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.

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.

Alexandria Felton, M.P.H.

Vice President of Health Policy
Silicon Valley Leadership Group

As Vice President of Health Policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Alexandria Felton has extensive experience advancing health policies that improve health outcomes.

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Alexandria Felton is the Vice President of Health Policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group where she directs the organization’s activities around health care and public health policy. Her work focuses on advancing policies and programs that improve health outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs for employers and employees.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.