Our Advisory Board


Peter Fecci, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Duke

Peter Fecci, MD PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Duke, where he also directs the Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program (BTIP) and co-directs the Duke Center for Brain Metastasis. Surgically, he focuses on brain tumors and has helped to advance a variety of new surgical technologies at Duke, including laser-ablation and white matter accommodation techniques. His current research interests lie within the arenas of brain tumor immunobiology and immuno-therapeutic design.

Peter was a recipient of the Sontag Distinguished Scientist Award in 2015 and heads an R01-funded laboratory that focuses on integrating strategies for reversing T cell dysfunction with current immune-based platforms as a means of deriving and improving rational and precise anti-tumor therapies.


Carl J Ferreira DMD, ND, CNHP, AMP
Medical Advisor / Dentistry & Naturopathy

Dr. Ferreira graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine in 1979. Prior to that, Dr. Ferreira graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, Cum Laude with a B.A. in Biology.  He then completed a General Practice Residency at Rhode Island Hospital prior to opening his own practice in Fall River, MA.  Dr. Ferreira has kept up to date through thousands of hours of continuing education, including receiving a second Doctorate in Naturopathy. Dr. Ferreira continues to practice both medical specialties today.

Carl and Jerry were classmates at Holy Cross and he has been both a major financial investor in Squidget since ‘day-one’ and has generously mentored Jerry throughout the past six years.


Joseph Yacovone, M.D.
Medical Advisor / Neurological Rehabilitation

Dr. Joseph Yacovone received his BA from Columbia College and his MD from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.  He is Medical Director of Chelsea Diagnostic Radiology in NYC and Assistant Attending Radiologist at NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College. Neurological rehabilitation has been a lifelong interest since two close friends survived neurosurgery for life-threatening brain tumors.

Joe and Jerry were classmates at Xavier High School in Manhattan.  Four years ago Dr. Yacovone agreed to join the Board both as a medical expert and an individual sharing our passion for the impact of Squidget.  Joe has personally invested in Squidget Company, Inc. along with bringing on board John Miller and other professional expertise critical to our Mission.


Laurie S. Raphaelson, Esq.
Partner, Raphaelson & Raphaelson Attorneys

Laurie S. Raphaelson has been a trial attorney since 1988. Ms. Raphaelson focuses her practice on domestic relations, including divorce, modifications, contempt and paternity actions, and on guardianship matters. In addition to her private practice, she serves the court as parent coordinator in child custody cases, and as a guardian ad litem for minors, the elderly and mentally ill. She is also active in the Worcester County Bar Association.

Ms. Raphaelson received the 2004 Community Service Award from the Massachusetts bar association. She received her BA in Education from UMass Amherst and her Masters Degree in Psychology, cum Laude, from Assumption College. She went on to receive a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Suffolk University School of Law.


Kendy Hess, JD, Ph.D.
Brake-Smith Associate Professor in Social Philosophy and Ethics, The College of the Holy Cross

Philosophy involves both systematic forms of inquiry and a prolonged reflection upon its own history. As one recent Holy Cross graduate, now a law school student said: “For me, philosophy was not just a major. It became an entirely new way of going about my daily life.”

Dr. Hess spent an earlier part of her professional career as a corporate environmental attorney at a top international firm in Chicago, working primarily on brownfields development, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance. She then decided she really wanted to change the world by teaching philosophy at a top college.  Her research interests focus on questions of corporate moral obligation while her teaching focuses on ethics, applied ethics (business, professional, and environmental), and environmental philosophy.

Jerry met Dr. Hess during an Alumni opportunity to attend a class and was so impressed with her pedagogical impact and expertise that he asked if she would join our Board as a key adviser. She agreed and will be mentoring the Squidget team on ethical, effective decision-making.



Professor Jerry Gibbs, M.A.
Director of TV / Digital Video, Curry College

Professor Gibbs received his Bachelors from Fitchburg State College and his Masters from American University. Currently he serves as the accomplished Director of TV/Digital Video, having more than thirty years’ experience in broadcast journalism, public relations and media production. His career highlights include anchoring and reporting with local TV affiliates, home page editor of washingtonpost.com, public relations for Disney on Ice, and film production work with “America’s Most Wanted.”   

Jerry is passionate about video communications and he shares that passion in all his courses. Professor Gibbs has assumed a key role on Team Squidget guiding all of our external communications with an unmatched professionalism and expertise.  

Professor Gibbs and Jerry – the Chief Squidgeter met four years ago while Jerry S. was serving in the role of Interim President of a robotics start-up in addition to continuing to build Team Squidget.



Peter J Reilly, CPA

Mr. Reilly received a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross, a BS in Business Administration from Clark University and his MS in Applied Mathematics from Worcester State College.  He has worked in public accounting, primarily in tax, since 1979.  He is a frequent contributor to forbes.com, where he writes about tax as well as his own blog listed below.

Peter and Jerry attended both Xavier High School in N.Y.C. and The College of the Holy Cross. Peter has made an important financial investment in Squidget Company, Inc. as well as agreeing to manage the ongoing development of our three year, strategic financial plan.