The Mentors Radio

Where Remarkable CEOs Challenge Your Thinking about Life and Work


Date: August 3, 2017
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(back to front): Tom, Heather, Laura and Nola

Three women CEOs and entrepreneurs—Laura Raynak of Executive Talent Scout, Heather Lerner, executive director of Happy Hollow Foundation and Nola Masterson, a seasoned CEO, global executive and board leader serving on public company, venture-back private company and nonprofit organization boards—reveal their tips for success as they talk with radio host Tom Loarie on “The Mentors” radio show this Saturday, August 5, 2017. The show airs Saturdays, on Salem’s KTRB AM860 San Francisco (Saturdays, 7am; Sunday Noon; and by streaming audio) and KCBQ AM1170 San Diego (Saturdays, Noon and by streaming audio), and is available on-demand nationwide on

“To have Laura, Heather and Nola make time out of their busy schedules to be with me in the studio all together for this show is a real treat for our listeners,” says Loarie. “These women are outstanding in their ethical corporate and professional leadership, and also in their ability to mentor others. Their interaction together in the studio is going to be explosive, informative and fun!”
As CEO and co-founder of Sequenom (SQNM), and the first analyst in biotechnology on Wall Street with Drexel Burnham Lambert and Merrill Lynch, Nola Masterson manages her own venture fund and is a venture partner in a major European IT and life sciences venture fund, TVM Capital. She holds a professional director certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, works with BoardWise clients on governance practices, and coaches directors and aspiring directors.

Masterson is currently the managing director of Science Futures Management Company and works as an advisor, board member and investor. She is a member of the Board of Repros Therapeutics, serving as chair of its Compensation Committee and sitting on the Audit Committee. She also serves on the Board of Resonance-Medical in Chicago; and Zivo Biosciences, a public company headquartered in Detroit MI. She has served on the Board of Generex Biotechnology Corporation, a Toronto, Canada-based company (NASDAQ: GNBT) focused on the development of drug delivery systems and antigen technologies, and served on the Audit, and Compensation Committee and chaired the Nomination And Governance Committee of the Generex Board. She is a special advisor to several private companies and is chair emeritus of the California Life Science Association Institute, a best-practices and workforce development arm of the Northern California life sciences industry association. Currently she is an Adjunct Professor at University of San Francisco in the School of Business Management, teaching the Business of Biotech. She lectures and writes for the Life Science Foundation.

Ms. Masterson also serves as Chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter Board of the American Diabetes Association, and is co-Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of the Woman’s Corporate Directors.
“The Mentors” radio guest Heather Lerner’s professional background is no less impressive, yet in a radically different field from Masterson’s.

Recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley” by the San Jose Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2011, Heather Lerner went on to receive Commendations from the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.

Lerner started on the board of the Happy Hollow Foundation in 2002, and became the organization’s first Executive Director in its 50 year history just seven years later. In her leadership role at the Foundation, she partners with the City of San Jose to provide important funding and support for the growth and expansion of Happy Hollow, covering exhibit renovation, events, conservation, the art of puppetry, and education scholarship.

While on the founding board for Los Gatos Youth Theatre, Lerner served two terms on the Kehillah Jewish High School Board of Trustees and now serves on the board of City Lights Theater Company, Save Our Trails, San Jose Rotary and The Silicon Valley Organization (formerly known as the Chamber of Commerce). The common thread in her areas of achievement in leisure and community stem from CSU Chico, 1985-1989, studying Recreation Administration under pioneering professionals in the field. She is an alumni of Community Leadership San Jose, Class of 2011.

A consummate coach, especially to young people, to be their “next best selves,” as she puts it, Lerner and her husband, Andy, have two grown sons, Sam (23) an alum of UCSB and a writer’s assistant in the TV industry in Los Angeles, and Noah (20), who studied at Reed College in Portland, performs in musical theater, and is a licensed Nuclear Reactor Senior Operator.

And, just when you think this group of professional women couldn’t possibly get any more diverse or interesting, there’s the third guest, Laura Raynak.

Laura Raynak exemplifies the best characteristics of the executives she looks for as an executive talent scout for companies in the life science industry for more than 18 years: a head for science and a heart for people, the vision to recognize the big picture, and the focus to track the details. She is one of those rare people who has the instinct to know when something will work out, and when it won’t.

Business leaders who have worked with Laura describe her as “diligent,” “determined,” “thoughtful,” and “insightful.” Clients consistently praise her honesty and her transparent style of conducting business, calling it “extremely refreshing.” Without question, Raynak’s professionalism sets the tone for her associates at Raynak Executive Search.

Raynak earned her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from UC Extension. She is a board member of the NCHRA, an invited expert speaker, and involved in several community organizations in the executive search and human resource industry.

Listeners to Saturday’s radio show will walk away with insider tips, stories and first-hand tips on how to achieve ethical, professional and personal success.

Tom Loarie is one of three rotating CEO hosts of “The Mentors” and CEO of Bryologx. Loarie’s pioneering leadership in the life sciences sector has resulted in more than 20 medical devices brought to market, some of which are life-saving.  The remaining two CEO hots of “The Mentors” radio show are Ric Brutocao, former president of DACOR and head of a number of companies over the years, John Phillips, co-owner with his wife, Mary, of one of the largest and most customer-centric stained glass window companies in the industry—Associated Crafts & Willet-Hauser, some of whose legacy stained glass are more than a century old.

“The Mentors” radio show is produced by Catholic Business Journal, and can be heard on the Salem Media network stations KCBQ AM1170 San Diego (Saturdays, Noon) and KTRB AM860 San Francisco (Saturdays, 7am and Sundays, Noon), and On-Demand Nationwide on the show website:
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