Dr. John Torres, MD
Dr. John Torres, MD is an Emergency Room physician with experience in Level I and II trauma centers as well as expertise in disaster preparedness and weapons of mass destruction. After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he spent his initial career in the Air Force as a pilot. He then graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico Hospital system. Dr. Torres spent the remainder of his military career as a Flight Surgeon in the Air National Guard and became the commander of one of the few CERFP units in the nation dedicated to training and preparation for any Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package. In this capacity he also led a rescue mission to New Orleans to support both the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita medical response. Dr. Torres is now a retired Colonel and continues to teach Emergency Medical, Tactical and Force Protection across the globe to both military and civilian counterparts. He was also the owner and Medical Director of several urgent cares in Colorado for seven years and is now the Medical Director for multiple Emergency Rooms throughout the state. Dr. Torres currently stars as the medical correspondent for KRDO and 9News and the host of No Copay Radio.
Dr. Richard Calderone, PhD
Dr. Richard Calderone is Professor & Chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Director of the M.S. program in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy where he helps to create the next generation of biomedical policy makers and advocates. He received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1970 and has been at Georgetown University since 1974. Dr. Calderone is an expert in both microbiology and biomedical science policy. The focus of his research is on the two most common fungal pathogens of immunocompromised patients, Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus. He uses molecular biological and biochemical approaches to identify new targets on these fungi that can be exploited in drug discovery. In this regard, the potential drug targets that have been identified are two-component signal transduction proteins. In addition, in C. albicans, he studies DNA repair and again focus upon identifying unique proteins that may have potential as drug targets. His lab’s collaboration with a medicinal chemist has resulted in 4 compounds in patent that we hope to further develop. The lab is supported by NIH funds and the research staff in the lab currently includes 2 PhD students and 2 research Assistant Professors and a post-doctoral fellow.
Michael Caston, MID, IDSA, CSWA
Michael Caston, MID, IDSA, CSWA, received his Masters of Industrial Design in 2008 from North Carolina State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. Michael’s areas of interest in the field of product design include design research, marketing, user interface, and entrepreneurship. Michael has been operating a product and graphic design firm since 2007, managing product development projects for companies both large and small. Since 2012, Michael has also served as a Professor of Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver teaching courses in Plastics: Materials and Fabrication, Technical Drawing and CAD, Design for Marketability and Manufacturing Studio, and other classes. Examples of Michael’s professional and scholarly work can be accessed through his linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/
Carol Holliman, M.B.A.
Carol currently serves as Director of Consulting Services for CGI, a global IT services company. She has over 30 years of experience working with clients to develop technology solutions that solve business problems, and has worked extensively with the healthcare industry. In her career she has held business development, sales, global marketing and management roles, typically as an “intrepreneur” within large corporations. Before moving to CGI, she worked for 31 years at IBM selling enterprise-class technology solutions to clients such as Kaiser Permanente and the State of California. Outside of her professional roles, she founded and ran a nonprofit for over 20 years. Carol has dual Bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science, and holds a Masters in Business Administration. She lives with her husband in Northern California and has two adult daughters.