Independent Board Members

Independent directors act as a guide to the company. Their roles broadly include improving corporate credibility and governance standards functioning as a watchdog, and playing a vital role in risk management. Independent directors play an active role in various committees set up by company to ensure good governance.  Performance Validation is committed to increasing the number of independent directors on our board, as well as increasing the board’s diversity in order to make the best decisions possible and obtain the best possible outcomes for our employee owners.

Richard Van Doel, Board Chairman

Richard served as Performance Validation’s President/CEO from 2006 through 2021.  He is a Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ). He has a BS Business Management, a MS in Strategic Management and PhD in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Professionally, Richard has provided services to the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries with positions of increasing responsibility for nearly 30 years. His has assisted medical device manufacturers in FDA remediation, developed compliant but right-sized validation programs, assisted in the development of quality systems that meet ISO 13485 and USFDA Quality Systems Regulations, and assisted the Pharmacy industry in meeting cGMP regulations for FDA registered Outsourcing Facilities.

Bruce E. Beck, Independent Board Member

Mr. Beck brings extensive skills and experiences in leading and managing various types of groups in the pharmaceutical business.  His experience includes 34 years with Eli Lilly and Company with 15 of those years as Director of Engineering Global Facilities Delivery (GFD).  During his role as the lead for GFD, Mr. Beck successfully led the development and implementation of a corporate Commissioning and Qualification program that has been used in the delivery of neBruce Beckw and existing assets around the world.  Mr. Beck has been responsible for the delivery of both US and outside US facilities including China, Spain, Ireland, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom.

As a manager, Mr. Beck has provided coaching, mentoring, and leadership to his direct reports to enhance their skills in leading multicultural teams around the world.  A cornerstone of his success is based on the ability to focus on both technical expertise and leadership necessary to bring large capital projects to fruition.  His experience includes development of a best in class Commissioning and Qualification program.  Development and implementation of a Construction Quality Assurance program that delivered first time quality to capital projects effectively reducing rework on capital projects by 40-50%, and a program to address equipment lifecycle by creating a standardized maintenance package process to ensure that all newly acquired assets are maintained properly.

Kristy Britsch, Independent Board Member

Kristy Britsch serves as senior counsel to the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of the law firm of

Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC (LP). She has more than a decade of experience advising closely held businesses on incorporating employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) into their business succession planning. Kristy represents businesses of all sizes, as well as selling shareholders and ESOP fiduciaries, in transactions involving employer securities. Her transaction experience includes representing companies, selling shareholders and ESOP fiduciaries in the sale of employer securities to the ESOP, representing existing ESOP companies and ESOP fiduciaries in sales of ESOP companies to third-party buyers and representing existing ESOP companies and ESOP fiduciaries in the acquisition of other companies. Kristy enjoys helping her clients navigate the complex legal aspects of an ESOP stock purchase transaction and the issues that arise during the life cycle of the ESOP post-transaction, which includes counsel on ERISA fiduciary matters.

In addition to working on ESOP transactions, Kristy’s practice focuses on general employee benefit and executive compensation matters, including plan design, implementation, and compliance for various types of qualified and non-qualified plans (this includes advising businesses on Code Section 409A matters). In addition, Kristy supports LP’s corporate attorneys by using her expertise with employee benefit plan and executive compensation issues related to merger and acquisition transactions. Kristy also represents plan sponsors and fiduciaries with respect to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) examinations and audits and with the resolution of plan defects by utilizing the IRS and DOL correction programs.

Jacqueline A. Byers, Independent Board Member

Jackie Byers joined the board of Performance Validation in October 2021 and is focused on financial and audit-related matters given her experience as a financial executive for the duration of her over 35-year career.

Most recently, Jackie served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Centerfield Capital Partners, a position she held for nearly ten years before retiring in August 2021. She was responsible for accounting, audit, tax, treasury, portfolio valuation, and financial reporting activities of the firm, and assisted with investment monitoring of the firm’s portfolio of 25 – 35 companies in diverse industries. Jackie also developed and supported relationships with Centerfield’s investors, lending banks, regulators including the Small Business Association, and other key constituents.

Prior to joining Centerfield, Jackie served as Director of Financial Reporting at Remy International, a global manufacturer. Prior to working at Remy International, Jackie was a Vice President at CNO Financial Group where she managed Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for four years. While at CNO Financial, she held various other roles of increasing responsibility, including Controller of a business unit and Vice President of Internal Audit.  For the first twelve years of her career, Jackie was a public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she served as Senior Manager in the audit practice.  Jackie is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Indiana.