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

Professor of Health Science and Recreation, College of Applied Sciences and Arts
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
Professor of Health Science and Recreation, College of Applied Sciences and Arts
San Jose State University

Dr. Charles Bullock, a professor of Health Science and Recreation at 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.

Cindy Ruby
Cindy Ruby, Board Secretary

Community Volunteer

Cindy Ruby has served as a member of the Saratoga Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees and on several other nonprofit boards.

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Cindy Ruby
Community Volunteer

Cindy Ruby, a long-time community volunteer, has served as a Saratoga Union Elementary School District Board Member, a FIRST 5 Commissioner and Chair, and a member of several nonprofit boards. A former elementary school teacher, Cindy has significant experience supporting education throughout Silicon Valley. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and has been involved in a number of school fundraising campaigns.

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Sonya Arriola

President
Sacred Heart Nativity Schools

A local leader in education, Sonya’s mission to support the local community of low-income, college-bound students is reflected by her own experiences as a first-generation, college-bound student herself.

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Sonya Arriola
President
Sacred Heart Nativity Schools

Sonya Arriola is President of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, two Catholic, Jesuit middle schools that serve first-generation college bound, low-income students in the Washington/Gardner neighborhood near downtown San Jose. Her educational experience mirrors that of her students, as she was a first-generation college-bound student herself.

Sonya’s primary interest is identifying strategies for academic success among first-generation college bound students. She is interested in the social, emotional and academic impact of urban poverty on students and works towards finding solutions to barriers to higher education. She graduated with Honors from Stanford University, received her Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and completed additional post-graduate study at the University of California, Berkeley.

Darren A. Cde Baca, CIMA, CFP
Darren A. Cde Baca, CIMA, CFP

Managing Director
Chiron Investment Management

Darren A. Cde Baca brings more than 30 years of experience in the investment management business to The Health Trust board of trustees.

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Darren A. Cde Baca, CIMA, CFP
Managing Director
Chiron Investment Management

Darren Cde Baca, Managing Director for Chiron Investment Management has more than 33 years of experience in investment management. Before joining Chiron Investment Management, he was with Ivy Funds for 10 years as a Regional Vice President. Prior to Ivy, he was with Dreyfus, where he was both wholesaling and managing the retail and institutional distribution for the Western half of the United States. He also served as the National Sales Manager for The Royce Funds and spent 12 years at PaineWebber (now UBS) in various marketing positions. Darren obtained his B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College in 1982.

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

Partner
Keker & Van Nest LLP

An experienced attorney specializing in white-collar criminal cases, Michael Celio brings strong analytical skills to The Health Trust.

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Michael Celio, J.D.
Partner
Keker & Van Nest LLP

Michael Celio is a partner with the San Francisco law firm Keker & Van Nest LLP, specializing in white-collar criminal cases, complex civil litigation, and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Department of Justice. An experienced trial lawyer, Michael has significant expertise defending civil and criminal cases involving antitrust actions, shareholder lawsuits and theft of trade secrets.

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.

Frederick J. Ferrer, M.S.
Frederick J. Ferrer, M.S.

Chief Executive Officer
The Health Trust

A community leader with more than 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Fred Ferrer is a nationally recognized expert in both child development and nonprofit leadership strategies.

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Frederick J. Ferrer, M.S.
Chief Executive Officer
The Health Trust

Frederick J. Ferrer, a nationally recognized expert in child development and nonprofit leadership strategies and an active community leader in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, has served as Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust since November 2007.

Prior to joining The Health Trust, Ferrer headed his own national consulting firm, Manzanita Solutions, where he worked with nonprofit groups on visioning, nonprofit management policies and practices, and effective strategies working with families. Previously he served as Executive Director of Estrella Family Services in San Jose for 19 years, where he grew the organization from serving 74 children initially to multiple programs that touched the lives of more than 1,000 young children and their families. His expertise in child development and family support was put to good use in his volunteer positions as past chair and commissioner of the FIRST 5 Commission of Santa Clara County and as a current board member of Rocketship Charter Elementary Schools.

Ferrer’s community involvement includes the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley where he is a senior fellow of Class XI and a former member of the Board. He serves as a community advisor to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Children’s Discovery Museum LGBTQ Advisory and Santa Clara University College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. He was honored with the coveted ALF John Gardner Leadership Award, PACT’S Community Builder Award, Gardner Health Center’s Silent Heroes in Health Care Award, Santa Clara County Human Relations Award and the Kindred Spirit Award from the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Ferrer holds a B.S. degree from Santa Clara University, an M.S. from San Jose State University and an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Santa Clara University. He is also a graduate of the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Program at Harvard University. He was on the adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University’s Graduate School of Education for 11 years. He has been on the adjunct faculty at De Anza College for over 25 years. Ferrer is also an Aspen Institute Fellow, having completed the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship program.

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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.

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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.

Marianne Jackson
Marianne Jackson

President & Founder
3g Human Capital Consulting

Marianne Jackson has devoted her career to leading effective human capital strategies. She has served as Chief Human Resources Officer in some of California’s best known corporations.

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Marianne Jackson
President & Founder
3g Human Capital Consulting

Marianne Jackson has 20 years of experience as the Chief Human Resource Officer in some of California’s best known corporations. Her experience spans both healthcare and technology industries including Cisco Systems, Palm, Sandisk, Sun Micro Systems and Blue Shield of California. She is well known for her practical approach to organizational effectiveness, executive coaching, workforce optimization, strategic planning and culture-shaping.

Marianne recently retired from Blue Shield of California after serving as their Chief Human Resource Officer for nearly ten years. She is credited with leading a critical shift in Blue Shield’s legacy culture and is nationally known for the unique design of one of the most successful corporate wellness programs.

Marianne Jackson currently is the president of a human capital company that assists organizations with improving competitiveness. Her approach effectively links the business strategy with a targeted people strategy ensuring the right capabilities have been invested in and the culture propels performance. She speaks on a variety of topics including human capital planning, culture shaping, corporate wellness and C-level succession planning. She has addressed audiences such as: The Corporate Leadership Council, Argyle Forums, Oracle World, the HR Strategy Forum, The Economist Forum, and IMD International, a global business school.

Marianne holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from University of California-Santa Barbara and has done graduate work at Santa Clara University.

Emily Lam, M.P.P.
Emily Lam, M.P.P.

Senior Director of Health Care and Federal Issues
Silicon Valley Leadership Group

As the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s resident expert on health care, Emily Lam has deep understanding of the forces that shape health policy at the state and federal levels.

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Emily Lam, M.P.P.
Senior Director of Health Care and Federal Issues
Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Emily Lam is the Senior Director of Health Care and Federal Issues for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association representing over 360 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley.

Emily directs the organization’s activities around health care policies and programs and is currently involved in helping implement health care reform at the state and national level, representing the employer perspective with a focus on cost containment; minimizing regulatory and time burdens; and wellness and prevention.

Previously, Emily worked for a start-up health care IT company establishing business processes to increase efficiency while ensuring Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make available all the Medicare Part D formularies in electronic format. Prior to that, she served as the management analyst for the Director of the San Mateo County Health Department, where she led the county health disparities initiative and helped develop the Health Policy and Planning division. Emily has also worked in Washington D.C. for the research and consulting firm, The Lewin Group, where she had a wide variety of clients including DHHS, CMS, state health departments, non-profits, foundations, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, and trade associations.

Emily received a B.A. with Honors in Community Health from Brown University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University with an emphasis in Strategic Management.

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

Partner
GALLINA LLP

In addition to having more than 20 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.
Partner
GALLINA LLP

David Neighbors is a partner in GALLINA LLP’s Silicon Valley Tax Practice and has more than 20 years of business experience in Silicon Valley specializing in corporate and individual tax compliance and planning. He 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.

Prior to joining GALLINA, David was with KPMG Peat Marwick and Ernst and Young in San Jose. He works with high net worth individuals, closely held businesses, partnerships, limited liability companies, nonprofit organizations and fiduciaries. An area native, David graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. degree in Business with an Accounting emphasis and a M.S. degree in Taxation.

David is involved in many professional and civic organizations in the community. He is an active member of the AICPA and Past President of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at San Jose State University’s Lucas Graduate School of Business and a member of the Board of Trustees for The National Hispanic University Foundation and the Beta Alpha Psi Scholarship Committee at San Jose State University. Additionally, he has served on the Governing Board of the Berryessa Union School District and on the East Side Union High School District’s Audit Committee. He regularly volunteers his time helping local non-profit organizations with their annual tax filings and has served as a board member of the Big Brothers and Sisters of Santa Clara County and Alum Rock Counseling Center.