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Meet the StatLab leadership team.

Sharing a common vision, this team works together to deliver on commitments to customers and employees—partnering with customers to provide access to the best products and service, while cultivating a caring culture of continuous improvement. We're on your team.

Mike Karsonovich, Chief Executive Officer

Mike Karsonovich
Chief Executive Officer

Mike was appointed as CEO in 2021 when StatLab ownership transitioned from Cressey and Company to Audax Private Equity and Linden Capital Partners. He brings extensive leadership experience across anatomic pathology and diagnostics, having previously held executive positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific in their Fisher HealthCare, Temperature Control and Slides, and Specialty Glass businesses. Mike serves on the board of directors of StatLab and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).


Todd Baldanzi, Chief Financial Officer

Todd Baldanzi
Chief Financial Officer

Todd Baldanzi was appointed as CFO in 2021. Todd brings a track record of delivering strong financial results with close to 20 years spent within the McKesson Corporation. Most recently, he had been CFO of McKesson’s largest business unit, US Pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions, with annual revenues in excess of $180 Billion. Prior to that role he served as CFO of a variety of other business units, including McKesson Medical Surgical and McKesson Canada. He is responsible for financial oversight of the business as well as leading the Finance, Legal, and IT teams.




John Vernasco, Senior Vice President, Sales

John Vernasco
Senior Vice President, Sales

John Vernasco is the Senior Vice President of Sales for StatLab. He brings over 32 years of progressive commercial leadership experience in the clinical diagnostics market to the StatLab Corporate Leadership Team. Before joining StatLab, John was Vice President, Commercial Operations, Americas Region, for the Clinical Diagnostics Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Prior to that, he worked at Abbott Diagnostics in various commercial development, sales and marketing roles. His leadership will contribute to the growth of domestic and international business at StatLab through established and new channels. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Evansville.


Gary Wiederhold, Vice President, R D

Gary Wiederhold
Vice President, Research and Development

Gary joined StatLab in 2013, bringing over thirty years of extensive anatomical pathology and healthcare experience in various business settings where he managed and contributed in many different areas of discipline including Research and Development, Product Development, Technical Services, and Quality Assurance. He has either developed or co-developed over 600 end-user products for the anatomical and clinical pathology marketplace. Prior to StatLab, Gary spent the bulk of his career with Richard-Allan Scientific/Thermo Fisher Scientific developing consumable products such as stain and reagent systems and assisted with the creation and production of laboratory equipment. Gary holds degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry and is a certified Histotechnologist (HTL). He is an active member on the histology lecture circuit, with topics generally based on the chemical mechanisms involved in histotechnology and other areas of anatomical pathology.


Dan Bickel, Vice President, Product Development

Dan Bickel
Vice President, Product Development

Dan is Vice President of Product Development, and joined StatLab in 1986 when his family first acquired StatLab from the original ownership group. Holding many roles throughout his tenure with the company from sales management to customer service gives Dan deep insight into the function of the business and needs of the customer and market. This experience informs Dan's work with both customers and suppliers to develop new products that bring greater efficiency, higher quality, and cost savings to StatLab customers. Prior to joining StatLab, Dan worked in commercial banking and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelors of Business Administration.


Antonio Lizarraga, Vice President, Quality Assurance

Antonio Lizarraga
Vice President, Quality Assurance

Antonio joined StatLab in 2021, bringing two decades of Quality Management experience across pharma and life science sectors, including Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson, CR Bard/Becton Dickinson, CareFusion/BD and Integra Life Sciences. He has proven leadership in regulatory and compliance activities across product categories and in new market expansion. Most recently Antonio served as Global head of Quality Medical Devices for Guerbert, an international pharmaceutical group.


Stuart Gander, Vice President, Integrations

Stuart Gander
Vice President, Integrations

Stuart comes to StatLab with over 20 years of progressive product management and leadership and program management in various roles within TeliaSonera and the Boston Consulting Group. During his 14 years with Boston Consulting Group, Stuart worked across all major medtech segments, with emphasis on clinical diagnostics and life sciences tools. Stuart earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.


LeAnn Collins, Vice President, Human Resources

LeAnn Collins
Vice President, Human Resources

LeAnn Collins was appointed as Vice President of Human Resources in 2021. LeAnn has a track record of delivering a clear path for long-term organizational growth while building strong teams through training and development programs. Her experience spans across multiple industries including healthcare, and she joins StatLab most recently from Continental Battery. LeAnn’s skillset and experience in acquisitions will be integral to the culture and care of the StatLab team.


Pete Ciaravino, Vice President, OEM/International Sales

Pete Ciaravino
Vice President, OEM/International Sales

Pete has served as VP of OEM / International Sales since 2017, managing the strategic development of these business units. Pete joined StatLab in 2011, and has contributed in a variety of roles from sales management to most recently in sales leadership as Vice President of Sales, where he led the team to double digit growth in top line revenue for the organization. Pete has close to 20 years of sales experience, and prior to StatLab was in sales at Avaya. Pete has a Bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College in Business Administration.


Debbie Siena, Technical Support Manager

Debbie Siena, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Technical Support Manager

Debbie manages the StatLab Technical Support team along with providing internal education, and collaborating with suppliers and in new product development and optimization. Prior to joining StatLab in 2010, Debbie was at Ventana, and previously managed the Anatomic Pathology Department at Baylor University Medical Center, and supervised the histology department at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Debbie has over 25 years of experience in IHC and routine histology, and actively contributes to the industry through her leadership and continuing education at the state and national level for NSH.


Jessica Baer, Director, Marketing and Communications

Jessica Baer
Director, Marketing and Communications

Jessica joined the StatLab team in 2019 after leading the business through a brand refresh first as a consultant. She brings experience leading inside marketing teams as well as agency teams, and has helped many brands come to life and evolve throughout her 18 year career. Her experience spanning both internal and external marketing teams gives greater ability to extend the StatLab brand throughout a variety of touchpoints. Prior to joining StatLab, she worked with Progenity as Associate Marketing Director.




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