Management Team

Biomedical Research Team

  • Dustin Heldman, PhD – Biomedical Research Manager
  • Aaron Hadley, PhD – Senior Biomedical Engineering Researcher
  • Jenna Daghstani – Product Manager
  • Vanessa Zapata – Quality Engineer Test Lead

Robert Schmidt, JD

Chairman of the Board and CEO

Robert  Schmidt

Robert "Bob" Schmidt is the founder and chairman of Cleveland Medical Devices, Orbital Research, NeuroWave Systems, and Flocel Inc, and the founder, chairman and CEO of Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and his MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; his MBA from the University of Utah, and his Juris Doctor (1981) from Cleveland State University. He is a licensed professional engineer (Ohio, 1976) and an attorney (Ohio, 1981 and US Patent and Trademark Office, 1982).


Bob supervised programs for the US military, NIH, NASA, DoEd, DoT, NSF, Exxon, Arco, and Shell. He has over 30 US patents, and has led two companies onto the Inc. 500. He is the only person to have been awarded by Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School and Inc. Magazine the “Inc. Inner City 100 Award” for the fastest growing companies 7 times in the first 7 years of the award.

Brian Kolkowski, PhD, JD

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Brian Kolkowski

Dr. Kolkowski has 30 years legal and engineering experience. Brian has served in his current position at Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies since its founding. Brian is responsible for intellectual property and along with Bob Schmidt business development. Brian holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Case Western Reserve University and is a licensed patent attorney. Prior to 2002, Brian held a variety of legal roles with The BF Goodrich Company, ICI Glidden, Avery Dennison, & Spencer, Frank and Schneider which subsequently merged with Venable LLP in Washington.

Dustin Heldman, PhD

Director of Biomedical Research

Dustin Heldman

Dr. Heldman received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 2002 and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. He has a broad background in neural engineering and neurophysiology, with extensive experience in developing algorithms for quantifying movement disorder motor symptoms. He joined the company in 2007 as senior biomedical engineering researcher and is now the Director of Biomedical Research.


Dustin has served or is serving as principal investigator on six Phase I and three Phase II SBIR grants funded by the National Institutes of Health totaling nearly $7 million. He has served as principal investigator on multi-site clinical trials and been responsible for the preparation of IRB protocols, collection of clinical data, training clinicians, algorithm development, and statistical analysis. Dr. Heldman is currently leading a team of researchers and engineers in the development and clinical evaluation of the next generation of movement analysis systems. A list of Dr. Heldman’s publications can be found on PubMed

Aaron Hadley, PhD

Senior Biomedical Engineering Researcher

Aaron Hadley

Dr. Hadley received his B.E. (2007) and Ph.D. (2013) degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and Case Western Reserve University, respectively. His interests include translational research with the goal of enabling clinicians to improve healthcare possibilities. Dr. Hadley has experience in designing clinical and preclinical research studies and looks to develop and improve technologies so that patients who need new devices and treatments can have them prescribed. Aaron also has research experience in biomedical engineering for neuromodulation, ENT, speech pathology, and sleep research.

Stephan Kruger, MS

Software Engineering Manager

Stephan Kruger

Stephan is the technical lead and architect for all aspects of software development. Has 20 years of experience in software development and has launched several high-performance Software as a Service (SAAS) products used by fortune 500 companies. SAAS products included web applications, middleware and analytics platforms. Has experience in leading cross functional and offshore teams in the development of commercial software. Stephan’s work experience includes software development positions in human resources, manufacturing and aerospace industries.

Robert Schroeter

Financial Controller

Robert Schroeter

Robert "Bob" Schroeter received his B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from Bowling Green State University in 1985. Bob’s background focuses on all facets of corporate accounting, financial reporting and cash management functions in a manufacturing environment. He has recently earned his certification in Grants Management-Recipient Track from Managements Concepts. Mr. Schroeter is currently the Controller at Great Lakes Neurotechnologies.

Michael Addante

IT Manager

Michael Addante

Michael "Mike" Addante has 12+ years of technical experience in the IT field. His multiple skill sets include IT administration and security, software licensing and compliance, vendor management, disaster recovery planning and implementation, LAN/WAN administration and planning, Mitel VoIP telecommunications administration, Hyper-v network maintenance, and building security. Mr. Addante continues to position the company for growth through technical certifications and is CompTia and Microsoft certified, as well as support engineer certification from Vidyo for maintaining telemedicine server applications.

William Remy

Manufacturing Manager

William Remy

William "Bill" Remy earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in 1992. After completing over 20 years of service in the United State Navy in 1995 he returned to his home town of Euclid OH and has worked for several Cleveland based companies in engineering, field service and manufacturing and quality management roles. Companies include Electronic Professional Services, Transat Corp., Namco Dolan-Jenner, Joslyn Hi-Voltage and Cleveland Medical Devices. Mr. Remy joined the GLNT team in 2005 and serves as manufacturing manager.

Maureen Phillips

Global Clinical Trials Manager

Maureen Phillips

Maureen has been with Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies since 2005 and is responsible for business development and integration of the Kinesia technology platform into clinical trials. Once integrated, she provides full trial support from protocol development through data collection and analysis. Her previous roles at GLNT included marketing and regional/international sales management for all product lines. Maureen has a degree in International Business and is pursuing a degree in Economics at Cleveland State University.

Chad Gerbick

Quality and Regulatory Manager

Chad Gerbick

Upon earning his B.S. in Biology from Kent State University, Chad developed his quality management credentials in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry through leadership roles in product disposition, operations auditing, investigations, analytical chemistry and production. In 2014, Chad began his successful transition into the medical device industry as the Quality and Regulatory Manager for Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies Inc.

Sara Rini

Human Resources Manager

Sara Rini

Sara received her B.S. from Cleveland State University in 2006 and PHR in 2014. Sara works to plan, coordinate, and implement human resources activities and colleague professional development at Great Lakes NeuroTech. She is responsible for guiding and implementing GLNT’s commitment to attracting and developing the highest level of talent. Sara is also a member for the Society for Human Resources Management.