Board of Directors and Officers
Stan Dirks, JD; Director and Secretary
Stan is a lawyer specializing in the financing of public infrastructure such as water systems, power plants, highways, schools, airports and affordable housing, and in the utilization of nonprofit corporations in governmental finance. He was a partner with the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 1982 to 2011, and is now a part-time senior counsel. Stan's volunteer activities, include serving on the board of The Phillips Brooks School (1983-1989), Crystal Springs Uplands School (1992-2001, President 1999-2001) and the Peninsula Symphony of Northern California Association (2003-2009, Chair 2006-2009). For several years Stan has been a nonmedical volunteer on medical missions to Haitian sugar cane workers in Dominican Republic. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College (1968) and his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law (1975).
Linda Fenney, MD; Director
Dr Fenney is a California licensed physician who trained at Charing Cross Hospital, London University in England and Stanford University Hospital, in California. During her career in the device and pharmaceutical industries she has held various positions including at Syntex / Roche as Director of the Worldwide Safety Surveillance and Reporting Department; Eclipse Surgical Technologies as Vice President of Medical Affairs; Ischemia Research and Education Foundation, as Vice President and then as President of the Foundation and subsequently served on the Board of Directors; and Connetics as Senior Vice President in Clinical Research and Medical Affairs. For several years she has worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical and venture capital companies. In each of the past four years she has volunteered as an Internal Medicine Physician in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Ron Haak, PhD; Co-founder, Director and President
Ron has over 35 years of research and development experience, primarily in the field of pharmaceutical drug delivery technology. Since 2002 he has been a scientific advisor and consultant to many companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to that he was a Principal Scientist and Senior Vice President of Technology Development at ALZA Corporation, where he spent 15 years as a senior scientist and executive, and for nine years he was a senior researcher in the aerospace industry at the Rockwell International Science. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Janak Koirala, MD, MPH, FACP FIDSA; Director
Dr Koirala is Professor of Medicine, Division Chief, and Fellow Program Director for Infectious Diseases at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine and Medical Director, Sangamon County Public Health Department. He has been principal investigator on a number of research projects and grants and has authored professional publications and abstracts, given numerous scientific presentations and invited lectures. Dr. Koirala is a Fellow of the American College of Physicans and a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He was Medical Officer of the Ambulatory Care and Emergency Department of the Patan Hospital in Nepal. Dr. Koirala has been a board member of the America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF) since 1999 and has served as ANMF General Secretary from 1999 to 2001 and President from 2003-2006. He was chairman of the organizing committee for the 3rd Annual conference of the ANMF in Chicago and project manager of the ANMF 2001 Nepal continuing medical education program in Infectious Diseases in Pokhara, Nepal.
Adrienne MacMillan; Director and Treasurer
Adrienne MacMillan is CFO of Rapiscan Pharma Solutions, Inc, which is a private biotechnology company whose purpose is to commercialize Rapiscan© (regadenoson), a pharmacological stress agent used in a cardiac diagnostic test, outside of North America. Prior to RPS, she was Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of CV Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company. Before business school she spent 4 years at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, developing public policy recommendations in Washington D.C. Ms. MacMillan earned a BA from Harvard University and a MBA from Northwestern University.
Darlene Markovich; Co-founder and Director
Darlene is a leader in strategic human resources and corporate communications with progressive and diverse experience in providing broad solutions to complex organizational challenges. She spent 28 years at ALZA Corporation before retiring in 2002 to focus on nonprofit activities. In 2003, Darlene co-founded The Missing Peace Project, an arts and education exhibition and program, where she was Executive Director through the Project's completion in 2011. Darlene presently serves as Executive Director, President, and Director of the Dalai Lama Foundation and is on the boards of Kreddha International and the Bret Easterling Movement and advisory boards of The Committee of 100 for Tibet and Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) in Chicago.
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