I continue to struggle with late-stage Lyme disease. If only I had gotten an accurate diagnosis and had been treated earlier, my life would be so much different. My goal as a founder of Bay Area Lyme Foundation is to ensure that we develop reliable diagnostics and a cure so that others don’t have to go through what I have. It is awful.
Laure L. Woods offers a unique perspective to Bay Area Lyme Foundation as a clinical researcher and a person with late-stage Lyme disease. Her research experience includes projects exploring anti-infectives for cystic fibrosis and bronchitis patients, and research about AIDS and metastatic breast cancer. She has held clinical research positions at California Bay Area companies like Matrix Pharmaceutical and Genelabs Technologies. Early in her career, she founded Woods Consulting, Inc. to advise organizations that test the safety and efficacy of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. Laure is the President and Founder of Laurel Foundation, a private Foundation focused on the health and welfare of children and serves on the Board of the L.K. Whittier Foundation, a private Foundation focused on medical and technology research. Ms. Woods holds a BA in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis.
I founded Bay Area Lyme Foundation with my friends to help end their suffering. I fundamentally believe we can stop this disease. With the right talent and entrepreneurial approach, we can find a cure for Lyme.
Bonnie Crater chairs the Science Committee which drives our research agenda, champions innovation and seeks partners to chart new paths in Lyme research. She brings her background in biology, extensive experience in Silicon Valley, boundless energy and an entrepreneurial spirit to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Bonnie is currently President and CEO at Full Circle CRM and a ten-year veteran of Oracle Corporation and its various subsidiaries. She has held senior executive positions at companies like Zelerate, VoiceObjects, Realization, Genesys, Netscape, Network Computer Inc., Salesforce.com and Stratify. She currently serves on the board of the CB Wellness Foundation and on the Town of Portola Valley's Nature and Science Committee. Ms. Crater holds an AB in Biology from Princeton University.
I know too many people affected by the debilitating symptoms of Lyme. Their stories have inspired me to do what I can to help better understand and ultimately conquer this disease, using the tools I have learned throughout my biotechnology career.
Carin Rollins is a member of the Board of Directors and the Science Committee where she offers strategic research advice and helps identify, vet and manage our research opportunities. She brings an extensive background in biotechnology and an in-depth understanding of the field of Lyme disease to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Her experience in biotechnology equity research, management consulting and venture capital for Robertson Stephens & Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Bay City Capital and 5AM Ventures, makes her uniquely suited for this role. Carin currently manages CR Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services to the biotech sector. She has served on the Board of Directors for a number of biotech companies and organizations. Ms. Rollins holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Biology from Colgate University.
After suffering from undiagnosed Lyme disease for many years, I am passionate about the development of reliable diagnostics and improved treatment for this devastating disease. I now have the opportunity to marry my avocation with my professional experience in biotech and I am excited to do this through my work at Bay Area Lyme Foundation.
Wendy Adams provides strategic research advice and helps identify, vet and manage our research opportunities. She is a member of the Science Committee. Her unique perspective and knowledge as a Lyme patient—as well as her background in finance and business development for companies like Cowen & Company, Aviron and Affymax—make her a great addition to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Wendy runs B2DC LLC, a business development consultancy to biotech clients in infectious and autoimmune disease, respiratory disease, oncology, drug delivery and neurology. Previously, Wendy served as Vice President of Business Development at Principia Biopharma, a drug development company focused on cancer and autoimmune disease. Wendy holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley where she also served on faculty in Entrepreneurship, and an AB in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.
Bay Area Lyme Foundation is helping to drive fundamental research and awareness into an epidemic that has been heretofore dismissed without the support of sound, evidence-based research. That research is happening now and the evidence is irrefutable. Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases, especially Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, will eventually become a national priority and Bay Area Lyme Foundation will help to make that happen.
John Brennan cofounded Sirios Capital Management, LP and serves as its managing director. Sirios manages two long/short strategies focused on investments in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as a global, long-oriented fund. In addition, Sirios manages two domestic partnerships that invest in continental U.S. timberland. Prior to cofounding Sirios, John was a senior vice president of MFS Investment Management, where he served as portfolio manager and member of the MFS Advisory Board and MFS Equity Management Group. In addition, he completed the Manufacturing Management Program at General Electric in 1983. John is a cofounder and director of the Hunt Street Fund, a charitable foundation focused on children’s welfare and education; a trustee of Xaverian Brothers High School; a trustee of Xaverian Brothers USA; a director of the Saint Joseph Parish School Endowment Fund; a past director of the URI Foundation; and a past member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Brennan holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1985 and a BS, summa cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering in 1981.
I have seen firsthand how devastating this disease can be to an individual. I have watched my wife go through seven years of torture dealing with Lyme. We still do not have clarity and, while much improved, she has not yet fully recovered. I helped found Bay Area Lyme Foundation so we can stop Lyme disease and find a cure, so others will not have to experience this misery. Modern medicine should be able to diagnose and treat this vicious disease.
Laird Cagan brings a wide array of talents to Bay Area Lyme Foundation as a successful businessman and investor. He is currently Managing Director and Co-founder of Cagan McAfee Capital Partners (CMCP) a private investment firm he founded in 1990. CMCP has founded, funded and taken public over 10 companies in a variety of industries including energy, alternative energy, healthcare, information technologies and environmental. Mr. Cagan holds an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
If I had been properly diagnosed—and received early treatment—when a tick first bit me on my property in Portola Valley 2005, I would not have endured so many difficult years concerning my health. Navigating my way to the correct medical help took me years. And it was nearly too late. Though I have improved, the current treatment efforts have not been completely effective. I founded Bay Area Lyme Foundation with my friends because I am determined to find a cure for Lyme Disease and prevent others from needlessly suffering.
Sherry Cagan takes an active role as a founder, serving on the Advisory Board. She is Event Chair for Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s “LymeAid," a celebrity benefit dinner concert that she conceived and organized. Sherry brings the drive and creativity as a world champion equestrian and an internationally renowned artist to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. She has competed professionally showing cutting horses on a national level for more than 20 years and her life-size bronze sculptures are featured at Stanford University and the Town Center in Portola Valley, CA. As a community leader and patient advocate, Sherry is dedicated to preventing others and their families from experiencing the devastation of a disease that nearly took her life. Read about Sherry's personal Lyme disease story here.
I helped found the Bay Area Lyme Foundation after seeing some of my friends suffer from late-stage Lyme disease: they had been misdiagnosed and not given proper treatment for years. Lyme is a disease that with education and early medical treatment can be prevented or cured, but right now there is no known cure for late-stage Lyme. Our goal is to make Lyme easy to diagnose and simple to cure.
Gayle Collat brings an entrepreneurial spirit, marketing savvy and experience in developing health promotion and educational programs to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. As the Founder and CEO of Corporate Muscle, a worksite health promotion company, Gayle designed and staffed corporate wellness programs throughout the US and a corporate office in Cork, Ireland for a variety of large corporate clients including EMC, Lotus Development, Sun Life Insurance, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her marketing background also includes work on promotional and media campaigns for Westinghouse and International Medical Centers as well as an award-winning ad for the French car company Citroen featuring Grace Jones. She began her career at Greene County Mental Health Center in New York working as a family therapist. During that time she also founded the Early Childhood Learning Center, a school that trained parents and teachers of handicapped children in infant stimulation techniques. Ms. Collat holds a BA in Psychology at the Western Michigan University, with a focus in Behavioral Science.
Tick-borne diseases are easy to contract from a tiny tick the size of a poppy seed, yet the diseases are disproportionately difficult to diagnose and cure. It is critical to bring together scientists, health providers, policy makers, and the public in collaboration towards the goal of improving diagnostic tools and effective treatment options for those who suffer from tick-borne illnesses.
Lia Gaertner is a scientist, mother, and nutrition consultant who is passionate about cultivating better research and recognition for tick-borne illnesses. She has experienced, first hand, the obstacles to effective diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness. She was first bit by a Lyme-carrying tick in 1998 but was misdiagnosed until 2008. Lia is a principal at Halteres Associates, a bioscience consulting company, and she has over 20 years of international experience in scientific and field research, technical writing, teaching, and project management. She has also worked for several science and medical companies as consultant, project manager, content producer, and affiliate relations director. Ms. Gaertner earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with minors in Ethnobotany and Agroecology from U.C. Berkeley and her M.S. in Ethnobotany from Cornell University. She lives in the Bay Area with her Lyme-literate physician husband, Sunjya Schweig, MD, and their two children.
Our youngest son went four years with undiagnosed Lyme and then another four years recovering. Thankfully, he is in good shape now. My wife Susan and I crisscrossed the country looking for both a diagnosis and a cure. We are very familiar with how devastating the disease is and are excited to think that the Bay Area Lyme Foundation can make a difference.
Gib Myers was a general partner at Mayfield Fund, a venture capital partnership, from 1970 until his retirement in 1998. Prior to joining Mayfield, Gib worked for Hewlett-Packard for four years in computer systems. Gib is the founder of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a Bay Area non-profit with the mission of developing corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts to benefit the community. Gib is also Vice-Chairman of American Prairie Reserve, which has the mission of assembling the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states, an American Serengeti. Gib is a co-founder of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously, he was a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Board, on the President's Leadership Council of Dartmouth College, and a senior fellow and board member of the American Leadership Forum. Mr. Myers earned an A.B. degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College in 1964 and a M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1966. Gib and his wife, Susan Myers live in the San Francisco Bay Area, have two sons and a daughter and three grandchildren.
Our youngest son suffered with Lyme disease for eight years before getting well. I wish to work with others to make a difference in this devastating disease, so less people suffer from Lyme the way my son did. I am especially committed to supporting research that will create better diagnostic tools for Lyme disease.
Susan Myers serves on the board of the American Prairie Reserve, whose mission is to establish a 3 million acre wildlife reserve on the high plains of Montana. The reserve some day will rival the African Serengeti. She is also a member of Impact Partners, a social interest film fund that invests in documentary films that will have a social impact. Susan and her husband, Gib Myers, live in the San Francisco Bay Area, have two sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren.
In a state of deteriorating health for many years, I had no inkling of the cause until my son contracted an acute presentation of Lyme disease. Even with a known tick bite, it took months to find a doctor who ran the proper clinical tests to make his diagnosis. With that diagnosis and new knowledge, I discovered the cause of my own more chronic presentation of symptoms. The status of Lyme disease as an unspecified illness in the medical community is cause for alarm. I helped found Bay Area Lyme Foundation to find a cure and to remediate the lack of proper education around the issues of Lyme prevention, diagnosis and early treatment.
Kathleen O’Rourke brings a unique combination of marketing, science and design expertise to Bay Area Lyme Foundation along with the experience of growing and managing a small business. She is a member of the Science Committee. She has worked at Oracle Corporation in product marketing, developed a design consulting business serving the California Bay Area and founded Culinary Alchemy Inc., a gourmet food company located in Silicon Valley, CA. She also brings the dual perspective of a Lyme patient and a parent of a child with Lyme. Ms. O’Rourke holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.
It's simple: I want to help. Several of my family members and friends have suffered with Lyme. Working with Bay Area Lyme Foundation puts me on the front line in the search for an accurate diagnosis and the battle for a cure. I'm thrilled to take my executive experience and apply it to a worthwhile cause, and truly make a difference in someone's life.
As Executive Director, Linda brings an impressive array of expertise in sales, marketing and business development. Her experience includes executive management of technology startups as well as established market leaders. Linda was CEO of Transparency Software until 2009 when she sold it to an Israeli security company . Previously Linda was Vice-President Worldwide Operations at Versata. In that role, Linda was responsible for all customer facing activities including sales, marketing and consulting services. Early in her career, Linda held various marketing and sales roles at Oracle, building and managing successful sales teams during Oracle's explosive growth years from early 1986 through 1994. Leveraging her experience from Oracle, Linda developed marketing and sales organizations for a number of successful startup organizations, Most recently she ran her own executive consulting business, helping companies bring emerging technologies to market. In that capacity Linda was able to raise over $70M in venture funds for her companies. Ms. Giampa holds a BS in Computer Science from University of North Carolina.
Originally from the Northeast, I was very surprised to learn that Lyme Disease had made its way to the West Coast. As an avid outdoors enthusiast with far too frequent run-ins with ticks and with a family member who has suffered from repeated bouts of Lyme Disease, I am excited to support an organization committed to awareness, prevention, and a cure.
Lisa Arone brings diverse experience as a marketing and management consultant, business professional, and strategic advisor working with consumer and retail, nonprofit, and educational organizations. She has more than fifteen years experience in corporate strategy and marketing, working for companies like Banana Republic and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). She is the founder of LAB Consulting, supporting a portfolio of clients with change management, program development, organizational capacity, and operational marketing and communications. Ms. Arone also has experience in investment and corporate banking at Bankers Trust Company in NY and with MashreqBank psc, the largest commercial bank in the United Arab Emirates. She received an honors BA from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and a MA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
I treasure the opportunity to focus my work on a cause I care so much about. I have seen the effects of Lyme disease on several dear friends and I want to stop it. Supporting Bay Area Lyme Foundation is a perfect fit for me and a great opportunity to meld my profession with my goals for compassionate living.
Kate Misskelley plays a crucial role in managing and coordinating Special Events. Kate brings extensive experience as a consultant, director of finance, Estate Manager and a professional fundraiser serving a variety of small businesses, non-profits and high net worth individuals. She is the Founder of KMS Financial Systems where she continues to serve a variety of clients across the California Bay Area. Ms. Misskelley holds a diploma for Graphic Design from Watford Art College in England, and a diploma for Technical Design and Printing from Watford Technical College in England.