Over 25 years of research combined with an innovative team
produces products that make a difference.


Voxello’s™ goal will be to continue to create the most innovative and universally adaptable AT devices on the market.  In addition to these AT devices, Voxello™ will develop a suite of input devices such as microphones, proximity switches, infrared detectors, and pressure switches with proprietary software making them the most valuable and reliable products of their type.  

Management Team

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Rives Bird

Rives Bird is the Chief Executive Officer of Voxello and brings 20+ years experience as an executive in multiple medical device companies, and has launched multiple successful entrepreneurial ventures in Iowa.

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Mark Allegra     Director National Sales

Mark Allegra is the National Director of Sales, bringing 20 years of healthcare technology experience; previously working for some of the largest healthcare technology companies in the nation including McKesson, BD/CareFusion and Rauland/Ametek.. He has experience developing and implementing strategies that provide compelling clinical, operational and financial justifications for hospital's executive management teams. These strategies are specifically tailored to each individual hospital and health system's needs that aim to help solve and meet stated core objectives. Mark holds a BS in Marketing and is currently working towards completing his Master's degree in Business Management at Harvard University.

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Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Hurtig

Richard Hurtig, Ph.Dis the Chief Scientific Officer of Voxello.  In his role at Voxello Dr. Hurtig utilizes his 25 years as a researcher, during which he implemented and studied the use of assistive technologies and alternative and augmentative communication technologies in the University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics.

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Jerry Stack
Vice President, Quality and Reguatlory; Director Operations

Jerry Stack was previously the Global Director of Quality for Whirlpool and has 15 years experience in the field.  He is certified as a Reliability Engineer and a Quality Engineer by the American Society for Quality. He graduated with an MS in Quality and Reliability Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute.

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Chuck Peters

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Chuck Peters, Chairman Mr. Peters is currently the Chairman of the Board for Folience, an Iowa-based holding company. Throughout his career, he has held roles as president, CEO and Chairman of both large and small organizations.  Mr. Peters has been success with large and small companies across many different domains.  His experience in both running and M&A transactions will help successfully guide Voxello through the next phases.

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Richard Wieland

Richard Wieland is a senior financial executive with a diversified Life Science business background with more than thirty-five years of business experience in both public and private companies.  He completed over twenty capital transactions including two successful IPOs and eleven M&A transactions. Subsequent to the M&A transactions, he successfully managed the post-acquisition integration programs.

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Richard Hurtig

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Richard Hurtig, Ph.Dis Professor Emeritus in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (#1 Rated by US News & World Report) at the University of Iowa College of Arts & Sciences, and was on the faculty of the Neurosciences Ph.D. Program. Dr. Hurtig also directed the UI Assistive Devices Laboratory that works in close collaboration with University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and has authored a text on implementing Alternative and Augmentative Communication in Acute Care.

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Susan Wood

Susan Wood, Ph.D. has 15 years of experience championing innovative clinical solutions to the marketplace, from concept to revenue. Dr. Wood is President and CEO of VIDA Diagnostics, and received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, School of Hygiene and public health.

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Clareece West

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Clareece West is an industry Executive with over 28 years of executive leadership including clinical operations, regulatory, data management, safety, sales, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring expertise. Currently, she is the General Manager/Vice President for the Regulatory Science business unit within the Specialty Solutions division at Cardinal Health.

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(Left to right) IAT founders Vince Hahn, Ben Berkowitz, Zihan Zhu, Richard Hurtig, and Blake Martinson.

(Left to right) IAT founders Vince Hahn, Ben Berkowitz, Zihan Zhu, Richard Hurtig, and Blake Martinson.


Voxello was founded through the Iowa Medical Innovations Group (IMIG) at the University of Iowa.  IMIG brings together students from the Colleges of Medicine, Business, Law, and Engineering to commercialize solutions to medical problems identified by clinical staff and faculty.  

The IMIG student team consisted of Vince Hahn (business), Zihan Zhu (engineering), Blake Martinson (engineering), and Ben Berkowitz (engineering). Richard Hurtig, at that time a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, served as the mentor for the project.  Zihan is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley, and Vince is now Product Manager at one of the leading U.S. healthcare product distribution corporations.