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.

2015-2016 Board of Directors

  • Rita MoyaChair, Chief Strategist, BioIQ
  • Angel Iscovich, Vice Chair, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, EmCare Pacific West
  • Mari Mitchel, Secretary, Fundraising Professional and Volunteer
  • Mark Schwartz, Assistant Secretary, Former CEO, Import Distritribution Industry
  • Linda Gluck, Treasurer, 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
  • David Brown, President, Somera Capital Management
  • Les Charles, Television Writer and Producer
  • Lawrence Dam,  Former President and Chief Operating Officer, Televisa International, LLC
  • 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
  • Dorothy Gardner, Foundation Executive, retired
  • 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
  • Beth Green, R.N., Registered Nurse
  • Joanna Kerns, Hollywood Actress, Director, and Producer
  • Nancy Walker Koppelman, Activist and advocate for health, education, and human rights
  • Mark Linehan, President, Wynmark Company
  • Siri Marshall, Former SVP, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, General Mills
  • Julie Rabinovitz, President & CEO, California Family Health Council
  • Mary-Louise Scully, M.D., Director of the Travel and Tropical Medicine Center of the Sansum Clinic
  • James Selbert, Co-Founder, Warren & Selbert
  • 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.
  • 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 committee:

  • Executive
  • Finance
    • Patricia Aoyama, Chair
    • Kendall Bishop
    • Lawrence Dam
    • Gregg Foster
    • Mike Giles
    • Linda Gluck
    • Siri Marshall
    • Steve Weintraub
  • Audit
    • Ernie Getto, Chair
    • Kendall Bishop
    • Pamela Gann
    • David Gibbs
    • Julie Rabinovitz
    • Bruce Anticouni*
    • Carla Dobbs*
  • Human Resources/Compensation
    • Larry Dam, Chair
    • Gregg Foster
    • Mark Schwartz
    • Jim Selbert
    • Tom Cusack*
    • Dorothy Largay*
  • Nominating & Governance
    • Linda Gluck, Chair
    • Lawrence Dam
    • Nancy Walker Koppelman
    • Stan Hatch*
    • John Romo*
  • Campaign Executive Committee
  • Campaign Cabinet/Development

* Independent (Non-Director) Committee Member


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Direct Relief is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
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27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone: (805) 964-4767
Fax: (805) 681-4838
Federal Tax ID number: 95-1831116
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