BLAIR L. SADLER
Past President of the Rady’s Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego after serving as President and CEO from 1980-2006. Received his B.A. from Amherst College where he played both squash and tennis, and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a faculty member at the UCSD Schools of Medicine and Management and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is currently on the board of directors of the Hastings Center for Bioethics and Public Policy and has previously served as a medical-legal specialist for the National Institute of Health, as Assistant Vice President at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as Vice President and Director of the hospitals and clinics at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, and on the US-Mexico Border Health Commission.
Vice President in Telemedicine/Medical Imaging. Proficient in designing hearing-assist technologies for severe to profound sensorineural, conductive, mixed and neural hearing loss, with a focus on AaaS: Audioinformatics as a Service. Patent Holder of Digital Cochlear Implant/BTE. HIPAA/HITECH Layperson Advisory Board Member, practicum in Ethics. Instructor in the field of Bioethics: Advancing the ethical questions that arise in the relationships between life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, and philosophy. United Nations Delegate and Vice President of UN San Diego. Parliamentarian and Immediate Past President of La Jolla Town Council. Board of Directors. President of La Jolla Community Planning Association and Board member of San Diego Community Planners Committee.
W.T. “TED” GURNEÉ
Ted Gurneé has over 44 years experience in diving operations and hyperbaric equipment design and construction. Based on his experience in the US Navy, Ted started his first private diving services company, SubSeaSurveyors, Inc., on the East Coast. Initially focused on inspection of underwater facilities for power companies, SubSeaSurveyors, Inc. branched out to conduct diving inspections in nuclear fuel pools, which previously had used only very-expensive robotic equipment. One of the first firms to use underwater cameras, SubSeaSurveyors, Inc. grew to over 150 employees in only three years. As Ted was transferred by the Navy from the East Coast to San Diego, Ted transferred SubSeaSurveyors, Inc. to the West Coast, starting another division. Eventually this company became OxyHeal Health Group, which today has subsidiaries that design and construct hyperbaric equipment, medical specialists for wound care, divers for deep-pressure operations, and university-level training and certifications for hyperbaric operations. OxyHeal is headquartered in the San Diego, CA area, but has customers and operations world-wide.
Partner at Domain Associates, a Healthcare focused Venture Capital Firm. With a background in small molecule drug discovery, Dr. Kamdar has been involved in cutting edge therapeutic start-ups and has been a major part of identifying companies with promising molecular and companion diagnostics to support personalized medicine.
Present board memberships include Ariosa Diagnostics, Epic Sciences, Lithera, Obalon Therapeutics, ROX Medical, Sera Prognostics, Syndax Pharmaceuticals, and Tragara Pharmaceuticals, as well as observer status at Achaogen and aTyr Pharma. Dr. Kamdar was involved with Corthera until the Company was sold to Novartis in February 2010 and BiPar Sciences until the company was sold to sanofi-aventis in April 2009.
Prior to Domain, Kim was a Kauffman Fellow with MPM Capital. Prior to joining MPM, she was a research director at Novartis, where she built and led a research team that focused on the biology, genetics and genomics of model organisms to uncover small molecules that modulated signaling pathway networks. Kim is a founder of Aryzun Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company utilizing protein-protein interaction mapping for small molecule discovery with an initial focus on anti-infectives and oncology. Kim is the author of ten papers as well as the inventor on seven patents. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and genetics from Emory University.
Kim serves as an advisory board member of Eric Topol’s NIH supported Clinical and Translational Science Award for Scripps Medicine and of Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, a private equity fund providing growth capital to Indian pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She is also a board member of San Diego’s CONNECT Foundation and the Hastings Center.
Product developer in San Diego at Alphatec Spine, an international medical device company that designs, manufactures, and markets products for spine surgery. Henry grew up in Boston and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 where he majored in Human and Organizational Development with a focus on International Leadership and Development. While in college, he co-founded a clothing company in Uganda, Enjuba.com, and developed Enjuba’s social entrepreneurship class in a Ugandan secondary school. He started playing squash in high school at Phillips Academy Andover and helped grow Vanderbilt’s squash program as co-captain and president from an informal group of players into a nationally ranked team that travels the country to play more than fifteen matches a year. He currently volunteers as a business plan reviewer, judge, and fundraiser for The William James Foundation, a Washington D.C. based organization that supports entrepreneurs starting for-profit companies that have social and environmental goals.
Mr. McGrory Is CEO of La Jolla MJ Management, LLC, a real estate investment company. He began his second career as President and Chief Executive Officer of Price Entities in 1997. He served as City Manager of the City of San Diego from 1991-1997 and worked for the City of San Diego for twenty-three years. Jack was also Chief Operating Officer of the San Diego Padres and remains a Director of the ball club. Jack also holds leadership positions on numerous foundations and boards of directors throughout San Diego. Jack is currently a Lecturer for the School of Public Affairs, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University and also served as a Lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of California, San Diego. He received his BA from Colgate University, his Master’s in Public Administration from San Diego State University and his Law Degree from the University of San Diego. Mr. McGrory was a Marine Corps Lieutenant from 1970 – 1974, and served as a Rifle Platoon Commander. He has five children.
Robert has had an extraordinarily varied career as a pilot in the Navy, extensive government service including a military liaison to Congress, as well as in the private sector. He is an experienced strategic and operational manager of people and projects. Robert has also been Chief Operations officer at a “Federal Express” type airline in Europe, a multi-data center operations director for a major Software company and even direct retail sales experience for a large Mercedes-Benz dealership. Robert has also benefitted from multi-cultural experiences in more than 30 countries having resided for periods of 2 years or more in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
Robert has been volunteering as a teacher to Access students for a number of years on the topic of financial literacy, which has been a key success factor for our kids as they transition to their new lives at college. Robert lives in San Diego with his wife Cairyann, and while now retired, can still can be seen gracing local squash courts and racing cars at tracks across America.
Kevin is a Principal in Barney & Barney’s Employee Benefits Division where he serves as the Technology and Life Sciences Practice Group Leader. Kevin joined Barney & Barney in 2002, and became a Principal in 2009.
In addition to being a partner in Barney & Barney’s Benefits practice, Kevin has always been an active member of the tennis community. He was a member of his university’s varsity tennis team and participates in USTA league play throughout the year.
Kevin is a member of BIOCOM’s Human Resources Committee and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University Colorado, at Boulder. He is married and has two children.
Gillian Reckler is Product Evangelist, Marketing at Basho Technologies where she runs Demand Generation and Social Media Marketing efforts for the NoSQL distributed database company. She is also founder of SaaSAlytics Consulting, a marketing communications and investor relations consulting firm that serves a roster of public and private B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies.
She earned her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and her M.B.A. from Columbia University. She began her career as an analyst in the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball and was one of the original “Moneyball” statisticians, studying revenue sharing, salary cap structures and assessing market value for baseball players. During graduate school she consulted for the New York Mets and then moved to San Diego to work for the Padres.
She is a former collegiate Track & Field and Cross Country athlete who now finds Zen in the swimming pool.
For four years, Eric Reifschneider served as senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL). Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2012, Reifschneider was a partner in the Palo Alto, CA office of an international law firm, where he chaired the global technology and intellectual property group. Reifschneider holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and bachelor of science degrees in physics and mathematics from M.I.T.
B.A. Tufts University, Magna cum Laude, Ph.D. Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver. Returned to Tufts after receiving doctorate to teach and coach. Started the collegiate Squash program, both men and women, and within six years the men’s squash team had a number 5 national ranking. Moved to San Diego entering the business world and became the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a food manufacturing company. Played competitive squash for 30 years, representing United States in international competition. Involved with numerous educational, community, and social service programs as well as long-term involvement with SquashBusters.
Greg Scherman co-founded Access Youth Academy with Chris Walker in 2006 with the goal of giving back to the San Diego community at large by helping under served youth. He is the President of The Scherman Energy Group, consultants to the oil and gas industry and has been active in real estate and other business ventures since graduating from UCSD with a BA in Management Science. He is a competitive athlete – formerly a bike racer and now a top amateur squash player, having competed in the Maccabiah Games in 2009. He is a level 1 certified squash coach and his daughter is currently competing on the Cornell women’s squash team. Greg is excited to be actively engaged in Access Youth Academy.
Akatzin Torres is currently a senior at The Preuss School UCSD and was recently elected to a one-year term by her peers at Access Youth Academy. She is the youngest of three girls and the only one in line to attend a 4-year college. Her parents are from Mexico and she identifies as a Chicana. During her free time she plays squash, dances or reads. She is currently part of an Aztec-dancing group in Chicano Park where she practices her cultural traditions.
One accomplishment that Akatzin is proud of is coming this far in her education. Even though her sisters graduated high school they did not go to college but she is striving to go a step further to better herself. She hopes to attend UCSD and in 10 years sees herself having a degree in cultural linguistics and speaking 3 languages. She wants to travel the world and use her linguistics skills to preserve indigenous languages.
MARY WALSHOK Ph.d.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego, the author of more than 100 articles and reports on the innovation economy and aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She has authored and co-authored Blue Collar Women (1981), Knowledge Without Boundaries (1995), Closing America’s Job Gap (2011), Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth (2013) and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy (2013), Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California (2014) and the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (2015). Her particular focus is how globalization and rapid changes in technology are affecting the social dynamics and economic challenges of regions across America.
A co-founder in 1984 of the internationally recognized CONNECT program, Walshok has been an integral player in the evolution of San Diego’s innovation economy for more than 30 years.