Board of Directors
President and CEO of Ponce Health Sciences University
Dr.David Lenihan is one of the leading minds in medical education. He has been tasked with creating the world’s leading health sciences learning environment, one which not only results in unprecedented student outcomes but is, in addition, based on an interprofessional model, and deployed at an international scale.
Dr. Lenihan has done this before, most recently as Dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (NY), where he changed the way medical education is taught: by first “flipping” the classroom (faculty deliver lectures via iTunes and then moderate class discussions), then developing a dynamically adaptive curriculum that changes for each student based on individual knowledge and ability and, finally, by linking the curriculum with real-time, systemic assessment of both students and faculty.
Minute-by-minute monitoring of students’ knowledge enables the school to both improve student outcomes at the same time as reduce “drop out” rates by getting targeted help to students early and often.
Previously, Dr. Lenihan founded a system of outpatient clinics in the UK, which he sold. Dr. Lenihan holds a Ph.D. in Peripheral Neurosurgery/Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, was a peripheral nerve surgical fellow at Edinburgh, a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer University, and Juris Doctor from Touro University. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in spinal cord injury at Washington University (Saint Louis), and has published over 20 scientific papers on the assessment and repair of the nervous system.
Founding Managing Director of University Ventures
Mr. Daniel Pianko is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Daniel was an investor in and advisor to education companies in their strategic and development initiatives. With over ten years of experience in the education industry, Daniel has built a reputation as a trusted advisor and educational entrepreneur who honors the traditions and values of higher education. Daniel began his career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Daniel advised on over a billion dollars of transactions including mergers and equity financings. He entered the education industry as Director of Strategy and Planning at LearnNow, a high growth charter school company that was acquired by Edison Schools. Since his initial work with charter schools, Daniel has served as the lead operating executive of a 1,200 student university with multiple campuses, on the board of one of the largest distributor of K- 12 technology products and as the lead analyst of an education focused hedge fund. Currently, Daniel sits on the board of Altius Education Inc. Mr. Pianko is a frequent speaker at industry events and conventions and his article “Venture Capital: Looking Outside the Education Sector” was recently published as part of an American Enterprise Institute series by Harvard University Press. Mr. Pianko graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University and received a M.B.A. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University, where he chaired Stanford’s Business of Education Conference
Founding Managing Director of University Ventures
Mr. Gregg Rosenthal is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Gregg was Vice President of Corporate Development at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (>$20b in revenues, >100,000 employees across 60+ countries). Gregg created and led the group’s education services strategy, building a strong network among the sector’s leading firms, entrepreneurs and stakeholders. During his tenure at the company, Gregg participated in multiple education deals spanning numerous business segments and foreign markets targeting early-stage, growth and buy-out investments. He joined Bertelsmann AG as part of the Entrepreneurs Program (BEP), focusing exclusively on education as of 2009. Previously, Gregg was founder and CEO of Language Adventures Inc., a multi-national firm offering immersion language education to school and affinity groups. He began his career as an international Media executive holding corporate development and operational roles at Kirch Gruppe and Sony. He has an MBA from INSEAD, having previously studied at The Wharton School, NYU-Stern and The University of Texas at Austin. Gregg speaks English, German, Spanish, French and Japanese.
Founding Managing Director of University Ventures
Mr. Ryan Craig is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults, including boarding schools, summer camps and after-school programs. Ryan headed the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus from 2001 – 2004 where he was the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the U.S. Ryan has advised the U.S. Department of Education and served as VP Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company, from 1999 – 2001. Ryan began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He received bachelor’s degrees in Literature and Economics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School. Ryan is a member of the Board of Directors of Claremont Lincoln University and is on the Advisory Board of UCLA Extension.
Licensed Professional Engineer
Mr. Lorenzo Dragoni is a licensed professional engineer graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus with a degree in mechanical engineering and a commission as an artillery officer in the US Army Reserve. He served in active duty and honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. After completing his military service he was actively involved in the construction industry where he held leadership positions and served as President and Executive Owner of one of the leading construction companies in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean until his retirement. He is still active in the industry as a private consultant and board member on various construction and industrial services companies based in in Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania. He has been actively involved in various not for profit community based institutions and occupied positions of leadership as board member and chairman in several industry trade, private and government related institutions at the local and state level.
Medical Specialist in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Javier Cerra practices in Ponce, PR, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He graduated from the first graduating class of Ponce School of Medicine in 1981.
Guillermo R. Picó
Lawyer and Secretary of the Board
Mr. Guillermo R. Picó graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with at Bachelor of Arts degree (Cum Laude) and received his law degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1994. In the field of real estate law and structured finance he has represented both private commercial and residential developers, and public and private financial institutions. He is engaged in the practice of healthcare law, representing health insurance companies, healthcare managers and medical practitioners, particular in matters related to the corporate practice of medicine in Puerto Rico.
Executive Dean,University of Nicosia Medical School St George’s, University of London Cyprus Programme
Prof. Andreas Charalambous educated in the United States, Prof. Andreas Charalambous holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Southern Illinois University, a Ph.D. degree in Anatomy / Neuroscience from The Ohio State University Health Sciences Center, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dept. of Pathology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has received several distinguished fellowships, academic and leadership awards including The Ohio State University Outstanding Leadership Award.
He joined Intercollege, Cyprus in 1997 where he established the Department of Health and Life Sciences, the first of its kind in Cyprus, and concurrently initiated the efforts to establish the first medical school in Cyprus. He has served in various administrative positions in Cyprus and abroad such as Department Head, Director of Research, Dean for Enrollment Management, and Vice President for Development and University Relations. He has taught Human Gross Anatomy, Histology and Embryology at various medical schools in the US and abroad, and has conducted funded research in medical education, environmental health, and public health. He holds an Honorary Senior Scientist appointment at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, and Honorary Professor at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
In 2002 he led the efforts to establish Galen University, in collaboration with Intercollege, and U.S. partner Universities, and served as the founding President. He has negotiated with the Government of Belize the Charter for the establishment of the university along with a land grant of 100 acres. He oversaw all aspects of the creation of a new comprehensive university including government, legal, regulatory, academic, infra-structural and financial aspects, and established dual award agreements with the University of Indianapolis (undergraduate degrees) and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (post graduate degrees). He is currently President Emeritus of Galen.
In 2010 he established the first medical school in Cyprus through an alliance with St George’s, University of London, UK (SGUL), and Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. He has initiated partnerships with the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The Medical School operates clinical training in Cyprus, Israel and North America, under the GMC accreditation.
VP and Senior Consultant for IOMD, Inc. and Associate Professor
Mr. Ramon Torres-Morales is Vice President and Senior Consultant at Ideas for Organizational and Management Development, Inc. Mr. Torres holds a BS in Physics, a MS in Industrial Engineering from California State University, a MBA in Logistics from Florida Institute of Technology and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Torres has held numerous positions in the government of Puerto Rico and city of Ponce including Executive Director of the Port of the Americas, Director for Housing and Economic Development and Director of Finance. Previously he was a Systems Engineer on various projects for leading manufacturing companies and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the former Ponce School of Medicine.
Mr. Torres continues to be involved with several professional, academic and community organizations. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the Interamerican University.