Board of Directors


lloyddDavid Lloyd, Chairman of the Board

David Lloyd is Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He has responsibility for oversight of the institutes management and administration, and acts as Company Secretary to the Board.

David Lloyd served as Chief Operating Officer of the Baker Heart Research Institute from August 2005, and of the International Diabetes Institute from December 2007. Following the merger of the two institutes in July 2008 he became Deputy Director / Chief Operating Officer of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Stirling and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tasmania. He began his career in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then as an analyst and development manager in the New Zealand Trade Development Board from 1986 to 1990. David moved into higher education administration in 1990, first in the New Zealand Polytechnic Sector and then as Director, International and Commercial Services at the University of Tasmania from 1993 to 1998.

In 1998 he was appointed CEO of Melbourne Enterprises International Ltd, the commercial arm of the University of Melbourne. When Melbourne Enterprises International Ltd merged with Melbourne University Private in 2001 David became CEO of the private university until his appointment to Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute in 2005. David is also a Director of Nucleus Network, the institutes phase one clinical trial subsidiary.


berk-6359Laura E. Berk : Board Educational Director

Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology emerita at Illinois State University, where she has taught child and lifespan development for over three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her masters and doctoral degrees in early childhood development and education from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia. Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the developmental significance of children’s private speech, and the role of make-believe play in the development of children’s self-regulation. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Readers’ Digest, and has contributed to Psychology Today and Scientific American.

Berk’s research has appeared in many prominent scientific journals. Her best-selling college- and university-level textbooks include Child Development; Infants, Children, and Adolescents; and Development Through the Lifespan, published by Pearson Education. Her book for parents and teachers of young children is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference, published by Oxford University Press. Berk is active in work for children’s causes. She recently completed nine years of service on the national board of Jumpstart for Young Children and currently serves on the governing board of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.


Luther Poier: Board Treasurer

Luther is passionate about building community through technology and art.  He has over 25 years of board, executive and management experience in Canada and Australia specialising in investment and finance, startups, venture capital and private equity. His own industry experience includes investment and private banking, new media, government and not-for-profit institutions.

Luther is CFO and Head of Venture Capital at BlueChilli Technology, a Sydney-based Australian-American startup accelerator/incubator for tech companies. He is also a director of NBCS, a Sydney private school, an Advisory Board member of BlackSheep Capital and a mentor and advisor to a number of startups and CEOs as well as being an active investor in startups and mature companies such as Koda Capital.

Luther completed a BA (Philosophy) from Canada‘s Western University, and an MBA (with Distinction) at University of Sydney (AGSM) in addition to various qualifications in Financial markets.    Luther is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a decorated retired Naval Officer in Canada and Australia. A citizen of both Australia and Canada, Luther lives in Sydney with his wife Catherine Greer, a published author, and their two young sons.


Max Levi Frieder: Co-Founder, Co-Director

Max Levi Frieder is a community based public artist from Denver, Colorado. He graduated  from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors and a degree in Painting with a focus in “Community Based Public Arts”. He has since worked with communities in different contexts across the globe. His work ranges from community building in refugee crisis, hospital workshops, abuse and addiction counseling through art, creative facilitation and conflict resolution. His projects have taken him from Israel and Palestine to the Jordanian-Syrian border, Turkey, India, New Zealand, Australia,  Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. Although trained in painting, his work focuses on public engagement through creative facilitation and inspired participation. Artist Statement


img_2863Joel Bergner: Co-Founder, Co-Director  

Joel is an artist, educator and organizer of community-based public art initiatives with youth and communities around the world. He works in acrylic and aerosol, creating elaborate murals that explore social topics and reflect a wide array of artistic influences. Beyond his art, Joel has a background as a youth counselor and received his BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has organized and facilitated community projects in over 20 countries across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America, along the way developing his unique combination of community work and art in partnership with dozens of institutions, community groups and local artists. His projects have addressed issues including the Syrian refugee crisis, mass incarceration in the US, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of street youth, gaining attention from international media outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters. Joel has a passion for connecting and sharing with people through collaborative art-making.