Board of Advisors

Fred Singer

Fred Singer
— CHAIRMAN

 

Fred Singer is an internet pioneer and entrepreneur whose career and philanthropic activities have spanned a broad range of interests from education, media, arts, science, and veteran affairs.

Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of SoftBank and Chairman of Sprint’s Board of Directors.

Fred held a number of senior roles at AOL, including COO of AOL Studios/Interactive Services, COO for ICQ (instant messaging), and Senior VP of Emerging Products. Prior to AOL, Fred was the founder of WashingtonPost.com and a Consultant with Bain & Co. He was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2013 “Tech Titans.”

Fred holds an MBA and an LLB from Harvard, an MA in Philosophy, a BA with Distinction in Philosophy, and a BA with Honors in Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.

John Kristoff

John Kristoff
— DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

Mr. Kristoff develops and manages the strategic engagement plan for Federal & DoD Business. He is the former Director of DoD Passenger Traffic Carrier Contract Negotiations at MTMC for the movement of all DoD uniformed & civilian personnel worldwide. He served as the Transportation / Logistics lead on the Joint Forces Team that designed and implemented Phase I of the Panama Canal Treaty. He secured and managed Federal contracts for the outfitting of the 1980 Winter Olympic Village, Lake Placid, NY; the DoD full transportation system in support of the 1987 Pan American Games; and secure VIP transportation movements in support of national political conventions. A DoD Certified Senior Level International Strategic Mobility Manager, Mr. Kristoff holds an MS in International Transportation & Logistics and is a U. S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam (1968-1969). John provides direct support to the offices of the CEO and COO.

Major General Elder Granger, M.D., USA (Retired)

Major General Elder Granger, M.D., USA (Retired)
— Senior Military & Civilian Medical Advisor

 

Major General Granger has served as President/CEO of THE 5Ps, LLC, a health care consulting organization in Centennial, CO, since 2009. Prior to retiring from the Army, MG Granger served as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, D.C., (2005 to 2009). In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Ass’t Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on DOD health plan policy and performance.

MG Granger oversaw the integration of TRICARE/DOD’s managed care program within the Military Health System, leading a staff of 1,800 in executing a $22.5B Defense Health Program, ensuring effective/accessible healthcare for 9.2 million Uniformed Service members and their families.

Prior to joining TRICARE, MG Granger led the largest U.S. and multinational battlefield health system while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps in Iraq. His numerous awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

He earned his BS from Arkansas State U and his M.D. from the University of Arkansas, School Of Medicine. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Hematology-Oncology.

Ben King

Ben King
— DIRECTOR

 

Ben King is an Iraq war veteran and purple heart recipient. Ben received his military training in psychological operations. He also has a master's degree in anthropology from American University. Ben is a service-disabled veteran small business owner helping other combat veterans re-enter civilian life. He also operates a 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to honoring fallen soldiers. His work gives Ben unique insight into how veterans can overcome stigmas surrounding mental health and integrate mindfulness-based practices into military culture. Ben's work teaching mindfulness to veterans and honoring our nation's fallen warriors have been reported in National Geographic, the Washington Post, and numerous other books and publications.

Monsignor Watkins

Monsignor James D. Watkins
— SENIOR SPIRITUAL ADVISOR

 

Assigned by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Monsignor James D. Watkins currently serves as the Pastor of St. Ann’s Church in Upper Northwest, Washington, D.C.

Ordained by James Cardinal Hickey in 1989, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Matthew’s Cathedral before being named Pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Pope Benedict XVI named him a Monsignor in 2006 with the title of Chaplain of His Holiness.

Son of the late Admiral James D. Watkins, Monsignor Watkins attended Catholic University, earning his BS and MS in Philosophy. He continued his studies at Oxford University and the Angelicum in Rome, earning his Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Catholic University, School of Philosophy, lecturing in metaphysics for the past nineteen years. He also served in the Air Force Chaplain Reserve with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Dr. David Matsumoto

Dr. David Matsumoto

 

Dr. David Matsumoto is a renowned expert in the field of microexpressions, gestures, nonverbal behavior, culture, and emotion. He is the director of Humintell, a company that provides training to individuals and organizations in these fields.

Matsumoto is also a Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. He is the Founder and Director of SFSU’s Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory, a laboratory that focuses on studies involving culture, emotion, social interaction, and communication. He has produced over 400 academic works, including books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations.