LMP relies heavily on volunteer board members who play an active role in fiduciary oversight and developing organizational policies for strong programs and activities to accomplish our mission.
Board officers and members 2014 – 2015
Paola Ball, Wellness Program Coordinator, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula: Paola is currently responsible for designing, implementing, and managing evidence based wellness programs for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. She brings many years of experience managing health and wellness programs. Her diverse experience includes working with private companies, non-profits, and
health care organizations. Focus areas have included, but are not limited to; corporate and community health promotion, health and safety, event organization and management, disease management, clinical exercise physiology, health education, and wellness consulting.
She also has international experience gained during her time in New Zealand where she worked for one of New Zealand’s biggest companies, Fletcher Building. There she served as corporate wellness manager, responsible for implementing national health promotion initiatives and managing an on-site wellness center. In addition, she was a member of the company’s national health and safety forum and was responsible for health and safety at the corporate office and the company’s childcare facility. During her time with the Veterans Administration, she added to her diverse experience by working with various teams to improve health and safety protocols, became a certified narcotics inspector, provided customer service training, implemented wellness programs, and also served as a consultant for the national office to assist with veteran wellness program development.
David LaRiviere, Esq., Partner, LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP: David specializes in patent and trademark registration prosecution and related strategies; licensing and related intellectual property transactions; due diligence, including IP portfolio analyses, and related counseling; electrical, electronic, mechanical, telecommunications, and computer technologies; and litigation support. His professional and community activities include: Past Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, Past Co-Chair of the Council of State Bar Sections, Member of the Intellectual Property Panel of the American Arbitration Association, Past Member, Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, Member, Monterey County & Santa Clara County Bar Associations,Member, Washington, D. C. & Washington State Bar Associations, Member, International Trademark Association (INTA),Past Member, INTA Roundtable Planning Committee.
Eric Tao, PhD, Treasurer, Professor & Director, Information Technology & Communication Design Director, Institute for Innovation & Economic Development: Dr. Eric Tao has ) at California State University Monterey Bay since July 1, 2002. As Chair he is resopnsible for multimillion dollar annual budgets based on grants from the federal government and the state of California, as well as from donations, and tuition. Dr. Tao is in charge of several academic programs and R&D facilities involving more than 40 faculty/staff members and over 1,000 students.
His expertise and research interests include electronic commerce development and strategies, software engineering, information systems, e-learning, and public and business policy. He has published more than twenty-five academic papers in educational technology, globalization, medical image processing and higher education. He often speaks at international conferences on global technology and education and for business and technology programs at various universities.
Dr. Tao has a profound commitment to teaching and the development of scholars. He founded the Masters Program in Instructional Science and Technology and the Masters of Science Program in Management and Information Technology. He also developed several R&D facilities, including the Open System Lab and the E-Lab. He has been on the board of such organizations as the CSUMB Foundation, the Joint Chinese University Alumina Association of Southern California and the CSUMB Strategic Planning Committee. He participates in the International Education Council.
Currently, Dr. Tao serves as a member of Substantive Change Committee of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). He is on the board of California University Management and Technology, a start-up university in Silicon Valley. He is also Digital Technology advisor for the National Health Research Institute of the Republic of China as well as a member of the board of directors for the CEH Inc. Besides this work, Dr. Tao serves his local community as a member of the Technology Advisory Board of Hartnell College, a community college in nearby Salinas, California.
Eric Tao received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and was awarded the UC Regents Graduate Students Award multiple times. His research in Digital Medical Database systems earned his team a multimillion dollar grant fron the National Institute of Health. He received a M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. While in college, he served as the president of student government and editor-in-chief of the university newspaper.
Born in 1963 in Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Tao is fluent in Chinese and familiar with Chinese culture, business and politics. He enjoys tennis, playing cello, snowboarding, Chinese Arts, classic music, movies and seafood. In summer, Dr. Tao travels extensively in the Greater China Region. He resides in Carmel, California
Dawn Wilson, Secretary, Senior Consultant, Public Works, LLC and Director, Special Projects, The Center for Homeland Defense & Security, Naval Postgraduate School: Dawn Wilson currently serves as the Director of the Office of Special Projects for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) in Monterey. Dawn also serves as a senior public policy consultant with Public Works LLC, a firm providing public policy research and analysis, organizational development, and management consulting to elected officials, government agencies, think tanks, and non-profit agencies across the country. In this role, Dawn advises several governors’ and mayors’ offices as well as state and municipal agencies in the areas of homeland security, public safety, transportation, workforce, and economic development.
In 2007, Ms. Wilson served as the National Policy Director for the presidential campaign of former Iowa Governor (now US Secretary of Agriculture) Tom Vilsack. Previously, Dawn served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Vilsack in Iowa. Dawn has served in a variety of roles in state and federal government, including work in the offices of US Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Assistant Chief Counsel’s Office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She has also participated in international legal, governmental, and political exchanges throughout western and central Europe, Asia, and Africa. Dawn received her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and Sociology from the University of Georgia. Ms. Wilson also studied British political systems at Oxford University in Oxford, England.