Founder, President, Governing Board

Leslie Field-Barth, Ph.D.

Leslie Field Barth

Leslie Field-Barth, Ph.D. is the Founder of Ice911 Research, and has been working on the problem of melting polar and glacial ice since 2006. She earned the BS and MS in Chem. E. from MIT and the MS and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley, worked at HP Labs/Agilent Labs and Chevron Research, founded two successful technical consulting companies and is a Consulting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.

CTO Field Testing

Satish Chetty

Satish Chetty

Satish Chetty is the CTO of Beyond 66, and specializes in polar instrumentation and open source solutions. Mr. Chetty also founded the Polar Technology Conference 10 years ago.

Marti Sterns

Marti Sterns is the Development Associate for Ice911 Research.  She is an experienced fundraiser for non-profits and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from UC Berkeley’s Haas School, and recently joined the Ice911 team.

CTO Optics

Shalini Venkatesh, Ph.D.

Shalini Venkatesh, Ph.D.

Dr. Shalini Venkatesh is a physicist and expert in optics and medical physics, born in India, educated in the United Kingdom, and working in the USA since 1988, first in corporate R&D, and then as a self-employed consultant. She was delighted to join the Ice911 team in mid-2013.

Governing Board

Armond Cohen

Armond Cohen

Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996. In addition to leading CATF, Armond is actively involved in CATF projects focusing on Arctic stabilization, low carbon technology innovation and zero carbon fossil energy.

Jane (Latin) Mackey, CPA

Jane Mackey, CPA, Interim Corporate Treasurer, is the Founder of One Tree Accounting (formerly PenceSense) and has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and an MS in Computer Science from Duke University, and continuing education from UC Berkeley.

Governing Board

Steve Payne

Steve Payne

Steve Payne is a partner with Architect Partners, LLC, the Palo Alto-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. Previously he was a partner with Ignite Group, a trans-Pacific venture capital firm, headed software development for Sega and managed strategy consulting projects for Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Steve earned his B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Governing Board and Secretary

Nicole Kerness

Nicole Kerness

Nicole Kerness, Ph.D. is a Director of Technology Research and Development at Maxim Integrated Products. Previously Nicole was the VP of Product Engineering at Silicon Microstructures Inc. (SMI), a MEMS pressure sensor company, was a post-doctorate at Stanford University, and worked at Lockheed Martin Federal Systems as an engineer in MEMS and system reliability in radiation environments. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering / MEMS from Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, an M.S. degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.



Ellen Baum

Ellen Baum is a Senior Scientist with the Clean Air Task Force.

Professor Roger Howe

Professor Roger Howe is in the Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University.

Marv Keshner

Marv Keshner is a veteran solar start-up entrepreneur and a former HP Labs Center Director.

Tony Manzara is a Ph.D. chemist and expert experimentalist.

Professor Terry Root

Professor Terry Root is a Biologist in the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University.

Susan Strehlow

Susan Strehlow is a strategic senior level manager with demonstrated skills in communication, process improvement, analysis, problem solving, innovation, organizational development, team building, and leadership.

B. Stephen Toben

B. Stephen Toben is the President of the Flora Family Foundation.

B. Stephen Toben

Ann Burkett is a serial Founder, experienced in startups and non-profits.

Cleantech Open Mentors: Generalist, Specialist, and Metro:

Xavier Cross, Ian Foraker, Rich Horan, Gary Rosenberg, David Rummler and Kim Eva Van Keymeulen

Legal Counsel:

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has provided comprehensive pro bono legal services to this project.


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