Ali Barekat, Executive Director, has 25 years of business leadership and product development experience at start-up companies focused on web, enterprise, and mobile software products and services. He was a Co-Founder of 2Cast, a leader in Mobile Interactive Marketing. Ali has held several executive management positions at Tesaria, and CyberBills. He was a member of the founding engineering teams at WebMD. Ali has been a Boy Scout volunteer and leader for the past 12 years. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Louisiana.
Omair Farooqui is a business attorney specializing in Intellectual Property, corporate law, and civil litigation.
Mr. Farooqui’s Intellectual Property experience includes patent litigation and patent prosecution involving mechanical, biomechanical, chemical, electrical and software technologies.
Reverend David Bird: Dean and Rector of Trinity Cathedral Church, Downtown San Jose: Central to who we are is the conviction that everyone is welcome at God's table. Our simple motto is "a place at God's table for everyone." We believe that was the attitude of Jesus and must be ours. As such we are consciously a very diverse congregation. Jesus' life was characterized by prayer, care, study and rigorous intellectual questioning. All this we attempt to do. As a congregation, we seek to follow the bishop's charge to a new parish pastor: "care alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor;" proclaim the Gospel; and "Love and serve Christ's people. Nourish them, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come."
Randall King co-founded San Jose Stage Company in 1983 and has served as the Artistic Director for the past nineteen years. Under his direction, the Company has produced over one hundred twenty-five stage plays and musicals and premiered thirty-nine new works, including nine World Premieres. Most recently, Randall directed ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, A TUNA CHRISTMAS and GREATER TUNA and the Companyʼs original and return engagement of IDOLS OF THE KING at the California Theatre. In addition to directing, Randall is an award-winning actor, most recently appearing with the Company as Milan and The Waiter in ROCK ʻNʼ ROLL. He has performed in leading roles at many theaters, including San Jose Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company and the Alaska Theatre Festival, among others.
Sam T. Liccardo was elected onto the San José City Council in November 2006, and represents the Downtown district of America’s 10th largest city. He also serves in leadership positions of various regional governmental bodies, including the boards of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County (in 2012, he was President), the Valley Transportation Authority (in 2010, as its Board Chair), the Association of Bay Area Governments (on which he serves on the Executive Committee), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Prior to his election, he served as a prosecutor of sexual assault and child exploitation crimes in the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
David Joseph "Dave" Maley (born April 24, 1963 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin) is a former American hockey player, having played for the NHL's Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders; and is currently a radio and television analyst for the San Jose Sharks.
As a player, Maley was part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison team that won the NCAA Division I hockey championship in 1983, as well winning a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986. As a broadcaster, Maley serves as a pre-game analyst and intermission reporter for Sharks radio broadcasts. On occasion, he will do color commentary for games when regular commentator Jamie Baker is out on assignment for the Sharks. He also joins Dan Rusanowsky and Baker in a popular "triple-cast" format during several regular season
Michael Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on communication skills. Michael Pritchard is a big guy with a warm heart who as one student described him, “truly walks as he talks.”
He began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. In 1980, Michael Pritchard won first place in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year.
Gail Williamson is a well known public speaker and advocate for performers with disabilities. She has established herself as the “go to person” in Hollywood and elsewhere when a project includes characters with Down syndrome and other disabilities. She has assisted many television shows over the years. Some of the most notable include: TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, ER, FAMILY LAW, LAW AND ORDER: SVU and THE GUARDIAN.
Gail’s connections in the entertainment industry along with her past position as president of the Media Image Coalition – A project of the L.A. Commission on Human Relations, gives her a realistic view of what media depiction can do for diverse groups. She continues to use her expertise to advocate for more, and authentic, characterizations of individuals with disabilities and Down syndrome.
Geri Jewell is best known as Cousin Geri on the NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life. She was the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a prime time series. She began her career doing stand up comedy at the Comedy Store in 1978. In 1980 she performed at the 2nd Annual Media Access Awards, where she was introduced to Norman Lear by producer, Fern Field.
After her ground breaking role on Facts she has appeared on such shows as The Great Space Coaster, the Emmy award winning movie Two of a Kind, Sesame Street, 21 Jump Street, The Young and the Restless, Strong Medicine and the HBO hit series, Deadwood, which she also received Emmy consideration for. She also co-starred in the independent film "Night of the White Pants" and was featured on the FOX series, Alcatraz.
Fleet Easton is a singer, actor, dancer and entertainer born in Akron, Ohio. He has an extensive background in dance, acting and singing. He studied at American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Arts and took master dance classes at the world-renowned Julliard School.