Panelist Bios

Belinda Baron

Belinda Baron serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Laboratory Operations at Exact Sciences Laboratories where she oversees the pre-analytical and analytical departments and activities of the lab.

In her 20 years of clinical laboratory experience, Belinda has held numerous positions of increased responsibility beginning as a generalist, then teaching specialist, supervisor, and operations manager.

Belinda obtained her Medical Laboratory Technician degree from Augusta Technical Institute and received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology while at the Medical College of Georgia. She earned her Masters of Health Administration and a Doctorate of Health Services from AT Still University.

Laura Blood Velotta

Laura Blood Velotta is MEP Project Manager at J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. She has over fourteen years of experience in the construction industry, with a focus on managing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, as well as coordinating and running the building commissioning process. Her expertise comes from learning the design and field installation details behind each system and working closely with the MEP subcontractors and engineers on every project. This detailed knowledge, combined with strong leadership skills and a ‘can-do’ attitude, brings new energy and attention to the building systems that play an important and long-lasting role in every facility.

Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in New York. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin, a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C) by the U.S. Green Building Council and is certified in Commissioning Process through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a member and Rosenberry Ambassador for United Way as well as a member of the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA).

Laura received a Women in Construction Award from Construtech Magazine in 2017. Outside of work, her life revolves around her family, her husband and one-year-old daughter. She’s a huge advocate for women in STEM careers and encourages women and girls to bring their much-needed talents to this field of work.

Winnie Karanja

Winnie Karanja is the Founder and Executive Director of Maydm, an organization focused on equipping girls and youth of color in grades 6-12 with skill-based training for the technology sector through workshops and summer programs. With a background in education, technology and workforce development, Winnie has worked on national data projects, has led economic development initiatives, and is committed to equipping youth in utilizing and understanding the power of technology to fuel their dreams.

Winnie holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Education with International Politics.

In 2017, BRAVA Magazine selected Winnie as one of their BRAVA Magazine Women to Watch. Also, in 2017, Magnet awarded Winnie their IMPACT Award for young professionals. In her free time Winnie enjoys being outside, reading, and finding all the good food destinations Madison has to offer.

Madhavi Krishnan

Madhavi is a seasoned computer scientist and passionate social-environmental entrepreneur. She founded Square Harvest, an online farmer’s market, which won the Wisconsin Innovation Award. In her current role at CenterX, a healthcare organization, she develops software solutions and manages compliance and security processes.  She serves as membership committee chair of Doyenne group, whose mission is to build entrepreneurial ecosystems that invest in women. She coaches’ women entrepreneurs on web technology and lean startup model. She actively volunteers at local school events to encourage middle & high school students to pursue careers in STEM.

Madhavi grew up in India. She earned her master’s in computer science from University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Madison with husband Karu, children Arvind and Kalki and pup Charlie.

Abby Ngampongsai  

Abby Ngampongsai is the Sr. Director of Instrument Services and Technical Support at Exact Sciences, Corporation.  In her role, Abby oversees teams of dedicated technical professionals who provide service and support and who collaborate with partners in Research and Development, Manufacturing Operations, and the Exact Sciences Laboratory.  Her organization includes multiple functions such as instrument production and sustaining engineering, technical transfer and implementation, technical services-automation and application, lab service engineers and metrology.

Abby has been a service operations leader in the medical device field for many years.  Before entering the medical device field, Abby’s career started in roles as an automated test engineer for Shure Inc, and RF design engineer for Motorola, CDMA.  After working as a field service engineer, trainer and standing up customer care program to escalate emerging field issues, Abby took on a role as the technical call center manager, and then global service and support, director for Accuray, Inc (formerly TomoTherapy, Inc.).

Abby holds a Master of Sciences degree in Engineer Management from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineer from University of Illinois at Chicago.