impact of Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies
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.
Member, Secretary, Board of Directors
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.
Sidhant Gupta, PhD
Member, Treasurer, 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
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.
Tracy Dooley, MD
Member, Board of Directors
Tracy Dooley, MD, is a Venture Partner at Avestria Ventures, a life science fund investing in women's health and female founders. She held strategy and operations roles at Novartis Diagnostics and has advised organizations from startups to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on digital health and innovation strategies. Dr. Dooley has an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California and an MD from Stanford University.
Member, Board of Directors
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.
Priti Kaur, MBA
Member, Board of Directors
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.
Honorable Mark Lindsay, JD, MBA
Member, Board of Directors
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.
Member, Board of Directors
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.
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.
Leif Ackerman is the former Global Chief Operating Officer of Ideagen which is a by-invitation-only membership organization. It is a zero-degree, cross-sector collaboration platform designed to nurture and strengthen connections and communication between organizations. Leif began his career as a special events coordinator working with campaign managers, secret service advance teams and press officials for the leading political campaigns of 2008 and 2016.
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.
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.
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.
Design Advisory Council
Laurence Bray, PhD
Laurence Bray, PhD, is the Associate Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at George Mason University. She is responsible for overseeing and participating in a wide range of educational and research activities in the Department, the School of Engineering, and the University as a whole. Her research interests include the basic fundamentals of neuroscience using experimental, computational and behavioral approaches.
Margaret Burnett, PhD
Margaret Burnett, PhD, is an ACM Fellow, a CHI Academy member, a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State Unversity, and a member of the Academic Alliance Advisory Board of the U.S. National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Her award-winning research on gender biases in software spans over 10 years. Burnett leads the team that created GenderMag, a systematic method for software professionals to find and fix gender biases in the software they build.
Cynthia Holcomb is the Founder of FemaleBrain.Ai and Preference Science Technologies Inc. Her mission is to blast open the computational power of Female Ai by designing and building technologies that actually "think" like a woman. As Founder of four companies and based upon her retail and apparel career, working for top retailers, Cynthia has developed patent-pending Ai based technologies designed to solve for Female Intelligence.
Karin Hollerbach, PhD
Karin Hollerbach, PhD serves as Managing Director of Taku International and conducts R&D for a medical device / wearables company in Silicon Valley. Her technical interests in blended cyber-physical, sensing and control systems and IoT cut across multiple industries and extend into her personal interests in aviation and wilderness expeditions. She has undergraduate degrees from MIT and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering / Control Theory from UC Berkeley/UCSF.
Annabelle Horch is a Senior Application Developer and team lead for the architecture team of the Provider Depiction Analytics and Reporting group of United Healthcare’s Community and State division. She was previously a Senior Software Engineer in a management/team lead role for Home Healthcare Solutions, a division of Cardinal Health, where she was the lead developer/engineer. She is well versed in software and database design, development and documentation and has worked in both standard and Agile development teams. She is also knowledgeable in the areas of computer networking and security, and systems administration, as well as various other areas of IT.
Dianna Klein, a pilot for a major U.S. airline flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, served as an officer in the USAF Reserves. In 2014, she founded Shenandoah Aviation, LLC, an aviation safety consulting company specializing in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). She holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Science with a dual specialization in human factors and aviation safety. Dianna received an MBA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Senzeni Mpofu, a Yale graduate in biomedical engineering with a focus on bioimaging technologies, worked in Shenzhen, China where she assisted foreign-led teams in navigating the Chinese manufacturing landscape and securing Chinese governmental funding. She speaks fluent Mandarin and works as a Sales Engineer at MistyWest in Vancouver British Columbia.
Nadia Morris is the Director of AT&T’s Connected Health Foundry in Houston, TX , an innovation center focusing on digital health technologies by working with start-ups, and established companies. Her team is collocated at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute. They have access to design, technical, and business resources to move ideas from concept to commercialization in a collaborative, fast-paced environment.
Marc Ó Gríofa, MD, PhD
Marc Ó Gríofa, MD, PhD, is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, NOAA trained diving medical officer (DMO), aquanaut, diver and principal investigator for the NASA NEEMO missions and Project CASPER. Dr. Ó Gríofa is also a biomedical engineer, a joint trauma and tactical medical instructor for special operations and as a director and founder of the Pyxis Institute, is passionate about promoting STEM education across all barriers using a mission-based approach.
Asta Roseway is a Research Designer at Microsoft Research in Human Computer Interaction. Her group collaborations include explorations around next generation skin interfaces and her work has been showcased at events such as CES, ARS Electronica, SXSW, and NY Fashion Week. Asta is also a co-founder of studio99, a Microsoft Research effort to bridge art and technology practices. She is a Parsons School of Design alumna.
Susan Sokolowski, Ph.D
Susan L Sokolowski, Ph.D is the Founding Director and Associate Professor of the Sports Product Design Graduate Program, at the University of Oregon. She has twenty-seven years of performance footwear, apparel and equipment design experience; working at Nike, Burton Snowboards, Fila and the US Department of Defense. Dr. Sokolowski holds over thirty-five utility patents in the space. A graduate of the University of Minnesota (PhD), Cornell University (MA) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (BFA), she is committed to inspiring students in product design, development and business.