Karen Heidelberger is a Partner and Chief Partnership and Communications Officer at Deerfield and joined the Firm in 2002. She is responsible for relationships with investors, partner companies, academic institutions and other interested parties. Prior to this role, Ms. Heidelberger was a Trader at Deerfield for over a decade. Before Deerfield, Ms. Heidelberger was a Vice President in the Sales and Trading division of Merrill Lynch, and served as a Conflicts Coordinator in the Mergers and Acquisitions department. As Conflicts Coordinator, she was responsible for ensuring that Merrill Lynch was clear of legal and business conflicts of interest before the firm was able to accept an assignment. Ms. Heidelberger has approximately 17 years of experience in healthcare and 24 years of experience in finance. She is involved in Deerfield’s Break into the Boardroom and Women in Science programs, and currently serves on the Board of NewYorkBIO and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. Ms. Heidelberger graduated from the Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an Executive Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Columbia University.
Shannon Plumstead is a Partnership and Communications Manager at Deerfield and joined the Firm in 2013. She is responsible for developing and executing communication strategies and events that support Deerfield and its external stakeholders, and is also involved in the Firm’s Break into the Boardroom and Women in Science programs. Prior to Deerfield, Ms. Plumstead was the Studio Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO of Beneville Studios. Previously, she was the Facility Manager and Development Coordinator for LA PALESTRA (LPMG) and also served as the Administrative and Human Resource Director and Executive Assistant to the President at LA PALESTRA Center for Preventative Medicine. Ms. Plumstead started her career as a professional ballet dancer and graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory.