Frank Bonsal III
Director of Venture Creation
Recently named one of the “Top 100 Influencers in EdTech” by EdTech Digest, Frank Bonsal III is a pioneer in the field of education technology and investment. He has 25 years of experience advancing efficacy, innovation, and productivity in and around education and the knowledge economy.
As Director of Venture Creation at Towson University, venture capitalist, and angel investor, Bonsal has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs. His direct investment experience includes over 25 education companies, half realized with tens of millions positively impacted. Frank received his M.Ed. and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. with honors from the University of New Hampshire. He is a frequent panelist and speaker and resides in Baltimore.
Edward George Buckley, M.D.
Vice Dean, Medical Education
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Duke School of Medicine
Dr. Buckley is the James and Heather Gills Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Vice Dean for Education and Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore Affairs at Duke University. He has trained over 60 clinical and 10 research fellows. He has served as President of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology (AAPOS) and Strabismus, Chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology, Chair of the Section of Ophthalmology of the American Academy of Pediatrics, President of the American Orthoptic Society, and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of AAPOS.
Dr. Buckley has received the Life Time Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and AAPOS. He has published/edited eight books, 40 book chapters, and over 130 peer-reviewed articles. He has given many prestigious named lectures including the Marshall Parks Lecture at the AAO, the Costenbader lecture at AAPOS and the Richard Scobee Memorial Lecture for the AACO.
Colleen O’Connor Grochowski, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs
Duke School of Medicine
With more than 30 years of experience in health sciences and medical education leadership, Dr. Grochowski is responsible for the development, implementation, and ongoing renewal of the Duke School of Medicine’s innovative four-year curriculum. She also is responsible for the delivery and implementation of the Foundation for Excellence curriculum in Duke’s graduate medical school in Singapore (Duke-NUS).
Dr. Grochowski participated in the development of LCMS+ and its automated model for the rational distribution of funding for Duke’s integrated curriculum. She facilitated the implementation of a new curriculum at Duke which has been instrumental in the adoption of team-based learning. She also has worked collaboratively with colleagues across the University to create resources and programs for faculty interested in health professions education. This work culminated in the creation of the Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development (Duke AHEAD), launched in 2013.
Dr. Grochowski is also founder of the Inter-professional Collaboration in Education group at Duke University which fosters collaboration among the graduate health professions programs at Duke. In 2001, she received the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Award for Innovation in Medical Education.
Michael L. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Curriculum
Yale School of Medicine
Michael Schwartz is the Associate Dean for Curriculum at the Yale University School of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology. Dr. Schwartz received his PhD. from George Washington University and has been a member of the Yale Department of Neurobiology faculty since 1985. He is the Director of Medical Studies in Neurobiology and is also the Director of the Medical Neurobiology course.
Dr. Schwartz is currently responsible for the oversight and development of the Yale School of Medicine curriculum and for ensuring that the school meets all accreditation standards. He oversees the approval and implementation of curricular innovations in pedagogy and is the leader of the Yale School of Medicine Strategic Planning Team charged with implementing a new medical school curriculum. Dr. Schwartz has been a featured expert and consultant in Apple’s Standout Schools Live Webcast series and is on the advisory board of MacHealthcare.
The research in his laboratory is focused on the organization and development of the mammalian cerebral cortex, the influence of prenatal and neonatal experiences on the final organization of these regions and the impact on behavioral function.
K. Michael Munsch
Mike Munsch has served as COO for several companies, including Advanced Digital Systems, ViOS and MercuryMD, where he orchestrated a successful acquisition by Thomson/Reuters Corp (later Thomson/Reuters Healthcare). Mike was President and CEO of ATCOM Business Telephone Systems, recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. He has extensive experience in venture financing, operations, positioning, recruiting and developing management teams and creating business blueprints focused on strong revenue growth and market supremacy.
Mike is a past chair of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the Southeast. He also served as chair of the TriState Investment Group (TIG) II and III.
Mike received his MBA from Boston University. He achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army, where he served as a Signal Corps officer and helicopter pilot. Mike is currently an adjunct professor in economics at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he teaches a capstone course in Commercial Venture Creation.