_Board of Directors + Advisors

Executive Board

Yarrow Kraner

Yarrow is the Founder of HATCH and H360, an Aspen Institute Fellow, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins. As a Filmmaker, he has directed projects for Richard Branson, The Rock, P Diddy, and international brands.  In 1999, Yarrow created the original online community, Superdudes – 3 years before My Space – enabling users to create online identity, profile, friends lists, and play online games, to earn a chance at crowd-voted fame, and get printed in a deck of trading cards. The platform connected and empowered real life superheroes (there is a superhero within us all), and user engagement was higher than any other youth destination site at that time.  The community grew to 1.5 Million users by 2003, when it was acquired by FOX in a bundle with MySpace for $580M. Six months later, Yarrow founded HATCH, a network of influencers accelerating progress on solutions for global challenges. In 2016 Yarrow founded H360, an A.I. / machine learning platform as the ultimate engagement and collaboration engine. The platform is designed to unleash the potential of communities, corporations, and other organizations while, creating a “Network of Networks” by match-making resources for collaborations to improve the world.  Yarrow is featured in the book Talent for Humanity, has curated and led think tanks with Intel, Hasbro, Ernst & Young, given talks at TEDx, Vivatech, EarthX, Day One, and Business Innovation Factory Summit (BIF).  Watch Yarrow’s keynote.

Esther Lee

Esther Lee’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.  She is a native New Yorker, and an avid skier, kick-boxer and equestrian.

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.  Elke is on the HATCH Board of Directors, and does small business coaching.



Erica Mackey

Erica Mackey is the Founder, CEO of MyVyllage, built to disrupt and reimagine early childcare / education, focused on Early Childhood Development backed by Science.  Erica was the CEO & co-founder 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 CEO’s and C-suite level executives with peer-endorsed female candidates for private and public company board service. 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. 

Jay Hirschton

Jay is the Executive Director & 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 an innovative social sector thought leader, Jay has a long track record of programmatic impact and building innovative corporate philanthropy models to scale that ensure sustainable funding and create systematic change to the world we live in.

Susan Carstensen

Susan Carstensen 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, mentor in PowerhouseMT, Susan is focused on growing the high-tech ecosystem in Montana.  Susan is a 5th gen Montanan, high tech growth advisor, investor, mentor, board member, skier, and adventurer. 

Tom Silverman

Tom Silverman currently serves at Chief Development Officer at Junior State of America (JSA).  His professional background is in international development, community organizing, campaigning and fundraising.  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.  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. Tom will be leading HATCH’s Fundraising and Donor relations initiatives, to help build infrastructure, staff, and scale impact to help the HATCH network reach its fullest potential positive impact on the world.

Advisory Board

AJ Paron-Wildes

AJ is the National Architectural & Design Manager at Allsteel, LEED AP ID+C, Allied ASID, Associate Member IIDA, and Associate Member AIA, has been involved in the interior design industry for over 20 years. She focuses on design for corporations, higher education, K-12 education, public sector and non-profits. She has spent 17 years being a thought-leader for designing for autism where she has designed countless projects, pioneered research and written three books on the design principles surrounding this special population.

San Rahi

San Rahi is 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.

Pete Strom

Entrepreneur ~ Collaborator ~ Integrator ~ 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 Lai 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.

Kim Dabbs

Kim Dabbs is the Global Director of Social Innovation for Steelcase.  Kim is a social entrepreneur, advocate and innovator who is leading Global Social Innovation for Steelcase, an innovative 105 year old, International design and manufacturing company for innovative office furniture, architectural and technology products defining the future of work.  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.

Will Travis

US Executive Chairman and Global Head Growth Officer, Senior Partner of Sid Lee. (2013 agency of the year).  Born in the UK, 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 worlds 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 on the HATCH Advisory Board, 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.

Philip Sheppard

Philip Sheppard is a composer, virtuoso cellist and a pioneer of the electric cello. He is a professor at The Royal Academy of Music and has composed extensively for film, television and theatre. He has collaborated with major figures in pop music, has produced soundtracks for the Olympics, Tour De France, the BBC and for over 30 feature films.  Philip regularly writes and plays with UNKLE and has been featured as a guest artist with numerous rock musicians including Jeff Buckley, David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Jimmy Page and Pretty Lights.

Elysa Fennenbock

Elysa is working with HATCH and partners on HATCHedu’s expansion.  She is a 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 Sr designer & project lead at IDEO, and led development and design of a design thinking MOOC for educators, in partnership with IDEO, 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.  Read more about Elysa’s work in the field of education HERE.

Chris Walch

Chris was previously a senior finance associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in their Los Angeles and New York offices. Chris served as Executive Coordinator and Experience Design Team Lead of HATCH Big Sky17 and was Co-Executive Coordinator for TEDxBozeman 2017. She is currently Director of Operations for Philip Sheppard (#becauseofHATCH) and a ski instructor at The Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana.

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.  Tom is also passionate about underwater and aerial photography.

Tim Christensen

Software and Mobile Engineer | Entrepreneur and Consultant | Mentor

Creative technology pioneer with a passion for human experience and technology. Over 20 years experience in software engineering, design, scaleable server technologies and business development. More recently he 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.

Shannon Hughes

CEO and Lead Strategist for Spur Studio; a marketing agency grateful to be located in Montana with national and international clients. 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 my fire.

Sheryl Winarick

Sheryl’s 18-year career as an immigration lawyer is consistent with her greater life purpose: to build bridges, foster community & 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.

Tanya Thompson

‎Tanya is Director 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, and have been receiving numerous accolades.

David Yakos

David is a mad scientist, full time inventor, designer, artist & engineer, and co-owner of Salient Technologies. David invented Circuit Maze and was 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, 2013.

Mark Brand

Mark Brand 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 community first.  Most recently Mark was elected a Fellow at Stanford D School, to focus on Positive Access Link, or P.A.L. for short, building an alternate currency for marginalized and isolated populations, taking it from physical, to digital.  Watch this short video of Mark to get to know him.


Mark Goerner

Mark Goerner 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 design 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 Dent CFA is celebrating his 28thyear 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. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter.

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, I founded Women’s Voice for the Earth where I worked for 12 years. In 2006, I 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 I joined Altruist Partners, a non-profit consulting firm as a consultant.

Scott Billadeau

Scott Billadeau 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, Take It, for portable food and beverage, and its designs have been recognized with numerous accolades.  Scott is also an Emmy-nominated composer and musician, and a co-founder of HATCH.  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.