Meet Our Mentors

Meet our mentors!  They are leading experts in science, technology, engineering, arts, math, business, finance, and law.  From astrophysicists to entrepreneurship, you can find a mentor here!  
 

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  • Andrea Rothman

    Scientist and Fiction Writer

  • Andy Lopata

    Professional Relationships

  • Anu George

    Technology & Transformation

  • Avidor Rabinovich

    IoT

  • Ayse Birsel

    Interior Designer

  • Bill “Ches” Cheswick

    Security

  • Brian Cook

    Animal Science - 4H

  • Brock Webb

    Systems Engineer

  • Bruce Y. Lee

    Health Expert / Journalist

  • Busayo Odunlami

    Business

  • Charles Camarda

    Astronaut / Founder EPIC

  • Chris Roberts

    vCISO

  • David Schiff

    Innovation

  • Desire Banse

    Software Engineer

  • Dwayne Wyre

    Banking

  • Fallon Ukpe

    MD/MBA/VC

  • Gabriel Lewis

    Mentor

  • Gaurav Nitin Hardikar

    Vice President of Product

  • Gibor Basri

    Astrophysicist

  • Hara Marano

    Editor at Large

  • Irene Yachbes, MS

  • Isaac Silberberg

    Politics and Government

  • Jacklyn Scott

    Cyber Security

  • James Freeman

    Entrepreneur

  • Jane Curth

    Kinesiology

  • Janice Lintz

    Change Maker

  • Jessica Broitman

    Psychoanalyst

  • Jonathan Stevens MD, MPH

    Phsychiatry

  • Jura Zibas

    Legal Expert

  • Larry Heiser

    Creative / Media

  • LaTonya Kilpatrick-Liverman, PhD

    Director of Technology

  • Linda Hancock

    Technical Systems Specialist

  • Lorette Cheswick

    Biochemistry

  • Lt. Col. Jennifer “JJ” Snow

    Officer

  • Marilyn Price

    Storyteller / Puppeteer

  • Mark Beal

    Professor of Public Relations

  • Mary Hagy

    Founder - Moon Mark

  • Matthew Griffin

    Futurist

    Megen Schlesinger

    Strategic Partner

  • Michael Alcée

    Speaking / Clinical Phycholgist

  • Monika Blaumeuller

    Strategy and Transformation

  • Neil Comins

    Astrophysicist

  • Neil Kane

    Entrepreneur

  • Patrick Kelley

    Information Security

  • Ralph Morrison

    Mathematics

  • Richard Mokulo

    Inventor

  • Robert Dowling

    Cryptocurrency

  • Robin Colucci

    Writing Expert

  • Roland Mokuolu

    Entrepreneur

Andrea Rothman

Scientist and Fiction Writer

Andrea Rothman is a former research scientist and a fiction writer. While working at The Rockefeller University she was awarded two grants from the NIH to study the Sense of Smell. Her science-based debut novel, The DNA of You and Me, was published by Harpercollins in 2019, the paperback edition in 2020. Andrea holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her husband and children and a dog called Pepper in Long Island, New York. To learn more visit www.andrearothman.com

Andy Lopata

Professional Relationships

A specialist in professional relationships and networking for over 20 years, Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent and Forbes.com.

A very experienced international speaker, Andy is the author of five books, has been quoted in a number of other business books and regularly quoted in the international press.

Andy is a Fellow and a Board Member of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland (PSA) and a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute as well as a Master of the Institute for Sales Management. He is also one of just 26 recipients of the PSA’s top honour, the ‘Award of Excellence’.

Anu George

Technology & Transformation

Anu George is the COO – Technology & Transformation for Morningstar, the leading independent investment research firm. She works at the intersection of emerging technologies, strategy, leadership & operational excellence and is known for her ability to drive global, enterprise wide business innovation and transformation. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as ‘future of work’, driving transformations, diversity & inclusion, business excellence and leadership.

In acknowledgement of her achievements, Anu was was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the 2020 Notable Women Executives in Chicago.

At Morningstar, Anu has helped introduce and drive adoption of emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, RPA, and chatbots to transform how work is done. She is most energized when she is helping leaders discern the trends of the future and help them successfully embrace that future.

Prior to Morningstar, Anu has worked at Unilever and GE. At Unilever, her last stint was as the brand manager for one of the leading coffee brands in India. During her long tenure at GE, Anu held a number of senior roles. She was responsible for launching innovative finance and credit products for the Indian consumer; and helping grow the then fledging offshore business process outsouring arm of GE. In the US, Anu held several executive roles in business integrations, and operations management.

Anu has global experience through her extensive work in Asia, North America, and Europe. She is committed to the cause of diversity, equity and inclusion, and has been the executive sponsor of the Women’s resource group & Indian affinity group both at GE & Morningstar. She is also an an Advisory Board Member of the Illinois Technology Association (Women Influence Chicago and AI Council).

Anu believes in giving back to the community and is active in her role as a Board Member of the Chicago Literacy Association.

Anu is an avid reader and her reading lists comprises an eclectic choice of material relating to technology, science, business, leadership, history and religion.

Anu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in marketing, from the University of Mumbai.

Avidor Rabinovich

IoT

VP Business Development at Tensor Technologies, Israel

My passion is to combine business and technology, turning them into a viable, useful and needed product, rapidly reaching monetization.

For the past few years I have been leading few hi-tech companies in multiple sectors of IoT (Internet-of-things). My greatest ability is to multitask through the business, top-down, and operate it.

I “Speak” multiple languages – Technology, Business development, Marketing, Sales, Finance and operations; and know how to combine and optimize between them.

Love working together with people that are smarter then me and fortunate enough to have such people around me.

I am a great advocate of the Lean and Agile methodology since it sprints, iterates and pivots throughout a product or a business process, therefore generates the best combination between risk and return.

My current status is an independent entrepreneur.

I provide tech and biz consulting services to companies and entrepreneurs.

I teach students at the University technology and business.

Ayse Birsel

Interior Designer

Ayse (pronounced Eye-Shay) Birsel is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2017 and is on the Thinkers50 Radar List of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of organizations. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Interior Design Best Of Year Product Designer Award in 2020. She is the author of Design the Life You Love and gives lectures on Design the Work You Love to corporations. Ayse is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, the award-winning design and innovation studio, and consults to Amazon, Colgate-Palmolive, Herman Miller, GE, IKEA, The Scan Foundation, Staples and Toyota, among others. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Bill “Ches” Cheswick

Security

Nerd Maker

Bill Cheswick logged into his first computer in 1968. He has been programming and working for (and against) computer security ever since. He joined ARPAnet and then Bell Labs in the 1980s. He co-created and patented the first DNS proxy and co-authored Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker. Along with Hal Burch, he worked on corporate and Internet mapping that still appear in publications and talks today. He has earned more than a dozen patents in visualization and authentication. Ches “retired” in 2012: it is not likely to last. He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he hangs out and occasionally teaches classes. He is now an enthusiastic, dedicated, and inspiring mentor!

Brian Cook

Animal Science - 4H

Profession: Project Manager Computer Rack Integration

Education: MBA and BS Animal Science, Washington State University

4-H Volunteer work: Community Club, Breeding Swine, Market Swine, Meat Goat and Skill-a-thon-Quiz Bowl-Livestock Judging Leader

Brock Webb

Systems Engineer

People-first, results-oriented leader, strategic thinker, technologist, and creative problem solver with a great sense of humor.

Brock loves everything about the intersections of science, technology, engineering and art. He strongly believes that the application of Systems Thinking methods and developing the right cultural mindsets are the keys to the future. With his motto, “Relentless Forward Progress!” he has achieved a winning track record for strategic thought leadership, creativity, innovation, and modernization.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.

Brock enjoys spending time with his wife and two incredibly active, intellectually curious boys. His favorite drink is coffee; favorite exercise is running ultra-marathons; and favorite science fiction novels are Dune and Neuromancer.

Bruce Y. Lee

Health Expert / Journalist

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA is systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, writer, and health journalist. He has over two decades experience in industry and academia developing mathematical and computational models to assist a wide range of decision makers in health and public health. Currently, he is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health where he is the Executive Director of PHICOR (Public Health Informatics, Computational, and Operations Research), which he founded in 2007, and a Professor by Courtesy at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dr. Lee is also the founder and CEO of Symsilico, which develops and uses computational methods, models, and tools to help decision-making. His previous positions include serving as Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC), Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding Integrigen.

He has been the Principal Investigator for projects supported by a variety of organizations and agencies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund and USAID. He also has served as a systems science and modeling expert for numerous advisory boards and committees such as the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee to evaluate the Dietary Guidelines of America process.

Dr. Lee has authored over 200 scientific publications (including over 100 first author and over 65 last author) nearly all of which have focused of systems science and using systems methods as well as three books.

Dr. Lee has written extensively for the general media. He is a Senior Contributor for Forbes, covering a wide range of health-related topics including medicine, wellness, digital health and the business of health and having written over 700 articles. His writing has also appeared in a number of other media outlets including Time, The Guardian, the HuffPost, and the MIT Technology Review. His work and expertise have appeared in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego. His Twitter handle is @bruce_y_lee

Busayo Odunlami

Business

International Business Advisor

Busayo Odunlami is an international Business advisor with the purpose to lead technology-driven innovation for youth and women in underrepresented communities around the world to have the tools to enable their economic and financial independence. He is committed to helping clients realize their strategic goals by coaching and recommending solutions to teams and leaders on the business challenges at the intersection of people, systems, and digital technology. Busayo currently works in a big-four management consulting firm with earlier experience recommending clients at the World Bank Group. He has over ten years of international finance and professional services experience in Organizational Change management – strategy and development, business communications, and process improvement. He has worked to deliver and recommend strategic solutions supporting global agile business transformation and improvement initiatives. He volunteers as a regional board member for Birthright Africa. Birthright Africa is a not-for-profit which through travel and project-based learning, inspires young adults of African descent ages 13 – 30 to explore their cultural roots and legacy of innovation within the United States and select nations in Africa as a birthright. He is co-founder and volunteers as Director of Program, Partnership, and External Relations at the Billion Strong Foundation – an education foundation with a mission to equip the next billion people ages 18-40 with the technological resources and skills to succeed in the digital marketplace. He served as an advisor and board member of the World Bank Junior Professional Association and World Bank Youth to Youth Organizing Committee. He is a founding and board member of the World Bank Group – International Monetary Fund Young African Society. Busayo enjoys building people, products, cities, social entrepreneurship. He also loves music including, afrobeat, world music, yoga, and mentoring entrepreneurs in different career stages.

Charles Camarda

Astronaut / Founder EPIC

Dr. Charles Camarda retired from NASA in May   2019, after 46 years of continuous service as a research engineer and   technical manager at Langley Research Center (LaRC), an Astronaut and Senior   Executive (Director of Engineering) at Johnson Space Center (JSC), and as the   Senior Advisor for Innovation and Engineering Development at LaRC.

He began his   career at LaRC in 1974 where he conducted thermal structures research for   hypersonic vehicles for 22 years. He developed innovative passive,   semi-passive, and active thermal protection systems including heat-pipe-cooled   leading edges, high temperature composite structures, and reusable cryogenic propellant   tank concepts. In 1989, Camarda was selected to lead the Structures and   Materials Technology Maturation Team for the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP)   program, which was responsible for maturing materials and structures   technologies necessary to enable the development of an airbreathing   hypersonic vehicle capable of horizontal take-off to orbit.  He was   selected to head the Thermal Structures Branch (TSB) in 1994 and was chosen   as NASA’s structures and materials lead for the single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO)   reusable launch vehicle program which led to the experimental X-33 vehicle   development program.

He was selected as an Astronaut Candidate in 1996 and flew as a Mission Specialist on   STS-114, NASA’s Return-to-Flight (RTF) mission immediately following the Columbia disaster. He was responsible for initiating several teams to successfully   diagnose the cause of the Columbia tragedy and, in addition, develop an   on-orbit, wing leading edge repair capability which was flown on his RTF   mission and all successive Shuttle missions until the retirement of the Space   Shuttle Program in  2011.

Following his successful mission on STS-114 Dr. Camarda   was asked by NASA Administrator, Dr. Michael Griffin, to be the Director of   Engineering at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston and tasked with   changing the dysfunctional culture which caused the accident and creating a   technically excellent Engineering Directorate.

Dr. Camarda is a research engineer, inventor, author,   educator, and internationally recognized invited speaker on subjects related   to engineering, engineering design, innovation, safety, organizational   behavior, and education. He has over 60 technical publications, holds 9   patents, and over 20 national and international awards including: an IR-100 Award for one of the top 100   technical innovations; the NASA Spaceflight Medal, an Exceptional Service   Medal; the American Astronautical Society 2006 Flight Achievement Award, and   he was inducted into the Air and Space Cradle of Aviation Museum’s Hall of   Fame in 2017.

Dr. Camarda is the Founder/CEO of the Epic Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation seeking to democratize education for learners at all levels and he is the President of an aerospace engineering and education consultancy, Leading Edge Enterprises LLC.

Chris Roberts

vCISO

David Schiff

Innovation

Innovation

David Schiff is a Department of Defense leader, innovator, and collaborator responsible for spearheading innovation efforts for the Department of the Navy. Inspired by the desire to serve his country, he joined the Navy directly out of college after hearing General Colin Powell speak at his university. Upon graduating from Naval Officer Training, he served a division officer on the USS Kitty Hawk and the Ohio class submarine USS Nebraska before joining the DOD as a civilian in 2009.

In 2019, David was hand-picked to help launch and lead NavalX, the Navy’s workforce “super-connector” innovation cell, focused on scaling non-traditional agility methods across the Navy and Marine Corps. During his tenure as the Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Engagements, he has helped build coalitions and advance innovation programs and training across the Department of Navy, Department of Defense, and broader federal government. Recent initiatives include creating experimental lines of effort to facilitate human-centered design workshops, kick-starting a Federal Innovator’s monthly salon, and establishing the NavalX-branded speakers series, Seaside Chats, which hosts leaders from throughout the defense, commercial, and academic workforce and leadership. David has connected thousands of Naval personnel, military and civilian, with leaders and other valuable members of industry, academic, and federal workforces.

He holds an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business and Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish and English from Vanderbilt University where he graduated Magna cum laude. He has also completed executive education programs focused on leadership and human-centered design at Duke University, University of Virginia, Cornell University, IDEO, Luma, ThinkWrong, & Lean Startup. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his family.

Desire Banse

Software Engineer

Desire Banse has worked on evaluations and technology metrology at NIST designing large-scale multi-purpose online platforms for researchers in Machine Translation, Speaker and Language Recognition, and Mobile Network Technologies.  His work at Prometheus Computing as the UAS Innovation Group Lead spans computer vision, sensors hardware, and AI for  Industry and Government use cases.

Coming from Burkina Faso, and having studied in France, Desire is working on experimental designs for innovative solutions to problems like food security, access to power/energy and information in West Africa. He has worked with farmers and electricity professionals in Burkina in order to use drones to help them in their respective domains. He has written about Internet Connectivity in Africa and his vision on a connected world that works for everyone especially Africans. He’s a strong advocate of technology that empowers people to improve their lives. His work leverages modern tools for fast delivery, rapid prototyping, and a special focus on user education and technology adoption in challenging environments.

Dwayne Wyre

Banking

Fallon Ukpe

MD/MBA/VC

Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner at Zeal Capital Partners

Fallon Ukpe, MD is Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner at Zeal Capital Partners, an inclusive investment vehicle partnering with entrepreneurs to bridge America’s Wealth and Skills gap. The Washington, DC-based venture capital fund focuses on investing in the Future of Work and Financial Technology Sectors. Fallon is also a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author and a keynote speaker. She has been featured in multiple publications and podcasts, including Financial Times, Thrive Global, and CEOWorld Magazine. Prior to launching her entrepreneurial ventures and joining Zeal Capital Partners, Fallon was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for four years. Fallon is a native of Houston, Texas. She earned an MD from the Duke University School of Medicine and an MBA with a Corporate Finance Concentration and Health Sector Management Certificate from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business. She earned a BA in French and Spanish from Johns Hopkins University.

Gabriel Lewis

Mentor

Gabriel has a passion for connecting with others and mentorship from a young age. He has been in the public, private, and home school systems which allows him to understand and connect our mentors to their organizations.

Gaurav Nitin Hardikar

Vice President of Product

Gaurav is the VP of Product a Brilliant, a leading Smart Home and Smart Apartment company and recipient of the CES Innovation Award, the CTA TechHome Mark of Excellence, the IoT Breakthrough Award, and the CEDIA BEST Award. Gaurav is a Product Leader with experience across a variety of industries: IoT (Brilliant), Mobile Commerce (Shopkick), PropTech (Trulia, Zillow Group). Gaurav is a strong believer in giving back to the Product discipline and has previously been an Editorial Contributor at Products that Count, Curator of Startup Digest (Product), and a Senior Instructor for Product Management at Product School.

Gibor Basri

Astrophysicist

Prof. Gibor Basri has a BSc in Physics from Stanford University and a PhD in Astrophysics from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. He joined the faculty of the UC Berkeley Astronomy Dept. in 1982 and became a full professor in 1994. His work in the 1980s concentrated on star formation as well as continuing studies of stellar activity. In the 1990s he was a discoverer and world expert in the study of brown dwarfs (failed stars). He was lead author on a review article entitled “What is a Planet?” in 2005. He became involved in NASA’s Kepler mission in 2001; the mission launched in 2009 and revolutionized our understanding of exoplanets. His expertise was about the effects of stellar variability on the mission and to learn more about the observed stars.

He has served on committees that awarded major NASA and NSF grants and projects, and awarded time on the (world’s largest) Keck telescopes and others. He has written more than 200 technical publications, including numerous review articles. There are more than 25000 citations to his work.

Dr. Basri has always been involved in science education, encouraging the participation of underrepresented populations in science, and  increasing diversity at the University.  In 2007 he became the founding Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at Berkeley. He officially retired in 2015, but serves on several Boards and selection committees, maintains an active research program, mentors students, and continues to work on diversity issues.

Hara Marano

Editor at Large

Hara Estroff Marano is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor who writes about all aspects of human behavior through a broad cultural lens. She is Editor at Large of Psychology Today magazine, a title she first assumed after stepping down as Editor in Chief in order to devote attention to writing her second book (on bullying).

At Psych Today, Marano has expanded the magazine’s traditional editorial focus beyond individual psychology, going both deeper into the human brain and outward to the bonds between people, as well as exploring the culture at large. Her articles on domestic violence, bullying, and the culture of hyperparenting have garnered numerous awards.

She has written for many publications besides Psych Today—The New York TimesNew York magazine, Smithsoniaan, The Wilson Quarterly, The Los Angeles TimesUSA TodayThe New York Daily NewsLadies Home Journal, Glamour, the American Journal of Play, to name a few. She has also been an executive editor at Family CircleAmerican Health, and Medical World News.

At Psychology Today, Marano also pens a widely respected advice column (called Unconventional Wisdom). She is the author of three books. The most recent, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting (Random House), examines the contemporary culture of parenting and documents how the rampant overmanagement of children is bad for them, for parents, and for the future of the country.

Over the years, Marano has been called on as consultant to some of America’s best-known publications. She has also provided direction and content for the development of several websites. Marano is the architect of the Mayo Clinic’s Complete Book of Pregnancy. At American Health, she not only created a worldwide newsgathering operation for the magazine, she developed a distinctive news and writing style that has been widely imitated. Marano co-led the magazine to selection as Magazine of the Year for 1985.

Marano frequently speaks to parent, policy, and educational groups on how we are creating the next generation of society.

Under the auspices of The Mentor Project, she leads a weekly class in the fine arts of writing and editing. A recent essay is featured in the just-published collection Fast Funny Women (Woodhull Books).

Marano lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Irene Yachbes, MS

Chief Product Officer

Irene Yachbes is a founding board member of The Mentor Project and led the Planning Committee for the first-ever Mentor Project hackathon in 2020.

Irene Yachbes has been a tech professional in the robotics and digital industries since 2000. She earned her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and M.S in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University. As a Spacecraft Engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, she performed integration, testing, and launch site support for four spacecraft that studied the Earth’s atmosphere, planets, and comets. On the Messenger mission to Mercury, she was the Lead Engineer for all electrical wiring of the spacecraft. Following this, Irene became the Director of Business Development at Honeybee Robotics. Working with world-renowned scientists and engineers, she brought in tens of millions of dollars of research and product development funding for robotics projects for NASA, defense, utilities, and mining applications.

In 2013, Irene began working at digital start-ups as a project manager and account manager by helping big banks, retailers, hospitality and health care companies to make the most of internet technologies, especially with creative video and mobile apps.

Today Irene works at IBM Research as product owner for one-of-a-kind secure digital apps that allow IBM scientists and engineers all over the world to collaborate virtually. These scientists and engineers are changing the world of computing through research in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, quantum and cloud computing. Irene manages a team of web designers, software developers, and user experience researchers.

Isaac Silberberg

Politics and Government

Isaac Silberberg is a young professional with experience working in politics, government, and the private sector. He’s enthusiastic about bringing numbers and quantitative thinking to making a positive impact, whether through government and policy or business and innovation. When able, he loves cooking and skiing.

Jacklyn Scott

Cyber Security

As a tenured Special Operations Warrant Officer, keynote speaker, tech blogger, small business owner, and Senior Analyst in Global Intelligence, Jaclyn “Jax” continues to expand her skills. Jax has held positions on boards of nonprofits providing tactical advice to reduce injury to women and children effected by sex trafficking and held executive leadership roles providing cybersecurity guidance to foreign leaders. She is an expert in military cyber policy and has led global development operations in cyber countermeasures to mitigate near-peer attacks.Jax has nearly 17 years’ experience working in military operations where she worked on a special unit that offered gender specific intelligence and security solutions. She is committed to her growth as a leader and is currently finishing her Master’s in Cybersecurity Risk Management at Georgetown University.

James Freeman

Entrepreneur

James Freeman is Founder/President of Emerging Technology Institute, an integration hub for the Department of Defense. This corporation allows James to develop relationships to help future technology integrations with the Department of Defense.  He is an Entrepreneur with passion and dreams to motivate the next generation through education and mentorship.

Jane Curth

Kinesiology

Professor Curth has taught college for over 20 years, has presented at 18 local and national conferences and is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified trainer. During her tenure at the college she developed many online courses in her career and turned that expertise into her company, FitFixNow. The purpose of this new company is to offer online courses to fitness professionals so they can get their continuing education credits at an affordable price and at their convenience. FitFixNow’s purpose is to help bring this industry into the new millennium.

In addition to being the CEO of FitFixNow, Jane is a consultant and model for Silver Sneakers and a former member of the over 50 hip hop Atlanta dance group, Silver Classix Crew. She has performed with Silver Classix Crew at several Atlanta Hawks games, charity events, television shows, and festivals.

https://www.fitfixnow.com

Janice Lintz

Change Maker

Janice Lintz is an extremely accomplished hearing loss consultant and advocate. She is well known and respected for her ability to assess situations, identify areas for improvement, recommend solutions, and implement programs that help organizations improve customer service and grow profits. Janice worked with domestic and international organizations to benchmark best practices and leveraged the most effective solutions for their situations.

She helped with the New York City Transit Commission by recommending that induction loops be included in all New York City’s 482 subway information booths and call boxes as part of President Obama’s $13.5 million Stimulus Package. She also worked with the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission to implement this same technology in 3,000 taxis.

Some of her honors include the 2018 Bill and Melinda Goalkeepers Foundations Partnership with The Points Guy Recipient, 2016 Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Scholar, 2016 Nominated United State of Women Changemaker, and 2008 People Magazine Hero. She is also an Advisory Board member for The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.

Jessica Broitman

Psychoanalyst

Dr. Jessica Broitman is a psychoanalyst practicing in Berkeley since 1980. She began her career in Boulder, Colorado in 1973. As a member of the Intensive Treatment Team of the Boulder Mental Health Center, she ran the Gordon Beyer project, which was one of the first residential treatment programs for young people with schizophrenia and bi-polar illness in the country. After moving to California in 1980 she became the Program Coordinator for the Creative Living Center, a day treatment program for adults with mental illness. During this time she became involved with Joseph Weiss and Control Mastery Theory. She formalized the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (http://sfprg.org) as a non-profit organization in 1993. She is President Emerita of SFPRG. She was instrumental in the initiation of SFPRG’s Psychotherapy Training Center and Clinic, and served as the Executive Director for 15 years. In 2017 she helped create the International Control Mastery Therapy Center (CMTCenter- https://cmtcenter.net) and currently serves as the President of the CMTCenter. She frequently lectures on Weiss’s Control Mastery Theory worldwide.

Dr. Broitman has been involved in researching and treating children with non-verbal learning disabilities and their families for more than 20 years. She co-authored 2 books on that topic for practitioners and parents: Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in Children: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice (2011) and the co-editor of Treating NVLD in Children (2013) as well as numerous chapters and articles. She is currently involved in several research projects concerning the treatment and understanding of NVLD and has a special interest in helping professionals and families understand and treat this disorder. She is available for consultations and can be reached at: drjess@comcast.net.

For more information on her work on NVLD see: Click on each book for more information. Her resume can be found here: JESSICA BROITMAN, Ph.D

For more information on her work on NVLD see: http://w.astro.berkeley.edu/~basri/Broitman_Home/nvld/

For a half-hour video on NVLD, please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vymdZUuB-T4&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vymdZUuB-T4&feature=youtu.

Her resume can be found here: http://w.astro.berkeley.edu/~basri/Broitman_Home/Jessica_CV.pdf

Jonathan Stevens MD, MPH

Phsychiatry

Jonathan Stevens, M.D., M.P.H., is double-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He is the Chief of Outpatient Services and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Menninger Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. His residency in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry was completed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital under the auspices of Harvard Medical School in Boston.As the founder of Menninger’s existing Outpatient Services, he has led the development of unique and personalized services for individuals seeking premier mental health care. His clinical interests include improving the outcomes of psychiatric care, understanding the pharmacokinetics of ADHD medications and managing the metabolic burdens of psychiatric medications. He serves as principal investigator (PI) for BridgeUp at Menninger, a major initiative to improve the mental health and well-being of disadvantaged youth in Houston.He has had scores of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters published on psychopharmacology, as well as the book Facing Overweight and Obesity: A Complete Guide for Children and Adults, which he edited (2019). He is also a frequent expert guest for TV and publications in print and online. He founded and edits the blog, Mind Matters from Menninger for Psychology Today, which is ranked as the one of the most read on the topic of mental health.

Jura Zibas

Legal Expert

Jura Zibas is a lawyer and partner at Wilson Elser and is co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property practice and a member of the information governance leadership committee.

Jura is also on The Board of The Mentor Project and is a mentor. She has an extensive technology background and focuses her legal practice on intellectual property, technology and commercial matters. Relying on her scientific and analytical skill sets, Jura assists in solving legal issues that involve intellectual property rights, cybersecurity, technology-related disputes and complex business disputes.

Trained in chemistry and dentistry, combined with training in computer science and uses these skills she learned in her undergraduate coursework in her work as a lawyer.

Her science and technology background is of particular value to her clients in the computer and engineering fields, online businesses, hardware/software development, medical, durable medical equipment, health care, construction and manufacturing.

Larry Heiser

Creative / Media

Larry has been a designer and communications specialist since 1968 working for national publications, commercial agencies serving high-tech and media organizations. He is also founder of a design firm, HeiresInc. Larry’s contribution to the oversight and development of The Mentor Project has been invaluable.

LaTonya Kilpatrick-Liverman, PhD

Director of Technology

Dr. LaTonya Kilpatrick-Liverman works in the Clinical Dental Research Dept at Colgate Palmolive Co. She leads a diverse team of researchers responsible for evaluating early in development technologies, developing improved clinical methods to objectively measure oral conditions, and developing new clinical measurements to detect pre-clinical signs of disease.

Throughout her tenure at Colgate, LaTonya has provided critical support to improve the product performance of skin cleansing, underarm, and oral care products. She is the author of 18 patent publications, 17 journal and book articles, and 20 internal publications. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Industrial Advisory Board at Rutgers University, and the Biomaterials Symposium Advisory Board.​

LaTonya feels strongly about exposing kids to science early on. She has volunteered in a number of education based outreach programs sponsored by Colgate Palmolive, the American Chemical Society, and community groups. She understands the importance of providing children with an opportunity to get hands on experience conducting laboratory experiments or working through science based problems. She finds joy leveraging every opportunity to give back and share her experiences.

LaTonya holds a BA degree in Chemistry from Hampton University and a PhD degree in chemistry from Princeton University.

Linda Hancock

Technical Systems Specialist

Linda Hancock is a technical systems specialist with Hyrel 3D International located in Norcross, Georgia.

Lorette Cheswick

Biochemistry

Retired from network sys admin business that supported small, women run businesses in NJ. Graduate education in biochemistry. Early work in protein purification and characterization. Currently beekeeper and nurseryman dealing with a very early season and poor assistance options. I listen to podcasts as I work.

Lt. Col. Jennifer “JJ” Snow

Officer

Lt Col Jennifer “JJ” Snow is the Chief Technology Officer for AFWERX the innovation division of the U.S. Air Force. She serves as the military representative for total force innovation and technology outreach and engagement bridging the gap between government and various private sector, academic and non traditional communities. Her focus areas are to improve collaboration and communications, identify smart solutions to wicked problems and guide the development of future technology strategies to benefit the US Air Force, Department of Defense, Interagency and Allied partners.

Prior to her current assignment, JJ was the Donovan Group Innovation Officer for U.S. Special Operations Command and the SOFWERX Innovation Team. She is a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School. Her work has been presented to members of the National Security Council, the White House and key seniors across the DoD, IC and Interagency to inform and highlight emergent risks and opportunities involving technology and technology influenced environments. JJ also serves as Innovation Advisor for MoonMark Space.

Marilyn Price

Storyteller / Puppeteer

MARILYN PRICE is a nationally known puppeteer, storyteller and educator who has been telling and teaching for over forty years.  Her uniquely handcrafted characters convey an enthusiasm for the spirit of her stories to all of her audiences both young and less young.  Her repertoire includes a wide variety of programs for all sorts of audiences and specializes in imagination stretching and stories that teach.

Over the years Marilyn and her puppets have traveled to every corner of the United States using original scripts and stories fitted to her characters and style.  Her choice of materials – she makes all her puppets – reflects her impish sense of humor as nerf balls, feather dusters, toilet paper tubes and baby sleepers come to life with her touch.

Marilyn has taught and performed across the country to children and educators, librarians, parents, professional puppeteers and storytellers and clergy.   She has been the author of a bi-monthly feature on puppetry for Shofar Magazine, a series of articles on Jewish home life for the Reconstructionist Magazine and in spring of ’96 released a book Puppets in English and Spanish for Celebration Press (an imprint of Scott Foresmen) that featured her puppet creations.  One of her original tales “Grandma’s Challah” can be found in Chosen Tales: Stories told by Jewish Storytellers (ed. Peninnah Schramm). It has been effectively converted to a children’s book entitled “Grandma’s Cookies”and is available on Amazon as well as Torah Aura Press.  Also released from Torah Aura Press is “Marilyn Price and Friends Present the Alphabet from Alef to Tav” featuring a different puppet creation for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet including the vowels (Torah Aura Press).

Mark Beal

Professor of Public Relations

Before authoring his just released book, Engaging Gen Z, Mark Beal served as a public relations practitioner and marketer for more than 25 years, developing and executing public relations campaigns for category leading companies and brands around such major sports and entertainment platforms as the Olympic Games, Super Bowl, World Series, NCAA March Madness, US Open Tennis and The Rolling Stones.

He collaborates daily with Gen Z as a full-time professor of practices in public relations in the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. Mark’s ongoing primary research of Gen Z has led to keynote speeches with the American Marketing Association, the Association of National Advertisers as well as corporations, brands, conferences and agencies.

It was Mark’s Gen Z students who inspired him to write his first book, 101 Lessons They Never Taught You In College, which was published in 2017 and his second book, 101 Lessons They Never Taught You In High School About Going To College, which was published in 2018. Both books are available for purchase on Amazon.

Mark’s third book, Decoding Gen Z: 101 Lessons Generation Z Will Teach Corporate America, Marketers & Media, captured the attention of media, marketers and employers nationwide as the oldest Gen Zers joined the workforce and the entire Gen Z cohort became the primary focus of corporations and brands.

Engaging Gen Z: Lessons To Effectively Engage Generation Via Marketing, Social Media, Retail, Work & School is now available on Amazon.com.

Mary Hagy

Founder - Moon Mark

Founder, Creative Entrepreneur, Story Teller, Civic Enthusiast.  I conceive, capitalize and execute profitable projects that have inspirational, entertainment, and educational impact across broad audiences. The start-up space is my sweet spot, from creating experiences to capturing the unscripted stories for distribution across multiple platforms, including television, digital, mobile, and next-generation media.

My current project, Moon Mark, will capture global audiences with the stories of six teams of young explorers who compete to become the final two that will design, build, land and race two autonomous vehicles on the Moon. They will communicate peer-to-peer with young people who will become explorers in space and on Earth; and open a talent pipeline for the workforce of the future.

Matthew Griffin

Futurist

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series.

Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future.

A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries.

Matthew’s clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

www.311institute.com

Megen Schlesinger

Strategic Partner

Megen Schlesinger, MBA, is currently the Deputy Director of the Central Coast Tech Bridge at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Megen is responsible for providing strategic advisement to NPS regarding collaboration between industry, academia, and government to improve Department of Defense technology. Her expertise in non-traditional defense acquisition and technology-focused small business are leveraged to bring non-traditional players to NPS’s technology ecosystem and to accelerate technology transfer at NPS.

Megen’s career began in the Army, where she served on active duty as a Military Intelligence officer for seven years. Megen’s experience in the intelligence field has supported a multitude of operational capabilities; she has served in a spectrum of units ranging across mechanized infantry, airborne, and special operations. Her leadership opportunities allowed her to lead and support intelligence collection across a variety of platforms, including signals intelligence, human intelligence, geo-spatial/imagery intelligence, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Megen served in numerous locations in the United States and has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She most recently served as a Military Intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve at Fort Carson, Colorado. Her military awards include a Bronze Star Medal.

Following her active duty career, Megen earned her Master of Business Administration at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with an emphasis in Management in 2017. Prior to graduation, she began working at the Center for Technology, Research, and Commercialization (C-TRAC), a 501(c)(3) in Colorado Springs, CO that was a Partnership Intermediary organization to the United States Air Force Academy. At C-TRAC, Megen served in a variety of roles, including Program Manager for the US Air Force CyberWorx program, C-TRAC Director of Operations, and finally as the company’s Managing Director. C-TRAC continues to serve the Mountain West collaborative defense innovation ecosystem through its close partnerships with organizations such as Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation, the US Air Force CyberWorx program, and the Air Force Research Laboratory, among others.

Outside of her professional career, Megen is a busy mother to three young sons, Will, Ben, and Charlie, and is married to an active duty US Army Special Forces officer. She enjoys running, hiking, yoga, reality television, murder mysteries, and is an NCAA Division I “swammer” (former swimmer).

Michael Alcée

Speaking / Clinical Phycholgist

Michael Alcée, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the psychology of artists and everyday creativity. He has a particular interest in the artistic and personal development of new therapists. In addition to his private practice, he is currently a Mental Health Educator at Manhattan School of Music and co-owner of Psychwriters, an online writing course and community for therapist-authors.

Michael was the 2019 winner of the American Psychological Association Schillinger Memorial prize for his essay on the link between jazz and psychoanalysis: “Reading the Changes: Freud’s Improvisational Art.”

A Psychology Today blogger and TEDx speaker, Michael’s writings and insights can also be found in many publications, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and NPR’s Studio 360.

He is currently working on a book to be published by Norton. It is provisionally titled: Therapeutic Improvisation: Stop Winging It and Start Owning It as a New Therapist.

Monika Blaumeuller

Strategy and Transformation

Neil Comins

Astrophysicist

Neil Comins is an astrophysicist, astronomer, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine, author of at least 21 published books on astronomy and space (many more according to the Amazon web site), and public speaker. I have “appeared” on over a hundred radio shows aired around the world, as well as numerous television shows.

Neil Kane

Entrepreneur

A leading authority on technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation, he is the former Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University where he built the program to a Top 25 national ranking in 2 ½ years. Kane is the former co-Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne National Laboratory and was Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Illinois. He was the founding CEO of several startup companies based on university research in areas such as nanotechnology and advanced materials. Earlier he held engineering, sales and business development positions at IBM and Microsoft.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Named a 2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, he twice attended their annual meeting in Davos. Recognized for Outstanding Entrepreneurship by the National Science Foundation. Twice an invited witness on tech transfer for the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Research & Science Education. Contributor to Forbes.com. Co-author of The Innovator’s Secret Formula.www.linkedin.com/in/neilkane

Patrick Kelley

Information Security

Patrick Kelley is an Information Security veteran with 20 years of experience in the field with a focus on defensive security at scale. Over those years, he worked with Lions Club International, Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter, Appalachian Children’s Center, Launchpads for Literacy, Youth Leadership Pickens, and Burnt Mountain Center where he worked to provide opportunities for the disabled and support for their families.

He is the founder of Critical Path Security and an ongoing CyberSecurity Expert for 11Alive and NBC News.

His research has been covered by FORTUNE, CNN, NBC News, The Guardian, Globe and Mail, and Krebs Security Online.  Further, he has worked extensively in defense, entertainment and finance, both in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland.

Ralph Morrison

Mathematics

Mathematician

Ralph Morrison is a mathematician specializing in the field of tropical geometry.  This is a young area of mathematics bringing together a disparate collection of mathematical topics, including polynomial equations, polyhedral geometry, and chip-firing games on graphs.  Ralph received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Williams College, and completed his PhD in Mathematics at UC Berkeley.  After a postdoctoral appointment at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden, Ralph returned to Williams College as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics.  In addition to teaching a wide variety of classes, he works actively to mentor undergraduates, both throughout the school year and during the summer as part of Williams’ SMALL REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) in mathematics.

Richard Mokulo

Inventor

Rich’s passion for inventing and tinkering was ignited at an early age, when he attached some wires to a battery and a lightbulb and lit up his childhood bedroom for the first time. It also happened to be around the time he saw the movie Flubber, so it’s safe to say his fate was sealed.Rich has a patent related to the military space and has experienced how difficult it is to get the products he’d spent years developing and prototyping actually made- this led to the creation of Partsimony with his twin brother, Roland.Rich has worked on numerous critical global supply chain initiatives across various multi-billion dollar industrial companies in the Aviation, Oil & Gas, Locomotive, and Renewable Energy sectors. He advises on hardware-related businesses and can be found doodling designs for new product ideas in his (non-existent) free time.

Robert Dowling

Cryptocurrency

Robert is the Founder and CEO at Alphagora, considered the first cryptocurrency focused, US Securities and Exchange Commission registered roboadvisory.

Alphagora offers automated investment advisory services for cryptocurrencies.  Their technology offerings include algorithms (quantitative and machine learning trading strategies), an order management system (automating the execution of those algorithms on the client’s exchange accounts), and a portfolio management tool (allowing the client to manage their funds allocations to various algorithms across different cryptocurrency exchanges and assets).  (January 2019 – Present)

Robert served as Managing Director for Alluminate and as the Strategy Director for Luminous Group, both boutique blockchain consultancies, where his startup and enterprise clients pursued blockchain products in real estate, social media, and identity technologies (September 2017 – September 2018).  Robert’s first role in blockchain was as an intern at Consensys in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where Consensys was part of the Dubai Future Accelerator. (Summer 2017)

He was a co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer at rePurpose, the world’s first plastic credit system offsetting the plastic footprints of consumers and corporations with investment in plastic trash pickers living in dense urban slums.  rePurpose won the 2018 University of Pennsylvania President’s Engagement Prize, a $150,000 USD grant (March 2016 – August 2017).

Robert is a graduate dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania, completing through submatriculation a Master of Science of Engineering (Nanotechnology) at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Master in Law (Finance/Corporate Focus) at Penn Law.  As an undergraduate dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert is a Wharton Research Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering (Quantum Engineering and Photonics) at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Finance) at The Wharton School.  His anticipated graduation from all of his coursework at Penn is May 2022.

Robin Colucci

Writing Expert

Robin Colucci has been helping world class experts write world changing books since 2003. Before that she built, grew, and sold a personal fitness business. She also was a journalist and worked as an acquisitions editor for an independent publishing house. Robin brings her deep, hands-on knowledge of publishing and entrepreneurship to her clients whose books cover a range of topics including: business, personal development, memoir, health and fitness, science and technology, politics, women’s issues, and the environment.

Roland Mokuolu

Entrepreneur

Roland, alongside his twin brother, Rich, spent his formative years taking things apart, so he could put them back together. While studying Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech, Roland discovered that his passion extended beyond inventing and innovating—he loved helping others access resources and training to enable them to bring their ideas to life as well.

Roland has a degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. He’s worked on several large-scale mergers and acquisitions and strategic refinancing as an Assistant Vice President for a bulge bracket investment bank in New York City. As Partsimony’s COO, Roland is focused on the internal operations and growth of the company.

Roland passionately believes that everyone is born with the ability to create something incredible, and that it takes a group of people working in tandem to introduce a truly timeless and impactful innovation to the world. This drive purpose motivates him out of bed every morning, and fuels his work at Partsimony.

Email: roland@partsimony.com