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: Founder, President
POSITION: FOUNDER, PRESIDENT 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 in the […]
TINA MCGOVERN, MPA
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 […]
Position: VICE PRESIDENT
Joe Vollert is the Vice President of Advancement at St. Ignatius College Preparatory (SI), in San Francisco, California. An alumnus of St. Ignatius, Mr. Vollert began his tenure with the school in 1988 as a teacher and football coach and was promoted to his present position in 2005. Joe oversees the school’s Communication, Events, Development […]
SUZANNE CONNOLLY LEVERE, M.Ed.
Position: Immediate Past President
SUZANNE CONNOLLY LEVERE has a personal connection to the foundation: her son James is living with and battling Coats’ Disease. After a career in Commercial Construction Project Management in San Francisco and in Hartford, Suzanne earned her masters in education. She taught school and then, while raising her two children, tutored, volunteered in schools through […]
RUSSELL H. MILLER, J.D., Ph.D.
Position: SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL
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 […]
KIRK ALAN PESSNER
KIRK ALAN PESSNER is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Paralegal, is an expert in compliance with the California Political Reform Act, various California local campaign and lobby laws, the California Elections Code, the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Federal Lobby Disclosure Act of 1995, and the United States Senate and House of Representatives rules […]
Position: Sgt. at Arms
JOHN BRUNO has an extensive background in corporate finance. He was CFO of boats.com, 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 […]
SHERRI VAN EVEREN, PHARM D.
Position: CHAIR, SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD AND BOARD LIAISON
SHERRI VAN EVEREN, PharmD has been a member of the Board since January 2015 and been instrumental in leading the research strategy for JMCDF. She has been in Ophthalmology research for over 15 years and was instrumental in helping initiate the Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease collaboration with Genentech. Currently, she is Vice President of Ophthalmology Clinical […]
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 […]
JEANNEE PARKER MARTIN, RN, MPH
Jeannee Parker Martin, President & CEO of LeadingAge California and Vice Chairman & Principal of The Corridor Group Holdings and subsidiary companies, is a leader in the strategic development of innovative healthcare programs and aging services. Active in health service planning, development and delivery of care for over 30 years, Jeannee has assisted organizations around […]
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 […]
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 […]
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
- Claire McGovern
- Katie McGovern Koborsi
- Brian McGovern
- Michael Jumper, M.D
- ME Hartnett, M.D
- Karen Franklin
- Elke Bach Gibbs
- Nancy Garrett-Payton
- Bill Vaughn
Click here to access the Bylaws of the Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation.