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BRAD PERKINS, MD

Dr. Brad Perkins helped to envision the Peake Fellowship’s platform and pilot efforts in community healthcare innovation when he was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Innovation Officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Karius, a leader in liquid biopsy for infectious diseases. Previously, Brad had served as co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at The Commons Project Foundation, Chief Medical Officer with genetics pioneer Dr. Craig Venter at Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), and Executive Vice President for Strategy and Innovation and Chief Transformation Officer at Vanguard Health Systems, a multi-state, for-profit, integrated health services provider with nearly 46,000 employees.

Before entering the private sector, Brad served two decades in the U.S. Public Health Service and the CDC where he led the Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch and investigated global bacterial disease epidemics. He co-discovered the bacteria that causes Cat Scratch diseases and conducted research leading to development of several new bacterial meningitis and pneumonia vaccines, which became global standards for vaccine therapy. In 2001, Brad led the field and laboratory investigations into U.S. anthrax attacks and helped build the nation’s emergency response capability. He also led CDC efforts to improve population health for specific demographic groups. Brad earned a BA in Microbiology and an M.D from University of Missouri. He did his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and earned an MBA from Emory University.

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DEAN JOHNSON

Dean brings to Venly his in-depth experience on critical infrastructure for high-security & operational mission systems. Dean began his career as an engineering co-op student working for the U.S. Department of Defense. After engineering positions with Boeing and Booz Allen Hamilton, Dean founded Entegra Systems, a technical and mission services company. As Entegra CEO, Dean sought to create the kind of company that he would want to work for — one with an open door policy; that embraced diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and technical disciplines; that offered great benefits and work environment; and that addressed vitally important and meaningful work. Entegra became known for those traits under Dean’s leadership. In 2021, the firm was acquired by Acclaim Technical Services.

Dean earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Telecommunications, from Johns Hopkins University. Dean’s experience building high-impact service organizations reinforces the growth of each community partner.

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Michael Wertheimer, PHD

Dr. Michael Wertheimer serves as the Cybersecure Collaboration Lead for Venly & its Peake Fellowship Development Team based on his career at the forefront of managing risk and national security. Dr. Wertheimer served as Managing Director of Cyber Security Strategy at Morgan Stanley and led all facets of the firm’s technology and information risk strategic portfolio. He was the chief architect of the firm’s defense-in-depth network architecture and led a small team of world-class cyber professionals responsible for threat hunting and adversarial pursuit.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Wertheimer shares Venly’s and the Peake Fellowship’s passion for helping local businesses grow, create jobs, and strengthen each community served. His unique background helps community ecosystems by geography, industry, and demographics develop distributed strategies for the collective cyber defense of their members. In addition to his role at Venly, Dr. Wertheimer serves as Vice Chair of Professional Services at BlueVoyant, co-founded by the former Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley as a provider of cloud cybersecurity services to global and local enterprises worldwide.

Before Morgan Stanley, Dr. Wertheimer served 26 years as a National Security Agency cryptologist, senior technical leader, and senior executive leader. As NSA Director of Research, he contributed to breakthroughs in mathematics, engineering, and computer science. In this role, he led over 500 civilian scientists in the advancement of cryptology, cybersecurity, trusted systems, big data processing, threat analysis, and high-performance computing.

Dr. Wertheimer was an inaugural member of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He served as ODNI Assistant Deputy Director for Analysis and Chief Technology Officer, overseeing Intelligence Community efforts to bring increased depth and accuracy to analysis. He launched A-Space, a Time Magazine Best Invention of 2008, and the Library of National Intelligence.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wertheimer has pioneered applied learning initiatives and he served as a Professor of Practice in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Wertheimer is the recipient of many awards for public service, including a Presidential Rank Award, the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Director’s Distinguished Medal. He received a BA Magna cum Laude in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Rochester and his MA and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied on an NSA graduate fellowship.

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ROBERT KEITH, JR.

As a longtime internet venture capital innovator, Bob served as an early advisor and funder of Benchmarking Partners which spawned Venly. He currently chairs the investment committee for Spring Point Partners, the social impact fund for one of the nation’s oldest family offices.

After a successful career in banking, Bob held a range of executive roles for pioneering venture funds: Co-founder and CEO of TL (Technology Leaders) Ventures, which managed $1.5 billion in capital; Chair of The Reinvestment Fund, a $400 million not-for-profit community investor which focuses on rehabilitating neighborhoods, real estate, charter school lending, and renewable energy; and Chair of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, a leading social impact funder of seed-stage investments.

Bob served as a board member of the National Venture Association and has been recognized with the Visionary Award of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NIFTY). He is a graduate of Amherst College and Temple University School of Law.

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SARAH HANCOCK

Sarah Hancock brings to Venly an understanding of powerful user experience from her own work in IT and entertainment. She began her career as a programmer at IBM before becoming an arts innovator on the board of multiple theater companies including the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). With Sarah’s support, A.R.T. brought three successful productions to Broadway: Pippin, Porgy and Bess, and All the Way. Sarah holds a BS in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University.

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VANI KOLA

Vani Kola began her career training as an engineer then as the founder of Silicon Valley eProcurement software vendor, RightWorks. She went on to sell RightWorks for $700 million dollars before going back to India and pioneering the venture capital industry there. Her connection to Venly goes back to her time as a RightWorks client for go-to-market services offered by Benchmarking Partners, the company that formed Venly.

In addition to Vani’s prominence as a global business leader, she has been a champion of local businesses in the U.S., India, and worldwide. In that spirit, she helps guide Venly’s strategy of helping small & local businesses be global successes at home and abroad.

Vani holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

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ROBERT S. KAPLAN, HBS PROFESSOR EMERITUS AND FORMER DEAN OF CMU TEPPER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Industry pioneer, Professor Robert Kaplan, co-developed the Balanced Scorecard and Activity-Based Costing measurement and management systems that helped inspire the Venly Local Service Learning Platform for Community Commerce growth and innovation.

Professor Kaplan guides Venly’s support of small & local businesses, helping them to grow and strengthen their communities. In his ongoing Harvard Business School (HBS) role, he co-leads two major national and international efforts. He and fellow HBS Professor Michael Porter are guiding the restructuring of healthcare delivery in the U.S. and globally in order to deliver markedly improved patient outcomes at significantly lower total cost. Professor Kaplan’s contribution to this effort includes the introduction of Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing and Value-based Bundled Payments to the sector. His other work stream helps corporations and foundations introduce Inclusive Growth strategies that connect residents of low-income regions to global supply chains for their products, services, and talent. This progress is accomplished through for-profit regional ecosystems that improve community-wide social and economic conditions.

Although best known for his industry impact, Professor Kaplan’s academic record includes 14 authored or co-authored books and 200 papers including more than two dozen in the Harvard Business Review. His book, The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action, has been translated into 24 languages.

Professor Kaplan has received multiple honorary doctorates after earning his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University. In 2006, he was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame for contributions that “…revitalized the role of accounting in business management and strategic planning.”

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Harvard Business School Dean Emeritus John McArthur

Known for his quiet but effective leadership style, Dean McArthur served as founding Co-Chair of Partners HealthCare System that brought together two leading Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals: Brigham and Women’s Hospital which John chaired and Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners grew to become the largest private employer in Massachusetts.

In addition to his decades of service to the Harvard Business School (HBS), Dean McArthur also served as Senior Adviser to the President of The World Bank and as Chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Other organizations where he served as a director or senior advisor included Benchmarking Partners, Chase Manhattan Corporation, Duke University Health System, GlaxoSmithKline, Partners In Health, and Thomson Reuters Founders Share. In recognition of his service, HBS established the John and Natty McArthur University Professorship and dedicated McArthur Hall; Brigham and Women’s Hospital established the John H. McArthur Fellowships in Medicine and Management; and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada created the John H. McArthur Distinguished Fellowship.

With one of his mentors, John C. Whitehead, Dean McArthur co-founded the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative which has become a role model for similar programs Imageat business schools around the world. In turn, John Whitehead and John McArthur worked together to develop the Venly team and the program that would go on to become the Mary S. Peake Fellowship. Dean McArthur drew particular inspiration for Venly’s applied learning methodology from how John Whitehead led Goldman Sachs after serving at D-Day and receiving a GI Bill scholarship to HBS.

Dean McArthur helped define field-based education systems at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and then at other universities worldwide. Even into the final few weeks of his life, John traveled back and forth to Istanbul as part of efforts to strengthen university programs in Turkey.

Along with all his other accomplishments, Dean McArthur was legendary in part because, at the time of his passing in 2019, HBS had existed for 111 years and John had been there for 62 of them. He might never have gone to university, but the owner of the Western Canada sawmill where John worked in high school heard that John was staying on at the mill instead of going to college. The mill owner encouraged John by telling him that the larger community needed the contributions that would come out of his education and offered to pay for his schooling.

For all Dean McArthur’s global experience, John often cited that high school job at his hometown sawmill as the pivotal opportunity of his career. A native of Western Canada, John earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, his Doctorate from the Harvard Business School, and a number of honorary doctorates.

Dean McArthur shaped the pilot program for the Peake Fellowship and Venly’s mission to help local businesses grow, create jobs, and strengthen each community served. He found meaning through community commerce innovations by inventing with people he loved. The feeling was definitely mutual, and John’s culture-setting role makes a difference every day.

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Jameson Williams

Jameson joined Venly in May of 2018 after graduating from Bard College with a BS in Biology. Jameson brings a range of research and data science skills to help local businesses connect and grow. With a background in information synthesis, ecosystems, and computer programming, Jameson’s experience ranges from analytics at Athenahealth to developing computational models on behaviors in nature. Coming from a family that encouraged support for small businesses, Jameson continues to be dedicated to using his technical capabilities to promote local economies. Specifically, Jameson wants the Venly software tools he builds to make it easier for local businesses to innovate more personalized services and products in their communities.

In addition to his undergraduate degree, Jameson spent two seasons training at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Baja, Mexico and the Grand Tetons. Jameson also continues to study, perform, compose, and record for the cello, upright & electric bass, and guitar.

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Perry Cohen

Perry brings to Venly experience at the intersection of supply chain management and applied learning and teaching. Perry spent ten years in a range of field management roles for C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest grocery wholesaler in the United States. C&S has been recognized internationally for its innovation with employees and its support for independent supermarkets and grocers. With over 90 years in the supply chain industry, C&S delivers over 140,000 different products from more than 50 high-tech warehouses. All together C&S supports over 14,000 grocers including many of the nation’s largest supermarket chains as well as independent stores. Perry’s roles at C&S included Director of Community Relations, Vice President of Regional Operations, and Vice President of Leadership Development and Education. Perry continues to serve as a C&S board member, and has been in that role for over a decade.

In 2014, Perry founded Venture Out, an applied learning and teaching organization that runs backpacking and ski trips for the LGBTQ community. Venture Out brings Perry’s educational skills in professional and personal discovery from supply chain to the outdoors. The organization puts special attention on access for participants who might otherwise not yet have the skills, funds, equipment, or transportation to join a trip. In 2018, the Sierra Club’s national magazine highlighted Venture Out’s success as a national role model for diversity and inclusion. For Venly, Venture Out’s strength in skill building provides a role model for how local businesses and organizations could use their community connection campaigns for growth to better respond and recover during natural emergencies.

Perry is a certified wilderness first responder. He also served as a Division I and Division III college soccer coach. Perry holds a BA in Fine Arts and a Masters in Education for Leadership Development from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico.

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