Dr. Willie McKinney, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master’s in Biology and Toxicology from North Carolina Central University, and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, is a seasoned executive and inhalation toxicologist who has dedicated his professional life to the tobacco industry. His specialties include Regulatory Strategy and Submissions, Risk Assessment and Management, Process Optimization, and Toxicology and Product Testing. With over two decades of experience, he has significantly contributed to the research shaping product development and formulated regulatory strategies that successfully launch superior products into the market.
In 2020, he established McKinney Regulatory Science Advisors, a respected consultancy committed to guiding companies through the complex regulatory landscapes. The organization offers a comprehensive suite of services aimed at risk mitigation, with a significant focus on implementing toxicological and chemistry programs. These programs empower clients to effectively address regulatory challenges, ensuring their product compliance with the required standards set by governing bodies. McKinney Regulatory Science Advisors’ commitment to excellence and the knowledge depth inherent in its approach has cemented its reputation as a trusted industry partner.
Amy Brannan serves as Vice President of Strategy and Administration for McKinney Specialty Labs. Amy is an alumnus of the University of Richmond, where she received her MBA, and The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Logistics. With over 20 years of experience in the tobacco and ENDS industries, her expertise spans a wide range of areas including Human Resources, Procurement, Strategic Planning, Regulatory Affairs, and Compliance. Amy’s ability to foster collaboration among diverse groups and forge enduring relationships underscores her unwavering dedication to her field.
Kasey Raley serves as the Vice President of Laboratory Operations for McKinney Specialty Labs. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Northern Colorado, her career spans an impressive 18 years in the Environmental Testing Industry, focusing on drinking water and wastewater. Her extensive experience includes various roles such as Laboratory Analyst, Senior Biologist, Microbiology Technical Manager, Senior Analytical Services Manager, Client Services Manager, and Quality Manager. This diverse experience has shaped her into the industry expert she is recognized as today.
Jennifer (Jenn) Feller serves as an Account Executive and is a seasoned business development and technical sales manager, boasting a proven history in the field of modified and reduced-risk tobacco products, with a particular emphasis on ENDS and heated tobacco products. Jenn’s expertise extends to project and quality management, underpinned by her vast understanding of the requirements for FDA submissions, such as ENDS, whole cigarettes, tobacco filler & smoke, waterpipe, oral pouches, and prototype devices. Her comprehensive knowledge of various detection methods – including liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and inductively coupled plasma – has proven to be invaluable in all her project endeavors. At McKinney, Jenn takes on the role of enhancing operating efficiency, elevating quality, and improving the client service experience. With a strong background in science, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, specializing in Mathematics, from Loyola University, New Orleans.
Meghan Shea holds the position of Business Development and Project Manager at McKinney Specialty Labs. She attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to joining McKinney, Meghan honed her skills as a Wet Chemistry Analyst and later progressed to a Wet Chemistry Group Leader at a comprehensive environmental laboratory. Leveraging her indispensable laboratory experience along with her seven years of customer service proficiency, she transitioned into project management. Since joining the McKinney Specialty Labs team, Meghan has been instrumental in enhancing the project management procedures and customer service experience.
Chelsea Lee serves as the Sales Administrator at McKinney Specialty Labs. With a six-year track record in sales and executive support, her expertise is in augmenting workflow efficiency, managing data, and fostering client relations. Chelsea diligently focuses on advancing reporting methods, refining client relationship management software, and improving prevailing processes.