AURP Leadership

AURP Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Vickie Palmer
O: (520) 529-2524
AURP Headquarters

Chief Strategy Officer

Brian Darmody
O: (301) 928-0527
Membership & Meetings Manager

Diana Horn
O: (520) 529-2521
AURP Headquarters


AURP Headquarters
9070 South Rita Road, Suite 1750
Tucson, Arizona 85747

AURP HQ2, Washington DC Area
7761 Diamondback Dr.
College Park, Maryland 20742


2023 AURP Board of Directors


Erin Koshut

Executive Director, Cummings Research Park

Huntsville, Alabama

Vice President
Mark Romney

Chief Industry Alliance Officer, Aggie Square - University of California, Davis Health

Sacramento, California

Allison Madden

Corporate Secretary and Director of Operations, USF Research Park, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Harry Brislin
Executive Director, Real Estate Services & Asset Management, USA Technology and Research Park

Mobile, Alabama

At Large
Suzet McKinney

Principal, Director of Life Sciences, Sterling Bay
Chicago, Illinois

At Large
Jeff Smith

Director, University Corporate Research Park
East Lansing, Michigan

Immediate Past President
Leah Burton

Principal Industry Consultant for Higher Education, SAS Institute
Raleigh, North Carolina


Amy Adams
Executive Director, Institute for Biohealth Innovation, George Mason University
Manassas, Virginia

Chris Carlson
Senior Vice President, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Raleigh, North Carolina

Dwaine Chapel
CEO & Executive Director, Growth Partnership and Research Park, South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota

Will Germain
CEO & Managing Partner, MCB Science + Health
Chicago, Illinois

Kate Hier
Principal, Clark & Enersen
Lincoln, Nebraska

Jeff Johnson
Director, Tech Center Research Park, Virginia Tech
Newport News, Virginia

Greg King, CEcD
Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Scott Levitan
President & CEO, Research Triangle Park of North Carolina
Triangle Park, North Carolina

Laura O’Blenis
President & CEO, Stiletto: Make A Point
Fredericton, Ontario, Canada

Aaron Olver
Managing Director, University Research Park, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Tracy Shickel 
Director, Economic Development, STAR Campus, University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware