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.

Jack McGrory

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.

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.

Greg Scherman

Greg Scherman is married with two daughters. He 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 one daughter was a former captain of the Cornell women's squash team. Greg is excited to be actively engaged in all facets of Access Youth Academy.

Kim Kamdar

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.

Robert Merritt

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 Munkholm

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.

Henry Manice

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,, 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.

Zachary Smith

Zack Smith is the Senior Director of Development at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. He has more than a decade of nonprofit and fundraising experience in higher education and healthcare. Zack is a former Division 1 wrestler and currently trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Zack earned his BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice along with his Minor in Civic Leadership at Portland State University. He is currently earning his MBA from the Rady School of Management. Zack and his wife Kaylee live in Escondido, California with their two dogs.

Dr. Hugh M. Davies

Hugh M. Davies is recognized in­ternationally as a scholar in the field of contemporary and modern art. Davies served from 1983 to 2016 as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and was named Director Emeritus by the museum’s trustees in 2016. While directing artistic and administrative activities of MCASD, Davies curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions including: Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface (2011-2012), Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries (2007), Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953 (1999), and William Kentridge: Weighing…and Wanting (1998). Davies was one of six co-curators who organized the Biennial 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in 1976 he served as Director of the U.S. Exhibition at the 37th Venice Biennale. From 1975 to 1983 he was the founding director of the Uni­versity Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the University Gallery) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and from 1984 through 2016, he was a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a Trustee from 1994-2001, and President from 1997-1998.

Davies is currently a member of the Francis Bacon Authentication Committee, which published the artist’s Catalogue Raisonne in 2016. His doctoral dissertation on Francis Bacon was later expanded and published by Garland Press, and he has subsequently published extensively on Bacon’s work. Davies received his A.B., summa cum laude, (1970), M.F.A. (1972), and Ph.D. (1976) from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

Joshua Swigart

Joshua Swigart was born in Orange County, California. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Riverside where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business with a double emphasis in Accounting and Finance. Joshua attended California Western School of Law on an academic scholarship and graduated Cum Laude.

Joshua is a licensed attorney admitted to the State Bars of California, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Currently Joshua is a named partner in the firm of Hyde & Swigart, APC. The firm He focuses on raising awareness of consumer rights and advocating for people taken advantage of by banks, debt collectors, and other corporations. Joshua is a founding partner of Hyde & Swigart, a law firm that has been helping people throughout the country for over 15 years and has recovered over $250 million for consumers.

Joshua is committed to giving back to the community. He has been instrumental in supporting numerous non-profit organizations including the New Media Rights Center at California Western School of Law, Public Justice many other social projects. In 2017 Joshua was named Alumnus of the year by California Western School of Law for his contributions furthering its academic goals. Each year Joshua, personally, provides hundreds of hours of pro bono legal work to individuals who cannot afford and/or find legal counsel.

On a more important note, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family which includes his wife, young daughter and son. In his free time Joshua enjoys flying airplanes, sailing and practicing martial arts.

Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor represents Scripps Health to the community, patient groups and leaders throughout the region. Susan joined Scripps in 2011 after more than 15 years as an award-winning San Diego news anchor for NBC. As executive director of external affairs, Susan plays a critical role in raising awareness and understanding of Scripps’ programs, facilities and services. She also helps educate a broad range of audiences about the significant changes under way in health care locally and nationally.

A 2011 recipient of the San Diego Women Who Mean Business Award, Susan is a spokesperson for the San Diego Police Foundation’s internet campaign against cyberbullying. She is also active in LEAD San Diego, serving on the board of directors.

Emily Mortimer

Emily has worked in Business Development in San Diego’s Biotechnology community for 8 years, primarily as a Clinical Field Specialist and Sales Trainer focused on prenatal genetics for Natera (San Carlos, CA). She recently accepted a new position in Sales and Business Development with Cord Blood Registry (San Bruno, CA). Emily’s love for racquet sports began when she was an avid tennis player growing up on the east coast. At the age of 15 Emily went on to earn a spot on Deerfield Girls’ Varsity Squash Team. This experience, combined with her passion and discipline for the sport, propelled her onto success with the Varsity Squash Team at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Emily is a resident of La Jolla and the proud mother of Jack and Emma, both of whom have inherited her love for racquet sports. She passionately believes in the transformative power of giving children academic and athletic tools for lifelong success.

David Armstrong

After graduating from Law School, David began an impressive and varied career that has included: VP International Management Group; Co-Founder and CEO ProKennex; Executive Director of the Arco Olympic Training Center in Eastlake; Associate Headmaster of the Bishop’s School, Headmaster of the Landon School in Washington DC for 12 years, before returning to La Jolla. He is now heavily involved in helping to lead the International Boys’ Schools Coalition around the world.

Julie Visser

Julie is the Head of Corporate Executive Coaching for The Toft Group, and leads executive search efforts for CEO, Executive and Board level positions in the Life Science and Healthcare High Tech industry.  Julie has a passion for coaching and recruiting women into top roles and providing companies with a diverse slate of exceptional talent.
In addition, Julie is the founder and president of JA Talent Partners, a company providing career coaching for women re-entering the workplace. Julie personally re-entered the job market after leaving the workforce for a period of time and understands the challenges transitioning back into the job market.  Her focus on building confidence is key and is accomplished through job search strategy and preparation.
In 2019, Julie authored two workbooks, The Reviving Careers Workbook and The Launching Careers Workbook, which are step-by-step guides to re-entering and entering the workforce.  She has developed a coaching program to ensure that those seeking advancement in their careers have a well thought out job search plan and can navigate today’s job market successfully. Julie is proud of the countless job opportunities that have resulted from her career coaching and global executive placement efforts.
Prior to founding JA Talent Partners and joining The Toft Group, Julie enjoyed a 20-year professional career, leading and partnering with US companies’ internal, worldwide human resources efforts, including Life Technologies, Thermo Fisher and most recently as the Director of Talent Acquisitions for NuVasive. Julie’s expertise in strategically developing efficient, streamlined practices to deliver exceptional talent has resulted in driving organizational growth, while ensuring shareholder value, with a focus on diversity in the workplace.
Julie holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Arizona and is an AIRS certified Human Resource and Talent Acquisition Professional.

Fernanda Coelho

Fernanda is an executive with over 20 years of experience, mostly working in the interface of science and business. She is currently a consultant and advisor to Life Sciences companies. Fernanda spent 10 years working in the genomics space in San Diego as Chief Business Development Officer of Human Longevity, President of SGI-DNA and Senior Vice-President at Synthetic Genomics. Prior to that she worked at British Petroleum, BCG and Accenture.

Fernanda received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Escola de Engenharia Maua in Brazil and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California.

Fernanda is an active member of the San Diego community: she was a partner at San Diego Social Venture partners, is a trustee at the San Diego French-American School and the founder of Match Your Need, a local social impact technology start-up that matches those in need with those that can help them. She has recently been named a Women of Influence by SD Metro and one of the Top San Diego Leaders by The Daily Transcript. She is also the proud mom of two young daughters.

Ana Rodriguez

Ana Rodriguez is a 2019 Access Youth Academy alumna. She graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2017, where she double majored in Political Studies and Chicana-Chicano studies. She hopes to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree in teaching from a local university. Currently, she is on to her second year working with San Diego Self Storage. During her time in Access, she earned several SEA championship titles and was part of the documentary “Above the Tin.” Ana currently volunteers as a mentor for one of the students in the Access program and very much enjoys the bond they have created because of their shared experiences in the Access program. Ana is excited by her new position as an Access board member and is eager to be part of the new developments happening within the program.

Kebenesh B Genna

Kebenesh Genna is originally from Ethiopia and mother of Hanna, who was part of the second cohort of Access students. Kebenesh worked in Ethiopia as a Financial Assistant and Internal Auditor, and currently works for the San Diego County Sherriff’s Department in Human Resources. She was an active member of the PTA at The Preuss School and has been involved with Access as a parent volunteer for many years. She firmly believes that parental engagement is crucial to student success, and she is grateful for the many opportunities afforded Hanna through her involvement with Access.

Kevin Smith

Kevin D. Smith is an active trial lawyer who has spent the majority of his professional life trying cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and major corporations. In his 30 years of practice, Kevin has defended commercial, professional liability, product liability, transportation, and catastrophic matters in state and federal courts. Despite having to frequently overcome difficult challenges on liability and damages in high exposure cases, Kevin has obtained victories on behalf of his clients in an impressive ninety four percent of the cases he has tried. This has resulted in Kevin being elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and regularly honored as a Southern California “Super Lawyer.”

Susie Nancarrow Glenn​​

Susie is a Native to North County San Diegan, raised in Cardiff by the Sea. Susie is interested in serving. She brings a fresh perspective, and a desire to embrace and lift our youth as they are our future. Susie’s mediation experience is an asset in facilitating productive and effective communication, the cornerstone of any healthy community. Susie has spent her lifetime growing interpersonal relationships throughout the community. She persistently nurtures those connections through her diverse interests, in addition to her fundamental contributions as a mother, spouse and local business owner. San Diego is woven into the fabric of Susie’s life, she’s grateful for this opportunity to serve.

Renato Paiva

Renato came to San Diego to join Access Youth Academy in May of 2007 after previously serving as Assistant Coach at Harvard University and USC. Originally from Brazil, Paiva competed as Brazilian Junior Champion and a top junior in South America. He represented his home country on the national team as its captain, and graduated from Ruy Barbosa University with a business degree.

In 2010, Paiva was named Development Coach of the Year by U.S. Squash, and was honored as 2011 Coach of the Year by the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports in Washington, DC. He has overseen the development of squash on the West Coast, serving as California Junior Squash Team Coach, winning five consecutive urban squash team titles and leading the only urban squash squad to compete in the prestigious U.S. High School Squash Nationals at Yale University, obtaining the #11th ranking in the nation (Access Youth Academy in 2011 and 2012).