Board of Directors
Mary Crean Charipar is a retired curriculum director who spent her career working in urban education. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study education in Lithuania and received a Fulbright Memorial Scholarship to study education in Japan. She has also studied the German educational system. She is leading the Operation Karibu initiative from its beginning as a local effort to one with a national presence. In August 2013 she spent time in Kisumu, Kenya teaching women sewing basics, so that over time the women will be able to set up a micro-business to make baby clothing to sustain Operation Karibu.
Milena Novy-Marx, PhD
Dr. Milena Novy-Marx received her PhD from Princeton University. She is an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Rochester, teaching issues of gender, development, and global public health, with 20 years of experience in international development at the World Bank, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The MasterCard Foundation.
Debbie Goldberg has over 20 years experience working in development, fundraising and program management for local, national and international organizations. Currently, Ms. Goldberg is the Director of Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, an organization committed to building a strong Jewish future in Rochester, Israel and worldwide through engagement, education and advocacy. Among other projects, Ms. Goldberg created Project 1Z, a program designed to engage community members by collecting t-shirts for Operation Karibu. In 2016 Project 1Z collected almost 20,000 t-shirts utilizing the Jewish Federation network. Prior to working at the Federation, Ms. Goldberg served as the Midwest Director for Birthright Israel Foundation and the Executive Director of Jewish Theological Seminary. Ms. Goldberg holds a BA in communications from Edinboro University and an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Lee Rubinstein has degrees in English and History from Sonoma State University and completed her MBA studies. She spent over ten years in the investment industry working for such companies as E.F. Hutton, Trust Company of the West, and Mitsubishi Bank's Los Angeles Trust Department, where she served as vice president. Lee later worked as assistant to the executive director at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air, the largest temple in the United States. Over the years, Lee has volunteered for Unicef in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Free Clinic, and her son's school as the head of Social Action. Currently, Lee serves as a gallery educator at the Getty Museum and runs an art program for children in a Title I school. For the last seven years, she has supported a school in Livingstone, Zimbabwe by sending art supplies and curriculum materials for the students.
Moka Lantum, MD, PhD, MS
Dr. Lantum is a social entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in health service delivery and health care management. He held multiple management roles in a Fortune 500 health sector company before leaving this work to turn his efforts toward the improvement of health care in areas where the number of preventable deaths is unconscionably high. Dr. Lantum is the founder and managing partner of MicroClinic Technologies, an innovative e-health technology company. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine training from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; a Diploma in Nutrition and International Child Health from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; and a Masters in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lantum is an Ashoka Fellow.
Hollis S. Budd is Executive Director of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. One of the largest foundations in upstate New York, the Farash Foundation is dedicated to the civic and religious communities of its founders, who believed in the importance of education in all of its aspects and knew the power of entrepreneurial creativity. The Foundation makes grants to community organizations in Monroe and Ontario counties, half of them for Jewish projects and programs. Ms. Budd joined the Farash Foundation in 2011 after a thirty-one-year career at the University of Rochester. She served as the Associate Dean for MBA Administration and External Relations at the Simon School of Business, and she was the university's first female vice president. Ms. Budd currently sits on the Simon School's Executive Advisory Committee and has served on boards of numerous community organizations and of the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management.
Brian Jackson has spent 30 years developing software products in Silicon Valley. Most recently, Brian was an Engineering Director at Facebook, where he led Engineering teams building software infrastructure used across Facebook’s products. Before that, Brian was an Engineering Director at Google, where he led Engineering teams building Google for Work (now “G Suite”) applications. Before Google, Brian held VP, Engineering roles at various startups. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State. He is the proud father of 5 daughters.
Priti Lakhani, MHCM (SM), DPM
Dr. Priti Lakhani is a physician executive with nearly 20 years of progressive leadership experience within global health systems and global healthcare initiatives. She is currently serving as a Director at Cerner. She is recognized for the ability to lead interdisciplinary teams, facilitate organizational change, and spearhead efforts related to process optimization. She has a strong desire to increase the effectiveness of and access to healthcare, regardless of the patient’s location or situation.
Erin Stender has a decade of marketing and PR experience, working across fashion, technology, and software verticals, with a preference skewed towards telling great customer stories, expanding digital marketing initiatives, creating and maintaining powerful brand experiences, and distributing unique content. When not working, you'll find her running trails or planning her next adventure. A personal passion for empowering and building confidence in women, Erin hopes to marry this interest with her current nonprofit fundraising experience at Classy as a board member of 2020MicroClinic.
Anthony Suchman, MD
Dr. Anthony L. Suchman, MD, MA, FACP is a practicing physician, organizational consultant, author, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and founder of Relationship Center Health Care, LLC. After earning his BA in Psychology and MD at Cornell University, Tony completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in General Internal Medicine (clinical epidemiology and health services research) and Behavioral and Psychosocial Medicine (mind-body interactions and medical interviewing), all at the University of Rochester. He subsequently earned an MA in Organizational Change, studying with Ralph Stacey at the University of Hertfordshire’s Complexity and Management Centre. Through his teaching and writing, including more than 90 articles and the book “Partnerships in Healthcare: Transforming Relational Process,” he has become a leading proponent of the partnership-based clinical approach known as Relationship-Centered Care.
Josh Gewolb, Esq.
Attorney, Harter Secrest Emery, LLP