Kennan Kellaris Salinero

Kennan Kellaris Salinero
Executive Director and President, Yámana Science and Technology

Kennan Kellaris Salinero received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California , San Diego. She has a daughter (born during her graduate studies) and a son (born during her post-doctoral studies) - making her an 'early birther' in the parlance of Mary Ann Mason.

Kennan remained in academia for several years, including being on faculty in the Chemistry Department at Georgetown University . She left academia when balancing work and family no longer worked in an academic setting after the unexpected death of her husband. She then worked at Celera Genomics during the completion of the human genome project, which was a very rewarding experience. She most recently completed the finishing and annotation of the soil microbe Dechloromonas aromatica’s genome while working at UCBerkeley and the Joint Genome Institute.

In her estimation, her best ‘experiment’ was having children. One graduated from Prescott College and now teaches science at Mile High Middle School in Arizona; the other is a Senior at UCBerkeley, studying physics. She is re-married and living in Livermore , CA .

Currently she is working full-time to shift how it is to be a basic researcher in the United States , through her work in founding and speaking for Yámana Science and Technology.


Richard Stafford
Senior Scientist Quality Systems Dept., Sanaria Inc

Rich studied biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to receive a Ph.D. is Chemistry at the University of California in San Diego. His post doctoral position at the George Washington University Medical Center involved understanding the chemistry of oxygen radical in tissue damage and repair. His subsequent work at Gillette Research Institute, involved new product formulations, delivery of active ingredients across the skin, and invention of new aerosol delivery systems (for which he holds several patents).

Richard Stafford

After Gillette Research Institute, Rich moved to a start-up biotech company, Clearant Inc., where he used his formulation experience to invent cryoprotectant formulations to protect transplant tissue from damage during gamma radiation sterilization. Rich is currently working at sister companies Protein Potential LLC and Sanaria Inc. At Protein Potential he works on process development for recombinant protein vaccine candidates. He is also part of the development team for production of a live attenuated malaria parasite vaccine, which is currently in Phase I clinical trials. Leading a busy work-life, Rich also works on manufacturing operations support and quality assurance/quality control.

Amy Asleson
Program Manager
Hospital accreditation and certification

Amy Asleson is founding webmaster and former Board Member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She was previously founding President and Chair of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She has a strong vision regarding the value of collaborative efforts, where the vision of the project and potential outcomes drives group efforts to their best work.

As Clinical Lead RN in Mercy ICU, Amy worked with unit-specific quality improvement projects, building a basis for group dynamics in critical environments.

Amy spent her high school and college years in Fairbanks, Alaska, earning a BA in Political Science at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. 


Jeanine Olund

Jeanine Olund

Jeanine (Jeanne) Olund is a Ph.D. student in the Transformative Studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).   Prior to that Jeanne worked in the aerospace industry for eighteen years.  After realizing the opportunity for shifting the functional efficiency and creativity of groups working in technical fields, she completed, in parallel, a Master of Arts (MA) in Conscious Evolution and an MA in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis in Consciousness, Health, and Healing before beginning her studies at CIIS.

She believes that relatively minor changes in the business culture can have significant benefits in employee morale, customer satisfaction, efficiency and effectivity of program execution, and can help foster new and innovative ideas. Jeanne is excited to be working with other change agents who are striving to shift the dominant paradigm of science and thereby bring about a new worldview. She can be reached at  

Linda Jean Shepherd
Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies

Linda Jean Shepherd holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. She worked in the biotechnology industry developing clinical diagnostic products, obtained a U.S. patent, and published ten scientific papers. She is the author of Lifting the Veil: The Feminine Face of Science, which earned the Washington Governor's Writers Award.

This book led Anna Harrison, past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society "to think anew about science and about women in science." Today, Linda feels a deep commitment to being a voice for the plants, animals, minerals, lands, and waters of Earth. As human activities increasingly threaten our biosphere, she feels called to work toward a transformation of human consciousness, values, and institutions.

Linda Jean Stafford

As a writer, Linda contributed an essay to the anthology The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women Writing on the Green World and has published articles in New Zealand Geographic, Resurgence, New Realities, Ancestry Weekly Journal, and Coping. She has been a keynote speaker and most recently gave a presentation in Dubai on the Feminine Face of Science to the first conference on Arab Women in Science and Technology. She is currently writing a novel about Mileva Maric, Einstein's first wife.