Advisory Board


Ruth Amos, RN, JD

Ruth is a registered nurse and attorney with extensive experience in clinical workflows, hospital operations, change management, EHR deployment/optimization, data privacy and healthcare regulatory compliance. She is the former NCAL regional lead for KP Health Connect in Maternal Child Health at Kaiser Permanente. Ruth has expertise in EHR business process improvement, Healthcare Regulatory/Compliance; EPIC, EMTEK, ClinicComp, Cerner, LINKS, CIPS systems. She is also fluent in Spanish. Her current activities include: HIMSS Legal Task Force, United States Supreme Court Bar member, Information Privacy and Protection: CIPP/IT pending.

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Barbara is founder of, an award-winning broadcast journalist, featured writer for The Huffington Post, contributor to, and other websites. She is an advisory board member and health educator for the consumer health website Barbara is an international speaker and she is on the front lines of health care as a registered nurse and a leading voice in health offering practical advice for consumers and health care professionals. Focusing on health and wellness, she delivers her trademark brand of advice which is simple, practical and trustworthy information to help empower people to take charge of their health. Barbara focuses on patient engagement and empowerment, health care social media, health IT, digital technology, (mHealth-mobile health, gamification, telemedicine), doctor|nurse team and healthy living.

Manuel López-Figueroa, PhD

Dr. López is a VP at Bay City Capital and has been with the firm since 2001. He specializes in evaluating investment opportunities with an emphasis on CNS. In addition, Dr. López is the Scientific Liaison for the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium, a collaborative research enterprise comprised of a group of leaders in psychiatry, neuroscience, and genetics from Stanford University, University of Michigan, Cornell University, and the Universities of California at Davis and Irvine. The consortium aims to discover the neurobiological and genetic determinants of mood disorders and schizophrenia with the goal to develop novel diagnostics and therapeutics. Dr. López is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the consortium including strategy, R&D, legal (IP & contracts) and financial, to facilitate the commercialization of discoveries to fund additional research. Dr. López has over 15 years of experience in the field of neuroscience, has won numerous awards during his academic research career, and has published extensively. He completed post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. López received a PhD in Medicine and Surgery, and a MS in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Universities of Las Palmas and La Laguna, Spain, respectively.

Josh Nesbit

Josh is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit technology company focused on improving health in under-served communities. Josh also created Hope Phones, a cell phone recycling campaign designed to engage millions of Americans in global health efforts. He is an Ashoka Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. Josh was selected by Devex as one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development, received the Truman Award for Innovation from the Society for International Development, and in 2011, he was named by Forbes as one of the world’s 30 top social entrepreneurs. Medic Mobile supports 8,000 community health workers across 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the US. The company develops mobile and web platforms coordinating maternal and child healthcare, stockout monitoring, disease surveillance, and emergency response. Josh and Medic Mobile recently received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation.

Connie Taylor, BSN, MPA

Originally from the Midwest, Connie has been at Stanford Hospital and Clinics for nearly 34 years. During her tenure at SHC she has served in multiple capacities. She began as a staff nurse and then manager in critical care, followed by various positions in Nursing Administration, including Director of Nursing Informatics. In 2008 Connie moved to Information Technology Services (ITS) and founded the Clinical Informatics Department to support their newly implemented enterprise electronic health record. Her current role is Program Manager for EHR Business Continuity and Regulatory Compliance. Originally a diploma nurse, Connie obtained her BSN from UCSF and her MPA from USF.