Cristiana Chamorro, MA
Cristiana Chamorro is a journalist and the founder and director of the Violeta Chamorro Foundation, an organization dedicated to upholding freedom of expression and projects aimed at fortifying the leadership of journalists, civil society and democratic institutions in Nicaragua. Since its founding, the Violeta Chamorro Foundation has directed and coordinated projects promoting the search for excellence in journalism, a system of access for public information and other actions aimed at the promotion of human rights and a culture of peace. As a journalist Cristiana won the international prize of “Excellence in Journalism” in the category of Opinion in 2000 awarded by the Inter-American Press Association and the International Press Association. She is a regular opinion columnist for the newspaper La Prensa and member of the board of directors of La Prensa. During the campaign and presidency of Violeta Chamorro (1990-1997), Cristiana served as advisor to the President of Nicaragua. She has a degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Central America and a M.A. in Latin American History and Literature from Ohio University
Susan Dix Lyons, MA
Susan Dix Lyons (Founder and Co-Chair) is the founder of Clínica Verde. She is currently President and CEO of St. Helena Hospital Foundation, and also Co-Founder and Advisor of The Better Lab, a venture under the auspices of UCSF that uses design to study and fix healthcare challenges. Susan began her career in journalism as a reporter for the Tico Times in San Jose, Costa Rica, and later moved to Tampa, where she worked for 9 years at an urban newsweekly, starting as an editorial assistant, then working as a writer, editorial manager, Managing Editor, Editor, and Publisher. She’s done communications consulting for various businesses, and is a contributor to the perspective series on the San Francisco affiliate of NPR. Susan has been awarded the Level Playing Field Award by the Athena Society in Tampa and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She holds a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., and an M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Davis, with a focus on contemporary public architecture and the U.S. government’s Design Excellence program, and attended the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2014 Susan was honored as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by the 14th Dalai Lama for her work with Clínica Verde. In 2014-2015, she served as a Fellow and Lecturer at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school).
Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD, MBA
Majd Zayzafoon is a physician, scientist and entrepreneur. As a physician scientist, his work is focused on examining the mechanisms that enable cancer to grow and metastasize to the bone with the goal of developing new targets for drug design and therapies for many life threatening and devastating diseases. As an entrepreneur and founder of Novicure Biotechnology, Majd learned the art of bootstrap financing firsthand. Majd is also the founder of an innovative program that globally shares medical training called “International Advanced Clinical Training Program, InterACT” at University of Alabama Medical School. He is most passionate about entrepreneurship and bioinnovation, and has extensive experience in translational research, commercialization, deployment, management, communication and business. He currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where he serves as Director of International Medical Education in the School of Medicine and director of International Education in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost at UAB.
Margarita Gurdian, MPH
Margarita Gurdian was Minister of Health of Nicaragua from 2004-2007. During that time she was in charge of the management of 1076 health units, 25,000 employees and a budget of $182 million US per year. As Minister, Margarita negotiated and implemented an alliance between the country and Merck & Co. to conduct a joint project valued at $75 million US to vaccinate all infants born in Nicaragua over a 3-year period to prevent rotovirus gastroenteritis. She also led the planning process for a National Health Policy for 2004-2015, a 5-year health plan and the Health Comprehensive Model of Care. She conducted and implemented a reorganization of the Ministry, promoted and supervised the implementation of an integral approach for malaria, elaborated a Reproductive Health and HIV AIDS National Strategy, and successfully implemented a plan to eliminate Rubella in Nicaragua. Before her position as Minister of Health, Margarita served as Vice Minister of the Ministry of Health, as the country representative for the Center for Communications Program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, as Executive Director of the Nicaraguan Family and Children Fund (FONIF), social policy advisor to the Vice Minister of the Presidency, and as administrator of Oxfam U.K. and Ireland in Nicaragua. She has served as an analyst of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Nicaragua in Los Angeles, California. Margarita received her B.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in Latin American Studies with a major in Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Paige Preston (Secretary) is a 2017 graduate of University of Southern California, with a BA in Political Economy and minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Business Finance. Paige has been involved with Clinica Verde through a multitude of projects and tasks from volunteer work to raising community awareness since her freshman year in high school. In 2013, she traveled to Nicaragua as a student ambassador for the annual board meeting, and also acted as an assistant researcher for the Clinica Verde pitch made at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University. Paige is passionate about sustainability, women’s empowerment, and the environment. She is currently an Associate at Silicon Valley Bank in Palo Alto, CA.
Doug Wilson, MD
Doug Wilson, M.D., is Medical Director of Palliative Care at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, CA and works at Clinic Ole, a community health clinic. He was born in England and lived in Australia before moving to Napa Valley as a child. He was inspired to study medicine while taking a year off high school to work/study in Irian Jaya and the Solomon Islands. He is a graduate of Pacific Union College and Loma Linda Medical School. After residency in Ventura County Family Medicine he studied Palliative Care at Harvard. While working primarily at Clinic Ole, Doug also enjoys moonlighting as a hospitalist and teaching high school Physics. Doug’s overarching interest is the evolution of consciousness, and bringing sustainability to the human presence on the planet. He loves volunteering for Adventist Health International.
Nikhil Bumb, MBA
Nikhil Bumb is a MBA graduate from the Yale School of Management, where he focused on healthcare strategy and global social enterprise. He first crossed paths with Clinica Verde while at Yale when he participated in the Global Social Enterprise program, through which students provide pro-bono consulting services to non-profit and social enterprise organizations in developing countries, in Nicaragua in 2013. Prior to business school, Nikhil worked for ZS Associates, a sales, marketing, and management consulting firm with a niche in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where he began cultivating an interest in healthcare by heading efforts to establish a health orientation program for incoming students. He then pursued this interest in healthcare by concentrating on medical imaging and devices during his Masters degree in electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently, Nikhil is a Senior Consultant with FSG and is based out of the Washington, DC area.
David Davidovic, MBA
David Davidovic (Treasurer) has worked in the life sciences sector for over 36 years. During the 25 years he spent with Merck & Co. and 8 with Genentech and Roche, he was responsible for building and leading multiple commercial, business unit, and medical education functions in Canada, the US, Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, he was Vice President and Global Head of Commercial Services for Roche and Genentech. Since partially retiring at the end of 2012, David has concentrated his efforts in non-profit work as well as mentoring and advising many start-ups and established companies, mostly in the healthcare space. Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to work in environments and activities dedicated to meeting unmet medical needs and serving populations in many socio-economic, geographic and competency segments. He is passionate about healthcare and about applying thoughtful and practical solutions to closing healthcare gaps. David was born and grew up in Quito, Ecuador and holds a BSc in Physiology and an MBA, both from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Jan Nissen, RN, MBA
Jan Nissen (Vice-Chair) currently serves as the leader of the US Vaccine Regional Commercial Operations group for Merck. She has been in the pharmaceutical industry for a total of 33 years in a variety of positions including sales, training, marketing, and operations at both Merck and Abbott Laboratories. In 2012, Jan had the opportunity to serve as a Merck Fellow working with Population Services International. The teams’ project objective was to complete a franchise operating model that could be utilized in setting up health care clinics in developing countries. Jan has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois Medical Center, a Master’s in Business Administration from Lake Forest College, and she is currently enrolled in a Population Health Master’s program at Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is married and the mother of two sons, aged 28 and 22.
Alicia Hardy (Co-Chair) is CEO of OLE Health in Napa County, California. Alicia joined OLE Health in 2009 and has over 15 years of experience in the fields of education, mental health and health care administration. She spent several years living and working abroad in both Peru and Nigeria, where she became passionate about working with underserved communities on initiatives related to health and wellness. After returning from South America, Alicia co-founded and taught at a charter school in the South Bronx with the goal of reducing academic disparities in the community. Alicia is a licensed clinical social worker and has provided behavioral health care to patients both at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco and OLE Health. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Planning from the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and has spent the past 5 years at OLE in various leadership positions overseeing large scale initiatives related to integration and redesign of care delivery systems. She held the position of Chief Strategy Officer prior to being promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. She was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in January of 2018.
Honorary Board Members
Mary Huber, MD
Mary Huber, M.D. is an internal medicine doctor. She received a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University and her M.D. from Wright State University School of Medicine. Mary received her Internal Medicine training at University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and worked in the Collinwood area of Cleveland as part of Federal Loan Repayment Program. From 1994-1997 she was a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She joined University Hospitals’ primary physician care group in 1997, where she worked until 2002. Mary was also a volunteer at Southwest General Hospital Free Clinic in Cleveland. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Mary is the founder of Clinica Verde’s HIGHER (Helping in Global Health, Education and Reform) program.
Donald E. Farrar, Ph.D.
Donald E. Farrar, Ph.D. has over 30 years experience in the areas of economics, finance, capital markets and financial institutions in the United States and abroad. He has held faculty positions at a number of leading U.S. Universities and at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. He served as Director of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Institutional Investor Study, whose 8-volume Report originated the concept of a National Securities Market System in the United States and was later embodied in the 1975 Securities Acts Amendments. Don also served for 13 years as Executive Vice President and Director of Benham Management Corporation, a mutual fund management company in Northern California, and for the six preceding years as an independent director of Benham managed funds. In addition, he served as a director of Mattel, Inc., the Mattel Foundation, the Permanent Portfolio Fund and various Benham managed funds, including Capital Preservation Fund International (Luxembourg), for which he was Chief Operating Officer. He has served as a consultant to many organizations and has testified before federal regulatory agencies, state legislative bodies and on five occasions before Committees or Subcommittees of the U. S. Congress. His international consulting assignments have included: studies of capital markets in India, lectures on securities valuation and portfolio management in Croatia, lectures and consultation on the valuation of fixed income securities in Polish pension portfolios, the feasibility of establishing a mutual fund industry in Indonesia and both technical and policy issues faced by the Government of Moldova in its attempt to move from a centrally directed to a market economy. He is the author of The Investment Decision Under Uncertainty, and a co-author of Managerial Economics, Foundations of Modern Economics Series, Institutional Investor Study Report of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Readings in Investments. Don has an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
Kenneth B. Weeman, MBA, LHD
Kenneth B. Weeman is a private investor. From 1964 to 2000, he was active in the financial services industry. He was an executive with a number of investment banks in securities trading and was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange. From 1980 to 2000, Ken was with Dresdner RCM Global Investors. He was a senior managing director and Vice Chairman – retiring in 2000. Ken served as an Officer with the U.S. Army Special Forces. His nonprofit activities include serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees with Golden Gate University. He is a board member of the Basic Fund (Bay Area Scholarships for Inner-City Children); a trustee (retired) of Trinity-Pawling School; as the Founding Chairman (retired) of the Episcopal Sanctuary (now Episcopal Community Services); and is a Board member of The Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis (UCSF). He was awarded a BS by the University of San Francisco, and an MBA from Golden Gate University. In 2008, Ken was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Golden Gate University.
Peter Stanley, LEED AP
Peter Stanley, LEED AP, BD+C is principal of ArchiLOGIX, an architectural and development consulting firm in Santa Rosa specializing in planning, urban design and architecture for multi-family, commercial, healthcare, public safety and winery projects. His professional background is in business and resource management with an emphasis on implementation of complex projects. Peter spent 12 years working in architectural firms before starting his own firm in 2001. He is currently vice chair of the City of Santa Rosa Planning Commission. Peter has spent the last 12 years working in Nicaragua, including managing the construction of the Clinica Verde community health clinic in Boaco as well as the Santa Helenita Housing project in Empalme de Boaco, Nicaragua, an affordable housing project consisting of a 64-unit subdivision targeted at low- and very-low income families as well as the master plan and construction of a new high school, multi-use facility and computer learning center in the Empalme area.
Kimberly Smith is an entrepreneur and businesswoman with more than 20 years experience in the real estate and corporate housing industries. In 1999 Kimberly and her husband and business partner, Eric, started AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., that today is a multi-million dollar company providing furnished corporate housing and property management services to upscale business travelers. A recognized leader in the industry, they were awarded CHPA’s 2010 Provider Company of the Year Award and listed for 3 consecutive years on Inc. Magazine’s Inc 5000 list featuring the countries fastest growing businesses. In 2006 the couple launched CorporateHousingbyOwner.com (CHBO), the first-of-its-kind online portal that connects furnished rentals and the traveling public. In 2013 CHBO was recognized by CHPA as the Associate Company of the Year. In 2009, they founded AvenueWest Global Franchise, allowing them to expand the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing product throughout the United States.They now have offices in Phoenix, Atlanta, Fort Collins, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Colorado Springs. Kimberly continues to lead in the corporate housing industry and served as the 2011 elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), the primary trade organization for the corporate housing industry. In 2013 she was awarded Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business award for real estate, and finalist in the prestigious Power Book special section of The Denver Business Journal, a feature in Denver Woman magazine as an outstanding business woman and mother. In 2009 she was selected to join The Denver Business Journal’s elite class of 40 under 40 and in 2010 and was recognized by CoBiz Magazine as a top 5 GenXYZ leader. In 2012 Kimberly was a finalist for the prestigious NBC 9News Leader of the Year Award. A graduate of the DMCC Leadership Denver Program 2002, Legacy Denver 2010 and Colorado Experience 2011 & 2012, Kimberly takes time to share her talents by working with numerous organizations and nonprofits. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Clinica Verde, she also serves on the Corporate Housing Providers Association, and the Founders Committee for the new entrepreneurship center at DU’s Women’s College, ABLE for Women.
Tim Lyons, MD
Tim Lyons, M.D., is an anesthesia-intensivist with board certification in Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Echocardiography and is currently the medical director of Anesthesiology at St. Helena Hospital. He graduated from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, where he also completed a fellowship in Critical Care. Tim completed a fellowship in Cardio-Thoracic Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has served as assistant-professor of anesthesiology, co-chief of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is the Chief of Staff for St. Helena Hospital.
Mary Cunningham Agee
Mary Cunningham Agee is the Founder and President of the Nurturing Network, an international charitable organization that provides urgent care for women faced with unplanned pregnancies. Mary has been awarded 7 honorary doctorates over the past 2 decades for her work trying to alleviate the suffering of women and children. A best-selling author, Mary was one of the first women in America to “break the glass ceiling” by serving in the Senior Management of two Fortune 100 Companies, and was twice voted by World Almanac as one of the “25 Most Influential Women in America.” In addition to serving on the Board of Clinica Verde she serves on the Board of Overseers for the Aquinas House at Dartmouth College, as a member of the Advisory Council of the Hoover Institute, and as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and studied Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Notre Dame and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.