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DANIEL WOLF

President

Lifeline’s founder, Daniel Wolf, has been executive director of the organization since its creation in late 2003. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School, Dan has served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State (1987-1988), has been a partner at two prestigious law firms (Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP, and Sprenger & Lang, PLLC), and, for the past six years, has operated his own law office.Throughout his career, Dan has devoted a great deal of his time to the pursuit of pro-bono human rights and refugee work, including as founder and general counsel of LAVAS, Inc.; an organization that provided free legal assistance to thousands of Vietnamese asylum-seekers in Southeast Asia during the 1990s-and as a consultant for Refugees International.

DEBORAH TERRY

VP & Secretary

Debbie is a freelance photographer whose images have been exhibited at the Lincoln Center in New York, The Institute for African Affairs at NYU and the Art Basel in Miami. In the early 1990s, Debbie established herself as a fashion photographer and music photographer in New York City. Since 2004, she has focused her creative energies on humanitarian photography. Debbie has participated on numerous missions to Africa for both Refugees International and Lifeline. Here, she has utilized her artistic vision to capture the desperate plight of refugees and other impoverished persons by uncovering the beauty of their everyday life in its simplicity and grace.

JAY SCHULKIN

Director of Research at ACOG

In 1978, Schulkin entered graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Philosophy on a full scholarship award and with an interest in pragmatism and the philosophy of science, but then transferred and eventually received a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at that same university. His work on the brain systems that underlie behavioral adaptation (e.g. appetitive and consummatory experiences) has continued to be informed by this philosophical orientation.He has received a number of awards including a MacArthur Foundation post-doctoral award through the University of Pennsylvania, a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health, and a Program Project Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for work done at the University of Pennsylvania and Rockefeller University. This work was centered on the cephalic and behavioral regulation of the internal milieu.  Schulkin is the author of number of papers (over 300) and books, including Roots of Social Sensibility and Neural Function and Rethinking Homeostasis (both from MIT Press), Neuroendocrine Regulation of Behavior and Cognitive Adaptation (both from Cambridge University Press), Bodily Sensibility: Intelligent Action (Oxford University Press); his most recent book is with Michael Power on the Evolution of Obesity (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Presently Schulkin is Research Professor, Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University School of Medicine and a Research Associate, Behavioral Endocrinology Section at the National Institute of Mental Health and Director of Research, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

MARK LAMPERT

Founder and President of Biotechnology Value Fund

Mark Lampert is the founder and president of the Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P., a San Francisco-based, private investment firm established in 1993. Mr. Lampert has engaged in ventures relating to the biotechnology industry since 1984. Mr Lampert was a Vice President at the investment banking firm Oppenheimer & Co. in New York, founded Biotechnology Royalty Corp., which pooled biotechnology patent royalties owned by universities, headed business development for Cambridge NeuroScience, and served as Assistant to the President of the NutraSweet Company, a subsidiary of G.D. Searle & Co. Mr Lampert started his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr Lampert is currently a director of Acumen, Inc., Biotica Technology, Ltd, and Mendel Biotechnology and a trustee of the Lampert Family Foundation. He holds an AB Degree in chemistry from Harvard College and an MBA Degree from Harvard Business School.

ALEXANDER KUNIN

Vice President for Business Operations at DEXISIVE, Inc.

Based out of Reston Virginia, DEXISIVE, Inc. is a professional services firm specializing in advance security operations and enterprise performance engineering within the government and commercial sectors. Previously, Mr. Kunin was Account Director at OPNET Technologies Inc., a publicly traded company specializing in IT hardware, software, and Professional Services with revenues in excess of $150 million.  Mr. Kunin started with OPNET in 2000 and has had direct responsibility for commercial, international, and government sales. Mr. Kunin held direct responsibility for multi-million dollar deal negotiations and deployments in support of major initiatives within the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Census, and United Nations.  Mr. Kunin has also been directly involved in establishing successful channel partnerships with System Integrators and Resellers throughout the United States. Prior to OPNET Technologies, Alexander Kunin spent nearly 4 years as an Executive at UPS Logistics focused around marketing and sales initiatives of global positioning and route optimization solutions to the commercial vehicle markets.

 

HARRIET ISOM

Former U.S. Ambassador (Cameroon, Benin and Laos)

For thirty-five years, Harriet Isom served with the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in Asia and Africa. During her last ten years of service, she headed the American Embassies in Laos, Benin and Cameroon. Harriet has received numerous accolades during the course of her career to include awards from the Oregon Commission for Women and the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Isom holds a B.A. from Mills College and an M.A.L.D from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Since retirement in 1996, she is a “gentlewoman farmer” on her family ranch near Pendleton, Oregon.

 

DR. F. RONALD DENHAM

Former Chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG)

Throughout his career and in his capacity as WASRAG Chair, Ron has supported a range of water and sanitation projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and India. Ron, a published author, is also a recognized authority on logistics management with a specialized focus in supply chain logistics and operations strategies. His consulting career spans the course of five decades and he holds a M.B.A in Business Administration from SUNY at Buffalo and a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

 

BRETT FREEDMAN

U.S. Government Attorney

Former Board Chair of ClearWater Initiative, Brett currently serves as a government attorney specializing in international and national security law. A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Brett has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security. Brett is a graduate of Boston University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School. he lives with his wife and daughter just outside Washington, D.C.

JOHN BROWN

Chief Operating Officer of Kernel

John has nearly a decade of experience in supply chain security in both commercial and national security settings. He served as artillery officer in the U.S Marine Corps, was a human resource strategy consultant at CEB, and worked on the stand up of the Department of Homeland Security. He has also raised money and provided training for non-profits fighting homelessness among veterans and families. from Washington, D.C., John holds an AB in American history from Harvard University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA the Harvard Business School. 

 

ROMANUS BERG

Vice President of Strategy – Stand Togetherl

Romanus brings extensive entrepreneurial and system-building experience, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer at Ashoka, and as CIO & Vice President of Operations at Oceana, which he helped build from ground up.  Having previously served on several boards, he is currently a member of the board at NetHope in addition to Lifeline.