Board of Directors
Jonah Shacknai serves as Executive Chairman of DermaForce Partners, an aesthetics technology firm that develops and globally commercializes novel cosmetic products in multiple channels, including the doctor-dispensed skincare brand SkinBetter Science. Mr. Shacknai also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Illustris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development stage biotechnology company, and a Director of Obalon Therapeutics, Inc., a vertically integrated medical device company. Prior to co-founding DermaForce, Mr. Shacknai was the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
Mr. Shacknai has an extremely well diversified public service, law, science, and corporate background, with substantial experience and expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Throughout his career, Mr. Shacknai has been honored by several institutions, including a Doctorate of Humane Letters by an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, the “National Award” from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, the “President’s Award” from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and “Lifetime Achievement” awards from several dermatology societies.
Currently, Mr. Shacknai serves as Co-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and Co-Chairman of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Mr. Shacknai earned a B.S. degree from Colgate University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Sam Garvin is founder and CEO of Garvin Promotion Group and Vice Chairman of the Phoenix Suns National Basketball Association team, and a director of the National Basketball Association.
Mr. Garvin serves as a Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. He also serves as a Director of Direct Brands and AliLaur LLC. Garvin is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a trustee at Phoenix Country Day School.
Garvin was twice nominated for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. In 2003, he was awarded a Doctor of International Law degree, (Honoris Causa), from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
E.G. (Ken) Kendrick, Jr. is Managing General Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team and a charter member of the ownership group that brought baseball to the Valley of the Sun.
Mr. Kendrick is very active in philanthropic endeavors, and serves as Chairman of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. He also serves on boards for various charities including the Phoenix Art Museum, The Buddy Program, Childhelp USA, Helping Hands Housing, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, TGen Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona Heart Foundation and is Founding Chairman of the Datatel Scholars Foundation.
Taylor Burke is President of Rainy Partners, a family investment firm that owns and operates a portfolio of businesses and real estate in Arizona and Mexico. Burke’s family was responsible for bringing the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL) to Arizona, relocating the Winnipeg Jets prior to the 1996 – 1997 hockey season. Mr. Burke’s family owned the Phoenix Coyotes for six years, during which time Burke served as Assistant General Manager, before moving on to become a Certified Agent with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, a position he held for an additional five years.
Mr. Burke also helped build, open and operate the Ice Den, a 150,000-square-foot skating and entertainment facility located in North Scottsdale, which is widely considered to be the premiere skating and entertainment facility in Arizona and among the top in the nation.
Mr. Burke’s philanthropic efforts to better the lives of children in our community are also far-reaching. He is a Board Member of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, a Trustee for the Phoenix Country Day School and a Director of the Burke Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting children’s charitable causes in Arizona.
Tim Riester is the founding partner and CEO of RIESTER, one of the largest, independent advertising and public relations companies in the western United States. Mr. Riester has a passion for serving his community that rivals his love of the advertising business.
Mr. Riester currently serves as a Trustee of the Endowment Board for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is also a founding Director of the RIESTER Conservation Foundation, a Lifetime Director of the Camp Colley Foundation and an Advancement Committee Member at the Phoenix Country Day School. He served as the Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Chairman of Arizona Clean & Beautiful and Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Riester also volunteered as a Youth Basketball Coach for the YMCA and Youth Soccer Coach for Scottsdale Soccer.
Gabriele ‘Gabby’ Shacknai has participated in athletics since early childhood. Gabby has played recreational soccer, track and field and volleyball. She writes for several collegiate and other publications. Gabby attends the University of Edinburgh.
Ethan Shacknai has been involved in competitive athletics since a young age. He has played soccer for the Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks, Real Salt Lake Academy, and lettered in soccer at Brophy College Preparatory during his Senior year. Ethan currently attends the University of California Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, where he plays for the UCLA Bruins Men’s Soccer team.