GLAC Board Member Bios

John Baird, Principal Partner, Velocity Coaching, LLC

Janet Bennett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Intercultural Communication Institute

Annette Finsterbusch, Member Board of Directors, Optomec

Jeremy King, CTO & SVP Global eCommerce,

Bradley Maihack, Founder, Social Venture Café

Colette Menzel, CFO | Antelope Valley Hospital

Richard Okumoto, Principal, Miller-Okumoto, Inc.

John Picone, Attorney at Law and Shareholder, Hopkins & Carley



John Baird

John Baird, Principal Partner, Velocity Coaching, LLC

John W. Baird, Ph.D. is a Principal Partner of Velocity Coaching, LLC. John has over 20 years of coaching experience and is an Emeritus Senior Professor in the College of Business at San Jose State University.

John has worked with CEOs and Senior Executives in start-up, mid-size and large corporations over the past 20 years. This experience, as well as his independent research, has led him to develop Survival in the Fast Lane: Leadership Tools for Navigating Entrepreneurial Transitions, a coaching program for CEOs that focuses on the skills they need at critical phases of the business life cycle. John specializes in one-on-one coaching, executive development, succession planning, strategy and team development and organizational change. John is an active speaker on leadership and coaching for business and professional associations.

John has extensive business experience, having worked for General Motors. He has consulted for such companies as Apple, Applied Materials, AT&T, BEA Systems, Compaq/Tandem, Dell Computers, Gap, LSI Logic, Nike, Intuit, IBM, Network Appliance, Genelabs, Gilead Sciences, Hewlett Packard, Netscape, 3-Com, Rapt Technologies, Regional Medical Center, Sun Microsystems, Coherent Laser, Dolby, Octel, Silicon Graphics, General Electric, Yahoo!, University of California, San Jose State University, Watkins Johnson, Community Leadership San Jose, The Red Cross, The Valley Foundation, The Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose Sports Authority, The San Jose Mercury News as well as a large number of start-ups.

John is the author of three textbooks on communication and management. He has authored over 50 articles and papers on organizational communication, management and organizational development. John is extremely active in the community and has served on boards for the San Jose Rotary, YMCA, and the Center For Nonprofit Excellence. John recently served as an Executive in Residence at the University of San Diego where he lectured to students and faculty on executive development and leadership. John received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in the field of organizational communication and management.


Janet BennettJanet Bennett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Intercultural Communication Institute

Janet Bennett, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and Chair of the ICI/University of the Pacific Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in intercultural communication and anthropology. For 12 years, she was Chair of the Liberal Arts Division at Marylhurst College, where she developed innovative academic programs for adult degree students.

As a trainer and consultant, she designs and conducts intercultural and diversity training for colleges and universities, corporations, NGO's, government, and social service agencies. She teaches courses in the training and development program at Portland State University and has published many articles and chapters on the subjects of developmental “layered” intercultural training and adjustment processes. She co-edited The Handbook of Intercultural Training, 3 rd edition, and recently authored the chapter “Cultivating Intercultural Competence: A Process Perspective” from the SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence.


Annette FinsterbuschAnnette Finsterbusch, Member Board of Directors, Optomec

Annette Finsterbusch is a member of Optomec's Board of Directors. She was the Fund Founder and Senior Investment Director of the venture arm of Applied Materials. From July 2004 through April 2011 Ms. Finsterbusch was responsible for developing the venture group’s overall investment strategy and execution plan. She sourced, led, syndicated and managed Applied Material’s investments while also managing a group of investment professionals focused on other venture investments. Ms. Finsterbusch was also CEO for two successful early stage venture backed technology companies. The first was Firefly, a company that developed innovative LED products and second was, a technology spin-out of DaimlerChrysler’s Research and Technology Center, Ms. Finsterbusch received a Bachelor of Science in economics and geology from the University of Houston and a Master’s in Business Administration in Strategy and Finance from San Jose State University, where she was honored with the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award in 2004.


Jeremy King, CTO & SVP Global eCommerce,

Jeremy King currently serves as the CTO and SVP of Global eCommerce at

In 2008, King was appointed as executive vice president of technology for LiveOps, where he was responsible for the LiveOps On-Demand Call Center Platform and Applications and oversaw product management, network operations and engineering.

Prior to that, King served as the vice president of engineering and architecture for eBay, King was responsible for eBay's buying, search, selling, stores, advertising, merchandising and security development teams, which included more than 340 engineers and contractors. King also previously ran eBay's customer support and trust and safety development teams. During his tenure, eBay's platform scaled to handle more than a 400 percent increase in quarterly transaction volume. King also drove key initiatives to increase code standardization and quality while dramatically reducing project development efforts, time-to-market and overall efficiency.

King's earlier experience includes positions as the VP of Engineering at, Sr. Manager of eBusiness Development at Bay Networks and Technical Analyst/Developer at SynOptics Communications.


Brad MaihackBrad Maihack,Founder, Social Venture Café

Brad is a retired executive from Hewlett-Packard. His 40+  year career included over 18 different senior Financial and Business Operations assignments  across a wide range of the Company’s business segments and product innovation centers.

Throughout  Brad’s career, he was a recognized financial & business leader who was often tapped to help lead significant business turnarounds and high profile new strategic growth initiatives.  He and his global teams were responsible for driving the development and implementation of business, financial, and performance management strategies and systems that supported achieving new levels of business and operational success.

Brad  has been  actively engaged in a wide range of public and nonprofit sector programs and organizations, including;  The San Jose Social Innovation Institute (Co-founder), San Jose State University’s Social Innovation Leadership Forum (Co-creator),  SJSU’s Global Leadership Advancement Center Social Innovation Initiative (Executive in Residence), SJSU College of Business-Dean’s Global Advisory (Board member), ZERO1:The Art and Technology Network (Past Interim Executive Director and current Board member), Art Escape Sonoma (Board member), and through June 2017, Strategic Planning Committee Chair and Board member for the Center for Employment Training/CET in San Jose. Brad is also the founder of the Social Venture Cafe’ , a Social Innovation advisory service venture , and RebelWerks, a  Street and Urban Art advisory service that serves Bay Area artists whose work engages and inspires communities through public art. 


Colette Menzel

Colette Menzel, CFO of Antelope Valley Hospital

Colette Menzel, Ph.D, comes to GLAC with a diverse background in finance and operations and has worked in leadership roles in industries ranging from professional services to ecommerce to technology.She is currently the CFO of Antelope Valley Hospital. Prior to joining AVH, Dr. Menzel was the vice president of finance at Corra, a digital ecommerce.

Dr. Menzel earned both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science degree in organizational management and leadership from Capella University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and finance from Westmont College.


Richard Okumoto

Richard Okumoto,Principal, Miller-Okumoto, Inc.

Rich has more than thirty years of experience in multi-national Silicon Valley technology companies. He has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Division General Manager. Currently he is a principal with Miller/Okumoto, Inc., a management consulting company. His most recent assignment was a two year engagement in Shanghai, China as the contract CFO for a joint China and USA venture-funded technology company.

Rich is an instructor in the Lucas Graduate School of Business MBA program and an instructor in the undergraduate College of Business at San Jose State University. Rich recently accepted the position of Global Leader-in-Residence for the Global Leadership Advancement Center at SJSU. He serves on the Board of Directors for the San Jose State University Research Foundation and the Center for Education Training. Rich completed his bachelors degree in business administration in accounting from SJSU and will complete his masters degree in communication and leadership from Gonzaga University in 2011. Rich holds the designation of Registered Financial Consultant - RFC.


John PiconeJohn Picone, Attorney at Law and Shareholder, Hopkins & Carley

John V. Picone III's practice emphasizes complex litigation cases, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, labor and employment, white-collar criminal defense, and complex contractual disputes. His experience also includes employment, white-collar criminal, complex business, and intellectual property jury trials, numerous appearances before administrative bodies, private and judicial arbitrators and mediators, and state and federal courts throughout California and in Delaware and Texas. He was voted one of the “Best Commercial Litigators” in Silicon Valley by Bay Area Lawyer magazine. Mr. Picone received his J.D. from Santa Clara University and was an Emery Scholar, a B.T. Collins Scholar, and the Comments editor for the Santa Clara Law Review. His previous experience includes service as a Naval Aviator stationed at the Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California, flying the U.S. Navy' s P-3 “Orion” aircraft.