Eileen Sheldon, ReSurge Board member, recently did a spectacular job chairing our Transformations 2020 event. In the midst of the planning, we interviewed Eileen to hear more about why she is passionate about ReSurge and our mission.
How did you hear about ReSurge and get involved?
My husband and I were invited to be guests at the 2012 ReSurge Gala. The event was our first introduction to the organization, and we were incredibly moved by the mission and the passion presented that evening. I will never forget Sarah Hirsch’s (former board member) remarks about her experiences on a surgical team trip to Vietnam, followed by Dr. Bill McClure’s captivating and heartfelt stories about his involvement and why he cares so deeply about ReSurge. I am now serving my 7th year as a board member!
Have you ever traveled with ReSurge?
Yes! I have been fortunate enough to travel with ReSurge on five different trips and each experience has been wonderfully enriching. Being able to meet the surgical outreach partners and see the impact of the work is truly life-changing.
Tell us about what keeps you connected to the organization.
I feel strongly about supporting the important work and mission of ReSurge. I feel connected to so many of the patient success stories and I have seen firsthand how surgery can change the life of a patient and his or her family.
How has ReSurge changed since you joined the Board?
The organization has evolved in very meaningful ways. The emphasis on training and supporting the next generation of reconstructive surgeons in the countries where we work is extremely powerful. I have specifically loved witnessing the creation and growth of the PWRS program with Skinceuticals.
Outside of your service with ReSurge and your professional duties, what are your interests and hobbies?
I love the outdoors and spend most of my free time trying to keep up with my husband and two boys on various outdoor pursuits. I am also a trustee at my childrens‘ independent school in Marin and became a Master Gardener in 2020.
What’s something that might surprise people about you?
I have finished 7 Ironman triathlon races and hope to complete at least 1 more.
Why do you believe someone should support ReSurge?
Because the need for surgical care is too great to ignore!