Sean Daneshmand, M.D., Co-Founder, Board President
Sean S. Daneshmand, M.D. is one of the busiest and most caring people you may ever meet. As the founder of the charity, Miracle Babies, as well as a full-time doctor, father, husband and business owner, it is hard to believe that he sleeps at all—or perhaps, he has found a portal to the 36-hour day. Dr. Daneshmand is a perinatologist (high-risk obstetrician) whose expertise includes obstetric and surgical management of invasive placentation, care of pregnancies following in-vitro fertilization, and management of maternal medical problems during pregnancy at the San Diego Perinatal Center. He was recognized by CNN, in their CNN Heroes segment, for his work with Miracle Babies and his dedication to his patients.
Marjan Mortazavi, Esq., Co-Founder
Marjan Mortazavi has been an attorney for 13 years, with practice currently limited to the area of Bankruptcy Law. She is the founder and managing partner of Bankruptcy Legal Group for the past nine years. She graduated from University of California, San Diego in 1994. Thereafter, she attended the California Western School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor.
Mark A Gough
Mark A. Gough is the CEO of Maison d’Erte, and worldwide licensee of Erte Fashion, Accessories, and Fine Jewellery.
He is the director and interim CEO of The Meilleur Companies, a vertical manufacturing group that private labels intimate apparel, sleepwear, and swimwear. In addition, his company has exclusive contracts with premium manufacturers for marketing, franchise sales and distribution within North America. He and his partners have retail customers including major department stores, mass production, specialty retail, drug and convenience retailers. They collectively have over 55 years of experience distributing to the retail market.
He is also chairman of GWR Luxury Brands, a company that owns and acquires intellectual properties and licensing rights for development. He is the founding partner of Triune Capital and Cortina Capital.
Rita JoAnne Garcia-Szczotka
Rita graduated from Hoover High School in 1976. She was crowned Miss San Diego, Fairest of the Fair in 1977, and was a runner-up in the Miss California pageant that same year. Rita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in finance, from National University and San Diego State. After more than 20 successful years in the financial industry working in high-level management positions with top tier brokerage firms, Rita chose to start her own business. Rita operates an international distribution team for the world’s first healthy chocolate, MXI – Xocai. In addition to her business, she has held proud volunteer and/or board positions with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, ChildHelp USA, The Monarch School for Homeless Children. She has also just completed 7 years on the Board of Directors for Walden Family Services, two of which she served as the board chair.
She is happily married for 18 years to Micheal Szczotka, a sole proprietor of Encinitas Tile & Stone in San Diego. He just transitioned out of his business after 28 years. Our children have 4 legs and fur coats!
Berenice is Vice President of Miracle Babies and the Branch Manager of Union Bank.
Dr. Sean Newcomer, Healthy Women Healthy Children – Board Member
Dr. Newcomer has spent over 20 years working in the area of exercise physiology. He began his training in 1990 at the University of Oregon, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Sciences. He went on to receive his Masters of Science degree from Humboldt State University (’96), and his Doctorate degree from Pennsylvania State University (’04) in Kinesiology. Following his graduate education, Dr. Newcomer spent 4 years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. His research has primarily focused on the impact that exercise has on cardiovascular disease susceptibility, which has resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in top-ranked physiological journals. Five years ago, while working as an assistant professor at Purdue University, Dr. Newcomer began studying the impact that maternal exercise during pregnancy has on the cardiovascular health of their unborn children. The results of these initial studies demonstrated that maternal exercise during pregnancy can beneficially impact their children’s cardiovascular health. These findings led Dr. Newcomer to be awarded a four-year American Heart Association grant in 2012. He has recently joined the Kinesiology Department at California State University, San Marcos as an assistant professor in Exercise Physiology, and is a member of the Miracle Babies Team as Director of Research and Program Development. Through his involvement in Healthy Women Healthy Children, and its affiliated Walking for Two program, Dr. Newcomer seeks to translate, disseminate, and provide scientific information to women regarding the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. These programs are based on the exercise recommendations for pregnant women that have been developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control.