The Innovation Center Team

Our diverse team represents expertise in medicine, ethnography, software development, data, design, social entrepreneurship, public health and business.


Andrew-Bordner-150Andrew Bordner, Ph.D.
Senior Data Scientist

Andrew joined the Innovation Center in February 2014 from the Mayo Clinic where he led multidiscplinary research projects in the fields of bioinformatics and clinical informatics. His recent work there involved developing new machine learning approaches to predict patient outcomes in liver transplantation surgery and to identify key mutations from cancer genome sequencing data. In his role at the Innovation Center, Andrew will support the team by developing data analysis tools and predictive models for both the linkAges and EMPOWER-H programs.

Andrew earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After completing postdoctoral work in computational biology at the University of California – San Diego he worked as a researcher at The Scripps Research Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Chris-Waugh-150Chris Waugh
Chief Innovation Officer

­Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer, using his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide our enterprise innovation strategy. In this role, he is developing and managing our innovation portfolio and enhancing Sutter Health’s reputation as a market leader, while he refines and expands our innovation processes.

Recognized for inspiring audiences and bringing together people from many multi-disciplinary teams, Chris brings unique and inventive approaches to benefit patients across our network. He and his team serve as the entry point for external innovators to connect with Sutter Health, providing an avenue for them to present ideas that can improve our health delivery processes.

Chris has a decade of entrepreneurial leadership experience at IDEO, the Bay Area design and innovation consulting firm. He also served as vice president of design at San Francisco’s One Medical Group, where he helped create a culture of innovation. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado with degrees in international business and French.


Christina-Araiza-150Christina Araiza
Community Engagement Manager

Christina is responsible for developing community partnerships to expand the linkAges program and promoting community engagement through outreach activities and events. Christina has ten years of experience in nonprofit program development and management. Prior to PAMF, she worked with U.S.-based and international NGOs to develop and implement community-based health programs addressing lifestyle-related health factors and infectious diseases, for diverse populations. Christina holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University.


Ben-Dapkiewucz-150 Benjamin Dapkiewicz
Senior Software Architect

Ben is responsible for coordinating the technical development of all new and existing projects at the Innovation Center. In his role, he is defining the overall technology strategy for each project, from conception to launch, in addition to playing a significant role in hands-on development.

Ben joined the Innovation Center in July 2016. Prior to this work, he was the CTO at LRNG, where he managed mid-sized teams in the development of several digital games and two major education-focused web platforms. He has a very broad background in technology, having expertise in platform development, web development, game development, open source, management, and leadership.

Ben holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Game Design & Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Linette-Fung-150Linette Fung, MBA, MS
Program Director

Linette joined the Innovation Center from McKinsey & Company, where she worked as a management consultant in their health care practice. At McKinsey, her work with health and hospital systems focused on achieving growth through innovative approaches to partnering, service line optimization and provision of care for seniors and patients with chronic disease.

Linette holds a master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University, a master’s in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.


Liz-Silva-150Liz Silva
Executive Project Specialist

Prior to joining the Innovation Center team, Liz worked as a project coordinator for PAMF’s Personalized Health Care Program and as an implementation coordinator for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Team. Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from California State University, East Bay.



Tiffany-Dao-150Tiffany Dao
Program Development Specialist

Tiffany joined the Innovation Center team in January 2013 with a background in health and public policy. Her previous work focused on multiple topics, ranging from health education in the Office of the Surgeon General to health care policy and reform at the National Opinion Research Center and in the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Aside from policy work, Tiffany also focused on social and private sector approaches to health and environmental issues through programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Earth Systems Program.

In her role at the Innovation Center and with linkAges, Tiffany works on a team to drive and support linkAges program development and provides operational support to the linkAges TimeBank.

Tiffany holds a master’s degree in Earth Systems, focusing on Environmental and Food Policy, and bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, concentrating on Health and Environmental Policy, from Stanford University


Vandana-Pant-150Vandana Pant
Senior Director Strategic Initiatives

Vandana has broad-ranging experience with growing and managing diverse organizations and projects. She specializes in creating and leading collaborative initiatives to catalyze new ideas, create sustainable impact and effect individual as well as systems level change. Prior to joining Sutter Health: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, she led strategic development at The Health Trust, a Silicon Valley-based operating foundation advancing solutions for health equity and wellness. Vandana also led strategy and development at Montalvo Arts Center, an international artists residency and multicultural arts organization. As a consultant, Vandana has supported capacity building for diverse San Francisco Bay Area organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Art with Impact in San Francisco, an organization that promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media.

In her current role at the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, Vandana leads strategy, deployment, operations and external relations to support a system-wide portfolio of innovation projects.

Vandana has a graduate degree in Mass Communications from the Mass Communications Research Center, Jamia University in New Delhi and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Delhi University.


Hannah-Richards-150Hannah Richards
Project Coordinator

Hannah joined the Innovation Center in July 2016 with a background in public health science and health care administration. As the team’s Project Coordinator, Hannah facilitates the linkAges Advocates program, which connects undergraduate students with vulnerable seniors to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing. The internship also provides passionate students with resources for professional development in the health care field.

Hannah graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Science. She participated in a health care ethics internship in addition to the linkAges Advocates program. For the past few years, Hannah worked at a health care start-up and various medical clinics and hospitals in the Bay Area.


Tiffany-LamTiffany Lam
Community Outreach Liason

Tiffany (“Tiff”) is the Community Outreach Liaison for the Druker Center. Tiff previously worked at the SF-Marin Food Bank for over four years as a Senior Program Manager designing and implementing community outreach strategies. In her current role at the Druker Center, Tiff works on promoting community and patient engagement to support linkAges and other innovation projects.

Tiff brings extensive experience in customer-centric strategies in the for-profit and non-profit industries and has previously worked with the hotel and retail industries. She has also been an entrepreneur in the food-truck movement. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Human Development.