Greater Bay Area Chapter

Catherine Courage

Senior Vice President, Customer Experience, Citrix Systems, Inc.

Catherine is responsible for championing exceptional design to drive innovation at Citrix. Catherine began her career at Citrix in 2009 as VP of Product Design. Her determination and passion to grow design as a core differentiator led to the competency becoming a company-wide initiative and to the elevation of her role to SVP. She co-authored the book Understanding Your Users and her work has been featured by Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. Catherine's an advisor to the entrepreneurial groups Citrix Startup Accelerator and C100. Prior to Citrix, Catherine held other design leadership positions at and Oracle. In 2013, Catherine received the 100 Women of Influence honor for Silicon Valley. She holds a Master of Applied Science in mechanical and industrial engineering, University of Toronto and a B.S. (honors) in psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Elizabeth Doliber

Regional Sales Manager, Brighton

Elizabeth has extensive experience with sales, account management, marketing and promotional development, contract negotiation, P&L, resource management, operational support, and team building of sales executive staff. Liz has been awarded the "Legends in Leadership" in recognition of top sales achievement and has been recognized as "Chairman's Award" Grand Prize. Liz lost her younger brother to Hodgkin's disease in 1997. She has been an active participant with Team In Training since 1999 and has participated in Light The Night events. LLS previously nominated Liz for Diablo Magazine "Threads for Hope" volunteer award. She holds a B.S. in business marketing from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and studied abroad at the University of Lancaster in England.

Timothy Enns

Chief Investor & Media Relations Officer, KineMed

Tim recently joined KineMed as its Chief Investor and Media Relations Officer. Prior, he served as SVP of Corporate Cmmunications and Marketing for Astex Pharmaceuticals. Tim has 29 years of pharmaceutical commercial, business development, communications and marketing experience. His prior experience includes more aspects of cancer therapeutic commercialization from start-up through launch and partnering. Prior to Astex, Tim held senior positions in Sequus, Trilex, Syncor, MGI Pharma, Adria Laboratories and Upjohn. He holds a B.S. in nutritional science and biochemistry from University of California, Davis and is a graduate of Stanford's School of Business.

Annie Flaig

Vice President, Americas Sales & Channel Marketing, HGST

Annie Flaig drives revenue and market share growth through direct, distributor and retail sales of HGST hard disk drive and solid state drive products in the key Americas region. In this front-line role, she promotes customer and partner satisfaction among datacenter, mobile and consumer customers, and she ensures quality performance in every step of the sales cycle. Before joining HGST in 2012, Annie spent nearly 20 years with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Most recently she had advanced from AMD vice president of sales for the Americas region to corporate vice president of worldwide commercial sales. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Channel Reseller News numbered Annie among the Most Powerful Women of the Channel. In 2012, Annie received the 100 Women of Influence honor for Silicon Valley. Annie was the Chapter's 2010 Silicon Valley Woman of the Year. She holds a B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Santa Clara.

Brianna Haag

Marketing Manager, Eventbrite

Brianna became involved with LLS when her father was diagnosed with CLL in 2011. In 2012 she was the Chapter's San Francisco Woman of the Year. As the San Francisco Marketing Manager for Eventbrite, Brianna has seen how its simple platform has helped nonprofits and individual fundraisers use technology to make their events easier to run and more impactful. She holds a B.A. in Communication, Sociology: Organizational Studies from University of California, Davis.

Garrett Herbert

Partner, Deloitte LLP

Garrett is a partner for Deloitte's Silicon Valley practice located in San Jose. Garrett has more than 20 years of professional experience. His experience includes over 13 years working in Mergers & Acquisitions, including 9 years as an advisor at Deloitte serving strategic buyer and Private Equity investors. His M&A experience also includes work in industry in senior M&A roles with a private equity group, a Palo Alto based electronics company, and a publicly traded internet services company. Garrett holds a B.A. degree in economics/accounting from College of the Holy Cross and is a Certified Public Accountant from the State of New York.

Brian Kinion

Vice President, Finance, Marketo

Prior to joining Marketo, a software company, Brian held a variety of finance roles at SuccessFactors and CoTherix.  He has been involved with Team In Training as a participant, mentor and team captain completing multiple marathons, the DeathRide, an IronMan and an Ultra Marathon. Brian was the Chapter's San Francisco 2008 Man of the Year. He earned is B.S. in accounting and MBA (finance concentration) from St. Mary's College.

Tom Klein

Regional Vice President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Tom led the way for The California Collection of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to define the true spirit of hospitality by working collectively to raise funds to support vital research for a cure and to provide financial, educational and social services for those affected by blood cancer and their loved ones. He also spearheaded a successful statewide initiative supporting the brand's commitment to sustainable tourism and environmental stewardship, raising approximately $20k for the California Save Our Parks Campaign. Tom was the Chapter's San Francisco 2010 Man of the Year. Tom holds a B.A. in sociology from Boston University.

Mike Ladra

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Mike is a litigation partner in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins. As a member of the intellectual property practice group, he has more than 30 years of experience as a patent litigator and trial lawyer. He has litigated more than 50 patent cases and tried more than a dozen cases throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. Prior to joining the firm, Mike was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for 21 years. He was an associate at the San Jose law firm of Ruffo, Ferrari & McNeil, and prior to that, a trial counsel with Ebben & Brown. Mike serves on the 2013 Law360 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board and as a lecturer on the topic of Trade Secrets and Employee Departure Issues at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Mike's education includes J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. in philosophy, Princeton.

Kathleen Leary

Senior Vice President, Communications Director, Wells Fargo

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2006 as head of Public Relations for Wealth Management, Kathleen was the Public Relations Manager for Advent Software, Inc., a San Francisco-based investment management technology software provider. She previously served as an Account Executive for Trimedia Public Relations (now Intermarket Communications) in New York City and worked as a journalist and editor in finance and technology at Miller Freeman (now CMP Media) in New York. She is a graduate of Le Moyne College.

Dave Mandelkern

President and Co-Founder, Maverix Biomics, Inc.

Dave is currently the president and co-founder of Maverix Biomics, Inc., a provider of cloud-based genomic data analytics software for life sciences researchers. In his 25-year career spanning seven Silicon Valley start-up companies, he was previously the founder, and CEO of QuickHealth, Inc., a provider of affordable primary care medical services located in convenient retail locations. QuickHealth was recognized by the New York Times as one of their "ideas of the year" and "ideas of the decade," and ultimately acquired by Access Health. Dave is also an elected official, currently serving his third term as Trustee of the San Mateo County Community College District. He also serves as Chair of the California State Parks Foundation. In his spare time he competes in endurance athletic events to raise money for charitable causes (has completed eight seasons with the TNT, including an Ironman triathlon in 2004 and finishing the Boston Marathon in 2005. Dave is also the first person known to have completed a sanctioned triathlon in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Dave earned two degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University; a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science with distinction.

Lois A. Markovich

President, Del-Camp Investments, Inc.

Lois is the President of Del-Camp Investments, privately held real estate investment corporation headquartered in San Francisco. Previously, Lois worked 23 years with the California State Automobile Association (CSAA) in San Francisco. During that time she served in an executive capacity first in Human Resources and then as Vice President Public Services. These positions included overall HR and development, corporate communications, government and public affairs. After leaving CSAA, Lois was a consultant on a variety of projects in a variety of industries. Lois is a leukemia survivor and a TNT participant. She holds an M.A. in Adult Education from San Francisco State University and a CPCU.

Scott Morrison

Assurance Partner, Global Life Sciences, Ernst & Young LLP

Scott is Ernst & Young's U.S. Biotechnology and Medtech practice leader and a member of the global industry steering committee. He has 28 years of local, national and global experience serving biotech and medtech clients. He has served clients in every stage of growth and has helped many companies from early stage start-up through the challenges of launching initial products to market leader. Scott is Ernst & Young's liaison with ABFO, a trade organization for bioscience financial officers. He is the former chairman and current treasurer of the Bay Area Bioscience Center (BayBio), a founding board member of the Biotechnology Institute and past member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) ECS board. He is co-author of E&Y's 12th-15th Biotechnology Industry Reports and is a frequent and well-respected speaker on industry matters. Scott holds a B.S. in finance and accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joan Parsons

Head of US Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Joan has been the head of US Banking for Silicon Valley Bank since 2008. In this capacity she is responsible for leading the Commercial Bank sales force in the company's three divisions and 26 offices nationwide. Joan has over 25 years of banking experience and has served Silicon Valley Bank in a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1994. In 2012, Joan received the 100 Women of Influence honor for Silicon Valley. She was honored with Silicon Valley Bank's Biggerstaff Award in 1999 for individuals who exemplify the company's Guiding Principles and demonstrate outstanding leadership, client focus and extraordinary performance. She has supported and served on various committees including MA Telecommunications Council and MIT Enterprise Forum. Joan graduated cum laude from Wheaton College with a double major in economics and art history and studied at Dartmouth College and London School of Economics.

Michael Pellegrini

Senior Vice President, Global Marine Practice, Marsh Risk & Insurance Services

Michael's primary responsibility is marketing and servicing cargo and stock throughout insurance programs. He advises clients from a variety of industries including the technology, biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical, retail, agricultural and transportation industries. Michael was one of 20 Marsh colleagues awarded the 2007 Global Chairman's Award in recognition of providing excellent customer service, leadership and innovation to the insurance marketplace. He earned is B.S. in finance from Santa Clara University and MBA Management from the University of San Francisco.

Michael Sweeney


In the spring of 2011, Michael, a pioneer in the field of cardiac devices who became a venture capitalist, retired from InterWest Partners, where he was part of the life sciences team for a decade. Michael is a board member of Applied Spine Autonomic Technologies, Calypso Medical, Carbylan Biosurgery, Cardiac Dimensions, CardioMind, CVRx, Devax, Microfabrica, Paracor Medical, and USGI Medical. He was previously a board member of Fluidigm. He is a pioneer of multiple anti-arrhythmia cardiac devices, and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cardiovascular technology. He was the founding chief executive officer of Epicor Medical and founder of Ventritex, both highly successful InterWest portfolio campaigns. Michael received his B.A. from Drake University.

Vikash Varma

President & CEO, Stoke

Vikash brings 18 years of multi-disciplined experience to Stoke. He has a successful track record of building businesses from the early stages to market leadership. Prior to Stoke, Vikash was the President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Field Operations at CloudShield Technologies. Vikash helped establish CloudShield as a leader in the multi-function service control and security market, operating in over 35 countries. Vikash holds an industrial engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology in India.

Christie White

Account Executive, Anderson Audio Visual

Christie is an account executive for Anderson Audio Visual. Previously, she was an account executive for Resource and Design, Inc., the project principal at CRI, Inc., an account executive for Pivot Interiors of San Mateo, and the region director, northwest region at HQ Global Workplaces. Christie is a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor and involved with Team In Training. She received her B.A. in finance from Georgia State University.

Kirsten Wolberg

Vice President, Technology Business Operations, PayPal

Kirsten joined PayPal in June 2012. Her team is responsible for all of the business operations functions for technology, including strategic planning and investment, as well as portfolio management and end-to-end program management for strategic enterprise initiatives. Kirsten serves on Advisory Boards for companies with cloud-based delivery models. Previously, she was Chief Information Officer at In 2011, Kirsten was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. For the past eight years, Kirsten has served in leadership roles with LLS and is a local Board Member of Year-Up. Kirsten holds a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Southern California and an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.

last updated on Thursday, May 15, 2014