Board of Directors
Laura Furmanski, Ph.D., Chair
Laura is the senior vice president of the bioinformatics business area at Quiagen. She leads Qiagen’s rapidly growing presence in bioinformatics, a key foundation of the strategy to address the rapidly growing needs of customers to transform biological samples into valuable molecular insights. Prior to joining Qiagen in 2014, Laura was a principal in the Silicon Valley office of McKinsey & Company for 12 years, where she led the firm’s knowledge efforts on evolving medical device commercial models and the implications of health care reform. She has a keen interest in ensuring that patients globally have access to quality health care services and products, which motivates her client and pro bono efforts.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Laura received her doctoral degree in psychology, with a focus on cognitive neuroscience, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She conducted research into the neural substrate of memory using functional neuroimaging techniques. In addition, Laura received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She joined the board in 2012.
Meredith Taylor, Vice Chair
Meredith Taylor has extensive experience building and leading consumer organizations. Currently, she serves as a board member and advisor to several restaurant/food service industry companies. Previously, she was the president and chief executive officer of Black Angus Steakhouse. Meredith also served as president of San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation (a not-for-profit organization). Her work experience includes serving as president and chief executive officer of two venture-backed startups: SeniorSurfers, which provided computer and internet training to older adults, and CookExpress.com, which produced and delivered gourmet meals. She has held C-level positions at Spectrum Foods, Saga Corporation and Marriott Corporation.
Meredith has a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University, where she has been a guest lecturer in its graduate entrepreneurship program and served as an adjunct professor, teaching ethics and finance. She also served on the boards of MentorNet, a not-for-profit e-mentoring organization, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Meredith has been a ReSurge board member since 2015.
Wendell is retired, having most recently held a part-time nursing position at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Prior to his part-time role, he had a long career with the University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) where he worked more than 10 years in outpatient surgery; 13 years as a flight nurse on the Life Flight helicopter; and in the intensive care unit. He also worked three years at King Khalid Military Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Wendell became a registered nurse at a time where there were very few men pursuing a career in nursing, graduating in 1976 from Sacramento City College with an associate’s degree in nursing. He has been an annual volunteer with ReSurge for 10 years and has traveled to Vietnam, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Cambodia with the organization. Prior to joining the board in 2019, Wendell served on the ReSurge Nursing Leadership committee.
Tommaso Addona, M.D.
Dr. Tommaso Addona is a board-certified plastic surgeon and partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. Tommaso’s career spans a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgical procedures, including breast reconstruction after cancer using highly specialized microvascular techniques. Beyond his surgical work, he has published numerous articles and book chapters on diverse topics in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and actively volunteers globally treating adults and children in need of these types of surgery.
Tommaso graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University and obtained his medical degree with honors in plastic surgery research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, followed by advanced training in microvascular and reconstructive surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He has been a member of ReSurge’s board since 2017.
Delali Attiogbe Attipoe
Delali Attiogbe Attipoe is the chief operating officer (COO) for 54gene, a genomics research, services, and development company addressing the need to include under-represented African genomic data in research that could lead to medical breakthroughs and new healthcare solutions worldwide. She joined 54gene with over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector ranging from logistics and supply chain management to commercial marketing and managed care. Prior to 54gene, Delali was most recently the head of market access for East Africa within Roche Pharmaceuticals (F. Hoffmann La-Roche AG) as well as held former roles of increasing responsibility within Genentech (a US subsidiary of the Roche group).
In addition to her diverse work background, Delali holds a bachelor’s of science in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester; a master’s in biotechnology (MB) from the University of Pennsylvania; a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Babson College, F.W. Olin School of Business; and received a certificate in health economics and outcomes research from the University of Washington. She is formally an advisory board member of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Rochester. She joined the ReSurge board in 2019.
Nisha Chaudry has volunteered as a coordinator and Hindi translator with ReSurge for nine years, traveling to Dehradun, India on surgical team trips. In addition to ReSurge, Nisha has served on the boards of Samaritan House, an organization that mobilizes the resources of the community to help those in need; Our Common Ground, a treatment program for adults with substance abuse and mental health problems; and Purple Heart Anglers, which creates an opportunity for our veterans to be treated to fishing and hunting trips in several places including California, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and Costa Rica.
Professionally, Nisha is chief shop steward for Alaska Airlines, where she works with management, union representatives and employees to settle disputes and contract infractions. Prior to Alaska Airlines, she was chief financial officer of Crown Electric, Inc.
Nisha holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and psychology from San Francisco State University. She joined the ReSurge board of directors in 2017.
Greg is a co-founder of GC Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. Prior to establishing GC Capital, Greg was a partner at Behrman Capital, a private equity fund with $2 billion of committed capital. Greg worked with Behrman Capital for 10 years where he consummated multiple transactions across multiple industries including information technology, specialty manufacturing and defense. His primary responsibilities included sourcing investment opportunities, making acquisitions and developing strategic plans for portfolio companies. Previously, he was vice president at BT Capital Partners where he spent four years working on numerous private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and growth financings. Prior to that, he spent three years working on high-leveraged transactions at BT Alex Brown’s Structured Finance Group.
Current and previous board positions include: Med-Tech Resource (medical supplies); ILC Industries (electronics manufacturing); Pelican Products (injection molded manufacturing); Kinetics Group (semiconductor capital equipment); and Dyno Merchandise (distributor).
Greg graduated with a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Marin with his wife and two children. He joined the ReSurge board in 2013.
Tyson Clark is a venture capital investor at GV (formerly Google Ventures), where he invests broadly in enterprise technology companies. Prior to GV, Tyson worked in a variety of corporate development and finance roles at Morgan Stanley, Oracle and Andreessen Horowitz. Before that, Tyson served 6 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and scuba diver. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. Tyson joined ReSurge’s board in 2016.
Thomas Davenport, M.D.
Dr. Tom Davenport was honored with the Donald R. Laub Humanitarian Award at the 2018 ReSurge Transformations Gala for volunteering his time and talent to ReSurge for more than 15 years.
Tom is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. He is the director of microsurgery and the director of surgical wound care at New York University (NYU) Winthrop Hospital, where he is also the chief of plastic surgery. He is actively involved in medical volunteerism and has traveled to perform reconstructive surgery and lecture on plastic surgery in numerous developing countries including the Philippines, Peru, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brazil, Bhutan, Nicaragua and Mali.
Tom holds a medical degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Iona College. He rejoined the ReSurge board in 2020, after having previously termed off in 2017.
Diane Flynn is co-founder and chief executive officer of ReBoot Accel, which accelerates the careers of women in the workplace. ReBoot Accel helps women become current, connected and confident by teaching essential workplace technology skills and building community. Diane also consults with Fortune 500 companies interested in tapping the pipeline of women returning to the workplace, and in improving cultures supporting women.
Diane has a teenage son who was born with a cleft lip, and is grateful for the many services readily available in her community. She is excited to be part of the effort to bring more aid to those in countries where reconstructive options are limited.
Diane previously served as chief marketing officer of GSVlabs, a marketing executive at Electronic Arts and an associate consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. She also works as an executive coach. Diane earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. She has been a member of the ReSurge board since 2018.
Dorothy Gaal, M.D.
Dr. Dorothy Gaal traveled on her first ReSurge/Interplast team trip in 1993. Since then she has participated in 13 trips. She attended Lawrence University in Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed her anesthesia residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Dorothy subsequently earned a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at the Children’s Hospital in Boston before joining the faculty at Yale University, where she is currently assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology.
She is a member of ReSurge’s anesthesia committee, the medical services committee, and served for four years as chair of the quality improvement committee. Additionally, Dorothy has been tasked by ReSurge to serve on a special integrated programs committee to deal with medical incidents that occur on visiting educator trips and at our outreach programs. Dorothy joined the ReSurge board in 2014.
Manisha Shetty Gulati
Manisha Shetty Gulati is the chief customer officer at Clarify Health Solutions, a company providing digital and analytic solutions for payers, providers and life science companies to deliver higher value healthcare with better patient outcomes. Prior to Clarify, Manisha was a partner at McKinsey and Company’s London and San Francisco offices working in healthcare across the health systems and medical products/life sciences practices. She has over 15 years of experience supporting organizations across the healthcare industry to improve performance, working in the US, Europe and emerging markets.
Manisha has also worked on global public health issues throughout her career. She has worked extensively with foundations on economic development and with leading global public health organizations in the areas of infectious disease strategies, policy and advocacy strategy, organization and operations, including the operational
response to the Ebola outbreak. She led McKinsey’s west coast philanthropy practice as part of her social sector work with non-profits and foundations.
Prior to McKinsey, Manisha worked in New Delhi as the program coordinator for the American India Foundation, where she identified and funded innovative development projects in healthcare, education and microfinance. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia and in the health portfolio of Acumen, a non-profit venture fund that supports entrepreneurs with products for low-income people in Asia and Africa.
Manisha received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree of public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College. She joined the ReSurge board in 2018.
Kathryn Hanson, Ph.D.
Kathryn Hanson is founder and former chief executive officer of ALearn. ALearn’s mission is to get more underserved students of color on the path to college through intensive math, college readiness and growth mindset programs. In March 2018, ALearn merged with Silicon Valley Education Foundation to create the largest education program and advocacy nonprofit in the Bay Area.
Prior to ALearn, Kathryn served as an executive, entrepreneur and consultant to high-tech and internet companies for three decades. She was co-founder of Satmetrix, a customer satisfaction internet company, and co-founder of eMentoring, an e-learning company. She started her technology career working for Hewlett-Packard, after a consulting stint at the Boston Consulting Group. She currently serves on the boards of Trident, an online university serving the military, and Downtown College Preparatory.
She has a bachelor’s degree in english from Stanford University, master’s and doctoral degrees in english from University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Kathryn joined the ReSurge board in 2019.
Leslie Harris serves as the Global General Manager of SkinCeuticals, a L’Oreal-owned line of premium medical aesthetic skincare founded on antioxidant science. In her capacity as general manager, Leslie oversees the brand’s global vision, innovation and international expansion.
Leslie began her career with L’Oreal in 2005 with the specialty brand Kiehl’s. While there, she implemented the company’s first 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, an initiative that is now used company-wide at L’Oreal. Following her tenure at Kiehl’s, she joined Garnier Skin Care as the Director of Skincare Innovation in the U.S.
Maintaining the belief that personal growth is achieved through continuous education, Leslie has earned degrees from numerous acclaimed universities—she holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in fashion history and theory from the London College of Fashion and a master’s degree of professional studies in cosmetics and fragrance marketing and management from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Here, she was recently awarded the Coty Award for Professional Excellence. She is an active member of Cosmetic Executive Women and sits on the industry advisory board of IMCAS, a leading international aesthetic professional organization. She is an avid beauty historian and currently serves as an adjunct professor at FIT, where she teaches a master’s level course, Innovations in the History of Beauty.
Leslie joined ReSurge’s board in 2018.
Wende Hutton is a healthcare investor and partner with Canaan Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. She has facilitated bringing more than a dozen medical devices and drugs to market, and currently sits on the boards of Antiva Biosciences, Butterfly Health, Chrono Therapeutics, Dermira, Glooko, ReVision Optics, Theraclone Sciences and Transcend Medical. Prior investments include BiPar Sciences (acquired by Sanofi-aventis), Chimerix (CMRX), and Labrys Biologics (acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical). Wende was recognized among Fierce Biotech’s 2014 “Fierce 15” women in biotech and honored as one of The Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2015 by The San Francisco Business Times.
Wende holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. She is active with several community service groups and has served on the ReSurge board since 2015.
Kimberly Kerry, J.D., Legal Counsel
Kimberly Kerry is a senior managing associate in the San Francisco office of Dentons’ national health care practice group. Her practice focuses on health care-related corporate transactions, tax-exempt bond financing and the licensing and certification of medical facilities. Kimberly’s experience includes advising multi-hospital health systems, home health agencies, hospices and skilled nursing facilities on a variety of corporate governance issues, tax exemption issues, contracting arrangements and other regulatory and operational matters. She has extensive experience advising clients on Medicare/Medicaid enrollment and licensing and accreditation issues.
Prior to joining Dentons, Kim was a member of the health care group and family wealth transfer planning and trust and estate practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she focused on drafting complex estate plans. She also advised tax-exempt organizations in choice of entity and formation issues, federal and state tax-exempt status issues and dissolution.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward and a law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She has published several articles on her work and is a member of the bar association of the state of California. Kim is also a certified public accountant (licensed in the state of California) and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Karen Moore is a retired health care executive who joined the ReSurge board in 2018. Her career in health care spanned the public and private sectors at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, KMPG and at California Health Care Systems, a major Bay Area health provider. She is an active community volunteer. She has served on the board of Abilities United, chairing its governance committee and serving as board president; worked with Habitat for Humanity on numerous international trips; assisted with several volunteer medical teams in Peru; is a master gardener of San Mateo and San Francisco counties; and a volunteer with the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County.
Karen has master’s degrees in business, and in epidemiology and public health from Yale University.
Matthew Naythons, M.D.
Upon completing his medical training, Matthew Naythons specialized in emergency medicine, practicing in California for eighteen years (1974 – 1992). During this period, between emergency room shifts in California hospitals, he built an award-winning career as a photojournalist for Newsweek, TIME and National Geographic. His reportage included such events as the Yom Kippur war, the fall of Saigon, the Nicaraguan revolution and the Jonestown suicides. Working for National Geographic, he spent a year with the Epidemiologic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the Centers for Disease Control, studying and traveling globally with EIS physicians on a story entitled “Medical Sleuths.”
In response to a 1979 refugee crisis on the Thai-Cambodian border, which he witnessed firsthand for TIME, Naythons founded and directed International Medical Teams (IMT). Funded by donations from Californians, IMT’s trucks brought medical care to refugee encampments inside Cambodia, locations where the International Red Cross did not operate.
In 1991, Matthew founded Epicenter Communications, which created prestigious photojournalism, multimedia and internet projects. Epicenter created some of the first disease-specific health sites on the internet, such as Diabetes.com and Alzheimers.com. In 1999, Matthew became vice president and publisher of the online pharmacy PlanetRx.com, and the following year co-authored “There is Still A Person in There”, a caregivers’ guide to Alzheimer’s. Following PlanetRx, Matthew resumed online and print publishing at Epicenter, where he remains president. He joined the ReSurge board in 2018.
David Norton, M.D.
Dr. David Norton went on his first ReSurge/Interplast trip in 1993 and in spring of 2015 completed his 20th ReSurge team trip. Dave attended Georgetown University and Yale Medical School and completed his residency at University of California, San Francisco in pediatrics. Currently, he resides in western Massachusetts and has a private practice at Holyoke Pediatric Associates. He is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University and teaches its medical students, as well as pediatric residents at Baystate Medical. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active participant in the section on International Child Health, and Massachusetts co-coordinator for the Academy’s practice-based clinical research program, PROS. He is also very involved in public health in the state as part of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s committees on public health and LGBT matters, as well as the State Vaccine Advisory Committee and the governor- appointed State Vaccine Purchase Committee.
For many years, Dave has been a key member of the medical volunteer leadership of ReSurge. He is a member and chair of the pediatric committee and also serves as pediatric representative to the Medical Services and QI committees. Dave joined the ReSurge board in 2014.
Richard Redett, M.D.
Dr. Richard Redett is an associate professor and director of pediatric plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Rick specializes in the treatment of cleft and craniofacial disorders, facial palsy and complex burn reconstruction. In February 2016, Rick traveled to Zimbabwe with ReSurge. There, with other visiting educators, he trained local physicians and treated patients. As a board member, Rick is excited to be playing a more strategic role. He joined ReSurge’s board in 2016.
Tom Seery is the chief executive officer of RealSelf, an online consumer resource for learning and sharing information about elective, medical treatments. Over the past nine years Tom has nurtured RealSelf into a community that shares personal experiences associated with cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, dermatology, bariatrics and dentistry. In the past year, RealSelf saw over 50 million unique visitors, featuring user-generated content, including reviews, before and after photos and videos. Board-certified physicians have also shared over a million posts.
Prior to founding RealSelf, Tom worked at Expedia, Unisys Corporation and the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a master’s degree from Drexel University, a master’s degree in business administration from University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College. Tom lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. He joined the ReSurge board in 2015.
Maiya Shaw has been involved with ReSurge for over a decade. Maiya’s career spanned both the private and nonprofit sectors where she worked with several large, international environmental nonprofit organizations, as well as an Am Law top five law firm. She has focused largely on advocacy — political and corporate — as well as community-centered programs in developing countries. Maiya has also been responsible for several major giving campaigns.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Lewis and Clark College and a master’s degree of international affairs from Columbia University with a focus on international environmental policy and development.
Maiya has lived and traveled around the world including Africa, Southeast and Southern Asia, and Latin America. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. Maiya has served on the ReSurge board since 2017.
Eileen worked as a research analyst for high-yield corporate bonds at ING Ghent Asset Management, a former division of the Netherlands-based ING Group. A move to London, England persuaded her to make a career change where she later worked in the performance and planning division of the director’s office at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
In Northern California, Eileen most recently served more than one term as the president of the board of directors for Ross Recreation, where she helped oversee policy, program and facility needs for recreation and educational programs offered to children and adults in the Ross Valley. She has actively maintained her commitment to volunteering. Eileen has been an avid volunteer with Achilles Track Club, where she trained and guided blind runners for various races, including the Boston, New York City and Los Angeles Marathons.
Eillen earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Denison University. She has participated in several ReSurge surgical mission trips. She lives in Ross, California, with her husband and two young boys.
Eileen has been a member of the ReSurge board since 2014.
Roger L. Simpson, M.D.
Dr. Roger L. Simpson is the president of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) in New York, where he has been a partner since 1981. He also directs LIPSG’s Center for Facial Paralysis, where his team continues to refine techniques to reanimate a paralyzed face.
Roger graduated with a medical degree with honors from the University of Brussels, School of Medicine. He then completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in New York, with specialties in burn reconstruction and hand surgery.
Roger is also an experienced ReSurge volunteer. He has helped train surgeons in Dehradun, India and performed surgeries on dozens of patients. He notes that some patients were burned as children, but only receive treatment decades later; he is especially gratified to help them after so much time. Roger joined ReSurge’s board in 2015.
Jeff Whisenant, ReSurge International President and CEO
Jeff is an experienced leader in the nonprofit sector, with more than 20 years of global experience in international development and relief. He has held high-level executive positions at Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore, Pact Inc. in Washington, D.C., and Orbis International in New York.
Most recently, he spent nine years at Lutheran World Relief, which provides solutions to international poverty and injustice. He led finance, fundraising and governance programs, and served eight months as interim president and chief executive officer. Jeff also served as chair of the board of ActionAid USA, which advances human rights and reduces world poverty.
He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in international political economy and development from Fordham University. He earned a second master’s degree in public and nonprofit management from New York University, and he went back for a year to teach a class on how to run an international NGO. He is fluent in French and Spanish. He can also speak a bit of Catalan, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Jeff joined the ReSurge team in July 2015.