Network of Advisors

A Closer Look At The Network

At Toft Group, our customers come first and the life sciences industry is our passion. Since 1999, we have had the privilege of partnering with top life sciences companies to Change the Future of Medicine, one Relationship at a Time. Our commitment to our customers extends beyond simply placing a candidate. We know the best in the industry, and enjoy successful ongoing collaborations with a variety of businesses. These business have become our Network of Advisors spanning a broad spectrum of services our customers may encounter as they continue to expand their organizations. We are proud of these affiliations and would be happy to facilitate an introduction if you have a need for their services!


Gaylene Xanthopoulos

President and Founder

Leadership Edge

Professional Experience

Gaylene Xanthopoulos is a businesswoman, facilitator, speaker, published author and founder of The Leadership Edge who has differentiated herself through her tremendous understanding of the life sciences industry, expertise in leadership and management and, more specifically, her ability to address the unique leadership challenges faced by women. Over the past 25 years, The Leadership Edge has assisted life science companies to reach their highest potential through the development and delivery of industry-specific professional development programs in the areas of leadership, management and teaming. The Leadership Edge has developed a management program that has successfully enhanced the management skills of over 4,000 scientific leaders from over 400 life science companies.

Ms. Xanthopoulos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she is a certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner...

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Carin Canale-Theakston

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Canale Communications Inc.

Professional Experience

Carin is involved at some level with every client, providing communications insights to life science executives and contributing to strategic planning. She founded CanaleComm in 2010 after her tenure as president of the life sciences division of international public relations firm Porter Novelli—and before that, as partner of boutique life sciences firm Atkins + Associates (acquired by Portner Novelli).

A sought-after speaker and moderator, Carin serves as vice-chair of the board of directors for San Diego-based Biocom, the largest regional life science association in the world, and co-chairs the Biocom Capital Development Committee. She also is a director of the San Diego Venture Group, where her efforts help bring additional investor capital...

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Maggie Osburn

Executive Vice President, General Manager

HUB International Insurance Services Inc.

Professional Experience

Maggie is Executive Vice President, General Manager for HUB International, Inc. in San Diego. In this role, Maggie leads the strategic direction of the employee benefits division for San Diego. Her expertise as an advisor to HR enables her to effectively consult with San Diego’s major employers to help them develop insurance strategies that are aligned with their business, financial and human resources goals and objectives.

Maggie joined HUB in August 2006. She has more than 25 years of sales, training and consulting experience in the human resources arena across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Intercare, she served as senior vice president of global accounts for Lee Hecht Harrison, where...

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Katie W. McCarthy

Managing Director

Halloran Consulting Group, Inc.

Professional Experience

Katie McCarthy is a drug development expert, with over 20 years of experience focusing on Clinical Development and Operations and Program Leadership and Management. She has expertise leading early and late stage cross-functional drug development programs, directing activities and teams for all phases of clinical development, and creating collaborative and productive alliances with partners.

Katie joined Halloran Consulting Group in 2011, and is the Managing Director of their biotechnology and pharmaceutical development business. She often functions as an on-demand Head of Clinical Operations and/or Development, directs clinical development teams, advises on strategic planning initiatives, and provides recommendations...

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Annette Winn

Senior Consultant


Professional Experience

Annette has 20+ years of experience providing advice and assistance to clients regarding a range of compensation issues including total compensation strategy, senior management compensation, short-term incentive compensation, long-term incentive compensation, and salary management programs. Annette also has experience designing compensation programs for companies facing private equity transactions, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and initial public offerings.

Before joining Compensia, Annette was the Compensation Consulting Director of Operations for Barney & Barney where she assisted clients in both the technology and life sciences industry sectors with a range of compensation consulting projects. Prior to joining Barney & Barney, Annette was an Assistant Vice President at Radford, an Aon Hewitt Company, specializing in executive, Board, and equity programs. She also worked at WestWard Pay Strategies as a Principal and Senior Compensation Consultant...

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Carrie Corless

VP of Business Development

Ace Relocation

Professional Experience

Carrie came to Ace Relocation Systems after ten-plus accomplished years in the staffing industry. While in staffing she specialized in placement of human resources professionals. Once she joined Ace Relocation in 1992 she focused on business development while never losing site of the importance of human resources in the relocation process. As such she is actively involved in the San Diego HR community, as well as the national relocation industry.

For the twenty-two years Carrie has been with Ace Relocation, she has specialized in handling national and international transfers, while offering a concierge personalized approach to relocation management. She excels in offering high touch, world class services, from hosting dinner parties connecting CEOs into the community, to organizing pizza parties to introduce the children to others in their new school. She goes beyond the scope of any relocation professional in San Diego County.

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John D Frager

Executive Managing Director


Professional Experience

As the Executive Managing Director for CBRE San Diego, John Frager oversees more than 250 real estate professionals in four San Diego office locations. He is responsible for the successful integration of multiple business lines and leveraging the varied expertise of CBRE San Diego’s professionals to ensure that clients seize opportunities and make highly informed decisions. 

Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Frager was CBRE’s Executive Managing Director of Office Services, a national service line where he oversaw more than 1,200 office leasing professionals who focused on the real estate needs of owners, investors and occupiers of office properties across the Americas. Mr. Frager spent the majority of his time traveling to CBRE offices throughout the Americas to streamline the service line’s processes across the CBRE platform and gain a deep understanding of the company, its clients and enhance his industry expertise.

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Dan Negroni

Founder, CEO Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Chief Launch Officer


Professional Experience

Dan is a coach, consultant, facilitator and keynote speaker for today’s critical cross-generational issues, bridging the gap between managers and their millennial workforce to increase employee engagement, productivity and profits. Dan leverages his authentic, no-nonsense approach and a successful 20+ year career as a CEO, attorney, senior sales and marketing executive, to reinvigorate businesses and people.

Prior to founding launchbox, Dan served as CEO for start-up businesses in the health and fitness market and for a national consulting firm. He also held senior roles in sales, marketing and operations for a variety of service businesses in the technology industry. He was responsible for managing teams as large as 1,500 people to create 100s of millions of dollars in sales and significant increases in enterprise valuation. In conjunction with most of his roles, he also served as companies’ general counsel and supervised the legal and HR functions. He attended Georgetown Law Center and started his legal career as corporate and business attorney at Morgan Lewis in New York. Dan is a member of the California Bar.

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