Leesa Misra is an outcome-driven healthcare leader with experience in strategic planning, process improvement, business development, operations and agile methodology project management. She has a history of leading and mentoring cross-functional teams to deliver complex initiatives ahead of schedule and under budget. Leesa has a record of consulting and training leaders, management, or staff to rapidly adopt new processes and systems while leading implementation of products and solutions. Leesa holds a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an MBA. She also received her Integrative Health Coaching training from Duke Medical Integrative Health Center. Her passion for holistic healthcare, technology background and personal experience in the behavioral health system with her children led her to start Elluminent to bridge the gaps in mental health clinical care with technology.
Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, Distinguished Research Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, is past-Director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program and heads the pain research program. She was an invited member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Pain Care, Research, and Education and is a co-author on the IOM report on Transforming Pain in America, prepared at the request of Congress. She has received many awards, including a William T Grant Faculty Scholar’s Award, a National Cancer Institute Research Career Development Award, the 2003 UCLA Helene Brown Award for Excellence in Cancer Control Research, a 2005 Mayday Pain and Policy Fellowship, and the 2005 Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief from the American Pain Society (APS). Her UCLA pain program received a 2009 Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management Award from the APS. She was President of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood in the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and past-Secretary of the APS. She was an invited member of the Steering Committee commissioned by Congress to guide the NIH on directions for pain research, is an invited member of the FDA Special Committee on Analgesia, Anesthesia, and Addiction, the NIH National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute’s Expert Committee on Hemoglobinopathies as a pain expert, and an invited steering committee member of the CDC’s Committee on Opioids. She has over 400 publications, including her most recent book, “Pain in Children and Young Adults: The Journey back to Normal” (Zeltzer and Zeltzer, Shilysca Press, Inc., 2016). She has founded a non-profit dedicated to education, peer support, and mind-body experiences for youth in pain and for their parents: Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (www.mychyp.org).
Senior healthcare executive with broad range of experience from the bedside to the board room. Leader. Creator. Entrepreneur. Connector. Passionate about giving back. Currently Chair of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association Southwest Regional Council. Professional artist.
Crystal Taggart is a technologist and entrepreneur with over 20 years of technology experience ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Over that time, Crystal has worked in roles ranging from development to product management to leadership positions. She holds an MBA from the University of Arizona and a BSA in Global Business from ASU and has the unique ability to translate geek to business. In her spare time, she is currently focused on deep learning technologies and how these new technologies can transform the way that businesses interact with their customers and drive new and deeper relationships.
Kristin Slice is a Senior Program Manager, Peoria Forward within Entrepreneurship + Innovation, part of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University. Peoria Forward is grant-funded project that is an ambitious entrepreneurship ecosystem development plan for Peoria and continues to integrate ASU’s robust entrepreneurial resources directly into local communities. Kristin most recently worked with the Maricopa Small Business Development Center working directly with 1,000 of small business owners to grow and access capital. Kristin’s has been recognized for her innovative work to advance female entrepreneurship in Phoenix most recently with the Empowered PhXX community collaborative and release of A New Vision for Phoenix Entrepreneurship: Maximizing the Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses.
Kristin is also an entrepreneur having run multiple businesses in both marketing and communications consulting. Kristin is an alum of ASU and has a master’s in organizational communications from Texas A&M.
Samantha Levy, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in the Child and Family specialty track. During her clinical child internship at UCLA in the child track, she became involved with the Pediatric Pain Program (PPP). Subsequently, she obtained her postdoctoral training with the PPP. Depending upon the case, Dr. Levy works either with whole families, individual children/teens, or parents. She employs an array of psychological orientations (e.g. CBT, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation), to help the children/teens with their pain and any accompanying emotional issues. She helps the parents and patients understand the connections between the physical pain and emotional difficulties (mind/body connection). She teaches parenting skills and helps parents make plans to facilitate change in their children, such as in their difficult struggle to give their children the courage to begin functioning more fully in the world once again. Dr. Levy is open to conducting child, teen and parent support groups when there is interest.
Samantha’s creative healing: playing the drums and walking every day
Christine is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of adolescents, adults, families and creative professionals. Her strengths-based approach ensures that counseling addresses not just what's going wrong, but identifies and nurtures what is going right. She strives to help clients make new discoveries about themselves and identify ways to overcome the obstacles they face to a happier, more fulfilling life. Maybe it's anxiety, a relationship problem, or emotional pain from a past experience. Maybe you are looking for support with the challenges of parenting your adolescent child, or seeking help for a teen who is struggling. Whether you are a teenager or adult, working with Christine offers a safe and nonjudgmental place to work collaboratively toward your goals and tap into your inherent wisdom to achieve the life you want to live.
Christine is also the Director of Mental Health at the Center, where she helps lead our vibrant, multidisciplinary team as we work to support one another, collaborate together, and continue to learn and grow as clinicians. Among the many interests and modalities that she brings to her work, Christine has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Anxiety & Depression, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Meditation, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Level I. For many years, she participated in Dr. Tina Payne Bryson’s professional study group on Interpersonal Neurobiology, a field that deeply informs her work and belief in the healing power of relationship and connection. An avid learner, she loves bringing the newest research in neuroscience into the therapy room as she work with clients to change old patterns and cultivate new ways of being and thriving.
Christine holds a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Political Science from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Highlights of her professional experience include working with Eastlake Youth Services, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, Jewish Family Services, and Gateways Hospital & Mental Health Center, where she spent five years as an adolescent psychiatric social worker. Most recently, Christine ran the Mental Health Counseling program at AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood.
A proud native New Yorker, Christine enjoyed many years as a writer, media consultant, and documentary film and television producer before earning her MSW. She continues to pursue her passion for storytelling though documentary projects highlighting the importance of connection and community. As writer and co-producer of Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, she received the VOICE Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for educating the public about the experiences of people in recovery from mental illness. More recently, she wrote and co-produced the 2016 documentary feature, Los Punks: We Are All We Have, chronicling the vibrant DIY punk rock scene in East and South Los Angeles.
In her free time, Christine enjoys hitting the farmer’s market, taking a barre class, and planning weekend getaways. She is licensed as a clinical social worker by the states of California and New York and lives in Northeast LA with her teenage sons and two demanding cats.
Dan is an accomplished serial entrepreneur (involved in over 60 business startups), business professional with a unique executive leadership background in dramatically growing under performing organizations, start-up businesses, as well as in organizational re-engineering creating “Fast Company” business environments. He has a proven track record of achieving dramatic performance results and profitability.
Dan describes his accomplishments as providing “Transformational Leadership” through leveraging existing organizational skills, knowledge, talent and resources into high performing business organizations.
Dan displays a focused, decisive and motivational style of leadership developed over twenty years of diverse industry and business experience within the following industries: Telecommunications, Organizational Development, Logistics/Transportation, Healthcare, Internet Technologies, Software/Technology Development, Manufacturing, Medical Device and Land Development/Construction/Building Materials Distribution. He has provided leadership and professional consulting within other areas including: Professional Services, Quality/Lean Initiatives, Balanced Scorecard Initiatives, Sales Channel Development, Business Processes (I.e. Sarbanes-Oxley, Impact on Profitability and Compliance), Enterprise Technology, Sales Force Effectiveness and Market Development. His strengths include the ability to identify, create, launch and execute against strategic plan initiatives quickly, while strengthening core market positions and creating new innovative business initiatives that increase revenue growth and provide long term, sustainable profitability.
· Dan has provided leadership to multi-million dollar companies through turn-around and rapid growth phases that resulted in significant sustainable growth in sales revenue and profits while creating positive organizational cultures.
· Dan has held various leadership positions as CEO, President, Chief Knowledge Officer, Chief Operating Officer, General Manager, and Vice President of Sales & Marketing, within eight different industries.
· Dan recently has held appointments to the J.J. Hill Executive Advisory Board, is the Past-President and board member of Sales & Marketing Executives of Minnesota, Past-Chairman of Board of SCORE, past board Vice President of Correctional Transformation Services, Inc. (CTSI), and a contributing member of the Branch Productivity Institute that fosters nationwide innovative thought in leadership and sales. Serves on Venture and VC boards and is a private investor.
· Dan is a speaker and presenter at national business conferences regarding the use of technology tools to increase productivity by driving cost out of doing business while bringing compliance to meet Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, ISO, Six-Sigma, etc. requirements.
· Dan has been featured and published in Business Inc. Magazine, Sales Force Automation Magazine, and Star Tribune Newspaper, business section.
· Most recently, Dan through his lobbyist efforts contributed to the authoring of bill at the Minnesota state level to provide funding for a client organization.
Richard has almost fifty years of business experience as a consultant, entrepreneur, and executive in the public and private sectors. His broad experience includes his previous position as Vice President for People, Planning and Development at Landvest Development Corporation, where he was responsible for executive coaching and development, establishing strategic planning processes, developing corporate processes, and fostering and supporting strategic initiatives. Other previous experience includes executive and leadership positions in health care and human services for more than thirty-five years. He has developed health care delivery systems that provide improved, preferred care while reducing cost of services. One of his Minnesota projects produced a state-wide network that saved the state of Minnesota millions of dollars and established a model care system that private and public agencies have sought to emulate. Dr. Amado has consulted with state and federal government agencies as well as global corporations and small local businesses. He works with individuals and groups in organizations so they develop processes, systems, and procedures that work effectively. Recipients of his services realize results that are lasting and include increased efficiency, clearer focus on activities that make a difference, new capacities for continuing development, and increased profits. An experienced lecturer, instructor and facilitator, Dr. Amado now works as a consultant to business and non-business organizations regarding the productivity and effectiveness of organizations and individuals.