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Marion McGovern, Chair

Marion is the founder and CEO of M2 Consulting Inc., a niche-consulting firm that used independent consultants to meet the needs of its clients and was one of the first firms in the country to serve this growing virtual management marketplace. In 2005, McGovern completed the sale of the firm to a public South African human capital company, The Kelly Group. She remained an outside director through 2013.

She has been a regular speaker on the topic of workplace innovation, and appeared as an expert on workplace trends on national and cable TV and radio. In 2001, McGovern wrote a book, A New Brand of Expertise: How Independent Consultants are Transforming the World of Work, published by Butterworth Heinemann.

She is a director of the Alliance of CEOs, an organization that fosters education and idea exchange for leaders. She is a board member and audit chair of CPP Inc, the owners of the Meyers Briggs Type Instrument. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management. Currently, she resides in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Marion joined the ReSurge board in 2008.


Laura Furmanski, Ph.D., Vice 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.


Ruth Abdulmassih

Ruth Abdulmassih is the senior vice president and general manager at Stericycle, a San Francisco company that disposes of biohazardous waste. In her current role, as well as in her previous position as Stericycle's vice president of sales, she helped expand the business throughout North America and Europe. Before that she spent 23 years at Abbott Laboratories, where she held various roles in product management and sales and marketing. Her introduction to the nonprofit world came in 2000 when Abbott sent her to Peru as part of a humanitarian effort. The experience opened her eyes to the need for reconstructive surgery and led to her involvement with ReSurge.

Ruth graduated with honors from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, with a degree in management and marketing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and four daughters.

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.


Thomas Davenport, M.D.

Tom is a plastic surgeon practicing on Long Island, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree from Iona College, his medical degree from Yale University, and his surgery training in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University Program. As a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital in New York City, Tom pursued specialty training in cancer reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. In 2000, ReSurge awarded him the prestigious Webster Fellowship. As the Webster fellow, Tom traveled around the world performing reconstructive surgery and lecturing on plastic surgery. He was also awarded an additional fellowship at Harvard University to work at the Shriner Burn Hospital for Children in the reconstruction of burn and accident victims. His special interests include burn reconstruction, cancer reconstruction, breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. Tom also serves as chair of ReSurge’s surgery committee. He joined the ReSurge board in 2008.


Joan Dorey, R.N., C.N.O.R., R.N.F.A.

A career registered nurse (RN), Joan recently retired as Clinical Manager of a SurgiCenter based in Monterey, where she has served the past 5 years. Prior to that position, Joan was a nurse at several local hospitals for 18 years, with certifications in operating room nursing and first assistant. During her last 8 years of nursing she served as an RNFA assisting a local plastic surgeon and earlier was a high school teacher.

Joan took time off from her career to raise three adopted children and one biological child. Joan grew up in Southern California, lives in Carmel, has four grown children, and her husband is former CEO of Granite Construction.


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.


Kurt Grote, M.D.

Kurt is a director at McKinsey & Company and in that capacity leads provider transformation and clinical operations work, with expertise directing operations and quality transformation projects. Over the past several years, Kurt has led projects at more than 200 hospitals, guided comprehensive organizational transformations for three major hospital systems, set strategy for several large academic medical centers and regional networks, and directed service delivery design programs for global health systems. He has also partnered with large public- and private-sector health systems as well as academic centers and regional networks to set strategy and clarify service visions.

Kurt holds a BA and MD from Stanford University. Before joining McKinsey, he was a captain of the US national swim team and a gold medalist at both the 1996 Olympic Games and 1998 World Championships. During this period, he worked with major pharmaceutical companies to promote swimming as part of a treatment regimen for asthmatic children. Kurt joined the ReSurge board in 2014.


Sara Hirsch

In addition to serving on ReSurge's board of directors, Sara is also the philanthropy chair for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Circle of Friends. Sara earned her master's in architecture at Parson's NYC and Paris before returning to the West Coast for a career in interior architecture and design. Sara also holds certifications from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in art business and antique connoisseurship, and has volunteered with Bridges: A Center for Grieving Children and Eastside Prep in East Palo Alto. She co-chaired ReSurge's Transformations Gala in 2012 and has served as an ambassador and champion of ReSurge's work for 12 years. In 2005, Sara and her husband Russell - a former vice chair of ReSurge's board - participated in a ReSurge medical team trip to Vietnam. Sara currently lives in Los Altos Hills with her husband and their son.


Amit Jain

In June 2015, international transport network company Uber named Amit as its India head. Amit is also president of Rent.com, the leading apartment listing service in the U.S. connecting prospective renters and rental property owners. Prior to Rent.com, Amit was a senior operating advisor at TPG Capital, a global private equity firm with over $50 billion of capital under management. At TPG, he worked with various portfolio companies across industries, taking interim executive positions to help drive operational improvements. Prior to TPG, he was an associate principal at McKinsey and Company. Amit holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a master of business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He joined the board in 2013.


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.


Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer is an experienced executive who specializes in building consumer brands. Most recently he was the COO and CFO of Plum Organics, which makes premium foods for babies and children. He helped lead the sale of the company to Campbell Soup in 2013. Before that, he was the chief administrative officer at Restoration Hardware, where he overcame the challenge of the economic downturn to position the company for a successful IPO in 2012. He also held executive positions at Wellness Pet Foods and Marketmax.

Michael began his career at JP Morgan Chase, where he was a commercial lender to middle-market consumer businesses. He has a degree in chemical engineering from New York University and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business.


David Norton, M.D.

Dave went on his first ReSurge/Interplast trip in 1993 and in spring of 2014 completed his 19th ReSurge team trip. Dave attended Georgetown and Yale Medical School and completed his residency at UCSF in pediatrics. Currently he resides in Massachusetts, works at Bay State Medical Center, and is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active participant in the section on International Child Health.

For many years, Dave has been a key member of the medical volunteer leadership of ReSurge. He is a member and former chair of the pediatrics committee and also serves as pediatric representative to the Medical Services Committee. Dave has attended two ReSurge galas and is a strong ReSurge supporter.


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.


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.

In October of 2013, Eileen participated in a ReSurge team trip to Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. She currently lives in Ross, California, with her husband and two young boys and in 2014 graciously co-hosted a successful salon event for ReSurge in her home.


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.

Sanjay Vaswani

Sanjay is managing director of the Center for Corporate Innovation (CCI), which develops and conducts ongoing executive forums for CEOs, presidents and senior executives of major health care organizations and technology companies across the United States. Before joining CCI, Sanjay was an associate in McKinsey & Company’s Los Angeles office from 1987 to 1990, where he worked with companies in the electronics and health care industries. Prior to that, Sanjay worked for Intel, where he concentrated on finance and strategic planning activities. Sanjay received his master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the boards of Brocade Communications Systems and Blue Star Infotech. Sanjay joined the ReSurge board in 2007.


Meredith Taylor

Meredith Taylor has extensive experience building and leading consumer organizations. She is the president and CEO of Black Angus Steakhouse, following three years as the principal of Taylor Consulting. Meredith also served as president of San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation, and her experience before that ranges from founding SeniorSurfers, which provided computer and Internet training for older adults, to serving as president and CEO of CookExpress.com, which produced and delivered gourmet meals.

Meredith has an MBA from Santa Clara University, where she has been a guest lecturer in its graduate entrepreneurship program and taught ethics and finance. She also serves on the board of MentorNet, a not-for-profit e-mentoring organization. She enjoys volunteering as a Women's Technology Cluster mentor and serving on the advisory boards of several early-stage companies. Meredith has been a ReSurge board member since 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.


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