Ann Marie Sastry, Ph.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Ann Marie Sastry is Founder and CEO of Amesite, and started the company to address one of the most important challenges of our time: to deliver effective online learning that engages, educates, and enables people to advance economically. Amesite is an artificial intelligence software company that provides turnkey learning platforms to universities, businesses and government, and delivers 99% learner retention. Dr. Sastry was CEO and co-Founder of Sakti3 (acquired by Dyson in 2015 for $90M), recognized as one of MIT’s 50 Smartest Companies (2015), and as a Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work winner (2017). Sastry was invited to the White House in 2015 to be recognized for her technology entrepreneurship, and meet with President Barack Obama. Her technology and business work have been featured in WSJ, Fortune, Forbes, The Economist, USA Today, The New York Times and on the cover of Inc.
Prior to starting her companies, she was Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (UM’s highest teaching honor) at the University of Michigan, and served on the faculty for 17 years. Tenured and promoted early, Sastry was recognized with some of the highest honors in her scientific fields, including the ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award (2011) and NSF’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1997). She has co-authored over 100 publications and 100 patents and filings, and has delivered invited technology and business lectures and seminars globally (including NSF, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and others). Her technology and business work have been featured in WSJ, Fortune, Forbes, The Economist, USA Today, The New York Times and on the cover of Inc.
Sastry is active in business mentorship and philanthropy, with emphases on education, environment, and poverty alleviation. She serves on the Boards of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the Alpha House Family Homeless Shelter, Laidlaw Venture Partners and the Oxford Company, among others. She holds PhD and MS degrees from Cornell University, and a BS from the University of Delaware, all in Mechanical Engineering.
Anthony M. Barkett
Mr. Barkett has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2018. Mr. Barkett is a California-based real estate developer. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Barkett practiced law from 1994-2003 specializing in land use, affordable housing and government relations. He is currently the managing member of several LLC’s which developed and now own and manage commercial real estate in California, Arizona and Hawaii. He is the managing member of Oliveto, LLC which farms and manages olive and walnut orchards in Linden, CA. He is the CEO of Trinity Solar and managing member of Affordable Energy Partners, LLC which built and still owns and manages solar systems throughout CA. In 2013 he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Citizens Compensation Commission, a State commission that sets compensation for the legislature. He is a board member and has been for 17 years of the Downtown Stockton Alliance which is a property owner based 501(c)(3) organized to promote and restore downtown Stockton. He is also a political consultant for Stockton East Water District and has held this position for 20 years. In 2016, he was a co-founder of Ready to Work a 501(c)(3) corporation formed to help homeless and previously incarcerated men get paid work, job training and permanent housing. Additionally, Mr. Barkett was appointed as a Commissioner to the Port of Stockton and is also a board member of Aspire Public Schools.
Ms. Brewer has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2019. Ms. Brewer has been the Chief People Officer of Marqeta, Inc., since February 2019. From May 2017 to present, Ms. Brewer has also been the founder and CEO of TNT Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that advises early-stage growth companies. From September 2017 to February, 2019, Ms. Brewer was the Chief Culture Officer of GitLab Inc., an information technology and services company that uses open- source software to create a single application that covers the entire DevOps lifecycle. From 2011 through 2017, Ms. Brewer served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Netflix, where she led human resources for Netflix’s product innovation, engineering/development, business development and digital supply chain organizations at Netflix, managing a team that supported over 1,500 employees. Prior thereto, from April 2008 to January 2011, Ms. Brewer worked as a Vice President of Human Resources at Sportvision, a leading provider in sports entertainment products and data solutions. From 2000 through 2007, Ms. Brewer worked at Cisco as the Human Resources Manager. She also has certifications in Situational Leadership and Project Management. Ms. Brewer received a bachelor’s degree in communications and business from Santa Clara University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from George Washington University.
J. Michael Losh
Mr. Losh has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2018. Mr. Losh served as the Chief Financial Officer at Cardinal Health from July 2004 to May 2005. Mr. Losh was with General Motors from 1964 to 2000. He served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of General Motors Corp., from July 1994 to August 2000. He is the Chairman of the Board of Masco Corp. (NYSE: MAS) (2014-present), Director at Aon PLC (NYSE: AON) (2003-present), and a Director at Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE: CAH) (1996 to 2009 and 2018 to present). Mr. Losh has served as a director of AMB Corp., Care Fusion Inc., Electronic Data Systems Corp., Delphi Automotive Systems Corp., Hughes Electronics, Quaker Oats Company, TRW Automotive Inc., HB Fuller Co, and Prologis, Inc. He served as Chairman of the boards of GMAC and Metaldyne Corp. Mr. Losh holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Richard T. Ogawa
Mr. Ogawa has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2018. Mr. Ogawa has been General Counsel at Inphi Corporation since 2013, responsible for overseeing legal matters as well as corporate, intellectual property, and government affairs. Mr. Ogawa is a Registered United States Patent Attorney and a Member of the California State Bar with more than 25 years of experience specializing in technology companies. Prior to Inphi, he was a Partner at Townsend and Townsend, a law firm focused on intellectual property. He is the founder and owner of Ogawa Professional Corporation, his own law firm, focusing on venture backed startup companies. He is General Counsel for Soraa Laser Diode, Inc., a venture funded company by Khosla Ventures, and is General Counsel for MCube, Inc. a venture funded company by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He has also held a variety of engineering and management positions at NEC Electronics. He is a Charter Member of the Indus Entrepreneur Group (TIE) and had been a member of the boards of the Asian Law Alliance, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and others. Mr. Ogawa also served as a Partner Member for Technology Group 2800 of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1984, and a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific in 1991.
Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Omenn has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2020. Prior to his appointment as a member of the board of directors, Dr. Omenn served on board of advisors. Dr. Omenn is the Harold T. Shapiro Distinguished University Professor of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, Internal Medicine, Human Genetics, and Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Omenn brings decades of public-company board experience, including 27 years with Amgen, Inc, (NASDAQ: AMGN) and 22 years with Rohm & Haas Company. He was Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine (1982-1997) and then Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan and CEO of the UM Health System (1997-2002). In addition, he was a White House Fellow at the Atomic Energy Commission (1973-1974), Associate Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget (1977-1981), on the advisory council for the AAAS “Project 2061: Science for all Americans” (1986-1996), chair of the Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment & Risk Management (1994-1997), President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2006), member of the Scientific Management Review Board for the NIH (2012-2014), member of the Council of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM, 2015-2017), and currently a member of the Policy & Global Affairs Committee of the National Academies.
Parmer sits on the board of Linkbancorp, Inc., is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Messiah University in Pennsylvania. He is the founder and president of residential home building and development company Fine Line Homes, which has developments along the east coast from New York to North Carolina. He is also the founder and president of nationwide company Residential Warranty Corporation and three insurance companies located in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas.