Leadership

PHYSICIANS & SCIENTISTS

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Dr. Robert Malone

Chief Medical & Regulatory Officer, The Unity Project

Robert W. Malone MD, MS is a US-based physician-scientist who operates a consultant practice specializing in advanced development of medical countermeasures for infectious diseases (vaccines and drugs).   He has served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Pathology and Surgery at UC Davis, University of Maryland, and the Armed Forces University of the Health Sciences. Core competencies include clinical development, regulatory affairs, project management, and contract development. His medical degree is from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship as a Global Clinical Research Scholar in 2016, and was scientifically trained at ...

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Dr. Keith Berkowitz

Strategic Advisory Council

Dr. Keith Berkowitz is the founder and medical director of the Center for Balanced Health. He combines expertise in both traditional and complementary medicine. Prior to starting the Center for Balanced Health, he was the medical director and business director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine. He was an associate of Dr. Robert C. Atkins since 1999. He is also a founding member of the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC). Before joining The Atkins Center, Dr. Berkowitz spent five years as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, ...

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Dr. Aditi Bhargava

PhD Professor, UCSF

Leadership roles in various UCSF and University-wide Committees (Vice Chair, Institutional Animal Use Committee; Academic Planning and Budget Committee); UCSF Dean’s Differences Matters Initiative; The Endocrine Society’s Committees; Breakthrough in Biosciences Committee (FASEB). Chair for the writing group on the Endocrine Society’s Scientific Statement on Sex Differences in Clinical and Basic Research. Chair, Scientific Statement Committee, the Endocrine Society. POSITIONS AND EDUCATION Professor: Center for Reproductive Sciences (CRS), Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn), UCSF. 2016-Present. Associate Professor: Surgery, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, CRS, and Ob/Gyn, UCSF. 2010-2105. Assistant Professor: Surgery and Physiology, UCSF. 2003-2010. PhD (1995, Field: Molecular and developmental ...

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Dr. Pierre Kory

MD, ICU Director, pulmonologist

Pierre Kory is the former Chief of the Critical Care Service and Medical Director of the Trauma and Life Support Center at the University of Wisconsin. He is considered one of the world pioneers in the use of ultrasound by physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of critically ill patients. He helped develop and run the first national courses in Critical Care Ultrasonography in the U.S., and served as a Director of these courses with the American College of Chest Physicians for several years. He is also the senior editor of the most popular textbook in the ...

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Dr. Tess Lawrie

Strategic Advisory Council

Dr. Tess Lawrie is the director of the Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd and EbMCsquared CiC in Bath, UK. Dr. Lawrie has devoted her career to help improve the quality of healthcare globally through rigorous research. Dr. Lawrie earned her medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1990. Thereafter, she worked in the field of obstetrics and gynecology at various teaching hospitals throughout South Africa. She obtained her MRCOG Part 1 designation in 1996 from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK). The MRCOG exam is internationally respected as ...

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Dr. Chris Martenson

Founder and CEO, Peak Prosperity

Dr. Chris Martenson has a PhD from Duke University (Pathology/Toxicology) and an MBA from Cornell. After being a scientist for 7 years, he worked in corporate finance for Pfizer and then as VP of SAIC. He is a published scientist, and now a successful entrepreneur. His expertise spans toxicology, biology, financial markets and monetary policy, strategic and critical thinking, and influential communication. His current mission is “Rescuing the future by empowering resilience” which he accomplishes by creating transformative content for a global audience. In 2008 he launched The Crash Course, a 4 hour long on-line video series, that ...

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Dr. Peter McCullough

MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FASN, FNKF, FNLA, FCRSA

Chief Medical Advisor, Truth for Health Foundation, President, Cardiorenal Society of America, Editor-in-Chief, Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Cardiology Dr. McCullough is an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist. He manages common infectious diseases as well as the cardiovascular complications of both the viral infection and the injuries developing after the COVID-19 vaccine in Dallas TX, USA. Since the outset of the pandemic, Dr. McCullough has been a leader in the medical response to the COVID-19 disaster and has published “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection” the first synthesis of sequenced ...

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Dr. Charles Penick

integrative board-certified family medicine physician

Dr. Charles W. Penick, MD is an integrative board-certified family medicine physician who is passionate about setting the trajectory for a strong and healthy life and promoting true vitality for each member of the family. He is well versed in nutritional health, detoxification, medical fitness, and other approaches to health optimization, utilizing some of the latest scientific technologies and breakthroughs. Dr. Penick’s passion within the field of medicine is seeking to restore a state of health within the individual by addressing the root cause of disease. He is well versed in optimal lab interpretation and advanced diagnostics for ...

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Dr. Harvey Risch

Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Harvey Risch is a practicing epidemiologist with more than 30 years of experience researching the etiology of cancer, including ovarian cancer. Dr. Risch has been a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research since 1982, the American Society of Preventive Oncology since 1984, and elected Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology since 1991. Dr. Risch received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and biology from the California Institute of Technology in 1972 and completed medical training at UC San Diego School of Medicine in 1976. He then completed a PhD in biomathematics in 1980 ...

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Dr. Paul Alexander

Chief Scientific Officer, The Unity Project

Dr. Paul E. Alexander, an esteemed epidemiologist and a widely recognized global expert on COVID-19, is chief scientific officer of the Unity Project. He has previously served as senior advisor to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services specializing in COVID pandemic policy during the Trump administration. Dr. Alexander has also worked with the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization as a COVID pandemic evidence-synthesis advisor and is a former assistant professor at McMaster University in evidence-based medicine and research methodology. Previously, Dr. Alexander worked at the World Health Organization as a regional ...

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Dr. Aaron Kheriaty

Chief of Medical Ethics, The Unity Project

Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health. He serves as chairman of the medical ethics committees at UCI Hospital and at the CA Department of State Hospitals. ​ Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, earned his MD degree from Georgetown University, and completed residency training in psychiatry at UCI. He has authored books and articles for professional and lay audiences on bioethics, social science, psychiatry, religion, and culture. His work has been published in the Wall Street ...

ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESS LEADERS

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Mari Barke

President, Orange County Board of Education

Mari Barke was elected to the Orange County Board of Education in June 2018 to represent the second district, comprised of Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Westminster, and portions of Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Garden Grove. She currently serves as president of the board. Barke graduated from California State University, Northridge with a finance degree. She spent much of youth and college years selling Levi\'s at Starlite Drive-in in El Monte as ...

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Sam Gallucci

Senior Pastor at Embrace, Church in Oxnard, California

Sam Gallucci is the senior pastor at Embrace! Church in Oxnard, California. He is also founder and chief executive officer of The Kingdom Center, which provides emergency shelter and transitional living assistance for at-risk women and children, and Embrace! Ministries, which provides aid to migrant field workers and their families. Gallucci’s career began in 1981 when he was hired after college by IBM. The internet was in its infancy and Sam changed jobs and became a pioneer and leader in the ...

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Alysson Hartmann

Founder, Reopen San Diego

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Tracy Henderson

Trial Attorney, Founder, California Parents United

Tracy is a trial attorney who is passionate about the law and the freedoms it provides. She takes her oath she swore to the constitution seriously. Tracy currently focuses on protecting civil liberties for parents and employees but spent many years helping organizations and companies solve their business problems and mitigate their legal risk. Her marketing and communications background coupled with legal experience also gives her the business acumen to be a true business enabler and partner. Her high-stakes litigation ...

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Tiffany Justice

Co-founder of Moms for Liberty, one of the largest grass-roots movements in the nation, 152 chapters across 32 states with over 60,000 members

Tiffany Justice is co-founder of Moms for Liberty, a national non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to the empowerment of parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government. Justice is a wife and mother of four school-aged children. In 2016 she was elected to the first of two terms as a member of the Indian River County School Board (Florida). In January 2001 she co-founded Moms for Liberty, which has quickly grown to more than 60,000 members in 152 chapters ...

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Ginny Merrifield

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Parent Association, with chapters across 119 districts throughout 26 counties in California

Ginny Merrifield is the executive director of the Parent Association, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to helping parents take a leadership role in advocating for the best interests of all children in public schools. The organization was founded in January 2021 to support the full reopening of K-12 schools in California. The Parent Association sponsored a successful lawsuit against the State of California regarding Governor Gavin Newsome’s rules that prevented schools from reopening. The organization continues to advocate for ...

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Steve McClurkin

Founder, SIDNEY INC.

With over 20 years of experience in retail, Mr. McClurkin offers a deep skill set in marketing, merchandising, trade area analysis, management & negotiations in all facets of commercial real estate. Through the strength of his tenant relationships, he has a proven successful record in both Tenant and Landlord representation. Steve McClurkin founded Sidney Inc. in 2004. Starting in 2013, Steve consulted with EB Development for 5 years, assisting on managing & leasing of over 1 million sq ft in outlets ...

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Carina Powers

Co-Founder, Latinos for Medical Freedom, actively engaging the Latino community on human rights issues, nearly 2,000 members strong

Carina Powers is founder of Latinos for Medical Freedom, a grassroots organization committed to ending the exploitation of Latino communities in California and beyond. Having grown up in Salinas, California’s “salad bowl,” she saw firsthand the struggles of the Latino community when it came to farming and workers’ rights. As a young girl, Powers marched with her father alongside Cesar Chavez while they fought to protect California’s vital farming communities. As a founder of LMF she grew up understanding the ...

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Lawrence Sanchez

Co-Founder, California Educators for Medical Freedom, over 800 teachers and school employees represented, LAUSD, 2nd largest school district in the nation

Lawrence Sanchez is an educator, student holistic health and wellness advocate, social activist, musician, and practicing astrologer in Los Angeles, California. He has been in education for 14 years, 12 of those years spent serving the special education community of the Los Angeles harbor area, and currently works as a guest teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He recently started and sponsors a student club, Calm Club, dedicated to empowering youth through the exploration and practice of self-care ...

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Troy Skabelund

Founder and CEO, Advisory Zone, former Fortune 100 experience, Walt Disney Company executive

Troy Skabelund, Founder and CEO of Advisory Zone, has served as a financial consultant, leader, and CFO for over 24 years, including direct experience in the private equity, venture capital, family office, angel investor, and corporate M&A sectors.  He has worked with companies ranging from early stage startup to global conglomerate in a variety of industries, including 12 years of Fortune 100 experience as an executive for the Walt Disney Company, where he served on the Financial Talent Advisory Board. Troy’s ...

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Stephen Thames

Attorney, Former Chair of the Orange County Litigation Department for a prominent law firm

Stephen R. Thames, ESQ is an attorney practicing exclusively as a trial lawyer in complex civil business disputes for over 35 years, formerly as partner in a major California law firm.  Steve has represented Fortune 50 retailers, state and county governments, institutional lenders, commercial and residential developers, and nonprofit charitable organizations in both state and federal courts. Steve received his J.D. degree in 1982 from the UCLA School of Law and his B.A. degree in 1978 from the University of California, ...

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Royce White

Independent Director, Former NBA Player

Royce White is an author, activist, entrepreneur and professional athlete. He is currently the founder and CEO of Vitruvian, Inc. A science, technology, and engineering company. White says Vitruvian’s initial focus is healthcare, nutrition and water. Current projects include Anxious Minds, Inc. The goal of Anxious Minds is advancing mental health care access and efficiency. White is also the founder of WING, Inc. A media and electronics company. Its subsidiaries include The Last Renaissance & Free People Radio. Royce White was ...

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Ryan Gallagher

Compensation Committee Chairman, Treasurer, Independent Director

Ryan has 23 years of experience in sales, marketing, and finance. Prior to starting Space Investment Partners, Ryan spent eight years as a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of the Orange County Office at HFF. While at HFF he was responsible for leading the firm’s investment sale efforts in Southern California for office product and overseeing the firm’s investment sale practice for office, retail, industrial, and net lease product in Orange County. Ryan was also part of the firm’s leadership ...

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Laura Sextro

CEO, COO

Laura Sextro brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience to her role as chief executive officer of the Unity Project, including senior roles with purpose-driven organizations that include Bennufit Health, Ambry Genetics, Quantgene, Konica Minolta, and CoreLogic. Her diverse experience in multiple industries including healthcare, bioinformatics, data analytics, non-profit, real estate, and technology has given her the opportunity to experience many different business models. She has been responsible for managing budgets of varying sizes up to $300 million in organizations ranging from small business to Fortune 500, where her decisive leadership, strategic planning and ability to ...

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Jeff Hanson

Chairman of the Board, Independent Director

Jeff Hanson serves as the executive chairman of American Healthcare REIT, a public-reporting healthcare real estate investment trust that owns an international portfolio of medical office buildings, skilled nursing facilities, senior housing communities and hospitals totaling approximately $4.9 billion in value across 38 states, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. He previously served as chairman and ceo of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III and Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, and was a founder of American Healthcare Investors (“AHI”), the sponsor of both REITs. American Healthcare REIT was formed in October 2021 through a tri-party corporate  merger between the two ...

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Charmetra Chatmon

Independent Director, Teacher Liaison

Charmetra Chatmon is an educator at the LAUSD and has been in education for over 20 years. She has taught 8th grade for the duration of her career and loves this age group for their energy and curiosity. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Biola University and a master’s degree in Teaching, Learning, and Technology from Point Loma Nazarene University. Her passion has been educating children in both academics and character and she enjoys being a part of their growth and development during their transition from middle school to high school. Her goal is to ...

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Royce White

Independent Director, Former NBA Player

Royce White is an author, activist, entrepreneur and professional athlete. He is currently the founder and CEO of Vitruvian, Inc. A science, technology, and engineering company. White says Vitruvian’s initial focus is healthcare, nutrition and water. Current projects include Anxious Minds, Inc. The goal of Anxious Minds is advancing mental health care access and efficiency. White is also the founder of WING, Inc. A media and electronics company. Its subsidiaries include The Last Renaissance & Free People Radio. Royce White was born in the Twin Cities, MN. He was an All-American athlete in both high school and college ...

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Ryan Gallagher

Compensation Committee Chairman, Treasurer, Independent Director

Ryan has 23 years of experience in sales, marketing, and finance. Prior to starting Space Investment Partners, Ryan spent eight years as a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of the Orange County Office at HFF. While at HFF he was responsible for leading the firm’s investment sale efforts in Southern California for office product and overseeing the firm’s investment sale practice for office, retail, industrial, and net lease product in Orange County. Ryan was also part of the firm’s leadership team, and a standing member on the National Presentation Team which dealt with the firm’s largest and ...

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Curtis T. Hill, Jr.

Curtis Hill believes in America! The 43rd attorney general of the State of Indiana, is a lawyer, consultant, speaker, and author, advancing the cause of freedom in America. He is an advisor to several organizations and is a Senior Fellow for the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) in Washington D.C. As Indiana\'s chief legal officer, Hill led a staff of 400, focused on protecting life, defending freedom, and encouraging Hoosier’s pursuit of happiness. On November 8, 2016, Hill was elected Attorney General in record-breaking fashion. More than 1.64 million Hoosiers cast ballots for Hill, making him the top ...

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Lynne Kristensen

Senior Vice President (SVP) Marketing, PR & Communications The Unity Project

A strategic and innovative marketing communications leader, Lynne has more than 18 years career expertise in corporate communications, media relations, crisis management, marketing strategy, and multimedia storytelling in the financial services and technology industries. As Senior Vice President of Marketing, PR and Communications for The Unity Project, she brings a unique experience and passion to the organization while leveraging legacy media and marketing channels for success and awareness in this movement. Prior to her role at The Unity Project, Lynne was Vice President of Corporate Communications at Wells Fargo for 10 years leading strategy and execution for Commercial ...

EXECUTIVE TEAM

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Dr. Robert Malone

Chief Medical & Regulatory Officer, The Unity Project

Robert W. Malone MD, MS is a US-based physician-scientist who operates a consultant practice specializing in advanced development of medical countermeasures for infectious diseases (vaccines and drugs).   He has served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Pathology and Surgery at UC Davis, University of Maryland, and the Armed Forces University of the Health Sciences. Core competencies include clinical development, regulatory affairs, project management, and contract development. His medical degree is from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship as a Global Clinical Research Scholar in 2016, and was scientifically trained at ...

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Laura Sextro

CEO, COO

Laura Sextro brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience to her role as chief executive officer of the Unity Project, including senior roles with purpose-driven organizations that include Bennufit Health, Ambry Genetics, Quantgene, Konica Minolta, and CoreLogic. Her diverse experience in multiple industries including healthcare, bioinformatics, data analytics, non-profit, real estate, and technology has given her the opportunity to experience many different business models. She has been responsible for managing budgets of varying sizes up to $300 million in organizations ranging from small business to Fortune 500, where her decisive leadership, strategic planning and ability to ...

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Dr. Paul Alexander

Chief Scientific Officer, The Unity Project

Dr. Paul E. Alexander, an esteemed epidemiologist and a widely recognized global expert on COVID-19, is chief scientific officer of the Unity Project. He has previously served as senior advisor to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services specializing in COVID pandemic policy during the Trump administration. Dr. Alexander has also worked with the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization as a COVID pandemic evidence-synthesis advisor and is a former assistant professor at McMaster University in evidence-based medicine and research methodology. Previously, Dr. Alexander worked at the World Health Organization as a regional ...

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Dr. Aaron Kheriaty

Chief of Medical Ethics, The Unity Project

Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health. He serves as chairman of the medical ethics committees at UCI Hospital and at the CA Department of State Hospitals. ​ Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, earned his MD degree from Georgetown University, and completed residency training in psychiatry at UCI. He has authored books and articles for professional and lay audiences on bioethics, social science, psychiatry, religion, and culture. His work has been published in the Wall Street ...

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Lynne Kristensen

Senior Vice President (SVP) Marketing, PR & Communications The Unity Project

A strategic and innovative marketing communications leader, Lynne has more than 18 years career expertise in corporate communications, media relations, crisis management, marketing strategy, and multimedia storytelling in the financial services and technology industries. As Senior Vice President of Marketing, PR and Communications for The Unity Project, she brings a unique experience and passion to the organization while leveraging legacy media and marketing channels for success and awareness in this movement. Prior to her role at The Unity Project, Lynne was Vice President of Corporate Communications at Wells Fargo for 10 years leading strategy and execution for Commercial ...

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