Board of Directors
Director and Chief Financial Officer
Christine Sheehy is a pharmaceutical business leader with over 25 years of experience, including globally commercializing drug products and working in development of targeted therapeutics including cell and gene therapies. Ms. Sheehy was Senior Vice-President of Operations for Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, leading the global supply chain, distribution, and IT organizations. She was a founding employee of start-up pharmaceutical company Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Kadmon Pharmaceuticals in 2010. During that time, she launched branded and generic products in the U.S., leading the operational business. Globally, Ms. Sheehy has executed international supply and distribution partnerships in Europe and Asia. Prior to Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Sheehy held various roles ranging from business and finance consulting to financial management. Strategically minded, with a strong ability to understand all aspects of the business, her leadership skills have been developed by working substantially in start-ups and early-stage companies. Additionally, over the past 15 years Ms. Sheehy has held board of director and advisory positions for multiple industry organizations, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University.
Director and Vice President of Operations
Dan Yerace is a co-founder of Coeptis Pharmaceuticals and serves as the Vice President of Operations. Mr. Yerace has over ten years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is a key strategist responsible for supply chain management, business development, portfolio management, and corporate strategy. Mr. Yerace has broad operational experience and has held leadership positions in procurement, global supply chain management, operations, and business development for small private firms and fortune 500 multi-national corporations. Prior to joining Coeptis, Mr. Yerace served as Senior Director of Global Supply Chain and Commercial Business Development for Kadmon Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Yerace holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, and a masters of business administration from Waynesburg University.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mehalick is a successful executive with a career spanning over 30 years across a variety of industries including life sciences, technology, financial services, military contracting, entertainment, and consumer products. His career has allowed him deep immersion into all facets of executive management notably mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, C- Suite management, product development and licensing, partnerships, product commercialization, and corporate communications. Mr. Mehalick has assisted and managed several organizations towards successful investor monetization across all aspects of company evolution resulting in billions of dollars in transactions and financings. Currently, Mr. Mehalick is our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, and one of our co-founders. He has been involved in several companies in a variety of positions and functions prior to Coeptis spanning many different industries. Mr. Mehalick began his career in the financial services industry in the wealth management area before transitioning to investment banking in the early 2000’s. He held positions of Vice President and Senior Vice President at multiple firms notably First Union Capital Markets, Gruntal and Co. and Ferris Baker Watts. He then began working earnestly with companies to assist them in all aspects of growth. He was a founding partner in American Defense Systems, a military contractor designing lightweight antiballistic armor and hardening systems for transportation and solid structures. After procuring several military contracts, the company grew revenues to a point that they became public on the AMEX stock exchange. Throughout his career Mr. Mehalick was involved in numerous similar situations either in a management or consultant role to allow strong returns for shareholders via acquisitions or public strategies.
Michael Handley serves as a Director and member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Handley is a successful life science business professional with over 23 years of cross-functional experience in drug/device commercialization, operations, mergers/acquisitions, regulatory/clinical affairs, venture formation/financing, market development and partnering/licensing. Mr. Handley has successfully assisted or led in the global commercialization of seventeen devices or drugs that account for over three billion dollars of sales annually. He has experience successfully leading management teams in a variety of capacities in high growth organizations and has secured millions of dollars in venture capital. Currently, Mr. Handley is serving as Chief Executive Officer & Director of Cytocom, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel small molecule immunotherapies targeting autoimmune, inflammatory, infectious diseases and cancers. Prior to Cytocom, Mr. Handley was the CEO and Director of Armis Biopharma (aka CHD Biosciences), a multi-product development-stage healthcare company that has created a technology platform for the prevention and treatment of topical infectious disease. In his role with Armis, Mr. Handley was responsible for day-to-day operations, executing a profitable growth strategy, obtaining global product approvals, overseeing intellectual property strategy, product commercialization, business development and financing. Prior to his work at Armis, Mr. Handley served in senior management roles at multiple life science companies. Specifically, Mr. Handley was one of the founders and on the management team of Vessix Vascular, Inc. in Laguna Hills California from 2011 to 2012. As a result of his work at Vessix Vascular the company was acquired for $435M by Boston Scientific. Before his time at Vessix Vascular, Mr. Handley was Global Head of Regulatory at Acclarent (that was acquired by Johnson & Johnson) from 2010 – 2011 and assisted in the integration of the $785M acquisition of Acclarent and their five product lines and driving the global revenue growth of the Ethicon franchise for ENT products. Prior to working with Acclarent/J&J, Mr. Handley was the Global Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer at Spectranetics Corporation, a NASDAQ listed (SPNC) medical device company specializing in laser treatments of blocked arteries and removal of pacemaker leads from 2007 to 2010. Before his time at Spectranetics, Mr. Handley was the CEO and Vice President of Business development, Quality and Regulatory at a privately funded biosciences technology company, Accelapure Corporation, from 2005 – 2007. Mr. Handley expanded his executive skill set as a Senior Management Consultant in the healthcare field at Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath (PRTM) (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) from 2004-2005. As a Senior Principal at PRTM, Mr. Handley assisted Genentech in the successful launch of Avastin (a multi-billion dollar bio-oncology drug) and Tarceva (a multi-million dollar cancer small molecule drug) and assisted in the successful commercial launch for these drug franchises.