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Leadership

Bob Bridge

Exec, Dir., Board of Directors & Fund General Partner

Bob founded the SWAN Impact Network in late 2015, and leads the organization. Bob has a passion for making the world a better place by encouraging the application of human and financial capital to address significant societal and environmental challenges. He has extensive experience in founding and taking early-stage technology start-up companies to successful exits, […]

Heather Gilker

SWAN North Texas Chapter Lead, Board of Directors, DAF Manager

Heather Gilker is the founder and principal of Tokalon Advisors LLC. She is also the North Texas Chapter Lead of the SWAN Impact Network, an angel network focused solely on making early-stage impact investments.  She brings over 25 years of experience in investing, community involvement, and strategy with a focus on sustainability.  She focuses on […]

Juan Thurman

Director of Strategy , Board of Directors, Fund General Partner

In addition to his work with the angel network, Juan is a mentor, startup investor, and sales consultant, focused on working with early-stage companies get to the next level.

Valerie Tompson

SWAN Houston Chapter Lead, Board of Directors

Valerie Tompson serves SWAN Impact Network as the Houston Chapter Lead, and as a member of the SWAN Board of Directors. Valerie has worked as a physician assistant and currently serves in the leadership of City Church in Houston. With a blend of medical experience, public accounting, a recent MBA from Duke University, and non-profit […]

Meagan Packard

Director, Impact Reporting

Megan is motivated to find novel solutions to critical conservation & sustainability issues. Her aim is to get cutting edge research into the marketplace quickly to start solving our global climate and biodiversity problems today. She is currently a Partner and serves as the Partnerships Director at GAV Conservation Management. GAV is a group of […]

Sam Kessel

Director, Associate Member Engagement

Dr. Sam Kessel graduated with the dual degrees of Doctor of Medicine and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is highly interested in healthcare start-ups. Sam has performed due diligence on biotechnology, healthcare services and medical device startups for both the Charlottesville Angel Network and the CAV Angels, the University of Virginia alumni […]

Gwen Echols

Board of Diectors

Gwen Echols is an experienced professional with a record of driving progress in the business and nonprofit community. Presently a nonprofit advisor and board member, and has supported Dallas agencies in leadership roles for over 20 years. Concurrently has provided mentorship and coaching to social impact leaders and entrepreneurs since 2018. Actively involved with SWAN […]

Christina Gorczynski

Board of Directors

Christina Canales Gorczynski is the Executive Director of Impact Austin, a dynamic women’s collective giving organization that cultivates collective wisdom and strength to transform ourselves and our communities. Christina is also a licensed attorney and certified mediator with the State Bar of Texas. Previously, Christina served as a Program Officer at the Simmons Foundation, specializing […]

Elizabeth Jennings

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Jennings helps new products (and their instigators) survive their first five years.

Steve Maysonave

Board of Directors

Steve is an acknowledged expert in sales, global partner development, strategic planning, and marketing.

John Soyring

Board of Directors

John Soyring provided global business leadership for the industry solutions & industry products portion of IBM’s global software business. This role included functional leadership for strategy, research & development, marketing & sales, business development, product support, and services related to the IBM offerings for all industries. He was also the co-leader of the Alliance of […]

Jenny Dielmann-Garcia

Administrative Director

Jenny Garcia is the founder of JDGarcia & Associates, LLC, an association management company based in Austin, Texas. Since 2013, Jenny has brought a passion for organization and detail to various administrative and planning roles for professional business organizations in Texas and Southern California, including Financial Executives International Austin, Turnaround Management Association Central Texas and […]

Associate Members

Associates are industry experts who support the network by helping in evaluating company applicants and performing company due diligence.

Eloisa Acha

Business Development

Eloisa Acha is a senior executive with 20 years of experience in marketing and sales, business development and strategic partnerships in the high-tech industry. She has a demonstrated ability to successfully set up and scale new teams and programs to drive sales and marketing results. Proven ability to design and implement plans to drive new […]

Wade Allen

Business Strategy

Wade Allen is the CEO of Cendea, and is a results-oriented, start-up, turn-around and high-growth executive with 25 years of experience of starting and driving companies to success.

Ryan Baker

Business Management & Strategy

Ryan is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte providing strategic visioning and growth strategies to public sector and nonprofit clients. He is passionate about bringing business solutions to support impact-focused organizations. Ryan has also worked for a venture philanthropy firm supporting social enterprises. He earned an MBA from the University of Texas with a focus on […]

Jersey Chen

Healthcare

Jersey is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and is currently a medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Prior to medical school, Jersey was a consultant at Accenture, working on strategy and implementation projects for clients ranging from banks, large healthcare payers and providers, state governments, […]

Shanup Dalal, MD

Healthcare

Shanup Dalal is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Hospitalist in Dallas, Texas. He has strong interests in technological innovations that will help communities that do not have access to the same resources as those in wealthier areas.

Sarah Dar

Clean Tech

My professional and volunteering experiences have led me to care deeply about climate change and its impacts on the global population. I am a technology consultant with a secret clearance and 3 years of experience supporting federal clients including the Navy Resilient Energy Programs Office, Food & Drug Administration, and Defense Health Agency.

Darcy Dement Pedetti

Business Strategy

Darcy is an accomplished GM of technology-centric enterprises, with experience in starting up, scaling up, and turning around organizations. Her specialty is linking business strategy to execution: market analysis, identification of underserved customer needs, market segmentation and targeting, investment scenario planning, and operational planning. Her passion is helping to resolve our global challenges through science […]

Lindsay Fountain

Financial Analysis

Lindsay is an Independent Personal Trainer, Small Business Manager, and Track Coach residing in the Dallas area. Lindsay graduated from Rice University with her MBA in 2018 and has experience in general small business financial management. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and values helping people achieve their fitness goals, as well as […]

Don Fowler

Healthcare

Don Fowler is a CEO and Executive leader in the healthcare sector, recognized for his ability to lead companies both nationally and internationally through market growth and downturns, maintaining and gaining market share.

Jim Gerberman

Corporate Strategy

Jim is extensively networked and an impactful deal maker. Enthusiastic, empathic and creative advisor.

Chris Hamilton

Technology Commercialization

Chris has over 20 years of experience in commercializing technology and his industry experience spans executive sales, business development, product strategy, product marketing, and product management.

Sean Howell

IT

Sean is versatile Georgia Tech engineer with a history of turning ideas into successful projects and finished products. Over 11 years of problem solving in technical customer-facing roles; proven ability to lead in an international setting; a history of results with both internal services delivery resources and partners; and hands-on, detail-oriented roles in ISO 9000 […]

Rachelle Jacques

Customer Acquisition

Rachelle Jacques currently is a Small & Medium Business Account Manager at Facebook. Rachelle has a degree from Princeton that focused on Race and Public Policy in the African American Studies Department. She is originally from Stamford, Connecticut and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She is very interested in how the construction of race through […]

Jennifer James

Product Technology

Jennifer is a Product Technology strategist located in Dallas. Creating a space for Product Owners and Innovators to connect and thrive in the market to exceed their sales goals. Helping clients create assets within their business outside of their actual products. Through much success with working with many consumer brands, Jennifer expanded her product development […]

Blake Jones

Finance

Blake Jones is an Associate at Blue Sage Capital, an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm specializing in growth, recapitalization and buyout financings of companies operating in the lower middle-market. Blue Sage favors opportunities to partner with founders and management teams as the first round of institutional capital. Previously, Blake served as a Leveraged Finance Analyst […]

Brianna Losoya-Evora

Social Impact Metrics

Brianna (she/her) is an experienced analyst committed to “the power of business to drive positive social and environmental change”. Her primary expertise is with impact measurement and management and she specializes in “helping social enterprises measure, manage, and communicate their impact”. She has worked as an Impact and Learning Manager for the Small Enterprise Assistance […]

Lu Lu

Finance, Education

Lu Lu is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and is passionate about angel, venture, and impact investing, entrepreneurship, risk management, and people development. She enjoys learning emerging technologies and discussing new ideas in FinTech, PropTech, and Clean Tech, and has lived and worked in New York, Dallas, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. In […]
David Macauley

David Macauley

Strategic Management

Dr. David Macauley is the founder and principal of Wendworks, a management-strategy firm.

Charlie Mahoney

Finances & Healthcare

Charlie Mahoney is an Account Executive at Novata responsible for scaling revenue and setting strategy around Novata’s SaaS platform that provides solutions for measuring ESG metrics in the private markets. Prior to Novata, Charlie was a Senior Director of ESG Business Development at JUST Capital where he owned all revenue generation on the investor solutions team and […]
Ritesh Mantravadi

Ritesh Mantravadi

Supply Chain Consulting

Ritesh is a Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Supply Chain practice.

Will Mehring

Healthcare

Will is an MD/MBA candidate at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and Marshall School of Business.
Maria Muskus

Maria Muskus

Business Development

Maria Muskus is a business developer in Austin, Texas with international experience in Columbia.

Vatsal Patel, MD

Healthcare

Hello, my name is Vatsal Patel, and I am a 3rd year pediatric resident. I have worked on multiple MedTech projects and served as a business consultant for medical device companies during my medical school and residency. While treating patients is at the core of what I do, I have always been interested in improving […]
Afif Rahman

Afif Rahman

Business and Policy Analytics

Afif Rahman is the Chief Operating Officer of NuWatt Energy, a leading solar energy and innovation company.

Patricia Reichard

Strategy & Team

Patricia brings to the table a unique balance of analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and creative skills along with the characteristics and conviction necessary for building alignment across leadership teams and stakeholder groups to deliver results.

Vineet Sahni

Financial Analysis

Vineet is a FinTech engineer working at BlackRock. He has over a decade of professional experience in investing and financial technology and is an expert at evaluating private lending for various industries and markets. Vineet graduated from Penn State University and now resides in El Paso, Texas. To share a story of social impact, Vineet […]

Diane Stapley

Technology & Alliances

Diane Stapley is currently the Director of Customer Success and Technical Architecture at AMD.

Amy Stonecipher

Finance, Impact Evaluation

Amy Stonecipher is a graduate student in Integral Economic Development Management at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked as a Risk & Financial Advisory Consultant at Deloitte within the commodity trading group and as a Financial Restructuring Senior Consultant at CohnReznick. Her experience includes consulting for multinational energy companies and […]

Urie Suhr

Teams and Recruiting

Urie Suhr loves solving hiring puzzles and bridging the gap by finding unique talent for various technical roles. Data Science, Machine Learning & NLP, Big Data Engineering & Infrastructure along with Tech Ops is my core focus. She enjoys working on any challenging role that comes my way. She loves to learn something she doesn’t […]

Matt Thomas

Education, Bootstrapping

Matt is an Entrepreneur, EdTech Advocate and Bootstrap Evangelist. Co-founder of AcademicWorks, which enables colleges, universities, and foundations to efficiently manage their scholarship processes while engaging and recognizing donors. AcademicWorks has been recognized as one of Austin Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies, one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for Women, Fortune’s Best Small Tech […]

Bradford Unroe, MD

Healthcare

Dr. Bradford Unroe graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is currently completing his last year of psychiatry residency at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School as chief psychiatry resident. He has thus far dedicated his professional career to addressing health inequities as a health services researcher evaluating novel […]

Raven Veal, PhD

Product Strategy

Raven is a Strategic Design Lead at Citi Ventures Studio, supporting the development of inclusive product and service experiences as a key part of Citi’s Action for Racial Equity initiative. Prior to joining Citi, Raven was a Design Researcher at IBM, where she led and conducted research to produce evidence-based design insights for clinical development […]

N.R. Vijay

Financial Services & Healthcare

N.R. Vijay has been advising organizations for 18+ years on how to leverage technology to strengthen their core capabilities across value streams and automate/outsource non-core capabilities. Helping organizations gain operational efficiencies by aligning people, technology & processes with strategy. He has an M.B.A in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and an undergrad degree […]

Helen Xun

Healthcare

Helen Xun is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Integrated Resident at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with the Johns Hopkins Young Investigator award. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Gonzaga University, where she was the class president, and graduated with Alpha Sigma Nu. Her research focuses […]

Undergraduate Interns

Undergraduate interns help with administrative and marketing tasks, and connect with SWAN through the Second Day Impact Fellowship.

Ndidi Opara

Intern

Ndidi Opara is a second-year student at the University of Chicago studying Public Policy and Media Arts & Design. Originally from East Seattle, Washington, Ndidi’s background is in political organizing, operations, and communications. She is currently pursuing social good nonpartisan research and communications. In her free time, she is likely listening to music, designing and […]

Grace Rangel

Intern

Grace Rangel (she/her) is a sophomore at Yale University studying Political Science with a concentration in Economics. She is from Los Angeles, California, and hopes to attend either law school or grad school for economics in the future. Her interests include youth civic engagement, advocacy for human rights issues, global economic development, and poverty alleviation. […]