DDC Executive Team

DDC Executive Team

Connie Hallquist  

President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Hallquist is President and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), a leading DNA testing company based in Fairfield, Ohio which offers DNA testing services such as paternity, immigration, ancestry, veterinary, and forensics through multiple channels including direct to consumer, retail, distributors and government bodies. Prior to DDC, she was President of Healthy Directions, a Helen of Troy company (NASDAQ: HELE). 

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She joined Healthy Directions, LLC in 2010 as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and New Product Development, and in 2012 she became President and CEO. Previously, she served as President, New Business Ventures, for Orchard Brands, a $1 billion catalog holding company. In 2007, Orchard Brands acquired the company that Ms. Hallquist founded in 2000, Gold Violin, a multi-channel retailer offering helpful products for independent living. Prior to Gold Violin, Ms. Hallquist held the position of Managing Director at Prophet, a brand strategy consulting firm, where she oversaw the firm’s flagship clients including Williams-Sonoma, Audi, UBS, and Levi Strauss & Co. Ms. Hallquist started her marketing career in brand management at Kraft Foods. She received a BA in French Language & Literature from the University of Virginia and an MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Michael Baird  

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Baird is Chief Science Officer, Laboratory Director, and DNA Technical Leader. He received his doctorate in genetics from the University of Chicago. He then joined LifeCodes, where he held the positions of, Senior Scientist, Laboratory Director, and Vice President of Laboratory Operations. Dr. Baird has published over 50 articles in peer review journals as well as chapters in books about the use of DNA for identification. He was the first to testify in a criminal trial involving DNA evidence and has since testified in over 350 criminal cases.

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Dr. Baird currently serves as a chair of the Relationship Testing Standards Committee of the AABB, is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and member of the AABB, American Society of Human Genetics, the American Genetics Society, the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogeneitcs, the International Society of Forensic Genetics, and the American Society of Hematology.

David Silver  

Vice President of Marketing

David Silver is the Vice President of Marketing at DDC. He has over 10 years of marketing and strategy experience in consumer products, consumer services, and brand marketing. Since joining in 2011, David leads marketing for DDC in North America. Prior to joining DDC, he worked in brand management for SunnyD Delight Beverages Company, a Private Equity owned beverage business acquired from Procter & Gamble.

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David has also held management positions at NewPage Corporation (formerly the coated paper division of MeadWestvaco), Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Intelliseek (formerly Planetfeedback, Inc.), and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He received his Bachelors Degree from Boston University and an MBA from Indiana University.

Daniell Leigh

Vice President of Global Business Development 

Daniell Leigh is the Vice President of Global Business Development for DDC. Daniell is responsible for planning, development, contracting and expansion into new and existing territories throughout the US and internationally. He has worked in the DNA testing industry since 2002 and across multiple international markets on a variety of new initiatives with private organizations, governments and regional authorities.

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Daniell has 22 years of combined experience in sales, marketing and business development. Prior to joining DDC, he held key management positions in the genetics, aviation technology and international tourism sectors managing sales and marketing teams worldwide. Daniell received his BND and HND in business and marketing management from BCOT in the United Kingdom.

Kathy Leis

Vice President of Operations

Kathy Leis is the Vice President of Operations for DDC. In this role, Kathy is responsible for the coordination and oversight of daily operations across multiple departments including the laboratory, accessioning, case management and government contracts. Kathy joined DDC in 2012 where she served as the Director of Operations for the government contracts division, prior to being appointed to VP of Operations in 2014.

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Kathy has over 30 years of laboratory management and operations experience. Prior to joining DDC, Kathy held various positions of increasing responsibility, with the most recent being Director of Operations for Orchid Cellmark at the Dayton facility. Kathy holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Dayton and is certified as Medical Technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Jason-Judd

Jason Judd 

Vice President of Consumer Operations

Jason Judd is Vice President of Consumer Operations for DDC.  Jason is responsible for the daily operations and oversight of multiple divisions at DDC including, Inside Sales, Contact Center Operations, Satellite Locations, and Logistics and Supply Chain.  Jason joined DDC in 2007.

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Prior to joining DDC Jason owned and operated a private counseling practice.  In 2004 Jason managed the Crisis Counseling unit in Warren County.  Jason received a BA in Psychology as well as Master of Arts in Counseling from Cincinnati Christian University.  Jason also received his Clinical Counseling license from the State of Ohio.  Jason resides in Maineville with his wife and 4 children.

Connie Hallquist | President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Hallquist is President and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), a leading DNA testing company based in Fairfield, Ohio which offers DNA testing services such as paternity, immigration, ancestry, veterinary, and forensics through multiple channels including direct to consumer, retail, distributors and government bodies. Prior to DDC, she was President of Healthy Directions, a Helen of Troy company (NASDAQ: HELE). 

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She joined Healthy Directions, LLC in 2010 as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and New Product Development, and in 2012 she became President and CEO. Previously, she served as President, New Business Ventures, for Orchard Brands, a $1 billion catalog holding company. In 2007, Orchard Brands acquired the company that Ms. Hallquist founded in 2000, Gold Violin, a multi-channel retailer offering helpful products for independent living. Prior to Gold Violin, Ms. Hallquist held the position of Managing Director at Prophet, a brand strategy consulting firm, where she oversaw the firm’s flagship clients including Williams-Sonoma, Audi, UBS, and Levi Strauss & Co. Ms. Hallquist started her marketing career in brand management at Kraft Foods. She received a BA in French Language & Literature from the University of Virginia and an MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Michael Baird | Chief Science Officer

Dr. Baird is Chief Science Officer, Laboratory Director, and DNA Technical Leader. He received his doctorate in genetics from the University of Chicago. He then joined LifeCodes, where he held the positions of, Senior Scientist, Laboratory Director, and Vice President of Laboratory Operations. Dr. Baird has published over 50 articles in peer review journals as well as chapters in books about the use of DNA for identification. He was the first to testify in a criminal trial involving DNA evidence and has since testified in over 350 criminal cases.

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Dr. Baird currently serves as a chair of the Relationship Testing Standards Committee of the AABB, is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and member of the AABB, American Society of Human Genetics, the American Genetics Society, the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogeneitcs, the International Society of Forensic Genetics, and the American Society of Hematology.

David Silver | Vice President of Marketing

David Silver is the Vice President of Marketing at DDC. He has over 10 years of marketing and strategy experience in consumer products, consumer services, and brand marketing. Since joining in 2011, David leads marketing for DDC in North America. Prior to joining DDC, he worked in brand management for SunnyD Delight Beverages Company, a Private Equity owned beverage business acquired from Procter & Gamble.

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David has also held management positions at NewPage Corporation (formerly the coated paper division of MeadWestvaco), Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Intelliseek (formerly Planetfeedback, Inc.), and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He received his Bachelors Degree from Boston University and an MBA from Indiana University.

Daniell Leigh | Vice President of Global Business Development 

Daniell Leigh is the Vice President of Global Business Development for DDC. Daniell is responsible for planning, development, contracting and expansion into new and existing territories throughout the US and internationally. He has worked in the DNA testing industry since 2002 and across multiple international markets on a variety of new initiatives with private organizations, governments and regional authorities.

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Daniell has 22 years of combined experience in sales, marketing and business development. Prior to joining DDC, he held key management positions in the genetics, aviation technology and international tourism sectors managing sales and marketing teams worldwide. Daniell received his BND and HND in business and marketing management from BCOT in the United Kingdom.

Kathy Leis | Vice President of Operations

Kathy Leis is the Vice President of Operations for DDC. In this role, Kathy is responsible for the coordination and oversight of daily operations across multiple departments including the laboratory, accessioning, case management and government contracts. Kathy joined DDC in 2012 where she served as the Director of Operations for the government contracts division, prior to being appointed to VP of Operations in 2014.

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Kathy has over 30 years of laboratory management and operations experience. Prior to joining DDC, Kathy held various positions of increasing responsibility, with the most recent being Director of Operations for Orchid Cellmark at the Dayton facility. Kathy holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Dayton and is certified as Medical Technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Jason-Judd

Jason Judd | Vice President of Consumer Operations 

Jason Judd is Vice President of Consumer Operations for DDC.  Jason is responsible for the daily operations and oversight of multiple divisions at DDC including, Inside Sales, Contact Center Operations, Satellite Locations, and Logistics and Supply Chain.  Jason joined DDC in 2007.

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Prior to joining DDC Jason owned and operated a private counseling practice.  In 2004 Jason managed the Crisis Counseling unit in Warren County.  Jason received a BA in Psychology as well as Master of Arts in Counseling from Cincinnati Christian University.  Jason also received his Clinical Counseling license from the State of Ohio.  Jason resides in Maineville with his wife and 4 children.