Board of Directors


Pedro W. Baron, MD, Director of Pediatric and Adult Liver Transplantation; Associate Professor of Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
Web CV

Phil Berry, M.D., Advisory Committee for Organ Transplantation (ACOT) appointed by Secretary Tommie Thompson, Health & Human Services, 2001-2004; Past President, Texas Medical Association; President, Texas Medical Assoc. Foundation; Past Member, Board of Directors and Finance Committee, UNOS; Co-founder of the Southwest Transplant Foundation. Dallas, Texas    An uplifting profile of Dr. Berry by the Dallas Morning News here; Web CV

Jack Burke, FAIR Treasurer, Accountant, owner of Burke Management Accounting Services, patient advocate for patients with liver disease.
PO Box 1384, Palm Springs, CA (Ex-officio)

Waldo Concepcion, MD, FACS; Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Clinical Transplantation, Chief of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation,
Chair-Elect Stanford School of Medicine Faculty Senate, Stanford University School of Medicine. Past Director of Liver, Pancreas, and Kidney Transplantation; Director of the Medical Center Transplantation Institute Education and Research Fund; Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)
Web CV 
David Courtney, Patient Advocate & post-double-lung transplant & pre-liver transplant patient: Alpha-1-Antitrypsin lung/liver disease; Member, Public Policy Roundtable on Organ Donation Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); Past President, Texas Panhandle Chapter, Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO); Vice President, Director of Public Relations, The Presumed Consent Foundation
Plainview, Texas     Web CV
Art Curley, Attorney-at-Law; President, Bradley Curley Asiano Barrabee & Crawford, PC. As a trial attorney Mr. Curley has been defending physicians and dentists for almost 30 years. He has given risk management courses that include education on the special legal status that AIDS has been granted and its attendant obligations on professionals. Larkspur, California Audio by Mr. Curley on HIV/AIDS favoritism in the legal system   Web CV  


D. Leigh Aveling DMin., MFT, Chaplain and Associate Professor, School of Religion, Loma Linda University. Loma Linda, California


Richard Darling, DDS; Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Emeritus; Founder, FAIR Foundation Hepatitis C, Liver Disease & Transplant Support Group; author, Coma Life, National Public Citizen of the Year (National Association of Social Workers); Palm Desert, California. Web CV

Kress Darling; Vice President, Treasurer, Board member Emerita; Patient Advocate, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Migraine Headache & Osteoporosis; Palm Desert, California.

Michael E. De Vera, MD, FACS, Director and Chief of Transplant Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplant Institute, Loma Linda, CA. Previously Co-Director of Liver Transplantation, Director of the Transplant Fellowship Program at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. Web CV

John J. Fung, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, Chairman, Department of General Surgery; Director, Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Past Chief Operating Officer, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery and Director of Liver Services. Cleveland, Ohio  Web CV

Bobbi Collins Fletcher, J.D., a member of the California Bar Association, spent her formative years in the Entertainment Industry training under the tutelage of Attorney Milton Rudin who represented celebrities like Frank Sinatra & held positions with Major Motion Picture & Television Studios & Beverly Hills/LA law firms.  She is on the Indian Wells, Ca Housing Authority Commission & assists non-profits in Riverside County, Ca.

Robert Gish, MD, FAIR Foundation Vice President; Past Co-Director Center for Hepatobiliary Disease and Abdominal Transplantation (CHAT), University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; In September of 2013, Dr. Gish left UCSD to form a consulting company, Robert G. Gish Consultants LLC to provide consultative support to Hepatology Programs who wish to start or grow their programs through pathways of quality and optimal patient care that is integrated with research and education. (Ex-officio)

Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD; Past Dean of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry; Past President of the American College of Prosthodontists; Recipient of the William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement, recognizing outstanding innovation by a dental educator; Past President of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Redlands, CA Web CV
Ray Hill, Patient Advocate: HIV/AIDS & HCV; AIDS activist labeled "Citizen Provocateur" by United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan (U.S. Supreme Court—Houston v. Hill, 482 U.S. 451); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens, voted "gay hero" 7 years in a row by Houston, Texas's gay community. The Prison Show broadcast on Houston's Pacifica radio KPFT 90.1 FM weekly since 1980. Houston Chronicle Article

Donald Hillebrand, MD, Hepatologist;
Iowa Health's Center for Liver Disease, Des Moines, IA; Past Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at both Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, California and previous to that at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplant Institute, Loma Linda, CA.
Web: A, B & C
Jacqueline Marcell, B.S., Advocate for Alzheimer’s, Eldercare Awareness and Reform. Jacqueline was a television executive, but barely survived as caregiver to her elderly father and mother, both with undiagnosed Alzheimer’s. Passion to save others (especially from elder abuse) resulted in her bestselling book, ELDER RAGE, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. She is an INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER (CEU/CME) on issues which unnecessarily cost years of her life, much of her life savings and then nearly her life when diagnosed with breast cancer.
Leonard J. Morse, MD; Past Commissioner of Public Health, Worcester, MA; Board of Directors: Worcester AIDS Project; Professor of Clinical Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Chair Emeritus, AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs; Past-President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; Recipient: AMA's "Pride in the Profession" award for exemplary work in underserved areas. 

Okechukwu N. Ojogho, MD, MMM, FACS, Surgical & Program Director, Kidney Transplant Program, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, Spokane, Washington.
Past Director, Transplantation Institute, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California

Thomas G. Peters, MD, FACS, FASN, FAIR Foundation President; Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, at the Univ. of Florida College of Medicine. As Chief Surgeon, Dr. Peters directed the University's kidney transplant programs in Jacksonville & Gainesville for more than two decades. Dr. Peters is the “father” of the effort to increase organ donation with Financial Incentives (FI). He published the first relevant U.S. papers on Fi (JAMA, 265: 1302-1305, March 13, 1991) Life or Death: The Issue of Payment in Cadaveric Organ Donation and Organ Donors and Nondonors, An American Dilemma. (Ex-officio)

Bill Remak, B.Sc.MT, BA PHA; FAIR Foundation Secretary; Chairman, California Hepatitis C Task Force; Steering & Communications Committee Member, California Chronic Care Coalition; Chair, National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces; Patient Advocate: Liver Disease & Stem Cell Research. Petaluma, CA Web CV (Ex-officio)

Sandy Rogers, Patient Advocate: Parkinson’s Disease & Stroke
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Lorenzo Rossaro, M.D., FACP; Professor and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; past-Director, Liver Transplant program, University of California, Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, California.
Web CV

Philip Rugo, Patient Advocate: Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) and as a representative of the gay community in its battles against hepatitis C; Past Director, Harrison House Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center
Northampton, Massachusetts

James M. Ward Captain, SC, USNR (Ret.), Patient Advocate: Cardiovascular Disease (heart, stroke & hypertension)
San Diego, California

Jill Weissman, PharmD, Transplant Pharmacist; Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, Loma Linda, California.
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