Members of our advisory board provide guidance and support to maximize the impact of “The Power Of Two” around the world.
Charles Baker – Media & Technology Executive – Charles Baker is an experienced digital media professional; specializing in video content licensing, audience development, online advertising, branded entertainment, and social media. He has worked on digital content initiatives with hundreds of companies and organizations; including PBS, the BBC, UNICEF and many others. Find him on LinkedIn.com/in/charlesbaker.
Wanda Bershen – WB Arts Consulting; Faculty, Baruch College – Wanda Bershen has worked for over 20 years with many arts, educational & cultural organizations, setting up media arts funding programs for the Pennsylvania Arts & Humanities Councils and working with cultural organizations across New York and nationally. She was a founding Director of the National Alliance of Media Arts Centers, and Program Director of CUNY-TV. As a department head at the Jewish Museum she founded the New York Jewish Film Festival with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She has been a consultant for the NY State Arts Council, NJ State Arts Council on media, visual arts, and interdisciplinary arts. Ms. Bershen also consults on Fundraising, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Program Development. Now teaching Arts Management on the CUNY Baruch graduate faculty, she has taught at NYU, Rutgers University, Temple University, Philadelphia College of Art and her writing has appeared in Art In America, Artforum, The Boston Review, Afterimage and The Independent.
Katrina Bramstedt, Ph.D. – Transplant Ethicist – Dr. Bramstedt is a transplant ethicist with a private practice in Sausalito, California (www.TransplantEthics.com). She consults with patients and living donor candidates at various transplant centers, teaches, and writes scholarly publications. She is also an ethics consultant for one of the nation’s largest OPOs, California Transplant Donor Network. Her new book, The Organ Donor Experience: Good Samaritans and the Meaning of Altruism will be published later in 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Jason Christie, M.D. - Assistant Professor of Medicine & Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania – Dr. Christie is the Section Chief of Medical Critical Care, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Director of Clinical Research in the Pulmonary Division. His career is focused on translational research studies of the risks, pathogenesis, treatment, and outcomes of acute lung injury (ALI) in the transplant and non-transplant human populations.
Adam Dornbusch – Business Development, Current Media – Current TV is one of the fastest growing cable networks in history, distributed in over 70 million homes in the US, UK, Ireland and Italy with a fully integrated online platform. Adam drives new business opportunities for Current through spearheading new media distribution partnerships, negotiating content acquisition licensing deals and establishing brand integrated sponsorship opportunities for original productions. Adam has a long proven track record in the traditional and new media content distribution and acquisition world. Recently at Tribeca Enterprises, Adam was brought in to establish a new multi-platform distribution business for the film festival and was primarily responsible for all film acquisitions and marketing. Prior to Tribeca, he headed the content acquisitions team at Jaman.com where he acquired the EST/DTO, VOD and ad-supported online rights to more than 5,000 titles. Adam has also served as Vice President of Business Development for Access 360 Media, one of the largest domestic out-of-home media networks, where he developed strategic relationships with partners such as CBS, Maxim and Heavy.com. Adam has also led the digital programming efforts for Starz Entertainment including their digital movie download service Vongo (now named Starz Play), as well as the Business Development efforts at Ripe Digital Entertainment. Adam serves on the New Media Council of the Producers Guild of America and acts as a member of the Board of Governors, Television Executives for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Brad Ellis – Composer/Arranger/Musical Director – Brad Ellis is best known as Brad the Pianist on Fox TV’s GLEE. Other TV: GILMORE GIRLS, GIRLS NEXT DOOR, OPRAH, THE VIEW, THE MIDDLE, THE 2009 ACADEMY AWARDS, and THE GLEE PROJECT. Film: CHICAGO, DELOVELY, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Brad has conducted and performed in over 6,000 performances of more than 400 different musicals in NY, LA and internationally, and orchestrates for the LA Phil, the Hollywood Bowl and the Philadelphia Orchestras. He’s written for the off-Broadway shows PLAID TIDINGS and TIN PAN ALLEY RAG. He’s been the leader on 35 albums for RCA, DRG and Varese Sarabande. Recently, he’s been profiled by CNN, NPR, and People Magazine.
Sommer Gentry, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Mathematics, U.S. Naval Academy – An Assistant Professor in the mathematics department at the U.S. Naval Academy and affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Gentry’s research in optimization in kidney transplantation has been profiled in Science and TIME magazine. The Discovery Channel featured her work and that of the transplant team at Johns Hopkins in arranging a three-way paired donation, and their research also played a part in an episode of the mathematical detective show Numb3rs. In 2009 the Mathematical Association of America selected Dr. Gentry for the Henry L. Alder national teaching award, which recognizes distinguished teaching by a beginning college or university mathematics faculty member. She also received an American Society of Transplant Surgeons Top Ten Abstracts award for her submission to the 2009 ASTS Winter Symposium.
Elliot Greenberger – Marketing Strategist – Elliot is currently an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management, focusing on marketing and strategy. Previously, he served as Communications Manager at See3, a Chicago-based interactive communications agency. In that role, he ran business-to-business marketing targeting nonprofits and helped organizations leverage the web to educate, fundraise, and advocate on behalf of their causes. Elliot has created digital campaigns for organizations such as Ad Council, Refugees International, Sierra Club, Animal Legal Defense Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Center for Global Development, among others. He also forged a successful cross-sector partnership with YouTube, Flip Video, Case Foundation, and the Nonprofit Technology Network to produce the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards, an online competition that has garnered millions of video views for cause-based organizations. He has a degree in English Literature from Yale University, and lived in Japan for two years teaching at a public junior high school.
David Evan Harris – Executive Director, Global Lives Project – David Evan Harris is Executive Director of the Global Lives Project and Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future. David lived in Brazil from 2004-2007 as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, receiving a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of São Paulo. His master’s thesis was a comparative study of the relationships between domestic workers and their employers in Brazil and the US. David received his B.A. in 2003 from UC Berkeley, where he created his own major in “political economy of development and environment.” In college David took part in the International Honors Program, where he spent eight months traveling and studying in Tanzania, India, the Philippines, Mexico, and the UK. In 2000, he held an internship at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and has since worked as a consultant to numerous non-profit and educational organizations in theUS and Brazil. In Brazil, David wrote and directed newscasts for CurrentTV. His writings and photographs have been published in six languages in print and online with the BBC, Adbusters, the Sarai Reader, Glimpse Magazine, Next American City, Focus on the Global South, Alternet and Grist. David’s written work has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and Chinese.
Mike Honda – Congressman; Immediate Past Chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus – Congressman Mike Honda represents the 15th Congressional District of California in the House of Representatives. Congressman Honda has been a public servant for decades during which he has been lauded for his work on education, transportation, civil rights, and the environment. In 2000, Congressman Honda was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the Appropriations Committee and he is the Immediate Past Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Congressman Honda has been selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the Regional Whip for Northern California, Hawaii, American Samoa, and Guam. As Regional Whip, he works with the Democratic Leadership by communicating legislative priorities and strategies to members within his region. In February, 2005 he was elected Vice Chair for the National Democratic Party. He continues to be a strong voice for the cause of social justice, cultural tolerance and civil rights.
Tomoaki Kato, M.D. – Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons – Dr. Tomoaki Kato is Surgical Director of Adult and Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and is a faculty member in the department of surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kato is known for unique and innovative surgeries for adults and children, including a six-organ transplant; a procedure called APOLT (auxiliary partial orthotopic liver transplantation) that resuscitates a failing liver by attaching a partial donor liver, making immunosuppressant drugs unnecessary; and the first successful human partial bladder transplantation. Recently, he led the first reported removal and re-implantation, or auto-transplantation, of six organs to excise a hard-to-reach abdominal tumor. Previously the director of pediatric liver and gastrointestinal transplant and professor of clinical surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Kato received his medical degree from the Osaka University Medical School and received his residency training in surgery at Osaka University Hospital and Itami City Hospital in Hyogo, Japan.
Marcia Katz, M.D. – Associate Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine – Dr. Marcia Katz, the Brown Foundation Professor of Adult Cystic Fibrosis, and Associate Professor of Medicine, is the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at The Baylor College of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1984. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and her fellowship in Pulmonary in Critical Care Medicine at the Pulmonary Center of Boston University School of Medicine in 1991. Not long after joining the Baylor College of Medicine faculty in 2001, she was named the Adult CF Director. During her tenure at the center, the population has grown from 80 to 165 patients. As Adult CF Director, she has been involved in all aspects of CF care, including clinical research. Through the CF Foundation, she has participated in Learning and Leadership Collaborative V. She has been a member of the CF Therapeutics Development Network since 2005 and a member of its Steering Committee since 2007. Her area of interest is male and female sex hormones in adult patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
Chris Kelley – Former Division President of the National Kidney Foundation (serving Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska) – Chris Kelley has been an executive with this highly regarded national healthcare organization for close to 7 years. Included in his 23 years of non-profit work, Mr. Kelley has held senior management positions with healthcare, international development, conservation and social service NGO’s based in San Francisco, New York, Indianapolis, IN and overseas. Mr. Kelley received his Bachelor degree from Purdue University.
Yul Kwon - Yul Kwon has had a diverse career spanning government, business, law, and media. He is the host of a new television series called “America Revealed” that examines the networks and people in America that allow us to make food, transport people, generate energy, and build things, which will air in fall 2011 on PBS. Yul’s government experiences include serving as Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, serving as an aide in the U.S Senate and clerking on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. In the private sector, Yul has held positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, Venture Law Group, and Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis. In 2006, he became the first Asian American to win the CBS reality show, Survivor. On his way to winning the show’s controversial, racially-segregated season, Yul applied the leadership skills he developed over his career to create a multi-ethnic alliance and break stereotypes about Asian Americans in the media. His other post-Survivor media experiences include working as a special correspondent for CNN, co-hosting a show on the Discovery Channel, and speaking to corporations and universities on the topic of diversity and leadership. Yul is active in a wide range of charitable causes, particularly those seeking to increase the number of minority bone marrow donors – an issue he began championing when his best friend died from leukemia in college. He has been profiled in VIBE Magazine’s annual “Juice” issue of people with power, as well as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. Yul received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
Susanna McColley, M.D. – Head, Pulmonary Medicine & Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Children’s Memorial Hospital (Chicago); Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine – Susanna A. McColley, MD, is a pediatrician certified in pediatric pulmonology. She is Head of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, both in Chicago, Illinois. She serves as the medical advisor to the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Greater Illinois Chapter, and was a member of the Center Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) from 1997-2005. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous medical journals. She is also actively involved in research relating to CF and has authored more than 50 articles. Dr. McColley is a member of the American Thoracic Society, from which she has received 2 presidential commendations, is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Jillian Misrack Galbete – Vice President of Programs, Full Circle Fund – At Full Circle Fund Jillian Misrack is responsible for corporate and foundation development, Circle effectiveness, grantee relations, and grantmaking best practices. Prior to joining Full Circle Fund, Jillian managed AOL’s West Coast philanthropic and volunteer initiatives for more than five years. Jillian has directed partnerships with a diverse group of education based community organizations. In addition to her work with AOL Community Investment, Jillian founded her own consulting business, wesource, in 2003. She has also been involved in the National Philanthropy Day Steering Committee, Co-chair of Northern California Grantmakers Corporate Contributions Roundtable, The Northern California Summer Youth Program Steering Committee, the Bay Area Corporate Volunteer Council and the Silicon Valley Corporate Community Relations Consortium. A life long volunteer, Jillian serves as Board President and Chair of the Board Development Committee of The Volunteer Center of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. She holds a B.A. in History from San Francisco State University. Jillian, an organ donor, is also actively involved in the California Transplant Donor Network, dedicated to educating the public and saving lives through organ and tissue donation.
Thomas Mone – Chief Executive Officer & Executive Vice President, OneLegacy – Tom Mone is the CEO of OneLegacy, the US’s largest organ recovery agency, serving 19 million people, 200+ hospitals and 13 transplant centers. OneLegacy annually recovers 400 organ donors and 1300 organs for transplant, a 60% increase in the past 6 years, and 1800 tissue donors. Tom has led the development of the first industry standard of web-based organ placement, prospective NAT/PCR testing of all donors since 2004 and Chagas testing since 2007, as well as paid media advertising and a 100% multilingual family care staff to increase ethnic community donation from 45% to 75%, and has overseen the founding of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float that has 60+ national and international partners that has inspired documented 15-20% seasonal increases in donation rates by communicating the value and need for donation to over 300 million people. Tom is Immediate Past President of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and a founding member of AOPO’s Multicultural Council; he is also an AOPO Accreditation Surveyor and Committee member. Tom is currently a member of the UNOS Board of Directors.
Michikata Ohkubo – Director, Japan Transplant Recipients Organization – While working as a freelance commercial photographer, Michikata Ohkubo, a transplant recipient himself, is active in spreading awareness of organ transplantation throughout Japan. To help transplant recipients achieve a better standing in society, he works with related organizations and promotes the needs of transplant recipients and those who hope to receive transplants. He is the Executive Director of the Japan Organ Transplant Network, Director of the Japan Transplant Recipients Organization, and Director of the Japan Transplant Recipients Sports Games, and serves on the Organ Transplant Committee of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s Council of Health Sciences Disease Control Division.
Cathy Olmo – Manager of Community Development, California Transplant Donor Network – Cathy Olmo has worked for the California Transplant Donor Network for the past 8 years and was a volunteer for 13 years before that! Cathy’s daughter, Kelly (23) is a liver transplant recipient of 21 years which makes the cause of donation and transplantation not only her profession, but her passion. Cathy is part of the Community Development department and has responsibility for the department staff and volunteer program. Collectively, they work to inspire community members to sign up to become organ and tissue donors in an effort to save more lives.
Bruce Reitz, M.D. – Norman E. Shumway Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine – Bruce Reitz is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Reitz obtained an undergraduate degree at Stanford University, a medical degree at Yale Medical School, and completed an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and residencies and fellowships at Stanford University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. He joined the surgical faculty at Stanford University in 1978, served as Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Johns Hopkins University from 1982-92, and chaired the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford from 1992-2005. In 1981 Reitz and his team performed the first successful heart-lung transplant, which also was the first time a lung had ever been successfully transplanted. He performed hundreds of heart, lung, and heart-lung transplants during his career. In 2010, he retired from the active practice of surgery, but continues to write and teach as an Emeritus Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford.
J.T. Rhodes – Immediate Past President and Chairman of Chapter Council Transplant Recipients International Organization – J.T. Rhodes is a Certified Public Accountant who opened up his own CPA firm in order to work after his kidney transplant in 1992. J.T. also received a bone tissue graft in his left hip in 1994 at the same time that his right hip was totally replaced. J.T. was the founding president of TRIO Northeast Florida chapter and has served several terms as chapter president. He was on the National board of TRIO from 1998 to 2000 and was chair of the chapter development committee which completed the ABC’s of chartering a chapter and the Chapter Operations manual. In 2006 J.T. was elected president of TRIO board of directors and is now its immediate past president. He also serves on the Operations Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). J.T. has competed in all world and US transplant games starting in 1995 at the World Games in Manchester England.
Dorry Segev, M.D., Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Surgery and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Medicine – Dr. Segev is an abdominal transplant surgeon and the Director of Clinical Research for the Transplant Surgery division at Johns Hopkins Medicine. His clinical focus is minimally invasive live donor surgery and incompatible organ transplantation. His research utilizes advanced statistical methods for mathematical modeling and simulation of medical data, analysis of large healthcare datasets, and outcomes research. He has made numerous significant contributions to the field of transplantation including development of a mathematical model to facilitate a nationwide Kidney Paired Donation program in both the United States and in Canada. Dr. Segev is an NIH Clinical Research Scholar, an NIH/NIA Paul Beeson Scholar, an American Geriatrics Society Dennis Jahnigen Scholar, an invited member of the United Network for Organ Sharing Kidney Committee, and a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award recipient. He also received the 2009 Julius Jacobson Promising Investigator Award from the American College of Surgeons, an award given to only one surgeon annually.
Matthew Slutsky – Director of Partnerships at Change.org – Change.org is the central platform online to start, join and win campaigns for social change. As Director of Partnerships, Matthew is focused on developing partnerships with a variety of nonprofits, advocacy campaigns and social change ventures to help increase their impact on Change.org as well as raising Change.org’s visibility throughout the technology space. Before joining Change.org, Matthew worked for a Washington, DC based public affairs firm called M+R Strategic Services, where he served as a lead strategist on various issue campaigns for a wide range of clients including a major campaign to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Matthew, along with his twin brother Peter, is the Co-Founder of DoubleSpeak Media, LLC, a company that specializes in producing media projects, including podcasts, video and documentary film. DoubleSpeak Media is currently in production of a documentary film focused on 2012 presidential campaign called “The Delegates.” The film is set for release in early 2013. In his spare time, Matt is a television pundit and has appeared on MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, Russia Today and CNN discussing politics and his take on the day’s news.
Peter Slutsky – Strategic Relationships Manager at Ning – Before joining Ning, Peter served as the Communications Director at Progressive Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC consulting firm specializing in new media, communications strategy and using social media tools to promote campaigns and projects aimed at building the progressive movement. Before joining Progressive Strategies, Peter worked at various non-profit/humanitarian groups, including the Save Darfur Coalition. Peter is co-founder and CEO of DoubleSpeak Media, a company that specializes in producing media projects, including podcasts, video and documentary film. DoubleSpeak Media is currently in production of a documentary film focused on 2012 presidential campaign called “The Delegates.” The film is set for release in early 2013. Peter is a contributor to the Huffington Post and can be seen on MSNBC discussing online politics, blogging and giving analysis to the major political stories of the day. You can read more about Peter’s work at www.DoubleSpeakMedia.com and about.me/peterhslutsky.
Tenaya Wallace – Campaign Director, Donate Life Hollywood – Tenaya Wallace designed the Donate Life Hollywood campaign in response to a series of research papers outlining the serious consequences of inaccurate information about organ and tissue donation on television. Donate Life Hollywood is part of a national Donate Life movement harnessing the efforts of the organ and tissue donation and transplant community including transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, tissue and eye banks, and transplant groups. As a former manager of communications at OneLegacy, the organ procurement organization servicing Southern California, Tenaya gained intimate knowledge about the donation and transplant system. She designed the organization’s successful volunteer program and continues to train volunteers to tell their personal stories of hope, love and transformation. With Donate Life Hollywood she now helps writers and documentary producers tell these real-life stories as a way to inspire others to donate life.
Beth Iams Wellman – Doctoral Student, Yale University; Co-Producer, “In the Family” – Beth Iams Wellman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale University. From 2005-2008, she served as Director of Project Research at Kartemquin Films where she Co-Produced “In the Family,” an Emmy-Award nominated documentary feature exploring the impact of genetic testing for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer gene. The film was broadcast nationally on the series “P.O.V.” on PBS in Fall 2008. Beth also coordinated the outreach and education campaign around the film. Previously, Beth worked as the Senior Researcher and Associate Producer for Peabody Award-winning York Zimmerman Inc. on international political documentaries including “Orange Revolution” about the 2004 civic uprising in Ukraine, and “Confronting the Truth,” a film exploring truth commissions and the challenges of transitional justice in Peru, East Timor, South Africa, and Morocco. Beth graduated with honors from Duke University with degrees in Public Policy and Psychology, received an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and has lived and worked in South Africa, Thailand, and Barbados.
Jeffrey Wine, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychology, Human Biology, Neurosciences and Pediatrics, and Director, Cystic Fibrosis Research Laboratory, Stanford University – Jeff Wine changed his research focus from neuroscience to to cystic fibrosis when his daughter was diagnosed with CF. His focus is the prevention or minimization of lung infections in CF patients, and he has long advocated aggressive use of multiple treatments to promote clearance of the airways and eradication of bacteria–before chronic infections are established. His laboratory research is focused on the role of airway glands in preventing infections; using airways from human lung transplants as well as animal models. He was a member of the advisory board of the CFFT/Vertex team that developed VX-770 and VX-809, which address the basic molecular defect in CF.
Kyoko Yoshida – Executive Director, U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network, Inc. – Kyoko Yoshida is the founder and director of the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN), which was started as an international project of Arts Midwest in 2001. The organization provides leadership, vision, information and technical support to enhance cultural trade between the two countries. After its successful and productive operation of five years in Midwest, CTN relocated to San Francisco in 2006 to become an independent nonprofit organization. Prior to CTN, Yoshida was program manager at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, where she worked for five years presenting Japanese performing artists at the Center’s 880-seat theater. Yoshida holds an MFA in performing arts management from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Prior to her arrival to the United States, Yoshida had extensive experience in presenting international artists at Spiral in Tokyo where she worked for 6 years. She has served the field as a presenter, producer, and consultant for 25 years. Yoshida also translates theatrical scripts between Japanese and English.