Craig Caffarelli, CEO  Craig is Chief Architect at AT&T responsible for Strategy & Innovation and has 20 years’ experience in executive leadership / management, strategic planning, marketing, sales and support of advanced technologies solutions. He advises and educates executives and management on emerging technology trends and relevant business focused solutions. He has served as a startup mentor for ASU's W.P. Carey entrepreneurship classes and programs and for ASU's Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. LinkedIn

Richard M. Feldheim, Chairman  Rich is a Managing Partner of Star Ventures LLC, a private investment, asset management and firm specializing in business opportunities. Over the past 30 years, he has been involved with numerous corporate and real estate ventures including restaurants, resort properties, hotels, undeveloped land and technology companies. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Arizona and LLM from the New York University, Mr. Feldheim worked in NYC for Price Waterhouse; Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette; and Goldman Sachs. He was a Board Member of Synovics, a public pharmaceutical company,where he served on the Board with Dr. C. Everett Koop. He is currently a member of the Arizona State Bar Association.

Hector Rieiro Ph.D., CTO  Dr. Rieiro is a programmer, data analyst, and laboratory technician, previously in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurophysiology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, where he assisted Dr. Steven Macknik and Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde in the eye-tracking intellectual property licensed by Saccadous. He has spent six (6) years in the lab at BNI working with the inventors, and earned his Ph.D in Information and Communications Technology at the University of Vigo in Spain.  Hector is proficient in Object Oriented development, and has extensive application development experience in C/C++, Java and MATLAB. He has knowledge of Objective-C, Assembler, Python, OpenCL and SQL.  LinkedIn

Christine Dempsey, CFO Christine has worked in real estate acquisition, development and management in Arizona for 25 years and is currently a Managing Partner of Star Ventures LLC, a private investment, asset management and advisory firm specializing in distressed assets. She is responsible for all aspects of administration, legal, accounting, including management of loan portfolios acquired by the company.

Wiley Larsen, COO, 480.433.9735 -  Wiley is previously Senior Program Manager for Arizona State University's Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He managed commercialization assistance programs that include the ASU Startup Accelerator, the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, and faculty research startup portfolio companies. He is an NSF I-Corps mentor and adjunct instructor for Lean Startup training.  LinkedIn

Ron Waldorf, CSO   Ron has been an active research scientist and inventor in the field of otolaryngology, since 1971. Initially trained in an academic research environment, he has published numerous articles on vestibular and optokinetic research in international scientific and medical journals and has been the principal investigator on several funded research grants. He has consulted with several national and international entities related to his work with eye movements, vestibular physiology and other applications of his technology. He is the co-inventor of numerous patents related to the infrared/video imaging of eye movements used in medical, law enforcement and worker impairment applications.

Steven Stralser Ph.D. Of Counsel, Commercialization Strategy Advisor Dr. Stralser is Professor Emeritus, Thunderbird School of Global Management where he was responsible for launching its Global Entrepreneurship Center while also teaching MBA and Executive MBA courses in innovation and new venture formation in classrooms in Geneva, London, Brussels, Prague, Amman, Hyderabad, New Delhi.  Dr. Stralser also taught at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences as a Fulbright Scholar and has served as a reviewer for NSF grantees in commercialization of federally-funded research. Stralser’s best-selling book MBA in a DAY: What you would learn at top-tier business schools (if you only had the time!) has been translated into eight languages and provides content for his business training seminars for scientists, researchers, physicians and other professionals.  LinkedIn


Advisory Board

Elliot Mufson, PhD, Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Laboratory, Barrow Neurological Institute. 

Manoja Lecamwasam, Executive Director, Strategic Innovation and Intellectual Property, Dignity Health

Charlie Lewis, Senior Vice President for Venture Development, Arizona Technology Enterprises.  

Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD,  Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Stephen Macknik, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center