Senior Management

We may be a “virtual” company (i.e., low overhead!), but our staff is 100% real … and experienced … and capable.

Kelsey McCormick, M.S.

Kelsey McCormickPresident

As President of McCormick LifeScience Consultants, LLC (MLC), Kelsey McCormick specializes in helping life science companies bridge the gap between discovery and market, by leading them efficiently through the product approval process.

Since its founding in 2007, and on a flexible, as-needed basis, MLC’s consulting team of experts partners with clients to provide compliant, high-quality and cost-effective pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device integrated product development services.

Kelsey’s past experience includes work with the Discovery Biology Group at Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging (BMS-MI) where she specialized in study planning and implementation, data compilation and protocol/report drafting within the areas of oncology and cardiology. In addition, while working as liaison between the Discovery Biology Group and the Regulatory Affairs Group at BMS-MI, she oversaw and operated the drafting, reviewing, and coordination of all nonclinical portions of BMS-MI’s internal documentation and regulatory submissions.

Kelsey has a BS in Veterinary Medicine from Quinnipiac University and a Masters of Science in Regulatory Affairs from the Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She lives in Lunenburg, Massachusetts with her fiancé, three children, dog and cat who, appropriately enough, behave as if they are on drugs (FDA approved, of course).

The Supporting Cast

MLC is supported and managed by a hand-picked group of experts, each of whom represents the best within his or her respective area of specialty.

Darlene Cartier

Darlene Cartier

Business Manager

Darlene Cartier/Pro-Comp-Services (PCS) provides high-quality, cost-effective, virtual, administrative, and specialized services to business owners ready to focus their attention on their clients and their revenue stream. PCS has compiled 25+ years of experience in multiple industry-related backgrounds, i.e., administrative, bookkeeping, pharmaceutical & devices, construction, sales, advertising, etc. Darlene and her company have a reputation for high standards, integrity, and quality work rendering services in a timely and professional manner. Darlene is our Business Manager, and she manages and supervises the day-to-day administrative and human resource operations at MLC. She ensures our bookkeeping, payroll, accounts payable/receivable, and financial reporting needs are met and facilitated efficiently. She also facilitates client and consultant contract management and collaborates directly with MLC’s clients and consultants on a routine basis.

Paul Cohen

Legal Counsel

Paul is a business attorney with more than 25 years of experience in contracts, corporate governance, intellectual property, licensing, litigation management, advertising, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate communications. Paul has a J.D. degree from Suffolk University, and an M.B.A. and B.A. from Clark University. He has also completed course work at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

Brad Howe

Senior Financial Manager

Brad, a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School, has for thirty years been helping the managers of smaller companies and non-profit organizations develop reliable financial information while he participates in their operational and strategic decision-making. On an affordable retainer basis, he has served as the part-time controller and senior manager for more than 200 companies, ranging in size from start-ups to $20MM revenue enterprises. His stated goal in all of his client relationships is to help lead the company to profitability and positive cash flow and ultimately to outgrow his services. At that point, he takes the lead in identifying and hiring the right full-time financial person for the client and effecting a smooth transition to his or her management.

Susan Kormis

Director of Human Resources

Susan Kormis/SKA provides HR and recruiting services on a flexible and scalable basis, to include consulting, project and retained arrangements. Susan collaboratively partners with organizations to develop best practices for hiring, training and employment compliance. Her industry experience includes biotechnology/life sciences, software technology, manufacturing, professional services, non-profits, restaurants, and retail. She also has experience working with start-ups and smaller companies, and those with multi-state and international offices. Susan was educated at Drexel University and American University, and received certification as a Professional Trainer from Friesen, Kaye and Associates. Susan is also certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as a trainer in Preventing Harassment in the Workplace. She is actively involved with various professional organizations, including the MIT Enterprise Forum, The Society for Human Resource Management and the New England Human Resources Association. Susan has been published in Mass High Tech and she has been quoted in several e-zine publications, including and Microsoft She has also been a featured speaker at the Burlington Business Roundtable and the Business Plan Bootcamp for entrepreneurs, held at Boston University’s School of Management.

Ford Spalding

Senior Employee Benefits & Insurance Manager

Ford has worked in the Insurance & Benefits area since 1971, representing individuals, families and businesses with their Personal and Corporate property and liability insurance needs. He has helped businesses develop meaningful and cost effective Employee Benefit plans to include Health, Dental, Disability and Long Term Care benefits. In addition, he has helped individuals, families and businesses with Life, Disability and Long Term Care Insurance planning, plan design, underwriting and service. Ford has and currently services on numerous Boards, Finance and School Committees (including, but not limited to Board member and Chair of the Smaller Business Association of New England [SBANE]). Ford graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Maryland.