Our Board

Derek Barnes, Vice Chairman

Derek Barnes brings over 15 years of executive and strategic leadership to the Sunflower Wellness board. He has honed deep operations skill in various industries driving enterprise change through startup phase, rapid growth periods, business turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions. As a senior strategic advisor and co-founder at Ignition Point Consulting, he has built a profitable practice servicing clients such as Fremont Bank, Microsoft, Oracle, T-Mobile, and TeleNav. Previously, as COO at Executive Networks, Derek developed strategic growth objectives and managed the firm’s operational expansion. His previous roles also include: Global Operations Director at Openwave, and VP of Operations and Services at PlanetOut/Here! Media.

Derek has also served on the national board of Victory Fund, as Board Chair at Under One Roof, and on the board of the San Francisco Community Center as Chair of the Finance and Operations Committee during its capital campaign and construction. He attended Marymount University with a BA.


Nathan Baird, Secretary

Nathan is an Investment Associate in the Public Equity group at Hall Capital Partners LLC, a San Francisco-based investment firm focused on building customized, global, multi-asset class portfolios for families, endowments, and foundations. At Hall Capital, he is responsible for research, identification, due diligence, and monitoring of long-only public equity investments and long-short equity hedge funds.

Nathan graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics, where he was also a Captain on the varsity baseball team. He is currently a resident of San Francisco, and in his free time enjoys activities such as hiking, scuba diving, windsurfing, and of course, exercising! Nathan assumed the role of Board Secretary for Sunflower Wellness in 2017.


Joanne Harrison, Treasurer

Joanne is a Senior Finance Manager at Macquarie Group, a global financial services company head quartered in Sydney, Australia. In December 2014 she moved to San Francisco to take on the position of Assistant Controller at one of the Group's subsidiaries, Macquarie AirFinance. During her time in San Francisco Joanne has worked on a $US4b portfolio acquisition, onboarding 80+ new companies, accounting policy changes, management reporting and system transformation projects. Outside of work she enjoys training with the Golden Gate Triathlon Club and completed her first half ironman triathlon in Santa Cruz during September 2016.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. Joanne assumed the role of treasurer for Sunflower Wellness in 2017.


Trisha Hue, PhD, MPH, Director

Dr. Hue received her MPH in public health nutrition and PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Dr. Hue is currently pursuing research on the mechanisms for increased risk of breast and colon cancer with excess body fat. Her interests also include the effects of micronutrients, angiogenic factors, and markers of inflammation. She has extensive experience in the design and conduct of numerous industry and NIH-funded clinical trials and longitudinal studies. Additional research interests include nutritional epidemiology, cancer prevention, and osteoporosis. Dr. Hue held the position of Board Secretary from 2011-17.


Carrie Bonnet, Director

“This program was my magic pill,” says Carrie Bonnet, who works in communications management as Media Relations & Marketing Director for the law firm of Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC, and formerly served as controller in her role as human resource business partner for a multi-location retailer. A cancer survivor herself, she says: “Even if I’d been lying on the couch for days after treatment, I always made it to my planned exercise sessions because I knew I’d feel exponentially better afterward and until the next treatment. That helped me regain my sense of control.”

Carrie was thrilled to accept Sunflower’s invitation to become treasurer, a role that she held from 2009 to 2017. “Demand for our service is much greater than when I was a client and we’re growing rapidly to meet it. Cultivating income streams to support that growth may be our biggest challenge,” she says. “I want to make sure as many people as possible can benefit from our exercise program. Because my workouts improved my physical state, they boosted my attitude. When you’re sick and your prognosis is uncertain, a positive attitude can save you.”

An avid traveler (with a special fondness for India), Bonnet was born and raised in Marin County. She received a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. As a graduate student, she examined the impact of professionals donating their skills to nonprofits (People Assisting the Homeless/PATH, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles) via virtual tools and teams. Carrie is also a mosaic artist.


Kim Kouri, Director

Kim served as the Director of Development for Sunflower Wellness from 2013 - 2015. In July 2015 she began working as an Exercise Counselor, with a primary focus on Marin County where she continues to teach weekly exercise classes. Kim is passionate about our work at Sunflower Wellness. As a fitness professional, she also has an extensive background in both marketing and fundraising, which she draws on in her current role at Sanovas in San Rafael.

Previously, Kim served for several years as Development Director for Educational Tall Ship, an organization working to construct a 124-foot wooden Brigantine which will be used for education once complete. Prior to that, she was the Development Director for Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley. Her marketing career included work with some of the largest national non-profits as well as local organizations like Project Open Hand and San Francisco Aids Foundation.

Kim is also a mom, a breast cancer survivor, and dedicated to exercise. After teaching exercise classes for most of her adult life, Kim started teaching a weekly strength and balance group exercise class for Sunflower at Rolling Hills Club in Novato, CA, and she has begun training as an Exercise Counselor as well. As Kim has become fond of saying: “Avoid inactivity!”


Steffanie Goodman, Director

Steff Goodman, MPH has over ten years of experience in the health care field. She currently specializes in health policy consulting in the Comparative Effectiveness Research practice at OptumInsight. Previously she was responsible for various aspects of health economics & policy research to inform market access and reimbursement considerations for life science companies. She has also served as a project manager of research and health education programs at the University of California, San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She was heavily involved in the Family Caregiver Project at UCSF, where she launched a series of support materials for family and clinical caregivers that were distributed nationally, including an award-winning documentary on PBS. Ms. Goodman’s training includes an honors BA degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont and an MPH degree in Socio-Medical Sciences with a concentration in Health Promotion Disease Prevention, from Columbia University in New York City. Ms. Goodman has published her work in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, The Journal of Cancer Education, and Psychology and Health.


Chris Brettingen, Director

A Minnesota native, Chris Brettingen came to San Francisco in 1986 to open and lead a branch office for one of the top U.S. market research firms, where she stayed for over 25 years working with Fortune 500 clients to measure, evaluate, and improve their customer satisfaction and loyalty. Her company, Custom Research Inc., was a 1996 winner of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the nation’s most prestigious business award. At that time, her company was the first professional services firm, and also the smallest organization, to win the honor. Chris also served on the Board of Directors of To Celebrate Life from 2008 to 2011, including two years as Board President, six years on the Grants Review Board, and head of their Community Events. She also deliver meals for Ceres Community Project, one of To Celebrate Life’s grantees. Chris loves to travel, practice yoga, play bridge, study oil painting, and read, including as a member of two book clubs. Her son, Kristopher, is married and living in Boulder, Colorado, where he consults in the green energy industry.


Susan Schultz, Director

Susan Schultz is Vice President of Business Operations at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in San Francisco. Susan partners with the leadership and administrative teams both at the Parker Institute and their six partner centers to advance the Parker Institute’s mission and goals.

Prior to joining the Parker Institute, Susan spent much of her professional life at the University of California. Most recently, she was the Associate Dean of Administration & Finance in UCSF’s School of Dentistry. Serving as chief administrative and financial officer in the School, Susan directed diverse business units including finance, human resources, information technology services, project management and marketing and communications. Her contributions were recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional University Management.

Susan holds a BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University. In her free time, she can be found attending youth sporting events with her husband, rooting for their children’s teams.


Guru Prasad, Director

Guru Prasad is the founder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer for KoreFabrik, Inc., a technology platform that seeks to provide students a better education experience through a well-networked community of alumni, fellow students and teachers in a way that also helps schools and universities brand themselves better. As founder or co-founder of other technology startups like BuzzzX and Vehipal and a technology consultant, Guru has made contributions in automotive, healthcare, manufacturing and retail industries. He has also led P&Ls and centers of excellence in technology services, having worked for Tata Consultancy Services, Sunera Technologies and RJT.


Vir Sarin, Director

Vir Sarin is a technology executive and innovator with a varied career covering a range of sectors: software, eCommerce, SaaS and financial services. He possesses extensive full-stack experience with scaling global organizations with multi-billion dollar revenue streams, Fortune 100 regulations, security, massively distributed systems and building start-ups. Vir has led technology solutions that have been recognized by MFEA, Kasina, Ignites and Nova as some of the leading technology innovations for web and mobile, and chaired the world-wide launch of Agile methods in several organizations. He is an avid reader, travel enthusiast and speaker at technology forums.


Special Board Advisors

Bobbie Head, MD, PhD, Board Advisor

Dr. Bobbie Head has been a private practitioner of Hematology and Medical Oncology at California Cancer Care (now Marin Specialty Care) since 1987. Armed with college degrees in English, Anthropology and Chemistry, she received her PhD in Experimental Pathology from UCSF, and her MD from USC. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Head has taught at UCSF’s medical school, and served as Medical Director for Hospice of Marin from 1997 to 2008.

Dr. Head proudly proclaims her love of coming to work every day. Her joy is due in part to the personal interactions and the resulting richness of relationships that develop during a cancer journey. She provides her patients with as much support as possible and takes particular care to provide them with information in a context they can understand. She is actively engaged in clinical research and to date, has been involved in over 100 ongoing clinical phase I, II, III, and IV Pharmaceutical Oncology trials as a sub-investigator. Dr. Head unabashedly professes her love for horseback riding and also skis, jogs and hikes. She adores being a mom and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Bunny Rust, Director

Bunny began her nursing career in Philadelphia, graduating from Mercy Medical Center, after which she joined the US Navy, stationed in Pensacola. She has practiced nursing for over 45 years, including twenty years of operating room management, and has continued to work beyond her official “retirement” in 2007.

Bunny’s inclination to be a patient advocate stems from several cancer victories and losses among her own family members. Bunny joined the board in 2008, where she actively guides the team by maintaining a strong focus on our strategic vision, applying her years of medical experience to advocating for high-quality experiences for our clients, clarifying policies and procedures of healthcare systems, and aligning us with her network of healthcare leaders and practitioners. Her son, Christopher Goad, laid the foundation for what has since become Sunflower Wellness.





Sunflower Wellness has secured non-profit status under IRS Section 501(c)(3), as well as under California tax provisions, in order to solicit tax-free contributions from individuals and funding organizations. 


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