Mentors

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    Bryant Blount '08

    Bryant Blount ’08 is an Academic-Athletic Fellow, working with men’s and women’s basketball. As Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students, Bryant supports the undergraduate disciplinary system. He also serves as the office’s liaison to the Housing, Dining and Facilities departments, coordinating and accommodating special housing and dining needs of undergraduates. In collaboration with the housing office, he selects, trains and supervises the upperclass dormitory assistants. Dean Blount is also the liaison to the Prospect Street eating clubs and works closely with the undergraduate club officers and with the leadership of the graduate boards.

    Mentoring: Continual Reflection
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    Vijay Chakravarthy

    A designer of systems, processes and artifacts, Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA, applies design thinking as a strategy to envision and facilitate meaningful outcomes. The senior designer, researcher and strategist at Michael Graves Architecture and Design previously worked with manufacturers and design consultancies on projects encompassing process design, change management, brand research, design research and product design. His portfolio includes award-winning work in consumer product design, wearable technology, personal transportation, industrial safety, healthcare and furniture design. His approach is influenced strongly by having worked and studied in Australia, Italy, India and the United States. As the current chair of IDSA’s New York City and the former chair of  IDSA’s Western Pennsylvania Chapters, his community leadership portfolio includes planning and overseeing several successful events.

    Mentoring: Reimagining Spineboards
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    Brandon Chinn

    Brandon Chinn is a Director at Peer Insight, an innovation consulting firm that helps companies unite design and business to drive organic growth. With a background in the arts, startups, digital marketing, and healthcare, Brandon has led projects for ZocDoc, Prophet Consulting, and The Actors Theatre of Louisville. His past clients include Nike, Medtronic, AARP, Tenet Healthcare, Electrolux, and Halyard Health. He prides himself on his ability to help teams say, “Yes and,” and “Let’s try it!” Brandon holds an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and a BA in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship from Brown University. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/BChinn

    Mentoring: STEM Communication
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    Gregory Cousin

    Gregory Cousin is a French engineer at MyScript, within the department in charge of mobile applications to leverage our core recognition technology in different use cases. Especially responsible for Math, Music, Table, Diagram applications.

    Mentoring: STEM Communication
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    Rick Curtis '79

    Rick ’79 has been the director of the Outdoor Action Program at Princeton University for the past 35 years. He has had a pivotal role in outdoor education as the author of the best-selling Backpacker’s Field Manual and as the founder of the OutdoorEd.com Web site for outdoor education professionals. Rick received both a US and British patent as co-designer of a safety system for whitewater kayaks and is the founder of OE-Software, which develops software-as- as- service solutions for the outdoor industry.

    Mentoring: Reimagining Spineboards
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    Matthew de Courcy-Ireland

    Matthew de Courcy-Ireland grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He studied mathematics at McGill, and moved to Princeton, New Jersey in 2012 for even more math. He was an intern at Microsoft Research New England in summer 2014. Photo by C.J. Mozzochi

    Mentoring: STEM Communication
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    Jay L. Dominick

    Jay Dominick is Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at Princeton University. He is responsible for information technology infrastructure, administrative computing, academic and research computing and he oversees IT planning for the University. Prior to joining Princeton in 2012, he was CIO at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His career in Higher Ed IT began at Wake Forest University where he started as the Network Manager in 1992, becoming the University's first CIO in 1996. He has particular interests in regional high speed networking, mobile computing and electronic textbook systems. Dr. Dominick holds a Ph.D. in Information Science and a BS in Mathematical Sciences from UNC Chapel Hill, an MBA from Wake Forest University and an MA from Georgetown University.

    Mentoring: IT Innovation Ecosystem
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    Lisa Festa

    Lisa is a graphic designer, creative thinker, and visual explorer. In her world the exploration of materials and the computer screen go hand in hand. She is currently working as the Graphic Designer/Digital Media Strategist for Career Services at Princeton University. She firmly believes that design should ask questions, not give you all the answers!

    Mentoring: Continual Reflection
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    Matt Frawley

    Matt Frawley is a senior associate director of career services at Princeton University focusing on providing innovative educational programming to the university community. He also heads a small web development company that works primarily with several educational groups. After a two year stint on Wall St. after college working for an options trading firm, Matt spent too many years at grad school emerging 10yrs later with a couple of masters degrees and PhD. At least hiis dissertation on Soren Kierkegaard’s anthropology is a real page-turner. Prior to career services Matt was the director of student life at Mathey College, one of the residential colleges at Princeton University. Faculty and staff had a hard time taking him seriously given that he was usually dressed up in a toga as the Mathey Crier or wearing an Elvis wig as Barry Bingo. Matt is happy to reprise both these roles for anyone interested.

    Mentoring: Continual Reflection
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    Carol Golden

    Carol Golden is an attorney by training who has made community service her career. While raising her two sons, she has been committed to using her skills and energy to volunteer for several non-profit organizations in the Princeton area and to try to improve the lives of her neighbors. Carol is excited about and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as the Interim Chair of Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP), an organization that has been fighting homelessness by providing transitional housing to families in Princeton. Through her work with the Joint Consolidation Commission and the Affordable Housing Board of Princeton, Carol has learned about and understands the needs of those in our community who may need a helping hand to be able to thrive here.

    Mentoring: Affordable Housing
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    Marty Johnson

    Martin Johnson is Founder and CEO of Isles, Inc., an urban sustainable development organization that fosters self-reliance and healthy neighborhoods. Founded in 1981, Isles arose from a student-initiated seminar and thesis at Princeton University in 1981. Nationally recognized as a model for innovative and effective nonprofit development, Isles has received awards from the U.S. EPA, the White House, the United Nations, and numerous other organizations. Isles work includes community planning and green real estate development, wealth creation, environmental health, urban agriculture, education for under-served high school drop-outs and job training.

    Mr. Johnson co-founded other development organizations and projects, including: New Jersey Community Capital, Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, Building One New Jersey and the Success Measures Project, a national effort to develop impact measures for community-building work.

    Marty is a 1981 graduate and former trustee of Princeton University, where he played football and baseball. He came back to teach a course on Rethinking Poverty: Community Development Research and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1996. He is a trustee of the Capital Health System and National Housing Institute. Marty and his wife Liz raised three sons in Trenton, New Jersey. Marty is the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University's Engineering School for the 2015-17 academic years.

    Mentoring: Affordable Housing
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    Alec Jones '75

    Dr. Alexander Jones has practiced orthopedic surgery for over 25 years as a spine specialist. His medical career experiences include: Chief Resident of Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins, Lieutenant Commander of the Medical Corps in the U.S. Navy Reserves, director of the Spine Clinic and Services at the U.S. Naval Hospital (Oakland, California), and founding member of the Denver Spine Institute. Dr. Jones is Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery. He is a member of 9 medical societies, has over 60 medical publications and 3 US patents for Medical devices. He was the recipient of the Traveling Fellowship Award from the Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Jones earned an A.B. from Princeton University, and an M.D. from the University of Virginia. His internship and residencies in general and orthopedic surgery were completed at Johns Hopkins hospital. His spine surgery fellowship was at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. 

    Mentoring: Reimagining Spineboards
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    David Kinsey

    David N. Kinsey, FAICP, *71*75, is a a Princeton-based planning consultant specializing in affordable housing planning. His most significant current project is developing and litigating the fair share housing methodology to define the state constitutional housing obligations of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities, in collaboration with Fair Share Housing Center, the nonprofit advocate and defender of New Jersey’s Mount Laurel doctrine on affordable housing. A Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs since 1998, Kinsey teaches planning theory and practice, affordable housing, land use policy and planning, and diverse policy workshops at the Woodrow Wilson School.

    Mentoring: Affordable Housing
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    Bon Ku

    Bon Ku, MD, MPP is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and an Associate Dean at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Bon founded and directs JeffDESIGN, a program that teaches medical students to solve healthcare challenges using design thinking. The first ever design program in a medical school empowers future doctors to redesign healthcare services, physical spaces and medical devices. Bon received his B.A. in Classical Studies from Penn, M.D. from Penn State College of Medicine, and M.P.P. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He completed an emergency medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital where he was a chief resident and a fellowship in point- of-care ultrasound at Penn.

    Mentoring: Reimagining Spineboards
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    Jake Levy

    Jake is a 2016 MBA Graduate of the Darden School of Business. Before business school, he was a Teach For America Corps Member in Kansas City, Missouri where he taught 4th grade, and earned his M.Ed from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has worked on multiple Design Thinking Projects, including a project to help the Darden CDC target and assist struggling First Year students. Jake is an avid volleyball player and obsessive Game of Thrones fan. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his girlfriend and their pet hermit crab, Mr. Krabs.

    Mentoring: Continual Reflection
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    Anne-Marie Maman '84

    Anne-Marie is the Executive Director of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. Formerly, she was a Senior Executive and Business Leader with US and International success in developing business strategies and roadmaps for achieving immediate and long-term objectives in M&A, startup, growth, and Fortune 500 arenas. Leverages valuable blend of business acumen, finance expertise and technical knowledge to lead product development from concept to commercialization. 

    SELECTED LEADERSHIP CONTRIBUTIONS
    • Founded 3 startup companies, each with innovative, leading-edge technology; secured funding, licensed IP, led all aspects of the businesses, and negotiated acquisition of 1 company for nearly $10 million within 3 years of formation.
    • Launched J&J Interventional Systems’ stenting products in European market; achieved 88% share for coronary stents and 57% share for peripheral stents, representing 70% of global JJIS business prior to US FDA product clearance.
    • Key role in product development and strategic planning which helped to position US Surgical for profitable sale to Tyco.
    • Instrumental in raising VC funding in excess of $5 million.

    Mentoring: Reimagining Spineboards
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    Robin Mélinand

    Robin spent his entire career designing software for mobile devices. Using powerful processing layers, his pride is to set the highest level of user expectations. He has been sharing his vision and managing development teams for more than 10 years, both in France and in China. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Telecom ParisTech (France).

    Mentoring: STEM Communication
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    Christy Peacock

    Anna Christy Peacock – Christy’s career path has included real estate, (as a REALTOR, she received GRI national accreditation); and tax assessing, (after obtaining the NJ Certified Tax Assessor designation, she was appointed as an Assistant Tax Assessor in Princeton Township). For the past 18 years, she has been Princeton’s Affordable Housing Coordinator, first in the Township, and now in consolidated Princeton. She currently serves as the Administrative Agent for the municipal program, and as Municipal Housing Liaison and Fair Housing Officer for Princeton.

    She was also a founding member and a Director on the board of the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey. In that capacity, she served as Education Committee Co-chair, and assisted Rutgers Center for Government Services and AHPNJ in course development curriculum that is the basis for statewide accreditation of affordable housing professionals.

    Christy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus on Interior Design.

    Mentoring: Affordable Housing
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    Sheila Pontis

    Sheila Pontis is a partner at Sense Information Design LLC, a New York-area design consultancy that helps bring focus and clarity to any situation. She is also lecturer at Princeton University teaching creativity, innovation and design (EGR 200 - formerly EGR 392), and honorary research associate at University College London (UK). She began her career in design practice, but gradually developed an interest for the conceptual side of the problem-solving process, pursuing academic research on sensemaking and understanding people’s behaviors and interactions with information. For over 15 years, she has been teaching and facilitating workshops on information design, design research and ethnography, and design thinking in Argentina, Spain and the UK. She has produced work for diverse industries and organizations in the United States, South America and Europe including Pfizer, TfL, Elsevier, Unilever and NHS. She received her BA in Graphic Design from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), her PGDip in Editorial Techniques and MPhil in Diagramming from University of Barcelona (Spain), and her PhD in Information Design from University of the Arts London (UK). Since 2014, she is a Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK.

    Mentoring: Affordable Housing
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    Maxim Zaslavsky '16

    Maxim is a senior at Princeton University, where he studies computer science and its applications to biology and healthcare. As a student, he launched an app that is now used by 60% of the campus population; he now advises a Keller Center task force to strengthen student development on campus. He previously worked closely with the Keller Center to organize the 2014 Princeton Silicon Valley TigerTrek, a student-run trip that brings 20 Princeton students to the Bay Area for a week of intimate, off-the-record Q&A with entrepreneurs and investors including Ron Conway, Jack Dorsey, John Doerr, Keith Rabois, Meg Whitman, and Sal Khan. Outside his studies and research at Princeton, he has worked as a data scientist and engineer at Mount Sinai's medical school, at The New York Times, and at Nest/Google. 

    Mentoring: IT Innovation Ecosystem