Our staff

Dean Calhoun, CIH

Dean Calhoun, CIH

Founder, President and CEO

Dean Calhoun is an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). He has been an environmental health and safety professional for over 33 years.

Prior to starting Affygility Solutions, Dean was the Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing pharmaceuticals for infectious, viral, and oncology applications. His experiences including development and implementation of global EHS guidelines, implementation and coordination of an executive management EHS Steering Committee, establishment of occupational exposure limits for pharmaceutical active ingredients, industrial hygiene program management, and EH&S auditing of research, manufacturing and contract manufacturing facilities.

Dean has spoken for a number of professional organizations including the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, the Colorado Safety Association, the Bay Area Environmental Safety Group, the National Association for Environmental Management, the National Safety Council, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Dean has also presented at the HPAPI 2012 and 2013 conferences in Philadelphia, PA, and at the High Potent Drugs 2013 conference in Mumbai, India.

Dean graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from the University of Wyoming and has dual master degrees in Environmental Policy and Management, and Technology Management from the University of Denver. He is a member of AIHA, ASSE, and NAEM.

Dean can be followed on Twitter: @affygility.

Curt Beery

Curt Beery

Chief Technology Officer

Curt has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 26 years, with experience in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries. As chief architect of our Affytrac EHS management system, our OEL Fastrac delivery systems, and other tactical and strategic projects, Curt directs Affygility's technology efforts.

Curt graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana, home of Mr. Dave's. He likes guitars, bicycles, the Chicago Bulls, and early-period R.E.M..

Peter Burke

Peter Burke

National Sales Manager

Mr. Burke is a National Sales Manager with Affygility Solutions. He has been in the life sciences industry for over 22 years, with significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry and the handling of high-potency compounds.

Prior to joining Affygility Solutions, Peter was a sales representative with Flow Sciences where he provided sales and support of containment devices. Prior to Flow Sciences, Peter spent 4 years in laboratory management at DuPont.

Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with emphasis on Chemistry from The University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Ashley Calhoun

Ashley Calhoun

Social Media Marketing Associate/Event Planner

Ashley Calhoun is our Social Media Marketing Associate and Event Planner.

Prior to Affygility Solutions, Ashley received a dual degree in Sociology and Political Science from Colorado State University in 2012. After graduation Ashley spent two years working with the Wheat Ridge Municipal court as a Court Clerk before she decided to go back to school for her Masters. Currently, Ashley is working towards a Master’s in Public relations and marketing from the University of Denver.

Ashley has attend various conferences with Affygility Solutions including working the booth at the AIHce. Ashley also helps with social media content, blog posts, event planning and contract work with a couple laboratories in Colorado. With a background in communications, marketing and social media, Ashley is happy to work with people from all around the world and export creative content on various social media platforms.

Matt Groessl

Matt Groessl

Senior EHS Specialist

Matt has worked in the field of environmental, health and safety for over 20 years. He has significant experience in occupational safety and environmental compliance, laboratory safety, industrial hygiene, safety data sheet authoring, EHS training, vivarium safety, and AAALAC accreditations.

Prior to joining Affygility Solutions, Matt has held various EHS and related facility management positions with Avista Pharma, OSI Pharmaceuticals, and Gilead Sciences where he provided day-to-day EHS support.

Matt graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Matt is trained and certified in: First-Aid/CPR/AED, 24 Hour HAZWOPER, Advanced Potent Compounds, Radiation Safety Officer, FEMA – Incident Command, former IACUC Member, DOT Hazardous Materials, DOT/IATA Shipping.

Rahul Soliwal

Rahul Soliwal

Regional Business Development Manager (IMEA)

Rahul Soliwal is the Regional Business Development Manager with Affygility Solutions for the IMEA region (India, Middle East and Africa). Prior to joining the Affygility team, Rahul in his short career has had the privilege of working in different regions (Singapore, India and Dubai) where he helped launch several B2B platforms for the Life-science and Technology Sector.

Rahul earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biotechnology at the Visvesvaraya Technological University. Outside of work, he really enjoys his football and food.

Shely Cava

Toxicology Program Manager

Shely started at Affygility as an Intern Toxicologist in December, 2016. Since that time, she has moved from an internship position to an Associate Toxicologist and on into a management role, handling the day to day operations of the Toxicology Team.

Shely received her undergraduate degree in Forensic Chemistry and Criminology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and completed her graduate training in Toxicology at Colorado State University. She is currently certified in research surgery, cGLP, outbreak response and Chain of Custody through the US EPA.

Prior to and during the completion of her academic studies, Shely maintained a full-time career as an engineer for the Telecommunications industry. She is currently continuing further graduate education and aspires to earn her PhD in the coming years.

Shely is an avid soccer and ice hockey fan, a Colorado native, and enjoys any time spent in the Rocky Mountains, as well as fishing, boating, camping and spending time with her family.

James Damewood, PhD, DABT

James Damewood, PhD, DABT

Senior Director of Occupational Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene

Dr. James Damewood (Jim) received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University where he was both a Hugh Stott Taylor and Halcon International Fellow.

He spent 20 years in drug discovery research at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, serving as a senior scientist, Associate Director and Global Chemical Toxicology Specialist. He then moved to DuPont where for 7 years he served as a Business Liaison, Principal Research Toxicologist and Research Manager at The Haskell Global Centers for Health and Environmental Sciences.

He has authored close to 50 papers in chemistry, pharmaceutical research and toxicology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT).

Valérie Paquet, M.Sc.

Valérie Paquet, M.Sc.

Associate Toxicologist

Prior to joining Affygility, Valerie worked for over 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry including 9 years in occupational toxicology, industrial hygiene, hazard evaluation and risk assessment. Over the years, she led the implementation of comprehensive occupational safety program for a major generic pharmaceutical company in Quebec, performed numerous risk management plans for cross-contamination prevention and participated into a broad range of projects and investigations to support worker and patient safety.

Valerie has a B. Sc. in Biochemistry for the University of Quebec in Montreal and a M. Sc. degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the IRNS-Institut Armand-Frappier.

Outside work, she enjoys being outdoors, running, doing CrossFit and taking her dogs wherever she goes.

Amy Cheyne

Executive Assistant

Amy has been with Affygility since 2003, managing the daily operations at Affygility. Amy started her career teaching elementary education, and later on coaching high school girls swimming, which prepared her well for managing and organizing the unruly executives at Affygility.

Amy earned a B.A. degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming.