Stopping Cancer Early – The Best Possible Investment

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is integral to the success of our team. They represent a distinguished group of leaders who provide strategic decision-making and thoughtful guidance to ensure that our vision stays on track. They provide business, technology and management expertise as well as non-profit acumen. They’ve built other businesses, and supported other important causes so they know what it takes.

Michael Ball, CEO, GenoLogics
Canary Audit Committee

Michael Ball has more than 25 years of international experience in sales, marketing, and business development with technology companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. Since 2004, he has served as CEO at GenoLogics, a company that develops the industry-leading laboratory information management system (LIMS) for life sciences organizations. Michael has been instrumental to the success of GenoLogics, securing significant venture capital and building strategic relationships with key partners and customers in the life sciences industry.

Previously, Michael held executive positions at various technology companies including five years in management with Creo Products (acquired by Kodak) as Vice President Business Development and Vice President European Sales and Service. Michael was a member of Creo’s executive team from 1995 to 2000, during which time the company’s revenue increased from $70 million to $700 million. In addition to his Creo experience, Michael was a Vice President at Carmanah Technologies, spent seven years at Digital Equipment Corp., and has been involved with several technology start-ups.

Kevin Kennedy, President, CEO, Avaya
Canary Audit Committee, Chair

“I’m proud to serve as a board member for the Canary Foundation, where I’ve been able to see firsthand the innovation that the Foundation and Canary Center at Stanford have brought to the field of early cancer detection.

Giving back to the communities where we live and do business has always been a priority for my wife and me.  We’ve been involved with the Canary Foundation from the start and are thrilled to grow that relationship. Today, Avaya is the Gold Sponsor of the Canary Challenge, and our entire team is excited to engage with the community, volunteers and participants on behalf of this worthwhile cause.”

Kevin Kennedy is the Chief Executive Officer of Avaya Corporation, a global provider of next-generation business collaboration and communications software and services. Dr. Kennedy currently serves U.S. President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. In 1987, he was a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Prior to Avaya, he was president and CEO at JDS Uniphase Corporation for six years, Chief Operating Officer at Openwave Systems, Inc., for two years and held various executive positions at Cisco Systems for eight years — most recently for the Service Provider Line of Business and Software Technologies Division. Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories.

In addition to the Canary Foundation, he currently serves on the board of directors of Avaya, KLA-Tencor Corporation, and Digital Realty Trust, L.P.

In the field of education, Dr. Kennedy was honored by the School of Engineering at Rutgers as their Alumnus of the Year and awarded an Alumni Medal of Excellence in 2006.

He is the author of Devil in the Details, published in 2012, and a co-author of “Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail,” published in 2003.  He has published more than 30 papers on computational methods, data networking and issues of technology management.

Dr. Kennedy holds a B.S. in engineering from Lehigh University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Rutgers University where he served as an adjunct professor from 1982 to 1984.

Don Listwin
Founder and Chairman, Canary Foundation

Don Listwin is a 30-year veteran of the technology industry. Prior to founding the Canary Foundation, Don was CEO of Sana Security, Openwave, and had been the #2 executive at Cisco Systems. Today, in addition to his work at the foundation, he serves on the board of directors of several private and public companies including GenoLogics Sciences, Calix Networks, Clustrix, D-Wave, Joyent, Plumgrid and Teradici, and is a venture partner at Rally Ventures.

Don is also deeply involved with other cancer-related organizations. He is on the External Advisory Board for the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) at Stanford and is a member of the Stanford Advisory Board for the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection at Stanford. He also serves as a member of The Melanoma Cancer Center at

The Moffitt Cancer Center. In 2009, he was appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Advisors.

A native of Canada, Listwin holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Dale Jantzen
Board Member

Dale has over 20 years of product management and marketing experience in the telecommunications industry. He most recently served as the President of the San Jose Grand Prix for three years. Dale earned his BSEE at the University of Saskatchewan in 1982. For the next eight years, he served as Marketing Director for Develcon Electronics. Dale then moved on to hold similar positions at Alberta Microelectronics Center and then at Sci-Tec Instruments Ltd. During Dale’s eight-year tenure at Cisco Systems, he held the positions of Product Line Manager, Director of Marketing, and Director of Business Development. More recently, Dale has served as Director, Product Management for Luminous Networks, Inc., Vice President of Tiara Networks, and Director, Product Management for Procket Networks, Inc.

Throughout his career, Dale has managed large teams of technical product management and marketing professionals, while overseeing multi-million dollar project accounts. Dale possesses a wealth of technical skills and depth of leadership experience.

Hilary Valentine
Board Member

Hilary Valentine is a partner at Black & White Design and serves on the Board of Directors of the Valentine Family Foundation as well as the Canary Foundation. She also serves on the Emeritus Board of Breast Cancer Connections. Hilary is the Chair of the Room to Read Emeritus Board after serving on the Room to Read board of directors from 2003 to 2012. She was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and Chair from 2008 to 2010.

Hilary’s primary focus with Room to Read has been to evangelize the Room to Read mission in front of high net-worth donors in the technology world. The Valentine Family Foundation provided the initial multi-year seed funding for Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program. Hilary graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.