Meet Our Management Team

Casey Zace - President

Casey joined Oxyrase, Inc. in January 2014 as General Manager and was appointed President of the company in November 2014. As President, Casey is focused on continuing to build on past success and expanding the reach of the Oxyrase technology.
Prior to joining Oxyrase he held positions as Director of Manufacturing Operations and Manufacturing Manager for Cliniqa Corporation, a California based in-vitro diagnostics manufacturer. Mr. Zace brings over 15 years of experience with R&D, Manufacturing, RA/QA, Business Development and Operations to Oxyrase.
Casey completed undergraduate studies in Economics at Eastern Oregon University and has a MBA from the University of Redlands.


James C. Copeland, Ph.D. - Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Copeland is a co-founder of Oxyrase, Inc. and led the company from its inception in 1987 until November 2014 when he assumed the new role of CTO. He has a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, MS degree in Radiation Biology from the University of Tennesee, and a PhD degree from Rutger's Institute of Microbiology. In addition, Dr. Copeland has a MBA from the University of Chicago.
He has trained in molecular genetics as an American Cancer Society Post-doctoral Fellow at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He conducted research in areas of microbial genetics and regulatory mechanisms as a staff scientist in the Biology Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Copeland was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Microbiology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He became Director of Research and Development, Biotechnology at CPC International in Argo, Illinois. He founded Enzyme Technology Corporation in Ashland, Ohio which was sold and merged into another enzyme company.
Dr. Copeland has authored numerous patents and scientific publications. 

Lisa Stewart - Sales & Marketing Manager

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She has 20 years of pharmaceutical sales experience, including several years with The Upjohn Company, now part of Pfizer.  Lisa joined the Oxyrase, Inc. team in 2011.  She enjoys interacting with contacts and customers on a daily basis and meeting them at the various clinical microbiology and industry conferences that Oxyrase, Inc. attends. 

 Some of her favorite activities include gardening, yoga and tennis.


Diana Freer - Business Services Manager

Diana joined Oxyrase, Inc. in 2010 and is responsible for Business Services:  Shipping/Receiving, Customer Service and Finance.  Prior to joining Oxyrase, Diana worked in managerial positions with both Cole Tool & Die and AutoCall.  She brings several years of business and accounting experience at different manufacturing firms to her role with Oxyrase, Inc.

Diana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.


Meet Your Customer Service Ombudsman 

Christie Carroll - Customer Service

Christie sincerely enjoys interacting with customers, assuring their needs are met  and "putting faces to names" at the various trade shows she attends.  She has been with Oxyrase, Inc. since 2006 and over time has helped the company grow in numerous ways. Christie has taken advantage of every opportunity by contributing to many areas within the company, including Shipping/Receiving, Business Services, Production, Marketing and Customer Service.  As a result, Christie is an excellent resource for all Oxyrase, Inc. clients and employees. Christie compliments her experience at Oxyrase, Inc. with past customer service and manufacturing related positions at Marianne Casuals, Revco Pharmacy, General Motors, U.S. Postal Service and Ohio BWC.

Mrs. Carroll has always had a desire to help people and enjoys volunteering in her community, running, hiking and spending time with family.  She studied Recreational and Physical Therapy and has an Associate of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.