- Alex VillagraChief Scientist
- Ignacio VeraDirector of Engineering
- Lisa WolbertOperations Analyst
- Mai Ann HealyHead of Business Development
- Matt TolbirtCEO
- Sina PramEnvironmental & Operations Manager
- Trisha KvienOffice Manager
- Mark DoddBusiness Development Manager
Alex Villagra is the original inventor of what is now known as BioFiltro's BIDA® system. Alex dedicates himself primarily to researching and developing processes and equipment that improve the efficiency, performance, and effectiveness of the BIDA system. While based in Chile, Alex travels the globe in order to stay abreast of the water quality challenges that our local offices face in order to push his research further. Alex is a Civil Engineer from the University of Chile and has over 25 years of experience in the installation and operation of the BIDA® system.
Ignacio Vera directs our engineering department and develops proposals and solutions for projects in US, New Zealand and Chile. Ignacio is also in charge of environmental permiting in Chile, and takes part in R&D projects. He trained as Civil Engineer in hydrology from the Universidad de Alicante in Spain, and later specialized in water resources management and water treatment technologies.
As Operations Analyst, Lisa supports the development and operations within the US Market. Lisa graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering. As a student, she researched a method of reducing agricultural waste by growing black soldier fly larvae as feed for chickens to reduce operational cost for farmers. Prior to joining BioFiltro, Lisa worked for three years in business and administrative services for the UC Davis Development and Alumni Relations.
Mai Ann focuses on driving new business development, marketing, and sales for BioFiltro. Mai Ann joined BioFiltro after having worked in Argentina and Chile for Endeavor, an international organization that works to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs from emerging markets. She also worked in new product development, sales, and logistics in Patagonia, Chile for Multiexport Foods, one of the world’s largest salmon processors. Mai Ann graduated from Middlebury College and holds certificates from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Matt joins BioFiltro after leading Product Development for Pacific Gas & Electric where he focused on commercialization of clean technologies for Agricultural customers. Prior to PG&E, he worked for global real estate development firm Federal Development, LLC where he implemented a $3.3 B public-private partnership with the State of California for the re-development of a 550 acre business park in Merced, CA. He holds an undergrad degree from UC Merced in Economics and Political Science and two Master of Science degrees, one in Management from Babson College and the other in Global Entrepreneurship from Emlyon Business School in France.
Sina Pram has a B.S. in Chemistry from the California State University, Fresno and a CWEA Lab Analyst I certification. As the Environmental and Operations Manager of BioFiltro, Pram conducts research in the analyzing how factors such as TSS, pH, electrical conductivity, biological loading demands, and hydraulic loading rates impact the vitality of the BIDA® System. He also manages the logistical operations of plant maintenance. Previously, Sina worked as an Environmental Technician for Tomatek processing plant. Sina served as E4 Corporal NCO for the United States Marine Corps where he also served as Class 9 Hazmat NCO in Iraq and Kuwait. Pram is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Trisha Kvien is the Office Manager for BioFiltro USA. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business, including AP/AR, billing, bookkeeping, human resources and customer service. Trisha graduated with a BS in Business Administration, emphasis in Human Resource Management, from California State University, Fresno. While as CSU Fresno she served as President of the student SHRM chapter and competed in the HR Games competition, winning at both State and Regional levels. Trisha loves the relationships she makes with vendors and customers and she takes great pleasure in making sure they are each taken care of properly.
Mark is the Business Development Manager for the Central Valley of California, where he focuses on dairies and food processors. Since retiring from the U.S. Army, Mark has spent the last twelve years in project development, consulting and research in the government, petroleum and agriculture sectors. A graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Business Administration, Information Management and a native of the Central Valley, Mark spends his spare time rooting for the Bulldogs, coaching and playing softball.