Mentor Project Podcasts
Ask Dr Susan - with guest Dr Alison Escalante
For over 30 years Dr. Susan has successfully worked in the mental health field in a variety of settings and roles, and has recently expanded her use of technology to reach a wider audience. She is the producer and host of the TV program and podcast series “Your Voice With Dr. Susan”, an inspirational, motivational and educational talk style program featuring interviews with individuals and professionals on a variety of topics.
Waleed Nasir, Virtual Force Inc.
Waleed Nasir Head of Products, Virtual Force Inc. Waleed currently heads a technology innovation lab, VirtualForce.io, that incubates next generation digital products and technologies. He is aimed at solving complex business problems through deep tech and digital transformation in areas like Healthcare, CleanTech, FinTech and Blockchain. In the past, he led the design and engineering at an Ad-Tech company (Freewheel Media), which was acquired by Comcast for $350M. Having a knack for creativity and innovation, Waleed came to USA as a graduate student studying electrical engineering and computer science on a Fulbright Scholarship. He landed his first gig at Bell Labs where he worked with their wireless team to enhance the WiFi 802.11 standard. His interest in applied engineering landed him into several engagement on high-stake and mission-critical technology architecture projects. After working on a handful of ventures, he now spends a lot of time mentoring students and startups around design thinking, product engineering and venture building Waleed has an MBA from Yale University, MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore.
Mike Passaretti - ULC's Project Manager - Mentor Project
Mike Passaretti ULC's Project Manager Driving and supporting success of cutting-edge robotic, electronic, electrical, and mechanical engineering projects for ten years. Hard charging project leader with expertise in all phases of the project management life cycle from initiation to closeout. Adept at understanding complex engineering issues, identifying solutions, and making smart, informed decisions. Recognized for ability to lead and motivate teams to deliver work of superior quality on schedule, within budget, and in line with customer specifications. You can find out more about Mike at https://www.mentorproject.org
Jura Christine Zibas - Mentor Project Board Member
Jura Zibas is a lawyer and partner at Wilson Elser and is co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property practice and a member of the information governance leadership committee. Jura is also on The Board of The Mentor Project and is a mentor. She has an extensive technology background and focuses her legal practice on intellectual property, technology and commercial matters. Relying on her scientific and analytical skill sets, Jura assists in solving legal issues that involve intellectual property rights, cybersecurity, technology-related disputes and complex business disputes. Trained in chemistry and dentistry, combined with training in computer science and uses these skills she learned in her undergraduate coursework in her work as a lawyer. Her science and technology background is of particular value to her clients in the computer and engineering fields, online businesses, hardware/software development, medical, durable medical equipment, health care, construction and manufacturing. You can find out more about Jura at https://www.mentorproject.org https://www.wilsonelser.com/attorneys/jura_christine_zibas
LaTonya Kilpatrick-Liverman, PhD - Mentor Project
LaTonya Kilpatrick-Liverman, PhD Worldwide Director of Technology, Early Clinical Dental Research and Methods Development Colgate Palmolive Co Dr. LaTonya Kilpatrick-Liverman works in the Clinical Dental Research Dept at Colgate Palmolive Co. She leads a diverse team of researchers responsible for evaluating early in development technologies, developing improved clinical methods to objectively measure oral conditions, and developing new clinical measurements to detect pre-clinical signs of disease. Throughout her tenure at Colgate, LaTonya has provided critical support to improve the product performance of skin cleansing, underarm, and oral care products. She is the author of 18 patent publications, 17 journal and book articles, and 20 internal publications. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Industrial Advisory Board at Rutgers University, and the Biomaterials Symposium Advisory Board. LaTonya feels strongly about exposing kids to science early on. She has volunteered in a number of education based outreach programs sponsored by Colgate Palmolive, the American Chemical Society, and community groups. She understands the importance of providing children with an opportunity to get hands on experience conducting laboratory experiments or working through science based problems. She finds joy leveraging every opportunity to give back and share her experiences. LaTonya holds a BA degree in Chemistry from Hampton University and a PhD degree in chemistry from Princeton University. You can find out more about LaTonya at https://www.mentorproject.org
Marcella M. Nehrbass - Online Mentor - Mentor Project
Marcella M. Nehrbass Manager, Network Operations Colgate-Palmolive Company I hold a BA degree in Engineering from Lafayette College, a Master of Engineering Management degree from Duke University, and am currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Temple University. I have worked for Colgate-Palmolive for ten years and held positions of increasing responsibility in various supply chain functions: Factory Performance and Reliability, Procurement, Planning, Manufacturing Team Leader, and Continuous Improvement Engineer. Currently, I am the Network Operations Manager supporting Underarm Products. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my career has taken me to NYC, Ohio, Kentucky, and back to NJ. Professionally, I am involved with the Colgate Women's Network and the Colgate Jumpstart Committee, which is for early in career's, and externally with Women Unlimited. Now that I am in an MBA program I do not have a lot of free time, but when I do I love to work-out and keep active. I swam at the DI level at Lafayette but I also participated in lacrosse, soccer, and basketball. My husband and I enjoy travelling and went to Australia and New Zealand for our honeymoon and recently to Vietnam and Cambodia. Aside from traveling and sports, my passions and hobbies include mentoring, interviewing applicants for Duke, reading, eating good food, and dogs! You can find out more about Marcella at https://www.mentorproject.org
Bill "Ches" Cheswick = Nerd Maker
Ches is known for his early work in Internet security, including firewalls, proxies, and as co-author on the first full book on Firewalls. He is also noted for his work in visualizations, especially Internet maps, which have appeared widely. Ches has worked at Bell Labs and AT&T Shannon Lab, and was a cofounder of Lumeta Corp. He continues to invent, collaborate, write apps, consult, hang out with grad students at the University of Pennsylvania, and give talks worldwide. He currently visits schools to teach advanced STEM concepts to grade schoolers in The Mentor Project. You can find out more about Ches at https://www.mentorproject.org
Robert "Bob" Cousins - Co-Founder/CTO
Bob Cousins has worked with startups in both energy and computing for more than 35 years. Bob has served as CTO and/or Engineering VP of multiple technology companies from New York to California. He is an inventor and technologist, holding over twenty patents in diverse areas including file system design, data storage and security, high frequency RADAR, imaging and medical instrumentation, and virtual credit cards. He has also written two novels, Pipov and Miller's Trials. You can find out more about Bob at https://www.mentorproject.org