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.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Angel Iscovich, M.D.Chair, CEO of Qualitas Group, Envision Healthcare
  • Mark SchwartzVice Chair, Former CEO, Import Distribution Industry
  • Jim Selbert, Secretary, Co-Founder, Warren & Selbert
  • Pamela Gann, Assistant Secretary, Former President, Claremont McKenna
  • Linda GluckTreasurer, Former Bank President and Public Official
  • Steve Ainsley, Retired, President of the New England Media Group and Publisher of the Boston Globe
  • Steven A. Amerikaner, Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Patricia Aoyama, Retired Engineer
  • Bitsy Becton Bacon, Real Estate Broker
  • Jeff Branch, Real Estate Developer, Entrepreneur
  • David Brown, President, Somera Capital Management
  • 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
  • David Lee Gibbs,  Ph.D., President and CEO, Giles Scientific Inc, Santa Barbara CA, USA
  • Elizabeth Green, R.N., Registered Nurse
  • Michael Kelly, Former 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
  • Jamie Ruffing, Ph.D., Public Health Office, Epidemiologist, and Lieutenant Colonel, US Air National Guard
  • Byron Scott, M.D., Deputy Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health
  • Thomas Sturgess, Executive Chairman, Tiri Group Limited and Blue Star Print Holdings
  • 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
    • Michael Kelly, Chair
    • Patricia Aoyama
    • Linda Gluck
    • Byron Scott, MD
    • Jim Selbert
    • Tom Sturgess
    • Steven Weintraub
    • Lou Buglioli*
  • Audit
    • David Gibbs, Ph.D., Chair
    • Steven Amerikaner
    • Jeffrey Branch
    • Michael Kelly
    • Steven Weintraub
    • Bruce Anticouni*
    • Larry Dam*
  • Human Resources/Compensation
    • Patricia Aoyama, Chair
    • Steven Amerikaner
    • Mark Schwartz
    • Tom Sturgess
    • Steven Weintraub
    • Tom Cusack*
  • Nominating & Governance
    • Linda Gluck, Chair
    • Pamela Gann
    • Siri Marshall
    • Mark Schwartz
    • Jim Selbert
    • Stan Hatch*
  • Development
    • Siri Marshall, Chair
    • Bitsy Becton Bacon
    • Beth Green, RN
    • Jane Olson
    • Mark Schwartz
    • Tom Cusack*
    • Dorothy Largay, Ph.D*
    • Rita Moya*
    • John Romo*

* Independent (Non-Director) Committee Member