Dr. Kristy Downing was born in Berkeley, raised in Saratoga, and returned to Berkeley to attend Cal as an undergraduate after graduating as valedictorian. She majored in Chemistry and minored in French Language and Literature, spending a semester during her sophomore year studying at La Sorbonne and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine. She also worked at Chiron Corporation during her final two years at UC Berkeley. Upon graduating Magna cum Laude she was awarded a prestigious British Marshall Scholarship which supported her PhD studies in Biochemistry at Oxford University.
Kristy subsequently held numerous fellowships including a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, the Browne Fellowship in Biochemistry at The Queen’s College, Oxford and a Senior Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford. Research into the structural biology of proteins implicated in inherited disorders that was performed in her laboratory at Oxford University resulted in more than 40 publications in academic journals. In 2004 she was awarded the Distinction of Reader of Biochemistry by the University.
Since she returned to the United States to raise her family, she has been involved in a diverse range of business, volunteer and community service projects. Over a 6 year period she ran two successful consulting businesses. She was the President of the Friends of Carmel Unified Schools for three years, and she is actively involved with the Carmel Valley Rotary Club where she sponsored a grant to fund a neo-natal and birthing intensive care unit in rural India. She also serves as a Carmel-by-the-Sea City Commissioner. Kristy now utilizes her broad range of experience, skills and intellect to assist clients in the creation of original programming and the production of video media as the President of Sand & Sea Productions, LLC.
David K. Liskin was born in Englewood, New Jersey. At Dwight Morrow High School, he was a Division III State Champion in Track in the 100 meters. He accepted a full Athletic Scholarship to the University of Maryland where he was a member of their ACC Championship Team. He completed his studies in Pre-Med with a major in Horticulture. He did his MS in Plant Physiology at the University of Rhode Island and studied Quantum Mechanics at St Josephs University. After two years of scientific research and the awarding of a US Patent in Plant Growth Regulation, David was recruited by Scientific Life Systems where he assisted former Secretary of the Treasury, William B. Simon and, Director of the CIA, William Casey. While working at SLS, David joined the US Bobsled Team and had the distinction of representing the United States of America in the World Championships.
In 1978 he joined Nautilus Sports Medical Systems and, under the tutelage of the legendary Arthur Jones, created the Nautilus Television Network. In 1983 he founded LMA, a full service Television Production Company. In 1984 he moved to Los Angles California to produce 65 episodes of “Feeling Great”, a program he created and owned. In the thirty years that followed, David worked for clients as diverse as CBS, Fox Television, the US Government, Martin Marietta Aerospace, Eli Lilly, Genentech and Sybervision. He has produced literally hundreds of programs and traveled to South America, Europe, Scandinavia, the Pacific and the Mid-East in order to do so. His long term partnership with Broadcaster John Madden resulted in Super Bowl Specials, national ads for Chrysler, Ace and Electronic Arts and ultimately the creation of one of the finest and largest TV Production facilities in Northern California.
David currently serves on several Boards and is President of his family’s Charitable Trust. At present he is devoting the majority of his time to Sand and Sea Productions in Carmel California. His focus is the development of original content for the internet and Broadcast and Cable Television.