Meet the team

Meet the team 2018-02-14T15:50:36+00:00

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee ensures VLAB operates successfully by planning and executing events, identifying sponsors, recruiting passionate volunteers and connecting the broader VLAB community. Learn more.

VLAB Chairs

Dana Kismetova
Dana KismetovaChair
Fred Stein
Fred SteinVice Chair


Michael Chen
Michael ChenProgram Chair
Ravi Prasad
Ravi PrasadProgram Co-Chair

Sponsorship and Alliances

Monique Hodgkinson
Monique HodgkinsonSponsorship and Alliances Chair

Founders Series

Hira Dangol
Hira Dangol Founders Series Chair
Marko Ruusinen
Marko RuusinenFounders Series Co-Chair

Online Media

Natalia Erokhina
Natalia ErokhinaOnline Media Co-Chair
Ronnie Hodgkinson
Ronnie HodgkinsonOnline Media Co-Chair


Sheen Kao
Sheen KaoTech Chair

Academic Ambassador

Stefano Foresti
Stefano ForestiAcademic Ambassador Chair


Jeanne Wiseman
Jeanne WisemanAdvisors Chair

Operations and Volunteers

Sladana Veljkovic
Sladana VeljkovicOperations Chair
Nathan Hammond
Nathan HammondOperations Co-Chair


Bob Gullino
Bob GullinoMarketing Chair

Board of Directors

As a volunteer organization, we rely on the experience and expertise of our Board of Directors to participate in the care and growth of our community.

Vivek Kumar
Vivek Kumar
Ron Chavez
Ron Chavez
Dr. Michel Floyd
Dr. Michel Floyd
Aiko Fushida
Aiko Fushida
Sheryl L. Hinshaw-Peterson
Sheryl L. Hinshaw-Peterson
Johanson & Yau
Chihiro Jameson
Chihiro Jameson
Silver Lake Partners
Bill Tobin
Bill Tobin
Strayer Consulting Group
Louise Velazquez
Louise Velazquez
Gigi Wang
Gigi Wang


VLAB advisors help to identify emerging business and technology trends, which form the basis of VLAB programming. Our advisors also assist in identifying and securing panelists, moderators, sponsors and presenting companies for our ongoing forums.

Hank Barry
Hank BarryPartner
Sidley Austin
Jacques Benkosk
Jacques BenkoskPartner
US Venture Partners
Tanguy Chau
Tanguy ChauVenture Investor
Mayfield Fund
Rob Coneybeer
Rob ConeybeerManaging Director & Co-Founder
Shasta Ventures
Shahin Farshchi
Shahin FarshchiPrincipal
Lux Capital
Carmen Hughes
Carmen HughesCEO
Ignite Public Relations
Lars Leckie
Lars LeckieManaging Director
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Tom Rikert
Tom RikertPartner
Next World Capital
Jacqueline Witter
Jacqueline WitterDirector
Good Technology
Manish Patel
Manish PatelPartner
Highland Capital Partners
Stephanie Zeppa
Stephanie ZeppaPartner
Sheppard Mullin
 Luca Rigazio
Luca RigazioDirector of Engineering
Panasonic Silicon Valley Laboratory