Exec / Advisory Board

Executive Board

Yarrow Kraner

Yarrow Kraner is Founder of HATCH, a social media pioneer / network builder, an Aspen Institute Fellow, recently a Photographer/Director at Virgin Produced, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins Magazine.   Yarrow has been building global networks since 1999, when he founded one of the first social media properties (“The Hero Project” aka Superdudes) and Supernation, based on the principal of finding and connecting real life superheroes striving to make the world a better place.  The Hero Project grew to 1.5 Million subscribers before Fox Interactive acquired it in the bundle purchase with My Space and Grab.com. He is featured in Talent for Humanity, and his ideas and work have been recognized internationally.  Yarrow has directed projects for Grammy-winning musicians, The Rock, Richard Branson, P Diddy, and is currently packaging a feature film, Wind in the Fire, on the remarkable story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to break the gender barrier to run the Boston Marathon, recently covered in The New York Times.   In 2016 Yarrow founded H360, a technology platform to connect, manage, and empower private communities (alumni groups, corporate communications, and elite niche networks), through A.I. and machine learning to collaborate on projects aimed at improving humankind.

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.


Elke Govertsen

Elke Govertsen is an entrepreneur, mom, and Founder of Mamalode, which has been called “America’s BEST parenting magazine” by Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer.  Elke has been featured in Real Simple, AdTech, Where Women Create, Forbes, and named one of Top 100 Creatives by Origins Magazine. She started her first business at the age of 16 as a welder. She now publishes mamalode, does creative work, custom publishing, small business coaching, speaking, photography and writing.



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.

San Rahi

San Rahi is an award-winning executive who has spent his career at the intersection of consumer insight, entertainment and technology. He has created marketing campaigns, strategic content and bespoke engagement platforms for consumer brands including Canon, Ford, Hershey’s, KFC, MLS, Nissin, Toyota, Verizon and VitaminWater, as well as entertainment brands, including abc, CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC and Univision.  An articulate thought-leader with a track-record of breakthrough digital innovation, 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.

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.

Bryony Schwan (Interim Exec Director)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 HopeDominos explores culture, identity & values through the lens of migration in communities around the USA. 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.

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.

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.

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.