Senior Advisors

Jesse Berg is a business attorney with 18 years of legal experience. His law practice focuses on technology and internet companies where he provides both corporate and commercial legal services, frequently in an outsourced general counsel capacity.

Jesse began his career at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) in the firm’s Corporate Securities Group where he represented cable and telecommunications companies, financial institutions and various technology clients. He served as General Counsel of OpenTV Corp where he managed a ten person legal department. During this period, he worked on the company’s IPO, acquisition of a publicly traded company and oversaw all legal support for sales and business development initiatives. Following OpenTV he was the principal in a consulting firm providing legal and business development to technology and media companies. Jesse has a BA and JD from UC Berkeley.

Colleen Brodbine Boyarsky focuses on providing best practices in automated and manual processes. Colleen started her career in Finance where she worked in diverse industries but moved into Operations with a focus on business process improvement. With more than 15 years of experience in several rapid-growth start-ups where she led finance, professional services, sales operations and IT operations teams, Colleen works closely with executives on both automation and process strategies to ensure that their goals and objectives are met. Her work as an IT Industry Analyst in the early 2000s has enabled her to understand and implement automated solutions that best fit an organization’s short term and long term growth plans. Colleen has successfully managed complex technology projects for websites, portals, sales force automation, professional services automation, product life management systems and ERP systems. Colleen works to optimize existing systems as well as implement new systems that will drive an organization to its next level. Colleen looks at the overarching infrastructure to ensure that all systems are in harmony and appropriately integrated. Colleen has an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration.

Hans Johansen is a senior technology executive with a track record of driving business results from IT architecture and strategy, leading major change initiatives and extracting value from innovation.

Dr. Johansen served first as Vice President and chief architect for Washington Mutual, where he was responsible for the design and management of WaMu's technology portfolio and future direction. Hans joined WaMu in 2002 as the Lead Architect for their Home loans division, and then was the lead architect for architecture and planning for the Retail division before joining the Office of the CTO to lead the Enterprise Architecture group. In his architecture roles at WaMu, he filled leadership roles across a wide range of strategic, planning and acquisition initiatives.

Prior to joining Washington Mutual in 2002, Dr. Johansen was a senior consultant for capital markets with Random Walk Consulting (acquired by Accenture). Hans brings technical expertise and 15 years of experience with financial services technology, high-performance computing platforms and emerging technologies. He has a Ph.D in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise includes:

Jerry Meyers has over 12 years of internal audit and information technology audit experience with Hughes Supply, Arthur Andersen, Deloitte & Touche, Protiviti and currently with Accell. Prior to Accell, Jerry was a part of Protiviti's National IT Audit Services team for 5 years, leading the development of their IT Risk Assessment tool and IT SOX Methodology. He has served clients ranging from pre-IPO biotechs to multimillion dollar worldwide corporation, including many in the banking and mortgage industry. Jerry is an active member of the local and international ISACA and IIA chapters and is currently serving on the CISA Review Board for ISACA Global. Jerry has a BA from Ohio State University and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is both a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). His expertise includes:

Philip Moody has served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance and Operations of Peplin, Inc. an Australian listed company and Vice President, Finance and Operations at Chiron Corporation. Chiron's Biopharmaceuticals business employed approximately 2,200 people and recorded revenue of $800 million. During his twelve years at Chiron, he also managed manufacturing and process development, collaboration management, and marketing and sales. He has extensive experience as an executive in multiple industries, including time with IBM, ROLM and Arthur Andersen. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering and his graduate studies at the Haas School of Business.

John Selig has more than a decade experience advising over 40 biopharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics companies on M&A and licensing strategies, portfolio management, valuation and strategic direction. While at Keelin Reeds, John has led the partnership deal term benchmarking effort. He has extensive experience in applying that data to yield market-value deal terms for dozens of assets, using the results to inform product strategy and to provide ongoing support during partnership deal negotiations. John has also been combining his expertise in valuation, deal term benchmarking and decision analysis with his background in law to help companies make optimal decisions in litigation and settlement. Previously, John was a senior consultant with SDG, where he received his training in advanced management science and advised numerous Fortune 500 companies in life sciences and other industries on valuation, business strategy and M&A. Prior to consulting, John was an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where he focused on M&A and corporate finance. John earned a BA, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Robert Valenciano has provided both external and internal audit as well as risk management consulting services in Silicon Valley for over ten years. Robert began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Assurance and Business Advisory Services practice and then became and Accounting Supervisor with a biotech company. As an Accounting Supervisor, Robert's responsibilities included oversight of the payroll and accounts payable departments, general ledger duties as well as assisting in the drafting of 10Ks and 10Qs. Most recently, Robert was [art of Protiviti's National Public Readiness (PCR) Team in which he played a key role in developing the global methodology as well as led the Bay Area Life Sciences PCR practice for three years. He has served clients ranging from pre-IPO Biotech to multimillion dollar worldwide corporations in a variety of industries. Robert has been an active member of the local San Jose IIA Chapter since 200 and is currently serving as a Committee Chair on various chapter committees. Robert has a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). His expertise includes: