Juliet Peters, Esq.
Central Corporate Counsel
Michael Lechter, Esq.
Intellectual Property Counsel
Jonathan Courey, Esq.
Tallwave helps startups build their products and take them to market. We call this commercialization. We do this with a unique combination of hands-on services, networks, and capital. Our approach is a combination of lean startup (because we want to extract risk), design thinking (because that’s where the innovation happens), operational systems (because startups need to get things done), and networks (because it’s all about who you know). This approach helps innovators build products users love, drive adoption, and structure their company for growth. It makes startups more attractive to customers, users, and investors.
Josette Sullins, Founder
Josette Sullins is the founder of Soul Sanctuary in the Desert and also the CEO/Founder of go dehp® currently highlighted at the prestigious Royal Palms Resort’s Alvadora Spa.
Josette’s dehp® program was featured on local, national and international (Fox) television, as well as in regional and national print media. As an at-risk child herself, Josette felt compelled to serve people who could benefit from the healing process she discovered and refined. Consequently, she founded Soul Sanctuary in the Desert as a shelter for at-risk women and children in 1994.
The program partners with several other community organizations such as Drug Court, Child Protective Services, Community Bridges, NCADD, and several local churches and businesses. Soul Sanctuary was filmed by American Express for the Arizona Foundation for Women’s Sandra Day O’Conner Award luncheon for then Governor Janet Napolitano. Josette co-wrote and co-produced an all green documentary on human development called “Nature’s Organic Gift”.
She also completed the book, The Alignment Theory, the definitive reference book describing the dehp® process and how it was developed. Josette is featured on EmpowHer.com. She continues to educate and empower women to become their own driving force for spiritual, physical, financial and emotional health in all her endeavors.
Most of Josette’s adult life has been dedicated to educating and empowering people. Her holistic organic approach to self-development is recognized as an effective tool for insight, healing, and optimum performance. Josette has spent 20 years in the holistic health field and is experienced in research, service, education and mentorship.
Peter G. Thomas, Chairman
Peter G. Thomas is a Founding Partner of Vestar Development Co. and served as its Chief Financial Officer for over 22 years. His responsibilities included debt and equity capital formation, projects sales, and tax and strategic planning. Peter financed over 50 projects with combined financings in excess of $2.6 Billion during his tenure. Previously, Peter was the Controller at Estes Development Co, which became Vestar Development Co. in 1989, as part of a management led buy out. Peter was instrumental in closing this $100 Million transaction. Prior to joining Estes Development Co. Peter spent five years with KPMG performing audit, tax, and consulting services on behalf of its real estate clients. Peter graduated from Boston College, Carroll School of Management Honors Program (Magna Cum Laude) with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and a member of the Urban Land Institute where he has served as Chairman of the Commercial Retail Council.
Peter has dedicated his civic and charitable efforts to empowering children and the homeless. He has served on the Board and as Co Chair of Homeward Bound, a program that includes a shelter for homeless and at risk women, men, and children. Peter has also served on the Board and as Chairman of the Arthritis Foundation where he focused his efforts on juvenile arthritis by hosting and sponsoring an annual Golf Tournament for over 12 years.
Peter enjoys an active lifestyle that includes traveling, skiing, golfing, surfing, fly-fishing and hiking. He feels most at home in the outdoors whether it be in the mountains or at the beach. Peter is a father of five children ranging in age from 14 to 26 and he delights in spending quality time with each of them. He is actively involved in all their sports and interests.
Vestar Development Co.
As one of the leading privately held real estate companies in the western United States, Vestar acquires, develops and manages retail and entertainment destinations of varying size and scale, which serve as community focal points. Since its inception in 1989, Vestar has earned a reputation for integrity and responsibility in the fields of retail property development, operations and management.
Cyd West, COO
Cyd West is an experienced senior manager heralding from Arizona’s healthcare community. She moved from Washington state early in her career to develop one of the largest integrated health systems in the southwest for FHP, Inc; 17 full service medical centers in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada serving over 200,000 patients.
Subsequently, she provided leadership as Regional Vice President for NeuroSource, a national neuroscience consulting, research and management company, and as Chief Operations Officer for Barrow Neurological Group. As the first Chief Executive Officer of Arizona’s Institute for Mental Health Research, Ms. West brought mental health funding and expertise to Arizona.
She is serving as the Principal Investigator for dehp® therapeutic’s groundbreaking PTSD research project. Throughout her career, Ms. West has remained an active member of the nonprofit community and has served as a director of numerous nonprofit boards in health care, social services and the arts.
Michelle King Robson, Mentor
Michelle King Robson, Founder of EmpowHER.com and MKR Media, LLC, is a nationally- recognized women’s health and wellness advocate. She has combined a successful track record as a businesswoman and entrepreneur with nearly two decades of civic and community leadership, focusing on her personal passion for improving women’s health to lead what is today one of the fastest-growing social health companies.
In EmpowHER, Michelle has built a company that inspires and empowers women to live healthier and happy lives by connecting them with a community of experts, doctors and people like them who provide reliable health and wellness information, inspiring stories and answers to real health questions with a 24-hour promised response time.
No stranger to standing in the gap for the women EmpowHER supports, Michelle testified before the FDA and led the second largest write-in campaign in FDA history for drugs and treatments for women’s health in June 2010 and testified before the FDA a second time in March 2013.
Michelle currently serves as an Advisory Council member for the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the California Women’s Conference Advisory Board and is also finishing writing a book around her experience and passion for helping women improve and change their lives.
- Michelle helped develop and currently co-hosts HER Radio, an online radio show airing on RadioMD.com every Thursday at 2pm ET
- Keynote speaker at the 2014 California Women’s Conference on May 20th with other powerful women CEOs including Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Michelle Patterson (Women Network), Elisa Page (BlogHer), Amanda Steinberg (DailyWorth) and moderated by Jane Pauley
- Interview with Deepak Chopra for his new series One World on NEWSWIREFM.COM
- Spokesperson for multiple TV and radio satellite media tours.
- Spurred community outcry and ground-breaking FDA reversal, finally approving non-hormonal menopause treatments.
- TEDxLowerEastSide Speaker.
- Fox News TV Show ‘Health Talk’ segments.
- Emmy Award-winning TV Show “The Doctors”.
- Sirius XM Radio Show “Broadminded”.
Michelle has received numerous awards and citations, including the 2014 Arizona Foundation for Women’s Marilyn R. Seymann Award, 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, being named one of Arizona Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2012, “Chairman of the Year” from the American Business Awards and named one of the top ten “Most Fearless Women Online and in Social Media.” Michelle continues to fulfill her mission every day to ensure women are educated and have the resources to advocate for their own health and wellness.