Hackathon Mentors and Judges
In 2015, Zhenya Abbruzzese established a next generation technology-based health care service, developed with a physician professor at Harvard Medical School and incubated by Cambia Health Solutions venture arm. Presently, Zhenya is the principal of J Curve Consulting, a consultancy that works with hospitals, clinics, and healthcare startups to improve quality of care, increase access, and reduce health care costs by developing innovative technology and service solutions.
Matt Layton, MD, PhD
Dr. Layton earned a B.A. in Chemistry with Distinction from the University of Kansas, and an M.D. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Kansas University Medical Center. He completed psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle and is a Clinical Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. He is the Medical Director for the WSU Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and Physician-of-Record for the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center. Dr. Layton is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow in the American College of Psychiatrists. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, Washington State Psychiatric Association, Washington State Medical Association, and the Spokane County Medical Society. He has published numerous scientific articles in the fields of psychopharmacology and neuroimaging, presented research findings in national and international forums, and received awards from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, National Institute of Mental Health, American Federation for Clinical Research, American Psychiatric Association, Washington Community Mental Health Council, and he is listed as one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists.”
Chip is a serial entrepreneur with 25+ years experience in the software business. He has been CEO of 3 startups, raised over $40 million in venture capital, and sold his first company to Sony back in 2000 — enabling the Playstation 2 with multi-player gaming support. Chip currently is the head of business development for Affirm Inc in SF, but he lives in Spokane and is deeply involved in the startup community.
Alyson Blum, PharmD
Alyson Blum, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist in obstetrics. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University and completed a 1 year residency and a 1 year fellowship in obstetrics. She currently works at the Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. There she manages inpatient and outpatient chronic and acute illness in pregnancy. Through The Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine, she has an outreach clinic to Coeur D’alene, ID and telemedicine to Tri-cities, WA. She has experience in small and large community pharmacies. She is Adjunct Faculty at WSU College of Pharmacy. She is also Medical Director for Camp STIX, a local camp for children with type 1 diabetes.
Joe has worked in the healthcare field here in Spokane for fifteen years. He started Medibeat, a healthcare consulting company, in April 2017. Medibeat provides strategic guidance around technology and policy initiatives for healthcare organizations across the northwest. Joe is also co-founder and CEO of Medcurity, Inc., a cloud-based HIPAA Security Risk Assessment platform that launched in December of 2017. Additionally, Joe has served as a board member for CHAS Health for 11 years, and as an occasional grant reviewer for CMS.
Marcelo is founder of A4Ventures, a Washington-based venture fund which focuses on creating and and supporting early stage companies in the life sciences, medical device and high-tech industries. Through A4Ventures, he has founded or worked with several Spokane-Based companies in Life Sciences, including:
- Allele Diagnostics, a genetic diagnostic laboratory focused on rapid genetic testing
- Celere Talent, a biotechnology talent acquisition and advisory firm
- Arevo Health, a cloud-based SaaS organization focused on providing health care cost transparency
- ChalkLabs, a data visualization and analytics company
Marcelo is also an acting Adjunct with Washington State University, where he serves as a principal advisor to the Ellison S. Floyd College of Medicine and the Technology Incubator.
Prior to founding A4Ventures, Marcelo held the position of Chief Executive Officer for Jubilant HollisterStier, a subsidiary of Jubilant Life Sciences. HollisterStier is an integrated pharmaceutical organization focused on providing comprehensive manufacturing, drug development and innovative R&D solutions to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
Prior to joining Jubilant HollisterStier, Marcelo was the Canadian Industry Segment Leader for the Life Sciences practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, and a member of their global Life Sciences leadership team, based in Toronto, Canada.
Marcelo either currently serves or has recently served on the following not-for-profit boards: the World Economic Forum’s Health Care Initiative, Greater Spokane Incorporated Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane United Way Association. Marcelo is also an Adjunct to Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
Marcelo is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received a Master’s of Business Administration, and a graduate of McMaster University where he received a Bachelor’s of Sciences specializing in Biochemistry.
Thomas is an educator, software engineer, and interactive artist living in Spokane. He holds in an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.S. in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. While at the university, he taught computer programming and served as a research assistant at the Phenomenology Research Center. He is an avid conference and hackathon participant, contributing talks, workshops, and mentorship to regional events. Currently, he operates Unicorn, Spokane’s free coding school, and also leads web development at Washington Trust Bank. He is enthusiastic about sharing the joy of code and enabling people to build things and solve problems with the help of computers.