Board of Directors Biographies

The Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from the business, government, and education sectors - both for-profit and not-for-profit - who are experienced in the process of coordinating and integrating the work of these sectors to solve problems and create opportunities


Leigh W. Jerome, Ph.D. - Board Member

President & CEO, The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation

Dr. Jerome is the President and CEO of the Institute for Triple Helix Innovation, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Institute is a federally funded non-profit organization whose mission is to "Enable the nation to realize collaborative potential for economic growth, efficiency and innovation".

Dr. Jerome is a clinical psychologist with roots in both research and practice. She is a Past-President of Hawaii Psychological Association and has worked in a variety of leadership capacities with the American Psychological Association, the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health regarding technology, telehealth and using information and communication technologies to facilitate collaboration and global eHealth. She was recently appointed by Governor Lingle to the Hawaii Innovation Council.

Dr. Jerome's areas of expertise include novel eHealth technology applications; transformative learning; empathy; mind-body integration; sensors, virtual environments, social networks, multi-media technologies; communities of practice; and, the synthesis of healthcare, technology, science and the arts.

Her work has led to the development of theories and solutions for leveraging collaborative relationships, cross-cutting models of knowledge exchange and advancing and innovation within networks and community of practice; and, to the development of the Institute for Triple Helix Innovation which aims to harness and leverage the complementary expertise of academia, industry and government to facilitate new systems for innovation and novel collaborative processes that increase efficiencies, decrease costs, create new market opportunities and yield greater trust, productivity, transparency and social development. 


Robert Borris, Ph.D. - Board Member

Associate Dean for Research & Associate Professor, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Dr. Borris completed degrees in Biology and Pharmacy prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois. Following postdoctoral research at the University of Zurich, he held a faculty position at Rutgers before joining the drug discovery program at Merck Research Laboratories, where he spent the majority of his career. More recently he has served as Vice President for Botanical Science at the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington DC.


Pamela Martin - Board Member

Administrator, Wage Standards Division, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, State of Hawaii