29 Apr 2021

HudsonAlpha Foundation appoints two new board members


Robert Key is founder and managing partner of Abaco Ventures. Through Abaco Ventures, he supports investments in biotech, growth tech, real estate and banking. Mr. Key is also the President of Alpha Foundation, Inc. a private family foundation based in Huntsville, Ala. In joining the board of directors, he is continuing his grandfather’s legacy of supporting scientific innovation. Key’s grandfather is HudsonAlpha co-founder Lonnie McMillian.

“I am humbled and grateful to serve on the HudsonAlpha Foundation board,” said Key. “I look forward to contributing to the continued success of HudsonAlpha while remaining true to my grandfather’s vision of delivering treatments and cures to those who need them in the shortest time possible.”

Mr. Key holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He is an active pilot, aviation enthusiast and wooden boat builder. He was born in Huntsville and grew up in the Bahamas. Mr. Key has lived in Madison since 2002 with his wife Ruth Key and their two children. They are also members of the Church of the Highlands. 


Michael DeMaioribus currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Davidson Technologies and the Board of Directors of PeopleTec, Inc.. He also provides board and executive level consulting to other local, high technology defense and aerospace firms through DeMaioribus Technologies LLC. Mr. DeMaioribus is a member of the Board of Trustees of Auburn University and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Charles D. McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security at Auburn University. He has been inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. 

In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, a member of the Committee of 100 and a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club. He is a former member of the Huntsville Botanical Garden Board and a former United Way of Madison County Board Chair.

“My wife, Leta, and I have both been fascinated by the pioneering work being done at the Institute in pushing the frontiers of medicine to new discoveries,” said DeMaioribus. “I am honored to be able to continue to support HudsonAlpha by serving on the Foundation Board.”

Mr. DeMaioribus retired as executive vice president of Dynetics in 2016, after a 39-year career. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University along with additional graduate coursework in radar, signal processing, phased arrays and missile seekers.

Mr. DeMaioribus has lived in Huntsville since 1960 and is married to Leta Hornbuckle DeMaioribus. They have four children and nine grandchildren.