Advisory Board

Haile Debas, MD


Haile T. Debas, MD, is recognized internationally for his contributions to academic medicine and is widely consulted on issues associated with global health. At the University of California, San Francisco, he served as the Founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences (2003-2010), Dean of the School of Medicine (1993-2003), Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs for six years, and Chancellor for one year.

Dan Lowenstein, MD


Dr. Lowenstein is the executive vice chancellor and provost of UCSF. He is also the Robert and Ellinor Aird Professor and Vice Chair in Department of Neurology at UCSF. A highly regarded teacher, Lowenstein has received nearly every major medical education award granted both locally at UCSF and nationally.

Erin Thomson


Erin is a counsel at Vinson & Elkins who specializes in Intellectual Property. Her principal areas of practice are strategic intellectual property counseling, technology transactions (including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret licensing), and intellectual property litigation, primarily in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, research tools, medical devices, consumer products, and software.


Jerry Cain


Jerry is a well-known computer science professor at Stanford University.  He was ranked as a Top10 Stanford Professor by Business Insider.  Jerry believes in using technology for good and teaches courses on using technology for social impact at Stanford.


Stephanie Marrus


Stephanie Marrus is Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During a 25-year plus business career, she has worked with hundreds of companies in science- and technology-based industries as a corporate executive, business consultant and mentor, many with their technological roots at MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford and UCSF.


Ease Oweung


Ease is currently the 3D Modeling Coordinator for the Academy of Art University’s School of Animation & Visual Effects. Prior to joining Academy of Art University, Ease had his own animation studio and created the CG animation for a Nova series called Becoming Human; worked as a 3D Modeler for Walt Disney Animation; Art Department Manager at Tippett Studios; Art Director for 3DO company and 13 years as Senior Model Maker at ILM. Film credits include: Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, E.T., Poltergeist, Raider of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Hunt for Red October, Innerspace, My Favorite Martian, Evolution, Meet the Robinsons.


Avinash Kaushik


Avinash Kaushik is the Digital Marketing Evangelist for Google and the co-Founder of Market Motive Inc. Through his blog, Occam’s Razor, and his best selling books, Web Analytics: An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0, Avinash has become recognized as an authoritative voice on how executive teams can leverage digital platforms and data to out-innovate their competitors and achieve superior financial results. Avinash has received honors such as Statistical Advocate of the Year award from the American Statistical Association, Rising Star award from the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation, and Most Influential Industry Contributor from the Digital Analytics Association.


Kelly M. Skeff, MD Ph.D.


Dr. Skeff is the George DeForest Barnett Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-director (and co-founder) of the Stanford Faculty Development Center (SFDC) for Medical Teachers. He has mentored hundreds of faculty from nearly every American medical schools and received numerous national awards for exceptional educators including the Distinguished Medical Educator Award from the APDIM, the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from AAMC and an award from career achievement in medical education from the Society of General Internal Medicine. In 2003 he was named a McCann Scholar, a national award recognizing the contribution of mentors.


Jeffrey Teraoka, MD


Dr. Teraoka is Chief, PM&R Service, VA Palo Alto Health System. He is the Associate Program Director of the Stanford PM&R Residency Program, and Medical Director of Polytrauma, VA Palo Alto Health System. He is also Clinical Associate Prof-Affiliated, Dept of Orthopedics/PM&R, at Stanford University School of Medicine.


Claude Hemphill, MD


Dr. Hemphill is the Chief of Neurology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Co-Director of the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center. Dr. Hemphill serves on the editorial board of the journal Neurocritical Care.

Remy P. Fesquet


Remy is a corporate attorney with Hush Blackwell.  He has worked with investors, their portfolio companies, and various privately held and publicly traded companies, representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, divestitures, corporate governance and other general corporate and compliance matters.  Remy has completed domestic and cross-border transactions in a broad range of industries including healthcare, life sciences, software and new technologies.


Patricia L. Harden


Patricia (Pat) Harden founded Harden Partners to help organizations be heard, known and valued. Pat brings clients the benefits of a lifelong passion for communication and the desire to help organizations take their game to new levels. Under her leadership, Harden Partners has grown steadily from a one-person consultancy in her guest room to an award-winning, mid-sized agency serving the financial, healthcare and business services sectors, as well as non-profits. An avid reader, theater-goer and traveler, Pat hikes most days in the East Bay hills with Lily, her border collie. She serves on the board of Theatre Bay Area, the leading philanthropy supporting performing arts in the Bay Area and chaired the SF PR Round Table. She and her husband Jeff enjoy making Pinot Noir from their home-based vineyard.


Jami Eidsvold


Jami is the founder and CEO of the Orange County-based agency, Smarty Social Media. She has over 15 years of experience in communications, digital marketing and brand strategy. Started as a one-woman shop, Jami has grown her agency into a team of 25 that was recognized as one of the top Women-Owned Businesses by the Orange County Business Journal. She has trained executives, marketers, health care professionals and business owners about social media strategy and has given numerous social media presentations at various professional organizations and conferences.

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