Board of Directors
Board of Directors
*JB Handley is the co-founder of Generation Rescue, inspired by the journey of his son, Jamison, and co-produced the documentary film “Autism Yesterday.” He is also the co-founder of Swander Pace Capital, a middle-market private equity fund with more than $1 billion under management. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.
*Lisa Handley co-founded Generation Rescue as an act of love for her son, Jamison, and for all the other children who are fighting to live the lives they were meant to live. Along with her husband, JB, she co-produced the documentary film “Autism Yesterday.” Before dedicating herself to motherhood, Lisa was a management consultant and a brand manager for Clorox. She is a graduate of Stanford University and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
*Deirdre Imus is a National Leader for Children’s Health and the Environment. She is Founder of the site devoted to environmental health, www.imusenvironmentalhealth.org, is President and Founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center and Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. She is a New York Times best-selling author and a frequent contributor to FoxNewsHealth.com, and Fox Business Channel.
*Jenny McCarthy is an author, actress, activist and mother who recovered her son, Evan, from autism. Her NY Times best-selling books on her family’s journey through autism help parents all around the world: “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism,” “Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds,” and “Healing and Preventing Autism,” co-written with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. Jenny is also the co-creator of Teach2Talk, a series of 16 DVDs that entertain children while teaching them language, behavior and social skills.
*Katie Wright devotes her time to the recovery of her son, Christian, who was the inspiration for the formation of Autism Speaks. She previously served as the clinical director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford, Connecticut, and continues to serve on the boards of the National Autism Association and Safe.
*Samir Patel has remained the President/CEO of OxyHealth LLC for 16 years and is credited as the leader in modern hyperbaric chamber technology. Patel brought OxyHealth from a start up company with a vision, to the world's most trusted hyperbaric chamber provider. Previously, Patel has presided over numerous successful companies in several industries including information technology consulting, hospitality revenue management and holds two innovative hair-clip patents designed for high-profile, fashion conscious consumers. Currently, Patel resides in Southern California where OxyHealth is also headquartered.
*Rowena Salas is a registered nurse, active charity supporter, and passionate entrepreneur. As a graduate in nursing with an extensive background in Neurology and Psychiatry, her work experience has branched out from healthcare to areas of business leadership and management, as well as philanthropy in her contributions to many nonprofit organizations such as Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Living Well Cancer Center and more. As a proud participant of Generation Rescue, the organization's cause is especially close to her heart due to her nephew's diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Salas is also the owner of the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, IL, where she currently resides with her family.
*Donnie Wahlberg is a singer, actor, producer, and best known for his incredible talent in New Kids on the Block. He currently is starring in the drama series Blue Bloods on CBS, is an executive producer of Boston’s Finest, and is executive producer of A&E’s popular show Wahlburgers.
*As of January 1, 2015, all of these are independent voting members.
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