Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs)

The Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) are seasoned professionals who engage directly with VelocityTX client companies to help accelerate their journey toward commercializing groundbreaking innovations in biotech, medical device, and healthcare IT. VelocityTX network of EIRs is powered by some of San Antonio’s most successful entrepreneurs, investors, business, and top industry leaders — who serve as a sounding board for the entrepreneur, providing valuable, critical, and direct feedback through one-on-one confidential sessions. Each EIR brings a vast body of knowledge and experience in the bioscience and healthcare ecosystem, the formation and development of early-stage companies, and the challenges surrounding the entrepreneur life. All EIRs are certified in the GrowthWheel International Inc. Coaching methodology, a framework designed to identify opportunities and challenges of the company. The EIRs work with each VelocityTX client to develop a 30, 60, 90-day plan to take their company to the next level.

Juan "Sebastian" Garzon

Programs Manager

Juan “Sebastian” Garzon serves as programs manager for VelocityTX. Sebastian oversees the implementation of programs that support the growth of bioscience companies. Before joining VelocityTX, Sebastian worked in multiple roles at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), including Director of the Garcia Center and Program Manager for the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. In addition to his role with VelocityTX, Sebastian serves as executive director of Alamo Angels, San Antonio’s premier network of accredited investors.

Sebastian graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in finance and earned a master’s in business administration from TAMUCC. Sebastian has received multiple recognitions, including the 2016 achievement honoree from the TAMUCC College of Business, Corpus Christi 40 under 40 and is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 46. Sebastian is also the co-founder of Passport2Fluency, a company that creates opportunities to increase language fluency through virtual and overseas immersion experiences. 

Darlene M. Boudreaux, MBA, CPA

Former Executive Director, TechFW

After nearly 20 years as a CPA specializing in international tax with Andersen, Darlene co-founded a pharmaceutical manufacturing company with her father and brother.  Her father died soon after the company was founded and Darlene bought her brother’s half of the company and became the CEO, leading the company to tremendous growth. She was named the 2003 Ernst & Young Southwest Region Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Sciences, was the only American on the list of the nine Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 2004 and was on the Inc 500 list for three years in a row.  Following her sale of the company in 2006, she became Executive Director of TechFW, a technology business incubator in Fort Worth, establishing multiple programs for entrepreneurs, universities and angel investors, including the Cowtown Angels Network.

Since her retirement in late 2018 from TechFW, Darlene has continued her work with entrepreneurs:  coaching TechFW clients, serving as fractional CFO for other early-stage companies, serving as Board member for two companies, investing as a member of the Cowtown Angels and the VIC Investor Network, and volunteering as CFO of BioNTX.

McKenna Gallagher

Programs Coordinator

McKenna Gallagher serves as programs coordinator for VelocityTX. In this role, McKenna is responsible for VelocityTX BioGlobal Accelerator Program, Incubator Program, and the CoLabs facility. McKenna’s experience in technical settings, ranging from concept to commercialization, position her to bring a unique perspective in providing support to VelocityTX clients. Before VelocityTX, McKenna worked as a manufacturing engineer for medical devices, performed research and development for class III medical devices, and executed clinical research. McKenna earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Monica Hayes, PMP, LSSBB

Principal and Founder, Fusion Success Group

Monica C. Hayes is the Principal and Founder of Fusion Success Group, where she provides process development, project management and coaching and training services to clients across bioscience, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. Prior, she spent over fifteen years in medical devices helping companies turn their ideas into commercially viable products, most recently as the Director of Engineering at Viant Medical.

Monica received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP), and Executive Coach. She is active in the San Antonio community, serving formally on the Board of Directors at The Health Cell and the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind. She is also a mentor to students through UTSA’s Leadership Academy and puts on yearly women’s leadership conferences through the Leadercast organization and Southwest Research Institute.

Lili Chavez Pena

Community Champion

Lili Chavez Pena serves as Community Champion for VelocityTX. In this role, Lili brings a friendly and professional experience to guests of the VelocityTX Innovation Center. Lili began her career with VelocityTX as programs coordinator, where she led and managed the accelerator program, which comprised a cohort of five international companies. Before joining VelocityTX, Lili spent over 10 years in the banking, wealth management, and insurance industries in Mexico and the U.S. Lili holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in finance from Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Lili is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

Ralph Johnston, MBA

Vice President, Pfizer Infusaid for Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Ralph Johnston, MBA, has extensive experience through a series of start-ups in biotechnology and medical devices. He was the co-founder of several start-up ventures, including Contour Medical, a specialty medical device, diagnostic and drug delivery consultancy, Integrated Genetics, and Intranasal Therapeutics. He was the CEO of Tomophase Corporation, a medical imaging device company employing optical coherence tomography (OCT) in interventional pulmonology. Mr. Johnston also gained management experience in a large medical diagnostic company, serving as Director, New Products, Corning Medical, and a pharmaceutical company as Vice President at Pfizer Infusaid for Worldwide Sales and Marketing.

Incubator Program

The Incubator Program is designed to scale early-stage bioscience companies by providing long-term support and includes office and meeting space, access to industry experts, mentors, and more.

CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable is an exclusive membership program that brings together executives from non-competing bioscience and healthcare companies to foster innovation, collaboration, and connections.