Our Board of Directors
Jonathan Doctor is a founder and managing partner of Denovo Healthcare Partners and brings years of experience in the healthcare delivery and healthcare technology industries. Besides his active involvement in Denovo, Jonathan has served as President, Managing Member and Director, Centers for Advanced Medicine, LLC; President, Chief Operations and Financial Officer for The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute; and Managing Director for The Angeles Clinic Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and education throughout the nation. According to Jonathan, "It's an honor and privilege to play a role in an autism organization that makes such an impact on the lives of children and families dealing with autism. I plan on leveraging my years of experience in healthcare services to help navigate the complex healthcare market for continued profitable growth and scale." Prior to The Angeles Clinic, Mr. Doctor served as Chairman, CEO and President for PracticeXpert Inc.- a company he co-founded in 1999 and sold in late 2006. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPH from Yale University School of Medicine and an MBA from the USC Graduate School of Business.
David S. Kim is a co-founder and Managing Partner of The Bascom Group, LLC. Bascom has completed over $12.9 billion in multi-family and commercial value-added transactions since 1996 including 515 multifamily transactions and 140,000 units. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom's subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Southern California Industrial Fund, Rushmore Properties, Bascom Portfolio Advisors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, MI-IF RM Holdings, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partner Ventures, and the Realm Group. Bascom's subsidiaries also include Premier Business Centers, the largest privately held executive suite company in the U.S.
Prior to founding Bascom, Mr. Kim served as a Senior Analyst and Development Associate, from 1989 to 1995, for the Disney Development Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, where he was responsible for business development and analysis of more than $400 million in retail, office, entertainment, and residential projects. Prior to joining the Disney Development Company, Mr. Kim served as Portfolio Associate with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.
Mr. Kim holds Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics and in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has attended executive level programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He often serves as guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Colorado, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Irvine.
Mr. Kim currently serves and has served on the Board of Directors for the "l Have A Dream" Foundation of Los Angeles, Theta Chi Fraternity, The U.S Fund for UNICEF Southern California, University of California, Irvine Center for Real Estate, University of Colorado Center for Real Estate, University of Texas, San Antonio Real Estate Finance and Development Founders Council, University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Urban Land Institute (UI-I), Young Presidents' Organization - Golden West Chapter, and The Pedro Pallares autism and Behavioral Health Foundation.
Mr. Kim was a recipient of the Real Estate Conference Group's Apartment Executive of the Year in 2004, Orange County Business Journal's Entrepreneurship of the Year Award in 2010, and was recognized in the 2011 Multi-Farnily Executive Magazine. In 2016, Mr. Kim was awarded with the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young.
James A. De La Torre
Jim is an entrepreneur and insurance consultant with over 28 years of business experience. He is the founder of the FedAdvantage program which is a brand offering custom designed insurance programs to public sector employees. Under Jim's leadership, FedAdvantage grew from a start-up to one of the largest companies offering programs to federal employees. Jim is also President and CEO of De La Torre & Young Insurance Services, Inc., a regional insurance brokerage firm specializing in alternative funding employee benefit programs for mid-size companies. Jim is building D&Y into an organization that offers services to its clients that are not readily being provided. Jim is active in the community serving on various boards and committees and is very excited to be a part of the Pedro Pallares autism and Behavior Health Foundation to utilize his skills to achieve the advancement in the understanding and treatment of autism. When not working, Jim enjoys many outdoor activities and is discovering a new passion around bike racing with his son.
It is the classic story of working one's way UP through the ranks. When Matt left his 9 to 5 job four years after graduating college and a friend recommended running food at mc2 ,he decided to take the job while he figuring out what to do next.
Fascinated by the food and the cooking it was one of the best experiences he could have had. Chef Yoshi Kojima took Matt under his wing and soon he was working the line where he spent the next year and a half. It was a seminal point in the San Francisco culinary culture, when the award winning mc2 was the hottest ticket in town and many of the city's best chefs polished their craft under Chef Kojima. It proved to be ample training grounds for Matt as he gradually worked his way through nearly every position, both front and back of house.
"It was probably Kevin Best who gave me the biggest break," says Matt as he describes his time as Assistant General Manager supporting Best. Under his tutelage Matt learned how to build a beverage program and run a restaurant. Together the two were able to turn around a then faltering restaurant and make it profitable. It also gave Matt the training he needed to run his own place. When Neil Rideout, a former mc2 Sous Chef, called and invited Matt to join the owner operated 850 Cigar Bar, also in San Francisco's financial district, Matt jumped at the chance.
Running an owner-operated bar and restaurant, Matt was able to put to use all of his previous training. He and the other partners were responsible for everything from cooking to the cleaning, cocktails and accounting. When the 850 Cigar Bar partnership fell apart at the beginning of 2004, Matt and Neil found an investor and re-opened the space as Cigar Bar and Grill in August of 2004, where Matt continues his role as General Manager to this day.
Throughout his career, Matt has maintained many of his ties to former mc2 colleagues. It is with another mc2 graduate, Chef Kim Alter, that he opened Plate Shop. The project was the culmination of many years of planning, experience and collaborative vision. Matt oversaw the front of house management and the beverage program, seeking out small batch spirits and boutique wineries to highlight on the wide-ranging list. Plate Shop was Michelin recommended and sold in 2013.
AMBER MERRIGAN-Associate — Oakland
Amber Merrigan specializes in office space consulting with an emphases on landlord and tenant representation. Amber transitioned to Avison Young following a successful fourth year career at California Capital & Investment Group, where she accelerated through the sectors of; property management, asset management and tenant/landlord representation. Amber's passion is in providing real estate solutions that parallel one another; attaining her clients' business intentions and achieving her clients' end goal. Amber has worked with tenants of all sizes across a wide variety of industries, including; tech, non-profit, medical, institutional ownerships and national corporations. Amber's varietal experience adds tremendous value to her clients, as she has the ability to educate and articulate deal points through direct experience. Her approach combines high ethical standards, an outgoing attitude and listening to the client to help achieve their ideal end goals.
CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women)
CREW Network is the industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate, with an emphasis on fulfilling four key initiatives: business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach, Amber was admitted to the East Bay Chapter in 2014.
The Pedro Pallares Autism Foundation
Amber serves on the board for The Pedro Pallares Autism Foundation, a non profit organization formed by Center for Social Dynamics' CEO, Pete Pallares. Their mission is to provide more support, opportunities, and hope to individuals with autism, their families and the future professionals in this field of work.
Amber helps execute their goal to partner with passionate individuals, organizations, and governments to bring creative, dynamic, and effective solutions that reshape the possibilities for individuals with autism and the professionals that work with them .
2006-2010 San Diego State, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
2011 Bureau of Real Estate, Salesperson License
2014-Present CCIM Designation (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
Coynne Robbins graduated from San Diego State University with Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Her career has included working several years at networking giant, Cisco, in multiple roles in new product program management. She also spent 3 years at Texas Instruments in a senior sales role managing $50M of annual revenue. Coynne stepped away from her career in business to focus on her family and her son's autism journey. She has worked in a parent coach role and also as an advocate for other families. She brings a unique combination of business acumen and multi-discipline knowledge of spectrum disorder issues and pathways. Coynne today works at a public school as a paraprofessional where she assists students and teachers. As a dedicated mother of 3, with her eldest child on the autistic spectrum, Coynne is a passionate ambassador and promoter of early autism intervention.
Pete Pallares, is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Social Dynamics. Active in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 19 years, Pete has devoted much of his time working in research, diagnosis, and the treatment of autism across different cultures. As CEO, Pete oversees a team of highly qualified professionals develop and implement individualized treatment programs for children and families diagnosed with autism utilizing the principals of applied behavior analysis and the cultural context within their geographical location. Pete has provided intervention programs for a wide range of patients from high-functioning children to very challenging individuals. His specialization includes unpacking and analyzing cultural dynamics within a setting, an environment, or an individual. Pete is an annual presenter and his work in cultural competence has been internationally recognized. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, he spends time in his native country and the Bay Area helping families affected with autism. Pete is currently an active member and presenter for the California Association for Behavioral Analysis (CAI-ABA) and has also been an associate to important autism research studies conducted by the Department of Public Health and Kaiser Permamente.