2010 SEMINAR & WORKSHOP SPEAKER BIOS
Al Lundeen, JD, Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs, CDPH
Al Lundeen, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the California Department of Public Health
Ben Wilson, Intel Digital Health Group
Ben Wilson has over 20 years of healthcare experience in marketing, consulting, product management, and technology. As the Director of Healthcare IT for Intel’s Digital Health Group, Mr. Wilson is one of the architects of Intel’s Healthcare IT Value Model and responsible for market development for the Intel Health Guide worldwide. Also, Mr. Wilson serves as the only representative of the for-profit sector on the CA Secretary of Health’s HIT/HIE Advisory Board. Prior to Intel, Ben was Executive Vice President and Founder of HealthAlliant, the premier boutique consulting firm serving RHIOs. Prior to HealthAlliant, Mr. Wilson held executive positions at two successful start-ups: General Manager of the healthcare division of BabyCenter.com, and President and Founder of Consumer Health Interactive (CHI). Mr. Wilson holds an MBA and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from UC Berkeley and degree in Political Science from Stanford University.
Julie Murchinson, Managing Director, Manatt Health Solutions
Ms. Murchinson has a background in assisting healthcare organizations with information technology (IT) strategy, service operations, business plan development and change management for health information technology adoption. Her unique approach addresses cross-industry interests in the potential for health information technology and consumer-centric strategies to prepare healthcare delivery for the reality of personalized health care. Ms. Murchinson’s work has pioneered industry-leading health IT readiness methodologies, funding and special-interest collaborations, as well as perspectives on privacy, security, and consumer rights; all strategies that are moving health care delivery and policy toward an interoperable and patient-centric direction.
Kerry Shearer, Communications & Media Officer, Sacramento County Public Health
Kerry Shearer has spent his life playing with technology and electronics and it’s a wonder he didn’t electrocute himself. He’s got a background in all-news radio at the launch pad of Rush Limbaugh, Sacramento’s NewsTalk 1530, KFBK, when he was a news editor, reporter, airborne traffic reporter, and newsroom supervisor. He’s got TV covered, too, with Sacramento’s KVIE (PBS), where he’s done everything from video switching to camera to ongoing live hosting of membership drives and auctions. He has served as Public Affairs supervisor for a nuclear power plant, and thinks that is what caused his hair to turn red. Kerry ran the award-winning Spare The Air regional education and outreach program for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and was Communications Director for Bayside Church, a Sacramento-area 20,000-member megachurch. Kerry has been the sole Communication & Media Officer for the Sacramento County Public Health Division for nearly three years and is using new media techniques to help communicate critical public health issues, including pandemic H1N1 Swine Flu.
Kate Fowlie, Communications Officer, Contra Costa Health Services
Kate Fowlie is the Communications Officer for Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), an integrated public health care system in Contra Costa County. CCHS uses Facebook, Twitter, podcasting and other social media tools (www.cchealth.org) as part of its overall communication strategy. The National Public Health Information Coalition awarded Contra Costa Health Services the 2009 Gold medal for excellence in Public Health Communica tion for using new media for H1N1 communications. NPHIC is an independent organization of public health communication professionals that works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public and private agencies to promote public health. Kate Fowlie is a former newspaper reporter and also has national disaster public affairs experience.
Anna Roth, CEO, Contra Costa Hospital
Anna Roth has over 20 years of health care experience working in a variety of settings and has been an avid blogger for two years. Ms. Roth received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of California at San Francisco and MPH at Harvard University. She has extensive experience leading redesign efforts throughout her system using a variety of improvement methodologies.
Caricia Catalani, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley and Co-Founder, VideoVoice Collective
Arnold Chandler, Principal, A.L. Chandler Consulting
Arnold L. Chandler is an advocate, researcher, trainer and Internet strategist who for over 8 years has helped nonprofits and foundations advance programs and policies focused on social and economic equity. Recently, he was a Research Analyst working with a team to reform the Oakland Police Department as part of a federal lawsuit settled in 2001. A researcher and policy strategist at PolicyLink for over five years, Chandler has also authored several important policy analyses and studies in the social justice field as well as advised several nonprofit organizations on the use of Internet tools for supporting advocacy and social change efforts. He also trains the staff of nonprofit organizations in how to conduct research using cutting-edge Internet tools and techniques. His areas of substantive research include: Electronic advocacy and the digital empowerment of grassroots and advocacy organizations; Infrastructure inequity in unincorporated communities in California; Economic and Community Development in older industrial cities in the Northeast and Midwest; Digital Divide and Public Policy; Community-Centered Policing and Prisoner re-entry; and, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for policy change. Chandler has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a M.S. in Information Systems and Web Strategy. He lives in Oakland, California.
Jody Ranck, DrPH, Principle Investigator/Consultant, Public Health Institute
Jody Ranck has a career in health, development and innovation spanning nearly 20 years in his work with corporations, non-profits, foundations and governments. His current work has emphasized global health, innovation and social media as well as teaching innovation and creativity at the University of San Francisco School of Business and Management where he is an adjunct faculty member. He is also a consultant with the UN Economic Commission for Africa where he is developing an innovation platform for African scientists, technologists and policy-makers. Jody’s work at the Public Health Institute involves creating a new Public Health Innovation Center that will study eHealth technologies, social media tools and social innovation. He was also involved as a convenor of the Rockefeller Foundation’s work in eHealth and mobile health through the 2008 Bellagio Summit. His previous work has included work in post-genocide Rwanda, risk and new biotechnologies (Rockefeller Foundation), work at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and leading the Global Health practice and Health Horizons at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA. He has a doctorate in Health Policy and Administration from UC Berkeley as well as an MA in International Relations and Economics (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS), and a BA in biology from Ithaca College. He is currently completing a certification in Islamic Finance and Business. Some of his honors have included a Fulbright Fellowship (Bangladesh) and serving as a Rotary Fellow in Tunisia (Arabic and Islamic History).
Deb Levine, Executive Director and Founder, ISIS
Deb Levine, MA, is the Executive Director of ISIS, Inc. -- a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing Internet technologies to enhance the sexual well-being of individuals and communities. www.isis-inc.org ISIS' award-winning projects include inSPOT, SexINFO, and the annual Sex::Tech conference in San Francisco, bringing together the technology industry, public health professionals, youth and parents. Ms. Levine has been working professionally on the Internet for more than 14 years. She was a sex educator at Columbia University where she designed an award-winning online sexual health question-and-answer service, Go Ask Alice! She wrote an online sex advice column, Ask Delilah, for AOL and Time-Warner, and the Sexuality blog on Yahoo! Health in 2005-6. She graduated with a B.S.W. from Cornell University in 1985 and has a Master's in Experiential Education and Counseling from New York University. Deb is a 2009 Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow.
Margaret Lucas, Youth Outreach Coordinator, ISIS
Margaret Lucas is ISIS' Youth Marketing Manager and is responsible for all online and off-line materials to reach out to youth with sexual health promotion messages and referrals locally and nationally. Margaret graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology from San Francisco State, where she was a campus educator, working on drunk driving prevention campaigns. Since then, she has spoken locally and nationally as an expert in digital marketing to youth around sexual and reproductive health and healthy relationships, helmed the BOM pilot campaign -- a youth dating violence prevention campaign -- staged a rap concert for sexual health in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, worked closely with the Nokia Design team to develop a new mobile application to improve medication adherence and received the inaugural MTV Youth Award.
Anushka Fernandopulle, Management Consultant, Executive Coach, Meditation Teacher
Anushka Fernandopulle enjoys teaching mindfulness in a modern context, including at corporations and urban groups around the country. Anushka has trained in meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years in the US and Asia and teaches retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and other retreat centers. Anushka currently also serves as a freelance executive coach, facilitator, and organizational development consultant. She holds a B.A. in social anthropology/religion from Harvard University, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and she has worked in the field of public health as a health educator. See www.anushkaf.org for more info.
Amy Tenderich, Journalist/Health 2.0 Consultant
Amy Tenderich is a journalist, book author and Health 2.0 expert based in San Francisco, CA. She began her career as a journalist, and has experience in magazine editing, marketing and PR. Following two stints overseas and 13 years of communications work in the Silicon Valley technology industry, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2003, and subsequently launched DiabetesMine.com™, “a gold mine of straight talk and encouragement for people living with diabetes” — for which she recently received the LillyforLife Achievement Award™ for diabetes journalism.
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Wayne Pan, MD, PhD, MBA, Senior Consulting Partner, SciMed Partners
Chia Hwu, Principal, The Subtle Influence
Chia Hwu is the Principal at The Subtle Influence, a consultancy focused on the intersection between Social Media, Healthcare, and Biotech. She has a Masters degree in chemistry from UCSD, a background in Biotech, and deep interest in sociology/psychology. She helps clients and organizations clarify goals and work towards an effective strategy for exploiting social tools and opportunities. Over the last two years, she created a branded community, grew several Twitter accounts to audiences of thousands, and has been a frequent speaker on the topic of communities at health conferences.
Manny Hernandez, President, Diabetes Hands Foundation and Social Media Consultant
Manny is a nonprofit leader, diabetes advocate and social media expert based out of Berkeley, CA. He is the president of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people touched by diabetes and raises diabetes awareness. DHF runs two social networks on Ning: TuDiabetes.org (in English, started in March 2007) and EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish, started in August 2007). Together they reach more than 20,000 members: people with diabetes and those with loved ones with diabetes. DHF also has maintains a presence on Twitter (@DiabetesHF, @tudiabetes and @estudiabetes); Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DiabetesHF) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/DiabetesHands).
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William Brown, Manager, eCommunications/Administration, Health Research for Action, UC Berkeley
William Brown III received his BA in Sociology and African American studies from UCD and his MA in Human Sexuality Studies from SFSU where he studied the affects of racism in cyber-social environments. He also interned as the community outreach coordinator at the National Sexuality Resource Center; worked as a researcher at the Institute of Sexuality, Social Inequality, and Health; and worked as an advisory board member, with Internet Sexuality Information Services, on an HIV/STI testing website to provide San Francisco residents with low to no cost testing services.
Courtenay Stewart, Community Advocate, Ning
Courtenay Stewart is a Community Advocate at Ning, a social media company based out of Palo Alto. At Ning, Courtenay works in customer support and community management. She helps Network Creators like Manny Hernandez build and grow Ning Networks around their interests and passions. Courtenay graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a degree in Human Biology. Courtenay is interested in issues of international health and delivering health care resources to women from underdeveloped countries. During her time at Stanford, she spent a summer in Tanzania volunteering with an HIV/AIDS awareness program.
Andrea Spagat, Center for Digital Storytelling
Andrea Spagat is the San Francisco/Pacific Northwest Region Director at Center for Digital Storytelling. She has worked as an educator for 12 years in a variety of settings, including adult literacy programs, a jail GED project, and a substance abuse and violence prevention initiative for youth. From 1999 to 2001, she was a Violence Prevention Academic Fellow with the California Wellness Foundation. Since 2003, Andrea has facilitated digital storytelling workshops in English and Spanish. She has taught workshops with union members and immigrant workers, as well as workshops for public health initiatives. Andrea has a Masters in Adult Education and specializes in curriculum development, in addition to her teaching. At Center for Digital storytelling she as taken the lead in developing a long-term project with the Department of Public Health in San Francisco through which more than 100 stories have been created, along with digital story based curricula for prevention education and professional development.
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Diego Castaneda, Researcher and Doctoral Candidate, UC Berkeley
Mike Kirkwood, Polka CEO
Mike Kirkwood founded Polka, a personal health platform, as part of a thesis that patient centric health needed a platform. Polka is a highly personal life stream about a person's health affairs that connects to devices, applications, and platforms. Mike has spoken at Health 2.0, mHealth, and the Quantified Self as an advocate for the personal information and personal controls of the information flow. He is a volunteer on a handful of industry working groups, including OpenID, Kantara Initiative, and tri-chair of the California HIE patient engagement workgroup.
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Doug Trauner, CEO, TheCarrot.com
Julian Wimbush, PhD, Researcher, Center for Infectious Disease and Emergency Readiness, UC Berkeley
Kathy Kim, MBA, MPH, President, Kim Consultants
Kathy has spent over 20 years leading teams to innovate and excel in healthcare and technology enterprises such as Brown & Toland Medical Group, UCSF Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Partners Health System), Alta Bates Medical Center (Sutter Health), and Oracle. She is also an entrepreneur: CEO of a venture-funded startup (one of only 2% of venture funded startups led by women nationally), leader of a business incubator, and Founder and President of Kim Consultants. Her consulting work focuses on strategic planning, program implementation, organizational and leadership development.