Advisory Board

Dr.Dinesh Patel – Managing Director- vSpring Capital

Dr. Patel co-founded vSpring Capital (now Signal Peak Ventures) in 2000 and has been a founding managing director since its formation.From 1985 – 1999 Dr. Patel served as Co-Founder, Chairman of The Board of Directors and President & CEO of TheraTech, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 1999 to 2004 he was the Founder, Chairman, President & CEO of Ashni Naturaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Patel served as co-chair of Governor Huntsman’s transition. He is the Chairman of the USTAR Governing Authority board. Born and raised in Zambia, Africa, Dr. Patel received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at Gujarat University located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India his master’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and his Ph.D. in Physical Pharmacy from the University of Michigan..

Hemant Thatte, Phd – Harvard Medical SchooL

Dr. Hemant Thatte is currently a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Research at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, and since 2003 has been annually listed in Marquis International Who’s Who in Healthcare and Medicine. His work is primarily focused on translational research in cardiac surgery. Dr. Thatte is very pleased to bring his knowledge and skills to the Advisory Board of Yoga for People and help it grow to be a world-wide organization to bring the healing practice of yoga to people who otherwise would not have access to it.

Pepper Provenzano, Founder, TreeLink

Pepper Provenzano is the founder of two nonprofit organizations, TreeLink (1996) and TreeUtah (1988) and the iTreeBank program. Pepper co-founded the Utah Urban Forest Council (1991) and the National Alliance for Community Trees (1993). He is a former journalist with 20 years of experience packaging international news.

Milind Zodge

Founder of Big Data, predictive analytics and tech companies, early pioneer in deploying practical architectures and techniques that combine Big Data with Enterprise Data Warehouses, a published author on data warehousing, change agent and problem-solver with a passion for technology: skilled in grasping the big picture, conceptualizing and building/leading the team. Also involved in community projects and very passionate of Yoga.

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc.

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects. For more information, please visit http://www.agiledeveloper.comnder in 2009.

Morgen Newman, Co-founder, Ideapain

Morgen Newman currently serves as the Co-Founder and VP of International Sales for IdeaPaint, responsible for establishing distribution in more than 20 countries globally. Since joining IdeaPaint full time in early 2007, he contributed substantially to the business plan, strategy and successful launch of the company in June 2008. He has played a critical role in raising IdeaPaint’s second and third round of financing and continues to be heavily involved in company strategy. Morgen holds a B.S. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Babson College. He was named to Inc Magazine’s 30 Under 30 and BusinessWeek’s list of 25, 25 and Under in 2009.

Bucky Flowers, Founder, BOOMBOX

Bucky is a long time entrepreneur. He has build both online and brick and mortar businesses including a music venue called The Electric Theater, a clothing exchange, a music school, and a creative agency (Comma Creative). He also started a tech-support company that focused on helping the elderly become computer literate. He worked for as Director of User Experience. 

Sunny Beck, Senior Analyst, Adobe Systems

Sunny graduated with a degree in Economics at the University of Utah. Before becoming an Analyst at Adobe Systems, he worked for Fidelity Investments and Delta Airlines. He is very passionate about business efficiency and optimization. Sunny is also very involved in his community, providing many hours of service to United Way efforts and the local Food Bank. While not working, Sunny enjoys spending time in Utah’s wonderful outdoor recreational areas hiking, camping and snowboarding.

Ben Whipple, PhD in Accountancy

Ben Whipple is currently pursuing a PhD in Accountancy at the University of Utah. His research interests include earnings quality, firm disclosure and the transfer of information from companies to market participants. Ben has taught both Intermediate Accounting and Computer Essentials at the collegiate level. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Ben was an auditor for Ernst and Young, where he earned his CPA license. Ben holds a MAcc degree from the University of Utah and an undergraduate business degree from Western Michigan University. Outside of academics and public accounting, Ben has worked for a Fortune 500 medical supply company (corporate tax and internal audit departments) and prepared tax returns. When not working, Ben enjoys rock climbing, skiing, traveling, and yoga.

Anna Decker, Founder at The Whole You Now, Inc

Anna Decker believes healthy individuals are the building blocks of a vibrant global community. She has chosen to dedicate her life to sharing the message that scientific research has confirmed time and again: mindfulness practice offers lasting benefits for your physical, mental, and emotional health. She facilitates yoga at the Utah System of Higher Education, Huntsman Cancer Institute, private clients, as well as a weekly mindfulness sangha in her home studio. Practicing yoga as a lifestyle, she also is the Executive Director of a non-profit called the Salt Lake Civil Network, a hub that supports emergent innovation and local/global human flourishing. Anna is finishing a Master’s degree in Community Health Promotion and Education. She has been practicing mindfulness most of her life, but her dedicated practice really began while living in Guatemala for several years. It was then that she experienced profound transformation through nutrition changes and intentional practices such as yoga and meditation. Her life’s greatest accomplishment is waking each morning with a peaceful smile on her face.