Dana graduated from University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration. She thrived as a recruiter in the area of Human Resources for a variety of companies in the fields of Entertainment, Investment Banking and Technology. In 2002, Dana partnered with her husband in starting Agile PT. When her youngest child of three was born with NM, Dana founded A Foundation Building Strength and invests her time in working to better the lives of those affected by this rare disease.
For the last 20 years, Aletha Leong Coleman has focused on serving non-profit organizations in the Palo Alto, CA area in various board capacities, including establishing board governance, chairing finance, audit, development committees, and chairing specific development efforts. Aletha was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1978 with a BA (with Honors) in Medieval Studies. She also attended Hastings College of the Law at U.C. Berkeley, and is a (retired) attorney and CPA.
Annette is a lawyer with extensive experience with non-profit foundations. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for Avenidas and is on the finance committee of the Northern California Arthritis Foundation. Annette has over 20 years of experience practicing law in Silicon Valley. She is one of the founders of Bialson, Bergen & Schwab – a law firm specializing in domestic and international commercial law transactions of publicly traded companies.Annette received her J.D. from Stanford University.
Dr. Weiss uses her experience to help A Foundation Building Strength select research projects for funding, as well as provide ongoing medical guidance to the Foundation. Hali is a Clinical Instructor and Staff Physician at Stanford Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Department of Neonatology. She is also an attending physician in the High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic.
Following a General Pediatrics residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Dr. Weiss completed a fellowship in Neonatology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCSF. As a fellow, she conducted several neonatal outcome studies and her clinical experience in developmental follow-up clinics dates back to her residency. Dr. Weiss worked for several years as a clinical neonatologist at LPCH, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and El Camino Hospital before joining the high risk infant follow-up team at LPCH in 2003.
Principal and founder of HK Impact Advisors, partners with philanthropic, non-profit and corporate clients to offer customized services to build strategy with maximum potential for impact. Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Dr.Kun was Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the National Health Foundation (NHF) for over 6 years. She was responsible for overseeing the research and evaluation arm of the organization in addition to participating in development,operational and fundraising activities.
Prior to working for NHF, Dr. Kun was an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stationed in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Acute Communicable Disease Control Branch. She has also worked as a consultant for various private family foundations and has led and participated in multiple large scale quantitative and qualitative research projects specifically centered on immigrant health. Dr. Kun received her Doctorate of Science (Sc.D) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and also holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Yale University.
Amy Herzog lives in Brooklyn with husband, Sam, and their daughter Frances. Franny was diagnosed with Cap Disesase, a rare variant of Nemaline Myopathy, a few months after she was born in 2012. Amy graduated from Yale College and the Yale School of Drama and is now a screenwriter and playwright. Amy is honored to join the AFBS Advisory Board and work towards finding a treatment for those with Nemaline Myopathy.
Don Kennedy’s long and distinguished career has spanned education, science, the environment, and human health. Don is the President Emeritus and Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Emeritus at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow by courtesy at the Wood Institute for the Environment, and the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Science Magazine (2000-2008). Don has been on the faculty at Stanford University from 1960 to the present. He was Chair of the Department of Biology from 1964-1972, Director of the Program in Human Biology from 1973-1977, Provost from 1979 to 1980, and President of Stanford University from 1980 to 1992. Don was also Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1977-79 during the Carter Administration.
Don has been involved in various roles with a number of organizations over the years, including: National Commission for Public Service; Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government; Director, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Trustee, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation; Senior Consultant, Office of Science and Technology Policy (Ford Presidency); Elected member, National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Society Co-Chair, Committee on Science, Technology and Law (National Academy of Science); Editorial Board, New England Journal of Medicine; and Chairman, Selection Committee, National Academies Communications Awards. Don holds AB and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Harvard.
Rob Reich got involved with A Foundation Building Strength through his passion for social entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and his desire to make a difference.
Rob Reich is Associate Professor of Political Science, Ethics in Society, and, by courtesy, Education, at Stanford University. He also holds appointments in the following programs: Ethics in Society, American Studies, Urban Studies, and the Center for Social Innovation in the School of Business, the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Haas Center for Public Service, and in the School of Education. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (University of Chicago Press, 2002), co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation and What We Can Do About It (Brookings Institution Press, 2005), and co-editor of Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin (Oxford University Press, 2008). Rob has received fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, the Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.
Biochemist and professor of structural biology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2006 for his studies of the process by which genetic information from DNA is copied to RNA, “the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription”.