The Faces of Osteoporosis
Board of Directors
Current Board Members
Executive Director Advisory Council
Kathleen M. Cody is the Executive Director of American Bone Health and the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education. Kathleen brings over 35 years of executive management experience to the challenges surrounding the public education of osteoporosis. With a passion for individual engagement and empowerment, she works with scientists and researchers to provide easy to use and understand tools and resources for the public. She has assembled coalitions of individuals and agencies to address important bone health issues such as creating a National Awareness Campaign for Older Women and developing the Athletic and Performance Energy Deficit Initiative. Most recently, Kathleen is embarking on projects to improve osteoporosis awareness and outreach in the Chinese and Latino communities.
Kathleen received her BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is an honors graduate of the University of San Francisco's Executive MBA program.
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Brenda has spent 30 years in the educational environment teaching every level from elementary through college, as well as adults. She was founder and President of a computer consulting firm which specialized in technical documentation, instructional design and training. Clients included large corporations as well as government entities. She is currently working with Special Olympics of Northern California, works with Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland and is on the Board of Family Support Services in Oakland. Having been a former athlete, she has special interest in bone growth in adolescent athletes and the effects of cancer on bone mass.
Gina Enriquez is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise. With a strong background in the physical sciences, she has taught exercise for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for the last 10 years. Gina has facilitated the Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Course for the last eight years.
Gina has a passion for working with older adults and modifies her programs for people with low bone density, poor posture, and balance conditions. Gina has launched the popular American Bone Health Lecture Series in Monterey, CA. Gina raised two daughters, Mia and Diana, who both graduated from UC San Diego.
Mr. Grevious brings 30 years of executive management experience in retail supermarkets including A&P, Scotto, Shop-Rite and the Berkeley Cooperative. Prior to that he was a product manager with General Mills.
Mr. Grevious has been a financial consultant to a medical practice where he has become intimately familiar with many aspects of health care.
Beth A. Kaplanek, RN, BSN, is a Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation. She is a certified speaker on Osteoporosis for the American Bone Health organization.
In addition she is the author of "Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties" released in 2011.
Tom is Managing Director at Wells Capital Management and a Registered Investment Advisor headquartered in San Francisco. He has a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from University of Chicago.
Julie Power Pantiskas is an operational and marketing executive with over 25 years in technology and consumer products. She has served as president, vice-president, and director for Fortune 100 to small entrepreneurial privately owned companies ranging in revenue from $42 billion to $17 million. Julie has significant experience in strategic planning, turnarounds, operational efficiencies, supply chain management, customer service, strategic sourcing, brand management, social media and marketing strategies. She earned a B.S. from University of California at Davis.
Ms. Perez has 29 years of experience in the Bio-pharmaceutical industry in a variety of functional areas including professional training and development, sales, operations, advocacy and healthcare compliance.
In addition to her experience, Ms. Perez brings her talents as a creative thinker and collaborator to the organization. Her son, Joe, and his wife Kelsey are graduates of West Point and Commissioned Officers in the US Army serving extended deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively.
Shelley spent 30 years as an educator in California and her home state of Missouri. During that time she and her husband raised their twin daughters in the East Bay community of Lafayette. She was an active volunteer for 6 years in National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization. After retiring , she became involved with American Bone Health and found it a perfect match for her professional background, her interest in health, her love of volunteering, along with the desire to give back to the community. In 2007 she launched the second regional office of American Bone Health and since then she has organized many health fairs, educational seminars with hospitals, and lectures with the senior and youth communities of the South Bay.
Aiphi Wang, CFA, CPA, has a solid background in both finance and healthcare. She led corporate finance projects to enhance strategy and profitability. She also worked on M&A and IPO deals. She studied medicine and completed her PhD in neuroscience. She has a strong interest in using her skills to promote and improve health and quality of life.
Executive Director Advisory Council
Amy Anderson has been a health care professional for more than 25 years, and is currently affiliated with the John Muir/Mount Diablo Health System. She has an extensive background in nursing and nutrition. In recent years, she has focused on a career in the Information Technology arena. Ms. Anderson is a Registered Nurse with a BA in Health Services Administration and received her MBA from Golden Gate University.
Claude D. Arnaud is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Imaging Therapeutics Inc., a new biotechnology company located Redwood City, California. Dr. Arnaud is internationally recognized for his research in bone and mineral metabolism. It was his original clinical trial that directly inspired Lilly to commercialize hPTH (1-34) for the treatment of osteoporosis, and he was a prominent co-author of the manuscript that led to Forteo's FDA registration.
Dr. Arnaud was one of the six founders of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). He was also founder and Chief of the Endocrine Units at the Mayo Medical School and the San Francisco VA Medical Center as well as the UCSF Program in Bone Biology and Osteoporosis. While at UCSF, Dr. Arnaud's research was continuously funded simultaneously by the National Institutes of Health for 30 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for 15 years and the Veterans Administration for 10 years. He has authored more than 300 scientific papers
Sherri is a licensed physical therapist, geriatric clinical specialist, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults and a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. Sherri is a dedicated bone health advocate serving as Chair of the Bone Health Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Associations's Geriatric Section and serving on the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education's Professional Education Committee. She is an American Bone Health international speaker and presenter and volunteers for many bone health related events.
Sherri specializes in safe and effective exercise programs for older adults focusing on strength, posture, balance and fall prevention. She spearheaded the American Bone Health Lecture Series-a support and seminar group in Santa Cruz, CA. Sherri developed the ABH "Do It Right" Consumer Education Booklet for fracture prevention and bone healthy lifestyle awareness.
She has developed an advanced continuing education program in Osteoporosis Management for physical therapists and exercise teachers. Extensive focus on the treatment and prevention of Osteoporosis led to the development of The Osteoporosis Exercise Book: Building Better Bones, The Pilates for Osteoporosis Exercise DVD, Pilates for Rehabilitation and Pilates for Seniors DVD's.
Sherri was the Vice-President of the Pilates Method Alliance and served on the Board of Directors from 2003-2009, and on the PMA Pilates Certification Exam National Panel developing a 3rd Party accredited certification exam to improve the quality and safety of Pilates instruction for the public.
Ms. Dean serves as the Director of K12 Marketing and Corporate Brand at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. She has a broad range of experience in product development, market development, state contract management and sales. Ms. Dean received and developed the first national sales team for a $20 million publishing company, which increased annual revenues and build large customer relationships. She also implemented a two-year national media plan to increase awareness and visibility of a non-profit organization. While serving as Director of Clinical Marketing at Riverside Publishing, she created a marketing and sales strategy that secured the most successful product launch in the company’s history. Ms. Dean received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
Ms. Cowan's appreciation of fine art stretches around the Bay, as she is a member of the Oakland Museum, San Francisco Fine Arts Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and a member of the East Bay Fine Arts Museum Auxiliary. She was a past trustee at the Head-Royce School, and past president of the Parent's Association of the Head-Royce School. Ms. Cowan previously owned, developed and operated the Pasta Shop in Oakland. She is a founding member of the Argonaut Investment Club, and serves as a current Co-President.
Mr. Dale is retired from Safeway Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President, Finance. Previously, he was a manager at the CPA firm of Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche) 10 years. He currently serves as Chairman of The Youth Employment Partnership of Oakland, Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and President of the Orinda Highlands Homeowners Association. Joffa has a BS and MBA from Cal Berkeley. He has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards of directors, including Oakland Ballet, Khadra Folk Ballet, Community Woodworks, Oakland Youthworks, Financial Executives Institute and Business Volunteers for the Arts.
Stephen J. Gomberg is an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Thousand Oaks, California with a strong interest in osteoporosis – particularly early diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Gomberg received his MD, Magna Cum Laud, and was awarded membership in the honorary Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He completed his Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and was commissioned as a Major in the United States Air Force and served two years as Senior Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon at USAF Keesler Medical Center, Biloxi, Mississippi.
Dr. Gomberg continues his interest in osteoporosis and devotes a good deal of his practice to providing consultation services for the community. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Arnaud to publish their experience with possible complications of long term drug treatment of osteoporosis. Dr. Gomberg is married, has two children and grandchildren, and lives with his wife Linda and his Yellow Lab, Brisco.
Dr. Marjorie (Peg) Heinzer is an Associate Professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, she has a special interest in elementary and middle school students' energy balance and overweight prevention. During the past academic year, she worked with African American students in an urban elementary school with a daily dance pad exercise program before school to help reduce overweight status and improve lifestyle behaviors. Peg teaches pediatric nursing and has a half-time position as the Director of Institutional Research for the School of Nursing where she monitors outcomes data for accreditation standards.
Karen is a consummate and unrepentant volunteer for charitable and religious organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Sojourn Chaplaincy at S.F. General Hospital, was co-founder and Chair of the Board of the San Francisco Nursing Home Ministry, member and secretary of the Board of the International Institute (SF), member and treasurer of the Board of the Docent Council at the Fine Arts Museum, and member of the vestry (board of directors) of two Bay Area Episcopal churches, including a 2-year term as Senior Warden (chair) of one of them. Of course, she served as chair or member of numerous committees of these organizations, as well as volunteering her time in other capacities for these and other organizations. As a cancer survivor, she counsels other breast cancer patients at the Alta Bates/Summit Cancer Centers, and maintains a keen interest in women¹s health issues. Karen graduated from Dominican College in San Rafael, CA., and currently makes her home in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two wire hair Fox Terriers, Dante and Beatrice. She travels extensively, and formerly lived in Canada, England, France, Kuwait, and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Meranda is CEO of TagStone, the Middle East’s largest dedicated provider of wireless and RFID technology solutions. Prior to Tagstone, Mr. Meranda was President, EPCglobal and Senior Vice President, GS1 US, which manages the world’s largest supply chain network and standards system using RFID, barcode, and large scale network-based information technologies. In this position, Mr. Meranda founded EPCglobal Board of Governors, comprised of 17 C-level executives from Global Fortune 500 firms. Mr. Meranda’s career began at Wells Fargo; during his 10 year stay with Wells Fargo, Mr. Meranda progressed through assignments in strategic planning, marketing, and emerging technology, culminating in the launch of the world’s first Internet banking service in 1995 as Vice President for Online Services. His educational background includes a BS in Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and an MBA from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco.
Pierre Meyer has devoted more than forty years to both business and academic pursuits. Meyer’s wealth of experience in consultation began shortly after completion of his Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel psychology at the University of Minnesota. In addition to advising and training graduate students, he held a number of senior administrative positions during his fifteen-year career at that University. In 1976, he joined a Minneapolis management consulting firm as a principal and senior psychologist. In this capacity, he was involved extensively in managerial and executive assessment services. In 1981, he co-founded the Minneapolis-based consulting firm MDA Leadership Consulting Group, Inc. In 1991, a new firm, located in California, was established; Meyer was president of that firm at its inception and until he retired in 2007. On a volunteer basis, Meyer has devoted a great deal of time to youth organizations, community groups, church activities, and municipal government.
Linda has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan and a BA in economics from Reed College. Her focus is on health care finance. Besides working in the health insurance industry, Linda has served on the boards of Children's Hospital Oakland, Children's Hospital Research Center, Northern California Hospice Association and the Matilda Brown Home.
Mr. Tomasello has 25 years of diversified fundraising experience in health, science, social human service and engineering with anextensive background in corporate and foundation relations and partnerships, major gift solicitation, business and industry campaigns and volunteer recruitment.
Through the course of his career, Mr. Tomasello has planned and directed many multimillion dollar fund raising campaigns. He is currently Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at California State University East Bay, where he manages annual corporate and foundation contributions for the university's first comprehensive $40 million campaign. Prior to that, he worked at the University of California's Office of the President and served as Director of Development for the Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement program and at the Lawrence Hall of Science and the American Heart Association.