Board of Advisors 


DeLeys Brandman, M.D.,  MPH

Robert Grossman, Ph. D.

Max Henrion, Ph.D.

Wayne Hodgins

Joe Hyrkin

Constantine Kazakos

Jan Lindner

Deb E. McClanahn

Salvatore Meola

Susan Nycum

Greg Pabst

Thomas Prudhomme, Ph. D

David Weitz



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DeLeys Brandman, M.D., MPH
Dr. Brandman is Vice President of Healthcare Initiatives for CommerceNet. During her 18-year career, she has worked with insurers, HMOs, physician groups, integrated delivery networks and health centers. With over 20 years of industry-recognized health care consulting and technology expertise, Dr. Brandman most recently served as a Partner, Global Health Services at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). She led business development efforts and technology where she was responsible for driving integration between Global Healthcare Consulting and CSC Technical Consulting.

Prior to CSC, Dr. Brandman served as VP and Managing Partner of Healthcare Consulting at Tier Technologies. She was responsible for developing, marketing and executing Tier's health care delivery offerings. As an Associate Partner with Andersen Consulting's Global Health Care practice, she developed Andersen's Medical Management vision and health care implementation strategy.

Dr. Brandman received her M.D. at the University of California Los Angeles and her Master of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. She completed her internal medicine training at Harbor General Hospital, UCLA, and is board certified in Internal, Emergency and Corporate/Preventive Medicine. [up]

Robert Grossman, Ph.D.
Robert Grossman, Ph.D. is an acknowledged pioneer and expert in data mining, high performance networking, and Internet technologies. He has written over 75 papers and edited four books on data mining, personalization, e-commerce, data warehousing, knowledge discovery and web-based computing.

Dr. Grossman founded Magnify, a corporation that produces software, services and hosted solutions for real-time, one-to-one personalization so that businesses can increase customer response and loyalty. He earned his A.B. degree in mathematics from Harvard University and his doctorate in mathematics from Princeton. [up]

Max Henrion, Ph.D.
Dr. Henrion has 25 years of experience as a researcher, educator, software designer, consultant, and entrepreneur, specializing in the creation and effective use of decision technologies. He is the Founder and CEO of Lumina Decision Systems, which publishes decision software and provides consulting in decision analysis to corporate and government clients. He was the lead designer of Lumina's flagship product, AnalyticaŽ -- the software about which PC Week said "Everything that's wrong with the common spreadsheet is fixed in Analytica".

He was VP for Decision Technology at Ask Jeeves, Inc, where he led the division that created the Jeeves Advisor, offering online consumer advice, and based on technology acquired from Lumina. He has led consulting teams offering decision and risk analysis in environment and energy, telecommunications, aerospace, health, and consumer choice.

Dr. Henrion was founding President of the Association for Uncertainty and Artificial Intelligence. He is coauthor of three books, including Uncertainty (Cambridge University Press, 1990, reprinted in 1998), and over 60 other publications. He is Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught in the Departments of Engineering and Public Policy, and Social and Decision Science.

Dr. Henrion was Consulting Professor at Stanford University in Medical Informatics. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, Master of Design from the Royal College of Art, London, and a PhD from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon. [up]

Wayne Hodgins - Chief Learning Advisor
Wayne Hodgins is the Strategic Futurist, and Director of Worldwide Learning Strategies for Autodesk Inc. He is Past President and Strategic Advisor to the Board of the Computer Education Management Association and Chair of the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee for Learning Object Metadata.

At Autodesk, Wayne Hodgins is responsible for increasing human performance among employees, partners & customers) using what he refers to as Learnativity. As President & Co-founder of The Learnativity Alliance, Mr. Hodgins works at the intersection of learning, productivity, and creativity to actively leverage inflection points in the Learning Economy for win-win-win solutions.

Mr. Hodgins sits on the advisory boards of many industry and government groups including commissions and associations in Canada, USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe and is frequently sought out to lead major industry wide committees. Recently, Mr. Hodgins was asked to be the Special Advisor and Strategic Futurist for a recently formed Commission on Technology and Adult Learning. This commission was jointly formed by the American Society of Training & Development and the National Governors' Association. Mr. Hodgins is developing their Vision Paper "Into the Future." [up]

Joe Hyrkin
Joe Hyrkin has over 10 years of experience in senior sales and business development management both domestically and internationally. He has focused his career on creating and launching new businesses around the world. Most recently, Mr. Hyrkin was Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Asia Pacific Operations at a publicly listed company, Virage Inc., now a division of Autonomy.

While at Virage, Mr. Hyrkin hired and ran the sales team and brought in the key customers that provided the foundation for the company's June 2000 IPO. Prior to Virage, he headed sales for, the leading Chinese language portal and established Sina's key accounts. Mr. Hyrkin was recruited to Sina from The Economist Group, where he ran the company's China business for 4 1/2 years. This included opening The Economist Group's first office in China and overseeing businesses in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong [up]

Constantine Kazakos
Constantine Kazakos is an executive that recently served as program director in strategic planning for IBM, is experienced in Business Process Productivity, Business Process Management, Business Process Reengineering/Change Management, Information Management, Program Management, and Quality.

Mr. Kazakos is a certified ICCP Computer Data Processor and Computer Systems Professional. Currently he is President and CEO of CK Consulting, a Stamford CT, company specializing in Business Process Management. He held various Senior Management positions with Xerox Corporation in Corporate Finance, Information Management, and Business Solutions.

Mr. Kazakos has extensive international experience having worked in numerous countries on every continent. He is fluent in French and Greek and conversant in Spanish & Italian. Mr. Kazakos holds a M.A. in Economics, from the Athens School of Economics & Business Administration, a B.A. in Analysis & Programming, from the Athens College of E.D.P. Sciences, a Certificate in Logistics & Distribution, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. [up]

Jan Lindner

Mr. Lindner is currently CTO of the Gathering, the PC game publishing arm of Take 2. He joined the Gathering from his previous position as CTO and VP Engineering at Ironport where he designed and built the Ironport A50 mail gateway. Prior to this, he was VP of Engineering at Scout, a wireless handheld company which integrated complex messaging services together with custom client hardware and server software.

Having graduated in Computer Science from Berlin Technical University in 1984, Mr. Lindner joined Softhansa GmbH where he built a variety of complex graphical software products. Next, Mr. Lindner founded Canto Software, a firm specializing in media database and optical scanning software products. Mr. Lindner sold Canto Software in 1993.

Mr. Lindner has pursued a variety of increasingly senior engineering positions in the game space. His credits include Myst, Panzer General and Prince of Persia culminating in his role as CTO and VP of Engineering at Mattel Interactive. [up]

Deb E. McClanahan
Deb E. McClanahan has 30 years of professional experience working with Fortune 100 to early stage companies. As a knowledgeable consultant with a broad range of Human Capital practice, Ms. McClanahan loves to work with cutting edge companies as they innovate and has recruited key technical and leadership teams for companies large and small.

Starting in Manufacturing Operations, her early success as a leader/manager led to broader roles with organization-wide impact. She has been a facilitator and organizational problem-solver using systematic approaches to businesses of different scopes and sizes, including hardware, software, and life science companies.

As an early adopter of the Internet, Deb has crafted and implemented HR communication, branding, and recruiting programs through electronic media to meet her clients' strategic needs. An experienced professional trainer and training developer, Ms. McClanahan is chief principal of BroadBand HR Consulting having collaborated with Symantec, VLSI Technology, Ziff Davis and General Motors Corporation.

Ms. McClanahan received her B.S. in Psychology/Human Factors Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has completed her Master's program course work in Business and HR/OD. [up]

Salvatore Meola
Salvatore Meola has over 28 years of international management experience in Product Development, Technology, General Management, Network Operations, Information Technology, Product Management, and Sales. Just recently, Mr. Meola was Executive Vice President/CTO & Hosted Operations at ChartOne.

Mr. Meola architected, led the development, and launched the first iteration and the first commercial release of an Enterprise ASP application to the health care/hospital vertical. They successfully sold a 3-year contract to the 5th largest U.S. hospital.

Previously, Mr. Meola was Chief Development Officer and SVP of Operations and Product Management at Live365, Inc. where he led Live365 to win the Webby Awards in 2001 and 2002 and helped propel Live365 from 4th to 1st in popularity among Internet Radio Stations. In 2000, Mr. Meola was VP of Engineering at Catapulse. He led development and launch of the first hosted service for developers to write software over the Internet using Rational Software tools. Catapulse's application became so successful at its initial launch that Rational acquired Catapulse within one year.

Other employers where Mr. Meola held executive positions include: Oracle, Network Associates, Gupta, Keynote Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and Merck. At Oracle, he was responsible for development and launch of Metalink, Oracle's first ERP browser based application still used today by all global Oracle customers when logging support issues. At Keynote Systems, he was responsible for global operations and IT. Mr. Meola graduated from Montclair State University and attended Stanford University and Seton Hall Law School. [up]

Susan Nycum
An internationally acknowledged expert in intellectual property law, Susan Nycum is a Partner Emerita at Baker & McKenzie. Ms. Nycum has received numerous citations and honors including a fellowship for her contributions to improving the bilateral understanding between the technical community and the legal community by the Association for Computing Machinery, an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology.

Ms. Nycum is the author of Software Proprietary Rights: A Legal Guide (Reston, 1985) among many volumes to her credit. She has shaped private and governmental policy regarding the protection of intellectual property and is a mediator for the American Arbitration Association. [up]

Greg Pabst

Greg Pabst is a Lecturer on Communication Studies at the College of Arts & Sciences, University of San Francisco. Currently, he teaches advertising and public speaking courses and has previously taught broadcast management and public relations. He is an advisor to the USF Student Chapter of American Advertising Federation and the USF National Student Advertising Competition team.

A leader in the advertising business for over 25 years, Mr. Pabst has worked at Ketchum Communications Saatchi & Saatchi, and his own enterprise,Greg Pabst Communication Services. On the client side, he was Vice President of Advertising at Lucky Stores/Northern California Division and Marketing Director at KFRC AM/FM, 103.7 KKSF and Classical 102.1 KDFC.

Mr. Pabst is on the board of the American Advertising Federation, District 14, a member of the Bay Area STAR (Society of Television, Advertising and Radio) and the the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists. Mr. Pabst holds a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State. He will complete his Masters degree in American History at San Francisco State this year after having commenced studies in 1973. [up]

Thomas Prudhomme, Ph. D

Thomas Prudhomme, Ph.D. is Senior Associate Director, National Center for SuperComputing Applications, Division Director, External Programs. The NCSA is allied with four critical communities united to build the National Technology Grid. Research partners form the largest group and are based at universities and government laboratories. They constitute the teams that will be building the technology for the Grid and disseminating it to the many different user communities across the nation.

The Industrial Partners and Strategic Vendors work with the Alliance teams in testing new technology and offering feedback on its commercial and industrial potential. They will play an important role in transferring the new technology into their respective sectors of the economy.

Government Partners have access to Alliance technology through their affiliations with NCSA. They, too, will help demonstrate how the new technology can be adapted to meet the broader needs of society. [up]

David Weitz

David Weitz is Vice President of Intellectual Property and General Counsel to Syrrx, Inc., a high-throughput rational drug discovery company. Previously, David was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati specializing in patent prosecution and related intellectual property counseling.

Mr. Weitz received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 and an M.S. degree in Bio-Organic Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley in 1989. He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law) in 1992. He is a member of the Board of Directors for tthe M.I.T.Club of Northern California, and a member of the M.I.T. Corporate Development Committee.

David is the author or coauthor of the following law and science related articles: Creating and Maintaining A Business Focused Patent Portfolio, Managing Intellectual Property, 1998; Leveraging Your IP Assets, Intellectual Property Magazine, Nov. 1997; The Biological Deposit Requirement: A Means of Assuring Adequate Disclosure, 8 High Technology Law Journal 2 (1993); Co-Author: Synthesis of Sugar Aldehydes by Ozonolysis of Oximes, J. Organic Chemistry 1989, 54, 4957; A Combined Microbial/Chemical Synthesis of (+)-(R)-Methyloxirane Having High Enantiomeric Excess, J. Organic Chemistry, 1987, 52, 4042. [up]



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