Judge Bios

We invited people from a variety of backgrounds to meet and evaluate entries and help select potential winners in each Ruckus Nation competition category (Round 3 judging). Keep reading to meet our judges!

For more on how Ruckus Nation judging works, read our Judging Process Overview page.

To see judge bios and photos, click on the category titles below.

Middle School Category Judges

Steve W. Cole, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

Ralph DiClemente, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Fred Dillon
Director of Product Development, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

Ellen H. Goldberg, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico

Matt Marsh
Founder and Director, firsthand, London, England

Emily Murphy, Ph.D.
Childhood Obesity Researcher, West Virginia University

Carrie Ellis Williams
Director of Field Management, KaBOOM!, Washington, D.C.

Daniel Winter
Student, London, England

Sophia Yen, MD, MPH
Pediatrician, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford, California

High School Category Judges

Brett Bullington
Angel Investor & Board Member, San Francisco Bay Area

Taylor Carol
Student and Cancer Survivor, Orange County, California

Jim Cuthbertson, MD
Pediatrician, San Francisco Bay Area

Fred Dillon
Director of Product Development, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

Chris Economos, Ph.D.
Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

Patricia Gutiérrez
Psychologist, Guadalajara, Mexico

Janis Nakano Spivack
Vice President, Experience Design, Reactrix, Redwood City, California

Albert "Skip" Rizzo, Ph.D.
Virtual Reality Researcher, University of Southern California

Michael R. Rosenfield
Vice President, CIGNA HealthCare, Bloomfield, Connecticut

Lalita Suzuki, Ph.D.
Senior Research Analyst, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

College/University Category Judges

Pat Christen
President, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

Dennis Crowley
Entrepreneur and Game Developer, New York, New York

Fred Dillon
Director of Product Development, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

Ford Hickson
HIV/AIDS Researcher, Sigma Research, Portsmouth, England

Scott Kerslake
CEO, Carrot Centers for Brain and Body Vitality, Berkeley, California

Chinwe Onyekere, MPH
Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey

Katie Salen
Executive Director, Institute of Play, New York, New York

Jennifer Tenney, MD
Pediatrician, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Bay Area

Brendesha Tynes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Max Vieira
Student, Hamden, Connecticut

Other Category Judges

Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.
President, Blueprint Research & Design, Inc, San Francisco, California

Fred Dillon
Director of Product Development, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

Noah Falstein
Game Designer and Producer, The Inspiracy, Greenbrae, California

Debra Lieberman, Ph.D.
Communication Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ann Maloney, MD
Research Psychiatrist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Scarborough, Maine

Ernie Medina, Jr., DrPH
Preventive Care Specialist, Beaver Medical Group, Redlands, CA
CEO/Co-founder, XRtainment Zone LLC, Redlands, California

Chris Murchison, MEd
Vice President, Staff Development, Learning and Innovation, HopeLab, Redwood City, California

Miriam Nelson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

Mariah Tate
Student, Edmond, Oklahoma

Austin Wade
Student, Corona, California

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Facilities for Ruckus Nation judging provided by San Francisco State University, Executive MBA Program.

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