Meet our team
Mr. Rizzo serves as the General Manager of Recro Gainesville. His responsibilities include oversight of the Gainesville CDMO business from site P&L and all site personnel to field based and in-house business development. Prior to joining Recro Gainesville, Mr. Rizzo spent over 25yrs in various leadership positions in both large and small pharmaceutical businesses, as well as consulting. Previous companies include Roche Pharmaceuticals, Barrier Therapeutics, J. Knipper, E.I. DuPont and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Rizzo is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he received both his Masters in Business Administration and his Masters of Manufacturing Management. He is a former member of the Rutgers University Graduate Center for Supply Chain Studies and the Alumni Advisory Board for Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Richard Sidwell, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Sidwell serves as Recro Gainesville’s Senior Director of Product Development for Recro Gainesville. He is responsible for analytical, formulation, and process development activities for the organization, as well as clinical supply manufacture, testing, and stability assessment. With over 20 years of pharmaceutical development experience, he has worked in positions of increasing leadership responsibility for Recro, Alkermes, Elan Drug Technologies, Oread and others. Dr. Sidwell received his Ph.D., Pharmaceutics from the University of Georgia, MS, Health Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and BS, Physics from Oglethorpe University.
Sherida R. Vandiver
Senior Director, Quality Assurance
Ms. Vandiver serves as Senior Director, Quality Assurance for Recro Gainesville. In 2001, she came to Recro (previously known as Elan / Alkermes) as Director for Quality Assurance from Dura Pharmaceuticals in San Diego, California, which became part of the Elan family in 2000. Ms. Vandiver’s prior experiences include: Ligand Pharmaceuticals for 2 years in San Diego performing record review, auditing and annual product reviews; QA Director for Central Pharmaceuticals (now Kremers Urban / Linnett) for 8 years that included responsibility for Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Calibration, EH&S, DEA and Regulatory Affairs; and various positions in QA at Bristol-Myers, Evansville Indiana for 13 years, including positions in the laboratory and quality assurance with experience in batch record review, annual product review and auditing. Ms. Vandiver has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Missouri –Rolla and an MBA from the University of Evansville.
Director of Quality Control
Mr. Christensen serves as the sites Director of Quality Control for Recro Gainesville. Joe joined the company in November of 2017 and has nearly 19 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has worked for Novartis Consumer Health, Sandoz and Par Pharmaceuticals prior to joining Recro. Joe has held positions as Chemist, Production Supervisor, Quality Control Supervisor, and Quality Control Sr. Manager in these previous companies. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Kearney with a BS in Biology.
Wayne Wiley, RPh
Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Wiley serves as Recro Gainesville’s Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs since April 2015. Mr. Wiley possesses more than twenty years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry with domestic and international responsibilities. He is an experienced manager with broad experience and success providing support for IND, NDA, ANDA, DMF and ROW filings and approvals. He has strong understanding of regulatory, clinical, development, and life cycle management filing requirements including post approval support for Phase IV, Pharmacovigilance, and supplemental approvals. His prior career experience includes Solvay Pharmaceuticals (1987-1995), Elan Pharmaceuticals (1995-2011), and Alkermes Pharma 2011-2015. Mr. Wiley is a Registered Pharmacist in the state of Georgia, graduating from the Mercer University School of Pharmacy.
Senior Director of Supply Chain
Mr. Jamil serves as Recro Gainesville’s Senior Director of Supply Chain. Mr. Jamil brings almost two decades of pharmaceutical industry experience to the Recro Gainesville team. His experience has ranged from early stage development through commercial operations focusing on Materials Management and Supply Chain related fields. His work history has shown similar diversity ranging from working in the Technical Operations group with Hoffmann La Roche to managing the Trade Relations and Distribution groups at Barrier Therapeutics, a startup dermatology focused organization. Prior to joining Recro Gainesville in March 2016, Mr. Jamil was a managing partner and founding member of a supply chain consulting group catering to the supply chain needs of small to mid-size pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare related organizations. Mr. Jamil holds an MBA in Supply Chain and Finance from Rutgers University and a Masters in Public Health from University of Medicine & Dentistry New Jersey.
Director of Plant Engineering
Mr. Roach serves as the Director of Plant Engineering for Recro Gainesville since August 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the Site Engineering, Maintenance, Utility, and Metrology functions. Previous to this role, Mr. Roach spent 15 years with Hoffmann-La Roche at the Florence, South Carolina facility. He began at Hoffmann-La Roche in the role of Principal Project Engineer and rose to the role of Associate Director of Site Engineering and Maintenance. Previous roles include Project Engineer and Production Manager at EMS-Grivory North America. Mr. Roach received his BSME from Clemson University. He also has a Graduate Certificate from Boston University in Project Management.
Heather N. Sugrue
Head of Business Development
Ms. Sugrue serves as the Recro Gainesville’s Senior Director/Head of Business Development for North America, focusing on expansion of our contract development and manufacturing business housed in our Gainesville, GA facility. Heather joined Recro in February 2018 after spending nearly 6 years with Patheon Pharmaceuticals. With Patheon, she held the position of Sr. Director of Business Development for the West Coast, focusing on business offerings from Drug Substance through Drug Product in both early development and commercial manufacturing. Previously, Heather spent the whole of her career in the Drug Development industry having been over 15 years in product sales at Fisher Scientific, Bio Rad, Invitrogen and Perkin Elmer. She moved into the contract side of the industry in 2008 when she spent 4 years at Ricerca Biosciences before moving to Patheon. Heather holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Chemistry from Ithaca College and Boston University, respectively.