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SENIOR FELLOWS     |     BOARD OF DIRECTORS     |     STAFF

SENIOR FELLOWS

Zephyr senior fellows are active advisors of our intellectual programming and in some cases teach seminars that we host.

AARON KHERIATY

AARON KHERIATY

Program Director & Senior Fellow, Program in Health & Human Flourishing

Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, where he also serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, and earned his MD degree from Georgetown University. He is the author of several books and articles for professional and lay audiences on bioethics, social science, and psychiatry. In addition to articles in peer reviewed journals, his work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Orange County Register, Public Discourse, and First Things. He has conducted print, radio, and television interviews on bioethics topics with The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and Fusion. On matters of public policy and healthcare he has been invited to address the California Medical Association, the UC Center in Sacramento, the Sacramento Press Club, and has testified before the California Senate Health Committee.

 MOLLY OSHATZ

MOLLY OSHATZ

Senior Fellow & Director of High School Programs, Center for the Study of First Principles

Molly Oshatz is Senior Fellow and Director of High School Programs at the Zephyr Institute’s Center for the Study of First Principles. Educated at Yale University (B.A., Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D, Intellectual History), she has served as Assistant Professor of History at San Francisco State University and Florida State University. Dr. Oshatz's publications include Slavery and Sin: The Fight Against Slavery and the Rise of Liberal Protestantism (Oxford University Press, 2011). Her work has also been published in Modern Intellectual HistoryChurch HistoryThe Journal of Southern History, and First Things

GEORGE BARTH

GEORGE BARTH

Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of First Principles

George Barth is Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Keyboard Programs and Professor of Music at Stanford University. As the director of Stanford’s keyboard programs in the Department of Music, his specializations include eighteenth- to twentieth-century performance practice and the piano music of Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Ives and Bartók. Along with his teaching and administrative responsibilities, Professor Barth pursues research interests ranging from eighteenth-century pedagogy to twentieth-century composition. His publications include The Pianist as Orator: Beethoven and the Transformation of Keyboard Style (Cornell University Press, 1992).

 
 BOYD SMITH

BOYD SMITH

Chairman of the Board

Boyd C. Smith, MBA '64 is a private investor in commercial real estate and high-tech start-up companies. He and his two business partners founded the California Family Foundation, which funds Beechwood School, an independent K-8 school that serves low-income and minority students. He and his wife, Jill, also founded the Golden Gate Family Foundation, which runs a scholarship and mentoring program for youth who are first generation college-bound. He is a board member of the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers at Stanford University and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

LUIS TELLEZ

LUIS TELLEZ

President

Luis Tellez is a member of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and president of the Witherspoon Institute. He spent the early part of his career working in the chemical industry, and subsequently spent over twenty years administering several non-profit corporations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

 ANDRE VANIER

ANDRE VANIER

Director

Andre Vanier '97, J.D./MBA '04 is a Vice President of Search Product Management at Yahoo! Prior to that he was co-founder and CEO of Rondee, Inc., a leading provider of free conference calling tools for small businesses and other groups. He also founded 1-800-411-SAVE, one of America's first companies to provide ad-supported free directory assistance to consumers. His prior work experience includes positions at McKinsey & Company, PayPal, and Gunderson Dettmer. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a member of the California Bar.

 JOHN ENDRIZ

JOHN ENDRIZ

Director

Dr. John Endriz, Ph.D '70 spent his career in engineering and technical management in the field of physical electronics. He has worked as guest researcher at the University of Linköping (L.T.H.), Sweden; project manager at RCA Sarnoff Laboratories (flat-screen TV); division engineering manager at Varian Image Tube Division (night vision); and vice president of engineering at SDL, Inc. (later JDSU, Inc.) (communications lasers). Since retiring in 1999, Dr. Endriz has been active in charities involved with inner-city K-12 education (Big Shoulders Fund, Chicago) and higher education (Stanford Multiple Sclerosis Research, ISI, ACTA). He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

KIRK HOIBERG

KIRK HOIBERG

Director

Kirk Hoiberg is a Principal at Trinitas Partners, a private equity investment firm with several hundred million dollars under management. Prior to Trinitas, he was Senior Managing Director within CB Richards Ellis' Global Corporate Services business unit, a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and the President of MixStar Incorporated. He graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with degrees in economics and mathematics, and he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar.

 JUDY ROMEA

JUDY ROMEA

Director & Program Director, Center for the Study of Professions and Moral Purpose

Judy Romea '14, MBA '21 is Program Director of the Zephyr Institute's Center for the Study of the Professions and Moral Purpose, and former Associate Director of the Zephyr Institute. Before joining Zephyr, she worked as a consultant in PwC's strategic technologies group for pharmaceutical companies. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a minor in International Relations from Stanford University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Review. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her interests are in business ethics and the philosophy and theology of culture. 

 

STAFF

MATT BOWMAN

MATT BOWMAN

Executive Director

Matt Bowman is Executive Director of the Zephyr Institute. His work focuses on technology-driven innovation in education systems. He cofounded EdSurge, a news service for education entrepreneurs. He worked previously as a KIPP teacher, Teach for America corps member, and writer for VentureBeat, and helped launch the Phaedrus Initiative, a nationwide network of inner-city blended-learning schools. He holds a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley. His interests include moral philosophy and the history of ideas, and he particularly enjoys discussing the telos of human life and action, and the historical context of intellectual trends.

SARAH THOMAS

SARAH THOMAS

Associate Director

Sarah Thomas '19 is Associate Director of the Zephyr Institute. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies and a minor in Data Science from Stanford University. She also studied theology and intellectual history at the University of Oxford. Sarah has worked at the Stanford Literary Lab, Stanford Humanities Center, and Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and she interned on the Religious Freedom Institute's South and Southeast Asia Action Team. At Stanford, she served as editor-in-chief of the journal of Christian thought, and as music director of the college radio station. Her interests are in metaphysics, scholastic and continental philosophy and theology, and the history of natural law thinking.

DANIELA ASUNCION

DANIELA ASUNCION

Operations Manager

Daniela Asuncion is Operations Manager of the Zephyr Institute. Her work involves the event management, marketing management and administrative dimensions of the Institute. She has held hybrid operations and project management roles for IBM and Hewlett Packard, and she currently works as an IT product owner for Oracle. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her interests include ethics and natural law theory. 

 JUDY ROMEA

JUDY ROMEA

Director & Program Director, Center for the Study of Professions and Moral Purpose

Judy Romea '14, MBA '21 is Program Director of the Zephyr Institute's Center for the Study of the Professions and Moral Purpose, and former Associate Director of the Zephyr Institute. Before joining Zephyr, she worked as a consultant in PwC's strategic technologies group for pharmaceutical companies. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a minor in International Relations from Stanford University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Review. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her interests are in business ethics and the philosophy and theology of culture. 

 
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