Dr. Ferretti brings extensive experience working in community health care with underserved populations as well as expertise as a resource for WiRED health education programs. Dr. Ferretti built a nursing career in hospitals while raising two children with her husband, Robert, an orthopedic surgeon. She expanded her skills in her chosen field, earning a doctorate from the University of San Francisco with a focus on curriculum and instruction. Obeying an earlier inclination towards teaching, Dr. Ferretti went on to serve as professor at the San Francisco State University School of Nursing from 1985 to 2000. Also in 2000 she took the post of director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute in San Francisco, a position she holds today.
Dr. Ferretti's own concentration in community health care with underserved populations, particularly families and children, sharpened when she set up a clinic in the city's Mission district. "I got a passion for working with that population and forging a link of education with community needs," she said. "I am interested in linking nursing and community needs, whether local or global." That made her the right fit for WiRED, to which she helped set up teleconferencing between San Francisco State/University of San Francisco resources and physicians WiRED was working with in developing countries.
Already a member of four boards, Dr. Ferretti is now "thrilled" to join the WiRED board and bring not only her unique background in health, community service and education but her ties to resources. "I want to continue to be vigilant about how areas of the university can connect with WiRED's programs." she said.
Stephen Browning served as the Director of Programs, South Pacific Region, US Army Corps of Engineers. As one of three civilians to enter Baghdad after U.S. troops arrived in April 2003, Mr. Browning spent ten months in Iraq, while acting as the Senior Advisor/Acting Minister for Ministries of Health, of Transportation and Communications, of Electricity, of the Environment, and of Religious Affairs and as the Director of Infrastructure for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Mr. Browning credits the prevention of the spread of disease and the restoration of electricity to its prewar level as among the most rewarding achievements of his team's tenure in Iraq. In early 2003, while serving in Baghdad, Mr. Browning and Dr. Gary Selnow, Executive Director of WiRED, collaborated on ways to use information technology to assist in the development and reconstruction of the Iraqi health care system. Mr. Browning was impressed with the immediate and positive results of WiRED's use of IT to enhance medical information systems in Iraq's medical schools and teaching hospitals.
Prior to Mr. Browning's service in Iraq, he was deployed to New York City where he served as the senior defense official on scene overseeing emergency response in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. He also served as the Federal Technical Lead for Hurricane Mitch Recovery and Redevelopment.
After two decades of public service, he left the Corps of Engineers in 2006 to join MWH Global, an international environmental engineering firm headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Browning currently serves as Senior Vice President with CH2M HILL, a $6+B global engineering firm, responsible for delivery of facilities and infrastructure for U.S. and foreign governments.
A registered professional engineer, Mr. Browning holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Engineering and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University. Mr. Browning enjoys kayaking and triathlons. Steve and his wife, Marie, are parents of Colette Rainier Browning.
Dr. Carmona served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States and is currently the Chief of Health Innovation at Canyon Ranch. His extensive leadership background in many disciplines includes medicine, law enforcement, the military, public health, higher education, emergency preparedness, and health care management. Within these fields, he has held positions ranging from sheriff and SWAT team leader to RN to trauma surgeon. He also brings a life story of disadvantaged beginnings and an inspiring self-transformation from high school dropout to combat decorated Special Forces veteran. He attended UCSF Medical School where he received the prestigious Gold Headed Cane as the top graduate.
He served as President of the Canyon Ranch Institute Board of Directors, which has now joined together with Health Literacy Media. Dr. Carmona is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Professor of Surgery and Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona. He also serves on numerous government and private boards involving business, health and national security issues. He is also the author of Canyon Ranch's 30 Days to a Better Brain, a groundbreaking program for improving memory, concentration and overall well-being.
Dr. Crano currently serves as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Western University, a graduate university of medical sciences in Pomona, California. After earning her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration/Student Personnel in 1984 from Michigan State University, Dr. Crano served in administrative roles at Texas A&M University, The George Washington University, The University of Arizona, State of Michigan Department of Higher Management Systems and Wyeth Laboratories, Inc.
Not satisfied by underwriting WiRED's VideoVisit program, which enables families to communicate with their children undergoing life-saving medical treatment in western countries, Dr. Crano helped coordinate the launch from a children's cancer ward in the Hospital of Pisa. Her role as a WiRED director enables her to continue a lifelong passion of helping people rebuild devastated lives.
Dr. Elizabeth Fine is Professor Emerita of Humanities at Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin (1978), her M.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley (1973), and her B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Austin (1971) and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1971). She is the author of numerous articles, as well as the books Soulstepping: African American Step Shows (2003), The Folklore Text: From Performance to Print (1984, 1994), and is co-editor of the book Performance, Culture, and Identity (1992).
Ms. Grgich is the President and Co-Proprietor of the Grgich Hills Estate, a Napa Valley winery. Violet’s passion for wine began at an early age, as she literally grew up accompanying her father, Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, in the vineyards and cellar. Ms. Grgich spent her summers at the winery, doing everything from bottling line work to laboratory analysis and working in the tasting room. She earned a B.A. in music at the University of California, Davis, and also took courses in biology, chemistry and enology. After graduation Ms. Grgich returned home to learn all aspects of the wine business, working at every position from the bottom up. Additionally, during this time, she graduated with a master’s degree in music at Indiana University, before joining the winery full time. Ms. Grgich is an accomplished harpsichordist and performs at music festivals and other venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Tatjana Grgich, Violet’s mother, director of the Tatjana Grgich Family Foundation, served as WiRED’s first board member and continued to guide and support WiRED throughout her lifetime.
Mr. Hamond majored in accounting at City College of New York and presently still resides there. He is a keen sportsman with particular interest in sailing, tennis, and skiing, and he also loves the arts--theater, music, and art. He has owned the insurance brokerage company, Hamond and Company, for 46 years, and has also participated in running other related businesses. He has served as a member of the board of Cases, a center for alternative sentencing and employment.
Mr. Hamond is supportive of many grass-roots organizations and philanthropic causes, among them the 92nd Street Y, of which he is a member and whose events and programs he attends regularly. He participates on the Board of WiRED because he believes it to be a noble and worthwhile venture.
Anthony Hodge is the retired president of Anthony Hodge & Associates, an executive search firm serving a wide range of industries and functional areas. With more than thirty years of experience in the field, much of Mr. Hodge's work focused on telecommunications, data communications, financial services and consumer products.
Prior to forming his own firm he was a vice president at Korn/Ferry International and a director at SpencerStuart, two world leaders in executive search and selection. Mr. Hodge began his career at Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation and for 13 years worked in international sales and marketing and human resources in Oakland California and Jamaica, West Indies.
Mr. Hodge serves on the Board of Advisors of San Francisco State University's College of Business, and he was active in the World Trade Club of San Francisco until its closure. He holds a degree in Political Science from Stanford University. He served in the United States Marine Corps as an artillery officer.
Mr. Hodge believes that the many individuals, organizations and entities involved in addressing global public health and medical care issues can be well served by WiRED International which can help coordinate and distribute their educational material in developing regions.
With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Kelleher both volunteers and professionally consults with large and small non-profit organizations to help expand resources, advocacy and community engagement, operational capacity and management effectiveness.
He is currently a senior associate with the international resource and organizational development firm BroderickHaight Consulting. Prior to this, he was associate vice president in charge of development for San Francisco (SF) State for over 12 years, assisting faculty, university leadership and board members to increase fundraising. Before SF State, Mr. Kelleher worked with the University of California San Francisco's health science, education and clinical programs for nearly a decade as a major gifts fundraiser, and a corporate and foundation relations director.
Mr. Kelleher holds a B.A. from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire and a M.S. from Boston University in public relations before moving to San Francisco. His concerns about the area's marginalized populations led him to participate on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and on the community advisory board for Strut San Francisco, a distinctively combined community center and health and wellness clinic.
Mr. Kelleher said, "Through colleagues SF State who are already involved, I've been inspired to learn about the really distinctive ways that the organization's volunteers and supporters substantively improve the lives of so many around the globe."
Allison Kozicharow is a Consultant for ICF, a global communications company, where she works in English and Spanish editing and writing materials in the fields of health, education and drug and alcohol use prevention and treatment. She serves ICF division contracts, including the U.S. Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services, the Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ms. Kozicharow received bachelor’s degrees from Duke University in History and in Art History. She first worked for the publishing company Robert B. Luce and supervised 10 books from production to release (including The Federalist). Over the years, among other jobs, she edited for Polo magazine, wrote more than 200 behind-the-scenes pieces for historical tours by cell phone for a company serving the Washington, D.C., area and headed public relations for the Sugarloaf Citizens’ Association.
In addition Ms. Kozicharow is a Board Member of WiRED International, an NGO that provides health learning programs to low-resource communities worldwide. She serves as WiRED’s Chief Editor and Writer and directs web content for the organization’s website.
Dr. Othman brings a wealth of medical and international public health experience to WiRED International. Currently, she is Project Coordinator for WiRED International's Community Health Information (CHI) program, developing the texts for the tutorials and study materials offered in WiRED's new training program for grassroots communities.
Dr. Othman received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Baghdad, Iraq in 2000, and her Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 2009, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She was the Senior National Medical Officer of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Baghdad, Iraq, from July 2003 to January 2006. From 2004-2006, she was Project Manager of the Palestine Children Relief Fund (PCRF) in Baghdad, where she coordinated with the International Committee for the Red Cross, the MNF, International hospitals, and health facilities.
In her capacity as Advisor for the Iraqi Ministry of Health from 2005-2006, Dr. Othman assessed and established cancer prevention and rehabilitation programs for health facilities, surgeons, physicians, nurses, lab technicians, and administrative staff and coordinated international evacuations of patients who needed specialized treatments. She also managed medical assessment, placement and transfer of patients domestically, and established a global network to facilitate patient evacuations with hospitals, clinics, the embassies of various countries, and several transnational relief organizations.
In addition to being selected as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Othman was honored in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2005 for her dedication and commitment to providing medical services under extremely difficult circumstances when she was selected for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General Award 2004. She was also selected for training to conduct the Global Migration Health Assessment by IOM Migration Health Assessment Department in Nairobi, Kenya in 2005.
Retired Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, M.D., was the 36th Surgeon General of the United States Navy (2007-2011). "As a physician, I have devoted myself to helping people in need," he said. "We are here on this earth to help one another."
A professorial lecturer for the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Dr. Robinson is an expert in humanitarian and disaster relief, trauma care, the Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) model, and population health and wellness programs. He was responsible for the floating hospitals that provided free care to injured people in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake (via USNS Comfort) and in Indonesia as part of the tsunami relief effort (via USNS Mercy). He helped develop a trauma patient evacuation system that successfully moved critically injured patients thousands of miles so they could receive lifesaving medical care.
"As an officer and Surgeon General of the US Navy, I learned the commitment of service," said Dr. Robinson. "WiRED International defines service. Their commitment to medical education, teaching, and health care information stands as a wonderful example of what committed people can do to help their neighbor. As our technology becomes ever more agile and capable, our world has diminished in size. Our reach is expansive because of the tools of communication and our job—to help each other—becomes even more critical. WiRED gives us the ability to reach out and touch others with knowledge, love, and compassion. I am proud to share in WiRED's mission."
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Robinson entered the naval service in 1977 as a general medical officer and completed his residency in general surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He served as staff surgeon at the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, and ship's surgeon on the USS Midway. While serving as head of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Division of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, he was called to temporary duty in 1987 as ship's surgeon on the USS John F. Kennedy and in 1988 on the USS Coral Sea. He served as head of the General Surgery Department and director of the General Surgery Residency Program at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, for four years before his appointment as acting medical director of the facility in 1994. After earning his MBA from the University of South Florida, he served for two years as the force medical officer for the Naval Surface Force, US Atlantic Fleet, and then as executive officer of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville. As commanding officer there, he commanded a detachment of the fleet hospital as a medical contingent to Joint Task Force Haiti.
In 1999, Dr. Robinson served as Director of Readiness for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). The following year, he became principal director, Clinical and Program Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, where he also served as acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs, Clinical and Program Policy. He served as commanding officer of the US Naval Hospital Yokosuka, then as deputy chief of BUMED for Medical Support Operations, acting chief of the Medical Corps, and commander of Navy Medicine National Capital Area Region. In 2007, he was appointed Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Robinson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and numerous service and campaign awards. The author of many publications and presentations, Dr. Robinson is a member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Le Société Internationale de Chirurgie, and the National Business School Scholastic Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Dr. Robinson holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and is a certified physician executive of the American College of Physician Executives. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program and completed his surgical internship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield. Vice Admiral Robinson retired from active duty on January 1, 2012.
Virgil Scudder is president of Virgil Scudder & Associates, a New York-based executive communications and media relations firm. He has conducted media and presentation training programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and serves as ongoing communications counselor to CEO's of some of the world's leading corporations.
Prior to starting his own firm in 1990, he was senior vice president of Hill & Knowlton, one of the world's largest public relations firms. Earlier, he was a news broadcaster at NBC News, ABC News, and Westinghouse Broadcasting. An arts and sciences graduate of Indiana University, he currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Council of that university's College of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Scudder believes that effective communication and the work done by organizations such as WiRED are essential to promoting world peace and understanding.
Christopher Spirito is a Nuclear Cyber Security Consultant with Idaho National Laboratory. He is currently part of a small nuclear-cyber team providing support to international nuclear power plants and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) engagements and consultancies. His primary engagements include participating in a multi-year IAEA Coordinated Research Project on Enhancing Computer Security Incident Analysis at Nuclear Facilities and developing attack and defense scenarios. Prior to joining Idaho National Laboratory, Mr. Spirito was the International Cyber Lead at The MITRE Corporation, providing support to U.S. partner nations.
Mr. Spirito is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Tartu Faculty of Law in Tartu, Estonia, and a past contributor to the Future of U.S.-Russia Working Group hosted by Harvard University Davis Center and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In addition to his work in the cyber domain, he is a Board Member and technical advisor to WiRED International, an NGO based in California focused on providing medical education to clinicians in underserved regions of the world.
Mr. Spirito graduated from Boston College with a degree in mathematics, attended a summer session in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health and received a Graduate Certificate in information security from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Anne Marguerite Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. She specializes in pediatric autoimmune diseases and maintains a practice in pediatric rheumatology at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Dr. Stevens has an extraordinary academic and medical background. She cares deeply about health education in developing regions and strongly supports WiRED International's outreach projects around the world.
Dr. Stevens earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry at the University of California, Davis, and earned both her Ph.D. (from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology) and her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. She has won numerous scholarships and awards and has lectured around the world. Dr. Stevens has published more than 50 articles in scholarly journals and has written dozens of book chapters, abstracts and reviews.
Sameer Verma, Ph.D., is Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on the diffusion and adoption of innovative technologies, and he also works with companies in the area of content analysis, management, and delivery. Dr. Verma is the founder of One Laptop per Child projects and communities in San Francisco, Jamaica, and India.
Dr. Verma has served as Manager of Technology Services at Sphere Interactive; Manager of Internet Research and Development for Spec International, LLC; and has provided innovative research and development for organizations such as AT&T and Georgia State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Georgia State University and earned his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering at Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Dr. Verma's awards and honors include ANBAR Electronic Intelligence's Citation of Excellence for "Highest Quality Rating." His many research interests include innovations in broadband technologies, push technology and decision support, decisional guidance in education, digital commons, and sustainable IT.
"Health is of paramount importance, irrespective of where one lives," said Dr. Verma. "Investment in prevention is a whole lot cheaper than any solution, after the fact. If the 7 billion-plus people are to move from being underdeveloped to developing and eventually to developed communities, access to accurate and preventive health care education is a no-brainer. Even if we are to take a very simplistic look at the population at large, a farmer's efficiency goes up if he is healthy. The same applies to a factory worker, a school teacher, and a president. Whether it's education about washing hands, filtering water, or vaccinating children, if we address the problem at its root, the entire community's efficiency goes up. As the world gets more connected, we have to pay attention to all of our connected communities. Our future depends on it. We now have the technology to possibly reach each one of those 7 billion-plus world citizens. We have to work to make it happen!"
Dr. Verma lives with his family in San Francisco, where he enjoys cooking, hiking, and taking things apart. He still plays with Lego when time permits.