Team

Our Start

Looking for an easy to use and modern research software, our founders discovered there was nothing on the market that satisfied these needs.  With vast industry experience, our founders put their heads together to design an elegant, modern, comprehensive, but easy to use, informatics platform for preclinical researchers.  RockStep Solutions was born, and subsequentally was selected for an innovation award from the NIH, based on transformative ideas around building lab information systems to disrupt the way laboratory workflows are managed.

RockStep then partnered with Microsoft to begin developing advanced technologies, in the Azure cloud, into Climb.  In 2015, RockStep partnered with a large Nobel Laureate’s lab at UCSF and began developing the software for use by this extraordinary research group, improving the system for scientists, research staff, and breeding facilities.  RockStep also worked with researchers at the Jackson Laboratory, Columbia University, MIT, as well as labs in biopharma, where companies were focusing on drug discovery and the need to make a rapid transition to cloud infrastructure.

Our company works with frontier scientists to understand their needs, as well as some of the world’s most advanced technologies to ensure our system is state of the art, scalable, secure, low maintenance, all at incremental costs to our customers.

Leadership Team

Chuck Donnelly

Chuck Donnelly

CEO & President

Co-founder of RockStep, Chuck graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Computer Science. He has spent the last fifteen years as Director of Computational Sciences at the Jackson Laboratory, where he lead the Jax Colony Management System (JCMS) team and several other large scale laboratory information management and genomic analytics projects. Prior to Jackson, was a member of the Space Astrophysics Group at UC Berkeley directing development of software systems for NASA spaceflight systems, algorithms for radio astronomy. Chuck has published papers in respected journals and lectured around the world about information systems used in science. Chuck brings his wealth of experience, excellent leadership, and management experience to the RockStep team.

Abigail Ames

Abigail Ames

Director of Technology

Co-founder of RockStep, Abigail holds a degree in Biology from Shippensburg University. She has spent most of her 15 year software engineering career designing, building, and maintaining software systems for The Jackson Laboratory.  Abigail served as the lead developer on the Jackson Laboratory’s Information Management System (JaxLIMS) and has contributed to the development of JCMS.   She brings to the team an in-depth knowledge of information systems and data architecture, as well as a passion for building great software.

Julie Morrison

Julie Morrison

VP Product Management

Julie earned her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maine.  Her past research includes developing detection sensors and assays for Bacillus spores, coliform bacteria, and viral potato pathogens at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, IDEXX, and UMaine.  She brings entrepreneurial experience in sales, marketing, and customer relationship management.  She is passionate about using data driven decision making to drive marketing, sales, and product development towards scale and growth, particularly in complex go to market models.

Senior Team 

Alicia Amaral

Alicia Amaral

Part Time CFO

Alicia brings extensive experience as a CFO, controller, auditor, and educator.  She is an instructor at Tufts University where she has been teaching Accounting & Finance since 2009. She was a director for the global accounting firm BDO, chief financial officer for Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group, controller for the engineering firm Haley & Aldrich, managing director of Scalar Analytics, and a senior auditor for the public accounting firm Arthur Andersen. Alicia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Furman University and a Master of Science degree in Accountancy from Bentley University. She is a licensed CPA, a Certified Valuation Analyst and a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Kevin Stone

Kevin Stone

Senior Software Engineer

Kevin brings to the team his 9 years of solid web development experience, as well as a commitment to continuous learning, curiosity, and best software practices. For much of his career he developed front-end systems and data visualizations for the Mouse Genome Informatics group at The Jackson Laboratory, gaining first-hand experience solving many of the unique challenges in writing software for the biological community. Kevin holds a BS in Computer Science from the The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Catherine Chipman

Catherine Chipman

Software Quality Assurance and Release Manager

Catherine earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Maine at Machias and her A.S. in Applied Marine Biology and Oceanography from Southern Maine Community College. Catherine spent time building ocean surface drifters and researching genetic drift in local populations of Osmerus mordax. Catherine has 5 years of user support experience as well as two years of software training and documentation experience. When Catherine is not working in the Portland office, she is testing the elevation boundaries of Climb by checking in from the summits of the New England 4,000 foot mountain peaks.