Meet Our People


John Hyde

Founder / Principal Consultant


Founder / Principal Consultant
John Hyde founded Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 1993 to serve the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical community. Prior to the formation of Hyde Engineering + Consulting, John was a Senior Project Engineer with a biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing company located in Boulder, CO. His work included design, start-up and validation of key process systems and the overall responsibility for the cleaning validation programs for the firm’s large scale and clinical manufacturing facilities. From 1982-1993, John was Manager, Process Systems Design with an engineering firm specializing in the design and start-up of pharmaceutical, dairy and food process systems and the application of CIP technology.

John has published and presented papers at numerous engineering conferences and short courses on topics including biopharmaceutical process systems design, cleaning and cleaning validation principles and practices, FDA compliance strategies, and control systems design for manufacturing processes. John served as a member of the PDA Subcommittee for Biopharmaceutical Cleaning validation and in this capacity he contributed two chapters to “Cleaning and Cleaning Validation, Volume 3”. John serves on the board of the Society of Bioprocess Professionals (SBP) and is a regular speaker at conferences sponsored by SBP, ISPE, PharmaConference, IVT, Microrite and other professional societies. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Food Science and Business Administration and a master’s degree in Food Engineering from Ohio State University.

Simon Forder

President and CEO


President and CEO
Simon Forder has more than 26 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. During this time, he has worked with a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers. He was responsible for process development/transfer, new facility design/build, commissioning and validation for numerous capital projects. Simon Forder has also been involved with industry groups and has been a long-time member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) where he served as President of the West Coast Chapter.

In his current role with Hyde, Simon supports clients and employees to ensure customer and job satisfaction. Other activities include directing strategy and enterprise growth, as well as corporate planning.

Simon Forder is a graduate of the University of California Davis.

Kalpesh Patel

Vice President, International Operations


Vice President, International Operations
Kalpesh Patel joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 2005 as an Engineer I. His expertise includes CIP, SIP, cleaning validation programs, commissioning qualification, and project management. Additionally, he has extensive experience in system start-ups, cycle optimization and troubleshooting for CIP and COP systems.

Previously, Kalpesh worked with International Medication Systems Ltd. as a Validation Engineer, gaining extensive knowledge and experience related to various aspects of validation activities. Prior to that position, Kalpesh worked as a research assistant and developed a tissue fatigue tester (medical device) using Pro/E modeling software to evaluate the strength and lifecycle of bioprosthetic heart valve materials.

Kalpesh received a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from NIT Surat, India and an M.S. in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from Cleveland State University, OH.

Ronald Berk

Chief Technology Officer


Chief Technology Officer
Ronald Berk joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 1999. Ronald has extensive experience in capital project management and bioprocess engineering of biotech facilities and equipment; including start-ups, commissioning and qualification. He has worked on design of fill finish, biotherapeutic and vaccine manufacturing facilities. His design experience includes implementation of hybrid design utilizing an optimum mix of stainless steel reusable equipment and single use equipment.

Ronald’s career began in Nuclear Power, as a Process and Layout Engineer with Stork Engineers and Contractors. In addition to his depth of experience in design and project management, Ronald provided expert witness analyses and consulted on complex litigation cases for large construction projects.

Ronald graduated from the Higher Technical College Amsterdam with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1987 with a minor in Business Management.

Will Czerniak

Managing Director, Europe


Managing Director, Europe
Will Czerniak is the Managing Director, Hyde Engineering + Consulting Europe Limited. Will is responsible for managing Hyde’s business in Europe and developing new business opportunities by expanding Hyde’s presence in the European Region. Hyde currently operates out of two offices in Ireland, and one in Belgium. Will was responsible for opening the European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland in 2010.

Prior to joining Hyde, Will was Vice President and Director of Major Projects in Europe for a large international engineering firm. He had management responsibility for business development, staffing and delivery of major projects for several business lines across offices in Ireland, the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark / Sweden, Holland, Poland and the Middle East.

Will has held several senior positions including Validation Director and Business Development Director. He has been involved in many of the major pharmaceutical projects in Europe over the past 20 years. His primary activities include planning, managing and implementing engineering, validation, compliance, and quality processes for large pharmaceutical organizations. Will has also provided guidance, leadership and support for process performance excellence and continuous improvement. Will is a graduate from University College Dublin, and of the Smurfit Business School, Ireland.

Kerren Bergman

Vice President, US Operations


Vice President, US Operations
As Vice President of U.S. Operations for Hyde Engineering + Consulting, Inc., Kerren Bergman, SHRM-SCP, is responsible for Operations across the United States. Her role encompasses client, project and employee oversight and she provides strategic direction for the regional management team. Her experience in Operations, Business Development, and Human Resources allow her to understand the many moving parts of operational oversight. Passionate about people, Kerren enjoys anticipating and exceeding client needs and developing Hyde’s exceptional team of engineers. Kerren also oversees global Human Resources for the company as well as Resource Management, Quality, Safety, and IT.

Kerren began her career with Hyde in 1998 as a Document Control Specialist and has held roles of increasing responsibility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Kerren is Past President of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering – Rocky Mountain Chapter (ISPE-RM), as well as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Chuck Poskie

Chief Financial Officer


Chief Financial Officer
Chuck Poskie joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 1996 and is Principal Consultant and Chief Financial Officer. Chuck’s responsibilities include the day-to-day business operations, including the management of all financial and infrastructure services. As Principal Consultant, Chuck specialized in the assessment, risk analysis, and remediation of cleaning and sterilization issues in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

Prior to joining Hyde Engineering + Consulting, Chuck spent 14 years as a Quality Engineer at a pharmaceutical manufacturer, where he was responsible for the manufacturing of a wide variety of pharmaceutical and consumer products and R&D pilot plant operations. Chuck has a B.S. in Chemistry and Business from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rockford College in Illinois.

Sandeep Puri

Vice President, Asia Pacific


Vice President, Asia Pacific
Sandeep is an experienced Global Project Director, Senior Vice President (Projects & Engineering) and Business Development Head with three decades of experience managing Global and Indian projects. He brings extensive experience in process/plant design, engineering, technical and EPCM, within Multinational and India’s leading Engineering Consulting Organizations.

As a dynamic leader with exemplary communication, Sandeep’s contributions to Hyde will be invaluable and will help us in achieving organizational goals, globally and in the Asia Pacific region.

Sandeep holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and Post Graduate Executive Certification in Production Management from Coca-Cola University (in association with Georgia Tech University).

Adam Pfeiffer

Vice President, Business Development


Vice President, Business Development
Adam Pfeiffer joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 2005 after completing his degree in Chemical Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

For his first 9 years with the company, Adam worked for many different clients across the globe, specializing in clean-in- place cycle development, optimization, and cleaning validation, as well as process engineering and remediation.

In 2014, Adam transitioned into the role of Regional Manager, Midwest Operations.  Responsibilities in this role included client and project management, business development, and staff management and mentoring.  He transitioned into the role of Director of U.S. Operations in 2016.

Adam is actively involved in the local chapters of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and Parenteral Drug Association (PDA).

Dharmendra Nadella

Vice President, Engineering - Asia


Vice President, Engineering - Asia
Expert in managing pharma projects from Concept-to-Launch with focus on Project Scope and rendering end-to-end solutions. A valued contributor to key strategic initiatives right from conceptualization to facilitating implementation in real time environments. He is an SME in conceptual & detailed design, clean utilities including HVAC and clean water systems, automation, commissioning & qualification, process debottlenecking, strategic infrastructure planning & capital projects in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Additionally, he has extensive experience in C&Q of facilities, utilities, and equipment.

His expertise also includes the design of containment facilities for handling potent compounds.


Keith Bader

Senior Director, Technical Services


Senior Director, Technical Services
Keith Bader has nineteen years of experience with specific expertise in project engineering, aseptic process engineering, cleaning process development, and validation, cleaning reviews and gap assessments as well as Pre-Approval Inspection (PAI) Readiness.

Through the years, he has provided high level consultation to Hyde’s engineering clients in topic areas ranging from strategic quality and validation documentation architecture to detail oriented support, such as design of experiments and supporting study design. Keith has focused in recent years on the implementation of online instrumentation and process analytical technologies for clean-in-place systems; as well as the translation of bench scale cleaning process development data to full scale manufacturing systems.

Leveraging this expertise, Keith founded Hyde’s CORE Lab in 2012, a facility devoted to the development, exploration, and scale up of cleaning processes for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

Keith has also published multiple journal and periodical articles; as well as, chapters in PAT Applied in Biopharmaceutical Process Development And Manufacturing: An Enabling Tool for Quality-by-Design by Duncan Lowe, and in Cleaning and Cleaning Validation, Volume 2, edited by Dr. Paul Pluta.

Peter Davies

Director, European Operations


Director, European Operations
Peter Davies is Director of Operations for Hyde in Europe. Peter’s focus is to manage all of Hyde’s recruitment and operations across Europe. This includes management of full time employees and contract personnel on all projects and assignments. Peter also works closely with the MD on Hyde’s business development, finance, project management and quality functions.

Prior to joining Hyde, Peter was managing an engineering recruitment division for the Berkley Group, a leading recruitment organization. Peter has over 10 years recruitment and operations experience with the engineering, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. He has a strong background in managing teams, client stakeholders, budgets, project management and client account management.

Peter has extensive experience working in the European market supporting large scale projects within the areas of CQV, process, project management, validation and quality. Peter graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology with a BSC in Software Development.

Fearghal Downey

Technical Director, Europe


Technical Director, Europe
Fearghal Downey brings with him over 22 years of experience working in the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, and in research and development. He is a talented leader with a proven record of accomplishments in completing projects successfully in the areas of clean-in-place systems, process and clean utilities, containment, commissioning, and qualification. Fearghal has excellent management, analytical and decision-making skills with a proven ability to plan and manage teams.

Fearghal holds a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from University College, Dublin, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. He began his career with Merck Sharpe and Dohme in Ireland within the Technical Operations group, specializing in preparing the facility for the introduction of new products and processes. Since 1998, he has predominately been responsible for project delivery from both a technical and managerial aspect. He has delivered large scale projects from design, through construction, commissioning, and qualification in both the API and biopharmaceuticals areas. During this time, he developed core expertise in several areas such as high containment systems (powders and liquids), fluid and powder transfer systems, clean-in-place design and operation and sterile processing.

Fearghal joined Hyde Engineering and Consulting, Europe Ltd in September 2012 as Technical Director for the European Operation, while also providing specialized knowledge to the Global organization, particularly in his specialty areas and project execution. He has been collaborating with the Hyde CORE laboratory since joining Hyde.

Fearghal is a very active member of the ISPE community and is currently serving his second year as Treasurer of the ISPE Ireland Affiliate and has been a committee member since 2010.

Richard Gummer

Director, Engineering / Southern California


Director, Engineering / Southern California
Richard joined Hyde-EC in 2016. Richard’s entire career has been in the life science industry beginning with Ayerst/Wyeth (now Pfizer), Kendall Healthcare (now Medtronic) and Baxter BioScience (now Shire).

Richard has delivered hundreds of engineering projects covering utility systems, medical devices, aseptic processing, small molecule and liquid pharmaceuticals, clean room design, facility expansions and construction management, facility shutdowns, technology transfer and scale ups, biotechnology processing for both clinical and full scale commercial operations.

Richard is well versed in life cycle requirements and GMP requirements for all geographies.

As Director of Engineering, Richard will manage and develop Hyde’s technical resources and engineering projects assuring a high level of customer satisfaction.

Karrie Hogan

Director, Global Recruitment


Director, Global Recruitment
As the Director of Global Recruiting, Karrie is responsible for setting the strategic direction for recruitment and brand messaging for Hyde Engineering + Consulting. Hyde’s global recruiting department champions our culture by working to attract and retain the best and brightest engineers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

Karrie brings extensive technical experience to her role. She started her recruiting career in Colorado, specializing in sourcing and recruiting BS, MS and PhD scientific professionals for the pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, oil & gas, food and environmental industries. Prior to recruiting, Karrie was responsible for managing the sales of small to large-scale, in vivo and in vitro, monoclonal antibody production under cGMP and research guidelines.

Karrie holds a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She maintains balance in life by competing in triathlons and ultra-running. She is a 2-time ironman finisher.

Tanner Lesley

Director, Human Resources & Organization Development


Director, Human Resources & Organization Development
Tanner became fascinated by people and cultures while growing up, which led him to pursue a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. He realized his passion for Human Resources through his Organizational Psychology coursework during his undergraduate studies. Tanner was inspired to continue his education in Human Resources and received his PHR certification. Additionally, Tanner holds an M.S. in Strategic Human Resources Management from the University of Denver. He is currently pursuing his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certification.

When he’s not immersed in studies or work, Tanner enjoys skiing and backpacking the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado or relaxing on the sunny beaches of San Diego. Tanner’s interests in culture drives his passion for international travel. He enjoys volunteering in his local Boulder community and is an advocate for wellness and self-improvement.

Tanner is passionate about the role of HR at Hyde. The HR department serves to support the internal success of employees, aligning individual contributions to organizational goals. Hyde’s philosophy is to offer competitive and financially rewarding career opportunities for employees while creating a culture of teamwork and collaboration. The company’s dynamic international structure and multi-state operations requires compliance with local, state and federal laws, which is another focus for Tanner and the HR team.

Frank O'Connor

Director, European Finance


Director, European Finance
Frank is the Financial Director for Hyde Engineering and Consulting Europe Limited. Frank joined Hyde Europe in 2010, and he is responsible for leading the financial and administration functions in Europe. Frank is an accountant and over his career he has held a number of senior positions with mutli-nationals and large hedge funds. In recent years, he had specialized in helping US firms setting up business in Europe, where he provides advise on local taxation, banking and compliance issues.


Aaron Bober

Manager, East Coast Operations & Capital Projects


Manager, East Coast Operations & Capital Projects
Aaron Bober joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 2016 and is the East Coast Operations & Capital Projects Manager, where he is responsible for managing Hyde’s East Coast United States Operations. Prior to joining Hyde, Aaron was a Capital Projects Manager/Senior Process Design Engineer with SNC-Lavalin Project Services Inc. where he designed/managed many small, medium, and large EPCM projects in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The largest project Aaron managed was the design of a $150M USD greenfield facility for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Devens, MA. Aaron graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Jared Burke

Manager, Information Technology


Manager, Information Technology
Jared Burke joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 2006 as a Computer Technician I.

In his current role as Manager of Information Technology, Jared is responsible for all corporate information systems and hardware within the company.

Jared contributes extensive experience in implementing and administering systems throughout the organization. As the company has grown substantially, his role has expanded to supporting six regions across the US, as well as international offices in India, Europe and Singapore. His great work ethic and collaboration with other department leads ensures system stability and functionality throughout the organization. Jared is a company shareholder and he currently serves as an active member of Hyde’s Operations Committee.

David O'Keeffe

Regional Manager, West Coast Operations


Regional Manager, West Coast Operations
David is the West Coast Operations Manager within Hyde and brings over twelve years of experience in the industry. David has worked on projects in Ireland and the US. He has a broad range of experience ranging from construction to validation in the fields of waste water treatment, pharmaceutical/biotech, and cosmetics.

David joined Hyde in May 2015 and has worked for a number of different clients in the fields of commissioning & validation. In his most recent project, David was responsible for establishing and managing the cleaning validation program for a client in the Northern California region. David was also the first Staff Manager in the region and during this time, he worked with the Hyde management team to help define the role and responsibilities.

Prior to joining Hyde, David worked with a number of different consulting firms and held a fulltime position for one year with Merck, Westpoint, Pennsylvania. In this role, David supported manufacturing of the chicken pox vaccine. However, David realized that he preferred the consulting field and left Merck to rejoin the world of consulting. Over the years, David has gained extensive knowledge in constructing and commissioning of large-scale pharmaceuticals and has extensive validation experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech and cosmetic industries.

David holds a BS in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology and has a MS in General Systems Engineering from Walden University.

Kristina Sanchez

Manager, Quality & Safety


Manager, Quality & Safety
Kristina Sanchez joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting as the Quality Manager in 2015. In this role, Kristina is responsible for the development, growth and structure of the Quality Management System, its training and compliance to Quality System standards and regulations. An ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and ISO 9001:2015 Certified Lead Auditor, Kristina has experience in Quality Systems for electromechanical machines, medical devices and chemical manufacturing.

Mike Wait



Mike Wait joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in September 2004 and is Hyde’s Controller. Mike’s responsibilities include the book entries for the financial statements, creating financial tools for the management of the company, and working with the Hyde foreign entities to create consistent financial reporting throughout the affiliates. He also oversees the fundamental accounting practices for U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Hyde Engineering + Consulting, Mike spent seven years as an accounting supervisor for Siegel Oil Company in Denver, CO, and spent six years serving in the United States Marine Corps. He also gained extensive customer relations and management skills as a shift manager at McDonald’s restaurants. Mike has a B.S. in Accounting from Metropolitan State College of Denver, attended staff NCO training while in the Marine Corps, and completed several McDonalds management training courses.

Tom Zubrzycki

Engineering Manager, East Coast


Engineering Manager, East Coast
Tom Zubrzycki joined Hyde Engineering + Consulting in 2015. Tom has extensive experience in all phases of engineering design and in construction and start-up.  His key skills and competencies include large and small scale fermentation, protein purification, chemical synthesis, vacuum and pressure swing distillation, compounding, sterile fill/finish, modular design, solvent handling/storage and hazardous materials facility design, end of line liquid and gas waste treatment, relief system design, high containment processing and handling, process modeling (continuous and batch), safety reviews (PHA, HAZOP, LOPA).

Tom has spent time in his career supporting capital projects in multiple industries from small and large molecule pharmaceuticals including API’s, vaccines, monoclonal antibodies (MABs), nutraceuticals, enzymes, and oligonucleotides to power generation (cogen), building materials, nuclear fuels, specialty and bulk chemicals, oil and oil sands refining. Tom previously served as a Lead Process Engineer and Lead Project Engineer at Jacobs Engineering on jobs ranging from $17MM to $220MM.

Tom received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, SC and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey.