Leading The Way: Because Truth Matters.
Knowledge and depth of experience set us apart in the ever-changing field of DNA and other types of personal diagnostic testing. We’re scientists, innovators, problem-solvers, and doers. Our focus is on what matters most: helping our customers get the trusted answers they need to some of life’s most important questions.
President & CEO
Vice President of Information Technology
Troy Berning serves as the Vice President of Information Technology at DDC. Troy has extensive experience in enterprise architecture, systems integration, and leading application development teams. Prior to joining DDC, Troy owned a private consulting company for 18 years where he helped large multinational enterprises design, build, and deploy complex business systems.
Vice President of Marketing
Christy Kaupinen has 20 years of marketing, sales, and business development experience across a range of life sciences companies, including diagnostics, medical devices, and biotech. Prior to joining DDC, Christy was founder and President of CK Insights, a marketing and corporate strategy advisory firm serving over 30 public and venture/PE-backed healthcare companies, including digital marketing, strategy, positioning, and investor communications. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Marketing for Aspire Bariatrics, a venture-backed medical device company, where she played an integral role in successfully bringing a novel implantable device from concept through FDA approval and global commercialization. Previous roles include sales and business development at Synthes, a global orthopedics company acquired by Johnson & Johnson for $21B, and product marketing at Medtronic. Christy received her MBA from The Wharton School (U of Penn), and her BA in Economics from Princeton University.
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.
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).
Vice President of Business Development and Strategy
David Silver is the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at DDC. He has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, strategy, and new-product development in Consumer Products, Consumer Services, and Healthcare. David provides leadership and direction for DDC’s product and technology licensing, new-product development, contract services, mergers and acquisition support, and new-partnership establishment.
Prior to joining DDC, he worked in brand management for SunnyD Delight Beverages Company, a private-equity beverage business acquired from Procter & Gamble. David has also held management positions at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Intelliseek (acquired by Nielsen), and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He received his BSBA from Boston University and an MBA from Indiana University.
Debra Davis, MBA, PhD. is the Laboratory Director at DDC. Debra is responsible for overseeing all technical aspect of the laboratory, providing superior test results and implementing new systems to meet future laboratory and customer needs. She has been instrumental in supporting the quality initiatives and processes to improve testing performance and accuracy. Debra has greater than 25 years of experience in Paternity and Relationship testing. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with concentration in Molecular Genetics from Wright State University and a Post-Doc in Molecular Biology research at the University of Cincinnati. She has served as a member of the AABB RT Accreditation Subcommittee since 2018 and is a past member of the AABB RT Standards Subcommittee. Prior to joining DDC in 2012, Debra was Laboratory Director at Orchid Cellmark in Dayton, Ohio for 14 years.