President, Kabateck Strategies
John is the founder and president of Kabateck Strategies, the premier California public affairs firm focused on helping clients to become more relevant, involved and impactful through strategic positioning and targeted coalition strategies. For the past twenty-five years, he has led strategic coalition development and implementation in California’s public policy and political arenas.
As California Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, California’s leading small business organization, Kabateck was responsible for the recruitment, outreach, and involvement of upwards of 23,000 small and independent business owners from sectors including retail, restaurants, manufacturing, and agriculture. John also served as Senior Legislative Director and Vice President of the California Restaurant Association, during which time he helped lead successful efforts to mobilize small business restaurateurs and their employees to engage in statewide campaigns addressing small business issues.
Kabateck previously served as Chief of Staff in the California Legislature and as Director of Coalitions for Governor Pete Wilson’s successful re-election campaign and as Wilson’s Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary, where he was responsible for full-time and board/commission appointments spanning more than eight state agencies, including the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Trade and Commerce Agency. He was selected by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as Director of External Affairs, in which he managed staff and operations of five statewide offices and the Governor’s statewide coalitions network, including business, local government, and ethnic community outreach efforts.
John is a graduate of the University of Southern California and resides in Sacramento.
Robert Goldberg is co-founder and vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. (CMPI) Along with Peter Pitts, Dr. Goldberg hosts the popular and controversial blog on the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare, www.drugwonks.com.
Prior to founding CMPI, Goldberg was Director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress and Chairman of its 21st Century FDA Task Force that examined the impact of the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative on drug development and personalized medicine.
He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Sun and writes regularly for The American Spectator (where he broke the story about Obama Medicare director Donald Berwick’s admiration for Britain’s National Health Service); the New York Post and The Weekly Standard. He is an expert on Medicare reform, comparative effectiveness and FDA’s Critical Path Initiative and the author of many papers including, “Insta-Americans: The Empowered (and Imperiled) Health Care Consumer in the Age of Internet Medicine,” and with John Vernon, “Alzheimer’s Disease and Cost-effectiveness Analyses: Ensuring Good Value for Money?” and “Economic Evaluation and Comparative-Effectiveness Thresholds: Signals to Firms and Implications for R&D Investment and Innovation.”
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Terry Wilcox helps patients find their voice and become advocates for their health care.
As co-founder and executive director of Patients Rising, Terry manages the organization’s day-to-day operations to help every patient gain access to the right treatment. An expert in multimedia storytelling, Terry uses her background in entertainment to present powerful personal patient narratives. She has a track record of building coalitions with survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals. Her regular column in Women magazine profiles unsung patient advocates who are making a difference in their disease community. She has been interviewed by “The Stupid Cancer Show,” featured as a guest blogger for Critical Mass during “National Young Adult Cancer Week,” and served as the creative force and executive producer of CancerConnect’s Understanding Cancer video series.
Terry’s career in patient advocacy was inspired by her mentor Selma Schimmel, considered by many as the “original” young adult survivor advocate. As executive director for Vital Options International, Terry advanced Selma’s legacy at the nonprofit cancer communication, education and advocacy organization. From 2008 to 2014, Terry worked alongside Selma as creative director at Vital Options International and supervising producer for The Group Room.
Prior to her time at Vital Options International, Terry specialized as a talent producer and event manager in the entertainment industry, including time as Talent Producer at TV Land Awards, Director of Talent Relations for G4 Network, and Talent Executive at Celebrity Connection. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservancy.
Terry lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Jonathan, and twin boys, Jackson and James.