Working At AMAG

Our Employees

At AMAG, we are passionate in our work to support the health of patients and families. Learn more about some of our team members here.

Tiffany Bourland
Human Resources Manager
Tiffany joined CBR in 2008 as a processing technician. Since then, she has advanced in her role, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Tiffany.
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Tiffany joined CBR in 2008 as a processing technician. Since then, she has advanced in her role, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Tiffany.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Where did you grow up?

I was born in Del Rio, Texas and grew up in San Antonio. My father was in the military and we moved around every three to four years. Our travels took us to Nevada, Arizona, and Texas (twice). I come from a close-knit family that is largely spread throughout Arizona, Texas, and Pennsylvania. I’ve grown roots in the Old Pueblo, a neighborhood of Tucson.

What is your educational background?

I attended the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to study microbiology.

What brought you into your field?

As a child, science fascinated me, yet I have always had a penchant for helping and supporting people. Being a part of CBR for eight years has given me the perfect ‘science’ fit, while my current role in human resources is the perfect way for me to give back to my colleagues and our client families.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

While my father was stationed at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, I was a seventh-grade participant in a science and technology camp that was sponsored by the University of Arizona’s College of Science.  I remember being most drawn and fascinated with the life sciences and biotechnology activities and booths. Thanks to a couple of great opportunities as an adult, I found myself on the biotech track with a position on the mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) team, helping CBR to establish cord tissue banking; and with my laboratory acumen, I was able to contribute to the human resources team as a recruiter.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

Interacting with folks from all areas of the business is what I enjoy most about my job. At the end of the day, human resources is about people. Our people are what make CBR/AMAG the best in the world. I have a front-row seat in selecting the best talent for our business, which is what it’s all about.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

Personally, I’d like to be enjoying quality time with my family, raising kids and traveling the world. Professionally, I’d like to be in a positon where I can contribute and influence positive change and continue supporting people. I wouldn’t mind being on a path to a HR executive-type role.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG?

I love anything sports related. Whether it’s watching or playing, I’ll try any sport at least once. I enjoy playing racquetball, swimming, and attending sporting events. In particular, rooting for the University of Arizona, cheering on my hometown San Antonio Spurs, and my football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I used to be a competitive sharp shooter in high school with the JROTC.
Monique Walker
Senior Marketing Manager, Community and Social Media
Monique joined the CBR team in 2010 as a product manager. Since that time, she has advanced in her role, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Monique.
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Monique joined the CBR team in 2010 as a product manager. Since that time, she has advanced in her role, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Monique.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Where did you grow up?

I grew up on the beach in the small, artistic community of Laguna Beach in Southern California. I started working when I was 5-years-old for my father’s art exhibits at the Festival of the Arts and Sawdust Art Festival. It was there that I was instilled with a passion for writing and anything that gets my creative juices flowing! Beach days, surfing, and even being a Laguna Beach Junior Lifeguard at Main Beach were typical days and after school activities. Even still, I gravitate towards activities that take me outside and allow me to enjoy the great outdoors!

What is your educational background? 

I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in creative and professional writing. And, I recently completed a marketing certification program through UC, Berkeley.

What brought you into your field?

An illness in the family and my background working for a non-profit, the American Cancer Society, inspired me to learn more about stem cell research and our Newborn Possibilities Program to help families in medical need. I’m proud to know the work we do can make an impact on people’s lives.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

Shortly after I started with the company, I received my first notification that our company was going to use the cord blood stem cells from one of the families that I had advised to store cord blood in an experimental transfusion. It was an eye opening experience knowing the company I work for could deliver such hope to families. I wanted to spread the news to everyone!

What do you most enjoy about your current job? 

One of my responsibilities is coming up with a social media strategy to create brand advocacy. When a client comments on a Facebook or blog post with enthusiasm and shares it with their friends, I know I’ve done a good job.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

I’m currently working on a fundraising campaign to drive clinical research. If all goes well, I hope in five to 10 years to be planning a thank you banquet for world-renowned sponsors!

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG?

I am an avid golfer, writer, musician, photographer, skier, line dancer, SUPer, and art connoisseur. I also love to travel internationally and explore locally.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I grew up performing any chance I could get: school musicals, dance recitals, county fairs. I even sang the Star Spangled Banner for my hometown’s 10k. I launched my own product, with an infomercial and prototype, when I was 8. And shortly thereafter, I retired from show biz after landing the role of Sandra Dee in my high school’s production of Grease.
Kristen Swingle
Vice President of Laboratory Operations
Kristen joined the CBR lab in 2005 as a processing supervisor. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted...
Kristen joined the CBR lab in 2005 as a processing supervisor. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Kristen.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.  I went to undergraduate school at Northern Arizona University and graduate school at Texas A&M University.  The opportunity to work for CBR is what brought me back to Tucson.  Well that, my family, the beautiful desert and the spectacular sunsets.

What is your educational background? 

I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, a minor in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Medical Sciences.  In graduate school, I studied the bacterium that causes Lyme disease and along the way, performed a lot of molecular testing.  This experience is ultimately what paved the way for me joining Cord Blood Registry.

What brought you into your field?

Well, initially I was a marine biology major until I came to grips with the fact that I have a deathly fear of the ocean so perhaps I needed to rethink my career choice.  Through my schooling, I developed an interest in medical microbiology and research which ultimately drew me to my field.  After graduate school, I joined an environmental testing laboratory and ended up managing their microbiology department.  After learning about CBR, I jumped at the opportunity to join the company and take on a leadership role.  When I started with CBR, I was a supervisor for the cord blood processing department.  My time working directly with the processing technicians to process our client’s once-in-a-lifetime samples is something I will always value.  Day in, day out, they are the folks that make it happen.  They handle each sample with the utmost care and personal ownership.   It’s pretty incredible to witness.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

Working in biotech was not something that I initially set out to do although being a scientist, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities.  Having now been in biotech for over a decade, I can honestly say that it’s not the field that continues to engage me, it’s the mission of the company and the ‘dent’ they aspire to make in the universe.

What do you most enjoy about your current job? 

It’s all about the people: the team I have the pleasure to work with and the families I have the pleasure to serve every day.  They inspire and motivate me to do the best that I can for them.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

Well, in theory we will be empty-nesters so in my free time, I hope to be exploring new lands with my husband and drinking my morning coffee on the deck of a cabin somewhere.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG?

In addition to trying to keep up with my teenage son and almost-teenage daughter, I swim competitively on a masters swim team at the University of Arizona and I run a couple of half-marathons a year.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Well, I have a few standard responses when I’m asked this question.  I married my high school sweetheart; we’ve been together well-over half our lives and he’s still not sick of me. Amazing!  I have an irrational fear of sunken ships.  I can’t even stand to see pictures of them.  And my most recent addition to responses for this question: it was unbeknownst to me at the time but I was at Merle Haggard’s last concert before he passed and it was pretty incredible.
Kate Brown
Principle Scientist, Research and Development
Kate joined the CBR team in 2010 as a staff content scientist. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted...
Kate joined the CBR team in 2010 as a staff content scientist. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to her current position.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Where did you grow up? 

I grew in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the base of Cheyenne Mountain.

What is your educational background? 

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. I received my doctorate  from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Go Bears!). My graduate research, conducted in the lab of Sharon Amacher, focused on cell signaling during embryonic development, using zebrafish to model human development.

What brought you into your field?

As a child I enjoyed asking questions, looking at problems and solving puzzles. My parents fostered a love of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields in me. Growing up I had a microscope to investigate blades of grass and little insects, a chemistry set to watch how different materials react when combined, and a telescope to look at the moon and the stars. As I moved through high school and college, I kept asking questions and looking for more intriguing puzzles and questions to solve. In college and graduate school, a combination of hard work, good luck and incredible mentors helped me identify what I want to do.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

After college, I worked as a research assistant at a biotech in South San Francisco and it was the first time I realized my innate curiosity could actually help solve critical questions and contribute to helping advance human health. I loved the research aspect of the role;  I also realized that I wanted to understand how the scientists leading our group thought about and arrived at the hypotheses they wanted to test and then developed an experiment to test  it. From there, I went on to graduate school. My program taught me the fundamentals of developing and executing independent research that underpins basic science across any field.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

I have the opportunity to work on a number of different projects, both within CBR and with external research partners, that involve our newborn stem cell products. As a member of the international community of stem cell scientists, I am constantly learning about advancements in cellular therapy which I really enjoy. At the same time, I work closely with my CBR colleagues in a number of different departments to help advance the clinical application of newborn stem cells. Last year, I had an “a-ha” moment when I realized I’m doing today what I left the biotech field for many years ago to start a Ph.D. program . I consider myself very lucky to have found CBR.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

Writing a research review on the evolution of the clinical application of newborn stem cells in regenerative medicine. But I’d like to write it while sitting in a beach chair looking at crystal blue water somewhere.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG?

I have a wonderful wife, Lis, and an 80-pound rescue dog named Shasta (whose nickname is “the Liger” because he has tiger stripes and is pretty much the most amazing animal ever). I’m an avid Denver Broncos fan and try to go home to Colorado to see at least one game a season with my family.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

My favorite constant is Pi (π, 3.1415…) and I take Pi day (March 14th of course!) very seriously.
Brian Plummer
Public and Governmental Affairs Manager
Brian joined CBR in 2013 as a public relations manager and has advanced in his role since joining the company, having been promoted to his...
Brian joined CBR in 2013 as a public relations manager and has advanced in his role since joining the company, having been promoted to his current position.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Where did you grow up? 

I was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and that is where I spent the majority of adolescence; however, I also resided in Minneapolis for 8 years – which is where my younger sister was born.

What is your educational background? 

I graduated from George Washington University with a degree in political science.

What brought you into your field?

I was exposed to the biotechnology sector through my work on behalf of one of the nation’s leading medical specialty organizations, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, (ACOG). More specifically, in my capacity as state director of communications in California, I played an influential role in the passage of state legislation which established a public Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program. That experience exposed me to a field poised to have a tremendous impact on the future of medicine by delivering more efficacious, long-lasting, safe and cost-effective therapies for life-threatening and life-altering conditions than are currently available today.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

As I learned more about the industry at large, I decided that this cutting-edge field represented a unique opportunity to build upon my previous public relations experience to support the communications goals of organizations that are advancing biotechnology.

What do you most enjoy about your current job? 

Working alongside passionate, talented colleagues who share a similar vision for positively impacting the lives of patients. In addition, being part of a company that requires a willingness to look beyond the edge of what's possible.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

Professionally, I see myself in a senior executive role within the biotech industry, leading a department of talented, dedicated public affairs professionals. Personally, my wife and I expect to be raising healthy, happy children.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG?

I am an avid backpacker, experiencing the unique landscapes of America’s national parks. During these memorable and adventurous trips, I make it a point to veer off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see. In my experience, hitting the trail works out your body as much as it does your brain. By immersing myself in nature, away from the hectic nature of our daily lives and always-on technology, it brings about peace and a unique sense of well-being.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I was an employee of an NBA team for more than 4 years. In that role, I worked directly with some of the world’s greatest professional athletes.
Alexandrina Barela
Lab Processing Supervisor
Alexandrina joined CBR in 2006 as a lab processing supervisor. Learn more in our Q&A session with Alexandrina.
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Alexandrina joined CBR in 2006 as a lab processing supervisor. Learn more in our Q&A session with Alexandrina.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Where did you grow up? 

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where I attended Xavier College Preparatory, a Roman Catholic High school for young women.

What is your educational background? 

After conquering the challenge of Xavier College Preparatory, I traveled south to Tucson and attended the University of Arizona where I attained my bachelor’s in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in chemistry.

What brought you into your field?

Upon graduating from college, I was presented with the choice of performing research as part of three different Postbaccalaureate programs: the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland; or the NIH NIDDK in Phoenix. I passed on the cold and rain and stayed in the desert to perform research in diabetes. After completing the program at the NIH NIDDK, I was hired by CBR as a processing supervisor for the Ficoll processing line.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

As a child, I was drawn to scientific research after reading about Louis Pasture. The more I delved into research, the more my interests expanded to the future of science and innovation which is encompassed in biotech.

What do you most enjoy about your current job? 

Every day, I have the opportunity to be a part of the future of biological therapies by storing and preserving lifesaving products.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

Learning and growing both personally and professionally. The pursuit of knowledge is a constant process and it seems each year I realize there is so much more to learn.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG?

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jeremy, and 12-year-old son, Kaiden. I also enjoy painting, rock/mineral collecting, gardening and reading.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I enjoy fishing. My biggest fish was a 46-pound king salmon that I caught off of the coast of Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.  My husband and I ended up harvesting 150 pounds of halibut, salmon and rock fish that trip. The most fish I ever caught was 78 striped bass in a four-hour period. As a couple, we ended up catching a total of 157 striped bass during our trip on Lake Mead.
David Knauss
Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Medical Writing
David joined AMAG in 2008 as a member of the regulatory affairs department. He has advanced in his role since joining the company, having...
David joined AMAG in 2008 as a member of the regulatory affairs department. He has advanced in his role since joining the company, having been promoted to his current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with David.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the suburbs outside Albany, NY, but I’ve lived in Massachusetts since 1983. I’m very fond of upstate New York and my father still lives there. It’s a beautiful and underappreciated part of the U.S., and home to the biggest state park in the country (Adirondack State Park)!

What is your educational background?

I studied liberal arts at Middlebury College in Vermont for two years, then transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston where I got a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Berklee was an incredible and unforgettable experience. I wish I could do it all over again.

What brought you into your field?

After deciding I didn’t want to teach music for a living, I got a job at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. Once there, I moved up and eventually became the administrator of a major medical division at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School. I got to work with tons of doctors and researchers in a top-notch academic environment and really liked the fast pace and interesting work. However, when teaching hospitals began to struggle financially in the late 1990s, I decided to look for work in the “for-profit” world.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

After I got my first job in pharma/biotech in 2001, I knew I was in a great industry. It is very fast-paced and interesting, and works to solve the puzzle of treatments for difficult diseases. It was also an industry that embraced new technology, which is an interest of mine.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

We have a small department here, so I get to wear a lot of different hats like assisting with medical writing or doing all the electronic RA submissions.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

Hopefully, working a little less! If work is good to me, perhaps I can afford to travel more, avoid the harsh winters, and spend more time body surfing and playing music!

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG.

I love spending time with my family, and that time is becoming more precious to me as my kids begin to enter college. I love traveling, especially anywhere on the Atlantic Coast. I’m still very involved in music and play as much as I can. And I enjoy all sports, especially biking and soccer.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

A lot of people probably don’t know that I play drums on a professional level. I love all styles of music, but play mostly jazz and funk these days in a couple of local groups. And I play guitar whenever I get the chance. It’s my obsessive hobby.

 
Jamie Jansson
Director, Marketing
Jamie joined the maternal health division of AMAG Pharmaceuticals in 2000 as a specialty sales representative. She has advanced in her role...
Jamie joined the maternal health division of AMAG Pharmaceuticals in 2000 as a specialty sales representative. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Jamie.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I come from a large family with two sisters and two brothers. All of us are so different, but the best of friends. We grew up in Winneconne, a small town in Wisconsin. As much as I loved growing up in a small town, I was curious about the world around me. I’ve since lived in Madison, Chicago, San Francisco and Denver.

What is your educational background?

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.

What brought you into your field?

My dad was in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry for his entire career so I was exposed to the opportunities early in life. However, I had a strong desire from a fairly young age to become a pediatric oncologist. My grandfather and uncle were physicians and both played an instrumental role in my life. I was pre-med in college for the first 3 years; however, late in my third year of college, I changed my life’s direction. I decided that it would be beneficial to see the medical community from the lens of the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. I switched my major to sociology, and graduated the following year. I finished school on a Friday, started with Knoll Pharmaceuticals the next Monday and never looked back. Throughout my career, I’ve gained sales, training and marketing experience.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

Within the first year of my career in the industry, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to work on products that make a difference in people’s lives. As a mother who experienced a high-risk pregnancy, I am very passionate about maternal health and am energized every day about helping other moms through the work that we do at AMAG.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

I feel fortunate to work alongside so many talented people. We have a tight-knit team that defines collaboration. Many of us have been working together for years, and my team members are an extension of my family.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

With two little kids, I am focused on life in the moment. In 10 years, my kids will be teenagers and I really look forward to helping them navigate through those important years.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG.

I love spending time with my family, including my husband Stefan and our kids, Sofia Oskar. Living in Colorado, we have the opportunity to play outside all year round. Our kids are still young (5 and 2), so everything we do is really interesting and amazing to them. Our favorite outdoor activities include biking around town and skiing in the mountains (both downhill and cross-country).

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I have a passion for traveling and exploring different countries and cultures. My husband and I have traveled to so many amazing places. Some of our most treasured places include the beaches of Costa Rica, Zihuatanejo, Istanbul and Bejing.

 
Michelle Murphy
Senior Compliance Specialist
Michelle joined AMAG in 2013 as a member of the legal team. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to...
Michelle joined AMAG in 2013 as a member of the legal team. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Michelle.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the midwest bordering the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. I moved east during high school and stayed because the winters were warmer.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, paralegal studies from Rivier College in Nashua New Hampshire (one of only two American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies programs at that time). Later, I completed work for a Master of Science certificate in legal administration from Eastern Michigan University.

What brought you into your field?

I was introduced to the partner of a small boutique law firm where a friend worked. That position was a wonderful introduction to the diverse legal field, but within a few years I realized that corporations offered more autonomy and opportunities for paralegals and moved in-house. I have not regretted my decision once, as being in-house is rarely boring and offered me opportunities to work in varied specialties—such as employment immigration, affirmative action, corporate, intellectual property, export compliance and now pharma compliance—that a law firm structure couldn’t provide.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

I didn’t. I wish I could say moving into biotech was part of my master career plan, but I was fortunate to receive a call from a recruiter familiar with my background, who knew I enjoyed small entrepreneurial companies and thought AMAG would be a great fit.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

I enjoy many things about my current job, starting with the people that I get to work with. AMAG has a diverse culture of intelligent, fun people, who are encouraged by a leadership team that rewards innovation and improvement. Since joining the compliance team within Legal Affairs I’ve really enjoyed taking a greater role in compliance reporting as well as monitoring and training. The latter has allowed me to welcome every new employee to the organization and learn about their unique roles.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

If I have the luxury of retiring early I’d love to assist children with special needs obtain the services they need, either as a CASA volunteer or educational advocate. Otherwise, as AMAG expands, I imagine a greater role supporting the development, implementation and management of the company’s compliance program that is business-focused but consistent with best practices and applicable laws.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG.

I spend as much time as I can with my family, but I try to golf as time permits.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am a closet computer chess player. Hardly win, but stubborn enough to keep trying.