Meet the leadership team behind
Aspira Women's Health
Senior Leadership Team
Board of Directors
James T. LaFrance
Chairman of the Board, Aspira Women's Health
James T. LaFrance became a director of Aspira Women's Health and was elected Chairman of the Board in December 2013. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer from April to December 2014. He has over thirty years of diagnostic industry experience. Most recently, LaFrance was head of digital pathology and CEO of Omnyx, LLC for GE Healthcare. Prior to that, he held a series of commercial, strategic marketing and business development leadership roles at Ventana Medical Systems (now Roche Tissue Diagnostics), including general manager of their North American and International commercial organizations. Prior to Ventana, LaFrance served in leadership roles in global marketing and business development at Bayer Diagnostics. Jim currently serves on the board of HTG Molecular in Tucson and Personal Genome Diagnostics in Baltimore. Jim is also on the Advisory Board of PathAi in Boston. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Veronica G. H. Jordan, Ph.D.
Dr. Veronica G. H. Jordan became a director of Aspira Women's Health in December 2014. She currently serves as an advisor to companies developing novel healthcare products and services. Previously, from 2001-2006, she was President and CEO of Medelle Corporation, a medical device company in women’s health. Prior to that, Dr. Jordan served for fourteen years in various executive positions at PAREXEL International Corporation. Earlier, she held business leadership roles at Biogen and managed an R&D department for Baxter International. Dr. Jordan currently serves on the board of Albany Molecular Research Inc. as well as a number of not-for-profit organizations working to advance healthcare initiatives. She earned a B.Sc. in biochemistry from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry/cell biology from Oxford University.
Valerie B. Palmieri
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aspira Women's Health
David Schreiber became a director of Aspira Women's Health in December 2014. He has held a variety of executive positions in the diagnostic laboratory industry for the past 25 years. For the last 12 years, Schreiber has and continues to consult for private equity firms to assist with their due diligence efforts and served in various interim operating roles for targeted or existing portfolio companies. From 1986 to 1996, Schreiber was at Quest Diagnostics, initially in a variety of financial roles, his last position being Vice President and General Manager of Quest’s Midwest Region, based in Chicago, Illinois. Following Quest, from 1996 to 2003, Schreiber was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dianon Systems, a publicly-traded specialized pathology company, until Dianon was acquired by LabCorp. Schreiber was also a member of Dianon’s Board of Directors. Following Dianon, Schreiber joined the Board of Directors of Specialty Labs, a publicly-traded lab company focused on serving the esoteric needs of hospitals. Schreiber helped lead the turnaround of Specialty Labs which led to its successful sale to Ameripath/Welsh Carson. At the same time, Schreiber joined and served on the Board of Nanogen, a publicly-traded nanotechnology company and also began his consulting career. Mr. Schreiber received his B.S. in finance with a minor in economics in 1982 and holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University in 1984.
Nancy Cocozza became a director of Aspira Women's Health in August 2018. After over thirty years of experience in the managed health industry, Cocozza retired from her position as president of the Medicare Business for Aetna in 2018. Prior to Aetna, she served as Executive Vice President at HealthMarkets, Inc. and as Senior Vice president at Coventry Health Care, Inc. Cocozza began her career at Aetna, where she spent 16 years building and leading various commercial managed care operations. Cocozza received her B.S. degree in accounting from Philadelphia University.
Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA
Dr. Brooks was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2020. Dr. Brooks is Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Center City Division, and a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Dr. Brooks trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and in Gynecologic Oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brooks also served as Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecology Oncology at the University of Maryland for 10 years where in addition to clinical practice, and teaching trainees, her research focused on health services and cancer disparities. Dr. Brooks received her MBA in Medical Services Management at Johns Hopkins University before transitioning to physician executive roles in multi-site ambulatory and health system settings.