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Board of Directors

 

 

 

Meredith Taylor, 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 chief executive officer of Black Angus Steakhouse. Meredith also served as president of San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation (a not-for-profit organization). Her work experience includes serving as president and chief executive officer of two venture-backed startups: SeniorSurfers, which provided computer and internet training to older adults, and CookExpress.com, which produced and delivered gourmet meals. She has held C-level positions at Spectrum Foods, Saga Corporation and Marriott Corporation.

Meredith has a master’s degree in business administration 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 boards of MentorNet, a not-for-profit e-mentoring organization, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Meredith has been a ReSurge board member since 2015.

Manisha Shetty Gulati, Vice Chair and Secretary
Manisha Shetty Gulati is the chief customer officer at Clarify Health Solutions, a company providing digital and analytic solutions for payers, providers and life science companies to deliver higher value healthcare with better patient outcomes. Prior to Clarify, Manisha was a partner at McKinsey and Company’s London and San Francisco offices working in healthcare across the health systems and medical products/life sciences practices. She has over 15 years of experience supporting organizations across the healthcare industry to improve performance, working in the US, Europe and emerging markets.

Manisha has also worked on global public health issues throughout her career. She has worked extensively with foundations on economic development and with leading global public health organizations in the areas of infectious disease strategies, policy and advocacy strategy, organization and operations, including the operational
response to the Ebola outbreak. She led McKinsey’s west coast philanthropy practice as part of her social sector work with non-profits and foundations.

Prior to McKinsey, Manisha worked in New Delhi as the program coordinator for the American India Foundation, where she identified and funded innovative development projects in healthcare, education and microfinance. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia and in the health portfolio of Acumen, a non-profit venture fund that supports entrepreneurs with products for low-income people in Asia and Africa.

Manisha received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree of public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College. She joined the ReSurge board in 2018.

Wendell Alderson
Wendell is retired, having most recently held a part-time nursing position at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Prior to his part-time role, he had a long career with the University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) where he worked more than 10 years in outpatient surgery; 13 years as a flight nurse on the Life Flight helicopter; and in the intensive care unit. He also worked three years at King Khalid Military Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Wendell became a registered nurse at a time where there were very few men pursuing a career in nursing, graduating in 1976 from Sacramento City College with an associate’s degree in nursing. He has been an annual volunteer with ReSurge for 10 years and has traveled to Vietnam, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Cambodia with the organization. Prior to joining the board in 2019, Wendell served on the ReSurge Nursing Leadership committee.

Aliza Apple

Aliza Apple is the SVP of Portfolio, Partnerships, and Strategy at Santa Ana Bio, a biotech startup focused on developing biologics for autoimmune disease. Prior, Aliza was a partner at McKinsey and Company’s San Francisco office working across healthcare and non-profit clients to develop their growth, operational, and investment strategy.

Prior to McKinsey, Aliza worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) as a member of the Global Vaccines leadership team based in Nairobi, Kenya. There she formulated country-specific vaccine introduction strategies, managed operational roll outs, designed immunization system strengthening programs, and monitored program impact across 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia. She also served as the CHAI representative in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative convened by UNICEF and WHO.

Aliza began her career as a scientist, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics at Georgetown University. She went on to complete a PhD in Bioengineering from UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, where her doctoral research focused on stem cell mediated regeneration of spinal tissue. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell Medical College designing articular cartilage implants. She joined the ReSurge board in 2022.

Delali Attiogbe Attipoe
Delali Attiogbe Attipoe is the chief operating officer (COO) for 54gene, a genomics research, services, and development company addressing the need to include under-represented African genomic data in research that could lead to medical breakthroughs and new healthcare solutions worldwide. She joined 54gene with over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector ranging from logistics and supply chain management to commercial marketing and managed care. Prior to 54gene, Delali was most recently the head of market access for East Africa within Roche Pharmaceuticals (F. Hoffmann La-Roche AG) as well as held former roles of increasing responsibility within Genentech (a US subsidiary of the Roche group).

In addition to her diverse work background, Delali holds a bachelor’s of science in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester; a master’s in biotechnology (MB) from the University of Pennsylvania; a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Babson College, F.W. Olin School of Business; and received a certificate in health economics and outcomes research from the University of Washington. She is formally an advisory board member of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Rochester. She joined the ReSurge board in 2019.


Derrick Booker

Derrick Booker is currently the SVP of Global Marketing and Innovation for SkinCeuticals at L’Oreal. Where he is responsible for all aspects of the holistic marketing strategy for the SkinCeuticals brand including campaign development and product innovation across 44+ Countries. Derrick most recently held the position of VP and Head of Marketing for CeraVe US. Derrick led the brand integration into L’Oréal’s Active Cosmetics Division in 2017. During this time he spearheaded the launch of the brand’s first ever direct to consumer advertising campaign, including the launch of television, which not only accelerated the US business but served as the foundation for the brand’s communication supporting the global launch into 38 countries.

Derrick extended this campaign to restage the brand’s Sun and Facial Cleanser franchises while launching into medicated Acne, a new franchise for the brand. Derrick led a multi-year, consumer-centric strategy focused on increasing household penetration and driving cross-purchase. During his time on CeraVe, the brand has grown more than 500% making it the fastest growing mass skincare brand in the US creating a billion dollar skincare brand. In 2020 he was recognized among the top 100 under 50 emerging and executive leaders, by Diversity MBA Chicago.

Derrick joined L’Oreal in 2017 from Pfizer Consumer Health where he held roles of increasing responsibility across the Rx-to-OTC switch, Advil, and Pediatric franchises with full P&L responsibility. Prior to Pfizer, Derrick worked at P&G where he held both Medical and Consumer brand marketing roles for Crest & Oral-B. In addition to being an award-winning marketer and business leader, he is also an accomplished research scientist having led the clinical claims support strategy as a Clinical Trial Manager for P&G’s North American Oral Care R&D organization.

Derrick holds an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Miami University and an MBA from Xavier University.

Nisha Chaudry
Nisha Chaudry has volunteered as a coordinator and Hindi translator with ReSurge for nine years, traveling to Dehradun, India on surgical team trips. 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 chief financial officer of Crown Electric, Inc.

Nisha holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and psychology from San Francisco State University. She joined the ReSurge board of directors in 2017.

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 worked with Behrman Capital for 10 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. 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 Brown’s Structured Finance Group.

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).

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

Christina Dickerson 
Christina Dickerson is an accomplished corporate, finance and operations executive with decades of leadership experience in the life science industry, private and public corporations, banking, and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Christina was the Vice President, Corporate Development for Corium, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing innovative pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products with responsibility for corporate finance and strategy, operations and strategic partnerships, administration, governance and human resources. Prior, Christina worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, The Jim Pattison Group, and Salomon Brothers Inc, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, high yield finance, arbitrage, divestitures and general corporate finance.

Current and previous board positions include more than 15 years on the LifeMoves board, the largest provider of interim housing and services for homelessness in Silicon Valley, holding the Chair and Chair Emeritus positions, and current Chair of the Development Committee and member of the Finance Committee. In addition, she continues to serve in a number of appointed leadership roles for Stanford University and is active in several other community service organizations.
Christina earned an A.B. in International Relations and an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University. Christina joined the ReSurge board in 2021.

Thomas Davenport, M.D.
Dr. Tom Davenport was honored with the Donald R. Laub Humanitarian Award at the 2018 ReSurge Transformations Gala for volunteering his time and talent to ReSurge for more than 15 years.

Tom is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. He is the director of microsurgery and the director of surgical wound care at New York University (NYU) Winthrop Hospital, where he is also the chief of plastic surgery. He is actively involved in medical volunteerism and has traveled to perform reconstructive surgery and lecture on plastic surgery in numerous developing countries including the Philippines, Peru, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brazil, Bhutan, Nicaragua and Mali.

Tom holds a medical degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Iona College. He rejoined the ReSurge board in 2020, after having previously termed off in 2017.

Diane Flynn

Diane Flynn is co-founder and chief executive officer of ReBoot Accel, which accelerates the careers of women in the workplace. ReBoot Accel helps women become current, connected and confident by teaching essential workplace technology 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 bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. She has been a member of the ReSurge board since 2018.

Dorothy Gaal, M.D.

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

Kathryn Hanson, Ph.D.

Kathryn Hanson is founder and former chief executive officer of ALearn. ALearn’s mission is to get more underserved students of color on the path to college through intensive math, college readiness and growth mindset programs. In March 2018, ALearn merged with Silicon Valley Education Foundation to create the largest education program and advocacy nonprofit in the Bay Area.

Prior to ALearn, Kathryn served as an executive, entrepreneur and consultant to high-tech and internet companies for three decades. She was co-founder of Satmetrix, a customer satisfaction internet company, and co-founder of eMentoring, an e-learning company. She started her technology career working for Hewlett-Packard, after a consulting stint at the Boston Consulting Group. She currently serves on the boards of Trident, an online university serving the military, and Downtown College Preparatory.

She has a bachelor’s degree in english from Stanford University, master’s and doctoral degrees in english from University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Kathryn joined the ReSurge board in 2019.

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.

Wende holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration 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 the San Francisco office of Dentons’ national health care practice group. 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, 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.

Karen Moore

Karen Moore is a retired health care executive who joined the ReSurge board in 2018. Her career in health care spanned the public and private sectors at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, KMPG and at California Health Care Systems, a major Bay Area health provider. 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 master’s degrees 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 emergency room shifts in California hospitals, he built an award-winning career as a photojournalist for Newsweek, TIME and 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 firsthand 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.

Dr. David Norton 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 University of California, San Francisco in pediatrics. Currently, he resides in western Massachusetts and has a private practice at Holyoke Pediatric Associates. He is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University and teaches its medical students, as well as pediatric residents at Baystate Medical. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active participant in the section on International Child Health, and Massachusetts co-coordinator for the Academy’s practice-based clinical research program, PROS. He is also very involved in public health in the state as part of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s committees on public health and 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 pediatric committee and also serves as pediatric representative to the Medical Services and QI committees. Dave joined the ReSurge board in 2014.

Umesh Padval
Umesh is a Venture Partner at Thomvest Ventures focused on investments in the cybersecurity and cloud infrastructure sectors and working closely with founders and CEOs developing disruptive platform solutions. He currently serves as a Board Member at Avalanche Technology, Bolster, ShiftLeft, and Tactus Technology, and as a Board Observer at Clari and ShieldX. He is also an investor in Baffle and ThousandEyes.

Prior to joining Thomvest, Umesh was a successful entrepreneur, investor and CEO of a public company. He most recently worked for over 8 years at Bessemer Venture Partners in their Menlo Park offices. Prior to Bessemer, he was an Executive Vice President at LSI after its acquisition of a public video infrastructure and distribution company in C-Cube Microsystems, where he served as President and CEO. Umesh has served on over 30 public and private company boards, bringing extensive operating experience and skill set valued by CEOs and founders.

Richard Redett, M.D.
Dr. Richard Redett is an associate professor and director of pediatric plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Rick specializes in the treatment of cleft and craniofacial disorders, facial palsy and complex burn reconstruction. In February 2016, Rick traveled to Zimbabwe with ReSurge. There, with other visiting educators, he trained local physicians and treated patients. As a board member, Rick is excited to be playing a more strategic role. He joined ReSurge’s board in 2016.

Tom Seery

Tom Seery is the chief executive officer of RealSelf, an online consumer resource for learning and sharing information about elective, medical treatments. Over the past nine 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, featuring user-generated content, including 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 a master’s degree from Drexel University, a master’s degree in business administration from University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College. Tom lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. He joined the ReSurge board in 2015.

Eileen Sheldon

Eileen worked 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.

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

Eillen earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Denison University. She has participated in several ReSurge surgical mission trips. She lives in Ross, California, with her husband and two young boys.

Eileen has been a member of the ReSurge board since 2014.

Linda Sunde

Linda Sunde Linda Sunde has practiced law for over thirty years. She has extensive experience in the area of real
estate, contract, construction, insurance, and tort law. She has worked in all aspects of civil litigation
and criminal prosecution. Linda became a ReSurge board member in 2021.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University in 1984 and a Juris
Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1987. She became a member of the California Bar in 1988.
She was also awarded an Advanced Advocate Certificate from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in
2011. She has volunteered as a youth sports coach, scout leader, fundraiser, and mock trial judge.

Dr. Arvin Taneja, M.D.
Dr. Arvin Taneja is a board-certified plastic surgeon from Southern California. He completed his plastic surgery residency from Houston Texas and is now in solo practice in Pasadena and Newport Beach. He became a member of ReSurge in 2017 after working on surgical missions with other nonprofit groups. His first ReSurge trip was an especially poignant one as it was located in Dehradun, India, his father’s ancestral home. His most recent ReSurge trip was to Bangladesh in 2019 just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 provides solutions to international poverty and injustice. He led finance, fundraising and governance programs, and served eight months as interim president and chief executive officer. Jeff also served as chair of the board of ActionAid USA, which advances human rights and reduces world poverty.

He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry 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 degree 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.