We're excited to announce our speakers for 2019 TechFest.

William D. Green
Wealth Advisor, Oxinas Partners Wealth Management

Bill has lived in the Greater Louisville area for the past 35 years, since his youth, attending Goshen, Crestwood, South Oldham schools and the University of Louisville graduating in Business Administration majoring in Finance. He's been trading and investing in markets for 12 years and has been guiding clients as an investment advisor for many years. He serves around 175 households in Indiana, Kentucky and 13 other states! He oversees all investments, retirement plans, financial plans, guides in estate planning, business succession and sale or merger, business revenue coaching, trust management and administration, foundation investment and sustainability, and tax strategy for business owners. Prior to his current role advising clients, Bill worked for 12.5 years at Hilliard Lyons Wealth Management.

Bill is married and has 1 child - Elijah, who is home schooled and wants to work with dad or be a heart surgeon. He resides in Jeffersonville Indiana just down the street from his new office! He enjoys cars, golf, non-profit work, scuba, motorcycles, shooting sports, ice hockey, live music and he has sang and played guitar in several bands. He is currently involved with or on the board at Hildegard House, LifeSpring Foundation, Bluegrass BMW, and the Speed Art Museum.

Stephen Reynolds
Cybersecurity and IoT Attorney
Ice Miller

Stephen Reynolds is a partner in Ice Miller's Litigation and Intellectual Property Group, with a practice that focuses on commercial litigation and data security and privacy law.

He has represented companies in several types of litigation, including products liability cases, mass torts litigation, construction litigation, trade secrets litigation, securities litigation and other commercial litigation.

Originally from Sebastian, Fla., Stephen earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in 2004. Upon graduation, he was employed as a computer programmer and IT analyst.

Stephen received his juris doctorate from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2008, where he was a member of the Indiana Law Journal.

As a former computer programmer and IT analyst, Stephen is uniquely able to and routinely uses his computer background in cases involving data privacy and security, electronic discovery, social media discovery, and computer forensics. Stephen has given presentations on data privacy and security, electronic discovery and social media discovery, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

Additionally, Stephen has extensive experience representing health care providers and mental health facilities in civil commitment hearings and proceedings regarding the release of mental health and other health care records.

Nick Merker
Partner, Ice Miller

Nick Merker is a partner and co-chair of Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy Practice. His experience is unique, as he is only one of a handful of DSP lawyers in the country who can say that they’ve worked as a computer systems, network and security engineer for 10 years before practicing law. Nick’s forte is being able to quickly judge a room at a client site and determining which hat to wear - lawyer, technologist, or some combination thereof. Nick’s technology background gives him the unique ability to bridge the gap between lawyers and technologists, often times translating between the two disparate disciplines to resolve legal issues. He strives to provide practical advice to clients that they can go implement immediately rather than generate long-winded academic answers to basic legal questions.

Nick advises clients on global privacy issues, patent infringement, patent portfolio valuation, and software licensing agreements. He collaborates with engineers and lawyers to design and implement privacy policies for the collection, use, and retention of consumer data. Nick works directly with client IT teams to ensure all legal policies are understood and properly implemented.

Alex Day
Founder & CEO
Sheltowee Business Network

Alex Day’s technical training and real world entrepreneurial experiences have allowed him to participate in the creation of dozens of companies and assist in the commercialization of multiple technology based products. Mr. Day enjoys helping entrepreneurs and inventors take complex ideas or concepts and turn them into financial successes. He thrives working at the interface between highly complex science and business.

Skills:

  • Strategic planning and positioning for early stage technologies
  • Innovative deal structure and execution
  • Ability to quickly and accurately evaluate technologies from multiple fields for their technical and economic feasibility
  • An intimate understanding of raising funds for early stage companies, including angel investing, venture capital and crowd funding
  • Strong technical capability in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, alternative energy and physics
  • Effective management of intellectual property issues

My academic background is in physics, mathematics and Russian language

Sheri Donahue
Past National President, Infragard

Democratic Nominee for Kentucky State Auditor in 2019 election.

Sheri Donahue is a Purdue Industrial Engineer. For over 27 years, Ms. Donahue has held various roles within the military and civilian government, not-for-profit and the private sector. Ms. Donahue worked to serve warfighters, first responders, owners and operators of our national critical infrastructures, healthcare workers, and the aging population within the insurance industry.

Ms. Donahue has served many years in non-profit leadership roles including 9 years on the National Board of InfraGard, followed by 3 years as the President of InfraGard, and she currently serves on the KY InfraGard Board as Sector Chief Coordinator. Ms. Donahue is on the Purdue Engineering Alumni Board of Directors and mentor current engineering students. She has been involved in many other non-profits as well including the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, American Heart Association, and Internet Keep Safe Coalition. Ms. Donahue is a speaker on cyber security, public-private partnerships and homeland security across the country.

Gui Cozzi
Security Consultant
Dean, Dorton

With more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, Gui Cozzi leads Dean Dorton’s cybersecurity practice. He has successfully implemented pragmatic and risk-based security programs to meet compliance with organizations’ security requirements. Gui leads a team responsible for delivering enterprise cybersecurity services and personally specializes in information security program development, implementation and assessment.

Pete Dedes
Forensic Examiner Consultant, Avertium

Pete has more than 30 years of experience as a Computer Professional. Current responsibilities at Avertium (formerly Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc.) includes computer forensics, security assessments, incident response and tasks in the enterprise solutions arena. As a forensic analyst, Pete has provided courtroom testimony in several Tennessee State Courts.

Pete’s education includes an Associate’s degree in Electo-Mechanical Engineering from Owens Technical College in Toledo, OH and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee.

Industry certifications include the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) for forensics, and two GIAC certifications, Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH). Pete is also licensed in the State of Tennessee as a Private Investigator.

Larry Skutchan
Director of Technology Product Research
American Printing House for the Blind

Larry Skutchan is the Director of Technology Product Research at the American Printing House for the Blind. He is also currently President of the Transforming Braille Group, LLC; and he was previously CEO of Microtalk (1984-2007) where he wrote innovative word processing, terminal access, and screen access software. He received a BA from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Larry’s passion for creating groundbreaking user interfaces for people who are blind is the driving force behind uniqueness in functionality, simplicity, and effectiveness of APH’s software. Currently, Larry is working on the interfaces and techniques for bringing indoor maps and location information to blind users through the use of an app called Nearby Explorer. This app provides powerful tools to orient a person with visual impairment. When not working on technology products, he enjoys gardening, walking, and music.

Leslie Farr Knox
Director of Marketing and Communication
American Printing House for the Blind

Ms. Knox is a passionate marketing executive with over 25 years of successful experience building memorable brands, increasing customer engagement, executing market development plans, and growing innovative, goal-driven teams. Her colleagues describe her as a connector and strong communicator, with the ability to cultivate relationships throughout all levels of the organization.

Ms. Knox is a self-starting, visionary, and performance-driven leader with superior skills in storytelling, brand management, strategy development and execution, and community outreach.

Monica Jones
Agile Team and QA Engineer
Get Beyond

As a people person and lover of technology, Monica Jones brings enthusiasm to every project. Ms. Jones is a Certified Professional Scrum Master PSM-1 with a strong Analysis background.

Jason Crismore
Director. Business Intelligence & Analytics
Appriss

Data Science and Enterprise Analytics leader with over twenty years of experience delivering enterprise level solutions. Experience includes Information Technology Leadership in multiple Fortune 500 companies across several technology platforms and includes very large-scale projects.

Specialties: Enterprise Analytics, Machine Learning, Statistical Analysis, Data Governance

Deep Learning / Machine Learning (Statistical Learning, Bayesian and Markov Networks, Support Vector Machines, Decision Trees, Case Based Reasoning, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Viterbi Algorithms, Ensembles, Boosting, Bagging, Neural Networks, Tensorflow, Keras, Natural Language Processing, Natural Language Toolkit) Visualization Tools / Statistical Packages (Plotly, Tableau, JMP, SAS, Telerik, Infragistics, D3)

Software Development (C#, Python, R, Java, Hadoop)

Database Programming / Optimization / Administration (SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, Microsoft SQL Server R Services, SSIS, SSRS, SSAS)

Business Process Engineering (Agile, CMMI, ITIL Foundations, Application Lifecycle Management)

Susan Olson
COO
Edj Analytics

Susan Olson, Ph.D., is the Chief Operating Officer at EdjAnalytics, where she directs the data science and product management teams, creates strategic partnerships, and develops new technology-based products and intellectual property. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Notre Dame in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and B.S. in engineering from the University of Evansville.

Previously the Managing Director of two business lines at Genscape, Susan was responsible for business and product development as well as strategic and operational activities. During her tenure, she co-authored multiple patents for technologies that produced new market insights.

Prior to Genscape, Susan worked for Honeywell Aerospace as a Project Leader on the Joint Strike Fighter program, researched for the U.S. Navy to help reduce submarine noise, and performed airframe noise research sponsored by NASA. The common thread and passion through her career is developing new insights from data.

Greg Kamer
Principal Systems Engineer
Ruckus Networks

Greg Kamer is a Principal Systems Engineer working for a world-class network equipment provider. Mr. Kamer has gained varied experience in his professional IT career - having built a local non-profit organization from the ground up technically. Mr. Kamer has gathered a wealth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom working as a consultant. He has had the opportunity to work with small and large companies alike and learn much about their differing needs and goals.

“My personal goal is to be successful at what I do, while mutually benefiting both my employer and customers. To serve those who are in need of assistance and to work with my colleagues is both a high calling and a challenge. Nonetheless, it is one that I cherish and look forward to discovering how I can best use my time, talents and gifts to serve.”

Bryan Perdue
Founder & CEO
Autymate

Bryan Perdue has a proven track record of creating successful SaaS-based software projects that are generating millions of dollars of revenue every year. Mr. Perdue is an experienced business owner, an enterprise application developer, team leader, manager and project manager. He holds several university degrees and certifications including Enterprise Application Developer and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Mr. Perdue enjoys creating data-intensive full stack solutions that can scale in the cloud, have a native experience and work on any platform.

Skills:

  • Roles(+Yrs): Software Developer (14+), Entrepreneur (12+), Project Manager (10+), Architect (6+), Manager (5+), Business Analyst (10+)
  • Languages: .NET, AJAX, C#, CSS, CSS3, HTML5, Java, JavaScript, JSON, PHP, PowerShell, R, SQL, VB
  • Databases: Cosmos DB, Index DB, MSSQL, MongoDB, MySQL, Redis, SQLite
  • Cloud: Azure, Firebase, Salesforce, SharePoint, TFS
  • Tools: ADO.NET, Git, jQuery, LightSwitch, MEF, Silverlight, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS, Visual Studio, WCF, Web Services, Win Forms, WPF, WWF
  • Platforms: .NET, Android Development, Angular, ASP, ASP.NET MVC & API, Java, Node.js, Visual Studio
  • Management: Agile, SCRUM, TDD
  • Techniques: MVC, MVVM, OOP, REST, SOA, SOAP, SPA

Dawn Yankeelov
Owner
Aspectx

Aspectx, an integrated communication firm based in the Midwest serving an international marketplace, provides a number of services designed to forward your initiatives in business growth. The company has a team of professionals involved in delivering the best counsel and execution in the areas competitive intelligence, business development, marketing, public relations, web technologies, and social media.

Over the years, the clientele of Aspectx has remained companies looking to leverage the cutting edge in technologies to assist in their profitability, as well as their efficiencies. From large household-known IT companies to startups with niche objectives in certain fields of interest, Aspectx provides hands-on answers that work with creativity that leads to solid branding, reputation management, and analysis of available data to make smart decisions. With a background in technology, and science, Dawn Marie Yankeelov provides solutions-based approaches that target audiences and dissect trends, evaluate tactics, and innovate what can be done now. Aspectx works primarily in the areas of healthcare, technology, government, and energy sectors.

The firm was founded in 1989, by Dawn Marie Yankeelov, moving her career from daily journalism into solving real-world dilemmas that require marketing, business development and strategic vision.

In 2011, Ms. Yankeelov presented at the International Public Relations Society of America Conference on “Top 10 Ways to Remarketify Products & Services for Greater Success," and in 2010 on “Customer Retention: Learn Critical Factors for Maintaining Online Commerce Success.” For seven years, Ms. Yankeelov spoke on various topics at the International Virtual Communities Conference held then in Europe by Infonortics, Ltd. She also contributed to the American Bar Association's Emerging Businesses Series for 2005 and 2010, handbooks for those companies in growth sectors.

Specialties: Marketing strategy, competitive intelligence and analysis, business strategy, international business development, public relations, process management, customer experience, social media, community development, public outreach, brand awareness, team leadership, community relations, reputation management, web development, employee relations.

Konrad Konarski
Senior Practice Head - Artificial Intelligence & IoT
V-Soft Labs

Konrad Konarski is a successful entrepreneur, engineer, business professional, and thought leader possessing a unique holistic perspective on delivering AI solutions that bring tangible value to customers for close to two decades. Konrad’s professional career has included working for Fortune 500 companies to lead and support their digital transformations. Most recently Konrad led the IBM Watson Center in Eastern Europe. Currently, he is the Practice Head for AI & IoT at V-Soft Consulting where his cumulative expertise helps commercialize and deliver industry changing solutions for various vertical markets.

Notable Awards:

  • Microsoft Solution of the Year [2003]
  • Microsoft Winning Customer of the Year [2006]

Notable Articles:

  • Frost & Sullivan (Sept 4, 2012)
  • Featured in Oil & Gas Journal Editorial (June 28, 2010)
  • Featured in Oil & Gas Journal Cover Story (July 21, 2008)
  • Montreal Gazette Business Section Cover Story (Jan 9th, 2006)
  • Global TV Feature "Most Innovative Small Business in Canada" (May 1st, 2005)

Notable Events:

  • Keynote Speaker 2009 RFID Journal Middle-East
  • Chair and Workshop Leader RFID Journal Energy Track 2011
  • Chair and Workshop Leader RFID Journal Energy Track 2012
  • Chair and Workshop Leader RFID Journal Energy Track 2013
  • Chair and Keynote International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC) 2011
  • Chair and Keynote International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC) 2012
  • Chair and Keynote IBM Watson Poland Competency Center Grand Opening 2017
  • Chair and Keynote IBM Design Thinking Poland Chapter Grand Opening 2017
  • Upcoming: Speaker IBM TopGun March 2018

IBM Watson CTO
Rob High
"The [Cognitive] Wroclaw team, lead by Konrad Konarski, is at the forefront of creating exactly these types of methodologies. They are working through partner engagements to demonstrate, validate and refine these methodologies.

IBM Poland CTO
Piotr Pietrzak
" very positive feedback [..] You showed commitment, knowledge and PASSION! I'm looking forward to work with you closer on developing and supporting more business opportunities for IBM Polska within IDTW & Watson Services."

Jermaine Watkins
Co-Founder
Weathercheck

Jermaine Watkins is a seasoned CTO with 20+ years experience creating complex, web-based applications and e-commerce applications. Proven ability to lead software development teams. Strong understanding of AI, machine learning, server-less, and distributed systems.

Mr. Watkins is also a serial entrepreneur with successful exits, a pioneering technologist with 10+ years of executive-level experience. As a CTO, I identify, qualify, and build consensus around implementing technologies and enterprise systems to facilitate key business processes and strategic objectives.

“My powerful blend of technology vision and business acumen yields development of extraordinarily valuable business strategies supported by cost-effective, high-performance IT infrastructures and applications.”

Mr. Watkins has broad expertise in IT, network, and telecommunications architecture/infrastructure design, full project life cycle management, client/vendor relationship management, and financial/operational management. He has also managed successful M&A, reorganization, and process improvement initiatives.

Mark Long
Director of Incubation Services
University of Florida

Mark is the director of incubation services at UF. This includes UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech and UF Innovate | The Hub. He focuses on incubating companies according to industry best practices efforts, utilizing sales and marketing techniques and entrepreneurial mentoring.

Mark was the former President and CEO of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC), which owned and operated the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC), a life sciences incubator, and Mark served as President and CEO of that facility. Mark was also President and CEO of the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, a cancer treatment facility located at Indiana University, during his tenure at IURTC. Mark was the former Director of Technical Operations at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mark has a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in Molecular Biology from Florida State University. He attended both Florida Atlantic University and Indiana University for work on his Ed.D. He has been a member of the NBIA for 12 years and authored the books “Put It In Writing 2”, “Wholesale Economic Development”, and writes a blog on incubation titled IncubatorBlogger.

Gene Price
Deputy Commander of U.S. 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command, US Navy & Litigation Atty., Frost, Brown & Todd

Gene practices in the firm's litigation department. He devotes a significant amount of his time to cyber-security counseling and defending insurers in matters relating to first and third-party claims, including a variety of liability, indemnity, health, maritime, and contractual claims.

Gene draws on his experience as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, recently serving on Active Duty as Deputy Commander of U.S. 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command to augment his work in Admiralty and Cyber-security. While on Active Duty he led or assisted in responses to dozens of cybersecurity incidents, directly supporting U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Navy and other agencies within the Department of Defense. He represents insurers and vessel owners on seaman's claims, Jones Act, Longshoreman and Harbor Workers' Act, and issues relating to cargo and barge disputes.

Gene also handles employee benefit litigation, primarily ERISA matters for health and welfare benefits plans and subrogation issues. These include claims relating to denial of benefits for medical treatment and disability benefits.

Additionally, Gene has been featured as a guest speaker at many significant cybersecurity events with industry, military and political leaders, including several senators and congressmen.

Alan MacDonald
Attorney, Frost, Brown & Todd

Alan represents banking, fintech, health care, and other sectors in connection with capital transactions, compliance with securities laws, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. As chair of FBT's securities practice and a member of FBT's Blockchain and Digital Currency team, Alan advises developers of blockchain technologies on capital-raising regulation and strategy involving digital tokens, including on matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

He has counseled the boards of directors of public companies and their audit, compensation, nominating and special committees on fiduciary duties, the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and SEC and stock exchange rules. Alan actively participated in crafting legislation that governs corporations and other business organizations in Kentucky.

Thomas Wheeler
Member and Principal in the Government Services and Appellate Practice Groups
Frost Brown Todd

Former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at US Department of Justice – TSC/SCI clearance, involved in many of these issues from the law enforcement and election/voting sides (primarily Chinese and Russian);

Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education – Primarily worked with WH, DHS, DOJ and HHS on school shootings but also had liaison with DOJ on the “China initiative” as discussed in the PowerPoint as it focused on Chinese efforts at colleges and universities – Confucius Institutes and technology theft, etc.;

Former counsel to Mike Pence.

Currently General Counsel to the National Sheriffs Association – Represent all of the Nation’s sheriffs, deal with DOJ/FBI on an almost daily basis on all of these issues as we cooperatively fight these threats (particularly Russian. China and non-state actors).

Kyle Cluver
Lead Enterprise Architect
Humana

Kyle Culver is a thought leader in the application of Blockchain Technologies to the healthcare industry. For the past 15 years, he has demonstrated his passion for software engineering across a wide variety of IT roles concentrating on development, integration, architecture and quality assurance. In his current role as Principal Blockchain Architect at Humana Inc., Mr. Culver is a key member of the firm’s Technology Advancement team and a winner in the Blockchain challenge hosted by the HHS' ONC.

Mr. Culver holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, as well as an MBA in Entrepreneurship, all from the University of Louisville.

Kat Kuzmeskas
CEO and CoFounder SimplyVital Health

As a former administrator at Yale New Haven Hospital, Kat needed the platform she now sells but could not find it, so she built SimplyVital Health. This platform quickly validated the hypothesis that adoption of their visionary blockchain applications requires a "healthcare-grade" blockchain protocol - so they are building it. This protocol, Health Nexus, is a blockchain protocol safely adoptable by healthcare with many applications and new revenue streams for healthcare companies and providers. Kat is combining her experience with Teach For America, Masters in Public Health, and clinical strategic and analytic work to grow and scale SimplyVital Health.

In April 2017, 2 months after incorporating SimplyVital, Kat was identified by Fortune Magazine among 34 Leaders Changing Health Care with the likes of Kaiser's CEO and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Ted Smith
Director of Center for Health Air, Water and Soil
Evirome Institute at UofL School of Medicine

Smart Sustainable Cities: The Green Heart Project

Applied researcher focused on the new field of Enviromics and the role that the natural, built, social and technological environment play in promoting well-being. Former healthcare entrepreneur and public sector innovation champion. Co-founder of largest real-time community asthma monitoring program in partnership with Propeller Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. AIRLouisville.com

Trained in cognitive neuroscience and life lessons as a serial entrepreneur. Non-profit leadership in the frontiers of exposure medicine and human exposure science.

Public policy and practice leader in smart city/smart home technologies as former federal and local innovation leader.

Green Heart Louisville is a unique, first of its kind study to rigorously and scientifically assess the impact of green space on air quality and health in urban communities. Green Heart Louisville will examine, for the first time, if increasing greenness in an urban community will reduce the levels of air pollution in the neighborhood, decrease the risk of heart disease, and increase outdoor activity and relationships between neighbors. Green Heart will help us to discover: How to plant trees in urban communities to maximize the removal of air pollution; if increasing green space affects the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease; if increasing urban green space reduces mental stress, enhances social cohesion, increases physical activity; and if urban green space affects crime rates, property values, storm water runoff, and energy use. The project employs a wide array of stationary and mobile environmental sensors and a community data portal.

Sammy Spurlock
Senior Splunk Engineer and Data Junkie
Splunk

Dark Data – Tapping into your most valuable asset

Sammy has 29 years of Cyber Security experience from helping develop security solutions, establishing Security programs for multiple companies, and building consulting organizations to perform security services. Most recently Sammy has been working to provide customers solutions that bring significant value to their organizations.

Dark data is valuable, in part, because there’s so much of it, and it could be used to unlock business value. The more data you have, the more you can learn about every aspect of your operations. The larger the dataset, the more accurate the analysis. If you ignore the challenge of dark data you’re leaving money on the table. In fact, 76 percent of survey respondents agree “the organization that has the most data is going to win.”

Sam Spurlock is a solution-oriented professional with notable success directing a broad range of information technology initiatives while participating in the analysis, planning, design, and implementation of solutions supporting business objectives.

Sheri Rose
CEO
Thrive Center

Sheri joined Commonwealth Leverage LLC as a partner in January 2009. She was previously with AT&T BellSouth as Director of Sales in the Government, Education & Healthcare markets. Ms. Rose was directly responsible, as the Program Director, for management of the statewide network contract for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for which she organized and directed a consortium of telecom providers to deliver infrastructure services seamlessly throughout the State. The Kentucky Information Highway network received the 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian Award recognized for its public private partnership. Ms. Rose also served on the e-Health Economic Development Committee for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was actively engaged with the KY Telehealth Board. She has received numerous awards and recognition for sales achievement throughout her career. Ms. Rose received a B.A. in Psychology and M.ED in Educational Psychology from the University of Louisville.

Specialties: Business strategy, government liaison, technology infrastructure, customer service, sales, marketing, program management, contracting, proposal development, building strategic partnerships.

Jake Miller
Co-Founder
Toggle Health

Executive with over 18 years experience designing, developing, and implementing new products, services, and business models.

Professional focus is on making entrepreneurial endeavors a reality for enterprises of all sizes. Recent professional highlights include introducing a first-of-its-kind retail-health clinical trial model and leading the cross-functional launch of 11 new products in less than 18 months in a highly-matrixed organization.

Professional background includes 7+ years leading transformation initiatives at two Fortune 50 retail-health pioneers, Walgreens and Target; 5+ years in pharmaceutical development & marketing services for companies such as Pfizer, Novartis, Merck, J&J, UCB, and Abbott; and 5+ years leading CPG development projects for brands such as Chiquita, Ocean Spray, Jones Soda, SunSweet, and Kellogg’s.

Specialties: Product Development & Management, Business Development, Sales Operations, Marketing Strategy & Innovation, Operating Model & Organizational Design, and Contract Negotiations.

Gene Gilchrist
CEO
Stay Clean

Bringing four decades of executive suite experience in university, health care, community service and small business to bear on providing leadership, management and mentoring. Extensive experience and success in strategic positioning, organizational development, implementation, financial planning and management, problem solving and forming effective partnerships for organizations ranging from $3.2 billion to $10 million across government, non-profit and government sectors.

Josh Lau
CEO
Nymbl Systems

Josh Lau is an aspiring entrepreneur developing a new Electronic Healthcare Records system for the specialized healthcare industry. Mr. Lau has created and designed the UX and workflow with the help of 30 beta locations. He has assembled an amazing team of advisors and directors to maximize the potential of this venture. Josh Lau is a motivated, team player who enjoys sharing credit. With an enthusiastic approach to his work, Lau performs best under pressure with an optimistic attitude towards problem solving.

Dr. Anna C. Faul
Professor and Associate Dean Academic Affairs
Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, KY

Dr. Anna Faul is a tenured professor at the Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, where she began working as an Assistant Professor in 2000.  Before 2000 she was a social work professor in South Africa and a clinical practitioner in private practice.

Dr. Faul is a Hartford Faculty Scholar and has attracted over the years millions in federal, state and foundation research dollars from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living, Passport Health Care, the New York Academic of Medicine and the Kentucky Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Dr. Faul has published numerous articles and book chapters on various research topics over the years, ranging from child welfare, measurement issues in social work, women and diversity issues, gerontology and health disparities. She has also presented at many state, national and international conferences on papers related to her work.

During Dr. Faul's time at the University she has received various awards, namely Outstanding Faculty Award, Provost Award for Faculty Advising, and the Distinguished Educator Achievement Award from the Kentucky Association for Gerontology.