Board of Directors

Michael Dering  

Michael Dering
Chairman, CEO
Michael Dering has over 25 years experience in the technology industry in the Mid-Atlantic and Silicon Valley markets. Most recently Michael was President and CEO of ServiceBench, Inc., a privately-held SaaS business focused on optimizing the delivery of post-sale service by integrating the service supply chain to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs.  Prior to ServiceBench, Michael served as President and CEO of CrossAccess Corporation, a multi-national venture-funded software infrastructure company that focuses on integrating corporate business functions with new e-business applications. Prior to joining CrossAccess, he served as President and CEO of two Bell & Howell companies. Under his leadership, Bell & Howell Mail and Messaging Technologies doubled its profits and grew revenues to $500 million while cultivating a broad customer base that included telecommunications carriers. Michael holds a BS from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Steven LeBoeuf, Ph.D.
, Valencell, Inc.
As co-founder and President of Valencell, Inc., LeBoeuf has developed ongoing strategic partnerships between Valencell and leaders in industry and academia. He has raised more than $10M in funding for Valencell and is the inventor/co-inventor of more than 50 patents. Prior to Valencell, LeBoeuf led the optoelectronic biosensor program at GE Global Research, where he managed the development and productization of biosensor systems and developed cutting-edge nanosensor technology. Before joining GE, LeBoeuf developed optoelectronic solid-state materials and devices while researching at North Carolina State University. LeBoeuf holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from N.C. State and a B.S. in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

James Pastoriza  

James Pastoriza
Managing General Partner, TDF Ventures

James Pastoriza has been Managing General Partner at TDF Ventures (TDF) since 2004. Before TDF he was a Partner at JPMorgan Capital in Silicon Valley from 2000-2004 and a Partner at AT&T Ventures from 1995-2000. He began his career at AT&T holding several operating positions. He has a BSEE from Columbia University and MS from MIT. He lives with his wife and two boys outside Washington, DC.


William Coleman
WSJ Joshua Fund
Currently and since 2004, Bill Coleman has been the lead asset manager for Nestors Financial, LTD, a family limited partnership formed for the purpose of accumulating, investing and preserving capital for multi-generational owners. The partnership invests primarily in hedge funds, oil and gas production and private equity. 

Bill has over 15 years of experience building technology companies in diverse roles, from product development to senior management and venture investor.  He was also the former CFO and board member of BigTick Financial Solutions, based in Chicago.  The company provided ultra-low latency trading infrastructure design, hardware procurement & installation and network hosting services to professional high-frequency traders. BigTick was acquired by Interactive Data in 2010. 

Prior to BigTick, Bill worked in Corporate Strategy for Chatham Technologies of Dallas.  Chatham was a leading provider of integrated electronic packaging systems to the communications industry and was acquired by Flextronics in 2000.

In addition to serving on Valencell's Board of Directors, Bill is an advisor for the Light Foundation of Dallas, which makes grants annually to faith-based charities and other non-profit organizations.

Bill graduated with a BA in Economics from Westmont College and later earned an MBA from SMU.

 Best Buy Capital  

Best Buy Capital
Best Buy Capital is a venture capital arm of Best Buy Co. Inc. specializing in early-stage companies developing emerging technologies or inventions considered disruptive to the marketplace. Best Buy Capital is based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.