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  • The 1440 Foundation Team
 
  • Joanie Kriens
    Joanie Kriens
    Joanie Kriens
    Co-Creator
    Joanie is a philanthropist, and co-creator of both 1440 Foundation and 1440 Multiversity. For more than two decades, Joanie has worked with nonprofits helping students and educators increase self-awareness, reduce stress, and learn mindfulness. Her foundational efforts launched some of the first school-based social and emotional learning programs in the United States. Since 2010, 1440 Foundation has granted more than $20 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations. In 2016, Joanie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During her battle, she witnessed deep disconnects among patients, healthcare providers, and potentially life-saving trials. But with hope, innovation, and collaboration, cancer survivors can become cancer thrivers. That is "hope for living well". That is Joanie's vision for 1440 Foundation.
  • Scott Kriens
    Scott Kriens
    Scott Kriens
    Co-Creator
    Scott is the chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks, and the co-creator of both 1440 Foundation and 1440 Multiversity. He has been a leader in the technology industry for more than 35 years. In 1996, he co-founded Juniper, growing the company to $4 billion in global sales with more than 10,000 employees in 100 countries. Scott's focus on cultivating authentic leaders led to work at 1440 Foundation and the development of the Leadership Center at 1440 Multiversity. There he and teams focus on life's crucibles, understanding oneself, and building trust. At his core, Scott is a learner and a builder. With 1440 Foundation, he seeks new ways to tie the world around us to that which is real and powerful within us — whether for the purpose of building teams as a leader in the tech industry or simply as an advocate for the path to living lives of true resonance.
  • Katey Kennedy
    Katey Kennedy
    Katey Kennedy
    Executive Director
    Katey leads 1440 Foundation, including investing in cancer collaboration, inner wellbeing, and community building. Katey has worked with 1440 Foundation for 9 years. Previously, Katey consulted with several nonprofits in the U.S. and Africa on business and program development as well as chairing BAWSI, the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative. Katey began her career at Xerox and worked for two decades at HP in sales, marketing, sponsorship, and channel development. Katey and her husband enjoy sports, especially soccer, the beach, travel, and checking in on their three grown children.
  • Shilpa Patel
    Shilpa Patel
    Shilpa Patel
    Sr. Director of Finance
    Shilpa brings more than 25 years of financial and accounting experience working with various technology startups in Silicon Valley. She began her accounting career in London working at the European headquarters for JTB, one of the largest travel agencies in the world. Shilpa is a solution driven finance professional with an extensive background in contributing to the bottom-line success of the companies she has worked with. She has a proven track record of performance and she is a strong believer in hands-on management and team building style. Shilpa enjoys hiking (especially coastal trails), concerts, and the outdoors with her husband and two sons, all of whom are rabid fans of English Premier League Soccer.
  • Melissa Gonzalez
    Melissa Gonzalez
    Melissa Gonzalez
    Program Administrator
    Melissa supports the development and management of 1440 Foundation's in-kind grants, website, and social media platforms. Melissa brings significant experience leading multicultural teams on campuses in Bogotá, Palo Alto, Boston, London, Shanghai and Dubai. Previously, she has managed a business office, managed accounts payable, and has been a caseworker for a child fostering and adoption agency. She is a passionate advocate for inner and relational fitness, with a focus on weightlifting to find that elusive mind-body connection.
  • Dr. Joseph Herman
    Dr. Joseph Herman
    Dr. Joseph Herman
    Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. Joseph Herman is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the 1440 Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Comprehensive Care Project. Previously he was Professor and Division Head ad-interim in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to that at Johns Hopkins University he was the division chief of Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology, director of clinical research for Radiation Oncology and EPIC clinical research physician lead for the institution. There he initiated and co-directed the Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Clinic at Hopkins and was instrumental in developing similar clinics for lung, prostate, liver, and head and neck cancer. He specializes in the treatment of pancreatic and hepatobiliary malignancies. He is currently moving to New York with his wife and kids, and spends his free time playing soccer with his kids.
  • Willy Hoos
    Willy Hoos
    Willy Hoos
    Cancer Research and Collaboration Lead
    Willy is an entrepreneur, executive, and venture leader in healthcare innovation, and he leads 1440 Foundation's cancer collaboration initiatives. Willy is the chief commercial officer of xCures, a company focused on patient centric oncology clinical trials. He founded and is chairman of ClinWiki.org,  which provides crowdsourced clinical trial information. Willy has worked in oncology with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, advising numerous medical diagnostic, device, pharmaceutical, and patient advocate organizations globally on product development and market strategy. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, occasionally getting the chance to golf, ski, or run.
  • Bobby Korah
    Bobby Korah
    Bobby Korah
    Director of Program Operations
    Bobby has worked with a leading cancer institute to drive change in research and clinical integration. He has worked with EHR teams to improve clinical efficiency in dictation, improving patient safety, reduce patient burden, and changing the way screening and enrollment is done for clinical trials. Bobby has always had an interest in healthcare and technology. He completed his medical degree and a master's in business with a focus in management. He lives in Houston with his wife and 2 young children, and spends his free time chasing them around the park and playing basketball.
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