Board of Directors

 

Laura Furmanski, Ph.D., Chair

Laura is Senior Vice President, Bioinformatics Business Area at QIAGEN. 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 a 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 CEO of Black Angus Steakhouse. Meredith also served as President of San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation (a not-for-profit organization).  Her experience before includes serving as President and CEO of two venture-backed start-ups: SeniorSurfers, which provided computer and Internet training to older adults, and CookExpress.com, which produced and delivered gourmet meals.  She also held C-level positions at Spectrum Foods, Saga Corporation and Marriott Corporation.

Meredith has an MBA 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 board of MentorNet, a not-for-profit e-mentoring organization and the advisory board of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Meredith has been a ReSurge board member since 2015.

 

Hratch Achadjian

Hratch Achadjian is the head of business development for Quantum Computing at Google, where he focuses on preparing the Global 100 for the next evolution in computing. He has a decade of experience helping companies prepare for shifts, evaluate and adopt enterprise cloud technology. Prior to joining Google Hratch helped grow SADA Systems, an early-stage startup focused on cloud integration. He holds a B.S. in Finance from George Washington University and joined ReSurge as a board advisor in 2017.

 

Tommaso Addona, M.D.

Dr. Tommaso Addona is a board certified plastic surgeon and partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. Dr. Addona graduated Summa Cum Laude from Binghamton University and obtained his MD with Honors in Plastic Surgery Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Addona 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.

Dr. Addona performs a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgical procedures. In addition, Dr. Addona specializes in breast reconstruction after cancer using highly specialized microvascular techniques. Dr. Addona has published numerous articles and book chapters on diverse topics in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Addona is actively involved in medical volunteerism, treating adults and children around the world in need of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

 

Nisha Chaudry

Nisha Chaudry has volunteered as a coordinator/translator (Hindi) with ReSurge for 9 years, traveling to Dehradun, India on surgical team trips. She joined the ReSurge board of directors in 2017.

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 CFO of Crown Electric, Inc.

Nisha holds a BA in Finance and Psychology from San Francisco State University.

 

Greg Chiate

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 was with Behrman Capital for ten 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. 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).

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 Brow’s Structured Finance Group.

Greg graduated with distinction from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s in Economics. He lives in Marin with his wife and two children. He joined the board in 2013.

 

Tyson Clark

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 US Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer and Navy Scuba Diver.  He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Tyson joined ReSurge’s board in 2016.

 

Diane Flynn

Diane Flynn is co-founder and CEO of ReBoot Accel, accelerating the careers of women in the workplace. ReBoot Accel gets women current, connected, and confident by teaching essential workplace tech 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 BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.

 

Dorothy Gaal, M.D.

Dorothy went on her first ReSurge/Interplast team trip in 1993. Since then she has participated on 13 trips. She attended Lawrence University in Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota Medical School, and then completed her anesthesia residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Dorothy subsequently did 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.

 

Wende Hutton

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. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and an MBA 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 Dentons’ national Health Care practice group, resident in the San Francisco office. 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 at 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.

 

Francis F. Lee

Francis is chairman of the board of Synaptics, a leading worldwide developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment and the provider of the touchpad for most major computer and laptop companies. He has been with Synaptics since 1999 and has served as president, chief executive officer and on the board of directors. From 1995 until 1998, Francis served as founder and managing director of NSM, a Hong Kong-based joint venture between National Semiconductor Corporation and S. Megga. Previously, Francis held a variety of executive positions for National Semiconductor, including vice president of communication and computing group; vice president of quality and reliability; director of standard logic business unit and various other operations and engineering management positions. Francis holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

 

Sai Lolayekar

Sai Lolayekar works at Wipro Technologies, one of India’s leading IT service firms. He is a Director of Sales in their Connected Enterprises division, which helps organizations transform in the new digital economy while enhancing the customer experience. While with Wipro, Sai has collaborated with stakeholders across the US, India, Asia Pacific, and Middle East.

Sai has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Sai has earlier volunteered for other nonprofits such as Amnesty International, the American Red Cross, and Special Olympics. As a ReSurge Board Member, Sai is excited to leverage his experiences in technology, and continue collaborating across cultures and geographies to create meaningful and effective change. Sai joined the ReSurge board in 2016.

 

Karen Moore

Karen Moore is a retired health care executive. Her career in health care spanned the public and private sectors at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and KMPG and at a major bay area health provider, California Health Care Systems. 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 a joint Masters 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 ER shifts in California hospitals, he built an award-winning career as a photojournalist for Newsweek, TIME and the 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 first hand 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.

Dave 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 UCSF in Pediatrics. Currently he resides in western Massachusetts, is in private practice at Holyoke Pediatric Associates. He is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University and teaches Tufts Medical Student and Baystate Medical Center Pediatric Residents. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active participant in the section on International Child Health, and Massachustts Co-Coordinator for the Academies practice based clinical research program, PROS. He is also very involved in Pulbic Health in the State of Massachusetts as part of the Mass Medical Society Committee on Public Health, the Committee on 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 PediatricCommittee and also serves as pediatric representative to the Medical Services and QI Committees. Dave has attended almost every ReSurge Gala and is a strong ReSurge supporter.

 

Richard Redett, M.D.

Dr. Richard Redett is an Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Redett specializes in the treatment of cleft and craniofacial disorders, facial palsy and complex burn reconstruction. In February 2016, Dr. Redett traveled to Zimbabwe with ReSurge. There, with other Visiting Educators, Dr. Redett trained local physicians and treated patients. As a Board Member, Dr. Redett is excited to play a more strategic role. Richard joined ReSurge’s board in 2016.

 

Tom Seery

Tom Seery is the CEO of RealSelf, a consumer resource for learning and sharing information about elective, medical treatments. Over the past 9 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 in the past year and features user-generated content: 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 an MS from Drexel University, MBA from University of Washington, and BA from Connecticut College. Tom lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. He joined the ReSurge board in 2015.

 

Maiya Shaw

Maiya Shaw has been involved with ReSurge for over a decade. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College and an Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) from Columbia University with a focus on international environmental policy and development. Maiya’s career spanned both the private and non-profit sectors where she worked with several large international environmental non-profit organizations as well as an AmLaw top 5 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. Maiya has lived and traveled around the world including Africa, Southeast and Southern Asia, and Latin America. She lives in the Bay Area area with her husband and two daughters.

 

Eileen Sheldon

Eileen earned her Bachelor of Arts in English before having a career 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.

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. All the while, Eileen has actively maintained her commitment to volunteering. She has been an avid volunteer with Achilles Track Club where she has trained and guided blind runners for various races, including the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon.

Eileen has participated in several ReSurge surgical mission trips. She lives in Ross, California, with her husband and two young boys.

 

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. Roger graduated 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. He also directs LIPSG’s Center for Facial Paralysis, where his team continues to refine techniques to reanimate a paralyzed face.

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, and he is especially gratified to help them after so much time. Roger joined ReSurge’s board in 2015.

 

Dawn Yost, R.N.

Since 1994, Dawn, a registered nurse, has devoted two weeks every year to providing operating room nursing care on surgical team trips. She is also the current chair of the ReSurge nursing committee, helping to guide nursing policy for the organization. Dawn earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the same university. Dawn is currently the peri-operative services manager of nursing operations and the sterile processing department at West Virginia University’s Ruby Memorial Hospital. She is a member of many nursing/dental hygiene associations, including the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is currently the president-elect of the board for the Competency and Credentialing Institute. She joined the ReSurge board in April 2010.

 

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 works to provide solutions to international poverty and injustice. He led finance, fundraising and governance programs, and served eight months as interim president and CEO.

Jeff also served as chair of the board of ActionAid USA. The organization works to advance human rights and reduce world poverty.

He has a chemistry degree 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 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.