About our team

The Band of Angels is one large team. A permanent staff helps coordinate its activities, some members serve on the standing committees. 

 
Ian Sobieski, PhD  Chairman

Ian Sobieski, PhD
Chairman

Sonja Markova, MBA  Executive Director

Sonja Markova, MBA
Executive Director

Shayna Modarresi  Deal Manager

Shayna Modarresi
Deal Manager

Craig Pritsky  Life Sciences Fellow

Craig Pritsky
Life Sciences Fellow

Tim Taylor, MBA  Presentation Coach

Tim Taylor, MBA
Presentation Coach

Ed Canty, MBA  CFO

Ed Canty, MBA
CFO


Deal Screening Committee

 
Ian Sobieski, PhD  Chairman

Ian Sobieski, PhD
Chairman

Ron Burns, MBA  Semiconductor

Ron Burns, MBA
Semiconductor

Suresh Pai  Life Sciences

Suresh Pai
Life Sciences

 
 
Jonathan Leong  Miscellaneous

Jonathan Leong
Miscellaneous

Jim Ashford  Miscellaneous

Jim Ashford
Miscellaneous

Rakesh Sood, MBA  Software

Rakesh Sood, MBA
Software

Chris Meyer, PhD  MIscellaneous

Chris Meyer, PhD
MIscellaneous

 

Membership Committee

 
Brian Frenzel  Membership Committee

Brian Frenzel
Membership Committee

Craig London  Membership Committee

Craig London
Membership Committee

Liliana Nordbakk  Membership Committee

Liliana Nordbakk
Membership Committee

Karen Riley  Membership Committee

Karen Riley
Membership Committee

 

Special Interest Group (SiG) Chairs

Sanjiv Taneja  Accelerators

Sanjiv Taneja
Accelerators

Thomas Dittler  AeroAstro

Thomas Dittler
AeroAstro

Bret Engelkemier  AeroAstro

Bret Engelkemier
AeroAstro

Jaleh Daie, PhD  AgFood Tech

Jaleh Daie, PhD
AgFood Tech

Pat Guerra  Art of the Deal

Pat Guerra
Art of the Deal

Daniel Joensen  Blockchain

Daniel Joensen
Blockchain

Dave Krauthamer  Digital Disruption

Dave Krauthamer
Digital Disruption

Kurt Peterson, PhD  HardTech

Kurt Peterson, PhD
HardTech

Bruce Walicek, MBA  HardTech

Bruce Walicek, MBA
HardTech

Larry Kelly, MBA  Energy

Larry Kelly, MBA
Energy

Mike Bates, MBA  Life Sciences

Mike Bates, MBA
Life Sciences

Rich Juelis, MBA  Life Sciences

Rich Juelis, MBA
Life Sciences

Garrett Gilbertson  Los Angeles

Garrett Gilbertson
Los Angeles

Ron Weissman, PhD  Software

Ron Weissman, PhD
Software

Ron Burns, MBA  Software

Ron Burns, MBA
Software

Jack Guedj, MBA  Venture Capital

Jack Guedj, MBA
Venture Capital

Bill Loesch  Venture Capital

Bill Loesch
Venture Capital

 

 

Videos: Financing Your Venture

Ian Sobieski, Chairman of the Band, highlights the benefits and specialties of angel investors, underlines the keys to finding and engaging an angel, and defines how to get the most out of your relationship with your investor after the deal is made. Videos courtesy of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.