Jack Condon, Ph.D., is a senior information technology professional whose broad expertise includes system architecture, project management, application development, and extensive hands-on programming across all levels of system components. A software developer who refers to himself as "probably among the oldest people on the planet who still spend most days writing computer code," Dr. Condon co-owns a small business that develops enterprise level systems for large clients. He is general manager of Select Group Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he also served as director of software development, and he has been a consultant for companies such as PG&E, senior research associate for University Associates, assistant professor of psychology and community health science at Michigan State University, and senior research associate for The Napa Project at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
Regarding WiRED's use of technology to provide medical and health education around the world, Dr. Condon said: "It is such a good marriage of requirement and solution. On the one hand you have a population of ready and capable providers, who lack specific training to meet immediate and developing health needs and are typically not able to take the time and expense to travel to training sites. On the other, you have the ability via modern educational technology to enable those health professionals to go beyond their current skill sets and deliver care responsive to the emergent medical situations. By putting the two together WiRED creates precisely appropriate medical resources on the spot. There is a certain magic to it."
Dr. Condon earned his Ph.D. in personality and social psychology and his Master's in psychology from Michigan State University, and he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's from Herbert H. Lehman College, The City University of New York. He lives in Marin with his wife, Christine, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, who works as a psychiatric nurse for a nonprofit that provides housing and care to adults with mental illnesses. With their son, Garrison, now living a few miles south of the Oregon border, Jack and Christine tend their newly empty nest with the company and occasional regard of their Scottish Terrier, Angus. They particularly enjoy spending part of the summer with friends on the Swedish West Coast.
Known for his emphasis on civic engagement and the application of university expertise to community issues, Robert A. Corrigan, Ph.D. has served as San Francisco State University's 12th president since 1988. Prior to that, he served for nine years as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, has been a provost at the University of Maryland, dean at the University of Missouri, and has held faculty positions at the University of Iowa, Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Currently, Dr. Corrigan serves on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Anchor Institutions Task Force, the National Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch Task Force, and the Commission on Access, Diversity & Excellence of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. He is past chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education Commission for Lifelong Learning, and California Campus Compact. He has also served on the Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and on the national board for Jumpstart, a program that helps prepare at-risk preschool students for success in elementary school.
Dr. Corrigan served as board chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Mayor's Biotechnology Advisory Council and on the Mayor's Children, Youth, and Families Policy Council. A past member of the San Francisco Economic Development Corporation, the California Historical Society Board of Directors, and the Private Industry Council of San Francisco, he also served on Mayor Jordan's Blue Ribbon Budget Task Force and is a past co-chair of the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative/Annenberg Challenge. Dr. Corrigan founded the Afro-American Studies program at the University of Iowa and published the first full-scale bibliography of Afro-American fiction. At President Bill Clinton's request, he chaired the Steering Committee of College and University Presidents for the "America Reads Challenge" and the "America Counts" initiative.
The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Corrigan holds the 2009 San Francisco Business Times "Most Admired CEO" award; the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Community Service Award "in recognition of outstanding commitment to diversity, fairness, and social justice;" the Unsung Hero award from the Jewish Community Relations Council; the "Mensch Award" from the Northern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; selection by the John Templeton Foundation as one of 50 Outstanding Leaders of American Colleges; selection by the Association of Urban Universities as a Distinguished Urban Fellow; and a number of honorary doctorates.
Dr. Corrigan earned his A.B. from Brown University and his master's and doctoral degrees in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. He has supported WiRED's work since its inception in 1997 and made the presentation speech at the ceremony where WiRED was awarded the UC Berkeley Public Health Hero Award in 2009.
William D. Crano, PhD, is the Oskamp Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, where he has taught for the past 16 years. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona, and also served as Professor on the faculties of Michigan State University and Texas A&M University. He also has served as liaison scientist for the U.S. Office of Naval Research (London), as NATO Senior Scientist at the University of Southampton (UK), and as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Universidade Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). His basic research has been focused on research and evaluation of social interventions, and the development of models of attitude development and attitude change, which he has used in his applied research on drug prevention in adolescents. His theories of vested interest and of the influence of minority spokespersons in persuasion (Context-comparison/leniency contract model) have been used in numerous applied settings with considerable success. He has been supported in his research efforts by NIDA for the past 17 years. Recently, he has helped create a set of universal standards for drug prevention for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and has helped this organization disseminate this information to representatives of member states. He also is involved with the US Department of State in drug prevention work in member states of the Colombo Plan. He has published 18 books, and more than 200 papers and book chapters. His recent books include Warring with Words (with Hanne and Mio), and the third edition of Principles and Methods of Social Research (with Brewer and Lac).
Mr. Daniels graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in liberal arts and completed postgraduate work at the University of California at Berkeley before beginning a lengthy career in broadcasting. Mr. Daniels spent 15 years at CBS in various capacities, including Vice President and General Manager of WCBS-TV and President of the CBS Owned Television Stations Division. He joined NBC in 1975 and served as Senior Vice President in charge of Broadcast Standards. He is a former board member of the National Association of Broadcasters Code Authority and the Television Bureau of Advertising. Mr. Daniels served for 23 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services.
Mr. Daniels strongly supports WiRED's programming that enables people to communicate and access information via the Internet as they struggle to rebuild their countries in the aftermath of war.
Dr. Northrup, board certified in internal medicine, earned his bachelor's degree at Yale and his medical degree at Harvard. His experience in global medicine is vast: Dr. Northrup served as Senior Technical Advisor for Project Hope where he provided technical support in Indonesia and Central Asia and later became the interim Director of the Health of the Women and Children Unit. Working with Management Sciences for Health in Boston, Dr. Northrup served on the Equity Project in South Africa, which provided integrated primary healthcare, a comprehensive package of essential services in rural areas. He was the Technical Officer and Director of Working Group with the BASICS Project on programs for child health and survival in Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and other countries. In this capacity, he also collaborated with the World Health Organization on the development of a medical school curriculum on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness. Dr. Northrup was the Technical Director for the PRITECH Project. In this role, he also taught staff members of voluntary organizations as well as USAID health officers about life-saving therapies. Dr. Northrup was Chairman and Professor of the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. In addition to Dr. Northrup's expansive educational and humanitarian activities, he finds time to be a choral singer, music director and arranger, actor, and athlete. He is married with two grown children. Dr. Northrup's works have been published in numerous academic journals.
Ms. Touma is a certified fundraiser who has been working with WiRED since 2000 to create and implement long-term sustainability for the organization.
She is a non-profit management professional with experience in higher education, performing arts, social services and international humanitarian organizations. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ms. Touma served as Vice President for Advancement and oversaw the planning of the Conservatory's centennial year programs and campaigns to increase scholarship funds and named academic chairs. She also served five years on the Susan G. Komen Foundation grants committee.
As a volunteer, Ms. Touma created and launched long-term development programs for Veterinary Street Outreach Service, which provides free veterinary medical care for the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans.
Since 2014 Ms. Touma has volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center, the world's largest marine mammal hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill and injured marine mammals.
She received a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master of science degree from the University of Detroit.
Ms. Touma said, "I feel honored to watch WiRED mature and grow, because behind its expansion is a vast number of people who have benefited from its programs and services."