Eric LoMonaco

Eric LoMonaco is the director of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Community Hospital, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that, Eric served for 4½ years as assistant director of Radiation Oncology.

Prior to coming to the Monterey Peninsula, Eric worked first as a radiologic technologist and then as a radiation therapist at several facilities, including Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, City of Hope National Medical Center, and the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center in Massachusetts (the latter as lead radiation therapist). Eric is a certified radiology administrator, a certified radiologic technologist, and a certified radiation therapist who holds a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

Eric devotes considerable time and energy to serving at-risk youth in our community, regularly giving talks where he shares his own personal journey out of difficult circumstances and inspires students toward academic achievement and healthcare careers. He currently serves as a mentor in CSUMB’s Pay it Forward program, is a past chair of the advisory committee for Cabrillo College’s radiological sciences program, and past chair of the board of Breakthrough, a local nonprofit organization.

Recently Eric was a keynote speaker at the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival and was also just featured on the cover of the Radiology Business Journal (2017). Eric was also selected for the Ted x Monterey “Outed for Awesome”. Prior to that Eric was voted in the Top 25 for the Monterey County Weekly’s “Movers and Shakers” and earned a feature article in 65 Degree magazine. In 2014 Eric received the Leadership Monterey Peninsula Founders Award for outstanding community service.


Mark R. Laret

Mark R. Laret is president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health, an internationally recognized medical institution with more than 950 beds, nearly 2 million outpatient visits and annual revenue of over $4 billion. UCSF Health has affiliations with top health care organizations throughout Northern California. Laret is also a founder of Canopy Health, a doctor- and hospital-owned accountable care network of more than 4,000 health care providers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCSF Medical Center among the top 10 hospitals in the nation. Laret has led initiatives to improve patient and family health care experiences, to improve the quality and safety of care, and to establish a regional network of hospitals and physicians. He oversaw construction of UCSF Health's newest hospital complex – UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay – which opened in 2015 and includes hospitals for children, women's services and cancer, as well as an outpatient center.

Laret joined UCSF in 2000. He has more than three decades of experience as a health care executive and is a national leader in health care reform. He held several leadership positions at UCLA Medical Center from 1980 to 1995 before serving as CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center from 1995 to 2000. He is chair of the board of directors of Canopy Health and past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Teaching Hospitals and the California Hospital Association.

Laret earned a bachelor's degree at UCLA and a master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC), both in political science.


Ken Kamler

Ken Kamler practices hand and microsurgery surgery in New York, but practices extreme medicine in the remotest regions on Earth:  Arctic, Antarctic, Amazon, Africa, Himalayas; in weightlessness aboard NASA zero-gravity flights and undersea in mock space capsules. Doctor on six Everest expeditions, four funded by National Geographic making tectonic measurements, and two by NASA testing remote sensors.  Climbed to within 900 vertical feet of the summit and was the only doctor high on the mountain during the epic 1996 disaster.  Physician for US Army Kilimanjaro research expedition. Physician aboard a Norwegian salvage ship using unmanned submersibles to recover Apollo 11 rocket engine from 14,000’ in the Bermuda Triangle.

Ken has traveled to the most inaccessible regions of Bhutan under the direction of the Minister of Health to assess endemic conditions. He went to the Kazakhstan Steppe to interview survivors of Russian Gulag prison camps for a film documentary. He explored caves in the Ukraine that were inhabited by Jewish families hiding from the Nazis during WWII and was an advisor for a documentary about it. Most recently, he was on a NASA-funded expedition to make an aerial survey of glacial recession in the Andes and learn how it has affected Quechua culture.

Profiled in NY Times, USA Today, Newsday, US News, and Reader’s Digest. Spoken twice at national TED Talks. Ken has appeared in IMAX, National Geographic, Discovery, and History Channel documentaries; frequent guest on national radio and TV, including NPR’s Fresh Air; TED Radio Hour; BBC World Service; Nightline; Dateline; 48 hours; 20/20; Today Show; Good Morning America; CNN; Fox News; Outdoor Life Network; Live with Regis + Kelly; Arsenio Hall; Bear Gryllis, Xploration Outer Space, William Shatner’s Weird or What;  The UneXplained; Larry King; a full hour on Oprah.

Ken has authored two books on survival, Doctor on Everest, and Surviving the Extremes. He writes chapters on wilderness medicine for academic and popular books, and writes columns for popular magazines. He has been a vice president and a director of The Explorers Club, and a member of the Popular Mechanics Editorial Board of Advisors.

Honors include being named a “Best Doctor” by NY Magazine and by Newsday; a sub-camp named for him at the National Boy Scout Jamboree; the Science Museum of Long Island Lifetime Science Achievement Award; an Explorers Club award for Heroism and Altruism on Everest; the 2009 Lowell Thomas Distinguished Explorer Award, 2014 Explorers Citation of Merit.


Scott James

Scott James is the author of Trial by Fire: A Devastating Tragedy, 100 Lives Lost, and a 15-Year Search for Truth, winner of the 2021 top prize for nonfiction from the New England Society Book Awards. Trial by Fire tells the true story of The Station nightclub fire, one of America’s deadliest criminal cases.

A veteran journalist, Scott has been a contributor to The New York Times since 2009, and has three Emmy awards for his work in television news.

He’s also the author of two bestselling novels, The Sower and SoMa, finalist for the national Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction.


Deborah Gruenfeld

Deborah Gruenfeld is a leading social psychologist and the Joseph McDonald Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Gruenfeld’s research has been featured in many scholarly journals as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, O Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.

Gruenfeld co-directs the Executive Program for Women Leaders at Stanford and teaches courses on power and leadership for a wide variety of audiences around the world, including young company founders and senior executives in large, multinational companies.

She sits on the boards of the LeanIn.Org Foundation and Stanford’s Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois.


David Cutler

Speaker, author, consultant, and facilitator David Cutler is known for leading immersive “innovation GAMEs.” These powerful, team-based experiences have empowered business, arts, and education communities from around the globe to solve creative challenges while becoming better collaborators. His full-color, illustrated book The GAME of Innovation (McGraw-Hill Professional; March 2022) guides readers to gamify the problem-solving process, step up their team, and play to win.

An award-winning, multi-genre composer, pianist, and Yamaha Master Educator, Cutler has performed extensively across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His books The Savvy Musician and The Savvy Music Teacher, which provide tools for amplifying income, impact, and innovation, have shaped a generation of artists.

Dr. Cutler is a member of the Liberty Fellowship and Aspen Global Leadership Network, associations aimed at building a more just society. He is a Distinguished Professor at University of South Carolina, where he teaches innovation and entrepreneurship and led a university-wide effort called USCreativity.

“If 1,000 people consider a particular challenge, and 999 spot roadblocks, I aspire to be the one who sees things differently.” 


Marita Cheng

Marita Cheng, Forbes 30 Under 30 roboticist and entrepreneur, inspires people through the possibilities of technology. While studying engineering at University, Marita founded Robogals, a global organization that inspires girls into engineering careers and tertiary studies through teaching girls robotics. For her work with Robogals, she was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and received an Asia Society Game Changer Award at the United Nations!

Through attending Singularity University’s 10-week Graduate Studies Program, Marita founded Aipoly, using AI to recognize objects in real time to help the visually impaired navigate the world, winning a CES Best of Innovation Award two years in a row! And then Aubot, where she currently serves as CEO, making telepresence robots and robotics arms that care and enable.

Named one of Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech and the youngest Member of the Order of Australia, Marita shows there are no limits.


Lanhee J. Chen

Lanhee Chen is a leader, problem-solver and educator who has built his career on tackling some of California and America’s biggest fiscal policy challenges. He was raised in Southern California and is the son of immigrants from Taiwan. After earning four degrees from Harvard University, including a law degree and doctorate in political science, he served in senior roles in both Republican and Democratic presidential administrations.

Today, Lanhee is regarded as one of America’s leading policy commentators and experts. He teaches at Stanford University, where he also conducts research at the Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank. He has helped leaders in California and around the country develop policies to address some of our society’s most pressing problems—like improving our health care system, saving Social Security, and growing our economy. His writings have appeared in America’s biggest newspapers and he has frequently shared his ideas and policy recommendations on television news programs across America and around the world.

Previously, Lanhee was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a member of the independent and bipartisan Social Security Advisory Board, a group of leaders that advise the President, Congress, and other policymakers on matters relating to the Social Security program.

Lanhee built his own small business, which focuses on providing advice on fiscal and other public policy issues to leaders in both the public and private sectors. He is an investor who works with entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses and create new jobs. Lanhee has also taken an active leadership role in a variety of nonprofit organizations. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of El Camino Health, a health care system in his community.

Lanhee grew up rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Lakers—and remains a die-hard fan of both teams to this day. He and his wife Cynthia, a nonprofit attorney, have a ten-year old son and seven-year old daughter. They currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Vik Amar

Vik Amar

Vikram Amar has since 2015 served as the dean and a named professor of the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Before that he was a professor and administrator at various law schools within the UC system.

He has penned several books and over 60 articles in leading academic journals, focusing on constitutional law, federal courts, and civil procedure. He earned his AB from UC Berkeley and his JD from Yale Law School. After law school he clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court before joining the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

He was the first person of South Asian heritage to clerk at the Supreme Court, and was the first American-born person of Indian descent to become the dean of a major American law school.

For more info, see https://law.illinois.edu/faculty-research/faculty-profiles/vikram-d-amar/