Board + Advisors

Anne Melissa Dowling CFA – Insurance Executive

Anne Melissa Dowling is an accomplished insurance industry executive with significant private sector, public sector service, and board experience.
Over the past six years she has served at a high level in state government. In 2015, she was recruited by newly elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner as the state’s Director of Insurance. She led highly successful regulatory innovations, developing and delivering creative solutions to an ever-expanding set of dynamics driven by technology, globalization, and a historically low interest rate environment.
Prior to serving in Illinois, she was appointed as Connecticut’s Deputy Commissioner of Insurance by newly elected Governor Malloy’s administration in 2011. Her portfolio included virtually every domestic regulatory issue affecting the insurance industry. Over three years, she led successful initiatives in such diverse areas as healthcare, financial services, and consumer outreach. In 2014, she was Connecticut’s Acting Commissioner of Insurance, leaving the post in 2015.
Anne Melissa had a highly successful career in domestic and international insurance investment and operating divisions which included executive roles with Massachusetts Mutual (MMG), Aetna, and Travelers. She grew the Institutional Insurance Division of MMG from startup to $13 billion in assets under management.
Anne Melissa has significant governance experience. Her current related activities include service on the Prosperity Life, SBLI, and Shenandoah Life Boards of Directors and as an Advisory Board Member for the North American Connected Insurance Observatory, a think tank formed in 2016 and dedicated to engaging the insurance industry and innovation leaders around automated vehicles. She has recently been appointed by Connecticut’s Governor Malloy as a member of the Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles. For a period of five years she served as Director of Spectranetics Corporation (Nasdaq, SPNC) on its Audit, Executive, Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees. She has also served on several non-profit and educational boards of trustees including The Hartford Public Library (President), Amherst College, The University of Connecticut Foundation, and Miss Porter’s School, amongst others. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Anne Melissa is a graduate of Amherst College and the Columbia University School of Business.

Nick Gerhart CAO FBL Financial Group

Nicholas C. (Nick) Gerhart, J.D., M.H.A., joined FBL Financial Group as Chief Administrative Officer in January 2017. In this role, Gerhart has responsibility for enterprise strategic planning, government relations, human resources and health services, among other administrative functions.

Gerhart served as the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Iowa from February 2013 until December 2016. Prior to that, he worked at Sammons Financial Group and American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. He earned his law degree and health law certificate from St. Louis University School of Law and a Masters of Health Administration from St. Louis University School of Public Health. He also earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. Gerhart is an active community leader and currently serves on the board of the Homestead and ChildServe.

Sandy Pentland MIT Media Lab

Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland helped to create and direct the MIT Media Lab, where he directs the Human Dynamics research group and leads the Connection Science initiative. One of the most-cited scientists in the world, Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, and a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance, and the Institute for Data-Driven Design. Pentland has received numerous awards and prizes including the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

Doug Curling Former President and COO, ChoicePoint

Doug Curling is the Founder of New Kent Capital and is also a Managing Principal at New Kent Consulting, a business advisory firm comprised of former ChoicePoint executives that works with public and private corporations and private equity firms – providing fee based/equity based governance, business development, data acquisition, privacy, FCRA and operational consulting services.
Doug is the retired President, COO and Director of ChoicePoint Inc, a NYSE technology company acquired by Reed-Elsevier in late 2008 for more than $4 Billion. Prior to ChoicePoint, Doug held a variety of finance and technology management positions with Equifax, RJR Nabisco, Del Monte and Ernst & Young.
Curling serves on the Board of CoreLogic (NYSE:CLGX) and a number of private company Boards/Advisory Boards including Social Intelligence, Teach Privacy, Vehcon, and kidslink. Additionally, Doug is active in the non-profit community and serves on Boards/Advisory Boards for GivingPoint, The Cottage School, Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and The Virginia Tech Foundation. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship and privacy.
Doug is a graduate of Virginia Tech (BS – Accounting, MS – Accounting) and is a CPA. He lives with his wife Donna (33 years) on a quiet street in Roswell with a menagerie of pets as well as large collection of guitars and fly rods. They have three adult children.

David Pakman Partner, Venrock Capital

After 12 years as an internet entrepreneur, David joined Venrock in 2008 as a Partner and focuses on early stage internet and digital media companies. Previously, David was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. Prior to joining eMusic, David co-founded Myplay in 1999 in Redwood City, CA, which introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann’s ecommerce Group. Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple Computer’s Music Group.
David is a graduate of and a member of the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and is an avid musician and songwriter. He is an active mentor in New York’s TechStars startup accelerator program. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of ITHAKA and holds a board seat with the New York Venture Capital Association.

Jordanna Schutz Former Director,Provide Commerce

Jordanna Schutz is a technologist and early stage investor.
She has a strong interest in how we protect, collect, secure, analyze, and communicate information about the world around us. She has worked in public policy on topics related to emerging technologies and emerging threats. She founded several companies including Lucidity Inc., an online payment and peer-to-peer transaction platform. She was the
founding Director of Development at, and served on the board at Provide Commerce through its IPO and acquisition. Jordanna holds an SM from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB from Harvard University in Physics and Mathematics.