Leadership Team

Valencell’s multidisciplinary team is composed of leading innovators in sensor technology, exercise physiology, cardiovascular health, and digital signal processing. Valencell’s founders have 50 years of combined experience in research and development, have collectively filed over 100 patents, and have won over $15M in government grant funding for validating several innovations. R&D-focused, Valencell currently employs a team of scientists and engineers, and more than half of the company’s full-time employees have received Ph.D.’s.

Michael Dering  

Michael Dering
Chairman, CEO
Michael Dering has over 25 years experience in the technology industry in the Mid-Atlantic and Silicon Valley markets. Most recently Michael was President and CEO of ServiceBench, Inc., a privately-held SaaS business focused on optimizing the delivery of post-sale service by integrating the service supply chain to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs.  Prior to ServiceBench, Michael served as President and CEO of CrossAccess Corporation, a multi-national venture-funded software infrastructure company that focuses on integrating corporate business functions with new e-business applications. Prior to joining CrossAccess, he served as President and CEO of two Bell & Howell companies. Under his leadership, Bell & Howell Mail and Messaging Technologies doubled its profits and grew revenues to $500 million while cultivating a broad customer base that included telecommunications carriers. Michael holds a BS from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Steven LeBoeuf, Ph.D.
, Valencell, Inc.
As co-founder and President of Valencell, Inc., Dr. LeBoeuf has developed ongoing strategic partnerships between Valencell and leaders in industry and academia. He has raised more than $10M in funding for Valencell and is the inventor/co-inventor of more than 50 granted patents, including dozens of foundational patents in the field of accurate wearable sensors. Prior to Valencell, LeBoeuf led the optoelectronic biosensor program at GE Global Research, where he managed the development and productization of biosensor systems and developed cutting-edge nanosensor technology. Before joining GE, LeBoeuf developed optoelectronic solid-state materials and devices while researching at North Carolina State University. Dr. LeBoeuf holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from N.C. State and a B.S. in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.


Dr. Jesse Tucker, Ph.D.
Vice President of Engineering

With over 20 patents for his designs, Jesse has developed and prototyped solid-state devices, wireless electronics, and biomedical sensor modules. As a technical lead at GE Global Research, he managed more than $11M in corporate and government R&D programs with a focus on SiC high temperature electronics, RF devices, and power devices and packaging. Jesse holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.


Michael Aumer, Ph.D.
Vice President of Product Management

With more than 10 patents to his credit, Mike is responsible for product management initiatives for Valencell. Prior to Valencell, he managed budgets over $3M while transitioning innovative electronics technology from R&D to production at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. Mike holds several degrees including a M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.


Todd Ackman
Vice President of Finance

Todd previously served as Vice President of Finance at Inlet Technologies, where he supported the company’s $95M acquisition by communications giant Cisco. Todd has held management positions as Director of Finance for Quintiles and Senior Accounting Analyst at PBS&J. He has auditing experience with international CPA firms and is a licensed CPA in Florida. Todd holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bradley University.


Mark Felice
Vice President of Business Development and Licensing

As the VP of Business Development and Licensing, Mark serves as the primary point of contact for all prospective global licensees of the company’s PerformTek™ sensor technology. Prior to Valencell, Mark served as the VP of Business Development at Beyond Oblivion, leading the company’s global business development effort and rapidly expanding market reach and commercial pipeline in the process. As the Co-Founder and VP of Business Development at Trinity Convergence, Mark spearheaded all global business development efforts, serving as a key member of the corporate strategy team contributing to multiple acquisitions. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Ryan Kraudel  

Ryan Kraudel 
Vice President of Marketing 
As VP of Marketing, Ryan leads global marketing for Valencell and is responsible for all areas of marketing strategy and execution. Prior to Valencell, Ryan led marketing and enterprise engagement at 6fusion, rapidly growing market awareness and adoption of an innovative approach to standardizing the economic measurement of IT infrastructure. At GXS, Ryan led product marketing and product management for GXS Managed Services, helping grow the business from $40M to $150M in 7 years. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Maryland.     


Chris Eschbach, Ph.D., HFS, CSCS
Director of Exercise Science & Clinical Trials

Founder at The Human Performance Laboratory, LLC.

Chris Eschbach serves as the Company’s Director of Exercise Science & Clinical Trials, where he coordinates internal and external clinical trials, supervises and executes validation testing in the lab and field, as well as contributes to the research and development of new technology related to physiological biometrics as applied to exercise, medical and military situations. Prior to joining Valencell, Chris founded the Human Performance Lab, LLC, a facility dedicated to providing physiological consulting for wellness and sports. He served as an Associate Professor at North Carolina Wesleyan College, focusing on research related to the validation of biometrics measured by sensors, range of motion, athletic performance. Previously, he spent ten years at Meredith College as an Associate Professor and chaired the Department of Nutrition, Health and Human Performance. Dr. Eschbach has a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and M.S. in Human Performance from University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Zoology from Western Illinois University.