Meet our Board of Directors

We are deeply grateful to the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation Board of Directors, who volunteer their time and expertise to advance the mission of the foundation.


Position: CHAIR

Joe is the Vice President of Advancement for St. Ignatius College Preparatory (SI), in San Francisco. He has worked for over 30 years in secondary education as an English and Math teacher, as a head football coach, and, for the past 15 years, as a development professional where he oversees the school’s outreach and fundraising […]

Negar Souza

Position: Vice Chair

Mrs. Souza is a Realtor with Red Oak Realty in Berkeley and possesses more than 15 years of real estate and interior design experience focusing primarily on the  East Bay Area. Negar is ranked in the top 5% of agents in the entire East Bay by volume and is now a Certified Residential Specialist, CRS®, a designation given to only the top 3% […]


Position: Founder, Immediate Past Chair

POSITION: FOUNDER, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR ED MCGOVERN (Jack’s father) is the owner and principal of McGovern & Associates Consulting, Inc. a political consulting, lobbying and public affairs company based in San Mateo County in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ed McGovern has over 30 years of experience in government relations, issue development and campaign management […]


Position: Founder

TINA MCGOVERN is a dedicated, experienced non-profit leader with a history of building organizational capacity through fund development, strategy, training, and management. In her desire to help her son Jack and families with children who battle Coats Disease, she uses her expertise to shape an organization that can be a resource for families in need […]

Joseph Galligan, CPA

Position: Treasurer

Joseph Galligan is President of Galligan, Thompson and Flocas, LLP Certified Public Accountants and Consultants located in San Mateo, CA. Established in 1980, the firm specializes in all aspects of tax planning, business valuation, litigation and return preparation, including retirement planning for individuals and business planning for small to medium size companies. Joe is a […]



POSITION: SECRETARY and General Counsel RUSSELL H. MILLER, a California attorney for 35 years, specializes in political, campaign, election, and nonprofit law. He provides legal advice to many large Silicon Valley corporations, trade associations, and community foundations, and serves as general counsel and treasurer to a large number of campaign committees for local, state, and […]


Position: Sgt. at Arms

JOHN BRUNO has an extensive background in corporate finance. He was CFO of, where he was part of the management team that launched the most successful internet company for the recreational marine industry. John was a Senior Director of Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities for Sybase Corporation in Emeryville and was a managing partner […]


For more than three decades, GARY BRICKLEY has played a pivotal role in the Bay Area film and event production industries. Along with wife Annelle, the third generation San Franciscan oversees the rental and distribution of equipment and supplies through his eponymous company, Brickley Production Services. Gary has amassed over 45 years in the production […]


In 2006, Jack McGovern was diagnosed with a rare retinal disease in his left eye called Coats Disease. His parents and family quickly learned that this is a disease that’s found most often in young boys and that there is no known cure. Luckily, Jack’s Coats Disease was discovered fairly early. Medical treatments and procedures […]

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hartnett

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD is currently serves as the Professor in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Stanford University and Director of Pediatric Retina Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford University, Dr. Hartnett held the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Presidential Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the […]

Lisa Richardson

Lisa Richardson is the parent of a son, Kip, living with Coats’ Disease. Lisa and Kip were first introduced to the Jack McGovern Coats’ Foundation in 2017, when a routine eye appointment led to the early diagnosis of Kip’s Coats’ Disease. Lisa is passionate about raising awareness and works tirelessly to educate her community and beyond. She […]

Carol Rossi

Carol Rossi is married to Craig, who was diagnosed as an adult with Coats’ Disease. Learning about this rare condition and supporting her spouse during his ongoing treatment propelled Carol to become involved with the Foundation. She has volunteered with the Annual Golf Tournament and the Cure Coats’ 5K for several years and she will […]

Deborah J. Marron, Ed.D., Executive Director

Dr. Deborah J. Marron joined the Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation as the Foundation’s first Executive Director in October 2017. Deborah comes to the Foundation with experience in association management, development and alumni relations, program development, budget administration, human resources management, career development, and public relations. Dr. Marron served as the Director of Alumni and […]


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