Timothy Prestero, CEO
Timothy Prestero is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters. He is co-inventor on three patents for cholera treatment devices, and has served on the board of directors of two for-profit technology startups. Timothy was a Peace Corps volunteer in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, and he has led design and global projects in 20 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia. He received M.S. degrees in Mechanical and Oceanographic Engineering from the MIT, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He is a Martin Fellow at the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, and was named an Ashoka Affiliate in 2004. His awards include the 2007 Social Venture Network Innovation Award, and the 2009 World Technology Award.
Kelly Murphy, Strategic Partnerships Director
Kelly is a development professional with demonstrated success in building and managing partner relationships for poverty reduction and health care access non-profits. She is responsible for developing the key partnerships that support DtM's work. Previously she managed institutional fund development activities for Housing Families Inc and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Massachusetts. Kelly has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development of Greater Boston, and Associated Grant Makers. She enjoys exploring different cultures and learning foreign languages including French, Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University. She is on the board of the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project.
Malory Johnson, Industrial Design Fellow
Malory is a multidisciplinary designer who specializes in design research, product development and graphic communication. Previously, she has worked for clients like Airstream, AmericanHort and Procter & Gamble. Malory graduated in 2015 from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in Industrial design. There she worked in the Tad Jeffery FabLab for 2 years pushing the limits of the latest rapid prototyping machinery. Malory earned the IDSA Student Merit award for her class and two collaborative Spark Design Awards. In her free time, she enjoys being an artist, seamstress and woodworker.
Karan Chaitanya Mudgal, Industrial Design Fellow
Karan joins from NASA’s Johnson Space Center and recently completed his graduate studies in Interaction Design at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) . Prior to this Karan received his BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013. Karan aims to design products that elevate human ability. Over the past four years he has primarily focused on the design and implementation of digital products, specifically in healthcare while working at Philips Design Healthcare and also in two startups, both in the medtech space. At the beginning of September Karan will move to India for one year to continue his thesis work from CIID on low cost upper limb prosthetics for children. The fellowship at DtM comes at an opportune time, providing mentorship while allowing the team to innovate on a compelling healthcare product while learning about the methodology regarding the design and dissemination of products in resource poor settings. Please visit the project site [here] to learn more about Kind Prosthetics.
Kristine Chen, Mechanical Engineering Design Fellow
Kristine is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in Mechanical Engineering. Her educational background includes coursework in mechatronics and hands-on manufacturing experience. She has worked on a variety of projects in medical technology, ranging from prosthetic accessories to vaccine carriers. Kristine is especially interested in the intersection of engineering, design, and entrepreneurship. At Stanford she served as a principal coordinator of the university’s largest student-run startup competition, the BASES $100K Challenge, and a facilitator for a design thinking and business skills training intensive for Tibetan social entrepreneurs. She is planning to pursue a Fulbright research grant in the Netherlands focused on medical exoskeletons for rehabilitation in patients with impaired motor control in the fall.
Kristen Moulton, Clinical Fellow
Kristen is a second-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She recently completed the Summer Medical Institute, where she volunteered to provide healthcare screenings to an underserved community in North Philadelphia. Prior to starting medical school, she held a 2-year research coordinator position at the National Institutes of Health. She investigated biomarkers and potential therapeutics for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), the most common inherited form of autism. Two of her research projects were published in peer-reviewed journals, one in Human Mutation and another in Behavioural Brain Research. Kristen graduated from Amherst College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience with honors. She was selected as a Howard Hughes Fellow, inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and was named a NESCAC All-Academic Honoree for both cross country and track. Kristen is excited to begin medical research and improve health with the DtM team.
Board of Directors
Hannah Commoss, Director
Hannah is responsible for building and managing marketable securities portfolios. She has 15 years of institutional investment management and financial analysis experience. Prior to joining Spruceview Capital Partners, she was the Deputy CIO, Public Markets and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Massachusetts Pension Reserve Investment Management (PRIM) Board. She oversaw the public markets investment program, which at the time was approximately $35 billion, and implemented a $4.2 billion direct hedge fund program. Before that, she was at HarbourVest Partners.
Hannah holds a B.A. in Economics from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University. She is on the Advisory Board of The Greater Boston Food Bank and co-chairs their Kitchen Cabinet, she is a sustaining member and past president of the Junior League of Boston, a member of The Vincent Club, and a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Danielle Duplin, Director
Danielle is Vice President at Fidelity Investments and Executive Producer at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT), an innovation catalyst for the firm. Danielle designs and produces seminars on emerging trends in business and technology that inform, inspire, and connect Fidelity's employees with educators, experts and entrepreneurs worldwide. To date, Danielle has curated and coached over 1,200 speakers.
Danielle is Co-founder of TEDxBoston, an annual independently organized TED event featuring iconic thought leaders who are addressing global issues. To date, TEDxBoston videos have been viewed over 6 million times.
In her previous roles as Director and Principal Software Engineer at Fidelity, Danielle and her teams designed and deployed new applications that helped debut Fidelity on the World Wide Web and launch a benefits outsourcing business. Additionally, Danielle created, wrote, directed, and hosted Telefest, a video series on Fidelity's strategic initiatives for which she earned a Telly Award. Ms. Duplin volunteers for organizations that spur economic growth: as a connector with Boston World Partnerships, as a delegate on international policy missions with the World Class Cities Partnership, and as a mentor with the MassChallenge start-up accelerator.
Danielle held positions as a Software Engineer at Eaton Corp., American Science & Engineering, and MIT Lincoln Labs. Danielle earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science with a minor in Theater Arts at Binghamton University, and an executive certificate in innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jonathan Moulton, Director
Jonathan Moulton is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Ascend Learning, a leading provider of education, technology and content to the healthcare industry. He manages the Ascend Legal Team and provides legal support for Ascend Learning and all of its individual business units. Jon has more than 25 years of experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and intellectual property law. He joined Ascend from Starent Networks, where he was vice president, general counsel and secretary. He played a key role in negotiating Starent Network’s acquisition by Cisco Systems for $2.9 billion in cash, securing regulatory approval and managing a successful integration. Before Starent, Jon was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Aspect Software, a $600 million global supplier of contact center software. Prior to Aspect, Jon was a partner at the global law firm, DLA Piper, and also a partner at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where he represented venture capital firms and technology and high-growth companies in all stages of their life cycle, from formation to initial public offering (IPO), merger or sale.
Jon has been chosen as one of Massachusetts’ “Super Lawyers” in a joint survey conducted by the publishers of Law & Politicsmagazine and Boston magazine as part of a special issue titled “The Top Attorneys In Massachusetts” and in 2009 was named an “In-House Leader in the Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Jon received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
David Privitera, Director
David Privitera, a founding member of IDEO’s Boston office, has served in a range of roles including designer, project leader, location director and partner. He brings more than 30 years of design experience in business equipment, consumer products, transportation, health care, networking, and telecommunications to the job. His current focus is on building an energized team that applies innovative thought to a broad range of projects.
During his career, David has taken dozens of products to market, handling everything from detailed part design to leading international project teams. He has deep experience working with clients and suppliers in Europe and Asia, particularly Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, and England.
Prior to joining IDEO, David spent 12 years at Wang Laboratories, where he served as a principal mechanical engineer for various product development groups. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds several U.S. patents and various forms of industry recognition and publications.
In his free time, David collects, restores, and rides motorcycles.
Steven Ringer, M.D., Director
Dr. Ringer is the Chief of Neonatology at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine.
Dr. Ringer was born in Boston, MA, and received his B.A. from Brandeis University. He then received his M.D. and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the then joint program in Neonatology of Harvard Medical School, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Boston.
He was Medical Director of the NICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 1988 to 2006 and director of Newborn Services from 1988 to 2000, and Chief of newborn medicine from 2000-2012. He is the co-chair of the steering committee of The Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has actively taught resuscitation through that program for over 20 years across the United States and in many countries across the world. He is on the editorial board of NeoReviews.
He is actively involved in several areas of clinical research with the bulk of his effort spent on the development of international programs for advancing newborn care in the developing world. He has expanded his efforts over the past 5 years to include work in Ethiopia but has been actively involved in programs aimed at developing and improving care, as well as multiple teaching and training programs in numerous provinces and all major cities of Vietnam for over 13 years. He is currently the co-PI on the BetterBirth trial of the Safe Childbirth Checklist in India.
Board of Advisors
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.