Karen McCord’s experience includes strategic planning and management of technical and financial projects associated with disease prevention in the developing world. She has broad operational and international experience in non-profit and for-profit entities. Most recently she was involved with an evaluation of large research enterprise in the Middle East. In September 2014, Karen won the “Make it Matter Challenge”, an innovation contest sponsored by LinkedIn and the Taproot Foundation, aimed at securing ideas to connect nonprofits to quality pro bono resources. Ms. McCord completed the Management and Technology Dual Degree Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with bachelor degrees from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School.
Co-Founder & CTO
Siavash Mahmoudian has been the lead developer for HyperOffice since 2007, and earned three degrees in Information Technology, Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering, as well as the gold medal in the 2007 International Robotics competition. Siavash is responsible for all aspects of the product and the development team.
Chris Frew, is a seasoned sales executive with more than 10 years of experience, most recently with a National professional services firm where he launched and grew their Life Science Division and instilled a culture of excellence across the organization. As a thought leader in the life science and STEM education communities he is the Founder of the BioBuzz Workforce Foundation, which has built the most vibrant community of life science professionals in the region to promote a stronger workforce. He has also served as the Vice Chairman for the Center of Minority Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST), and since 2013 has been the Biotechnology Co-Chair for WeWorkForHealth’s Maryland Chapter. Chris is a graduate of Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. As VP of Sales, Chris is responsible for expanding Breezio’s customer base.
Director of Customer Experience
Laura Dress has over two decades of experience providing customer support, beginning with her first career as a financial advisor working for a few of the world’s leading mutual fund companies. She graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with an Interdisciplinary degree of her own design: Biological, Ethical, and Social Dimensions of Health Care. Her passion for biology at the intersection of finance, technology and collaborative research led her to start multiple businesses between 2009-2011, including a citizen science BSL1 lab in Baltimore called BUGSS. Laura is also a regular judge at MIT’s iGEM and AITF’s GeekStarter competitions. Her background in integrative methodology, strategic design and content development lead her to obtain her ScrumMaster certification in 2014 to help facilitate software development. Laura is passionate about facilitating innovation through digital collaboration. As Director of Customer Experience, Laura is responsible responsible for overseeing and managing the product’s success with each new customer, including managing the onboarding process and continuous improvement of that process, and ensuring that customer product feedback is shared and prioritized with Breezio’s development team.
Shahab Kaviani, has been building communities and helping people collaborate as the co-founder of multiple ventures. As co-founder of HyperOffice, he launched an integrated collaboration software-as-a-service which now serves over half-a-million users worldwide. He later co-founded CoFoundersLab, which has become the largest online community of entrepreneurs in the world, where co-founders are matched to launch new businesses. CoFoundersLab merged with Onevest in 2014 affording entrepreneur members access to a network of active angel investors. Shahab has deep experience building products, marketing, team building, and community development.
Cary Thomas is currently president of the Association of Independent Research Institutes. Cary has held leadership positions in public and private academic institutions: Senior VP at Scripps Research; Senior Associate Dean Administration and Finance at the USC’s Keck School of Medicine, COO for the Kimmel Cancer Center, Director for Administration and Finance at the Information Sciences Institute of USC, and Director, Information Systems at San Diego State University. Cary cofounded Paciolan Systems, a sports ticketing system installed at most NCAA Division-IA institutions; Paciolan was acquired by Ticket Master in 2008. In 2013 Cary developed a hosted research intelligence application known as Faculty Analytics®.
David Proctor has served researchers as an advocate and community builder since 2007. He was most recently a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, where he assisted in the management of research programs that support innovation in software infrastructure, and a Research Associate with the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy at the National Academies, where he was also a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow. David was a researcher at Penn State University and the University of Dundee, and now manages peer review of life sciences research.
Darrell W. Gunter is a “Digital” publishing executive who has been a pioneer in the information industry. Starting a successful sales career with Xerox, he joined Dow Jones Financial News Services and launched Dow Jones News Retrieval in Los Angeles. He built Elsevier’s first commercial organization and successfully launched ScienceDirect and Scopus. As the EVP/CMO of Collexis he successfully launched BiomedExperts.com, Experts Profile and Reviewer Finder and positioned Collexis to be acquired by Elsevier. Within the information industry he is very active as he Co-Chairs the Committee for Digital Innovation for PSP of AAP and is a former Associate Editor of the Learned Journal published by ALPSP. He also serves on a few profit and non-profit boards.
Mr. Henry is Chief Information and Engagement Officer of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is responsible for implementing exemplary systems that can serve as a model to the rest of the association community and to ratchet-up the use and understanding of technology among ASAE members. He has been working with and/or for non-profit organizations since 1985 and speaks regularly on technology and strategy issues. Reggie was recently named one of the top 40 CIOs in DC-MD-VA area.