Engineering & Administrative Staff

Our dynamic team continues to grow, helping the Jacobs Institute remain vibrant and innovative while providing stellar customer service to our clients. We look forward to working with you to help your ideas become reality, to train and educate your employees, and to develop future leaders in biomedical engineering and medicine in Western New York.

Bill Maggio

Bill Maggio

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. William J. Maggio is chief executive officer of the Jacobs Institute. He is a healthcare, medical diagnostics, and business development executive from Buffalo, New York. Building on BD experience with Boehringer Mannheim and Roche, he was instrumental in the expansion of Immco Diagnostics, Inc,. and its acquisition by Trinity Biotech PLC (NASDAQ: TRIB). He has played a leadership role in a number of other health care and biotech ventures. Bill is also chair of the renowned 43North business competition to spur economic development in Buffalo. On the investment side, he is a Managing Partner at Lorraine Capital, located in Buffalo. Bill serves as Senior Advisor at Convergent Health Care Partners LLC, Chicago, Illinois, and Chairman of Fitzgerald Antibodies Inc., Boston, Massachusetts.

Bill remains very active in the Buffalo community as chair, director, and advisor on a number of local, national, and international boards including the University at Buffalo Foundation Board of Directors, Kaleida Health Board of Directors (Vice Chair), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, (Trustee), the West Side Rowing Club (Past Chair), and the Burchfield Penny Art Center.

In addition to spending time with his two daughters and his wife Linda, with whom he chaired the 2016 Hospice WNY Gala, he is a classically trained pianist and has a passion for bringing the sport of rowing to inner-city public school children.


L. Nelson Hopkins

L. Nelson Hopkins

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins was appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest rank of faculty in the SUNY system, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements, in January of 2013. He was professor and chairman of the University at Buffalo (UB) Department of Neurosurgery and professor of radiology at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1989 to 2013. He is Founder of Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute (GVI), as well as Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of the Jacobs Institute.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and earned his medical degree cum laude from Albany Medical College. His post-graduate training included a surgical internship at Case Western Reserve, followed by neurology and neurosurgical training at UB.

Dr. Hopkins pioneered endovascular neurosurgery; a subspecialty dedicated to minimally invasive treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine and has trained a new generation of neurosurgeon leaders skilled in catheter-based technology for minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Dr. Hopkins has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and of the executive committee of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. He has served as scientific and annual meeting chairman for both the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons and chairman of the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hopkins has been the principal investigator of several national clinical trials testing catheter-based technologies for the treatment of neurovascular diseases. He is the endovascular principal for the editorial board of Neurosurgery, and the author of more than 300 publications centered on the prevention and treatment of stroke.

He and his wife Bonnie live in Buffalo, N.Y. and have three children and eight grandchildren.

Adnan H. Siddiqui

Adnan H. Siddiqui

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, FACS, FAHA, FAANS, is chief medical officer of the Jacobs Institute. He is a professor of neurosurgery and radiology at the University at Buffalo (UB). Dr. Siddiqui is also director of neurosurgical stroke service at Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute, director of the Kaleida Health/UB neuroendovascular fellowship program, and of the UB Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center. He completed fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology, cerebrovascular surgery and neurocritical care from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Upstate Medical University and received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and medical degree from Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Dr. Siddiqui is well-trained in all general neurosurgical procedures, including brain tumor, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery. Owed to specialized training, he has gravitated toward vascular diseases involving the brain and spinal cord, particularly aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, among others. Dr. Siddiqui has special interest and expertise in the performance of complementary microsurgical, radiosurgical and endovascular techniques for the comprehensive management of cerebrovascular conditions.

The Neuroendovascular Research and Stroke Service at Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute is led by Dr. Siddiqui. He also serves as a reviewer for Stroke, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery and many others. He has published in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, more than 50 chapters, and has been invited to more than 200 national and international lectureships.

Dr. Siddiqui is currently Treasurer of the Joint Cerebrovascular Surgery Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS). He has served on the Endovascular Task Force of AANS and been on multiple scientific committees on AANS, Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is also a member of the Society of Neurological Surgery’s committee for multidisciplinary advanced training and credentialing in neuroendovascular surgery.

Dr. Siddiqui and his wife Josephine have three children.

Jason Davies

Jason Davies

Research Director

Dr. Jason Davies is research director at the Jacobs Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Informatics at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he joined the department in 2016. He completed residency training in the Department of Neurological Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He completed a fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery with UB Neurosurgery and specializes in cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery. He has extensive experience treating aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, and arteriovenous fistulae, stroke, carotid stenosis, cerebral bypass, and other vascular disease using both open and endovascular approaches.

Dr. Davies graduated from Stanford University, where he obtained a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Biological Sciences.  He has a significant research background in molecular and cell biology, studying neuronal exocytosis proteins. After graduation, he continued his work on exocytic proteins, shifting to a molecular and computational biophysics perspective. Jason was accepted into the MD/PhD program at Stanford, where he continued his thesis work. He wrote several papers elucidating the atomic structural details of exocytic proteins and developed new computational methods for studying dynamic protein structures at high resolution in real time. During the course of his residency, he spent a one-year post-doctoral fellowship developing computational methods in natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to find ways to mine electronic medical records data.

His active research interests focus on using bioinformatics tools to advance personalized medicine. He is working to develop bioinformatics tools to improve the quantity and quality of data available for medical research, and to lower barriers to entry for all clinicians to contribute to medical knowledge. Furthermore, he is working to create more advanced machine learning and data analytic methods to better understand the insights contained within these rich data resources. These tools in combination will help us to better understand nuances of disease, as well as which patients stand to benefit.

He has co-founded and grown several early stage medical device and medical informatics companies.  He has experience developing intellectual property, conducting early phase clinical device trials, and raising capital.

Dr. Davies is married with three energetic boys.  He loves cycling and skiing with his family.

Pam Marcucci

Pam Marcucci

Assistant Vice President, Corporate Development, Communications & Training

Pamela Marcucci is assistant vice president of corporate development, communications, and training at the Jacobs Institute. In her previous role as director of global policy studies and initiatives at Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA), Pam worked on a number of research and technical assistance projects for the Lumina Foundation, Finance in Motion, and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, managed HESA Associates in 25 countries and co-authored two editions of HESA’s Year in Review Global Changes in Tuition Fee Policies and Student Assistance. As a private consultant, she worked with the World Bank, AFC Consulting International, the London School of Economics, and Chemonics International, on higher education finance projects funded by KfW, the European Union, and the Agency for International Development.

In earlier positions at the University at Buffalo and at the Italian Association for Women in Development, Pam designed projects and wrote funding proposals to national and international foundations, government agencies and United Nations’ agencies, and managed projects around the world.

An internationally recognized expert in student financial aid and comparative higher education research, she has authored numerous articles and technical papers and most recently co-authored a book with D. Bruce Johnstone, “Financing Higher Education Worldwide: Who Pays? Who Should Pay?” published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Pam has a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and a Master’s of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Pam lived and worked in New York City; Cairo, Egypt; and Rome, Italy, before returning to her native Buffalo in the early 2000s. She sits on the board of the Mariah M. Love Convalescent Fund and on the STEM Advisory Committee at Sacred Heart Academy. She has recently become involved as an ambassador for the Girls Education Collaborative.

Pam has two older boys, and enjoys cycling. She also has a dog named Sammy and a cat named Kat.

Michael Springer

Michael Springer

Vice President, Technology & Operations

Michael Springer serves as the vice president of technology and operations for the Jacobs Institute, focusing on medical device innovation in the i2R Center and operations. Michael is a native Western New Yorker originally from Rochester, N.Y., where he attended University of Rochester for both undergraduate and graduate schools majoring in biomedical engineering. Michael has strategic planning and operations management experience in various industries, but has spent a majority of his tenure in the medical device space.

Prior to the Jacobs Institute, Michael was at in Seattle. He served as program manager in network planning and was directly responsible for the P&L for Amazon’s outbound distribution delivery program in North America. Prior to this, Michael worked for four years at BioMerieux, Inc., a 50-year old company specializing in developing tests to help physicians make clinical decisions. Michael started at BioMerieux as a process engineer, where he served as project lead for new process and new product development and integration and technology transfer to operations. He was promoted to project manager in operations, where he oversaw the conception and completion of a $30 million project with an international scope. Michael was later appointed senior manager in manufacturing operations, where he managed daily operations, 120 employees, and the manufacturing, maintenance and packaging of medical diagnostic reagents sold on the worldwide healthcare market.

Michael began his career at Argos Therapeutics, Inc., a leader in immunotherapy, in Durham, N.C. He served as a process development engineer and utilized his expertise designing, developing, testing and validating prototype, closed-system automation specifically designed for sterile production of antilogous cellular immunotherapies.

He is a certified project management professional. Michael and his wife Renee have three young boys and newborn twins.

Allison Kupferman

Allison Kupferman

Communications & Community Outreach Manager

Allison is responsible for communications and community outreach for the Jacobs Institute. Allison oversees the production of marketing materials and the JI newsletter, while also managing the website and social media. She has hosted more than 700 WNY middle and high school students annually for two-hour Brain Boot Camp programs to educate them about heart attack and stroke. Allison also oversees the summer internship program. She is proud to help create “an experience unlike any other” for college students.

Prior to the Jacobs Institute, Allison served as government and public affairs director for The American Brain Coalition (ABC) for four years, where she represented neurological and psychiatric patient organizations. She lobbied Congress and spearheaded grassroots efforts pertaining to federal science funding and mental health issues.

She also served for eight years in Washington, D.C., as director of government and public affairs at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Allison coordinated events featuring Christopher Reeve, Muhammad Ali, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. She wrote and orchestrated numerous SfN presidents’ testimonies before Congress. Allison produced educational resources including a “how-to” guide to public advocacy, talking points, and training workshops.

She helped neuroscientists guide their university’s implementation of public relations strategies and potential legal remedies to defend against research opponents.

Allison received a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and a master’s in communications management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She has volunteered on congressional and presidential campaigns. She sits on the board and chairs the Advocacy Committee of the Western New York Women’s Foundation.

Allison and her husband have two young children.

Tom Nemeth

Tom Nemeth

Clinical Training Manager

Tom is responsible for the successful execution of the JI’s clinical training programs. Tom worked for Philips Healthcare for 14 years in various capacities, including National Clinical Specialist. In that role he was responsible for developing and executing training plans for Clinical Education Specialists. He worked closely with sales, marketing, and engineering to ensure his team was prepared for new product launches. Tom travelled extensively throughout North America and abroad to gain customer feedback during medical device development.

Tom is a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist and worked at Buffalo General Medical Center and a private cardiology office in Williamsville, New York, prior to his time at Philips. Tom is a CompTia CTT+ certified technical trainer and received his B.S. in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University at Buffalo.

Tom lives in Grand Island, NY, with his wife Kim and two children, their dog Murphy, and two cats. He enjoys playing soccer and participating in his kids’ activities.

Richard Ducharme

Richard Ducharme

Senior Product Development Engineer

Rick Ducharme is senior product development engineer. His focus is on industry product development and overseeing the first projects for the Institute’s Idea to Reality Center, or i2R, to develop endovascular medical devices.

Rick has over ten years of experience in developing and commercializing technologies. He has proven expertise as a project manager with a talent for creative, innovative solutions. Rick led multinational interdisciplinary teams at corporations such as Cook Medical and Novasentis. To date, he has 35 patents for medical and consumer-electronic products. Rick holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological and biomedical engineering from Cornell University.

Rick enjoys backpacking, triathalons, running, skiing, and beekeeping.

Adam Sparks

Adam Sparks

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Adam is Senior Mechanical Engineer at the JI. He creates product designs and testing systems for vascular medical devices. He identifies unmet clinical needs and fast-track them through the product lifecycle in the JI’s i2R, or idea to Reality Center, which accelerates the development of vascular medical devices.

Adam was previously a Product Development Engineer at Integer Holdings Corporation. There he handled project management for new product development and designed advanced power sources for implantable medical devices. Prior to joining Integer, Adam served as Design Engineer in weapon deployment systems for Cobham Mission Systems in Orchard Park. He was responsible for project management and design of electromechanical and pneumatic actuation systems for military aircraft.

Adam received both his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and his master’s of business administration from SUNY at Buffalo. He is a certified associate in project management.

He spends his free time with his wife and two young boys. His favorite seasonal activities are snowboarding in the winter, and hiking the rest of the year.

Karen Meess

Karen Meess

Biomedical Engineer

Karen is currently a biomedical engineer at the JI, responsible for facilitation of physician training and rapid product development using patient-specific vascular anatomic simulators and models created, using 3D printing technology and patient CT images.

Prior to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester, Karen worked at JI as an intern with CUBRC. As an intern, Karen developed a strategy to purchase vascular device manufacturing and modification equipment for the JI’s i2R, or Idea to Reality Center, focused on advancing vascular medical device development. Karen also has prior research experience with gait and wheelchair transfer biomechanical motion analysis in addition to laparoscopic morcellation device technology.

Karen is a master’s candidate pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, and specializing in 3D printing.

She was as a competitive swimmer throughout college and now enjoys seeking out new fitness challenges including long-distance cycling and running. Karen completed a half Ironman.

Rhys James

Rhys James

Clinical Training Engineer

Rhys is the clinical training engineer, directly supporting all of the JI’s industry and physician-based training programs with specific emphasis on clinical simulation, using Mentice and 3D-printed vascular models.

Rhys is a native of Clarence, and returned to WNY after studying and working in St. Louis, M.O. He worked as a software engineer associate for Accenture, a multinational consulting services company, in their St. Louis office. In this capacity, Rhys worked on client software development and testing, specifically creating custom, multi-use web page design templates. He also tested Accenture’s custom-based software to identify room for performance-based improvement. His team’s clients included Boeing and the United States Postal Service.

Rhys graduated from St. Louis University’s Oliver L. Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, with a graduate assistantship scholarship. His area of research was in vascular biomechanics focusing on the connection between vessel wall stability, fibulin-5, and elastin. Rhys was one of the authors in a 2015 article published in the Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

Outside of work, Rhys enjoys playing ice hockey and traveling. He has hiked around the southernmost bend of Iceland.

Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan

Engineering Technician

Matt is an engineering technician at the JI. In this role, he oversees technical and computer-based solutions that support our 3D printer and engineers. He came to us through the JI summer 2017 internship program, where he used fabrication techniques to create a 3D model for groin puncture as the first step in endovascular medical simulation. He previously studied mechanical and electrical diagnostics and repairs at NASCAR Technical Institute. Matt received his certificate in electricity and electronics from Niagara Orleans BOCES. He worked for many years as an automotive technician and in his family’s parcel business. Matt is self-taught in 3D printing and various 3D computer-based design programs. He has a 3D printer at home, on which he learned about hardware and software, and he has customized its coding to his needs. Matt served as Technical Assistant in NCCC’s 3D Print and Scan Lab. In his spare time, he likes to fly drones and use his 3D printer to create spare parts for his drone.

Courtney Flick

Courtney Flick

Meeting & Administrative Services Manager

Courtney oversees the coordination and execution of logistics, communications, and accommodations for three, annual medical conferences in Jackson Hole, W.Y., hosted by JI Meeting Services.  She is also the friendly ambassador to both customers and visitors at the Jacobs Institute. She oversees the daily administrative functions and bookkeeping, and coordinating our beautiful meeting space.

Prior to the Jacobs Institute, Courtney served as a catering manager at the Hyatt Regency. She planned and oversaw events ranging from educational seminars, to weddings and galas for as many as 800 people. Courtney has extensive experience in hospitality where she served as a front office supervisor.

Courtney received her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo State. She currently resides in Allentown with her husband and rescued mastiff Spartacus. She is a coordinator with the Trinity Tupper Community Garden. Courtney is also a “big” through the Big Brother Big Sister Program in Buffalo.

Paul H. Dressel

Paul H. Dressel

Multimedia Design & Resource Coordinator

Paul Dressel received his bachelor’s degree in medical illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has worked for University at Buffalo Neurosurgery as director of medical illustration for over 25 years. Paul has extensive experience in illustration, photography, graphic design, and publishing. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed neuroscience journals and textbooks, helping to elevate the neurosurgery department’s national ranking. He sits on the advisory board of Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine and the UBMD Physician’s Group communications committee.

He has extensive knowledge of the latest multi-media presentation technologies and built a broadcast studio within the Gates Vascular Institute specifically for transmitting live surgeries and teleconferencing to academic institutions around the world.

Paul designs and produces various marketing pieces for the Jacobs Institute. He also oversees the recording and production of surgical videos to enrich the educational content of training and educational programs for industry guests.

He is married with two grown children.

Meaghan Phelps

Meaghan Phelps

Accounting Associate

Meaghan is responsible for the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable at the Jacob’s Institute as well as monthly Accounting procedures and reporting. Before joining the JI, Meaghan served as a Financial Auditor at National Fuel Gas Company. There she planned and executed internal audits, assisted with external audits, and conducted Sarbanes-Oxley testing throughout the Company. She also prepared the annual budget for the Audit Services Department and performed an annual analysis of financial statement accounts to ensure adequate Sarbanes-Oxley coverage. Meaghan also served as a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP in Florida where she was responsible for performing financial audits and assessments of internal controls over financial reporting. Meaghan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She has volunteered for Junior Achievement of WNY for the last 5 years. Meaghan and her husband live in North Tonawanda with their new baby boy and mini-Dachshund Rothgar.