Speakers 2023

Julie Kenner:

Dr. Kenner has expansive life experience internationally and academically, with many diverse scientific and medical accomplishments.  She holds both PhD and MD degrees, has published extensively on a variety of medical topics and created patents and trademarks, and has decades of experience in the areas of clinical medicine, patient education and product formulation.  Dr. Kenner was in the Army for 9 years and through the military, was among the first in the US to use telemedicine regularly as a tool to service patients remotely.  She has formed several successful dermatology clinical practices in the last 20+ years, and has made it a habit of being on the leading edge of technology and improving her trade and service to patients.   Several years ago, Dr. Kenner left the traditional insurance dermatology model, and began creating better “whole person” solutions to manage common skin conditions and help her patients heal “on the outside as well as inside”.  The bones of this next generation of the SkinHappy System have been tested in an incubator clinic for the last several years in Monterey, CA, and has been duplicated for a wider audience in a direct-to-consumer online tele-dermatology platform: the SkinHappy LLC.

Sara Wu:

My name is Sara Wu and I am a junior high school student at Santa Catalina School. I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, where the socio-economic disparity is very apparent. By being involved in Lentera Anak Pelangi, a foundation that focuses on reducing the morbidity and mortality of underprivileged children and adolescents with HIV, I have been able to observe firsthand the stigma and discrimination they suffer, as well as how their economic status limits their access to health care and education. I hope to share my experiences with the Santa Catalina community, drawing attention to the condition of adolescents in other parts of the world.

Alexis Bunten:

Alexis Bunten, PhD, (Unangan/Yup’ik) from Bristol Bay Alaska  co-directs the Bioneers Indigeneity Program. She has served as a media-maker, consultant and applied researcher for Indigenous, social and environmental programming for over 20 years. After receiving a BA in Art History at Dartmouth College, Alexis returned to Alaska, where she worked at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center in cultural programming. Subsequently, Alexis earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at UCLA. She has taught at UCLA, and Humboldt State University. She lives in Monterey with her partner, daughter, 3 dogs, a cat and a lizard.