Former Co-Abbot, San Francisco Zen Center
Paul Haller has been engaged in Buddhist practice for 30 years, initially as a Theravada monk in Thailand and was then ordained as a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1980, where he recently became the new Co-Abbot. He leads the outreach program at the Zen Center and has extensive experience integrating Buddhist practice with hospice, jail, and peace work.
Gary Heidenreich, President
CEO, GHKH, Inc.
Gary Heidenreich leads GHKH, Inc., a residential and commercial real estate development company doing business in California and Nevada. Since 1972, Gary has held various positions in high-tech manufacturing companies in both California and Texas. Prior to his current post, he was Vice President of Operations with Juniper Networks, a successful start-up company competing with Cisco Systems. From 1984 to 1997, he was Vice President, Systems Manufacturing with 3Com Corporation, a leading supplier of networking products.
Tom Higgins, Vice-President
Co-founder and Director, Prosetta and Amber Kinetics
Tom is a co-founder and director of several Bay area tech companies, including Prosetta and Amber Kinetics. He has held a number of executive positions in the private sector, including as Sr. Vice President of Edison International and Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of MD. He was the co-founder and editor of Healthweek Publications and the Business Journal of Portland. He also served as president of Business for Social Responsibility. Earlier in his career, Tom held public positions as a state legislator and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet of President Carter. Subsequently, he was head of the Health and Human Services Department in Portland Oregon. He currently serves on the boards of SCAN Health Plan, The SCAN Foundation, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.
Founder and Managing Director, Fundamental Investment Advisors
Chris Panos has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Korean Zen, and American Japanese Zen since 1975. Chris received a BA from Indiana University and a MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Zen Teacher in the Zen Peacemakers Sangha and President of Zen Peacemakers.
Managing Director, Vrolyk Capital Partners
Vrolyk Capital Partners (“VCP”) is a private investment banking firm based in San Francisco that provides merger and acquisition and private financing advisory services. Prior to founding VCP in 2012, Anne was with Viant Group, which combined in 2010 with Vrolyk & Company, the firm she founded and ran for over 20 years. Prior to Vrolyk & Company, she was with the merger department of Alex. Brown & Sons in San Francisco and the merger department of Goldman Sachs in New York. Anne received her MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and her BA in Bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Policy Advocate, Reformer
Former President, AARP
USC Davis School of Gerontology, Board of Councilors
Jeannine English, CPA, MBA held the office of AARP President from June 2012-2014. She served on the AARP Board of Directors from 2010-2016. She chaired the AARP National Policy Council, and was a member of both the Compensation Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee. Jeannine also held the title of President of AARP California. She was a founding partner of Leman, English Kelly and O’Keefe, a legislative advocacy firm in Sacramento; Executive Director for the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (the Little Hoover Commission); Assistant Executive Director, California Transportation Commission; and Financial Auditor, California Departments of Finance and Health Services. In addition, Jeannine served as the President of the Campaign Committee for the successful California Redistricting Commission Initiative as well as co-chair of the California Open Primary Initiative. She lives in Sacramento and San Francisco, California with her husband, Howard Dickstein, has four adult sons, one grandson and enjoys cycling and traveling during her free time. For her 50th birthday she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and recently to celebrate her 60th she traveled to Antartica and South Georgia Island to follow, Sir Ernest Shackelton’s Incredible journey.
Shoshana Ungerleider, MD
Hospitalist Physician, California Pacific Medical Center
Founder, Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund
Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is an internist practicing hospital medicine in San Francisco, California. She received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR and completed residency at California Pacific Medical Center where she is now on the teaching faculty and serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Shoshana is passionate about improving how seriously ill patients are cared for throughout the continuum of life. She founded the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund to support innovative programs that further palliative care education at every level. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, exercising and spending time with her family.