Karen F. Copenhaver, Advisor

Karen, a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP’s Business & Technology Group, focuses on technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of software licensing and open source development.  Karen is Director of Intellectual Property Strategy for the Linux Foundation and served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School. Karen is listed in The International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers and in The Legal 500 for technology transactions.  Ms. Copenhaver is only the 5th lawyer ever to receive Mass High Tech's prestigious “Mass High Tech All-Stars Award,” which honors the thought leaders and innovators throughout the New England technology sector.  She has been chosen by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the world’s top IP strategists in their feature “IAM 250 — A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists.”

 

John Gould, Advisor

John has an MBA from Babson College and over 30 years of successful experience in the management of high technology businesses. He served as VP Sales & Marketing for a high technology start-up that went public during his tenure and was owner and president of an international software distribution company.  

John established The Gould Family Foundation to support humanitarian organizations that serve the poor in the developing world. John is Director of the foundation. The Foundation supports the international mission work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur including building a school, upgrading hospitals and clinics in the Congo and establishing Small Family Farm programs in Peru and the Congo. It also supports the work of IMEC, a humanitarian organization that upgrades hospitals and clinics and equips small family farms and schools in the developing world.

John serves on the Board of IMEC. He founded and is involved in the management of the Youth Mountain Adventure Program, which serves underprivileged, urban youth, with the Appalachian Mountain Club.  

 

Suzanne Graves, Advisor

Suzanne manages the Machina Trading LTD family office funds, which invests in hedge funds and private equity – with a focus on angel and growth capital investing. Suzanne has fifteen years of experience in management roles with finance and technology companies both in NYC and Seattle. Suzanne is an investor and close advisor to Artivest Inc., a NYC-based financial tech company delivering curated electronic access to private funds. She serves on the Board of HalsaMD, which focuses on building facilities specializing in bariatric medicine.

Previously, Suzanne served as COO of Area 51 LLC, a market neutral hedge fund. Suzanne held management positions at CourtLink (now subsidiary of Lexis Nexis) as well as Destinations/Teren Corp. (acquired by Galileo International). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington.  Suzanne lives in New York City with her husband and twin sons. Suzanne is originally from Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1975.

 

Leith Greenslade, Advisor

Leith is Vice Chair, Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and Co-Chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance, which work in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child movement to accelerate achievement of the MDGs and advance the health of women and children globally. Serving in several positions with the Australian Government, including as Policy Advisor and Speechwriter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, as Economic Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Status of Women, Leith holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Masters in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a First Class Honors Degree from the University of Queensland. Leith lives in New York City with her three daughters and is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and children.

 

Dr. Roman Lubynsky, Advisor

Dr. Lubynsky has been a senior staff member at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) since 2002. In addition to leading the creation of many new programs and initiatives at VMS, he has worked with hundreds of faculty, students and alumni to help advance their ideas. In this role, he has advised Design that Matters for over ten years.  His key interests concern students that seek to commercialize discoveries and inventions from MIT and has mentored dozens that have launched new companies reaching successful outcomes.  Roman has over 30 years of experience in startups and with growing technology companies.  His current research focuses on science-based startups from university labs.

 

Ben Spiess, Advisor

Ben has been involved with Design That Matters since 2005.  Ben is a senior associate at Stoel Rives LLP in Anchorage, Alaska where he practices corporate, real estate and environmental law.  Before moving to Alaska in 2010, Ben was an attorney at Bingham McCutchen in Boston.  Ben has been active in DtM fundraising and networking.  He has traveled with DtM team members to Vietnam for research and development projects.  Ben is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine.

 

Steven P. Wentzell, Advisor 

Steve recently retired as the SVP of Human Resources for Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC), a $300M federal IT/Business Systems contractor in Andover, MA. For ten years, he was responsible for leading all aspects of DRC's human resources functions, talent acquisition, executive development and retention, internal communications and chair of the DRC Ethics Committee in support of the achieving the company's strategic business objectives. DRC was acquired by Engility Corporation in 2014.

Prior to joining DRC, Steve was a senior human resource executive within high-growth, leading- edge technology solutions organizations. As Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Brooks Automation, he was a key to the successful integration between Brooks and PRI Automation. Previous to that, he held several Human Resources leadership roles in the support of new business start-ups and high growth businesses within Digital Equipment Corporation. Steve is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Columbia University's Advanced Program in Organization Development and Human Resources Management.