Advisory Board


Jennifer Baird, PhD, MPH, MSW, RN, CPN
Jennifer is Director of the Institute for Nursing and Interprofessional Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Baird is a pediatric nurse scientist whose clinical background is in the pediatric intensive care unit, where she worked with children from birth to late adolescence and families from a wide variety of backgrounds. Prior to becoming a nurse, Dr. Baird trained as a clinical social worker with an emphasis on early intervention, early childhood special education, and support of families with young children. Her passion is in improving systems of care to promote family engagement, with a particular focus on communication among healthcare providers and families. Dr. Baird holds a PhD in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Alinne Barrera, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, PAU Clinical Psychology PhD Program. Associate Director, Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health). 
Dr. Barrera’s scholarly work is focused on depression prevention, intervention adaptations, and the use of technology to deliver maternal mental health services and resources. As a trainee, Dr. Barrera built a strong foundation in the identification and treatment of major depression using standardized measures and evidence-based interventions. As a byproduct of her cultural experiences, she is drawn to working with Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities and cultivated a clinical expertise with this population while a predoctoral intern at San Francisco General Hospital/University of California, San Francisco. As a postdoctoral fellow, she began to use technology as a method to expand the reach and impact of research endeavors. She was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship to adapt to the Internet a prevention of postpartum depression intervention, the Mothers and Babies Internet Project. Dr. Barrera aims to integrate technology as a tool to meet the needs of perinatal women, especially women with limited resources. She is currently examining the use of the text-messaging version of the prevention program as an enhancement to a home visitation program and in collaboration with Bay Area community clinics. Dr. Barrera completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her doctoral degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Rosanna Durruthy
Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn.
Rosanna is considered a thought leader, strategist and business influencer. Her orientation toward diversity and inclusion enables solutions that drive talent engagement, business growth, customer satisfaction, thriving partnerships and empowered communities. 

As the leader of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn, Rosanna is leading a team who focused on creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. 

Rosanna has held several leadership roles prior to joining LinkedIn, including serving as CEO of AEQUUS Group, Rosanna led an organizational consulting practice designed to empower adaptive emerging leaders. Through executive coaching and personal network analysis, I coached women and people of color to achieve new thresholds of leadership and successful career progression within “Fortune 150” companies. Operating from a different philosophy on talent and leadership, Rosanna's practices have been cited in several publications, including the books Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance by Boris Groysberg, Princeton University Press (2010), and Latinos in College (2010) and Poder de Mujer (2012), along with the English translated Find Your Inner Red Shoes (2012) by Mariela Dabbah.

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Patrick Hendry
Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services.
Patrick has worked as a mental health advocate for the past twenty-four years. His areas of expertise include peer provided services, self-directed care, recovery based trainings, organizational development, and management and sustainability. Patrick received MHA's highest honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award in 2012, and a SAMHSA Voice Award and Eli Lilly Reintegration Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He is the former Executive Director of the Florida Peer Network and has assisted in the development of numerous peer-run programs and organizations. Patrick is a strong supporter of the inclusion of mental health consumers in all aspects of the behavioral health system.

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Desirée L. Israel, LGSW
Desirée is a licensed social worker, perinatal psychotherapist, trained birth doula, Reiki practitioner, and owner of Postpartum Recovery helping women decipher the funk of motherhood through her practice in Baltimore, MD.Additionally, she serves as a diversity committee member for Postpartum Progress, a Maryland co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International and her practice is a Perinatal Safe Spot through the National Perinatal Task Force.


Raul Martinez, Esq
Raul is a Southern California native who serves as a contract patent attorney.  Raul lost his wife Kelly Abraham Martinez to postpartum psychosis in 2010, just 3 months after the birth of their daughter.  He brings the perspective of loss, the hispanic culture, and both an appreciation of out-of-the-box ideas and the need to focus on what will make an impact to the Influencers advisory board.

George Mathew Jr.
George is an expert in marketing, sales, business development with a special interest in market shaping and forecasting, lifecycle planning, start-ups and new product launches. He has a talent for building strategic alliances, including leveraging thought leaders, voice of the customer and executive management. George resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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Carole Mendoza
Executive Director, Benefits, Amgen Inc.

Carole leads the global benefits function at Amgen. Her responsibilities include the strategic development, analysis and implementation of Amgen’s health and retirement benefits plans, wellness programs, and executive benefits. Carole has held employee benefit leadership positions in the high tech, biotech and oil & gas industries, as well as a health care benefits consulting role with Hewitt Associates. Carole is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) and earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. 

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Clare Schexnyder
Clare Schexnyder is the founder, CEO and co-owner of Oh Baby! Fitness. The company, founded in 2005, offers the widest variety of pregnancy and mom & baby exercise classes in the USA. They also offer the world's leading pre/postnatal fitness instructor training. Oh Baby! Fitness has trained thousands of instructors in 44 states and 15 countries. Clare was a producer at CNN for 17 years before she came to the fitness industry. She is the proud parent of a teenager and lives in Atlanta with her family. She is certified by AFAA and SCW Fitness in group fitness and is the co-author of Oh Baby! Fitness' own pre/postnatal instructor training.

John M. Smith
John is a corporate executive responsible for strategic innovation and new product development.  John often negotiates multi-million dollar contracts and has led significant merger integrations.  He understands that in the end consumer engagement and corporate social responsibility are critical to next generation solutions.  John was the first in his family to attend college.  He resides in St. Louis. MO and is a father of 5.

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Shireen Thor
Shireen Thorhas had a successful career spanning nearly 15 years as a medical device design engineer and product marketer and Big 3 business consultant solving incentive compensation problems for big brands.  After running $25M plus product P&Ls and working with large companies like Accenture, Össur and CareFusion, Shireen wanted to do more, and have more independence in her professional endeavors.  She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Maria Shireen® a functional fashion accessories company headquartered in San Diego, CA. Though the company only launched in 2015, they already have distribution in over 45 countries. Her flagship patent protected product has been featured in over 100 fashion and beauty print, online publications, and national broadcast. Since July 2016, Shireen has been awarded 5 utility patents, 8 design patents, 10 trademark registrations and won the Red Herring North America Top 100 and was a Retail Innovation finalist. Shireen combines a positive and thoughtful leadership style to what is becoming a major brand in functional fashion and wants to redefine versatile accessories for every occasion and design solutions for everyday life that complement an individual’s personal style and interest. The brand also has a dedicated celebrity following which includes Gabby Douglas, Candace Cameron, Lauren Makk, Chrissy Teigen, Brandy and many others. In addition, Maria Shireen is actively involved in a number of social good initiatives through its CHARITY TIES™ program which supports non-profits like Bright Pink and the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH).

Shireen grew up in Southern California where she was a competitive cheerleader and even made a cameo in the cheerleading blockbuster Bring It On. A diehard Wolverine, Shireen graduated the University of Michigan where she majored in Industrial and Operations Engineering with a Mathematics minor. Shireen makes her home in San Diego, California with husband Arni and their son, Tristan Alexander.


Kim Walls, MS
Kim is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience as a founder of socially conscious businesses that advocate for women, health, and the environment. She focuses on birth as a pathway to empower and educate families, and has served on several nonprofit boards. Currently, she is founder and chief collaborator of Best Ever Baby. Kim's work has been featured in publications including WWD, Real Simple, Fit Pregnancy, Huffington Post, and on-air by the CBS Early Show and Good Morning America.