Meet the Board

David Lloyd

Chairman of  the board

David Lloyd is Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He has responsibility for oversight of the institutes management and administration, and acts as Company Secretary to the Board.

David Lloyd served as Chief Operating Officer of the Baker Heart Research Institute from August 2005, and of the International Diabetes Institute from December 2007. Following the merger of the two institutes in July 2008 he became Deputy Director / Chief Operating Officer of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Stirling and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tasmania. He began his career in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then as an analyst and development manager in the New Zealand Trade Development Board from 1986 to 1990. David moved into higher education administration in 1990, first in the New Zealand Polytechnic Sector and then as Director, International and Commercial Services at the University of Tasmania from 1993 to 1998.

In 1998 he was appointed CEO of Melbourne Enterprises International Ltd, the commercial arm of the University of Melbourne. When Melbourne Enterprises International Ltd merged with Melbourne University Private in 2001 David became CEO of the private university until his appointment to Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute in 2005. David is also a Director of Nucleus Network, the institutes phase one clinical trial subsidiary.

Laura E. Berk

Board Educational Director

Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology emerita at Illinois State University, where she has taught child and lifespan development for over three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her masters and doctoral degrees in early childhood development and education from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia. Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the developmental significance of children’s private speech, and the role of make-believe play in the development of children’s self-regulation. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Readers’ Digest, and has contributed to Psychology Today and Scientific American.

Berk’s research has appeared in many prominent scientific journals. Her best-selling college- and university-level textbooks include Child Development; Infants, Children, and Adolescents; and Development Through the Lifespan, published by Pearson Education. Her book for parents and teachers of young children is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference, published by Oxford University Press. Berk is active in work for children’s causes. She recently completed nine years of service on the national board of Jumpstart for Young Children and currently serves on the governing board of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.

Luther Poier

Board Treasurer

Luther is passionate about building community through technology and art. He has over 25 years of board, executive and management experience in Canada and Australia specialising in finance and investment, strategy, business start-up, and venture capital. His own industry experience includes investment banking, new media, government and not-for-profit institutions.  

Currently, Luther is CFO and Head of Venture Capital at BlueChilli Technology, a Sydney-based Australian-American startup accelerator/incubator for tech companies.  He is also a co-founder and strategic adviser to DICE Kids, an Australian education NFP that focusses on growing a digital, innovative, creative and entrepreneurial generations, and a strategic Board advisor to TokenOne, a global cybersecurity firm. Additionally, he is a mentor to a number of founder CEOs, an active investor in startups as well as into mature private companies such as Koda Capital.  

Luther completed a BA (Philosophy) from Canada‘s Western University, and an MBA (with Distinction) at University of Sydney (AGSM) in addition to various qualifications in financial markets.    Luther is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a decorated retired Naval Officer in Canada and Australia. A citizen of both Australia and Canada, Luther lives in Sydney with his wife Catherine Greer, a published author, and their two young sons.

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Sharon In

Sharon In is a nonprofit management professional with 15+ years experience in private and social sector. As a Management Consultant, Sharon has advised and worked with a variety of nonprofits in California and helped organizations develop strategies that enable them to operate more effectively with greater impact on the communities they serve.

She received her BA in Business Management from University of Houston and began her career working for renowned international corporations. After completing her Masters in International Studies and Intercultural Communication at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Sharon has dedicated herself to work that empower underserved and underrepresented communities.

She cares deeply about education equity and providing quality public education for all children. Sharon has worked with educators and legislators in California to construct policies that elevate education system. Being passionate about human rights, Sharon currently collaborates with advocacy groups to promote policies that protect migrant rights.

Sharon is an avid traveler and enjoys learning new languages.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the world with her family and gaining better understanding of different cultures and new perspectives.


Gail Schonfeld

Gail Schonfeld is a founder and director of the RisaFund , a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of underserved youth in Washington, D.C. The fund provides support through grants that promote the arts, athletic enrichment and improved access to mental health services for young people. The RisaFund started the Risa Wellness Project at THEARC which includes expanded mental health services and art therapy. In addition, the RisaFund has a partnership with Leveling the Playing Field where we collect gently used tennis gear and distribute it to inner city tennis programs in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Ms. Schonfeld is a member of Georgetown University Department of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry Advisory Board, the Community Foundation of the National Capitol Area Sharing Committee, Many Hands Giving Circle, and a reviewer for the Catalog for Philanthropy. Ms. Schonfeld previously served as director of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Disability Management at the Washington Business Group on Health. She holds a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services from Boston University and a M.P.H. from Yale University.


Max Frieder

Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director

Max Frieder is the Co-founder and Co-executive director of the international  community-based public arts organization Artolution. He is an artist and educator from Denver, Colorado who is based out of New York City. He graduated  from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors and a degree in Painting with a focus in “Community Based Public Arts” and received his Education Masters in “Community Arts” in Art and Art Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked with communities in different contexts across the globe. His work ranges from community building in refugee crisis, hospital workshops, abuse and addiction counseling through art, trauma relief, reconciliation and conflict resolution. He leads collaborative mural programs as well as creating the "Foundstrument Soundstrument Project", building interactive percussive sculptures out of trash and recycled materials.  His projects have taken him from Israel and Palestine to the Jordanian-Syrian border, Turkey, India, New Zealand, Australia,  Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. His work focuses on cultivating public engagement through creative facilitation and inspired participation.

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Joel Bergner

Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director

Joel Bergner (aka Joel Artista) is an artist, educator and organizer of community-based public art initiatives with youth and communities around the world. He works in acrylic and aerosol, creating elaborate murals that explore social topics and reflect a wide array of artistic influences. Beyond his art, Joel has a background as a youth counselor and received his BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has organized and facilitated community projects in over 20 countries across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America, along the way developing his unique combination of community work and mural art in partnership with dozens of institutions, community groups and local artists. His projects have addressed issues including the Syrian refugee crisis, mass incarceration in the US, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of street youth, gaining attention from international media outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters. Joel has a passion for connecting and sharing with people through collaborative art-making.