Executive Management

Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

AirXpanders has a committed group of professionals with over 150 years of combined experience in medical device and technology development. AirXpanders team is led by some of the industry’s most exceptional leaders and innovators.

Scott Murcray
Interim CEO
Scott has more than 20 years of finance experience in various senior finance leadership and management roles with Nanometrics Incorporated, ZOLL Medical Corporation, and VNUS Medical Technologies, among others. Scott’s broad background in finance and operations includes managing finance and accounting, manufacturing operations, sales operations, customer service, IT and human resources. In addition, he has led numerous rounds of debt and equity financings, as well as acquisitions and related integrations. Scott is a former audit manager of Arthur Andersen LLP. He is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.
Melissa Comunale
VP of Sales
Melissa brings over 15 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in the medical device industry. She has worked with companies including Stryker, Baxter, and Invuity in the plastics, breast, spine, and orthopaedics market segments. Melissa joined AirXpanders in January 2017 serving as our Senior Director of Sales for the Eastern US where she successfully built and led her team through the US commercial launch of AeroForm. She plays an integral role in our company's corporate sales training program as well as marketing initiatives and special projects. Prior to joining AirXpanders, Melissa was the National Sales Trainer and Senior Area Sales Manager for Invuity, where she managed independent partners and launched a disruptive technology focusing on women's health and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Melissa is fluent in Spanish and earned an MBA, Master of Science in the College of Health and Human Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Tony Morefield
VP of Operations
Tony has more than 15 years of medical device and aerospace experience with a focus on transitioning innovative technologies through late-stage development into full scale manufacturing. He most recently held the position of Sr. Director of Manufacturing and Engineering at Avantis Medical Systems, where he was responsible for advancing operations during the course of clinical studies and into full commercialization and through the eventual transition to off-shore manufacturing. Prior to joining Avantis, Tony spent eight years in varying leadership roles with Align Technology in the product development and manufacturing groups and was instrumental in building Align’s unique, world-class manufacturing operation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon.
Gwen Drain
Senior Director, Human Resources
Gwen brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources in the medical device industry with proven success in developing and implementing strategic direction for the HR function and building strong company cultures. Before joining AirXpanders, she was the Director of Human Resources for Invuity, Inc. where she developed and managed the human resources strategy and partnered with sales leadership in support of rapid commercial growth and expansion. Prior to Invuity, Gwen held senior level human resources positions with Abcam, PEAK Surgical, and Arthro Care Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University.
Mark Payne
VP, Research & Development
Mark has extensive leadership experience in research and development with a focus on the execution of innovative early stage technologies. He has held positions as a Research Engineer/Scientist for Cytyc Surgical Products and Director of Mechanical Systems Design for United Technologies, where he and his teams worked on and delivered multiple advanced technology products. Mark has more than 15 US and international patents and has published more than 12 technical papers and articles. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he completed the Biodesign Innovation Sequence.
Belinda Pinedo
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Belinda brings more than 20 years of Regulatory experience in the medical device industry. Prior to joining AirXpanders, Belinda held a senior management role with DFine, Inc. where she led various successful domestic and international company growth efforts and supported project development teams until its acquisition. Throughout her career, she has held numerous Regulatory positions with companies such as DFine, Medtronic, Kyphon, Stryker and a number of other medical device companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from San Jose State University.
Kirsty Amland
Business Director, Asia Pacific
Kirsty joined AirXpanders in early 2015 to lead the company’s first global commercial efforts in Australia. Kirsty brings over 15 years of experience in the medical device industry across marketing, sales and finance. Prior to joining AirXpanders, she spent 13 years at Johnson & Johnson MD&D where she gained substantial experience commercialising new technologies. In her most recent role, Kirsty was responsible for marketing for the Mentor business unit, where she led the launch of the first human tissue-based dermal matrix for breast reconstruction into the Australian market. Kirsty has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from St Louis University.