Meet The Team
John Molander, PE
John is the founding President and Chairman of the Board of Venti-Now. John received his BSME from Cornell University and joined P&G after graduation. He holds an Ohio professional engineering license and has held positions of increasing responsibility at P&G in manufacturing, engineering, and R&D before retiring. He has seventeen patents for products, materials, and processes and received P&G’s highest award for innovation in 2002. In 2007 he was appointed the Technology Entrepreneur Connect+Develop role, responsible for the P&G global Baby Care business. John retired in 2012 after almost 34 years of service at P&G and is now active in open innovation and process development consulting. John received the NSPE National Mentoring award for his work with young engineers and is the Cincinnati Chair for MathCounts junior high mathematics program.
Medical Team Leader
Dr. Peter Campbell, MD
Dr. Peter Campbell is the Medical Team Leader for Venti-Now. He is the Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science where he guides students in the development of Capstone medical device projects. He holds numerous medical design patents for catheter delivery systems and has built and tested medical device designs including leading clinical research trials on humans, training physicians and ensuring protocol compliance. Dr. Campbell has extensive medical device industry experience with both commercial and university entities such as Boston Scientific, Baxter and Stanford University. Peter conducted Phase II trials for Inhale Theraupeutic Systems, received IRB approvals and set up the GMP documentation system for device testing and manufacturing.Dr. Campbell received his Doctor of Medicine from Xavier University School of Medicine and is a published author of medical
Design/Engineering Team Leader
Art Koehler is the Venti-Now Engineering & Design Team Leader and Board Member. Art has forty-one years’ industry experience in product technical engineering, quality engineering, reliability engineering, computer aided engineering, consumer product design and manufacturing processes. He was the P&G Principal Investigator for cooperative research with: Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sandia National Laboratory; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of Cincinnati; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Art is a Panel Member, US Air Force Manufacturing Technology Program, 2012. Recipient: R&D100 Award 2003; Council for Chemical Research, Collaboration Success Award 2004. Contributing author: National Academy of Sciences, Defense Acquisition, 2005; National Institute of Standards & Technology, First Part Correct 2002; Integrated Manufacturing Technology Initiative, Modeling & Simulation 1998. Multiple methods patents: Reliability Engineering; Computer Aided Engineering; Modeling & Simulation. Art received his degree in BEME, City College of New York, 1978.
Julia Molander is the Corporate Secretary and Board Member for Venti-Now. Julia is a lawyer and businesswoman who specializes in legal advice concerning insurance. She currently serves as an insurance litigation expert consultant in a wide variety of lawsuits. During her 40-year legal career, she practiced as nationally retained counsel in litigated matters, as coverage counsel, and as monitoring counsel. In 2014, Julia was elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Coverage Counsel. She is a former chair of the California State Bar Insurance Section as well as several other legal organizations with a focus on insurance. For more than 30 years she has been rated AV Pre-eminent by her peers. Julia has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” since 2004, a “Best Lawyer” since 2011, and is one of 14 people in the United States recognized in the International Who’s Who in Insurance and Reinsurance Law. Julia received her Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Northwestern University and her JD from Stanford Law School.
Judith (Judy) Meritz is the FDA/Regulatory Team Leader and Board Member for Venti-Now. Judy is a partner in Meritz & Muenz, LLP and advisor to YourEncore. Judy specializes in strategic planning for product clearances, government enforcement resolution and due diligence with regard to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other international regulatory authorities. She previously served as FDA/Regulatory counsel for Medtronic and prior to the merger for Covidien. Former positions include Assistant General Counsel for the American Red Cross and Director of Regulatory Affairs for Henry Schein, Inc. She began her career as an enforcement attorney with the U.S. EPA.
Judy’s holds a B.A. from American University, Master Degrees in Higher Education and Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from Pace University.
Mark Peterson is the COO, Treasurer, and Board Member of Venti-Now, managing operations and licensing. Mark retired from P&G (June 2016) after nearly 40 years of service. His most recent P&G role was as Director, Global Business Development, responsible for leading business to business negotiations where Business Model innovation was required including licensing Trademarks, Technologies and Know-How, as well as minority equity investments and Joint Ventures. Mark spent the first 26 years of his career in Sales roles including leading the formation and execution of P&G’s customer team approach with teams including K-Mart and Super Valu and he also led the Canadian Sales Organization with responsibility for 800 employees and $2.5B in Sales responsibilities. Mark recently joined the Queen City Angels as a member-investor supporting start-up companies in the Greater Cincinnati region. Mark graduated with a BBS in Management from Notre Dame in 1976.
Kristine is Media Relations Team Leader and Board Member for Venti-Now. Kristine handles all media inquiries, marketing strategies, and communications for Venti-Now. She is the CEO of K.G. Consulting, Inc., which provides strategic marketing, communications and business planning services. She has owned and sold two prior businesses and has two decades of communications and business management experience with start-up, corporate, academic, government and agency entities across the globe. She is a strategic advisor to Loud Capital in Columbus and an ad hoc Board Member to Special Olympics Ohio. She is an accomplished speaker, mentor to female business owners, and BusinessWeek named her "One of Nine Women to watch".
David Githuku is the leads Community Relations at Venti-Now. He is the founder of Ace Online Academy, LLC an online coaching & mentoring academy for African and African Diaspora Entrepreneurs who want to start, grow, or scale their businesses. David previously worked for P&G for 26 years in a variety of roles, mainly R&D. Most recently he was the Director of New Platform Technologies for absorbent hygiene products. David holds a PHD in polymer engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s in chemical engineering from McGill University. He has been recognized for his community service and dedication to advancing diversity. His volunteer work in both Cincinnati and Kenya has included mentoring and programs for the underprivileged.
Laura is responsible for the branding, website design and maintenance, social media, and office needs for Venti-Now. She received her BSD in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Costume Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently the Costume Shop Draper for the College Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati. Her work experience in movie, opera, theatre, and dance includes; producer James Franco, Tuacahn, Santa Fe Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Costume Gallery. She incorporates new technologies into costuming such as; illuminated designs, microprocessors, laser cutting, 3D printing, and computer aided design.
Lead Design Engineer
Mike Nease, Lead Design Engineer on the Venti-Now engineering team. He is the founder of Nease Enterprises, LLC. Mike left Procter & Gamble Co. after 37 years of dedicated service. While at P&G he worked in the Baby Care Organization leading the development of the processes and equipment needed for the high-speed manufacturing of baby diapers. Mike holds 14 patents for this work. He spent the majority of his career leading the development of new and innovative ways to make disposable products and heading the global expansion of product initiatives.
Nease Enterprises, LLC was born out of a vision to bring this specialized Mastery to manufacturers and construction contractors. Mike repurposed his skills and knowledge in machine and process design to help both large and small businesses including the nonprofit Venti-Now.
Lead Technical Engineer
Howard Kalnitz is an integral part of the engineering team at Venti-Now developing the pneumatic designs for their ventilators. He graduated from RPI with a BSME degree in 1985, and joined Procter and Gamble soon after. He spent his career designing and starting up large production systems, including Foods and Beverages, Diapers, and Detergent supply systems. He was also a member of various cross-company technical specialty groups, including low cost design, and Bonding and Cutting systems, which led to several design patents. In 2016 he was honored with the PRISM award, the highest PG engineering recognizing sustained technical mastery.
Howard retired in 2021 with 35 years of service, and is now active with several volunteer groups supporting both engineering endeavors as well as GIS (Geographical Information Systems) projects.
Lead Controls Engineer
Norman Novotney is Venti-Now's Lead Technical Engineer. Norm is an electrical and software engineer with 30+ years experience in a wide variety of industries and applications. His specialties include; project planning and execution, analog and digital design, and embedded hardware and software development. Norm's skills include assembler/C/C++/C#, Atmel/Microchip/ARM, VB/GUI, medical, consumer, industrial devices, DSP, signal processing, power supplies, lasers, electromechanical, optical products, and vision system processing.
Norm also has experience in medical product design, IEC-60601, high power switch mode laser drivers, thermoelectric temperature controls, UL/TUV/CSA testing, GMP practices, failure mode analysis, drug delivery systems, prototype development, and requirements capture and tracking. He has lead voice of customer studies discovering the wants and needs of customers through research.
Norm has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati since 2014. He teaches Engineering courses, MATLAB experiments, and Labview. He was nominated for UC Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member of the year.