Susan W. Hayes, President & CEO
Since 1996, Susan has served as president and CEO of ReSurge. As president,
she ushered ReSurge through a strategic evolution from a direct service
organization to one that also educates overseas medical professionals and
builds the permanent surgical capacity in developing countries. Susan came
to ReSurge with 15 years of management, fundraising and media experience
in public broadcasting, including serving as vice president for development
and publicity for the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association.
Previously, Susan was a political science instructor at Syracuse University
and the University of South Carolina, and a project manager for public policy
think tank, Syracuse Research Corporation.
Since 2009, Susan has served
on the board of directors of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based
international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s
poor and most vulnerable people. She also is a member of the steering
committee for the NGO Leadership Institute at the Moynihan Institute for
Global Affairs at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. In addition, Susan
serves on the board of Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, California and
has served on the boards of Reading Partners and the Santa Clara Valley
YWCA. Local honors include a 1998 Outstanding Women of Silicon Valley
award and a 2002 Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award.
From 1996 to 2009, Susan was a volunteer on-air host for public television station
KTEH in San Jose. She also frequently provides pro-bono counsel to local
nonprofits on the subjects of nonprofit governance. Susan holds a master’s
degree from Syracuse University and another from University of South
Carolina. She also completed doctorate of philosophy coursework in political
science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. In addition, Susan is
an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School Business Executive Program for
Nonprofit Leaders. Susan is a native of South Carolina, lived for 20 years in
New York State, and now resides in San Jose.
Sara E. Anderson, Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer
Sara has more than 25 years of extensive experience in journalism,
advocacy and all aspects of public relations. Most of her career has
been based in Washington, DC, where she worked on Capitol Hill and for
nonprofits lobbying the government, including as a: writer and public affairs
consultant for a leading international humanitarian organization; director of
public relations and marketing for a national trade association; managing
editor of a national nonprofit’s magazine; congressional press secretary; and
media consultant for a presidential campaign.
Sara now lives in Palo Alto with her family and their golden retrievers, Scooter and Charlie. She is a volunteer with the Ragazzi Boys Chorus and was a member of Human Rights Watch’s California
Committee North. Originally from Texas, Sara received her master’s degree
from Georgetown University, focusing her studies in political philosophy and
media and ethics.
Christiaan Canter, Chief Development Officer
As chief development officer, Chris is responsible for all channels of fundraising, including the annual fund, major gifts, planned giving corporate and foundation relations, and events. Chris has dedicated his career to serving disadvantaged families and youth, and brings more than 20 years of experience to the role. He has held executive positions at InnVision Shelter Network, the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, Larkin Street Youth Services and Healthright 360 (formerly Walden House).
Chris is certified through The Fundraising School at the University of Indiana School of Philanthropy. He serves as a trustee of the GGS Foundation, which supports community-based, nonprofit organizations building self-reliance in at-risk or disadvantaged children and youth in San Francisco and Marin County. He currently resides in San Mateo, California with his family.
Jim Chang, MD, FACS, Consulting Medical Officer
Dr. Jim Chang, professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, assesses and refines ReSurge's medical program strategy for safety, quality assurance, effectiveness and impact. His relationship with the organization dates back to 1998, when he served on the ReSurge volunteer surgical team to Quang Ngai, Vietnam. Chang also is an attending surgeon at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he also serves as director of the plastic and hand surgery laboratory.
Renowned for his expertise in hand surgery, Chang currently serves as treasurer of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and was previously its research director. Chang also served as editor of the Hand Volume of Converse's Plastic Surgery (the authoritative textbook in plastic surgery), editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Hand Surgery and an associate editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Hand, and Microsurgery. Chang also is a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Surgical Association. Chang received his bachelor's degrees from Stanford University. He graduated from Yale Medical School and completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University Medical Center and hand fellowship at UCLA Medical Center.
Beverly Kent, Chief Operations Officer and Medical Programs Officer
Beverly, a native of northern California, received her bachelor’s degree from
the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in psychology from
California State University, Fullerton and a master of business administration
degree from San Jose State University. She lived in France, Belgium, and
southern California before returning to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996
with her three sons. After several years of teaching English as a second
language, Beverly studied to become a psychotherapist.
Her responsibilities include supporting the organization's CEO, staffing medical personnel on team trips, acting
as liaison between ReSurge and the medical specialty committees, and overseeing
the patient care improvement program.
Jayakrishnan (JK) Bhaktavatsala, India Country Director
JK has more than 20 years of experience in conceptualizing and leading large implementation programs in the field of public health and population development. Although JK was born in Kerala, India, his childhood and work experience span through most states in Northern India. He has particular interest and experience in strengthening district and rural health systems. Prior to ReSurge, JK was head of the HIV & AIDS program division and knowledge management division of HLFPPT (Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust) for eight years.
In this role, JK led the establishment of large health implementation programs that reached out to rural poor and thus successfully achieving expansion of the programs division at HLFPPT. JK also draws his expertise from his research, teaching and training experience at the Institute of Health Management Research in Jaipur. In the past, JK has provided techno-managerial leadership to large disease prevention and social marketing programs at country level. JK holds a master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina in healthcare administration and from Nagpur University in statistics. JK and his wife, Archana, live in Hyderabad with their two children.
Jim Dirck, Director, Medical Supply Services
Jim Dirck was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has more
than 25 years of experience in supply chain management and medical
support services. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz,
where he studied literature and philosophy. He met the late Jim Warych,
former ReSurge medical supply services director, in 1981 when both worked
for Alexian Brothers Hospital in San Jose, California. In 1999 he began working with
Jim Warych in a part-time role at ReSurge.
He rejoined the ReSurge team on a full-time basis in July 2005, and in 2012 transtioned to part-time in the same capacity. He also currently serves as manager of central services at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. Jim’s interests include old radios,
collecting movies and rooting for Bay Area sports teams—especially the
Giants. He lives in the redwoods with his wife and five children.
Marcella Di Sciullo, Assistant Director, Annual Giving
Born and raised in the Bay Area and with a background in East Asian international relations, Marcella joined ReSurge's development team in August 2013. For the last five years, Marcella has combined her passion for International affairs, humanitarian work and fundraising in a nonprofit setting, and is coming to us most recently from the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter. Marcella received her bachelor's degree from Hawaii Pacific University and her master's from the University of San Francisco.
She has lived and worked in China and is proficient in Mandarin, French and Italian. As the new assistant director of annual giving, Marcella is excited to collaborate with her team in raising funds to support the mission of ReSurge.
Erika Dowd, Director of Development
Erika joins ReSurge with more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She grew up in Los Angeles, California and earned her bachelor's degree in English and French from Grinnell College and a master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Erika has worked for several nonprofits in fundraising and programmatic roles, most recently spending four years with Health Leads, a Boston-based social enterprise that connects low-income families with the resources they need to be healthy.
In 2012, she moved to the Bay Area and is excited to be back home in California. Erika looks forward to bringing her fundraising skills to the international health arena and helping ReSurge increase its impact on children and families around the world.
George Gregory, M.D., Anesthesia Director
A world leader in pediatric anesthesiology, George joined ReSurge as anesthesia
director in 2004. Working part-time, George focuses on education and
training for international medical partners, as well as recruitment of volunteer
anesthesiologists. He is also an ex-officio member of ReSurge’s anesthesia,
medical services and quality assurance committees. Since 1990, George has
volunteered with ReSurge, leading volunteer surgical teams to a variety of
George founded the pediatric anesthesiology program at the University
of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the 1960s and he remains at UCSF
as a professor of anesthesia and pediatrics. He is the author and editor of
hundreds of medical articles and books, including Pediatric Anesthesia, the
leading textbook on the subject. George has received numerous awards from
the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), including the Distinguished
Career Award for Critical Care in 1998.
“I have spent my life teaching. I
teach anesthesia residents and medical students and nurses in the United
States...but it’s not the same thing. The students in the United States can
get this information from lots of people,” said George. “By teaching medical
professionals in developing countries, I know I’m actually doing something for
somebody that couldn’t be done otherwise; something that makes a difference
in their lives and the lives of their patients.”
Diane Hirshon, Office Manager
Diane comes to ReSurge with 14 years of nonprofit administration experience - serving area arts organizations, including the San Jose Museum of Art, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto and Arts Council Silicon Valley. She is excited to enter the international development field. Diane has traveled widely and spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina with American University's World Capitals Program. She grew up in the Boston area, and received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Clark University.
Her passion outside work is choral singing; Diane is currently a member of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Future goals include becoming certified in TESOL, visiting all seven continents (more than halfway there already) and someday becoming a great aunt.
Joe Lippi, Director of Medical Programs and Impact
A northern California native, Joe received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University and a master's degree in global health and population from the Harvard School of Public Health. He brings more than seven years of experience in the Public Health sector and has participated in numerous projects as a researcher and consultant. Joe joined ReSurge in 2013 and is excited to put his Public Health skills to use to help ReSurge increase its impact around the world. Today, Joe lives in San Francisco where he enjoys drinking fancy coffee and seeing live music.
Erin Martin, Development Assistant
Erin joins ReSurge after having completed her master's degree in intercultural service, leadership, and management. She grew up in the United States and Nepal, and studied anthropology at Beloit College before attending SIT Graduate Institute for her graduate degree. Having traveled extensively as a child and young adult, Erin is passionate about using the skills gained in her professional and personal experiences to address social issues affecting youth in developing countries, and looks forward to contributing to ReSurge's development team.
Ken Nessel, Medical Supplies Associate
Ken was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After having lived in
Humboldt for 25 years, he recently moved to Sunnyvale, California, and is
quickly getting familiar with his new home. Prior to ReSurge, Ken worked for
years at St Joseph’s Hospital in Humboldt as a sterile processor,
experience which he brings to our organization. Ken feels very fortunate to be
able to apply his medical skills to help the less fortunate around the world.
Kristopher Pasillas, International Services and Communications Coordinator
Kris grew up in southern California where he attended the University of California, Los Angeles and earned his bachelor's degree in political science and history in 2007. In 2009, he left the United States to serve as a community health volunteer in the Peace Corps in Zombodze, Swaziland where his work focused on the country's overwhelming HIV/AIDS epidemic. In this role, Kris initiated a wide range of projects including establishing libraries and reading programs at two primary schools and developing a learn-to-swim program for local kids.
After completing his Peace Corps service in 2011, Kris spent a few months working as a SCUBA divemaster in Koh Tao, Thailand and traveling through parts of Southeast Asia before returning to California. In early 2012, in what was possibly the biggest cultural shock of his life, Kris moved to the Bay Area where he enjoys riding his bike and getting lost in the great outdoors.
Dora Rusin-Gomez, M.D., Assistant Director, Volunteers and Medical Supplies
Dora was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. In 1998, she graduated from
the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina, Universidad El Bosque in Bogotá and
became a licensed practitioner of general medicine and worked in the university’s
pharmacology department. After obtaining her degree, Dora moved to
the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked to help the local Hispanic
community as a medical interpreter at Stanford Hospital.
Concurrently, she studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz and obtained a certificate in
clinical trials design and management. In 2000, Dora began working with the
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, which combined her passion
for working with children and horses. Dora began working for ReSurge in
Cessie Spearing, Communications and Advocacy Coordinator
Cessie is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and joined ReSurge in October 2013. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in digital media from the University of Alabama, she served as a health education volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania, where she worked with local leaders to develop and implement HIV/AIDS programs in her community. Upon completion of her service, Cessie accepted a position with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as the communications advisor where she worked until 2013.
Having spent the past four years in East Africa, Cessie is happy to be closer to stateside family and friends while being able to continue international work with ReSurge.
Jennifer Scroggins, Assistant Director of Communications and Advocacy
Jennifer joins ReSurge with more than five years of experience coordinating communications and advocacy work for international organizations in Uganda, Sierra Leone, New York City and Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Tennessee, Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Samford University and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
She also has experience conducting field research in numerous countries in East Africa and Latin America. Jennifer enjoys exploring the Bay Area, eating tacos and making music.