Charles Bullock
Charles Bullock, Ph.D., Board Chair

Dean Emeritus
San Jose State University

A visionary leader in higher education, Charlie Bullock also is an expert on inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Dr. Charles Bullock
Dean Emeritus
San Jose State University

Dr. Charles Bullock, dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University, has helped The Health Trust strengthen its ties to the local university community and lends his expertise in public health. Charlie is a visionary leader in higher education and an expert on the inclusion of people with disabilities, especially in sport and recreation. He came to SJSU in January 2009 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Prior to his time in Reno, he had been on faculty for 17 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charlie holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Roberta L. Robins
Roberta L. Robins, J.D., Board Vice Chair

Founder
Robins Law Group

Roberta L. Robins is founder of Robins Law Group, specializing in intellectual property matters. Roberta is a long-time advocate of women’s issues, including women’s health, gender abuse and gender bias.

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Roberta L. Robins, JD
Founder
Robins Law Group

Roberta L. Robins is founder of the Robins Law Group, a law firm specializing in intellectual property matters. Roberta has over 25 years of experience in the patent field and specializes in biotechnology, including the areas of vaccines, therapeutics, molecular biology, immunology and genetics.

Roberta has a wide range of interests and is a long-time advocate of women’s issues, including women’s health, gender abuse and gender bias. She is currently on the Board of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM) whose mission is to advocate for refugees fleeing sexual or gender based violence. She is also on the Board of the Women’s Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA), an organization dedicated to providing a forum for interaction, communication and support among women intellectual property lawyers and promoting the honor and dignity of women in the intellectual property legal profession. Roberta has served as a trustee of Montalvo Arts Center, whose mission is to foster community engagement through the creation and presentation of multidisciplinary art.

Roberta received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from San Jose State University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She also pursued several years of graduate work in cell and molecular biology at San Francisco State University and worked as a researcher in genetics at the University of California-San Francisco.

Emily Lam, M.P.P.
Emily Lam, M.P.P., Board Secretary

Director of Policy and Government Affairs
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

As the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Emily Lam has a deep understanding of the forces that shape health policy at the state and federal levels.

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Emily Lam, M.P.P.
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Emily Lam is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), a $1 billion/year San Francisco department that provides water, power and sewer services to 2.6 million Bay Area residents. In this role, she oversees the agency’s public policy and political strategy at the local, state and federal level around water, wastewater, energy, climate change, infrastructure financing and workforce development.

Previously, Emily was the Vice President of Health Care and Federal Issues at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association representing 390 employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. She also worked for a start-up health care IT company, the San Mateo County Health Department and in Washington D.C. for the research and consulting firm, The Lewin Group.

Emily is a San Francisco native and received a B.A. with Honors in Community Health from Brown University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard. She is a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, Latin American Legislative Fellow, and Royce Society Fellow. She was named in Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in December 2013.

Michael Celio, J.D.
Michael Celio, J.D.

Securities Defense Partner
Gibson Dunn LLP

An experienced attorney specializing in securities litigation and enforcement, Michael Celio brings strong analytical skills to The Health Trust.

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Michael Celio, J.D.
Securities Defense Partner
Gibson Dunn LLP

Michael Celio is a securities defense partner with Gibson Dunn LLP. He has handled a significant number of complex civil and criminal enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice. An experienced trial lawyer, Michael Celio has tried more than a dozen cases to verdict in state and federal courts. He is ranked by Chambers, one of the youngest securities litigators so honored.

Michael earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University, an M.S. from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He brings strong analytical skills to organization’s complex challenges and helps engage the legal, venture capital and technology communities in the work of The Health Trust.

Alexandria Felton, M.P.H.

Senior Executive Analyst
Office of Intergovernmental Relations, City of San Jose

Alexandria Felton has an extensive history of researching and advancing public health policies. Her expertise in this field will help guide our local advocacy work.

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Alexandria Felton joined the San Jose City Manager’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations in the fall of 2018. As Senior Executive Analyst she looks to draw upon her past experiences to help advance the efforts of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.

Alexandria serves on the Community Benefits Advisory Council for Stanford Children’s Health/Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the Traffic Safe Communities Network Steering Committee for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Prior to joining the City of San Jose Alexandria served as the Vice President of Health Policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group where she directed the organization’s activities around health care and public health policy. Prior to the Leadership Group, Alexandria spent nearly five years at the RAND Corporation where she managed and coordinated research efforts focused on public health preparedness, healthcare quality, HIV/AIDS prevention and urban education. Alexandria remains passionate about addressing socio economic disparities in health care and improving quality of care.

Early in her career Alexandria worked as a public relations professional coordinating multi-national campaigns for technology and energy companies, including Unisys, HP, BP and the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education. Alexandria holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Health Policy from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Jim Heerwagen

Advisor

Jim comes to The Health Trust with 25 years of hands-on experience in executive, investor, and adviser roles for early stage technology companies. He is currently an adviser to early stage companies and nonprofits.

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Jim Heerwagen
Advisor

Jim comes to The Health Trust with 25 years of hands-on experience in executive, investor, and adviser roles for early stage technology companies. He is currently an adviser to early stage companies and nonprofits.

Jim was co-founder and CEO of IQVine, Inc., which provided crowd-sourced market research and expert advice. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunvolt Nanosystems, Inc., which developed a materials system to power electronic devices, the first of which was solar cells. Before Sunvolt, Jim was President and CEO of NtechRA, Inc., a venture-backed developer of enterprise software based in San Jose, CA. He began at NtechRA after founding and running Bridge Partners, which specialized in investing and advising early stage electronics and software companies. Prior to this, Jim was Senior Vice President and COO of V-One, Inc., a publicly traded developer of network security software. Before that, he was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Telogy Networks, a developer of real time communications software. Jim has held senior sales and marketing management positions with Bell Atlantic, Tymnet and Infonet.

Jim received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University in 1980 and his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1986. Jim was an officer in the Civil Engineer Corps of the US Navy and is a member of several advisory and non-profit boards. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and  three sons now attending college.

Greg Henderson

Director of Leasing and Development
Samaritan Medical Center

Greg Henderson is passionate about improving the healthcare experience through innovative medical office design and development.
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Greg joined Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) in 2012 as the Director of Leasing and Development. SMC focuses on partnering with world leaders in healthcare to create spaces for modern healthcare delivery. Their latest development brought an integrated cancer center to San Jose, leased by Stanford Health Care.

Greg previously served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for TPC Stonebrae, a PGA Tour managed property. Greg earned his Bachelor of Business in Management and Minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. Born in Illinois and raised in Northern California, Greg loves spending time with his family, going on a run, golfing and fostering dogs.

Ujjal Kohli

Operating Partner
Periscope Equity

Ujjal has over 30 years of experience in engineering, executive management, entrepreneurship, strategy consulting, venture capital, and private equity.
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Ujjal currently serves as an Operating Partner with Periscope Equity. Previously, Ujjal led three start-ups as CEO. Before this entrepreneurial phase, Ujjal served as EVP Marketing and National Sales for AirTouch Cellular. Early in his career, Ujjal was a consultant with McKinsey and Company in London, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Ujjal started his career at Intel, first in Engineering and subsequently in Marketing.

Ujjal has also been an investor, advisor and board member to multiple companies including several IPOs and successful M&A exits.

He holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT-New Delhi, MSEE from University of Rochester and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michele Lew, M.P.P.

Chief Executive Officer
The Health Trust

Recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s most transformative nonprofit leaders, Michele Lew is charged with leading the strategic direction of The Health Trust to accomplish its mission, while upholding the organization’s values.

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Michele Lew, an active community leader in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, began her tenure as Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust on January 9, 2018.

Prior to Joining The Health Trust, Michele served as the Local Government and Community Relations Director for Stanford Health Care. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) from 2005-2016, a nonprofit health and wellness organization with an $18 million annual budget and 170 staff members.

Michele also worked as the district director for former California State Senator/State Assemblymember Joe Simitian. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, and UCLA on education issues. Michele has served as board chair for the Santa Clara Family Health Plan and the Community Health Partnership, and served as the community member on the San Jose Mercury News editorial board.

A Santa Clara County native, Michele holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard University.

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, M.P.A.

Executive Director
Somos Mayfair

As Executive Director of Somos Mayfair, Camille Llanes-Fontanilla has demonstrated her ability as a skillful bridge-builder, maintaining and expanding relationships with key stakeholders, and securing millions of dollars for the Mayfair community.

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Camille Llanes-Fontanilla leads SOMOS Mayfair as the Executive Director. She joined the organization in 2010 and co-led the re-visioning of SOMOS Mayfair into an organization that combines community organizing with the best of traditional service provision. Camille is a skillful bridge-builder, maintaining and expanding relationships with key stakeholders, and securing millions of dollars for the Mayfair community. She has 12 years of experience in nonprofit management and has extensive executive training, including participation in Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

Camille, born and raised in East San Jose, went to Mt. Pleasant High School where she was a youth leader. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She continues to live in East San Jose with her husband and young son, and takes on many opportunities to work alongside community members in addressing our most pressing social justice issues.

David Neighbors
David Neighbors, C.P.A., M.S.T.

Principal
CLA

In addition to having more than 30 years of business experience in Silicon Valley specializing in corporate and individual tax compliance and planning, David Neighbors is an active volunteer who has assumed leadership roles with several community institutions.

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David Neighbors, C.P.A., M.S.T.
Principal
CLA

David is a Principal, the Office Tax Leader in Charge of CLA’s Silicon Valley practice, and has more than 30 years of business experience specializing in corporate and individual tax compliance and planning.
David has experience in the areas of compensation planning, start-up and emerging growth issues, mergers and acquisitions, accounting for income taxes, research credits and stock option planning.

Honored to be a member of CLA’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Prior to joining CLA, David was with KPMG and Ernst & Young in San José. He works with high net worth individuals, closely-held businesses, partnerships, limited liability companies, and fiduciaries.

Rita Nguyen, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California San Francisco

Dr. Rita Nguyen is a Bay Area native whose interests are founded on a desire to unite the humanitarian promise of medicine with the pursuit of social justice.
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Rita’s public service work has been primarily community-based and focused on addressing inequities faced by undeserved communities. In terms of addressing healthcare access, Dr. Nguyen helped found Pacific Free Clinic, a Stanford-affiliated, student-run free clinic on the east side of San Jose. Her work has also encompassed physician advocacy and health policy. As a Doctors for America State Director, she led physician advocates in the greater Boston area to champion reforms that would create a better healthcare system for all, especially the most vulnerable segments of society.

Rita’s clinical  interests lie in transition in care, food environments, and physician advocacy. She spearheaded several projects that emphasize the importance of food and health, including creating Food Pharmacies where patients can fill prescriptions for healthy diets written by their providers and a transitional meal program that partners with Project Open Hand to deliver medically tailored meals to patients discharged from the hospital with heart failure. As an Assistant Health Officer and Chronic Disease Physician Specialist for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, she supports chronic disease and cancer prevention efforts for the City and County of San Francisco.

Joann Zimmerman, RN

Retired health care CEO and Executive Mentor

Joann Zimmerman is an experienced health care CEO and community health care advocate.
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Joann’s leadership over the past 30 years has focused on improving the patient care experience, providing access to health care for everyone and health care equity for all citizens. Joann has a burning passion for developing health care leaders who represent the communities they serve.She has assisted numerous emerging leaders reach their professional goals and maximize their capabilities. Joann is knowledgeable about health care delivery system operations and she is sought out to speak about them in community forums.

Joann received a BA in Communications and Public Policy from UC Berkeley; a Diploma in Nursing fromSt. Luke’s School of Nursing; a MS in Health Education from San Francisco State University and a Certificate of Completion of the Stanford University Business School Executive Program.