MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Meet the Board

The Board of Directors is made up of strong industry leaders and Padres Pedal the Cause advocates who dedicate their time, talent and treasure to guide the organization's strategy, mission and vision.

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Bill Koman, Founder

Chairman and CEO

The Koman Group

Bill Koman has been a well-known and highly regarded name in construction, development, and brokerage for 35 years. Under his leadership, Koman has developed over $1 billion in new projects since 2000 throughout the Midwest region with a portfolio ranging from large office parks, retail, restaurant, condominium, and mixed-use projects. Development projects have exceeded 4 million sq. ft of various product types. In 2012, Bill expanded the firm’s presence to the west coast and established a southern California real estate platform, West of 5, based out of San Diego with two other industry-leading partners. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

Bill is involved in numerous philanthropic and community organizations in the Midwest and West Coast with a focused effort on cancer research.

In 2010, Bill founded Pedal the Cause, a multi-city cycling challenge that has raised more than $30 million thus far for cancer research in St. Louis and San Diego.

Professional Affiliations (current or previous):
• Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation,
• UC San Diego Medical System
• Pedal the Cause St. Louis and San Diego
• Chairman of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Board of Visitors.
• Friends of Kids with Cancer, Family Support Network and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Molly Cartmill

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

Sempra Energy

Molly Cartmill is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Sempra Energy, a company that supports more than 40 million consumers worldwide with a range of energy services. Molly directs and manages the corporate responsibility reporting function at Sempra Energy. She also oversees political contributions, political action committee activities and corporate political reporting and compliance across the Sempra Energy family of companies.

Molly received her B.A. from SDSU Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies and her M.S, Executive Leadership from University of San Diego.

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Jimmy Herbst

President

Direct Systems Support

Jimmy Herbst is the CEO of DSS, Direct Systems Support, a nationally-recognized leader in the design and implementation of infrastructure solutions for large-scale and complex business problems. Jimmy has been involved in Pedal since 2013.

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Jay Indovino

Executive Director

Pedal the Cause, St. Louis

Jay Indovino partnered with Bill Koman to start Pedal the Cause St. Louis in 2010 as the Executive Director of Pedal the Cause. He served as the interim Executive Director in San Diego in 2016 and has been on the board since.

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Tom Seidler

Senior Vice President, Community & Military Affairs

San Diego Padres

Tom Seidler is a longtime baseball executive from a three-generation baseball family, and an active member of the San Diego community.

Prior to joining the Padres, Seidler was a team owner/operator in minor league baseball for 20 years, with professional baseball teams in Port St. Lucie, Kissimmee, Great Falls, Stockton, and Caracas, Venezuela. Seidler’s family has been involved in Major League Baseball for three generations, from Grandfather Walter O’Malley, a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame; to Tom’s uncle Peter O’Malley and mother Terry O’Malley Seidler; to the current generation led by brother Peter Seidler.

Seidler serves on the Boards of Directors for several local organizations:
• Big Brothers, Big Sisters
• Downtown San Diego Partnership
• Padres Pedal the Cause
• San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
• Athletics Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Diego

Seidler earned a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University. He and his family reside in San Diego.

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Anthony Stiegler

Senior Director, Operations, Policy & Regulatory

The Salk Institute

Formerly as partner at Colley Law Firm, Tony Stiegler tried 30+ cases to verdict, tried a comparable number of domestic and international arbitrations, led dozens of injunctive relief hearings, and handled and settled almost 1,000 cases in a career dating to 1986. He represents emerging technology companies, Fortune 500 companies and individuals, with a focus on high-stakes and complex disputes. He is highly experienced in life sciences collaboration disputes, pharmaceutical drug discovery, medical devices, cybersecurity, wireless communications, computer software and chip design, consumer products, and in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, fiduciary duty, fraud and all types of contract matters.

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Jean Wickersham

Neurologist (Retired)

Rady Children's Hospital

Dr. Jean Wickersham, MD is a retired neurosurgery specialist in San Diego, CA and practiced for 31 years. She graduated from University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1981 and specialized in neurosurgery.

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Chris Tresse

Principal

Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Principal in Bernstein’s San Diego private client office, Chris works closely with affluent families and charitable foundations with a focus on wealth planning and developing tailored asset allocation strategies.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a director at Vividence, an internet consulting firm, where he managed the strategic client group. Previously, he managed the San Francisco office of Baseline Financial Services, an equity research firm serving institutional money managers. He began his career with IBM as a marketing representative in the firm’s New York banking office.

He currently serves as chair of the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, and is a member of the investment committee. He is the former chair of the investment committee for California State University, San Marcos. Chris has been a top 1% fund raiser for Padres Pedal the Cause in each of the last five years.

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Shelley Zimmerman

Former Chief of Police

San Diego CA Police Department

Shelley Zimmerman was the first woman to ever serve as SDPD Chief of Police and her tenure of 35 years set a service record for sworn female officers.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio Chief Zimmerman graduated Ohio State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. She graduated the FBI National Academy #241.

During her career Chief Zimmerman worked many of SDPD’s patrol commands as well as Vice, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Multi-Cultural Community Relations Office, the Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail, The Narcotics Task Force and the Field Lieutenant position.

Chief Zimmerman assisted in security planning for several large events in San Diego such as the Super Bowl, Republican National Convention, major conferences and the 4th of July Independence Day holiday at the beach, where more than one million local and visitors alike come to enjoy each year.

Her enrollment in the Deferrered Retirement Option Program forced her retirement on March 1, 2018.

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Brett Chodorow

CEO

Power Forward Ventures

Brett earned his degree from Harvard, where he also played Division I Ice Hockey. But, his real education began on Wall Street. He spent several years as a sales manager of institutional accounts, going on the road with the Senior Management teams of public companies in the Russell 2000.

Brett entered the entrepreneurial world of product development nearly a decade ago as a principal in a leading CPG company. There, he managed the development, marketing, sales and logistics for dozens of products in domestic and international markets. After the company was acquired, Brett joined the turn-around team as Director of Operations at a 75 year-old consumer electronics company. From there, he started his own firm.

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Franci Free

Independent

Team Lusardi Construction

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Suzanne Hatcher

Vice President, Internal & External Affairs

NuVasive

Suzanne Hatcher serves as our vice president, internal and external affairs at NuVasive, and is responsible for the Company’s public relations, investor relations and internal communications functions.

Before joining NuVasive, she held a variety of corporate communications positions at such San Diego-based companies as Cubic Corporation, Life Technologies, CareFusion and Sempra Energy. Ms. Hatcher holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and English from University of Miami.

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Robert Murtfeldt

Healthcare Industry Executive, Strategic Planning and Business Development

A 30-year veteran in the medical device and biopharmaceutical industries, specializing in diabetes care. A technological expert and holder of 12 patents in areas of blood glucose monitoring, insulin delivery, wireless communication, biopharmaceuticals and speciality catheters. A creative thinker, innovator and problem solver. An entrepreneurial leader with a history of forming, developing, financing and achieving profitability for highly successful young, innovative healthcare businesses, including MiniMed (sold to Medtronic in 2001 for $3.7 billion, Insulet (IPO in 2007, market cap $1.6 billion), and Neocrin (now ViaCyte). A strategic visionary, having provided direction for world-class healthcare corporations, including J&J, Medtronic and Baxter Healthcare. A seasoned business development professional, experienced in evaluating, negotiating, transacting and integrating new business opportunities via M&A, strategic partnerships and technology licensing.

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