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SENIOR FELLOWS

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

Molly Oshatz is Program Director and Senior Fellow 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 an assistant professor at Florida State University and San Francisco State University. Her publications include Slavery and Sin: The Fight Against Slavery and the Rise of Liberal Protestantism (Oxford University Press, 2011).

First Principles Program Director & Senior Fellow

MOLLY OSHATZ

 MOLLY OSHATZ

George Barth is the 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.

First Principles Program Senior Fellow

GEORGE BARTH

GEORGE BARTH

Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is an 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.

Health & Human Flourishing Program Director & Senior Fellow

AARON KHERIATY

AARON KHERIATY
 

Boyd C. Smith 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. Boyd 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 currently a board member of the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers at Stanford University and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. He received a BS in Economics from the University of Utah, and an MBA from Stanford University.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

BOYD SMITH

 BOYD SMITH

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 BS and MS in chemical engineering as well as an MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

PRESIDENT

LUIS TELLEZ

LUIS TELLEZ

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

DIRECTOR

ANDRE VANIER

 ANDRE VANIER

Dr. John Endriz spent his career in engineering and technical management in the field of physical electronics. John 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, John has been active in charities involved with inner-city K–12 education (Big Shoulders Fund, Chicago) and higher education (Stanford Multiple Sclerosis Research, ISI, NAS, ACTA). He is also a contributing member of the Heritage Foundation and the Hoover Institution. John received his BSEE and MSEE from MIT, and his PhD (EE) from Stanford University.

DIRECTOR

JOHN ENDRIZ

 JOHN ENDRIZ

Kirk Hoiberg is a Principal at Trinitas Partners, a private equity investment firm with several hundred million dollars under management. Prior to Trinitas, Kirk 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 graduated from Harvard Business School with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar.

DIRECTOR

KIRK HOIBERG

KIRK HOIBERG

Judy Romea is the Program Director of the Zephyr Institute's Center for the Study of the Professions and Moral Purpose. She assists in the management of Zephyr’s operations and programs. Before joining Zephyr, she worked as a consultant in PwC's strategic technologies group for pharmaceutical companies. Judy 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.

DIRECTOR and PROGRAM DIRECTOR for Center for the Study of Professions and Moral Purpose

JUDY ROMEA

 JUDY ROMEA
 

ZEPHYR STAFF

Matt Bowman is the 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, 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.  

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MATT BOWMAN

MATT BOWMAN

Sarah Thomas is the Associate Director of the Zephyr Institute. She worked previously at the Stanford Literary Lab, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Religious Freedom Institute’s South and Southeast Asia Action Team. She also served as editor-in-chief of Vox Clara and music director of KZSU Stanford. Sarah holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies and a minor in Data Science from Stanford University, which included studies in theology and intellectual history at the University of Oxford.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

SARAH THOMAS

SARAH THOMAS

Daniela Asuncion is the 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 several IT companies serving global clients. She also currently works as an IT product owner for Oracle. Daniela holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

OPERATIONS MANAGER

DANIELA ASUNCION

DANIELA ASUNCION

Judy Romea is the Program Director of the Zephyr Institute's Center for the Study of the Professions and Moral Purpose. She assists in the management of Zephyr’s operations and programs. Before joining Zephyr, she worked as a consultant in PwC's strategic technologies group for pharmaceutical companies. Judy 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.

DIRECTOR and PROGRAM DIRECTOR for Center for the Study of Professions and Moral Purpose

JUDY ROMEA

 JUDY ROMEA