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 retriever, Scooter. 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.
Scott Corlew, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
As chief medical officer, Scott evaluates ReSurge’s surgical team trips and
the organization’s education and empowerment programs for safety, quality
assurance and effectiveness. He also travels extensively to assess potential
new ReSurge sites. Most recently, Scott practiced plastic surgery with a multispecialty
clinic in Tennessee, and served on the executive committee of the
Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Scott earned
his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and went on to complete
his medical degree at Emory before completing his postgraduate training at
Emory and the University of Maryland and University of Florida hospitals.
Scott subsequently received his master’s degree in public health at Harvard.
He has been an active volunteer and team member with ReSurge since 1990.
Scott became ReSurge’s chief medical officer in 2007.
Beverly Kent, Chief Operations 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 1983 when both worked
for Alexian Brothers Hospital in San Jose, California. In 199, he worked with
Jim Warych in a part-time role at ReSurge. He rejoined the ReSurge
team on a full-time basis in July 2005. 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.
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
sites. 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.”
Libby Hart, Associate Director, Annual Giving
Libby grew up in Spokane, Washington and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University, where she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Shortly after graduating, Libby joined the fundraising team at Peninsula Open Space Trust where she worked to save the local landscapes of the San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountain range. In joining ReSurge, Libby looks forward to using her fundraising experience to help transform the lives of children throughout the world. Today, Libby lives in Mountain View, continues to read for fun and enjoys traveling to new places and meeting new people.
Amy Laden, Director, International Services
Amy grew up in northern New Jersey, graduated from Mount Holyoke College
with a major in political science, and then lived in Manhattan, where she
worked for the Foreign Policy Association. She then traveled around Mexico
and Central America for nearly a year, honing her high school Spanish. Amy
moved to Boston and worked as a Spanish-speaking social worker with
clients from the Caribbean, mainly Puerto Rico. She obtained her master’s
degree in social work from San Jose State University. She has lived in the
Bay Area since 1969, first working as a Spanish-speaking social worker for
the County of Santa Clara, and then as a medical social worker at a local
teaching hospital. Since 1976, Amy has worked at ReSurge, first as a social
worker bringing children from our sites to the San Francisco Bay Area for
surgery, and then in her current position, director of international services.
Amy has an adopted child from Chile, who is now in college.
Joe Lippi, Associate Director, Medical Education and Outreach
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.
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
Liliana Vazquez Giffen, Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Liliana was born in Mexico City and raised in both Mexico and the United States. She graduated from Santa Clara University (SCU) in 2004 with a major in marketing and minor in political science and international business. During her time at SCU, she traveled to Bangladesh and spent a summer as an intern with the Grameen Bank in Dhaka studying the effects of micro finance as a development tool in rural villages. This experience affirmed her desire to pursue a career in international development. In the past, she worked with Relief International-Schools Online in their global technology education department. Today, Liliana lives in San Francisco, enjoys traveling and hopes to pick up a few more languages along the way.