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Meet the PKE 132 Cohort

Fall 2013

We're Making Waves!  Meet PKE 132!

Charlie Bissell

Charlie Bissell, D.C., C.C.S.P.

Bissell Chiropraactic Sports Medicine

Charlie is the owner of Bissell Chiropractic Sports Medicine, a Santa Barbara based multi-disciplinary healthcare facility he founded in 1995. He is a primary treating doctor responsible for accurately diagnosing, establishing treatment plans, and treating musculoskeletal injuries. Charlie also oversees all aspects of the business including front office administration, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, marketing, and financial management. Charlie is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Medicine Physician and one of the only chiropractors in Santa Barbara County certified to perform manipulation under anesthesia in a surgery center. He has a passion for serving others and routinely volunteers his time with a local non-profit, Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center.

Mark Borao

Mark Borao
Ernst & Young

Mark is a partner with Ernst & Young, a $27 billion global professional services firm. Mark is the north america managing partner for Media & Entertainment Advisory Services. Mark has more than 20 years of experience advising clients in technology, entertainment, and media on large scale business transformation programs. Services include strategy, finance, marketing, customer, supply chain, technology, and transactions. Mark has a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Mark has also attended execution education series from Kellogg Management School of Business and Harvard Business School. Mark lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Chuck Carey Chuck Carey
Marketing and Branding Entrepreneur

Chuck is an entrepreneur, consultant, mentor, and teacher who has dedicated his 20 year career to marketing and branding for media and entertainment. He has created award-winning results for a wide range of A-list clients including broadcast networks, cable networks, video game publishers, and start-up technology companies. Chuck recently exited Troika, a company that he co-founded in 2001. Under his guidance as its president, Troika grew to a leading brand consultancy and creative agency for media and entertainment. Chuck is known for his strategic perspective, business acumen, and a passion for creative excellence. He is currently in a period of R&D for his next entrepreneurial adventure. Chuck is a graduate of Northwestern University and serves on the board of Promax|BDA as treasurer.
Phoebe Chang Phoebe Chang, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Lotus Clinical Research

Phoebe has more than 15 years of experience in the research industry with extensive knowledge in human genetics and neuroscience. Currently, Phoebe is a senior scientist at Lotus Clinical Research, a privately owned CRO specializing in analgesic studies. She is a key contributor to the company's overall clinical development and is responsible for overseeing the optimization of scientific methodology of clinical projects. Her interests lie in accelerating drug discovery by streamlining the research and development process while minimizing failed clinical trials. Phoebe received her Ph.D. in human genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied sex differences in the brain and continued her post-doctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology, studying the role of estrogen in the brain. Before that she studied music at The Juilliard School and received a bachelor's in music from Yale University.
Jay Chun Jay Chun
President / CEO
Kaufman Group, Inc.

For more than 15 years, Jay has been working in commercial real estate and investment business development and has acquired extensive knowledge in planning, construction, and development of centers. Jay has been involved in various development projects and recently completed a 50,000 square foot family entertainment center located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles known as X Lanes. Jay is responsible for overseeing the entire day to day operation of X Lanes while he continues to expand Kaufman Group, Inc. a real estate and investment company. Jay is involved in strategic planning of various development and acquisition projects throughout California with services including consulting, planning, construction, sales, leasing, operations, and management.
Ned Curic Ned Curic
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Toyota Motor Sales

Ned is vice president and chief technology officer for Toyota Motor Sales responsible for developing and driving architecture standards and frameworks while maintaining a multi-year vision of future technology that aligns with regional and global efforts. Responsibilities include technical security and business intelligence frameworks as well. Ned also leads the Innovation and Technology Centers of Excellence designed to be on the forefront of change to deliver innovative technology solutions, set the direction on emerging technologies, and enable new business capabilities. Prior to Toyota, Ned spent 13 years with Microsoft where he held various roles from platform strategy advisor, principle security advisor and principle enterprise architect. In addition, Ned spent years as systems architect consulting DoD contractors, internet startups and large financial enterprises.
James Freitas James Freitas
Fleet Support Chief - 737NG
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

James works with airline and Boeing engineering teams, the FAA, and foreign regulators to address technical issues affecting the 737NG Fleet currently more than 4600 airplanes worldwide. As a member of the 737 Program Leadership team, James represents the Commercial Aviation Services organization, ensuring the budget, staffing, and overall execution are operating efficiently in support of the global 737NG fleet. Prior to this assignment, Jim supported the 787 program, to transition the all-new commercial airplane from flight test to revenue service. Prior to joining Boeing's Commercial Aviation Services division, Jim held numerous positions in the Airplane Product Development department. As a leader and integrator, James has supported teams that developed high performing and commercially successful airplanes enhancing the 757, 767, 747, and 777 airplane families. James holds a bachelor of science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, in aeronautical engineering.
Robert Frey Robert Frey, M.D.
Pacific Pain Management

Dr. Frey is currently double board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology, Dr. Frey is on staff at St. John's Regional Medical Center and Community Memorial Hospital. He is actively involved throughout the United States as a consultant for Boston Scientific in training physicians in the field of spinal cord stimulation. He serves with the Mountain Rescue Association Ice, Swiftwater, and Air Rescue Teams for California and board of director member for the Sheriff's Air Unit as a member of Ventura County Search and Rescue. Robert was born and raised in Southern California. He majored in kinesiology at UCLA, and researched lactate thresholds in high-performance athletes during masters-level instruction in exercise physiology at California State University Northridge. He then attended St. George's University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine internship at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He specialized in anesthesiology at the University of Arizona and functioned as chief resident with further advanced specialization as chief of fellows in a Pain Management Fellowship at UC Irvine.
Hank Loy Hank Loy
Leading BioSciences, Inc.

Hank has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the last 26 years. His career began at Pfizer Inc. with the last three years at start up Leading BioSciences, Inc (LBS). LBS, in collaboration with the Bioengineering Department at UCSD, is developing a new therapy to treat and prevent multi-organ failure. Hank has held executive level management and leadership positions helping to create new divisions, including the start-up of a new hospital specialty division. He has a proven track record in launching new divisions and products. He also tranformed underperforming teams into high performing teams changing business models in complex markets. Spending time on the West and East Coast, Hawaii, and Japan has helped Hank become a strong cross-functional, team builder. He graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in marketing and international finance, completing multiple preceptorships at many of the top academic institutions in the United States.
Cindy Mejia Cindy Mejia
Sparkling Tequilla, LLC

Cindy has more than 20 years of experience in both the financial and operations area. Currently, she is the COO/CFO and co-founder of Sparkling Tequila, LLC since 2011, a start-up alcohol beverage company. She developed, produced and marketed along with the CEO/founder the first sparkling tequila cocktail called TeQava Sparkling Tequila manufactured and imported from Jalisco, Mexico. Prior to Sparkling Tequila, she held several management positions in the consumer products and legal industry. Past positions include CFO for Michelman & Robinson, LLP, global operations accounting manager for Latham & Watkins, LLP, global finance operations manager of personal care products for Herbalife International and finance for the Sales and Beverage Division for Nestle USA. Cindy holds a bachelor of science degree with a concentration in information technology from University of La Verne. She is currently a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and Society Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Joeri van Haren Joeri van Haren
Account Executive / General Manager Company

Joeri is a global account executive for Hewlett-Packard's Enterprise Services business unit, currently involved in a consultant role to global accounts. Previous to this, Joeri was both the account executive and HP's general manager for all business units dealing with Cigna and prior to that Symantec, directing over 2,000 employees serving in 48 countries. His responsibilities include sales, marketing, business development, operating income, service delivery excellence, and client relationship management for storage, servers, software, and services. Under van Haren's leadership, the HP (formerly EDS) pursuit team went from worst to best and Symantec chose HP as their outsourcing partner. Before Symantec, van Haren was the account executive for Nike Corporation, responsible for all global operations, including Nike.com. During his 19 year career with HP, van Haren has been involved in selling and developing solutions for a number of clients including AEGON NV, a life and pension insurance company, where he was the client delivery manager responsible for web, mainframe, UNIX, Wintel, LAN/WAN, and Workplace environment solutions; DSM Global Chemicals, where he oversaw operations for 25,000 clients in 46 countries; and Phillips Consumer Electronics, where he served as account executive. Joeri was on numerous pursuit teams in the eHRO, CRM, BPO, and Global Claims Management areas.