Our Team

Very few of Pandemonium Aviaries' human flock take salaries. Time spent with the birds and knowing our efforts are saving these wonderful species is enough. Please help us help birds by volunteering your time or by monetary donations.

Board of Directors:

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Dr. Lynn Bahr

Dr. Lynn Bahr graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Georgia in 1991. Between 1991 and 2006, she worked as a DVM at Cheshire Animal Hospital, Ft. McPherson Army, East Cobb Veterinary Clinic and Sandy Springs Animal Hospital.  She currently is part of an exotic animal practice.

Greg Ballard

Greg Ballard is the SVP, Social, Mobile and Emerging Platforms at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Warner Bros Digital Distribution. Over his distinguished career in the gaming, entertainment and multimedia industries, Greg Ballard has served as CEO at Glu Mobile, SONICblue (makers of ReplayTV and Rio digital music players), Ancestry.com Inc. (a successful subscription-based Internet service), Transpera, Inc. (The largest mobile video delivery and advertising network in North America), and 3Dfx where, over a three-year period he grew the company from $4 million to an annualized rate of more than $400 million. He previously served as CEO and COO for Warner Custom Music, a division of Time Warner, Inc. Ballard was also president of Capcom Software, the U.S. subsidiary known for hits such as Street Fighter, Mega-Man and Resident Evil, as well as COO and CFO of Digital Pictures, a leading video game developer for Sega CD.

Greg’s board experience includes the public boards of THQ (NASDAQ: THQI), DTS Inc., Pinnacle Systems and IGN. In addition he has served on the boards of Transpera, Ancestry.com Inc., Bigfoot Networks and xFire, an online gaming platform and community purchased by Viacom in April 2006. He holds a B.A. from the University of Redlands and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Dr. Uta Francke

Dr. Uta Francke is a world-renowned geneticist and professor.  She is Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Pediatrics at Stanford University.  She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical and Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics.  She has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the recipient of the Antoine Marfan Award from the National Marfan Foundation and the Colonel Harland Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.  She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a past president of the American Society for Human Genetics and of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies and a founding member of the American College of Medical Genetics.  Dr. Francke holds an MD from the University of Munich, Germany. She has spoken at TEDx.

Dr. Diana Hawkins Manuelian

Dr. Hawkins Manuelian is a consultant and entrepreneur in the area of advanced TV services.  Dr. Hawkins graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education (Doctorate in Human Development, Educational Media and Interactive Technology) and the State University of New York (B.A. and B.F.A in Psychology).  She has extensive experience in the gaming industry and in theme park development. 

Michele Raffin

Michele Raffin was a high tech executive, venture capital consultant and writer before deciding to devote her time to saving animals. Her publications include articles in the Aviculture Society of America Bulletin, Australian Aviculture, American Dove Association Dove Line and other avian related journals. Among the honors given to her latest book, The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered, was inclusion in Amazon’s 2014 Best Outdoor Books and Best Non-Fiction (October), AARP’s 2014 Best Books, and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers.

Ms. Raffin was the Co-chair, Board of Directors of a large humane society for five years and served on the board of a companion bird rescue organization. Her passion for conservation and protection of the natural world is focused on saving bird species from extinction.  Ms. Raffin graduated from Tufts University (BA, Political Science) and Stanford University School of Business (Masters in Managment Science).  She studied incubation with Susan Kaiseke (California Condor Project) and is a certified Aviculturist through the American Federation of Aviculture.  

Dr. Thomas Raffin 

Dr. Raffin spent 30 years on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine where he remains the Colleen and Robert Haas Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, former Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Raffin has been an active clinician, teacher and investigator, and has written over 200 articles, chapters and books. Over the past two decades he has worked extensively in the healthcare and medical device business sectors and was an advisor to: Cell Therapeutics Inc. (1993-1997), Broncus Technologies (1997-2004), iMedica (1998-2002), and Inhale Technologies (1998-2001). He co-founded Rigel Pharmaceuticals in 1996. In 2001 he co-founded as a General Partner the San Francisco life sciences private equity firm Telegraph Hill Partners. Dr. Raffin has been a member of the Board of Directors of AngioScore, Confirma, Freedom Innovations, LDR, NewLink Genetics and PneumRx. Dr. Raffin served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society Silicon Valley. Dr. Raffin received a BA from Stanford University and an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and medical residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Dan Reddy

Dr. Reddy is an expert in the field of information technology in Silicon Valley and India. He was the founder and chief executive of Alliance Semiconductor and is currently is the President of Sufisoft.  He also has vast experience serving as an executive at companies such as CDT Oxford Limited, Opsys US, and Lite Array, Inc. He conducted post-doctoral research at Princeton University and continues to serve as a director at Nuelight Corp. and Solexant Corp.

Fran Scher

Fran Scher is the past President of the Chemical Corporation of America, a company she sold to a major multi-national company when she decided to move to the Bay Area.  She has taught at the college level for many years and in addition, served as the Economics Department Chair at Montclair State College. 

Dr. Alex Shubat

Dr. Alex Shubat has more than 25 years of experience in design, management and executive roles in the Technology industry. He is currently an investor, Board Member and an Executive Advisor to a number of startups. He is a member of the Band of Angels and Silicon Ventures.

Alex co-founded Virage Logic in 1996 and served as the company’s president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until Sept 2010 when the company was acquired by Synopsys.  During his tenure as the CEO, the company doubled in revenue, grew profitability, gained market share through both organic and inorganic product expansion, completed three acquisitions and expanded its global footprint.  Prior to taking on the role of president and CEO, he served as COO and CTO.

Prior to co-founding Virage Logic, he served as Director of Engineering at WaferScale Integration, a provider of Programmable Microcontroller Peripherals (subsequently acquired by ST).  Alex serves on the Santa Clara University Industry Advisory Board and on the EDA Consortium (EDAC) Board of Directors. He has an executive M.B.A. from Stanford University, a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. 

Edward and Pamela Taft 

Edward and Pamela Taft live in Los Altos Hills, California. They have been married since 2003. They both grew up in the Boston area, but they had not known each other prior to their first meeting in 2002. 

Ed moved to the Bay Area in 1973 after college. He worked as a software engineer at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for ten years.  In 1984, he joined Adobe Systems when it was a tiny startup company. He worked in Adobe's Advanced Technology Laboratory for 30 years until his retirement in 2014. Pamela previously lived in North Carolina, where she was employed at Nortel Networks for 23 years until her retirement in 2001.

Ed and Pamela are active in various philanthropies, primarily in the areas of education and health care. They are major supporters of El Camino Hospital Foundation, where Pamela has served on the board, and of Fogarty Institute for Innovation. In Boston, they support St. Mark’s School (which Ed attended) and New England Aquarium. They also support Zamorano, an agricultural university in Honduras. Ed serves on the board of Los Altos History Museum.

Ed and Pamela travel extensively. While they have no background in birds, they have had some amazing bird-watching experiences during their travels. Pamela loves birds and is bringing her fund-raising experience to Pandemonium.

Advisory Board :

  • Millie Berg, Animal Advocate
  • Steve Duncan, President Avicultural Society of America
  • Doug Hofstadter, Professor of Cognitive Science and Comparative Literature, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Laura Coday, Financial Expert
  • Nancy Trent, President Trent & Associates

If you are interested in becoming a member of the flock, please contact us at info@pandemoniumaviaries.org.