John and Cassandra McKearn
Both John and Cassandra McKearn earned their bachelor’s degrees in biology at NIU. John is a general partner and managing director of RiverVest Venture Partners, one of the world’s most successful venture capital firms. He has been responsible for upwards of $70 billion in sales. He has twenty-five years of experience as a successful “drug hunter and developer” in biopharmaceuticals, including a decade in small-cap and venture-backed companies. As successful businesswoman, Cassandra McKearn has been instrumental as a business partner as well as an extraordinary homemaker, devoted mother, and volunteer in her community and school system. She is a valued mentor to fellows who actively seek her advice and guidance.