Avantor Foundation

Avantor Foundation Board

Valerie Cucinotta Collado

President of the Avantor Foundation

Valerie Cucinotta Collado is currently serving as President of the Avantor Foundation. She also serves as the Director of Corporate Communication for Avantor. In this position, Valerie is responsible for the Corporate Communications programs which includes newsletters, the Intranet, associate recognition and public relations.

Before joining Avantor, Valerie worked for Borders Group Inc. as the District Marketing Manager where she developed and implemented annual marketing and public relations plans as well as author and musician event coordination for 11 Greater Philadelphia locations. Prior to working for Borders Group Inc., she served as the Director of Public Relations and Events for the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.

Valerie holds a bachelor of music degree with a minor in communications from Catholic University of America. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania.

Vey Garofalo

Board Member for the Avantor Foundation

Vey Garofalo is currently serving as a Board Member for the Avantor Foundation. Vey also serves as Vice President of Onsite Services for our global Avantor Services organization. In this role, she leads a team of 1,300 onsite associates in the U.S. and Europe, providing scientific services to our customers in R&D and production environments.  Vey has been with our Company for 11 years serving in numerous roles including Area VP - Sales, Region Director and Production Chemical Specialist.

Prior to joining our Company, Vey served as Territory Manager for various global chemical companies. She has also served as Director of Business Development and co-owner of an Atlanta-based business.

Vey holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Florida State University.

Mark Thornton

Board Member for the Avantor Foundation

Mark Thornton currently serves as Vice President of Sales Specialists and Portfolio Management for Avantor with responsibility for both the sales specialist organization and life science portfolio.

Mark has devoted his career to working within different facets of the life science and biotechnology industries.  Over the course of the last two decades, Mark has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of leadership roles with responsibilities ranging from research & development to commercial responsibilities including sales, marketing, and global channel management.

Mark has a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology both from Cleveland State University.

Noël France

Board Member for the Avantor Foundation

Currently serving as Board Member for the Avantor Foundation, Noël is also the Global Marketing Operations Manager for Avantor, responsible for customer relationship management systems contact strategy, global project management processes and systems, and marketing governance of processes and prioritization. Noel has worked for Avantor for over 10 years, with previous roles including Marketing Program Management, Marketing Communications, and Internal/Community Relations, focused previously on the Science Education segment.

During Noël's time with the Science Education segment, she had the privilege of launching a formalized community outreach effort focused on establishing connections between local schools and Avantor’s science education laboratory technicians. The objective was to foster students' pursuit of science via hands-on experiences with science labs and supplies that the schools may not have had the resources to fund. She continues to volunteer in Rochester City School District classrooms and leads a yearly support campaign.

Noël attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study for master’s work in Marketing and Media Applications and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.

Jackie Zerillo

Board Member for the Avantor Foundation

Jackie Zerillo currently serves as Director, Region Sales – PBI for Avantor. In her role, Jackie is responsible for the PBI Sales team in New York City and Northern New Jersey.

Jackie has been with our Company for over 12 years holding various roles within the Sales and Portfolio Management organizations. Previous roles include PBI Sales Representative in the Maryland area, Healthcare Sales Representative in New York City, and Category Manager where she was responsible for Liquid Handling and Clinical supplies.  Most recently, Jackie held the role of Director, Brand Marketing where she was responsible for the growth and revitalization of our VWR Collection portfolio.

Avantor® is a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the life sciences and advanced technologies & applied materials industries. The company operates in more than 30 countries and delivers an extensive portfolio of products and services. As our channel brand, VWR offers an integrated, seamless purchasing experience that is optimized for the way our customers do business. We set science in motion to create a better world. For information visit, www.avantorsciences.com and find us on Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook.