Board of Directors
Saralyn Mark, MD
President and Founder, Chair, Board of Directors
Saralyn Mark, MD, a world renowned leader in women’s health, is an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist. She was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services. She designed the first women’s health fellowship in the US, helped create the National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine, the National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health, and landmark educational campaigns on critical health issues. She has published and delivered over 600 lectures and is a frequent health media expert. Dr. Mark works with agencies, academia, industry and NGOs around the globe. As President of SolaMed Solutions, LLC, Dr. Mark serves as a medical and scientific policy advisor to the White House, NASA and other organizations dedicated to improving health on Earth and in space. She holds 4 academic appointments including at Yale and Kings College-London. She is author of Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe of Women's Health.
Secretary, Member, Board of Directors
Sydney Coleman is a thought leader and subject matter expert in product development and equity and inclusion. Before joining Google, she developed go-to-market strategies at startups and led a national marketing team at a large global company. She has independently served as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant at VC firms and startups across sectors. Sydney is passionate about advocating for tech’s most vulnerable users, leveraging technology to discover and express a shared humanity.
Sidhant Gupta, PhD
Treasurer, Member, Board of Directors
Sidhant Gupta, PhD, a research scientist in the Medical Devices Group at Microsoft Research, investigates novel sensing techniques and builds hardware to better understand the body and advance medical science. He is the Chairman of the Ideagen Advisory Board. Dr. Gupta holds 17 full-utility patents and was named one of the top 30 technology disruptors under the age of 30 by Forbes.
Member, Board of Directors
Dr. Michael W. Nestor is the Board Director at the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at The National Academy of Sciences, a forum fostering partnerships among scientific innovation stakeholders. Dr. Nestor is a human stem-cell neuroscientist and Chief Scientific Officer at Autica Bio. He was also a former scientific engagement lead at Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS and is a leading expert on bioethics and technology.
Charlotte Tomic, MBA
Member, Board of Directors
Charlotte Tomic, a public relations consultant, works with academic, nonprofit and corporate entities as well as authors, filmmakers and public health experts. She advises the American Medical Women’s Association, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, the EndBrain Cancer Initiative, and Smart City Capital. Charlotte has an MBA in Marketing and has developed ground-breaking health campaigns.
Honorable Mark Lindsay, JD, MBA
Board of Directors, Honorary
Mark Lindsay, JD, MBA, Director of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Practice at the Livingston Group, served as the Assistant to the President for Management and Administration in the Clinton White House where he managed a budget of over $1 billion. Mr. Lindsay was also the Senior Legislative Aide and Counsel to Representative Louis Stokes, President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division, and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy at UnitedHealth Group.
Philip Rubin, PhD
Board of Directors, emeritus
Philip Rubin, PhD, a cognitive scientist, technologist, and science administrator, is currently the Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also a Professor Adjunct in the Department of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine and a Fellow at Yale's Trumbull College. From 2012-2015, he was the Principal Assistant Director for Science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States and led the White House neuroscience initiative.
Priti Kaur, MBA
Priti Kaur, a serial entrepreneur, is the CEO of Renibus Therapeutics, Inc, a company which focuses on the prevention of acute kidney injury. Additionally, she is the founder and CEO of HUB Investments which invests in real estate and start-up ventures. In 2011, she was awarded the Innovator Award from the Million Dollar Club for her development of an investor software package. She has successfully founded and developed several business enterprises and serves as a leader in the philanthropic, investment and biotechnology communities.
Alires Almon, Director of Innovation for the Mental Health Center of Denver, is also the founder of Deep Space Predictive which brings behavioral technology for deep space exploration. As a leader in the Colorado aerospace industry, Alires is the chair of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and a member of the DARPA supported 100 year Starship program. She founded a snowboarding company, Ride or Die, LLC, the home of Black Bettie, for riders who are women of color.
Frances E. Ashe-Goins RN, PhD (Hon)
Frances E. Ashe-Goins, RN, PhD (Hon), is an Adjunct Professor at the University of SC. She retired as the DHHS Office on Women's Health's Deputy Director where she was instrumental in the development of highly successful programs addressing Women and HIV/AIDS, Lupus National Awareness, Violence against Women, Minority Women’s Health,Young Women’s Health, Organ Donation, and Human Trafficking . She has received numerous awards for her efforts.
Pamela Barnes is a former Administrative Officer for NASA with over 2 decades of experience in human capital, organizational/operational management, strategic workforce planning/development, and labor/management negotiation. During her exemplary NASA career, she received many awards including Distinguished Service Awards and the Office of Strategic Infrastructure Award for Employee Engagement. Ms. Barnes optimizes investments as a member of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce while teaching math and reading to young students.
Chris Carberry is CEO and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc, a nonprofit dedicated to sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. Prior to the creation of Explore Mars, Chris was Executive Director of The Mars Society. Chris also spent years as an historical researcher and archivist. In 2013, he spearheaded the annual Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, DC that has become the largest annual conference in the world focused on sending humans to Mars.
Eliza Chin, MD
Eliza Lo Chin, MD, is Executive Director of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine. She served as Co-Chair for the 2015 Sex and Gender Medical Education Summit. Dr. Chin is also the author of This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine and the recipient of AMWA's Bertha Van Hoosen Award. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Harvard Medical School and Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and a former Visiting Scholar at Mills College Women's Leadership Institute.
Wade Davis, a former NFL player, is a corporate inclusion and culture advisor. He consults with the NFL, NHL and Google and is a senior consultant at YSC, a leadership strategy firm. Wade is a UN Women Global Champion for innovation, a committee member for the National Fair Housing Alliance, and a member of VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory board. He launches initiatives to achieve political, and socio-economic equality for women and men.
Michelle Hailey, PhD
Michelle L. Hailey, Ph.D. is a global business professional, trainer, speaker, and published author. Dr. Hailey has served as a Global Consultant to a former member of the Kenyan National Assembly on women’s empowerment issues. Her passion for educating, impacting, and empowering the lives of others to excel within the global community is the driving force behind her award-winning work. Dr. Hailey is now the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Student Services and Academic Support at Catholic University, and also serves as an adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC Campus.
Catherine Johns, CEO of Kielder Observatory in England and a Board Director of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP), founded Women in IASP. During her tenure as Director of the North East Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications, she built the fastest growing space cluster in the UK and turned the North East Technology Park into a multi-million pound pioneering science park. While serving on many boards, she manages Southpaw Dance Company and is an evaluator for Strength in Places, Innovate UK’s 300 million pound innovation fund.
Howard Lavine, JD
Howard Lavine, a professional writer, was the senior speechwriter for Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore; director of speechwriting for Donna Shalala, DHHS Secretary, and chief speechwriter and senior policy advisor for culture for former Governor Ted Kulongoski of Oregon. He has served on the boards of Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Writer’s Center in Maryland.
Bri Newland, PhD
Bri Newland, PhD is the Academic Chair of Undergraduate Programs at the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport at New York University. In addition to her research interests, she serves as the current President for the North American Society for Sport Management, Editor of Sport Marketing Quarterly, Associate Editor of Managing Sport & Leisure, and Associate Editor of Event Management.
Guadalupe Pacheco, President/CEO and founder of Pacheco Consulting Group, provides cultural and technology-centric healthcare solutions to the public and private sectors. He served as a Senior Health Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Minority Health within the DHHS. He developed the Center for Linguistically Appropriate and Cultural Competency in Health Care, the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Services in Health and Healthcare, and cultural competency e-learning health programs.
With 20+ years in entertainment journalism, including senior editorial positions at the Los Angeles Times, Variety and Deadline.com, followed by a successful Corp Command PR career, Jonathan Taylor has direct working relationships with key journalists and has mastered the art of crafting stories that are vital to successful communications plans. He is Co-Principal of Robertson Taylor Partners, a Strategic Consulting Firm.