Board of Directors

Under Direct Relief’s bylaws and consistent with legal requirements, all activities and affairs of the organization are managed, and all corporate powers shall be exercised, by or under the direction of the Board of Directors. Among other functions, the Board reviews and approves a strategic plan, annual operating budgets to execute the plan, and all organization policies.

The Board, through written delegations of authority, authorizes the CEO, CFO, or other staff members to manage the day-to-day activities, finances, and operations of the organization, subject to limitations that the Board determines. However, the Board retains direct responsibility for personnel decisions (including compensation) relating to executive staff and may not delegate certain responsibilities, including overall fiduciary responsibility, general oversight, and Board organization and governance.

Direct Relief’s President/CEO and its CFO do not sit on the Board of Directors. Both positions report to and serve at the pleasure of the Board.

Moreover, California law assigns specific responsibilities directly to the CFO regarding the organization’s financial management and reporting, and requires that these responsibilities remain separate from those of the CEO.

Directors are volunteers who serve without pay.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

  • Angel Iscovich, M.D.Chair, CEO of Qualitas Group, Envision Healthcare
  • Mark SchwartzVice Chair, Former CEO, Import Distritribution Industry
  • Jim Selbert, Secretary, Co-Founder, Warren & Selbert
  • Beth Green, R.N., Assistant Secretary, Registered Nurse
  • Linda GluckTreasurer, Former Bank President and Public Official
  • Steve Ainsley, Retired, President of the New England Media Group and Publisher of the Boston Globe
  • Patricia Aoyama, Retired Engineer
  • Bitsy Becton Bacon, Real Estate Broker
  • Kendall Bishop, Retired Partner, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP
  • Jeff Branch, Real Estate Developer, Entrepreneur
  • David Brown, President, Somera Capital Management
  • Les Charles, Television Writer and Producer
  • Dante Di Loreto, President, Ryan Murphy Television
  • Charles Fenzi, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, FedEx
  • Gregg L. Foster, Owner, Elyria Foundry
  • Pamela Gann, Former President, Claremont McKenna
  • Ernest J. Getto, Retired Partner, Latham and Watkins, LLP
  • David Lee Gibbs,  Ph.D., President and CEO, Giles Scientific Inc, Santa Barbara CA, USA
  • Michael Giles,  Former CEO Merrill Lynch International Banks and Merrill Lynch International Private Banking
  • Bert Green, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist
  • Michael Kelly, Senior Vice President of Global Business Services, Amgen Inc.
  • Mark Linehan, President, Wynmark Company
  • Siri Marshall, Former SVP, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, General Mills
  • Jane Olson, International Peace and Justice Volunteer
  • Byron Scott, M.D., Deputy Chief Health Officer, Simpler Consulting, IBM Watson Health
  • Steve Weintraub, Certified Financial Planner, Partner in West Coast Financial, LLC
  • Thomas Weisenburger, M.D., Director of Radiation Oncology, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara

Honorary Board

President Emeritus

  • Sylvia Karczag

Director Emeritus

  • Dorothy Adams

Chair Emeriti

  • Thomas J. Cusack
  • Richard Godfrey
  • Stanley C. Hatch
  • Dorothy F. Largay, Ph.D
  • Rita Moya
  • John Romo
  • Denis Sanan
  • Nancy Schlosser


The Board is organized by committees, on which nondirectors may serve. Board committees conduct similar advisory and oversight functions with respect to specific areas. Direct Relief board members participate on the following committees:

  • Executive
  • Finance
    • Jim Selbert, Chair
    • Patricia Aoyama
    • Jeffrey Branch
    • Mike Giles
    • Linda Gluck
    • Michael Kelly
    • Byron Scott, MD
    • Steve Weintraub
  • Audit
    • Ernie Getto, Chair
    • Ken Bishop
    • Jeffrey Branch
    • David Gibbs
    • Bruce Anticouni*
    • Larry Dam*
    • Carla Dobbs*
  • Human Resources/Compensation
    • Patricia Aoyama, Chair
    • Gregg Foster
    • Mike Giles
    • Mark Schwartz
    • Tom Cusack*
    • Dorothy Largay*
  • Nominating & Governance
    • Linda Gluck, Chair
    • Beth Green, RN
    • Jim Selbert
    • Stan Hatch*
  • Development
    • Siri Marshall, Chair
    • Gregg Foster
    • Beth Green, RN
    • Dorothy Gardner*
    • Rita Moya*

* Independent (Non-Director) Committee Member