James M. Wilson, '77
Professional Association: Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Education: Albion College, 1977. M.D and Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984.
Following a residency in Internal Medicine at the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, he returned to the University of Michigan where he took his first faculty position beginning his studies in gene therapy.
Dr. James M. Wilson is the Professor and Director of the Gene Therapy Program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nineteen years ago, he moved his laboratory and family to Philadelphia and joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are gene therapy, genetic diseases, virology and vaccines for infectious diseases. A primary focus of his research has been the study of cystic fibrosis and development of new treatments based on gene therapy. Dr. Wilson has published over 497 papers and chapters in books and is on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Human Gene Therapy. He is the former president of the American Society of Gene Therapy and former trustee of Albion College and the Franklin Institute. Dr. Wilson is a scientific founder of REGENX BioSciences and is a consultant to REGENX Holdings, a founding member of REGENX BioSciences.
Dennis W. Wahr, '74
Professional Association: President and CEO of Holaria, Inc.
Education: Albion College, 1974. Wayne State University, Doctor of Medicine. University of Michigan, Residency. UC San Francisco, Cardiovascular Fellowship.
Dr. Dennis W. Wahr graduated from Albion College in 1974. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Wahr continued his education earning his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Wayne State University. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan and completed his cardiovascular fellowship training at UC San Francisco. As a board certified interventional cardiologist, he practiced for 14 years at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI before leaving practice to begin his entrepreneurial career of developing medical devices.
Dr. Wahr currently serves as President and CEO of Holaria, Inc, a private company specializing in developing products for patients who suffer from chronic lung disease.
Dr. Wahr was Co-Founder and past President of Lutonix, Inc., a venture-backed medical device startup company dedicated to developing products for the treatment of vascular disease. Lutonix was acquired by CR Bard in 2011.
Dr. Wahr was also Co-Founder and President of Velocimed, Inc., a venture-backed medical device startup company, also dedicated to developing products for the treatment of vascular disease. Velocimed was acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2005.
While at Albion, Dr. Wahr was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, the Men’s Basketball Team, and the Men’s Golf Team. He was inducted into the Albion College Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also a Mentor Program Volunteer.
Dr. Wahr is married to Dr. Joyce Wahr, who is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota. They have three grown children, Alexa, Christine and Jennifer. The Wahr’s live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Wahr serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
Albion is an outstanding institution that had a positive and profound impact on his career.
Hollis Williams, '12
Professional Association: Math Teacher and Swim Coach at Chesterton High School.
Education: Albion College, 2012.
Hollis Williams graduated from Albion College in 2012 earning her BA in Education. She currently serves as a Math Teacher and Swim Team Coach at Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana.
While at Albion, Ms. Williams was the Varsity Women’s Swim Team Captain, President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Member of the National Championship Canoe Club, and Dean’s List award winner every semester. She also participated in AC Dancers, Delta Gamma Leader, Geology Club, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Order of Omega, Pre-Med, Ski and Snowboard Club, and Water Polo Club.
Ms. Williams has attained teaching certificates in both Michigan and Indiana. She resides in Valparaiso, IN.
Ms. Williams serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
serving as the recent grad board member gives her an amazing experience to give back to Albion in such a noticeable form at a young age. She is able to bridge her recent Albion experience with high school teaching knowledge and input from current Albion students to add a fresh perspective.
Kevin F. Asher, '86
Professional Association: Partner, Ernst & Young LLP.
Education: B.A. Degree, Albion College, 1986.
Kevin is a senior partner based in Ernst & Young LLP’s San Jose, CA office. He serves as the global coordinating partner for some of the firm’s most significant clients, and also leads Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice in the Silicon Valley. Kevin focuses on the technology industry, advising global clients on accounting and reporting matters related to new business models, acquisitions, restructurings, debt and equity offerings, finance captives, leasing, international tax matters related to offshore earnings, complex tax structures as well as dealings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators.
In 2009, Kevin relocated to the Silicon Valley from Detroit, where he served as the firm’s regional assurance leader. During his 24 years of experience in Detroit, Kevin was actively involved in working with clients to address leading business matters facing the automotive industry including advising on numerous international and domestic acquisitions, divestitures, debt and equity offerings and the most significant restructurings within the industry. He was also a member of the leadership team forming the Detroit-based EY Global Automotive Center.
Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management from Albion College in 1986. He has been involved in a number of Albion College organizations and programs including Sigma Nu, Briton Career Connections and the Gerstacker Institute Visiting Committee. In addition, he is an active participant in his community, serving on the board of the Lincoln Child Center based in Oakland, CA. The Lincoln Child Center provides mental health care services to the most at-risk and emotionally troubled children and families in the Bay Area.
Kevin and his wife, Essie, have three children: twin daughters, Erin and Morgan, and son, Ross. They reside in Los Gatos, CA.