Conference Speakers

Marisol Baca

Marisol Baca received her Master of Fine Arts at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, and was an editor at the EPOCH Journal out of New York. She is the recipient of the Robert Chasen poetry award and the Andres Montoya poetry award. Her first book of poems, Tremor was recently awarded a first book prize and is coming out this winter 2017. Marisol currently teaches English and creative writing at Fresno City College.

Michelle Bradford, PsyD

With over twelve years of experience in the field of higher education field, Dr. Michelle Bradford has proven her commitment to helping individuals achieve maximum potential through her holistic teaching methods. Dr. Bradford's strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and positive attitude provide a foundation for motivation to individuals in and out of the class. 

Dr. Bradford is a Faculty Chair for the Northwest Group, an oniste and online professor, and serves as the national faculty lead for the DeVry University’s:  Honors Program, Connected Classroom and the Canvas elearning system. Dr. Bradford has presented at several national conferences, serves on many national committees and has been recognized as the sole recipient of the 2014 TEACH Honoree- Distinguished Faculty DeVry University. Additionally, Dr. Bradford is a guest lecturer at Alliant International University doctoral program and is a co-founder of BradStar Consulting, LLC.

Charles Douglas, PhD, MBA

Dr. Douglas’ training is in Health Economics and Business. He is the recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) New Investigator Award and the AACP Rufus Lyman Award. Charles is the founding CEO of a mobile health design and testing company at Texas A&M University. He works on strategies for measuring the quality of medication management across health care settings.

Praveen Buddiga, MD

Dr. Buddiga brings over 12 years of clinical experience in allergies, asthma and immunology to his private practice. He opened Family Allergy Asthma Clinic in 2017 to provide patients with a supportive environment for diagnosing and relieving their symptoms. Board-certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Buddiga is passionate about providing personalized, compassionate care to his patients, young and old. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California – San Francisco, UCSF-Fresno.He is the recipient of the California Medical Association Ethnic Physician Leadership Award in 2014, American Lung Association – Physician Leader of the Year 2015 . He is well published in medical journals as well as online in Medscape and WebMD. His charitable work has included supporting Doctors without Borders, Lymphoma Society, Art of Life Cancer Foundation  and Keep Memory Alive Foundation in support of Alzheimer’s , Parkinsons and rare difficult to treat neurological conditions. He is an Alumni of Singularity University 2013.

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Juan-Carlos Duran, PhD

Juan-Carlos Duran is a digital media scientist with a doctorate in media psychology. He specializes in the study of human behavior in digital environments which include online, mobile, virtual and augmented reality environments. His research interest focuses on digital technology’s ability to influence and persuade human perception and decision making. Dr. Duran has been studying our changing behavioral patterns as newer technology becomes part of our daily lives.  As a scientist and entrepreneur, Dr. Duran's focus is improving digital healthcare communications and patient interaction. He is a founder and strategic advisor to various companies looking to understand their own consumer behavior patterns.

Ellie Honardoost, PsyD

Dr. Ellie Honardoost, a science educator, Organization Development Practitioner and Change Management Specialist, is passionate about STEM education. She started her career as a Biochemist and transitioned to teaching over 17 years ago. She has been a science teacher who has worked in traditional and non-traditional (Project Based) systems. She has developed and implemented a variety of STEM programs, and now as a coach and consultant is helping teachers and administrators use Project Based Learning to bring context and relevance to their curriculum. She believes that early engagement is the key to help children develop their passions and skills to become resilient critical thinkers and problem solvers. Establishing InnovEd is her way of making quality STEM education accessible to all families. She is committed to continue to provide children with unique experiences that will contribute to their future readiness, and their ability to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

David Silva

David Silva holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of California – San Francisco.  He has instructed at Georgetown and at the University of Virginia, where at the age of 21 he was the youngest instructor to teach courses at UVA. 


At the age of 22 David became one of the youngest Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the history of the Bureau.  He investigated white collar crimes and organized crime syndicates.  He also undertook counterintelligence and espionage investigations.  Among his successes are the prevention of transferring polar orbit satellite codes to Russia, and he foiled the attempt by a defense contractor leader to sell the entire Stealth bomber construction schematics to Russia.  The latter case remains the largest potential economic loss prevented in the history of the United States -- $65 billion.  David’s successes are chronicled in the book, Spy Versus Spy, by Ronald Kessler.


David has scholarly publications in constitutional law, tax law, and medicine.  At present David is Vice President of Regional Compliance at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas.  He oversees compliance at 49 hospitals and over 300 clinics throughout Texas.  David works with leadership among physicians, nurses, and pharmacists to mitigate risks to patients, as well as to optimize healthcare delivery.

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