Board of Directors
Carol Ezrati, Treasurer
Carol Rutlen Ezrati is a CPA with significant experience in tax and human resource issues associated with international tax, human resource, and global stock plans. She specializes in global stock plan issues such as process improvement and risk management. Previous positions include partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, adjunct professor in the Master of Tax program at San Jose State University, co-founder and President of a small software company, and managing partner of Rutlen Associates.
David Garcia Ortiz
David Garcia Ortiz has worked as a science teacher for the Sequoia Union High School District for the last five years. He has taught biology, physics and environmental science as well as language development classes in the same subject areas designated for English language learners who have recently arrive to the country. Prior to coming into the classroom he worked as a coordinator for a science maker space to give access to science and engineering experiences to low-income communities and marginalized students at the middle school level.
Jamie Barnett, Vice Chair
Jamie Barnett is an advisor for and investor in high-technology startups. She has spent most of her career as a product and marketing leader in high-technology with a focus on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and cybersecurity. She served as chief marketing officer at AppZen and Netskope, chief customer officer at Scalyr, and board director for La Comida. She also taught Strategic Communications as an adjunct lecturer in the Executive MBA program at University of San Francisco. Jamie has a bachelors from U.C. Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. She is a die-hard Monty Python fan with a zest for movie lines, terrible puns, and practical jokes.
Cathy Gale is a recently retired pediatric nurse. She has 20 years of hospital pediatric nursing experience and another 12 years of school nurse experience working with students from K -12 in the Fremont Unified School district.
Before going back to school for nursing, Cathy worked as an analytical chemist for Alza Pharmaceuticals. Now she spends her time as a Nature Education docent and a house and garden docent at Filoli, traveling around the country and the world to visit with her three adult children and her six-year-old granddaughter.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Smith College, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from UCSF and a School Nurse Credential from San Jose State University.
Jessica Rosenberg, Secretary
Jessica Rosenberg is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Credentialed School Nurse serving kids and families on the Peninsula. Over her 20+ year pediatric nursing career, she has worked in the fields of hematology/oncology, camp & school health, and primary care. She is passionate about adolescent health, patient education, advocacy and family-centered care.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a member of the California School Nurses Organization and holds a guest clinical faculty role at the UCSF School of Nursing. She has been a community health educator for the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, the Girl Scouts of America, and the San Carlos School District.
In her spare time, Jessica can be found working on social justice projects, hiking, and volunteering at her daughters’ schools.
Thea Runyan, Chair
Thea has worked in public health for over 15 years primarily in childhood obesity and community health education. She is the co-founder of Kurbo, an evidenced based, online/mobile weight management program for kids, teens and families that was recently acquired by WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers International). Thea designed the 3-month behavior modification program that includes an app for self-monitoring and education combined with weekly meetings with a trained behavior coach via video chat. Kurbo launched in 2014 and now provides coaching services to tens of thousands of youth and adults in the US, Canada, Bermuda and Singapore. Thea’s primary role is to manage the day to day operations. She oversees all science and product development, customer support, account management, and leads a coaching team responsible for managing and supporting Kurbo’s coaching staff of 100+ coaches in the US and Singapore.
Prior to starting Kurbo in 2013, Thea was the lead behavior coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Stanford Children’s Hospital for 15 years where she taught classes for parents and kids, developed curriculum, and trained behavior coaches and health professionals. She also spent 3 years as the Wellness Director for a San Francisco Bay Area school district. In this role, Thea and her team worked closely with administrators, teachers, parents and students to develop and implement cost-effective sustainable programs that addressed the priority health and wellness needs of the community.
Thea completed her Master of Public Health degree from San Jose State University and her BA from UC Berkeley. She currently pursuing a doctorate degree in public health from UNC Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Booker is Director of Finance, Robotics R&D at Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest and most comprehensive health care company. She is responsible for the financial reporting, leadership and integrity of robotics-specific developmental activities.
Prior to this role, Jennifer was Finance Director supporting the Americas Consumer and Small Business franchises at Adobe. In this role, Jennifer was responsible for forecasting revenue and key business metrics acting as the financial advisor to the VP of Americas Sales.
Jennifer has had a robust career that started at ExxonMobil and Booz Allen Hamilton creating and driving strategic sourcing and supply chain strategies. After receiving her MBA, Jennifer switched her career path to Finance and joined Johnson & Johnson as a part of the MBA Leadership Development Program. During her first J&J tenure, she held various roles supporting R&D and early-stage business at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Cincinnati and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the Bay Area. After leaving Johnson & Johnson, she was the finance advisor for outsourced clinical monitoring at Genentech and then joined Intuit where she served as the finance advisor to both the Chief Customer Success Officer and the Chief Product and Design Officer.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA in International Business and Finance from George Washington University.
Marla Becker is the Founder and Senior Advisor on Training & Technical Assistance at the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention, as well as an independent consultant in the field of Public Health. Marla’s consulting services focus on program development and evaluation, strategic planning, community engagement, grant writing, and curriculum and resource development, with a specialization in violence prevention, sexual health education, and youth development.
Marla has worked in the field of Public Health for over 30 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English and General Literature from Binghamton University in New York. Marla worked for 13 years at Youth ALIVE!, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing youth violence and promoting youth leadership. She initially served as the agency’s Associate Director, and ultimately served as the Director and Founder of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (now an independent nonprofit, the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention/the HAVI).
Prior to working at Youth ALIVE!, Marla worked in the field of teen pregnancy prevention evaluation research and curriculum development at U.C. Berkeley’s Family Welfare Research Group, co-authoring Power Through Choices (a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for foster youth), and managing the evaluation of State-funded teen pregnancy prevention programs. Marla has prior experience working with youth in the field of youth development and teen pregnancy prevention at UCSD Medical Center’s Division of Adolescent Medicine, as well as during internships with the Indian Health Service and Planned Parenthood.
David Foster is a student at Yale University studying Global Health and Political Science. He has a particular interest in applying design thinking principles to solve health care challenges. David has utilized this approach on a team creating an innovative COVID contact tracing system, at a startup fighting pharmaceutical counterfeiting, and when designing an outdoor exercise course at the Ritsona refugee camp in Greece. As a member of the LGBTQ community, David recognizes the importance of equity in health care, and he is a passionate advocate for inclusive sex education. In his free time, you can find David figure skating on the Yale rink, debating at the Yale Political Union, or working on a project at the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design.
Laura Garcia currently works at a biotech company in San Jose, Visby Medical, where the mission is “driven by a belief that disease diagnosis should be quick, accurate, and accessible to all”; there, she is spearheading and strategizing the Learning and Development department. Prior to Visby, she worked as an Assistant Director for the Harvey Mudd College Upward Bound nonprofit program whose mission is to equip low-income, potential first-generation college students “generate the skills and motivation necessary for success and college”. As somene who benefitted from nonprofit programs growing up, Laura understands the value, urgency and impact of programs like Health Connected.
Laura holds her bachelor’s in English from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate University - Drucker School of Management in Claremont, CA.
In her spare time, you can find Laura reading a book, developing new recipes, and mentoring Latinas in Silicon Valley.
Jorge Tapias is VP of business development at Rev, an AI-powered speech-to-text transcription company. Previously, Jorge was a business development and marketing leadership roles at technology and life sciences companies such as Helix and Earnest. Over the last decade, Jorge also held business development leadership roles at LinkedIn and Google. Before joining Google, Jorge worked at Stanford’s Office of Development as a director of development. Is an active volunteer leader. He served on the board of the Peninsula School, an independent elementary school in Menlo Park, CA. Jorge is an active volunteer at Stanford University, where he serves on various advisory boards. Jorge graduated from Stanford with a BA in International Relations. He lives in San Carlos with his wife and their daughter.