External Board of Directors
Karen Trumbull English, ARM, CPCU
As a Partner and Senior Consultant with Spring Consulting Group, LLC, Karen English has over 20 years of experience in the property/casualty, and health and welfare arenas, with an emphasis on product development, risk financing, process improvement and program implementation. She provides strategic direction, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and subject matter expertise for workers' compensation, disability, life insurance, absence management, health and productivity management, and captive or other alternative risk financing programs. Karen's work with employers, insurers, and technology firms includes designing, negotiating and implementing effective products and programs.
Prior to joining Spring Consulting Group, Karen was a senior consultant with Watson Wyatt Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. and Watson Wyatt Company. She has also led the regional risk & insurance practice for a small consulting firm, held the role of Assistant Risk Manager for one of the nation's largest banks, and was a casualty broker for two of the world's largest insurance brokers.
Karen has her BBA in Risk Management and Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. She also earned the designations of CPCU and ARM, is an active member of DMEC, CPCU, NEEBC, ISCBES and SHRM, and regularly speaks on the topic of integrated disability, absence and health management.
As CEO of Speck Design, Elisa Jagerson directs corporate strategy and operations to successfully realize the firm's vision of service. Throughout her career, Elisa has been recognized for cultivating value at companies, increasing their scale and profitability without compromising company integrity, culture, or customer orientation. Prior to joining Speck Design, Elisa founded and successfully managed Bay Laurel Capital equity group. As managing director, she maintained a significant operational role in each of the portfolio companies. Elisa additionally founded PartsRiver-Saqqara, the leading data quality management company for the industrial supply chain. Under her leadership, the company pioneered intelligent data management and established PartsRiver-Saqqara as the leading DQM provider in the industry. During her prior tenure with international private equity funds ZPF and Zephyr Management, Elisa managed successful investments into manufacturing and service firms, frequently serving as interim CEO of portfolio companies.
Elisa's passions are many and trend most toward social change and international policy. In addition to her appointment to the PartsRiver board of directors, Elisa serves on the board of Astia women's entrepreneurship organization, the American Foundation for the Blind, and Remedy Interactive. When not at work she can be found with her family, riding the waves, or hitting the Bay Area's mountain bike trails.
Elisa graduated with honors from Princeton University during which time she was a national champion rower. Elisa earned her MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
George Carpenter is a results-oriented executive with a passion for leading high growth and turnaround companies. As Chief Executive Officer of CNS Response, Inc., George is leading the commercialization of the company's patented Referenced-EEG technology. Before joining CNS Response Inc., George ran WorkWell Systems Inc., an international physical medicine firm and 2004 winner of the ABL Innovation in Healthcare Award. From 1990 to 2002, George served as Chairman and CEO of CORE, Inc., (Nasdaq: CORE) after leading the management buyout of this division of Baxter Healthcare. A finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year program, Carpenter led CORE to a record of clinical software innovation and business development that, in the words of one Wall Street analyst, "created an industry". CORE was acquired in 2001 by Assurant Inc. George was a Vice President of Operations with Baxter Healthcare before founding CORE.
His career began at Inland Steel in manufacturing process control and Sales. Serving on various biomedical advisory and fiduciary boards, he is a frequent speaker and writer on healthcare technology and financing issues. His book "The Shape of Things" (LRP Publications, 2006) focused on the neurochemistry of obesity and its impact on the American workforce. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BA with Distinction in International Policy & Law from Dartmouth College.
Adam Epstein shares his unique insight into technology, entrepreneurship, and corporate finance with Remedy Interactive, which he has gained through years of experience in the software and retail industries.
Epstein was a Co-Founder and Principal of Enable Capital Management, LLC, a San Francisco-based investment firm providing financing to publicly-traded growth companies, where he presided over software and renewable energy investing. Prior to co-founding Enable, he was Non-Executive Chairman of Surge Components, Inc. Surge Components acquired MailEncrypt, Inc., a Los Angeles-based SaaS provider of encrypted email services, where Epstein was MailEncrypt's then President and CEO. Prior to his leadership tenure at MailEncrypt, Epstein served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Tickets.com, Inc., an entertainment ticketing company based in Costa Mesa, CA, where he was one of the first ten employees.
Outside of the technology realm, Epstein was a Co-founder and Director of Achilles' Wheels, Inc., an operator of in-line skate/snowboard/hockey retail locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He started his career as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, after having been a law clerk at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Epstein has appeared on national networks including CNN and ABC News, lectured and written extensively about law, entrepreneurship, corporate finance, technology and renewable energy, and in November 1999 was featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal.
Epstein received his BA, cum laude, from Vassar College, and received a JD from Boston University. Outside of work, he is an avid climber, skier, and mountain biker, and he plays the drums.
David M. Harris, MCR
David Harris has over 30 years experience in corporate growth strategies for large domestic and global companies, which informs his advisory role at Remedy Interactive. His specialties include workplace management, functional team building, infrastructure solution development for evolving work practices, and environmental health and safety.
Harris recently served as Sun Microsystems' Senior Vice President of Work Environments where he drove the creation and implementation of enterprise initiatives benefiting Real Estate, Facilities Management, Environmental Health & Safety, Global Lab and Data Center Design Services, and Open Work Services for Sun worldwide. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Global Business Services (GBS) and responsible for the effective management of the procurement spend and development of Go-To-Market opportunities with suppliers, partners and customers. The GBS organization acts as a catalyst for the developing and implementing models that increase workforce flexibility and scalability by leveraging the best talent and skills available worldwide.
Prior to Global Business Services, Harris was Sun's Senior Vice President of Workplace Resources, responsible for the management of the company's $3 billion global real estate portfolio. He successfully architected the Workplace Resources organization to deliver significant contributions to Sun's performance through the development and implementation of innovative workplace strategies. Under his leadership, the Workplace Resources organization completed a number of key cost reduction initiatives, and positioned Sun as a thought leader in the corporate real estate community. Harris joined Sun in 2000 as Senior Director of the WR Advanced Planning Group. Prior to joining Sun, he held senior real estate management roles at Ameritech and Pepsi-Cola.
Harris has received numerous professional awards and frequently speaks on innovative work solutions at industry conferences. He serves as a Board Member for TechAmerica, the Executive Leadership Council, and Sun Microsystems Foundation. Harris earned an M.S. in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University, and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University.
Marty Rosenthal's passion is leading and serving project and leadership teams to deliver major change. Prior to being part of Authentic Connections, he spent 22 years as a management consultant and program manager at Deloitte Consulting and Interaction Associates, and 6 years consulting inside at Intuit. He enjoys helping organizations implement their strategic plans in ways that engage leaders and employees, so that they deliver great results that stick.
Rosenthal brings organization development depth and program management rigor to his work. Organization development depth helps him assess the systemic dynamics, engage people in focusing on the key leverage points, and coach individuals and teams to help them play from their strengths, working through barriers to success. Program management rigor ensures that the decisions made are grounded in realistic plans with measurable milestones and deliverables, clear accountability and follow-through.
Rosenthal received his B.S. from Brown University and MBA from University of California, Berkeley. When not working, you will find him traveling and backpacking.
Cheryl Traverse brings a unique set of knowledge to her counsel of Remedy Interactive, based on years of business strategy and start-up experience. Most recently, Traverse held the position of President and CEO at Xceedium, a provider of entitlement management solutions. During her four years with Xceedium, she secured institutional funding for the company, pioneered the development of its strategic direction, produced its "first to market" product portfolio, and delivered exceptional revenue growth in both the government and large enterprise markets.
Over the past 12 years, Traverse has funded, set the strategic direction for, delivered market leading products from, built revenue traction for and sold five other venture funded technology startups. Prior to her start-up successes, Traverse succeeded in large corporate start-up and turnaround situations which included building a $600 million direct marketing business for Sprint (with an organization of over 800 people), growing a $60 million revenue stream to $120 million for MCI and building a $25 million direct marketing business for Gupta Corporation.
Traverse had her first start-up experience in Warner Amex Cable where she was part of a small launch team that developed the first advertising sales business in local cable systems. She then moved internally to direct acquisitions and worked as a Director of Marketing and then Sales Manager for an 80 person direct selling team in a major market. This team sold targeting packages door-to-door leveraging Warner Amex's QUBE, a pioneering interactive cable technology that presented the first pay-per-view programs, special-interest cable television networks, and interactive services.
Traverse's exceptional leadership has been recognized with numerous awards, including the TrailBlazer Award in 2002 and 2006 and the LodeStar Award in 2003 from the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. In addition, she sits on the advisory boards for multiple organizations.
Traverse holds a BA from Wilkes University and earned an MS from Hofstra University. She is currently involved with the Women's Technology Cluster, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Women in Defense.