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Advisory Committee

Susan Machtinger, Chair
Susan Machtinger brings a lifelong passion for community activism and women’s issues to the WHP Board of Advisors. After seventeen years as a litigation attorney, she made a mid-life career change and for the past ten years has been a holistic nutrition consultant and educator. She and her husband Steven have two grown children and live in Tiburon, California.
Deborah Bowker

Ms. Bowker has a 30+year career in corporate communications, brand management and public affairs. She has helped public and private sector organizations as well as high profile individuals achieve enhanced reputation through media relations, issues/crisis management, sponsorships and corporate social responsibility, and political campaign consulting. Her experience includes work in the consumer goods, healthcare, technology and financial services industries, as well as in government.

Prior to forming her own consultancy, she was a managing director with Burson-Marsteller where she led their U S. corporate practice and provided client services in the areas of issues/crisis management, organizational communication, and CEO positioning during her 10-year tenure. Ms. Bowker also served as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers leading their marketing and communications efforts and their Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications. She was a communications advisor to numerous PwC clients involved in significant strategic, structural and/or technology change efforts. She has served as an Assistant Postmaster General and Vice President Communications and Public Affairs for the U. S. Postal Service where she directed the strategic communications for a wide range of challenges and opportunities—from workplace violence and the anthrax crisis to the creation and promotion of the Elvis postage stamp. Early in her career she worked as a journalist and registered lobbyist in Washington, DC.

Ms. Bowker attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a Master of Science in Management. She has also earned a Master of Science in Technology Policy from George Washington University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.

Mike Earhart
Jan Farren
Jan Farren has always been an achiever. She attributes her professional success to her father’s high standards and exceptional mentoring in the formative years of her 30-year corporate career. “I had wonderful role models who paved the way for me to apply my innate talents and professional skills to help build high-performance, customer-focused organizations.”

The go-to person responsible for creating and communicating the client experience that makes Ascent Private Capital Management unique, Jan brings over a decade of experience in the wealth management industry and another decade of international consulting experience in Australia and Southeast Asia. She began her career in middle management at ATT/Pacific Bell.

While her current job title focuses on marketing and communication, the scope of Jan’s influence is much broader. She is an integral part of the leadership team that designed Ascent to anticipate and help meet the needs of clients who want their wealth to make a positive impact on the world. “It is a privilege to be engaged in work that fosters and supports strong families and communities.”

Jan earned a B.A. in psychology, summa cum laude, from Dominican University of California, where she also did post-graduate work in strategic leadership and counseling psychology. She is a lifetime member of the Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the National Honor Society in Psychology. A resident of San Francisco, she is involved in numerous charitable and community service organizations.

Rhodessa Jones
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, singer, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the Founder and Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which is a performance workshop that is designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women.
Nate Kramer
Edward Machtinger, MD
Fran Meckler
Fran Meckler has been an AIDS educator since 1985 working with business and industry, the Red Cross, the San Francisco School District, and Huckleberry Youth Programs. She has served on the WHP since its inception in 2006.

Her current focus is as a photographer for nonprofits in the US, and NGO’s in developing nations, where she uses photography to drive social change.

Lisa Poulson
Lisa Poulson is the principal of poseycorp, a communications consultancy. poseycorp helps clients establish, grow and protect essential credibility. In defining communications strategies for some of the most prominent lawsuits of the last two decades, creating from scratch the technology industry’s largest unified global PR network for a Fortune 50 company or counseling CEOs and CTOs on thought leadership, she combines a deep understanding of persuasion with an ability to create clear, credible communications and content strategies.
Anke Hebig Prophet
Anke has a broad experience in clinical trials at UCSF, Stanford and Fogarty Institute. Her main focus was Emergency medicine, Neurology and recently Interventional Cardiology. She attended Humboldt University in Berlin , Germany as well as San Francisco State University and majored in Biology and Linguistics.

Anke grew up in East Germany (former GDR) where she was a competitive swimmer. She lives in Hillsborough with her husband, 3 kids and 1 dog.

Katherine Tick
Raised in San Francisco, Katherine Tick has been a member of WHP’s Advisory Council since its inception. Initially, she worked at UCSF as the Director of Development for Women’s Health but has since moved onto a job in the non-profit community as a Director of Leadership Development where she focuses on the volunteer experience. Trained as a social worker, Katherine is committed to helping to do what she can to make the world a better place.
Virginia Wulff