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ReSurge Staff

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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). (show more)
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. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

Jay Dumanian, Medical Programs and Logistics Coordinator

Jay joined ReSurge in July 2014 after receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, he organized and led climbing trips with the Dartmouth Outing Club, volunteered as a campus EMT, and assisted with research on attention and stereotype perception in a social psychology lab. Originally from Los Altos, Jay is excited to be contributing to ReSurge's public health mission and to be back near family, friends and Yosemite on the West Coast.

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. (show more)
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.” (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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, Foundation and Corporate Grants Manager

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.

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. (show more)
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 2004. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

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. (show more)
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. (show less)

Amanda Thomas, Development Coordinator

Amanda joins ReSurge after completing her M.S. in International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While in graduate school, Amanda worked for a refugee resettlement agency and spent a summer studying in Seoul, Korea. She earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Armstrong Atlantic State University and interned with the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. (show more)
Amanda looks forward to collaborating with the development team and streamlining database management processes and procedures to better serve the mission of ReSurge. When not in the office, Amanda can be found exploring local hiking trails and beaches with her dog. (show less)



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