathy joined DDC in 2012 where she served as the Director of Operations for the government contracts division, prior to being appointed to VP of Operations in 2014.
Kathy has over 30 years of laboratory management and operations experience. Prior to joining DDC, Kathy held various positions of increasing responsibility, with the most recent being Director of Operations for Orchid Cellmark at the Dayton facility. Kathy holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Dayton and is certified as Medical Technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Vice President of Information Technology
Troy Berning serves as the Vice President of Information Technology at DDC. Troy has extensive experience in enterprise architecture, systems integration, and leading application development teams. Prior to joining DDC, Troy owned a private consulting company for 18 years where he helped large multinational enterprises design, build, and deploy complex business systems.
Vice President of Marketing
Christy Kaupinen has 20 years of marketing, sales, and business development experience across a range of life sciences companies, including diagnostics, medical devices, and biotech. Prior to joining DDC, Christy was founder and President of CK Insights, a marketing and corporate strategy advisory firm serving over 30 public and venture/PE-backed healthcare companies, including digital marketing, strategy, positioning, and investor communications. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Marketing for Aspire Bariatrics, a venture-backed medical device company, where she played an integral role in successfully bringing a novel implantable device from concept through FDA approval and global commercialization. Previous roles include sales and business development at Synthes, a global orthopedics company acquired by Johnson & Johnson for $21B, and product marketing at Medtronic. Christy received her MBA from The Wharton School (U of Penn), and her BA in Economics from Princeton University.
Vice President of Business Development and Strategy
David Silver is the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at DDC. He has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, strategy, and new-product development in Consumer Products, Consumer Services, and Healthcare. David provides leadership and direction for DDC’s product and technology licensing, new-product development, contract services, mergers and acquisition support, and new-partnership establishment.
Prior to joining DDC, he worked in brand management for SunnyD Delight Beverages Company, a private-equity beverage business acquired from Procter & Gamble. David has also held management positions at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Intelliseek (acquired by Nielsen), and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He received his BSBA from Boston University and an MBA from Indiana University.