Brian O’Neill, MBA
Brian O’Neill is Executive Vice President at O’Neill Associates Inc., a specialist insurance brokerage firm that provides professional liability and business insurance as well as risk management services to architects, engineers, and land surveyors. Brian also has a wealth of investment banking and corporate finance experience, having spent time in both industries. While earning his MBA, Brian was part of a team that provided strategic recommendations to Clínica Verde that focused on the organization’s future growth and sustainability. He also supports a number of organizations dedicated to preserving the environment and is an avid surfer and runner. Brian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.
Robert Moore, MD
Robert Moore is chief medical officer at Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC). Prior to that he served for 13 years as Medical Director of Clinic Ole, a non-profit community health center in Napa, California serving primarily Latinos and the working poor. He is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Medicine and has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in New York City. As a medical student, Dr. Moore spent time in Managua, Nicaragua at Bertha Calderon Women’s Hospital and Lenin Fonseca Hospital studying the primary health care system set up by the Sandinistas. Dr. Moore completed his family residency program at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California in 1995. His clinical interests include: Pediatrics (including immunizations, childhood obesity and oral health), Women’s Health, Diabetes, and Public Health (including Tuberculosis). His administrative interests center on quality improvement, education of students in the health professions, and use of information technology in health care.
Simon Sadler, PhD
Simon Sadler, Ph.D. is Professor of Architectural and Urban History, Art History and Technocultural Studies, and Chancellor’s Fellow, at University of California, Davis, where he also currently serves as the Director of the Art History Department. Has has served as External examiner, Ph.D. Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York and as External Course Validator for the MA Histories of Art and Design, University of Central England, Birmingham. He has also served as Liason between University of Dublin and the Architectural Association of Ireland. His principal teaching is in western architecture and urban design, particularly in relation to modernization in the eighteenth to twentieth-first centuries. He is the author of Archigram: Architecture without Architecture, Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and The Situationist. City.
Armando Incer Toledo, MD
Armando Incer Toledo, M.D. is a doctor of internal medicine with a specialty in the area of diabetics practicing in Boaco, Nicaragua. He has served as director of Silais-Boaco since 1997, monitoring, evaluating and supervising all health services in the department of Boaco. Under Dr. Incer’s direction, Silais-Boaco developed the initiative “Friends of Women and Children,” the first of its type in Latin America. He has served as coordinator in this department with of a variety of health projects initiated by USAID. He has served as medical director of Hospital Jose Nieborowski and municipal director of the Ministry of Health in the city of Teustepe.
Dick Grace spent over thirty-five years cultivating his professional and financial success, first as a United States Marine Corps Officer, and then as a Senior Vice President for Smith Barney. According to Dick however, the real story of his true success began when he turned his focus outward and embarked on the path of compassionate action. In the late 1970’s, Dick and his wife Ann started a small winery in the Napa Valley of California and their Cabernet Sauvignons became a legend, bringing at charity auctions more money than any other wine made in America. Now, Grace Family Vineyards raises well over a million dollars annually for various charitable causes. Dick is emphatic about his belief that donating money is only a small part of his charitable equation. As he explains, “the other part includes personal involvement and personal commitment to raising others’ awareness and being generous not only with one’s capital but also with one’s vision, time, energy, and most importantly, one’s love.” He has volunteered at Mother Theresa’s hospice in Kathmandu and in Calcutta, at homes for disabled persons, at children’s camps, and for a variety of other organizations alleviating the suffering of children and adults who are physically, emotionally, or financially disenfranchised. He also supports a number of Buddhist causes including Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu, Nepal and Dharmsala, India, and the monks at Shechen Monastery. His personal values and commitments have shaped not only his own life, but also the lives of countless other people worldwide.
Gary Jenanyan is a designer, restaurant consultant and chef instructor. He was Executive Chef of the Great Chef’s Program at Robert Mondavi Winery for 26 years before retiring in 2002. Since 1998, Gary has been Executive Chef to the fleet for Lindblad Expeditions, partnered with National Geographic Expeditions, the internationally acclaimed, environmentally conscious small-ship expedition cruise line. He is responsible for menus and recipes for the food operations on 5 ships worldwide and co-responsible for the wine lists. Gary developed and is currently the Project Manager for the OPUS Project on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. OPUS (Operation to Prevent Unwanted Species) is a system developed to peel, sanitize, vacuum pack, refrigerate and ship fruits and vegetables ready to prepare from Quito on the mainland of Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands without introducing invasive species, the most significant threat to the fragile environment on these unique islands. Gary’s culinary consulting firm, Jenanyan Design, designs restaurants, winery and home kitchens, ship’s galleys, troubleshoots food service operations, develops menus and recipes and provides chef instruction to a variety of clients internationally. He was the Executive Chef and chief food stylist for the 13-part PBS television series, “America’s Rising Star Chefs” and authored its companion cookbook. He works and teaches in English and Spanish and is conversant in French.
Karen Matsuoka, PhD
Karen Matsuoka, PhD, is a social entrepreneur, health policy expert, and thought leader at the intersection of health and health care innovation, human-centered design, and policy. A Rhodes Scholar with significant experience in private, public, and academic sectors, Dr. Matsuoka is committed to bridging private sector, policy, academic, and health administration fields to spur health care innovation, redesign health systems to be more patient-centered, and to translate evidence into clinical and policy practice. Prior to launching her own design and consulting practice, Dr. Matsuoka served as the inaugural Director of Health Systems and Infrastructure for the Maryland Department of Health, a new department established in 2012 in anticipation of health reform implementation. During her tenure, Dr. Matsuoka led policy and planning for several high-profile health reform initiatives for the state of Maryland, including Maryland’s State Innovation Model (SIM) Design initiative, Planning for Access, and the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP). At the national Federal level, Dr. Matsuoka has served as health economist and policy analyst for the White House Office of Management and Budget and co-lead on health information technology (IT) for the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. Much of her work eventually made its way into the HITECH Act, including the idea of tying incentives to the “meaningful use” of heath IT, redirecting the focus of IT legislation towards improving health care quality and outcomes rather than viewing health IT adoption as an end in itself. Author of over 15 peer reviewed journal articles and policy briefs, Dr. Matsuoka has also lectured at the University of Oxford, conducted research at the RAND Corporation, and served as Research Director for the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, where she managed a diverse health reform portfolio including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, alignment of Federal and state health reform efforts, as well as health IT and its applications for clinical quality improvement, payment reform, performance measurement, and evidence development. Dr. Matsuoka earned her D.Phil. and M.Phil. in Social Policy from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her BA and MA from Stanford University. She is currently a Guest Scholar at the Stanford d.school in the Designing Creative Organizations program.
Michael Sidra, MBA
Matt Holtman, PhD
Matt Holtman is a sociologist based in Philadelphia. He started his career at Family Health International, where he did reproductive health services research in Mexico, Honduras, Egypt and Bangladesh. Matt taught statistics and research methods for several years at the Fels Institute of Government and the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently leads new product development for a major testing organization and is an active researcher in the areas of professionalism, patient safety and medical education. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kimberly Switlick-Prose, MPH
Kimberly is a strategy and management specialist with 15 years of professional experience in designing, implementing and leading integrated programs that improve health and wellness of populations throughout the world. She is an experienced leader, managing diverse program teams that deliver results and achieve social and business objectives efficiently and effectively. Kimberly is an integrator at heart, seeing the interconnectedness of multiple issues and helps organizations capitalize on these synergies to achieve results. She has expertise in: defining strategic visions for addressing complex challenges; developing innovative solutions that meet strategic visions; operationalizing strategies to achieve impact; and enabling strategic partnerships for program reach and sustainability. Kimberly is passionate about improving health, particularly for vulnerable populations. She has a particular interest in examining and addressing social determinants of health and creating enabling ecosystems that reduce medical costs and improve economic growth and prosperity. Kimberly has an MPH degree from George Washington University and has worked in over 15 countries with a wide-range of organizations including: the World Bank, USAID, WHO, CDC, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
John Alioto, JD
John Alioto is Chairman & CEO of the high tech start-up company VeriTainer Corporation, founded in the wake of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center to address the problem of nuclear smuggling. During this period, Mr. Alioto received five U.S. patents on crane-mounted scanning of radiation shipping containers. He was Associate and Partner in Alioto & Alioto LLP, a small litigation law firm specializing in antitrust and intellectual property laws, and a Bar Member of the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of U.S. Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of California. John holds a J.D. from University of San Francisco and a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College.
Paige Preston is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California, studying Political Economy. She graduated from St. Helena High School in spring 2013 with honors in academics, athletics, and for community service. Paige has been involved with Clinica Verde through a multitude of projects and tasks from volunteer work to raising community awareness. In 2013, she traveled to Nicaragua as a student ambassador for the annual board meeting, and also acted as an assistant researcher for the Clinica Verde pitch made at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University. Paige is passionate about sustainability, women’s empowerment, and the environment.
Hal Barron, MD
Hal Barron, M.D., is President of Research and Development at Calico, an independent biotech company established in 2013 by Google Inc. with the aim of tackling aging and illness. Barron combines this role with a part-time commitment at Roche, where he has served as chief medical officer and head of global product development. He is also a member of the Genentech Board of Directors. From 2004 to 2013, Barron was chief medical officer and executive vice president of global development at Genentech. He also served as chief medical officer of Roche Holding AG and senior vice president of development at Genentech, which he first joined Genentech in 1996 as a clinical scientist. Barron also is an associate adjunct professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and an associate clinical professor of medicine/cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been issued several patents for his work in thrombosis and angiogenesis. Barron earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering physics from Washington University in 1985, a medical degree from Yale University in 1989, and completed his training in medicine and cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Ramiro Lopez Rivas, MD
Ramiro Lopez Rivas, M.D. is a gynecologist and obstetrician and Vice Dean of Medical Sciences at the Christian Autonomous University in Leon, Nicaragua. He was Director of Quality Control and Security of the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua, has served as Executive Director of Reorganization of Human Resources for the Ministry of Health, and as the National Director of Hospitals. Dr. Lopez is a clinical professor of gynecology and obstetrics aand has held numerous positions in hospital administration including 4 years as Director of General Hospital Lenin Fonseca in Managua.
Bill Bylund, AIA, LEED AP
Bill Bylund is architect and principal of Valley Architects and a Founding Board Member of Clinica Verde. He began his career as a designer at HOK Architects in San Francisco, where he worked on such projects as the Stanford Library, Ryhad Airport and Moscone Center. In 1980 he and partner Tom Faherty founded Valley Architects, whose projects include the Napa City/County Library Expansion, Japan Airlines Flight Training Center, Santen, Inc. corporate headquarters, Towpath Village Expansion and a number of wineries including Domain Carneros, Domaine Napa Winery, Rossini Winery, Villa Francioni Winery in Brazil and Monte Xanic Winery in Mexico. He is a member of or has been active in the following civic groups: The Napa Valley Environmental Design Group, National Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Helena Community Center Group, Urban Design Group, Sierra Club, Napa Land Conservancy and Calistoga Arts Council. He has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2006.
Dennis de Vreede, MBA
Dennis de Vreede is Chief Financial Officer of DeepOcean, an integrated provider of innovative services and technologies for the subsea industry Prior to this position Dennis was Senior Vice President at Prologis, a global market leader in the industrial real estate space. He also served as CFO of REDEVCO, an international real estate company owning major retail portfolios in Europe, and Global Finance Director for Rockwell Automation Inc. In addition, Dennis has served as VP Finance for telecommunications venture KPNQwest N.V. and gained Mergers & Acquisitions experience at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in London. He started his career in 1993 with KPMG in The Netherlands. Mr. de Vreede earned a Bachelors of Economics from The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He received a Masters in Accountancy and graduated as a registered accountant from Nyenrode Business University in The Netherlands. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School after successfully completing several Executive Education programs, a member of NBA, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Registered Accountants and the Controller’s Institute of The Netherlands.
Sunil Agarwal, MD
Sunil Agarwal, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of Ultragenyx, a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to bringing to market novel products for the treatment of rare and ultra-rare diseases. Prior to Ultragenyx, Sunil served as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Clinical Development for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Metabolism, Neuroscience and Ophthalmology at Genentech. Sunil’s experience includes over 13 years of progressive roles in the biotechnology industry and ten years of clinical experience. Before assuming his current position, Agarwal held the positions of Senior Vice President for Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Vice President for Rheumatology and Disease Area Head of the Actemra clinical team. Prior to the integration with Roche, he served as Vice President of Genentech Drug Safety and positions of increasing responsibility in Genentech’s Immunology clinical organization. Prior to joining Genentech, Agarwal was at MedImmune, Guilford and Kosan. Agarwal obtained his bachelor of science in Neuro-Biology at Cornell University and then earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and subsequently joined the faculty at George Washington University School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics.
Ward Bullard, MBA
Ward Bullard is Vice President of Product Management in SAP’s User Experience and Design team. He is also an instructor at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, known as the d.school, teaching classes such as “Testing at Scale: The Sports Fan Experience”, “Scaling Design Thinking Globally” and “Organizational Psychology of Design Thinking.” Prior to joining SAP, Ward worked at Google where he served in marketing leadership roles at YouTube and Google+. Ward graduated with dual degrees in Economics and History (with Honors) from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is the Chair of the Stanford Athletic Board and co-founded the Athletic Department’s Technology Advisory Committee. He is an advisor to Positive Coaching Alliance, Sports Lab, TeamSnap and the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Initiative.