Our leadership team works relentlessly to ensure we uphold our commitment to help companies create products that make a difference in healthcare. Meet the team who drives our path towards growth and success as we continue to help make positive advancements in the medical device sector.

  • Dean Schauer
    Dean Schauer

    Chief Executive Officer & President

    Prior to Confluent Medical Technologies, Dean held several leadership positions within Accellent, a leader in the medical device contract manufacturing industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Accellent’s Cardiovascular Business. His prior roles include Executive Vice President of Operations and Engineering, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Customer Operations, Vice President of Engineering and Quality, Director of Program Management, and Engineering Manager. Dean also worked for 10 years outside the Medical Device Field in various positions including Application Engineering, Technology Development, Technical Management, and Global Engineering and Sales Management. Dean has a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from South Dakota Tech and is certified in Six Sigma methodology.

  • Tom Duerig
    Tom Duerig

    Chief Technology Officer & Founder

    In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Tom drives Confluent Medical Technologies to continually seek and improve technologies that enable the creation of innovative medical devices. Tom founded NDC in 1991, served as the company’s CEO through its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 1997, and resumed that role after the company’s spinout from Johnson & Johnson in 2008. While at Johnson & Johnson, Tom was instrumental in the development of the SMART stent line of products, the TrapEase filter, and several other products within the company’s Cordis division. Prior to NDC and Johnson & Johnson, Tom held technical roles within Brown, Boveri & Cie, and Raychem Corporation. Tom co-founded the Society of Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST), and has authored more than one hundred patents and publications in the field of shape memory alloys. Tom received his BS in Physics from Lehigh University and his MS, ME, and PhD in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Doug Hutchison
    Doug Hutchison

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Doug leads the Confluent Medical Technologies commercial operations team, including sales, marketing, and customer service. Doug started his medical device career with Genzyme Surgical in various sales and marketing roles. He then worked for Intuitive Surgical as a Marketing Director as the company launched in the US and completed its IPO. After Intuitive Surgical, additional experiences included roles as the Global Director of Marketing for Medtronic’s Endovascular Innovations division, as well as commercial leadership roles with early-stage companies OmniSonics and OmniGuide Surgical. Doug earned his BS in Management from the US Coast Guard Academy, and went on to serve for several years primarily in law enforcement operations throughout the Caribbean and New England regions.

  • Mark Lemma
    Mark Lemma

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mark brings more than 25 years of financial, operational and administrative leadership across a variety of industries and geographies to Confluent Medical Technologies. Most recently, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer of Speculative Product Design, LLC (Speck Products) where he managed the Finance, Accounting, Legal, IT, Customer Service and Logistics functions for this high-growth consumer electronics accessory manufacturer. Prior to Speculative Product Design, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer of ALCiS Health, Magellan Navigation and OnVantage. Mark brings an intense focus on strategic initiatives for long-term profitability as well as deep skills in establishing robust operational infrastructures for rapidly growing companies. He holds a BS in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

  • Joe Chappron
    Joe Chappron

    Sr. Vice President, Fremont Operations

    Joe is an experienced manufacturing operations leader with more than 30 years of industry experience. Joe oversees the Confluent Medical Technologies manufacturing sites in Fremont, CA, including Nitinol components and Nitinol material manufacturing. Joe joined NDC in 1995, and served in various operational and executive leadership roles with responsibilities for process engineering, sustaining engineering and manufacturing operations. From 1984 to 1994, Joe worked at Raychem in various planning, supervisory, and management positions. Joe studied Business Management at San Jose State University.

  • Chuck Faris
    Chuck Faris

    Sr. Vice President, Quality Assurance

    Chuck is an experienced quality professional with a variety of professional and business experiences. During his career, he has had direct responsibility for quality assurance, production, engineering, regulatory compliance, supplier management, production planning, and lean manufacturing implementation. Chuck joined NDC in 2000 as the Head of Quality and has held a variety of quality leadership roles with Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard and LifeScan. He earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. After graduation, he spent six years in the Army as a Military Intelligence pilot and project manager for DA intelligence systems.

  • Craig Bonsignore
    Craig Bonsignore

    Vice President, Technical Services

    Craig leads the Technical Services team in Fremont, CA. He has more than 18 years of experience designing, analyzing, and developing implantable medical devices. Craig’s career began at Johnson & Johnson Interventional Systems, where he supported the launch of the Palmaz Schatz™ Coronary Stent, and established the first in-house stent Finite Element Analysis capabilities within Johnson & Johnson. He has authored numerous patents for stent designs, including more than 20 US patent applications for customers. Additionally, he has been closely involved with the development of several peripheral vascular stents and related components. Craig holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Christine Trepanier
    Christine Trepanier

    Vice President, Product Development & Engineering

    Christine leads the Product Development and the Process Engineering teams, focusing on evaluation of new technologies, process development, and operational excellence.  With twenty years of experience working with the process development, corrosion behavior, and biocompatibility of Nitinol implants, Christine is recognized by the industry and by the FDA as an expert in the field of surface engineering and corrosion of Nitinol. Christine joined NDC/Johnson & Johnson in 1997 to work on the process development and testing of Cordis SMART® stent products. Christine holds a BS in Materials Engineering and a MS in Bioengineering from École Polytechnique of Montreal.    

  • Don Freeman
    Don Freeman

    Vice President, Orange County Operations

    Don leads Confluent Medical’s Orange County operations, and is responsible for the strategic planning and execution to enhance the profitability, productivity, and overall value of the business. He was most recently Vice President for Lake Region Medical, where he was accountable for the growth, profitability, strategic direction, and capital planning for a $150M division, specializing in metal tubular based components. Don worked for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in a variety of roles prior to joining Lake Region Medical in 2008. Don holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, a MS in Engineering Management from the University of New Haven, and a MBA from Yale University School of Management.  He is certified in Project Management Professional (PMP) tools and methodologies and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.  Don is also accredited in Accelerating Implementation Methodology tools and practices.

  • David Johnston
    David Johnston

    Vice President, Costa Rica Operations

    David brings to the company more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, and supply chain management. Most recently, David served as Vice President, Costa Rica Operations for Tegra Medical, where he was responsible for scaling operations through organic growth and business transfers from domestic facilities. Prior to his role in Costa Rica, he was the General Manager of Tegra’s Spine facility in the Memphis area. He has also held plant leadership roles at Accellent Inc., where he had full P&L responsibility for two medical device manufacturing facilities and at Humco, an OTC pharmaceutical manufacturer, where he led manufacturing operations. David has also been a management consultant with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, VertiSync LLC, and Scott Sheldon LLC, where he specialized in operation and supply chain strategy and execution. He earned a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

  • Danette Ondi
    Danette Ondi

    Vice President, Human Resources

    Danette brings more than 20 years of business experience providing superior human resource management in a variety of industries, including medical device, technology, defense and aerospace technology, and professional services. She provides an innovative yet common-sense approach to strengthening leadership teams and company culture, and works with management to implement programs that target attraction, retention, and development of employees. Danette holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a certified MHI Global instructor.