Our Chapter Leadership is comprised of two groups — the Chapter Executive Committee, involved in running the organization; and our Adisory Board which provides strategic direction.


Chris Steinhardt, Current Chapter Chair
Partner, Knobbe Martens
Amy-Romaker-websiteAmy Romaker, Immediate Past Chapter Chair
Director of Client Service Teams, Sheppard Mullin
Sam Najewicz, Chapter Treasurer
Assurance Manager, BDO USA
Andrew Berkhausen, Marketing Chair
Strategic Engagement Manager, ScaleMatrix
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Managing Director, TechCommercialization Advisors
Jean Center, Program Pipeline Chair
Founder, CEO & Principal Consultant, Center Group Consulting
Joseph Mallon, Sponsorship Chair
Partner, Knobbe Martens
David Forney for websiteDavid Forney, Committee Chair at Large
Data Scientist, SmartDrive Systems
Callie Clayton 2Callie Johnson, Wine Social Chair
VP of Sales and Recruiting, Premierehire Executive Search and Staffing
OPEN, Membership Chair

Anita 2Anita Rusch, Executive Director


Robert Blumberg
Co-founder, CEO & President,
SMS Technologies Inc.
Richard Campbell, Partner,
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
Alex DeNoble,
Executive Director & Professor,
San Diego State University
Peter Farrell,
Chairman & Founder,
Jerry Feitelson.
Chief Executive Officer,
Agribody Technologies Inc
Bryan Geisbauer
Senior Vice President,
Kidder Mathews
Ken King
Senior Director Business Development,
Viking Technology - Sanmina Corporation
Michael Lawless
Professor, School of Business,
University of San Diego
Mark Lovett
Organizer, Chief Architect,
TEDx San Diego
William Lynch
Vice President,
ProFinance Assoc.
Jospeh Mallon
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
Craig Nelson,
Senior Vice President,
Citizens Business Bank
Tyler Orion
Board member,
CONNECT Foundation
Gary Pace
Pace Unlimited
Amy Romaker
Director of Client Service Teams
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Dr. Barry Schwartz
National University
Michael Snow
Founder & President,
Drew Terry
Sr. Director, Product Development and Marketing, BD CareFusion
David Titus
Sr.VP Business Development
Cooley LLP
Rick Valencia
Qualcomm Life
Michael Van Loy PhD
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C
Ruprecht von Buttlar
Managing Director
Procopio Business Advisors, LLC
Karen Winston
VP Partnerships