Meet Our Team

Carl L. Whatley, Jr.

CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

Carl Whatley leads Vitruvias with expert knowledge of all facets of the generic pharmaceutical drug industry. His leadership background coupled with a passion to expand the generic drug market have led to the development of multiple successful companies bringing next generation drugs into American pharmacies.

  • 35 year veteran in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Formed Cendalor LLC in 2009, a boutique management consulting and investment analysis firm serving the pharmaceutical, medical food, and dietary supplement sectors.
  • Served as Chief Executive Officer of Kowa Company Limited, which acquired ProEthic.
  • Co-founded ProEthic Laboratories, LLC and Midlothian Laboratories. In under 5 years, the combined companies were generating top-line revenue of almost $40 million.
  • Spent 20 years in various pharmaceutical divisions of American Home Products Corporation, which included Ives Laboratories, Ayerst Laboratories, and Wyeth Laboratories. Won several national sales awards including the Presidents Golden Circle and the Gala Award for outstanding performance.
  • Authored “Getting Under the Skin” by C. Whatley, Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality
  • Featured a 2008 edition of “PharmaVoice Magazine” as part of the “100 of the Most Inspiring People of the Year” within the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Small Business Administration’s Business “Person of the Year” for the State of Alabama in 2006
  • Selected as a finalist for Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Awardin 2005 and 2006
  • Co-holder and co-inventor of three patents
  • Chairman of the Board of E.A.T. South, a nonprofit that encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production.
  • Chairman of the Auburn University at Montgomery Capital Campaign and Chair of the Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellors Advisory Board
  • B.A. from Auburn University at Montgomery, selected as a “Top 40 Alumni” in 2010

Roger Graben


Dr. Roger Graben is responsible for building and operating the commercial and quality assurance operations at Vitruvias. With decades of success in hospital, clinical, retail and academic settings coupled with executive-level business experience, Roger is a key leader who brings excellence and expansion to Vitruvias products and partnerships.

  • 29 year industry veteran
  • Served as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member at Kowa Pharmaceuticals America (KPA) prior to Vitruvias. Responsible for daily operations and oversight of business development, alliance management, quality assurance, pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs, trade, distribution, operations, facilities, fleet, and information technology. Held several Vice Presidential roles within KPA’s various business sectors during his tenure at the company.
  • Began as a formulation scientist with Solvay Pharmaceuticals and grew through a managerial position into Director of Quality Control with Chelsea Labs (a Rugby Generics/Marion Merrill-Dow Company).
  • Licensed pharmacist who owned a successful independent retail pharmacy
  • Member of the Auburn University Research Advisory Board
  • Served on Auburn Montgomery Dean’s Advisory Council
  • B.S. in Pharmacy, M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from Auburn University

Eliot Murray

Chief Financial Officer

Eliot Murray joined Vitruvias in January of 2018, after having consulted with the company during its startup phase and Series A capital raise. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for all financial and accounting operations of the company. Eliot brings strong financial acumen to the team by way of unique experiences across diversified industries.

  • 10 years pharma industry experience
  • Responsible for financial planning and analysis at Kowa Pharmaceuticals America from ProEthic transaction through a branded co-promotion effort with Lilly
  • Worked in accounting and logistics roles at ProEthic Pharmaceuticals before and during the sale to Kowa
  • Served in numerous pricing and strategy functions with software, telecom, and fintech companies
  • MBA from Auburn University Montgomery

Kellie Herrod


Kellie Herrod joined the Vitruvias team as Controller in 2019. Prior to coming to Vitruvias she served as Controller at ARKAL, an international auto parts manufacturer in Auburn, AL, and Assistant Controller/ Senior Accountant at Kowa Pharmaceuticals America in Montgomery, AL. Her loyalty, passion and dedication to the team efforts and mission of Vitruvias make her a vital asset to the team. Kellie has been working in accounting since 1991 and says that the only thing better than working with numbers is working with a great team and a worthy mission.

  • 10 years pharma industry experience
  • 25+ years of private and corporate accounting and business management
  • BS in General Business
  • BS in Accounting
  • Experience in A/R, Returns, Collections and Money Management

Hunter Freeman

Senior Accountant

Hunter joins Vitruvias from the automotive industry where his experience with leading manufacturers prepared him to take on the role as Senior Accountant. Hunter is an Auburn Alumnus and a United States Marine Corps veteran. From accounts receivable and inventory management, to quality control, process audits and analysis, Hunter’s approach encompasses all business functions with customer service being the ultimate focus.

  • Bachelor of Accountancy, Auburn 2011
  • Master of Business Administration, Auburn 2012

Katie Carroll

Director- Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance

Dr. Katie Carroll joined Vitruvias Therapeutics in April of 2019 as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance. Prior to joining Vitruvias, Katie served as the Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance for Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. in Montgomery, AL.

  • 12 years of pharmacy, clinical, and industry experience
  • Experience managing regulatory activities for regulatory applications, including NDA and IND applications
  • Experience as the US Agent
  • Strong eCTD knowledge
  • Pharmacovigilance expertise including strong clinical knowledge conducting medical evaluation for individual case safety reports, MedDRA coding, and regulatory reporting of safety information
  • Served as the responsible person for regional pharmacovigilance for the US
  • Clinical expertise in hospice & palliative care symptom management
  • Licensed pharmacist
  • Certified as a Consultant Pharmacist
  • Certified in Medication Therapy Management and Immunizations
  • Earned Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from Auburn University

Sara Caldwell

Director of Operations

Sara Caldwell is responsible for the procurement, planning, and execution of our current development programs. She brings her unique capacity, business acumen, and superior management skills to each project.

  • 12 years industry experience
  • Served in Sales, Analysis, Operations and Management positions within ProEthic Pharmaceuticals and Kowa Pharmaceuticals eventually overseeing a sales force of 300.
  • Experienced Client Manager for Health Information Designs, a leading provider of primarily healthcare-related information technology and data analytics solutions.
  • Earned Master of Business Administration from Auburn University, Montgomery.

Karen Hughes

Director- National Accounts

Karen Hughes joined the Vitruvias team in 2020 as the Pharmaceutical Account Manager, Generics, with almost 21 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She brings her knowledge and focus on relationship-building to assist with the commercial division of the company.

In January, 2022 she assumed responsibility for all of the Company’s commercial operations as the Director of National Accounts.

She began her pharmaceutical career with Schering-Plough in Montgomery, Alabama and has spent the last 21 years in sales, progressing from sales to management across several related healthcare industries.

Karen attended Auburn University (Montgomery) where she earned B.S. in Biology.