Board members

Bryan Tracy

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BOARD CHAIR 


Bryan Tracy, PhD, is the CEO and co-founder of White Dog Labs, Inc. (WDL) Previously he was CEO and co-founder of Elcriton, which was acquired in 2014. WDL is inventing and commercializing biochemical technologies that reduce our world’s dependence on oil. Bryan is an expert in bacteria genetic engineering and fermentation process development. He has published numerous scientific articles, invented several patent families, and received numerous SBIR grants and an Israel-U.S. BIRD Foundation grant. He has developed and licensed technologies to the world's largest biobutanol producer, created lines of business with multinational chemical companies, and helped raised capital to build a demonstration plant in Delaware.

Bryan is also a guest lecturer at the University of Delaware, a technology to market consultant for the Department of Energy Advanced Research Program Administration, and board chair of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. Bryan is also passionate about public education and youth development. He serves as board chair of FAME (Forum for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering), hosts numerous high school students for internships, was an inaugural mentor in the Delaware Youth Leadership Network, and served on the industrial advisory board for Conrad Schools of Science. Bryan is also a Leadership Delaware fellow.

Bryan received a BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and Northwestern University, respectively. He is married to Melissa Tracy, and the proud father of daughter Deirdre and son Gabriel.

Barbara DeHaven

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BOARD SECRETARY


Barbara DeHaven is a Business Development Consultant and is currently assisting the Delaware Technology Park as the Incubator Administrator at its STAR campus wet lab space.  She was previously involved with the Delaware Economic Development Office where she held positions as a Business Development Manager, Chemical Market Leader and a Workforce Development Representative. In addition, Ms DeHaven has 20 years of industrial experience, beginning her career in the lab, then moving into manufacturing, quality control and quality assurance. Along the way, she also became a certified secondary science teacher and was involved in training. Ms DeHaven has a varied background in project management, research and testing, quality systems, as well as supply chain auditing. She received her BS in Biology with a minor in  Chemistry from James Madison University in Virginia. 

Ellinor Carlson

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 Ellinor Carlson, Ph.D. joined Solenis as a Senior Staff Scientist in 2017 and has since been focused on technology development within the water and paper business of Solenis. Her passion for sustainability and the acknowledged need for innovative solutions drove her to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst.  After graduation, here roots pulled her back across the pond to Germany in order to obtain a Master of Science focused on Biotechnology from RWTH Aachen University. Later Ellinor moved back to the Delaware Region to obtain her doctorate in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Her research focused on anaerobic fermentation of clostridia, with an emphasis on CO2 fixation through the native Wood-Ljungdahl pathway. Her work included a collaboration with White Dog Labs in achieving increased product yields through mixotrophic fermentation. She currently lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband and both enjoy the State Parks and outdoors that Delaware has to offer. 

Robert Giraud

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 Robert Giraud is an Engineering Technology Principal Consultant at the Chemours Company.  Following six years of manufacturing technical support and process research in Louisiana, he joined the environmental section of DuPont’s company-wide engineering consulting organization in Delaware in 1987. Since co-authoring the corporate Waste Minimization Guidance Manual later that year, he has collaborated with business R&D and plant technical staff across the company to craft integrated solutions for meeting evolving environmental requirements largely using what has come to be known as Green Chemistry and Engineering. Robert has led or served on interdisciplinary teams recognized with an R&D 100 award, two USEPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Achievement Awards, and three DuPont Engineering Excellence awards. In 2015, he was part of a small group honored by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) as a GC3 champion in recognition of leadership in advancing safer chemistry and a healthier planet. He co-leads the AltSep sustainable separations initiative on behalf of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Robert serves on the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, the Wilmington University Environmental Science and Policy Program Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. At the University of Delaware, he teaches the Green Engineering course and advises chemical engineering student groups through the conduct of their senior design projects. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Tulane University.  

Mark Kuller

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 Mark Kuller is an attorney with over 30 years’ experience working for large chemical companies, including E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and Hercules Incorporated.  He has extensive domestic and international experience negotiating collaboration, license, joint venture, M&A and other agreements; developing and implementing intellectual property strategies; managing intellectual property litigation; counseling clients on commercial and intellectual property law; drafting and prosecuting patent applications; and supervising attorneys, patent agents, paralegals and support staff.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Contract Development and Negotiation at Widener University Delaware Law School and is available to consult on legal and business matters.    

Eleanor Oates

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Eleanor Oates is a Ph.D. candidate in the Maciek Antoniewicz laboratory at the University of Delaware, investigating the metabolic cross-feeding interactions between adipocytes and hepatocytes in an engineered mammalian co-culture system.   For the past several years, she has also served as an officer of the Colburn Club, the graduate student organization of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Delaware. 

Before embarking on her graduate studies, Eleanor held numerous positions as a volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo, serving as a fundraiser, veterinary assistant, and teaching assistant. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. 

Nick Strickland

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 Nick Strickland has 23 years of experience in the chemical industry in roles ranging from manufacturing, product development and market development primarily with DuPont and DuPont’s suppliers and customers. He has held key positions with product lines such as bio-based plastics, environmentally improved refrigerants and advanced packaging. He places a high value on customer informed decision making. Nick also had a side hustle for 10 years sourcing, marketing and selling a product he invented while working at DuPont. He is currently retired and enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering at the Mid Atlantic Vipassana Association and struggling to increase the difference between his bowling score and his golf score. 

Yati Waghray

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Yati Waghray is currently with BASF Chemicals and serves as North America Business Manager responsible for the Commercial Vehicles and Industrial coatings business.  His responsibilities in the current role span from leading the build of a market strategy, new product development, and business execution.  Prior to joining BASF he worked with DuPont for 20 years with roles spanning across manufacturing, technology and various business and commercial roles.  He was responsible for building the Materials division of DuPont Knowledge Center in India to help support and grow business in Asia Pacific through regional collaboration with local customers, research institutions, universities and Government agencies.  

Yati holds a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering along with an MBA.   He actively mentors non-profits in India for supporting education for low income students and adults.  

Dora Cheatham - Director of Operations

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Dora Cheatham is the Founder and Principal of Austen Marketing & Communications, a full service marketing and communications agency that focuses on building and delivering value for small and medium-sized businesses.

Prior to this, she led International Business Development with Celeste Industries Corp—a subsidiary of ITW, Inc—where she implemented and managed New Product Development & Marketing procedures to create and commercialize new products on the global stage, generating several million dollars in new business and helping to establish Celeste Industries as a world leader in aviation industry specialty chemicals, publishing several articles and editorials in aviation industry publications on innovative cleaning technologies in aviation industry cleaning. 

A passionate believer in innovation and economic development, Dora  recently led the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Council and Emerging Enterprise Center activities, helping startups and small businesses build a sustainable business model, and supporting county and state initiatives to help drive Economic Development in Delaware, including the support of key innovation and industry hubs and driving discussions that enable the development of programs to build Delaware’s talent and workforce pipeline. Dora is also on the Kent County Workforce Taskforce and works with FAME, Inc., the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering. 

Dora spent her early years studying and/or working in the UK, France, Spain and Cyprus, holds degrees in foreign languages and international business from Thames Valley University and the University of London, and speaks fluent French, Spanish, and Greek. 

In 2018 Dora received Delaware Today’s “Women in Business” award and was named one of Delaware’s “People to Watch in 2019” by Delaware Business Times.