IHV Board of Advisors
Terry Lierman, (Chair)
Chairman Terry Lierman began his career in the health field at the National Institutes of Health, where he assisted in budget and policy development, grants, and contracts. He then moved to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, where he was the Staff Director of the Labor Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee as well as the full Committee.
Mr. Lierman founded several companies and organizations, including the Children’s Research Institute at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, National Coalition for Cancer Research, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). He was the Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and served as the Chief of Staff to the House of Representatives Majority Leader and Democratic Whip Congressman Steny H. Hoyer. Mr. Lierman is presently on Venture Capital Boards and the Founder of Summit Global Ventures.
Peter Angelos, Esquire
The Law Offices of Peter Angelos
Peter Angelos is a renowned trial lawyer, nationally noted for his legal career representing those who have suffered from harmful products, medical malpractice, and personal injury. A former member of the Baltimore City Council, Peter is perhaps best known to sports fans as the lead owner, Chairman and CEO of the Baltimore Orioles.
A longtime proponent and advocate for the City of Baltimore, Peter was one of the first attorneys in the United States to accept and litigate asbestos cases, and he has made successful recoveries for thousands of workers and their families. He was chosen by the State of Maryland after a national bid process to conduct what became the State’s successful lawsuit to recover billions of dollars for Maryland from the tobacco industry. Peter has a long and diverse record of civic involvement, and has been widely honored for his commitment to higher education and charitable causes.
Alvarez & Marsal
Joseph Berardino is Managing Director of the Firm’s Corporate Transformation Practice and is in charge of the East Region of Alvarez & Marsal’s Corporate Performance Improvement practice. He is based in New York. He brings more than three decades of executive leadership and board service experience to the firm. Previously, Mr. Berardino was an audit partner with Arthur Andersen, where he spent more than 30 years in various client-serving and leadership roles, including CEO of Andersen Worldwide.
Mr. Berardino has lectured extensively on corporate governance, leadership and ethics before senior corporate executives and college campuses. He has served on several public company Boards of Directors. Further he served in various capacities, from CEO to Chairman of the Board for Profectus Bio Sciences. Mr. Berardino earned a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University, where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees for 18 years, and has chaired the Advancement and Finance Committees.
William A. Blattner, M.D.
Institute of Human Virology, Retired
William A. Blattner, MD is Co-Founder of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) and retired in January 2016 after 20 dedicated years as the Associate Director of IHV, Director of IHV’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Dr. Blattner received his undergraduate bachelors (Phi Beta Kappa) and medical doctor (Alpha Omega Alpha) degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. His training in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital and New York Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, and Medical Oncology training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda led to his Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.
From 1974 to 1995 his seminal research in collaboration with Dr. Robert C. Gallo documented the role of HTLV-1 in the etiology of adult T-cell leukemia and other diseases and from 1981 the role of HIV-1 in AIDS including studies that proved Koch’s postulates in causation, its modes of transmission and natural history, studies of pathogenesis and the first peer-reviewed publication of the sensitivity and specificity of the HIV blood test. He has authored over 400 peer reviewed publications, many targeting the international dimensions of the epidemic. In 1995 he retired as Chief of the Viral Epidemiology Branch with the rank of Captain in the Public Health Service to cofound IHV. He received continuous funding from National Institutes of Health until his retirement from IHV in 2016.
In 2004 he founded the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria that through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program has screened over 6.6 million for HIV infection including 2.6 million women screened for prevention of mother to child transmission and among HIV positives, 342,000 receive basic care and support, 242,000 receive ARV therapy including 16,000 children. He received the John Snow Award of the American Public Health Association in 2002 and the Washington University Distinguished Alumnus award in 2015 for his pioneering research on human retroviruses. He has previously served an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services, to the US Military, the NIH, the CDC, the Doris Duke and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and CEO of Salt Run Global Health and Research.
Robert Charrow, Esquire
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Robert Charrow is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he specializes in the legal problems associated with biomedical research, health care law, food and drug law, and legal issues associated with biotechnology.
He represents academic and research institutions, learned societies, pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, and insurers, with respect to a broad range of issues arising under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, HIPAA, the False Claims Act and other federal laws affecting or regulating the delivery of health care and research.
He has written extensively in the area of health care law, science and the law and, in particular, on the effects of the legal system on scientific research and product development. He is the co-author of a leading law school text which is in its fifth printing, author of Law in the Laboratory, co-author of The Short Book on Standing, and is the author of more than 100 articles and monographs.
Science Journalist and Policy Consultant
Barbara J. Culliton, president of The Culliton Group, is an experienced, internationally recognized science journalist and biomedical policy analyst in Washington, DC. She wrote for Science magazine for 18 years, ten of them as News Editor. Subsequently she became Deputy Editor of Nature and launched three new journals: Nature Genetics, Nature Structural Biology, and Nature Medicine. She also founded an online magazine about genomics for a worldwide lay audience.
Ms. Culliton was elected to membership in the Instituite of Medicine in 1988 and served two terms on its governing council. Previously she served on the board of advisors at Dartmouth Medical School and the American Board of Internal Medicine, among others. She is an honorary member of the Italian Society for Molecular Medicine, for which she has developed communications seminars. For eight years, she directed a program in Writing About Science as the Times—Mirror Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
The Honorable Elijah Cummings
U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he still resides today. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University, serving as Student Government President and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. Congressman Cummings has also received 11 honorary doctoral degrees from Universities throughout the nation.
Congressman Cummings has dedicated his life of service to uplifting and empowering the people he is sworn to represent. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. Since 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. Update & ApproveHouse of Representatives.
Congressman Cummings currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. As the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives, Oversight and Government Reform has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications. As the Committee’s Ranking Member, Congressman Cummings fights to hold the Presidential Administration to a high standard of excellence and to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the actions of the government of the United States. He also seeks to identify appropriate reforms that prevent waste, fraud and abuse and that ensure government programs meet the needs of the American people. Congressman Cummings is also a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, serving on both the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.
Congressman Cummings serves on numerous boards and commissions. He is spearheading an effort to strengthen the Maritime curriculum at the Maritime Industries Academy (MIA) in Baltimore, serving as Chairman of the MIA Board and Chairman of the MIA Foundation Board. He also serves on the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, the Morgan State University Board of Regents, the University of Maryland Law School Board of Advisors, the SEED School of Maryland, and the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors. He is an honorary Board member of KIPP Baltimore Schools and the Baltimore School for the Arts. He is also the 2014-2015 holder of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series at Howard University.
John D. Evans is an internationally recognized expert in the telecommunications industry and a leader in technological innovation. He is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of C-SPAN in 1977 and is frequently called upon by universities and other groups around the world to speak about the broad implications of the movement from the analog to the digital age, the convergence of high-speed computers, new broadcast and wireless technologies, and the growing universe of the Internet. As founder of the John D. Evans Foundation, Mr. Evans is committed to AIDS and cancer research, protection of the environment, and improving the quality of life through technological innovation, education, and the arts.
The Honorable Arthur Gajarsa
Arthur J. Gajarsa is senior counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice at WilmerHale. He brings a wealth of experience in patents, trademarks, and intellectual property. Prior to this, he had a long and distinguished career in the judiciary. He was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997, and served for 15 years before retiring in June 2012.
He served as a law clerk for Judge Joseph McGarraghy on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and worked as an attorney in the Department of Defense specializing in defense systems analysis and intellectual property rights. He also served as Special Counsel and Assistant to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior from 1969 to 1971. Before he was appointed to the federal bench, he was in private practice in Washington, DC from 1971 to 1997. He has a BSEE, MA, and a JD.
Michael Greenebaum is President of Greenebaum Enterprises, Inc., a regional real estate development company. Mr. Greenebaum earned his degree in Real Estate and Urban Development from American University and has over 30 years of experience in all facets of the commercial and residential development industry. In addition to his real estate profession, Mr. Greenebaum also oversees the company’s venture capital investments.
Mr. Greenebaum serves as a board member at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a member of the Board of Visitors of the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, a Trustee of the Board of Trustees at McDonogh School, and a member of the Board of Governors of The Associated. Mr. Greenebaum is a Trustee of The Greenebaum Family Foundation, which continues the philanthropy of his family by focusing on the improvement of the human condition through education and medicine. In 2009 Mr. Greenebaum co-founded the Maryland Half Marathon, which has raised over $3 million for the Greenebaum Cancer Center at University of Maryland.
Harry Huge Law Firm LLP
Harry Huge is a practicing attorney in Charleston, South Carolina. Huge’s distinguished law career has included service as an arbitrator appointed by 26 states to the National Tobacco Arbitration Panel, under the nationwide Master Settlement Agreement. He also was appointed as Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a case involving the crash of a U.S. Air Force plane in Vietnam that was carrying Vietnamese orphans to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War. Huge was chairman of the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund, which provided health and pension benefits to more than a million coal miners and their families.
Huge is currently co-counsel representing some 4,000 family members of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. In late 2002, he was appointed co-prosecutor with the Chief German Federal Prosecutor by the German Federal Criminal Court in the trials of Hamburg cell terrorists. In other capacities, he served from 1977–1981 as a member of the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Strategic Weapons.
Mark H. Kaplan, M.D.
University of Michigan Health System
Mark H. Kaplan, formerly the Jane and Dayton T. Brown Professor at New York University School of Medicine, was at North Shore University Hospital for 25 years as Chief of Infectious Diseases, founding and serving as director of the Center for AIDS Research and Treatment. Currently, he is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University Of Michigan Health System Department Of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division, where he conducts research on AIDS lymphoma, Human Endogenous Retrovirus activation in HIV and ELF-3 in breast cancer. He has published 144 peer-reviewed papers in infectious diseases, along with several books and book chapters on pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. For years he has been named one of the "Best Doctors" in New York, in the Northeast and in America.
Sheilah A. Kast
On the Record, WYPR
Sheilah Kast hosts a daily interview show On the Record on WYPR 88.1 FM public radio in Baltimore. In 2014 she and her team at WYPR’s Maryland Morning won a prestigious Dupont-Columbia University award for an intensive examination of the roots of inequality in the Baltimore region.
Ms. Kast has been a journalist since she graduated from the Catholic University of America – first at the Washington Star, and then at ABC News, where she covered the White House, the Congress and the economy. She also reported overseas, and was the ABC News correspondent on the ground in Moscow in August 1991 at the start of the coup that signaled the end of the Soviet empire. She has also reported for NPR and CNN.
Ms. Kast has launched and hosted two interview shows on public television – one in association with BusinessWeek, one with AARP. She and her husband, Jim Rosapepe, wrote Dracula is Dead, a book about what they learned during the years he served as U.S. Ambassador to Romania.
Sheilah Kast serves on the boards of the non-profit Mental Health Association of Maryland and the American News Women’s Club, and is past chair of the Center for the Aging at the Greater Southeast Healthcare Foundation in the Washington area.
John R. Kelly
Kelly & Associates Insurance Group (KELLY)
KELLY Benefit Strategies & KELLY Advisory
John is the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer of KELLY, a family owned and operated business providing workforce management solutions to clients of all sizes. KELLY specializes in group insurance as a broker, consultant, administrator and technology provider. Additionally, John is the president of KELLY Benefit Strategies and KELLY Advisory, and also provides the strategic leadership to KELLY Administrative Services. John works together with his three brothers, Frank, David and Bryan and alongside his father Francis X. who founded KELLY in 1976. What was started in the basement of the family’s Timonium home has grown to a company that employs more than 500 people and serves more than 15,000 businesses.
In his overall innovation and strategy role, John is the company’s chief visionary and long-range thinker. His core motivation is driven by his relentless commitment to helping make KELLY clients better through delivering leading-edge strategies and solutions that increase efficiency and satisfaction while saving time and money. KELLY calls this “The Business of Better – Making Businesses Better to Help Make a Better World.” John’s foresight has helped make KELLY the industry leader in tailored benefit and payroll management. He also pioneered KELLY’s revolutionary Total Benefits Solution® philosophy and approach that integrates industry leading expertise with customer-friendly administration and a proprietary web-based technology.
John graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD with a business degree in 1987. He enjoys cycling, hunting and fishing and is active in his community. John sits on the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been a longtime board member and past chair of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, serves on the Board of Advisors for The Institute of Human Virology at The University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is chairman of the board for the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. John also serves as a ministry elder at Grace Fellowship Church and is dedicated to a variety of international causes, including the efforts of World Bicycle Relief, Antioch Network and Love, Light and Melody. John resides in Towson, Maryland with his wife Tee and their six children, Hannah, Johnny, Allie, Lydia, Micaiah and Boaz.
William E. Kirwan, Ph.D.
University System of Maryland
William E. Kirwan served as chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) from August 2002 to July 2015. He is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues shaping the higher education landscape. He served as president of Ohio State University for four years (1998-2002) and president of the University of Maryland, College Park for 10 years (1988-1998). Prior to his presidency, he was a member of the University of Maryland faculty for 24 years. A respected academic leader, Dr. Kirwan is a sought-after speaker on a wide range of topics, including access and affordability, cost containment, diversity, innovation, higher education’s role in economic development, and academic transformation. In 2002, Dr. Kirwan was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Among many others honors, he received the 2010 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. Considered one of the nation's top higher education honor, this award recognizes outstanding leadership at the presidential level in higher education. In 2009, he received the Carnegie Corporation Leadership Award, which included a $500,000 grant to fund USM academic priorities. Dr. Kirwan is a member of several honorary and professional societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, the American Mathematical Society, and the Mathematical Association of America.
A prolific scholar, he is co-editor of the book Advances in Complex Analysis and has published many articles on mathematical research. Dr. Kirwan received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and his master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1962 and 1964 respectively.
The Honorable Nancy Kopp
Maryland State Treasurer
Elected in February 2002, Nancy K. Kopp is the twenty- third Maryland State Treasurer since the adoption of the Constitution of 1851. As State Treasurer, she supervises the State’s investments, banking relationships and general obligation debt. She is the chief representative of the State in dealing with financial rating agencies and investment banking firms. Among the treasurer’s responsibilities, she sits with the Governor and State Comptroller on the State Board of Public Works, which approves all major state procurements and transactions.
She also chairs the State’s Capital Debt Affordability Committee, the State Retirement and Pension System, and the Maryland College Savings Program. Before being elected State Treasurer, Kopp served for twenty-seven years in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Bethesda-Chevy Chase area.
John McHutchison, M.D.
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Dr. McHutchison joined Gilead in 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Senior Vice President, Liver Disease Therapeutics. In his current role as Executive Vice President, Clinical Research, he is responsible for Gilead’s development programs in liver diseases, hematology and oncology, and inflammatory and respiratory diseases. Prior to joining Gilead, Dr. McHutchison worked at Duke University Medical Center, where he served as Associate Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He also held the positions of Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at Duke University Medical Center, Associate Director at Duke Clinical Research Institute and Co-Director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award.
Prior to his positions at Duke, Dr. McHutchison spent nearly 10 years at Scripps Clinic, most recently as Medical Director, Liver Transplantation. He also previously held an Assistant Professorship in Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. McHutchison received bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Charles Modica, JD
St. George’s University
Charles R. Modica, JD, is the Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. George’s University, a University he co-founded in 1977 in Grenada, West Indies as an independent School of Medicine. In the years since, Dr. Modica guided its development into an international center of higher education offering degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, business, and arts and sciences, and boasts a diverse community of students, faculty, alumni and staff from more than 140 countries.
As Ambassador-at-Large for Grenada, Dr. Modica has worked to promote the country’s infrastructure in health, industry, business, and tourism. Dr. Modica has served as a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Barry University, Miami Shores; a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach; and a member of the Board of Trustees of WXEL Public Radio and Television. Dr. Modica has a strong sense of civic responsibility and currently serves the Grenada Heart Foundation, the Vincentian Children’s Heart Fund, and Co-Chair of the Fund for the Orphans and Elderly of Grenada.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Medical Charities from 1981 until 1991 and the Co-Chair of the West Indian Immunization Project from 1978 to 1981. The Chancellor has been recognized for his work and has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK in 2009, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Barry University School of Law, Miami Shores in 2000, the Barry University Society of Founders Award in 1986; the Medal of Merit – City of Miami in 1980; Member of the Law Review of Delaware Law School 1974-1975; the Congress of Italian American Organizations Man of the Year in 1989; the Health Watch Information and Promotion Service in 1993; and the “Making the Dream Possible” Award from the St. George’s University School of Medicine Alumni Association in 1997.
Timothy Moynahan, Esquire
The Moynahan Law Firm, LLC
Timothy Moynahan is the owner of The Moynahan Law Firm, LLC, a full-service law firm providing representation in Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense, Real Estate and Banking Law, Business and Commercial Transactions. Moynahan is also President of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States, Connecticut Chapter; Partner of Go Green Distributors, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a company which collaborates with businesses for the distribution of green products; forging initiatives, forming partnerships, fostering mutually beneficial relationships to make available products for environmental and economic benefit. He is Vice-President of Paula A. Moynahan, M.D. Skin Care, a double board certified doctor-established skin care company integrating the latest in medical advancement and product ingredients to create a complete line of skin care products.
Georgetown Entertainment Group
Nuschese was born in the town of Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. A resident of Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years, Nuschese began his career first in London, then in Las Vegas. During his initial tenure in Las Vegas, from 1983 to 1991, Nuschese managed restaurants for Caesars Palace, and also was assistant vice president/Europe and Middle East operations, for Caesars World, Inc. In 1992 he opened Cafe Milano in Washington DC. From 1994 to 2001 he worked at the MGM Grand. Today he is the owner of several diversified enterprises with global interests. He is president of Georgetown Entertainment Group LLC.
In 2006 Nuschese received the Award for Excellence in Business at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s National Education and Leadership gala. In 2008 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Nuschese is a board member of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology and of the Global Virus Network. He serves as member of the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute Board of Advisers. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council. Nuschese is Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Order of Malta. He is “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in recognition for setting a positive image of Italians in America and throughout the world.
On April 2008 Nuschese hosted the 81st birthday lunch for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican Embassy. He currently is involved with Catholic Charities, with the Children's National Medical Center, and contributes to events benefiting American military troops and veterans. In 2015 Nuschese received the Cafe Milano Award at the Children’s Ball from the Children’s National Health System, as well as the St. Pio Foundation Award and the National Italian American Foundation Award for Leadership and Service.
Joseph Pagano, M.D.
University of North Carolina
Joseph S. Pagano, M.D., is Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is Founder and Director Emeritus of The Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the UNC-LCCC Postdoctoral Training Program.
He is Member of the Science Advisory Board of the US Food and Drug Administration, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, the College of Reviewers of the National Institutes of Health, and Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science. Dr. Pagano is past member of the Board of Directors of the Burroughs Welcome Fund and the Awards Assembly of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation and past president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes and the International Association for Research on Epstein - Barr virus and Associated Diseases.
Dr. Pagano is the recipient of The North Carolina Award in Science. He is Chairman of the Board of Global Vaccines, Inc., a not-for-profit company, and external advisor to cancer centers at Wake Forest, Miami, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Universities, as well as the Wistar Institute, and chairs the Science Advisory Board of the Institute of Human Virology. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Hamner Institutes.
His research interests are molecular virology and pathogenesis of diseases caused by viruses associated with human malignancies and mechanisms of antiviral drugs. He is discoverer of the EBV episome and Interferon Regulatory Factor-7 and is currently working on the ubiquitin-editing enzyme, UCH LI, and the EBV protein kinase and deubiquitinating enzymes. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. He is author of 356 publications.
Peter Palese, Ph.D.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Palese is Professor of Microbiology and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. His research includes work on the replication of RNA-containing viruses with a special emphasis on influenza viruses, which are negative-strand RNA viruses. Specifically, he established the first genetic maps for influenza A, B and C viruses, identified the function of several viral genes, and defined the mechanism of neuraminidase inhibitors (which are now FDA-approved antivirals).
Dr. Palese also pioneered the field of reverse genetics for negative strand RNA viruses, which allows the introduction of site-specific mutations into the genomes of these viruses. This technique is crucial for the study of the structure/ function relationships of viral genes, for investigation of viral pathogenicity and for development and manufacture of novel vaccines. In addition, an improvement of the technique has been effectively used by him and his colleagues to reconstruct and study the pathogenicity of the highly virulent but extinct 1918 pandemic influenza virus. His recent work in collaboration with Garcia-Sastre has revealed that most negative strand RNA viruses possess proteins with interferon antagonist activity, enabling them to counteract the antiviral response of the infected host.
Dr. Palese was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 for his seminal studies on influenza viruses. At present he serves on the editorial board for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2002 and a Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since 2006. Dr. Palese was president of the Harvey Society in 2004/2005 and president of the American Society for Virology in 2005/2006. He was the recipient of the Robert Koch Prize in 2006, of the Charles C. Shepard Science Award in 2008 and of the European Virology Award (EVA) in 2010.
James P. Pinkerton
James P. Pinkerton has been a Contributor to the Fox News Channel since 1996 and is a regular panelist on “Fox News Watch,” the highest-rated media-critique program on television. He is a contributing editor to The American Conservative magazine. In addition, he is the co-chair of the RATE (Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably), a group working to reform the U.S. corporate income tax. He is also a consultant to the American Road and Transportation Builders of America, and has worked for companies and groups including BMW, the Auto Alliance, and AT&T. Earlier in his career, he worked in the White House domestic policy offices of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and in the 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 presidential campaigns.
In 2008 he served as a senior adviser to the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. He is a former columnist for Newsday, and is the editor of SeriousMedicineStrategy.org. He has written for publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The Huffington Post, and The Jerusalem Post. Today he also writes regularly for Foxnews.com. He is the author of What Comes Next: The End of Big Government—and the New Paradigm Ahead (Hyperion: 1995). Married to the former Elizabeth Dial, he is a graduate of Stanford University.
The Honorable Catherine E. Pugh
Mayor of Baltimore
Catherine Elizabeth Pugh was sworn in as the 50th Mayor of the City of Baltimore on December 6, 2016.
Mayor Pugh has been a public servant for more than 15 years. She served as a member of the Baltimore City Council, representing the 4th district (1999-2003). During her tenure as Council Member, Mayor Pugh served as: Chair of the Taxation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Vice-Chair of the Land Use & Planning Committee and member of the Urban Affairs Committee. In 2005 she was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates, where she served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Her abilities to negotiate and her bipartisan approach catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate. She served as the Majority Leader, was Named Legislator of the Year (2010) by the City Paper, and passed over 150 pieces of legislation.
Mayor Pugh is the visionary, co-founder and Chair of the Baltimore Design School, a public school for sixth through twelfth graders, and a founder of the Baltimore Marathon, which is in its fifteenth year and has over a $30 million impact on the city. Mayor Pugh holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has received qualification from the University of California as an Economic Development Specialist. She has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion by numerous organization both local and nationally to include: The United State Small Business Advocate of the Year, The National Association of Securities Professionals Joyce Johnson Award, The NAACP Legislator of the Year, The Mental Health Associations Legislator of the Year, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Living Legacy Award, to name a few.
Talk Radio News Service
Ellen Ratner is the Bureau Chief of Talk Radio News Service which covers the U.N., the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon. She is also a contributor for Fox News Channel. She has served as White House reporter for the Talk Radio News Service where she provides exclusive reports to talk radio stations across the United States. She is the author of “101 Ways to Get Your Progressive Ideas on Talk Radio” as well as her more recent (with Anne Gehman) ”Self-Empowerment: Nine Things The 19th Century Can Teach Us About Living In The 21st.” She is on the board of WINDREF, an educational and research foundation in Grenada, West Indies and The Hunter School in New Hampshire.
Ms. Ratner is founder of “Goats for the Old Goat,” a program of goats, medicine, and education for South Sudan in Africa. Previously, she worked in mental health, where she co-founded Pride Institute, the first inpatient addiction treatment center for gay men and lesbians. During the AIDS crises, she was President of The National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation.
Sino Invest Limited
Mr. Guangqi Tian is the President and Founder of Sino Invest Limited. He founded multiple companies in Harbin, Tianjin, and Beijing since 2005 and is owner or partial owner of businesses in Beijing, Tianjing, Hong Kong, US, Panama, and Dubai. He is engaged in international trade, investment and other businesses and has advised several Chinese state-owned companies on projects and ventures overseas and played instrumental roles in helping them win more than ten construction and investment contracts in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Mr. Tian has invested in and managed commercial real estate projects in Tianjing. He has established and maintained good working relationships with different social entities in China, including, but not limited to, central and local governments and various business communities.
The Honorable Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
The Rock Creek Group
Ms. Townsend is a Managing Director at the Rock Creek Group. She is also the founder of the Center for Retirement Initiatives at Georgetown University. As the State of Maryland’s first woman Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments. Prior to that, Ms. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States and taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In the mid-1980s, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Ms. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. An honors graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Townsend received her law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. Ms. Townsend’s book, Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way, was published by Warner Books in Mach 2007.
Jeffrey B. Trammell
Trammell and Company
Trammell is president and founder of Trammell and Company, a public affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Previously, Trammell served as Senior Managing Director of Hill& Knowlton, an international public affairs/ communications firm, from 1988 to 2000, where he oversaw the firm’s public affairs practice. He was a senior advisor to Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign and headed business outreach for the Gore campaign, as well serving as liaison for LGBT outreach. Trammell served in a similar capacity for the Kerry 2004 presidential campaign.
Trammell worked for a number of years in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was counsel to the chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Environment of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He founded a successful publishing company which produced annual references on Congress and government organizations. Trammell served as Rector and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary. He was the founding chair of the Board of the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program at William and Mary. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. He has served on the board of the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which he chaired, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum advisory board for remembrance of gay and lesbian victims. He holds a B.A. in American History from William and Mary and a J.D from Florida State University.
NBA Hall of Fame Coach and Player
Legendary player and coach, Lenny Wilkens is a nine- time NBA All-Star as well as MVP of an All-Star Game. He was enshrined in the NBA Hall of Fame as a player in 1989 and selected to the NBA’s all-time Top 10 Coaches and 50 Greatest Players List in 1996, the only NBA representative recognized both as Hall of Fame player and coach. Wilkens also coached Seattle to a World Championship in 1978-79, was NBA Coach of the Year in 1994 and led the 1996 USA Basketball Dream Team to the gold medal in the Atlanta Olympic Games. He coached the Knicks to first place in the Atlantic Division in 2004-2005.
Mr. Wong is a graduate of China Central University of Finance, and he has over 20 years of experience in investment. He has successfully helped to launch dozens of high-tech companies in HK. In 1999 he founded the first venture capital company in China. Mr. Wong currently serves as Chairman of Beijing Financial Group Limited which covers a full financial industry chain, including brokerage, asset management and wealth management companies established in Hong Kong. In the past two decades he has made substantial investments in the healthcare industry.
Ambassador R. James Woolsey
Venture Partner, Lux Capital Management
Ambassador R. James Woolsey is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. He previously served in the US Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence. From July 2002 to March 2008, he was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a Venture Partner with Vantage Point Venture Partners of San Bruno, California until January 2011. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Amb Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973. He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the US Army, he was an adviser on the US Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970.
Amb Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several. He currently serves on the staff of the Congressional EMP Commission and on the Board of Advisors of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a Congressional Advisory Board.
John D. Evans Foundation
Steve Wozencraft has spent his career helping NGO’s, not for profits and civil society organizations build sustainable financial development models. His philanthropic efforts and leadership has supported organizations around the world including The Clinton Global Initiative, The University of Michigan Center for Global Health, the Global Virus Network and the South Coast Medical Center. His work also includes being an active Board member of select organizations which promote social justice, global health and global stability.
A few examples are the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Atlas Corps the Vet Voice Foundation and the United Nations Global Youth Summit. He has worked directly with Secretary Clinton and now Secretary Kerry on the Partners Committee of the Global Equality Fund at the US Department of State to raise support and awareness for the fund to promote social justice. His goal is to help promote social justice by creating health parity for all.
The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings, Honorary
Ernest Hollings served from 1966 until 2005 as U.S. Senator from South Carolina. He attended the public schools of Charleston and graduated from The Citadel in 1942 and University of South Carolina Law School 1947. Admitted to the bar in 1947, he began law practice in Charleston and served in the United States Army from 1942-1945. Hollings was elected to the South Carolina general assembly in 1948, 1950, and 1952, and served as speaker pro tempore of the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 1954 he was elected lieutenant governor of South Carolina, and then elected as governor in 1958, serving until 1963.
In 1966, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and reelected in 1968, 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992 and 1998. In the Senate, he served as chair of the Committee on the Budget in the 96th Congress; Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984.
Ray Lewis, Honorary
Ray Lewis was a first-round pick out of the University of Miami in 1996 for the Baltimore Ravens. He led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2000, and was named Defensive Player of the Year that same season. In 2013, Lewis led the Ravens to another Super Bowl victory and retired that year. Lewis has been involved in charitable activities throughout his professional career, including founding the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation - a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth.
Lewis is involved in pressing political, business, and philanthropic leaders for a stronger commitment to disability sports both in Baltimore and in the developing world. Lewis was honored with a JB award (named in honor of CBS broadcaster James Brown) during the 2006 off-season and received the “Act of Kindness” Award for his work in the community.
Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, Honorary
Princess Chulabhorn Walailak of Thailand or Chulabhorn Mahidol is a Princess of Thailand, the youngest daughter of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn studied Chemistry and graduated in 1979 from the Faculty of Science at Kasetsart University, with a Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours. She continued to study Science at Mahidol University, where she received her Doctorate in 1985. She is heavily involved in the promotion of scientific research, and regularly gives awards and prizes.
She held the position of a guest lecturer in Chemistry at the Mahidol University. She also serves as the President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute. She was awarded the UNESCO Einstein Medal for her efforts in promoting scientific collaboration in 1986 and was the first Asian to be invited to join the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom as an Honorary Fellow.