Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute
Claire Dwoskin is the founder and co-chair of the Vaccine Safety Conference, gatherings of senior scientists and physicians, editors of scientific journals, experts in vaccine regulation, social science and health policy, consumer child health advocates, legal experts and members of the media in response to acknowledged significant increases in immune and inflammatory diseases in children and adults ranging from asthma and neurodevelopmental disorders to the emergence of previously rare but serious autoimmune health conditions during the past three decades. She is the founder of Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, a medical and scientific collaborative established to provide research funding for independent methodologically sound controlled scientific research on vaccines and medical interventions recommended and approved for use in infants and children. Research and articles funded by her family foundation have been published in prominent peer reviewed journals including Annals of Medicine, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, Lupus, Autoimmunity andVaccine.
Ms. Dwoskin has been a child health advocate for ten years, is an active volunteer board member of the National Vaccine Information Center and has worked with NVIC to develop a national campaign to educate the public about vaccination through grants from the Dwoskin Family Foundation. She was a sponsor of the 2009 NVIC “Show us the Science and Give us the Choice” conference. She has served on numerous boards including those for higher education, public broadcasting, performing arts, historic preservation, and was appointed to two state boards by Governor’s Wilder and Warner. She formerly served as a finance vice-chair for the Democratic National Committee, and has been active in charitable, community, state and national political efforts. She is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Marymount University, where she co-chaired the University Center capital campaign. Her family foundation provided seed funding and guidance for the award-winning documentary The Greater Good which was released in Fall 2011. She and her husband Albert have two children and live in McLean, Virginia.
Barton Rubenstein is a nationally renowned sculptor and public artist. He has completed numerous public art projects around the United States, and internationally. These include city and state projects, parks, corporate, commercial, and academic institutions. He typically works with stainless steel and bronze. Fascinated with various elements of nature, Rubenstein focuses on water, wind kinetics, light, and suspension. A comprehensive presentation of his artwork and approach to art can be viewed on the website, www.RubensteinStudios.com.
Rubenstein comes into the world of art after spending many years as a scientist. He received a BSc in physics at Haverford College in 1985, and went on to the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, where he received a MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, 1991, as well as a PhD in Neuroscience, 1994. During this time he published numerous papers on topics concerned with visual psychophysics, the study of the functional visual brain. One of the major contributions of his laboratory was the discovery that a visual learning task takes at least six hours to consolidate in the brain before a subject can actually do better at that task. During sleep, this consolidation occurs exclusively during the REM or dream stage (published in Science Magazine, 1994), strengthening the old adage, “you can’t cram before an exam.”
Gina C. Green
Senior Associate; Environment and Natural Resources Sector
A biodiversity (terrestrial and marine), climate change, conservation and agricultural specialist with 25 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating initiatives to protect and manage natural resources in Latin America, Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Proven ability to build bridges between public and private sectors with integrated and innovative approaches, such as the first Debt for Nature swap. Strong history of community, private enterprise, and governmental outreach and communications focusing on coastal zones combined with a successful track record in partnering with key academic, international, governmental, and local organizations. As vice president for The Nature Conservancy and technical director for USAID’s Parks in Peril initiative, developed a deep understanding of USAID procedures and regulations. Developed and implanted the first IJI sequestration project in Belize, Central America. Built important strategic alliances with multi and bilateral institutions to strengthen the credibility and practice of conservation in the Caribbean basin and Latin America. Native English, fluent Spanish.
Tim H. Myers
Mr. Tim H. Meyers serves as a General Partner of Updata Venture Partners, Updata Partners IV, L.P.,Updata Partners III L.P., Updata Partners II and Updata Partners. Mr. Meyers joined the Updata Venture Partners in 2000 and focuses on building and broadening the fund’s private equity activity through early and growth-stage investment opportunities. Mr. Meyers served as President of The Morino Group. He served as Chief Financial Officer of The Brandon Company from 1987 to 1993, where he structured numerous deals with total transaction volume of over $250 million. During his tenure, Mr. Meyers conceptualized and developed the 11600 Sunrise project. Prior to The Brandon Company, he was a C.P.A. at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touché) where Mr. Meyers was involved in structuring and evaluating transactions with firms such as KKR, RAMCO, and Spaulding & Evenflow. He served as the Chairman of Medical Care for Children’s Partnership. He serves as a Director of Updata Partners. He serves as Director of Nimaya Inc. Mr. Meyers serves on the Boards of Spectrum K12 School Solutions and 4GL School Solutions. He served as a Director of Harmony Information Systems, Inc. Mr. Meyers sits on the Boards of Diamondback Vision and The Kernel Group. He served as a Director of Appfluent Technology since March 28, 2005. He served as a Director of CMWare Inc. He serves on the Board of George Mason University Foundation, and Greater DC Cares. He served as a Director of ObjectVideo Inc. and Acclaris Inc. He has been a Co-Chairman of the selection and program committees for the last several Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Fairs. Mr. Meyers earned a B.S. in Business from George Mason University and a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech University.