Meet the Team

Leadership

Lisa Johnson, CEO

Lisa Johnson is CEO of BioForward Wisconsin and admits that managing a nonprofit has an entirely new set of challenges vs. private industry. A finance major out of UW-Madison who was fortunate to work with brilliant scientists in starting the life science reagents company Novagen back in 1989 and travel the world working for Merck KGaA/EMD. She has a passion for building Wisconsin’s biohealth ecosystem and will support those that are action-oriented and exhibit positive energy in driving our state’s economy. Her expertise lies in general management, operations, business development, and leading results-oriented teams. She likes to dance to her own beat, demonstrate results, and applaud those that put the community before themselves.

Staff

Brian Moeller, Director of Member Services & Operations

Brian is the Director of Member Services & Operations at BioForward and manages the Select Savings purchasing consortium, membership, and Madison operations. A graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in Business Management, he previously worked for UW-Madison’s Office of Risk Management, eDocs America, and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s Global Ventures.  With an affinity for business development, he enjoys making connections for entrepreneurs that can advance their businesses in his home state of Wisconsin.

Michael Harrison, Business Development Manager SE Wisconsin

Harrison is a physician/scientist with over 10 years of experience in the field of biomedical science.  Most recently, he worked as a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He has also served as the Postdoc Industry Consultants (PICO) manager, a biotechnology consulting organization comprised of young scientists from Southeastern Wisconsin universities. In addition, he is a founder of Angio360 Diagnostics, a Wisconsin start-up producing diagnostics for the veterinary and human cancer fields.  Currently, he manages BioForward’s operations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Mohammed Soumaoro, Membership Experience & Program Coordinator

Mohammed “Mo” Soumaoro is the newest member of the BioForward team, as the organization expands to include a new position to provide even more value to member companies. Mo has been awarded the Princess Diana Award and the Plaque of Honor from the African Leadership University for his social and humanitarian works. His experience includes working as a program officer for the Ministry of Health in Monrovia, Liberia. In addition, Mo is CEO and Co-founder of Neldon, an innovative software development company serving the African markets.  One of Mo’s favorite past-times outside of work is riding his bike around Madison.  Welcome, Mohammed!

Rissa Guffey, Marketing Manager

Rissa Guffey joined BioForward Wisconsin in June 2019 as Marketing Manager after moving to Wisconsin from Indiana. Rissa is a seasoned marketer with over 10 years of experience as a social media manager and solutions-oriented marketing and communications champion for not-for-profits. Most recently, she worked as Director of Marketing and Communications at the International School of Indiana.  She has also served as events manager at Butler University.  In her spare time, she serves on the board of the American Marketing Association- Madison, fosters cats and kittens through 9Lives Rescue, and enjoys time with her family and dog.