Marina Technology Cluster: Board & Advisory Committee

Board & Advisory Committee


The fiduciary board for the Marina Technology Cluster is the Marina City Council, as the incubator is an economic development project of the City of Marina's economic development program. As such the board is made up of:

  • Mayor Bruce Delgado
  • Mayor Pro Tem Dave McCall
  • Council Member Ken Gray
  • Council Member Frank O'Connell
  • Council Member Jim Ford

Advisory Committee

The incubator's advisory committee meets quarterly and advises both incubator staff and clients on operational issues, including programs. Many members of the committee also deliver training to clients in workshop or Brown-Bag-Lunch Seminar format. We are grateful for the time spent and the shared knowledge and wisdom of the following advisory committee members:

Brad Barbeau

Professor, CSUMB School of Business
& Member, Central Coast Investor's Roundtable

Brad Barbeau's career has spanned a wide variety of activities, including being a faculty member at a top business school, a company executive, founder of several businesses, and consultant. His forte is the development of innovative financial and strategic business models and building organizations to effectively execute those models. He is currently on the faculty of the School of Business at CSU Monterey Bay where he teaches courses in economics, marketing strategy, and entrepreneurship.

Brad's consulting practice includes business model development, strategic planning processes, and organization development. In 2000, Brad founded and ran The Monterey Beverage Company, which became a regional distributor of over 50 brands of beer and soft drinks in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties in California. Prior to Monterey Beverage, Brad was a founding partner in Global Natural Brands, Ltd. Global was formed to undertake investments, acquisitions and mergers in the food and beverage industry, focusing on small-to-medium sized natural and organic manufacturers. During this time he also served as Vice President of Marketing for Organic Food Products, Inc. of Morgan Hill, California.

During his earlier academic career, Brad was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business for twelve years and director of the school's Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Laboratory. Brad holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. He also received his MBA and a master's degree in economics from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. in economics and history from Michigan State University.

Brad is a founding member of the Central Coast Investor's Roundtable in Monterey County, California, and a member of the Monterey Rotary.

Jim Bellingham

Chief Technologist, MBARI

As Chief Technologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Dr. Bellingham identifies technical and engineering opportunities for the ocean sciences aligned with MBARI's strategic plan. Prior to serving as Chief Technologist, Jim was Director of Engineering at MBARI from 1999 to 2006, during which time he was responsible for transforming MBARI's Engineering Department to its present leadership position in the development of seafloor observatories. Other professional activity of Dr. Bellingham includes founding and running the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Laboratory at MIT from 1988 to 2000. In 1997, Dr. Bellingham co-founded Bluefin Robotics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Jim is presently a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for Battelle Memorial Corporation's National Security Division, a 3000 person enterprise, which purchased Bluefin in 2005.

Dr. Bellingham's research program focuses on the development and application of distributed teams of mobile robotic vehicles for observing the ocean. His goal is to greatly improve the ability to observe and predict the physical, chemical and biological ocean. Jim's early work on ocean observing systems was as the lead for the multi-institutional Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network (AOSN) program. AOSN, funded by the Office of Naval Research, created a range of AUV and glider technology now widely used by the ocean science community. Today Jim is developing a new generation observation systems tailored to the observation of chemical and biological processes in the coastal and open ocean.

Erik Cushman

Publisher, Monterey County Weekly

Erik Cushman's kids love him. As for the rest of the world, the jury is still out. Cushman imagines that his kids see him as a renaissance newspaper executive. His first newspaper job was with the Washington Post in 1973--he was the paperboy on the Bethesda route.

Today he's publisher at Monterey County Coast Weekly, the largest circulation newspaper in one of the nicest places on the planet. In between those two gigs he was a founding partner in the first alternative weekly in Montana -- the Missoula Independent -- in 1990. Cushman sold that paper in 1996, was promptly fired by the new owner, moved to Colorado to work as General Manager at Colorado Springs Independent and then made his way to California in 1999.

In previous lives Cushman worked as a rock 'n' roll promoter and commercial fisherman, he has had work published in Rolling Stone and Worth magazines, he holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Montana. These days in addition to pitching ad contracts and criticizing the editorial staff he's also become, somewhat to his chagrin, an authority on boring stuff like workplace law and employee benefits. He and his wife Kristin and two young daughters live in Pacific Grove.

Chuck Fishel

Dr. Charles Fishel
Chairman, the Hoffman Row Group, Inc.
CEO, Abundant Biofuels Corporation

Dr. Fishel is CEO of Abundant Biofuels Corporation, an integrated producer of biodiesel throughout the Western Hemisphere ( Until recently, he was founding CEO of Gold Star Biodiesel Ltd. in West Africa. He serves on the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausaane Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (Environmental Impacts Working Group and Social Impacts Working Group).

Chuck remains Chairman of the Hoffman Row Group, Inc. ( and serves as a director on the boards of several public and private for-profit companies, and the Brownfields Foundation, Inc. ( Recent consulting involved strategic business planning, corporate finance, acquisitions and merger, international technology transfer, and restoration / development of contaminated "brownfield" properties.

Dr. Fishel has held senior management, finance, and legal roles with FORTUNE 100 multinational (Intel, Teledyne, Carnation Company, Peter Kiewit Sons' and Williams Companies) and start-up companies. His industry experience includes "high tech" (electronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology), insurance, construction, mining, publishing, broadcasting, food processing, energy, manufacturing, public utility, and consulting about technology evaluation and commercialization.

As a consultant, Chuck worked with hundreds of small, emerging companies. Representative clients have included high-tech companies (e.g., computer hardware / software, robotics, Internet, printed circuit boards, microwave, equipment manufacturing, etc.), retailing, health care, banking, as well as development agencies and not-for-profit organizations (e.g., United Nations Development Programme, Bank Pembangunan Malaysia, and the Northern California Manufacturing Technology Center).

As Dr. Fishel, Chuck is a Lecturer at San Jose State University, Distinguished Executive Lecturer at California State University, Monterey Bay (student-nominated Great Lecturer for 2003/2004), and Visiting Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. Previously he was Director of the Center for International Business Planning and Senior Lecturer in Global Business Strategy and Industrial Competition at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Other teaching experience has included Santa Clara University, and the University of California, Berkeley. His teaching emphases are global business strategy, entrepreneurship, global dimensions of business, international industrial competition, technology transfer, technology management, and law. He is the author of Global Business Strategies (CyclopsMedia: 2004) and is working on a text on entrepreneurship.

When he left Intel in 1980, Dr. Fishel worked with universities and community organizations in the United States and overseas to develop innovation centers ("business incubators") to enable commercialization of laboratory-developed technology. Genexus developed innovation centers in cooperation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and at universities in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York.

In 1986, Chuck became Executive Director of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute (Massachusetts' Center of Excellence in Biotechnology) where he planned for and initiated development of the Commonwealth Bioventures, the first biotech-focused innovation center/venture capital fund.

Dr. Fishel has been recognized by Marquis' Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Academic Keys' Who's Who in Business Higher Education.

Chris Hasegawa, CSUMB

Dr. Chris Hasegawa, Vice President
Dean, Extended Education & International Programs
California State University, Monterey Bay

Chris Hasegawa is the Dean of Extended Education and International Programs at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). A CSUMB Founding Faculty member, Chris has served as the Department Chair for the Teacher Education, Technology and Science Departments. Prior to arriving at CSUMB, Chris taught in the School of Education at CSU Sacramento and the Division of Teacher Education at the University of Oregon , where he received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1989. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Hasegawa taught and served as an administrator at public schools in California, Oregon and Arizona.

Virginia E. Howard

Counsel, Walker & Reed, LLP.

Walker & Reed LLP

Virginia E. Howard is Of counsel to Walker & Reed LLP. Virginia practices in the areas of corporate law (both for profit and nonprofit), partnership and limited liability company law, securities law, venture capital finance, mergers and acquisitions and business and real estate transactions.

Virginia graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Economics and English in 1981. She attended New York University's School of Law, receiving her J.D. in 1986.

Virginia was admitted to the California Bar and the District of Columbia Bar in 1987. She was a faculty member of the Monterey College of Law from 1995 to 2000, where she taught Business Organizations and an elective entitled Start-Up Companies.

In 2001, Virginia served as Vice President and General Counsel to Vega Vista, Inc., a technology company in Silicon Valley. She has practiced law in Monterey since 1995. Prior to moving to the Monterey area, Virginia specialized in the representation of start-up companies in the Sacramento office of Graham & James and practiced business and real estate law with the firm of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego, California.

Virginia is a member of Monterey County and Santa Cruz County Bar Associations and on the Advisory Board of the Marina Technology Cluster.

Born in New York, New York, on July 19, 1960, Virginia grew up in Brooklyn Heights and attended the United Nations International School. Virginia now resides in Aptos.

Ted Lewis

Director, Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Naval Postgraduate School

Ted Lewis is currently executive director or the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has held various other positions in academia and industry: Senior Vice President of Eastman Kodak, CEO of Daimlerchrysler Research & Technology North America, Chair of Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School, Research Director of the Oregon Advanced Computing Institute, and Professor of Computer Science Oregon State Univeristy. He has served various positions in the IEEE Computer Society including Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer magazine, IEEE Software magazine, and member of the Board of Director, IEEE Computer Society. Lewis has published over 100 papers in technical journals, and written over 30 books spanning the past 30 years. His latest book, Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security: Defending a Networked Nation, published by John Wiley & Sons, 2006, is the standard university textbook in its field.

Pat Reilly

Founder, IP Society

Patrick Reilly is an intellectual property attorney, an IP rights marketing consultant and the founder of the Intellectual Property Society (, an association focused on enriching the public discourse regarding intellectual property rights or "IP rights." Patrick believes that IP rights are fundamentally necessary to attract the financial resources needed to most effectively provide the benefits of technology and artistic energy for the common good. He argues that the public should be more actively involved in defining and limiting the scope and nature of intellectual property protection. Patrick is a member of the California State Bar and the United States Federal Patent Bar.

Jim Robbins

Principal, Business Cluster Development

Jim Robbins is a principal in Business Cluster Development (BCD) and has significant experience in incubation strategy, development and management; corporate innovation and incubation; technology transfer and commercialization; and entrepreneurial programs and new business formation. Jim has 30 years experience in the fields of new business formation, organizational design, technology development and management, business operations and law. In addition to starting his own business to assist communities in the development of sector-focused incubators, he worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jim is co-founder of the Software Business Cluster, the first software incubator in California, and the Environmental Business Cluster, winner of the National Business Incubation Association’s 2008 Incubator-of-the-Year Award. Other incubators that BCD has helped to create include the Women's Technology Cluster, the Communications Technology Cluster and the Foundation Incubator. Jim is also past executive director of the Panasonic Incubator and is a principal in Panasonic Ventures, a $100 Million dollar investment fund.

Jim is a frequent speaker on new business formation, early stage venture funding and sector-focused incubation. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Week, Red Herring Online, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Business Journals, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Denise Ryan

President, Blue Marble Marketing

"Working with conscious leadership motivates me everyday. Vision, combined with high ideals and a passionate drive to bring a solution to market, is a joy to work with."

As Founder of Santa Cruz, CA -based Blue Marble Marketing, Denise is widely recognized for her ability to successfully launch new ventures. Denise's strength is her capacity to quickly understand a new venture's formidable goals and to partner with CEO's in developing effective market strategies.

Denise's background includes VP Worldwide Marketing, Director of Channel Marketing, International Major Accounts Marketing and Line of Business Product Marketing for several companies including Oracle, MicroPro International, The Santa Cruz Operation and Stallion Technology. Prior to that, Denise served as Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Services, for The Enterprise Network, one of Silicon Valley's most successful non-profit entrepreneurial advisory and incubator services.

Denise serves on the Board of Advisors for Women in Technology International (WITI), where she contributed to the establishment of the WITI Invent Center at Smith College. Denise also serves on the Board of Directors for Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), the Marketing Committee of MIT/Stanford VLAB and the Advisory Board of the Marina Small Business Incubator in Monterey, CA. Denise is a frequent speaker and moderator on topics including: Marketing, PR, Strategies for Start-Ups, Building Strategic Partnerships, and Investor Relations. Denise has also had several articles on effective marketing strategies and programs published.

Denise enjoys all things related to the outdoors including, surfing, hiking, yoga, skiing, and learning new things everyday.

Anita Salem

President, SalemSystems Inc.
"customer-driven product development"

Anita is a product research and design consultant, specializing in user experience design. She works closely with business stakeholders and end users to identify and translate their goals and processes into products that are useful and easy to use.

Anita has a background in experimental psychology, system design, and technical communication. She has worked on projects in mobile computing, ecommerce, telecommunications, and business systems for clients as diversified as GettyImages, Med Data, Cisco Systems, and the City of Seattle. She is also a lecturer at the University of Washington, teaching User Experience Design and Usability.

Dr. Ernest Scalberg

Research Professor & Director of the GLOBE Center
Monterey Institute of International Studies

Ernie Scalberg was Dean of the Fisher Graduate School of International Business and Associate Vice President at the Monterey Institute for International Studies from August 2001 to July 2009. Under Ernie's direction, the Fisher School was ranked 13th best business school in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review in 2007.

Ernie is currently director of the GLOBE Center, a federally funded research, consulting and training Center at the Institute that specializes in adapting products and services for foreign markets. Prior to his appointment at the Monterey Institute. Dr. Scalberg spent over 7 years in New York City as Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration and Dean of Faculty of the Schools of Business at Fordham University. While at Fordham, he established the Beijing International MBA program at Peking University as the lead School in a consortium of 26 U.S. universities.

Most of Ernie’s career was spent in Los Angeles as an employee of UCLA. Among various positions there, he was Associate Dean of the Anderson Graduate School of Management, and Coordinator of Campus Planning in the Chancellor’s Office. In 1990 he moved to Hong Kong for three years where, in a partnership agreement between UCLA and the Hong Kong government, he created a new school of business at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Ernie received his Ph.D. from UCLA, an M.A. from the University of Denver, and a B.S. Degree from Southern Oregon University. He is the recipient of six U.S. Government research and project grants and has published on a variety of higher education and business issues. He consults for business schools in the United States, Canada, South America and China, and for the beverage industry, having had his own wine-exporting business. He has served as a director, advisor, or trustee for nine non-profit organizations and is listed in Who’s Who in Hong Kong and Who’s Who in the World. He is currently a Trustee for Select Sector SPDR, an S & P 500 Index Investment Fund, and TDAX Funds, a Lifecycle Index Fund, both of which are listed on the American Stock Exchange. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the International University in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the United States and China Foundation in Beijing.

George Sidman

Founder & CEO, WebLOQ

George Sidman is a proven entrepreneur with a 25 year track record in launching and growing successful Internet and software companies. In 1985, he founded INLEX, a major library automation company which provided solutions over 300 major libraries. Between 1994 and 1997 he developed large-scale enterprise software for web-based multi-media delivery, copyright compliance and intellectual property management, resulting in breakthrough technologies in complex knowledge automation. In 1997 he was a founding participant in raising $5 MM in venture capital for Arista Knowledge Systems, a distance learning start-up, which recently sold to Digital Think. In 1998 he founded the Monterey Network Center which delivers a full range of wired and fixed wireless connectivity and managed Internet services for business, government, and education. He is a recognized authority on complex large-scale object databases, and a public speaker on emerging computer and Internet technologies.

Camille Smith

Founder & CEO, Work in Progress Coaching

Camille Smith combines her business experience in start-ups and Fortune 100 companies with her exceptional skills as a trainer, coach and consultant to help senior management and their teams lead more effectively and increase performance. From leadership development to the design of organizational structures, from executive to team coaching, Camille’s customized solutions give individuals and organizations new skills to create breakthroughs in results and sustainability.

Her 20 years of experience in training and development include five years as an international organizational consultant transforming corporate cultures of clients such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Guinness Brewing Worldwide, NutraSweet and Campbell’s Soup. Cross-functional project teams doubled revenues that kept a plant from closing, reduced defective products by 80% in 6 months, reduced labor grievances by 75% in 8 months, and cut time-to-market by 50%. During 10 of those years, Camille worked as an international training and development organization as vice president of international operations, project manager, staff trainer, customer service manager and workshop leader presenting courses in commitment management systems and team and project management.

Before founding Work In Progress Coaching, Camille held management positions in two high-tech software startups with accountabilities in operations, product marketing, sales, and client management, and in Nokia's network security division as a product marketing manager. Camille holds a B.S. in Education and a Master’s in Art Education. As an associate of PNA, Inc., the talent management specialists, she is a certified NetTPS™ Solutions Provider.

Teresa Thomae

Director, Central Coast SBDC, Central Coast Small Business Development Center

Teresa Thomae has been the Director for the Central Coast Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College since 1995. In that time, she has directed the counseling given to thousands of businesses, coordinated hundreds of workshops and served on many economic development committees in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Over twenty million dollars of funding has been received by SBDC clients under her leadership. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops. Teresa has been instrumental in the development of business management classes for childcare providers, small farmers and home-based businesses.

Teresa currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Santa Cruz and Monterey Peninsula Chambers of Commerce, El Pajaro Community Development Corporation, the Marina Technology Cluster, and is the president of Your Future Is Our Business, a non-profit which links students with employers and strengthens career paths.

Teresa is a graduate of Leadership Santa Cruz County, Class X, and Focus Agriculture. She was recently awarded the "Woman of the Year" by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce and was named a Community Hero for 2003 by the United Way. The SBDC was named “Organization of the Year” in 2005 by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph Werner

Executive Director, Monterey County Workforce Investment Board

Joseph Werner supervises an eleven member staff to the Workforce Investment Board. The WIB provides policy direction and funding recommendation for their annual grant of $8-15 million. The WIB is the lead body responsible for the development and oversight of the Monterey County One Stop Career Center System where fifteen agencies provide consolidated, non-duplicative services to businesses and job seekers.

Mr. Werner has 21 years of experience in employment and training. He serves as the First Vice-Chair of the California Workforce Association (CWA), and as a governor’s appointment to the California State WIB Youth Council. He served on the task force to develop a master plan for the California educational system K-16.

Over 22,000 economically disadvantaged youth have received job training, education and employment through the countywide youth employment program started by Mr. Werner in 1980. As part of the arts and leadership component of this program, over 700 youth have participated in visual arts, sculpture, dance and theatre projects. Eighty-eight historic, environmental and social murals have been created, and a sculpture entitled the “Healing Totem Pole” was gifted to New York City to commemorate 9/11. Through this program, youth expand their social awareness and develop teamwork, critical thinking and leadership skills.

Current initiatives include a Pre-Apprenticeship Arts and Leadership Program, grants for technology, healthcare, agriculture and fishing sector businesses and job seekers, innovative and collaborative employment and training services, and the successful reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.

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