Executive Staff

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.

  • Thomas Tighe, President and Chief Executive Officer:
  • Bhupi Singh, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer:

Board of Directors 2017-2018

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.

Directors are volunteers who serve without pay.

  • Angel Iscovich, M.D., Chair, CEO of Qualitas Group, Envision Healthcare
  • Mark Schwartz, Vice Chair, Former CEO, Import Distribution Industry
  • Jim Selbert, Secretary, Co-Founder, Warren & Selbert
  • Pamela Gann, Assistant Secretary, Former President, Claremont McKenna
  • 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
  • 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

  • Sylvia Karczag, President Emeritus
  • Dorothy Adams, Director Emeritus
  • Thomas J. Cusack, Chair Emeriti
  • Richard Godfrey, Chair Emeriti
  • Stanley C. Hatch, Chair Emeriti
  • Dorothy F. Largay, Ph.D, Chair Emeriti
  • Rita Moya, Chair Emeriti
  • John Romo, Chair Emeriti
  • Denis Sanan, Chair Emeriti
  • Nancy Schlosser, Chair Emeriti

Medical Advisory Board

  • Juan Carlos Alvarenga, MD
  • Federico Antillon, MD, PhD
  • Steve Arrowsmith, MD
  • Hon. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA
  • Charity Dean, MD, MPH
  • Elizabeth Duarte, MD
  • Georges Dubuche, MD, MPH
  • Adrian Ebner, MD
  • Paul Farmer, MD, PhD
  • Charles Fenzi, MD
  • Daron Ferris, MD
  • Charles Filipi, MD
  • Lynn Fitzgibbons, MD
  • Susan Fleischman, MD
  • Grace Floutsis, MD
  • Henri Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP
  • Hon. Jaime Galvez Tan, MD, MPH
  • Paul Giboney, MD
  • William C. Gong, Pharm D, FASHP, FCSHP
  • Bert Green, MD
  • Elizabeth Green, RN
  • Dan Greenfield, MD
  • Douglas S. Gross, MD, PhD
  • Angel L. Iscovich, MD, FACEP
  • Rosie Jadidian, PharmD
  • Karen Lamp, MD
  • Michael Maguire, MD
  • Laurinda Marshall, RN
  • Sofia Merajver, MD, PhD
  • Carol Millage, PharmD
  • Charles Nicholson, MD
  • Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH
  • Bakht Sarwar, MD, MS
  • Ayesha Shaikh, MD, OB/GYN
  • Hambardzum Simonyan, MD
  • Tom Stern, MD
  • Larry Stock, MD, FACEP
  • Elizabeth A. Toro, MD, MPH, OB/GYN
  • David S. Walton, MD, MPH
  • Thomas Weisenburger, MD
  • Beatrice Wiafe Addai, MD, PhD