Board of Directors + Advisors

Executive Board

Yarrow Kraner

Yarrow is the Founder of HATCH, Aspen Institute Fellow, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins. He was a pioneer of early social networking and has been building global communities for twenty years. Yarrow believes that solving our most pressing challenges requires activated communities, collaboration, and creativity. As a Filmmaker, he has directed projects for Richard Branson, The Rock, P Diddy, and more. In 1999, Yarrow created the pioneer online social network, The Hero Project – 3 years before My Space – enabling users to create online profiles, teams, and play online games, to empower real life superheroes (there is a superhero within us all). User engagement was higher than any other youth site at that time, and grew to 1.5 Million users by 2003 when it was acquired by FOX. In 2004, Yarrow founded HATCH, a network of global influencers and mentors accelerating progress on solutions for the U.N.’s global goals. Thousands of collaborations have resulted. In 2016 Yarrow founded H360, an A.I. machine learning platform as an impact collaboration and human capital optimization platform. The A.I. match-making connects needs to skills and resources for projects improving our world. The platform unlocks full potential of communities, corporations, and organizations, while creating a “Network of Networks.” Yarrow is featured in the book Talent for Humanity, has curated and led think tanks with Intel, Hasbro, Ernst & Young, spoken at TEDx, Vivatech, EarthX, Day One, and Business Innovation Factory Summit (BIF). Watch Yarrow’s BIF keynote.

Elke Govertsen

Elke is the founder and CEO of Mamalode Media Company which has been called “America’s best parenting magazine” by Lisa Stone, Founder of BlogHer. Named one of Origin magazine’s Top 100 Creatives, featured in Forbes.com, Real Simple, Ad Tech, Huffington Post, and Godaddy Garage, Elke has made a large national footprint from Montana. She has spoken at events like AdWeek, The Girls Lounge, and C2 Montreal, and TEDx.



Erica Mackey

Erica is the Founder and CEO of My Village built to disrupt and reimagine early childcare/education, focused on Early Childhood Development backed by science. Erica was the CEO & Co-Founder of Off-Grid Electric, the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric company, connecting over 1 million Africans to affordable solar energy. Her ventures have raised over $130M from investors including Elon Musk, Paul Allen, Jeff Skoll, and others. She is on the Board of Directors for TheBoardroom Africa, a curated online marketplace that connects CEOs and C-suite level executives with peer-endorsed female candidates for private and public company board service. Erica was a Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, was recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and is a delegate at the Academy of Achievement.

Esther Lee

Esther’s career is grounded in developing consumer and customer strategies that simultaneously drive business growth for companies and create better solutions for the people they serve. She has also devoted herself to unearthing the fundamental purpose and meaning behind brands and galvanizing organizations around these. These principles have guided her work, in her roles as Global Chief Creative Officer at Coca-Cola; SVP for Brand, Marketing, Advertising and Sponsorships at AT&T; and now, Global CMO at MetLife. In her early career, she held various leadership positions at advertising agencies including DiNoto Lee, the agency she co-founded, where she focused on driving consumer insights into big ideas and defining the conditions for creativity to thrive. Besides her career, she has devoted her energies to helping entrepreneurs and social endeavors hone their strategies and drive scale. In addition to being on the Board of Directors of HATCH, she is currently a Director of The Clorox Company and on the Board of Advisors of Kairos. In 2018, Esther was inducted into the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Hall of Fame. 

Jay Hirschton

Jay is the Executive Director and CEO at Full Circle Fund. Throughout his career, Jay has been able to work for dynamic and forward-thinking organizations across the country and has always committed his time to mission-driven organizations dedicated to making positive change. His specialties include non-profit management, corporate partnership/business development, program development, evaluation and feedback, database administration and organizational optimization. Prior to joining Full Circle Fund, Jay was the Senior Vice President at buildOn, an international nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. As a thought leader in the social sector, Jay has a long track record of programmatic impact by building innovative corporate philanthropy models to scale and ensuring sustainable funding in order to create systematic change to the world we live in.

Rachel Kaganoff Stern

Rachel is the Interim CEO of the Junior State of America Foundation, a national non-profit whose mission is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. Rachel serves on the Board of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where she earned her graduate degree. She was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project. She is a former Co-Chair and member of the Executive Board of the Los Angeles based Women’s Political Committee – the second-largest women’s PAC in the country, which, in its 30-year history, has contributed over 2 million dollars to women candidates for office. She spent eleven years serving on the Steering Committee of The Women in Leadership Initiative at Princeton University. Rachel spent 15 years as an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. She worked across a number of research areas including health care, civil justice, and national security policy. Her primary responsibilities were to design and implement case studies. Her final project at RAND was a two-year study evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the programs used to compensate losses resulting from the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. Prior to working at RAND, Rachel spent two years working as a researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. Rachel is thrilled and proud that her children, Henri (20) and Jonah (18) are both NextGen HATCHers.

Susan Carstensen

Susan of Yellowstone Growth Partners, has more than 30 years of business leadership experience to the table, most recently from RightNow Technologies (acquired in 2011 by Oracle, Inc.), where she served in various roles, including CFO and COO. Susan is a partner at Yellowstone Growth Partners, a growth advisory firm, and a board member at Workfront, Socrata, Foundant, Quiq, PFL, D.A.Davidson, MSUAF and MSUIC. As an active investor in Frontier Angel Fund, cofounder of OpensourceMT, a mentor in PowerhouseMT, Susan is focused on growing the high-tech ecosystem in Montana. Susan is a 5th generation Montanan, high tech growth advisor, investor, mentor board member, and avid adventurer. 

Tom Silverman

Tom is the Chief Development Officer at Junior State of America (JSA). JSA’s mission is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. Tom has a professional background in international development, community organizing, campaigning, and fundraising. Previously, Tom was the Vice President of Development & Community Engagement at buildOn, a $200M non-profit, leading the organization’s global advocacy and fundraising campaign strategy. In 2016 Tom brought in over $2M in small-gifts from over 8,000 unique donors. He managed 5 full time, highly skilled staff members, the grassroots volunteer communications and marketing, and oversees an annual stakeholder conference. More than 110,000 children and adults attend buildOn’s 864 international schools. More than 4,300 Students engaged in buildOn programs each month. 

Advisory Board

Pete Strom

Pete is an entrepreneur, collaborator, integrator, and facilitator. Pete has co-created seven restaurant concepts, and co-founded energy efficiency and angel investing companies. He is a Certified Integral Facilitator, Adjunct Professor at MSU’s College of Business, TEDx Speaker, and is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a Masters in human development.

Christine Lai

Christine is a cross-sector collaboration catalyst, connecting ideas, passions, and people for positive social change. She most recently served as Chief of Staff with Delivering Happiness, an organization creating more successful, sustainable company cultures. With prior experience in education, hospitality, and sports, she is currently focusing on communities and the future of work. She is inspired and invigorated by bringing people together to do epic, generative things.

Mark Brand

Mark is one of Canada’s most recognized social entrepreneurs, having successfully created 11 businesses. Brand is breathing new life into marginalized and isolated communities by combining emerging technologies, alternate currencies and historical best practices to create blueprints to share globally. Brand has been recruited to speak, mentor and mediate on the topics of social inclusion, community collaboration, and food security from TED talks to correctional facilities. He sits on government councils, not for profit boards and business advisory committees bringing the lens of the community first. Most recently Mark was elected a Fellow at Stanford D School, to focus on Positive Access Link, building an alternate currency for marginalized and isolated populations, taking it from physical to digital.

Kim Dabbs

Kim is a social entrepreneur, advocate, and innovator who is serving as the Global Director of Social Innovation for Steelcase. Steelcase is an innovative, 105-year-old international design and manufacturing company for office furniture, architectural and technology products. Kim has a passion for building a culture of opportunity and is leveraging that mindset as she partners with organizations leading transformational change projects around the world. She has scaled innovation and designed programs that showcase social impact over multiple sectors and continues to look for changemakers to accelerate and amplify globally. The HATCH + Steelcase partnership enables us to expand the NextGen Summit program to a year-round mentorship program.

David Yakos

David is a mad scientist, full-time inventor, designer, artist & engineer, and co-owner of Salient Technologies. David invented Circuit Maze, named 2016 Inventor of the Year, and was nominated as a finalist for Toy of the Year. He also invented Maker Studio Construction Sets, and Mega Tracks, both awarded and recognized as toys that propel STEAM learning. His wheelchair for kids was Popular Science’s Prototype-of-the-Year in 2013.

A.J. Paron-Wildes

A.J. Paron-Wildes is a Senior Architecture & Design Manager at Allsteel and former Interior Design instructor at the University of Minnesota. She has fifteen years of experience in researching and designing interiors for clients with Autism and other neurological impairments. As an ASID Thought Leader and Distinguished Speaker, she frequently lectures and writes articles on this topic and is an active member ASID, IIDA, AIA, and USGBC. A.J. is very committed and highly respected within Autism communities, such as the American Society of Autism (ASA).

Shannon Hughes

Shannon is the CEO and Lead Strategist for Spur Studio; a marketing agency located in Montana with national and international clients. Shannon is an intermittent artist, wanderluster, lover of big adventures, calculated risks, and the soul expansion that comes with both. Heartfelt writing, closed-loop food systems, and regenerative agriculture light her fire.

Elysa Fennenbock

Elysa is working with HATCH and partners on HATCHedu’s expansion. She is an educator, designer, maker, collaborator, project and people manager, design thinking expert and creative ninja. Currently, Elysa is designer-in-Residence at Google and a lecturer and educator at d.school Stanford University. Previously she was a senior designer & project lead at IDEO, and led the development of a design thinking MOOC for educators, in partnership with Riverdale Country School in NY, and Edutopia, the George Lucas Foundation for Education. Over 30,000 teachers signed up for the free 5-week course.  

Mark Goerner

Mark has had a diverse and dynamic career as a concept designer & futurist providing services, for the feature film industry, contributing to “Minority Report”, “Constantine”,“X-men 2”, “Superman”, “Iron Man 2″, “Thor”, “Fantastic Voyage”, and “Avitar”. As an industrial designer, he contributed advanced concepts for BMW/Designworks, Intel, Toyota, Honda, the High Roller Ferris wheel in Las Vegas. Mark has also built and executed elaborate installations at Burning Man, leading large teams.  He is taking these influences and knowledge as well as a background in manufacturing to found eqogo, a robust platform to evaluate products for their long term value and environmental impacts.

Fred Dent

Fred is a CFA celebrating his 28th year in the financial planning and investment business. He started Dent Asset Management in 1997. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on financial topics that inspire and educate. For eight years he was the resident financial analyst on CBS affiliate WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge with his popular and informative segment, “Dollars and Dent”. Fred earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. For the first three years of his career, he worked for a major Wall Street firm in New York City. He is an active participant in several local community organizations and a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter.

San Rahi

San is the global head of development at Sid Lee Studio. He is also an Emmy award-winning Creative Director who has spent his career at the intersection of consumer insight, entertainment and technology. San is one who believes that brands can be true modern culture-makers. Building on 20 years of experience in digital innovation and previously CMO of a data-driven FinTech, he has created marketing campaigns, strategic content and bespoke engagement platforms for consumer brands including Canon, Ford, Hershey’s, MLS, Toyota, Verizon and VitaminWater, as well as entertainment brands, including abc, CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC and Univision. San is a creative catalyst with an holistic understanding of how macro-trends and technologies drive new business models, new partnerships and new market opportunities.

Bryony Schwan

Bryony’s career has included more than 24 years in the not-for-profit sector and several multi-year stints in for-profit ventures. In late 1994, she founded Women’s Voice for the Earth where she worked for 12 years. In 2006, she co-founded The Biomimicry Institute with Janine Benyus and in 2010, co-founded Biomimicry 3.8 with Janine Benyus, Dayna Baumeister and Chris Allen. The biomimicry Institute is dedicated to nature-inspired solutions to complex human challenges for a healthy planet. In 2014 I launched a new tech start-up called Kind Kudos, Inc. an app and web platform to store, share and spread love, gratitude, and kindness. In the fall of 2015, Bryony joined Altruist Partners, a non-profit consulting firm.

Sheryl Winarick

Sheryl’s 18-year career as an immigration lawyer is consistent with her greater life purpose: to build bridges, foster community, and spark joy. She is a TED Resident, Aspen Institute Scholar & HIAS Public Policy Committee member. Her project The Art of Migration is aimed at raising awareness about migration and explore culture and identity through public art, conversation, and story-telling. Her law firm, Blue Dot Advocates, provides legal solutions for social enterprises & impact investors. Sheryl’s clients include TED, Oxfam, Unreasonable Group, Voyaj, and others.

Tom Gruber

Tom is a computer scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur with a focus on systems for knowledge sharing and collective intelligence.  He did foundational work in ontology engineering and is well known for his definition of ontologies in the context of Artificial Intelligence. Gruber’s research interests in the 1990s were in the field of developing intelligent networked software to support human collaboration and learning. Areas of specialty include knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, computer-supported collaborative work, computer-mediated communication for design, and knowledge sharing technology.  In 1994 he was responsible for the creation of hypermail, an email to web gateway software that saw extensive use after a rewrite by a different programmer.  In 2007 Gruber co-founded Siri Inc., which created the Siri intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Siri Inc. was acquired by Apple in 2010, and Siri is now an integral part of iOS 5.

Will Travis

Will is the US Executive Chairman, Global Head Growth Officer, and Senior Partner of Sid Lee.  Will is a leader of infectious passion, drive, and incredible insight gleaned from leading global creative communication agencies over his 25-year career.  Appointed President and World Partner of ATTIK – acquired by Dentsu in 2008 – he helped develop the London firm on an international level, then became the CEO of Dentsu America. He has a hell-bent focus on creating unique brand experiences in business and living life to the full, having summited many of the world’s highest summits, motorbiking with The Paris Dakar and traversing the Himalayas, whilst living his life working and traveling through 58 countries.


Steven Duong

Steven is an Associate Vice President of RBC Capital and an AVP in equity research with over ten years of experience in equity research and investment banking.  Steven also spent three years in Panama involved in real estate brokerage and investment. He is focused on financial modeling and business planning, analysis, and development.

Tanya Thompson

‎Tanya is the Director of Global Product Acquisition and Inventor Relations for Gaming at Hasbro inc. She’s an accomplished Head of Inventor Relations and Global Acquisitions and has strong and far-reaching connections in the global inventor community. Her proven expertise in game sourcing and selection is well known, and she is passionate about education and empowering young innovators. Within the past year, she partnered with three HATCHers and brought two puzzles/games to market that were listed as Top 10 of New York’s Toy fair.

Tim Christensen

Tim is a creative technology pioneer with a passion for human experience and technology with over 20 years of experience in software engineering, design, scaleable server technologies and business development. More recently, Tim has turned his attention to multi-platform mobile, wearable device and IoT technology and software. Tim and his team currently deliver world-class design and technology to numerous startup and emerging companies as well as the Fortune 50 in a variety of industries.

Scott Billadeau

Scott is a co-Founder of HATCH, Founder of Liquid Planet and owner and Chief Designer of Planetary Design. Planetary Design is the only company in the world providing the full solution to store it, make it, and take it for portable food and beverage. Scott is also an Emmy-nominated composer and musician.  As a former music professor and head of the Music Technology program at The University of Montana, Scott endeavors to weave science through art and art through science whether it’s business, music, or understanding the universe.