Roy Wesley is a research scientist and COO at Fermalogic, Inc., a biotech company that isolates natural products from soil microbes. He received his AB from Washington University, St. Louis, in German and Comparative Literature, his MS from Wayne State University in Cell and Molecular Biology, and his PhD from CUNY in Cell and Molecular Biology.
He also holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from New England College of Optometry, Boston. Previously, Wesley was a senior research investigator at Pfizer (Maywood, NJ, and Groton, CT), followed by clinic director at Wesley-Jessen, Inc. and President and Clinic Director at the National Eye Research Foundation.
He has been a committed volunteer in the LGBT community. He served on the Lambda Legal Board of Directors for six years, serving two years as Co-Chair of the national board, and has frequently volunteered with SAGE in the Chicago area. Previous board experiences were with NE Illinois Boy Scouts of America as CFO, President of the Winnetka Interfaith Council, Darien Condominium Board President, and CFO of the Werner Erhard Foundation Board.
Wesley has lived in Chicago with his husband for two-plus decades. They were married in 2013 and have two sons and three grandchildren. Wesley is currently writing a biographical memoir of his father, Newton Wesley, and the development of the contact lens industry in the United States.