Advisory Board

Phil Gold

Phil Gold is the Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Physiology and Oncology, at McGill University. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at McGill and Physician-in-Chief at the Montreal General Hospital. He is presently the Executive Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the McGill University Health Centre.

Dr. Gold’s early research led to the discovery and definition of the Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA), the blood test most frequently used in the diagnosis and management of patients with cancer. For this work, other studies, and his outstanding contributions as a medical educator, he has gained national and international recognition. He has been elected to numerous prestigious organizations and has been the recipient of such outstanding awards as the Gairdner Foundation Annual International Award, the Isaak Walton Killam Award in Medicine of the Canada Council, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada R.M. Taylor Medal. He has been elected to membership in the Royal Society of Canada, the Association of American Physicians, and Mastership in the American College of Physicians. His outstanding contributions to teaching have been recognized by an award as a Teacher of Distinction from his Factulty of Medicine. He has been honored by his country, his province, his city, and his university by appointment as a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Officer of l’Ordre National du Québec, a member of the Academy of Great Montrealers; and as the recipient of the Gold Medal of the McGill University Graduate Society, respectively. He has been the Sir Arthur Sims Traveling Professor to the British Commonwealth.

Chris Mason
Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Christopher Mason completed his dual B.S. in Genetics and Biochemistry (2001) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, his Ph.D. in Genetics (2006) from Yale University, and then completed dual post-doctoral training in clinical genetics (2009) at Yale Medical School, and a joint post-doctoral Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, and Law at Yale Law School (2009). He is currently an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, with appointments at the Tri-Institutional Program on Computational Biology and Medicine between Cornell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University, the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, and the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute.

The Mason laboratory develops and deploys new biochemical and computational methods in functional genomics to elucidate the genetic basis of human disease and human physiology. We create and explore novel techniques in next-generation sequencing and algorithms for: tumor evolution, genome evolution, DNA and RNA modifications, and genome/epigenome engineering. We also work closely with NIST/FDA to build international standards for these methods, to ensure clinical-quality genome measurements/editing. We also work with NASA to build integrated molecular portraits of genomes, epigenomes, transcriptomes, and metagenomes for astronauts, which help establish the molecular foundations and genetic defenses for enabling long-term human space travel.

He has won the NIH’s Transformative R01 Award, the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Young Investigator award, the Hirschl-Weill-Caulier Career Scientist Award, the Vallee Foundation Young Investigator Award, the CDC Honor Award for Standardization of Clinical Testing, and the WorldQuant Foundation Research Scholar Award.  He was named as one of the “Brilliant Ten” Scientists by Popular Science, featured as a TEDMED speaker, and called “The Genius of Genetics” by 92Y. He has >130 peer-reviewed papers that have been featured on the covers of Nature, Science, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Microbiology, Neuron, and Genome Biology and Evolution, as well as cited by the U.S. District Court and U.S. Supreme Court.  His work has also appeared on the covers of the Wall Street Journal, TIME, LA Times, New York Times, and across many media (ABC, NBC, CBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, PBS, NASA, NatGeo). He has co-founded three biotechnology start-up companies and serves as an advisor to many others. He lives with his daughter and wife in Brooklyn, NY.

Karl J. Van Deusen
Captain, U.S. Navy (retired)

Karl served his country for 27-years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. Karl was a Congressional Appropriations advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and served as military liaison staff to Rep, C.W. Bill Young (R-FL), Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His military service included operational tours in command of a Destroyer Squadron based in Bahrain and an Arleigh Burke class destroyer home ported in Norfolk, VA. Mr. Van Deusen earned his B.A. in history from Marquette University, and also holds M.A. degrees in national security affairs and strategic studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA and the Naval War College, Newport, RI.

Francis "Chip" Sheehan
United States Secret Service

Chip has 32 years of law enforcement experience. He has served and continues to serve his country through his work for the United States Secret Service. Chip has assumed many roles for the Service including Lead Driving Instructor and has provided driver training for Presidents Clinton and Bush and Vice Presidents Gore and Chaney. Chip holds a bachelor of Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and has been the recipient of numerous Secret Service perfomance awards. 

Joe Monroe
Chief of Police, University of Kentucky Police Department

Joe Monroe was named University of Kentucky Chief of Police in November of 2009 following a three-year tenure as the department’s Interim Chief of Police. His police career began at Transylvania University Department of Public Safety in 1991 before joining the University of Kentucky Police in 1994. Monroe is the first Chief of Police to advance through the ranks at the University of Kentucky after starting as an officer. Chief Monroe took command of the police department that once was 52 employees and today he oversees 191 employees and an $11 million annual budget. During his tenure at the University of Kentucky Police, he has served as Patrol Officer, Detective, Patrol Supervisor roles as a Sergeant and Lieutenant, and Major of Administration before becoming Chief. Monroe was also instrumental in the restructuring of campus safety units at the University of Kentucky where he now oversees the operations of the police, security for UK Healthcare facilities, campus security technology, and several other units. Additionally, he leads the University’s Crisis Management Response team efforts. Chief Monroe is the longest serving Police Chief at the University of Kentucky Police Department since its inception in 1972. 

Gordon Red Batty, Head Equipment Manager Green Bay Packers™/®

Gordon “Red” Batty has been the Head Equipment Manager for the Green Bay Packers™/® for the past 24 seasons. Prior to joining the Packers™/®, Red worked in the same capacity for 13 seasons with the Houston Oilers™/®. Long regarded as one of the best in the business, Red was named the National Football League “Equipment Manager of the Year” in 2002. He was a member of the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes™/® in 1974 and 1977 as well as a Super Bowl champion with the Packers™/® in 1997 and 2011.

Doug Shearer, former Head Equipment Manager Anaheim Ducks™/®

Doug joined the Anaheim Ducks™/® in 2007. Prior to that, Doug was the Head Equipment Manager for the Washington Capitals™/® from 1983 to 2006. Doug also served Team USA at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City as well as the 1997 World Hockey Championships in Finland. In 1999, Doug was the head Equipment Manager for the NHL® All Star game in Tampa. A past president of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers, Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human and physical education. 

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