2017 Innovation@50+ Advisory Board

AARP is pleased to announce the advisory board for the 2017 AARP Innovation@50+ LivePitch. The board is comprised of industry experts, thought leaders and investors, including many of the top focused incubators and accelerators that assist in recruiting startups companies to apply for the LivePitch event.

Dara Albright

Dara Albright Media
@tothestoics / @fintechrevTV

Albright is a recognized authority, thought provoker and frequent speaker on topics concerning FinTech, crowdfinance, P2P and next-gen investment and retirement products. Albright is the founder of FinTechREVOLUTION.tv & Dara Albright Media.
Susan Amat

Venture Hive

Founder of Venture Hive, entrepreneurship and innovation education company building software and content for Fortune 25 companies, universities, and accelerators around the world.
Lynn Banaszak Brusco

Executive Director
Disruptive Health Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Lynn is an instrumental part of the economic development, civic, entrepreneurial, investment and innovation communities and a respected national thought leader. Currently, she is the founding Executive Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Since launching the institute in 2013, DHTI has awarded more than $5M to 38 new, disruptive technologies that are bringing transformational improvements in the affordability, accessibility, quality and simplicity of health care solutions.
Steve Barsh

Chief Innovation Officer

30 years leading, launching, and building companies as well as early stage venture work. Special advisor to NASA. Worked at CHOP. Taught at Wharton, First Round Capital EIR.
Marty Bauer

Director of Corporate Development

Marty leads Corporate Development and Partnerships for the Global Accelerator Network. Previously he has managed Iron Yard Ventures accelerator programs as well as co-founded several tech companies.
Sarah Biller

FinTech Entrepreneur & Investor

Energetic senior executive with experiences launching pioneering start-ups and leading innovation efforts in Fortune 500 firms that solve intractable challenges in financial services through the use of emerging technologies, big data and machine learning. Co-founder of the FinTech Sandbox, organizer of Boston’s largest FinTech ecosystem and advisor to risk analytics, FX, blockchain and financial education start-ups.
Shawna Butler RN, MBA

Singularity University

Nurse Economist developing partnerships for Singularity University where the focus is exponential technologies — robotics, artificial intelligence, supercomputing, genetic sequencing – and tasked with finding the mavericks, projects, and partners who are designing the future.
Steve Collens


Steven Collens is CEO of MATTER, the healthcare technology incubator and innovation center that nurtures entrepreneurs and innovators building next-generation health IT, medical device, diagnostic
and biopharma technologies
Phillip Cooksey

Vice President Corporate Development

Philip Cooksey is responsible for overseeing the execution of Humana’s M&A and joint venture activities, and integration of acquired entities. He has extensive M&A execution and leadership experience with public and private companies and brings broad knowledge of the consumer and healthcare industries. Prior to Humana, he was a VP in the Consumer/Retail/Healthcare Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs.
Cris De Luca

Digital Health & Innovation Leader
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator by the Boston Business Journal and MedTech Boston, Cris leads Johnson & Johnson’s Innovation Center in Boston as the Head of Digital Innovation. He was formerly Associate Director in Novartis Research Informatics and is Co-Founder of UltraLight Startups, a venture competition accelerator.
Lindsay Deneault

Director of Innovation
Carolinas HealthCare

Lindsay Deneault is the Director of Innovation for Carolinas HealthCare System, the second largest public not-for-profit health system in the country. She was previously a business strategist at the Texas Medical Center in Houston where she was responsible for leading innovation initiatives including building and running the TMCx accelerator program.
Wen Dombrowski, MD MBA

Chief Convergence Officer

Geriatrics physician executive who develops technology, business, and healthcare solutions to improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. Wen’s has worked in Medicare managed care, home care, assisted living, nursing home, hospitals, and other settings along the care continuum.
Jean Donnelly

Executive Director
FinTech Sandbox

Jean is Executive Director of FinTech Sandbox, a Boston-based nonprofit whose mission is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation globally in the financial technology sector. She is a recovering engineer who has spent time at GE Capital, Fidelity Investments, and EnerNOC, as well as a digital forensics startup
Dorit Donoviel

Biomedical Innovation Lab, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Space Medicine

Dr. Donoviel finds and supports (using NASA funding) fresh technologies that can enable medical care in space and on Earth. She is faculty at Baylor College of Medicine.
Ryan Falvey

Managing Director

As a Managing Director, Ryan oversees the Financial Solutions Lab, bringing together innovators from the fields of technology, behavioral economics, nonprofit services and design to provide guidance, share best practices and develop scalable financial products. He loves to help organizations solve hard problems.
Robin Farmanfarmaian

Angel Investor & VP

Robin Farmanfarmaian is an early investor and VP at Invicta Medical, a sleep apnea medical device company, and Co-Founder and Board of Directors of the Organ Preservation Alliance. Robin is a Professional Speaker on medicine and technology, and her book best selling book, “The Patient as CEO” can be found on Amazon.
Mary Furlong

CEO and Founder
Mary Furlong and Associates

Mary Furlong, Ed.D., President and CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Social and serial entrepreneur, founder of SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002), through her three companies Mary has secured over $140 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace.
Chris Furmanski

Managing Partner
Virtual Ventures

Chris helps build emerging-technologies for healthcare & other human-centered markets. He is a cog-neuro PhD, an ENTP & the managing partner at Virtual Ventures.
Karen Griffith Gryga

Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner

Karen is an experienced venture capitalist, investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup and emerging growth company experience. Karen is Chief Investment Officer for DreamIt, co-founder of Dreamit Health and founder of the DreamIt Athena program which focuses on female founders. Dreamit has launched over 300 companies is 2008 and the Dreamit Fund has been the second most active early stage health investor in 2014 and 2015.
Jason Henrichs

Managing Director
FinTech Forge

Jason is a co-founder of the FinTech Forge, a managed service that helps incumbent financial institutions rapidly engage with startups without sacrificing compliance, and FinTEx, a non-profit growing the FinTech cluster across the Midwest.
Matthew Holt

Health 2.0

Matthew Holt has spent 20 years in health care as a researcher, forecaster, and strategist. He learned from some of the best in forecasting, policy and survey organizations, like Institute for the Future and Harris Interactive. But these days he’s best known as the author of The Health Care Blog and as Co-Chairman of Health 2.0, which since 2007 has been the leading organization showcasing new health technologies in its conferences, market research, competitions, and tech pilots. For that he’s been mostly self-taught!
Ayesha Khalid, MD, MBA

Clinical Instructor
Harvard Medical School

Ayesha Khalid is an ENT Surgeon and Digital Health Innovator who is based at Harvard Medical School. She is engaged with a digital health startup out of Hopkins that is working to shape the patient experience, Doctella. In addition, she serves as the Clinical Director at the Yale School of Medicine’s Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT) where she is co-teaching a course on creating healthcare ventures as well as medical software design.
Matt Kozlov

Managing Director
Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Techstars

Matt is the Managing Director of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars. Matt was most recently the Head of Corporate Development at Telesign, a leading antifraud firm and one of LA’s fastest growing technology companies. Previously he was CEO of Moonshark, a venture backed by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Qualcomm bringing to market original mobile entertainment. He has also worked at Sony Music Entertainment (VP, Web & Mobile Products), Yahoo! (corporate strategy, product development) and Bain and Company (management consulting). He graduated from Harvard, where he studied economics.
Om Kundu

Chairman & CEO
InSpirAVE –The Internet of Savings
@om_kundu #SaveForWhatMatters @InSpirAVE

Mr. Kundu is the founder of InSpirAVE — named among World’s Top FinTech ‘Companies To Watch’ by BAI+American Banker, and recognized by SXSW,Finovate et.al. — empowering #SavingForWhatMatters to place important purchase-goals within reach.
Paulo Machado

Health Innovation Partners

Paulo is dedicated to improving health and healthcare delivery through innovative strategies, solutions and partnerships. His passion for sculpting the healthcare fog is born from his 30 years of experience in health tech, biopharma and financial services across dozens of countries.
Amy Millman

Springboard Enterprise

Amy Millman is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs building Big Businesses Starting Small. In 2000, she co-founded Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit venture catalyst which sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion.
Hallie Noble

Sector Manager
FinTech US, Village Capital

Hallie Noble is the FinTech US Sector Manager for Village Capital, which finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems. Previously, she helped grow a tech startup in Kolkata, India called iMerit Technology Services.
Brett Noyes

Managing Partner

Brett Noyes is the founder/director of unbank.ventures. unbank.ventures is a FinTech incubator designed to help educate an enable early stage FinTech companies to raise Seed stage capital.
Rodney Sampson

Tech Square Labs

TechSquare Labs’ Rodney Sampson is a veteran technology entrepreneur (with two exits), angel investor, published author and experienced ecosystem builder focused on diversifying the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem for all as a definitive solution to closing the racial wealth gap in America and beyond.
Joy Schoffler

Leverage PR

Joy Schoffler, principal of Leverage PR and executive chair of The FinTech Professionals Association, is a nationally recognized author and speaker in innovative financial services marketing and communication.
Unity Stoakes

StartUp Health

Unity is the co-founder and president of StartUp Health. He is on a mission to transform healthcare.
Rebecca Woodcock

EIR & Venture Partner
Digital Heatlh, 500 Startups

Rebecca is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at 500 Startups, where she manages the San Francisco accelerator’s digital health track. Previously she founded CakeHealth.com, and was a TechCrunch DISRUPT finalist. She is recognized as one of 70 Digital Leaders by the United Nations, and has also been an advisor to the White House health data standards movement for patient access.
Hubert Zajicek, MD

Health Wildcatters

Love working with startups and have done so for almost a decade now. Co-founded Health Wildcatters, which I also run. I specialize in healthcare companies / startups (digital health/ mHealth / medical device companies) where I have spent most of my time. I have seen pitches, read business plans, evaluated, judged and advised over 1000 startups.