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Board of Trustees

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, a full-time doctor, a father, a husband and a 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) who’s 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 thirteen 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 9 years. She graduated from University of California, San Diego in 1994 and thereafter attended California Western School of Law where she obtained her Doctors of Jurisprudence.

Vincent Renda, Esq., Treasurer

Vincent Renda practices law in the areas of bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, and civil collection matters. He handles all aspects of bankruptcy law in Chapter 7, 11, and 13; for personal and business debtors alike. Mr. Renda is also experienced in collection matters, judgment enforcement, and creditor’s rights law. He represents and advocates for a wide array of clients ranging from Fortune 100 institutions to private individuals. He is practical and sensible when working with his bankruptcy and collection clients. He maintains a fantastic reputation in the bankruptcy forums and courts around the country.

Mr. Renda was born in Garden City, New York, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2001, and the New York State Bar in 2004. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from California State University, Chico. In addition, he is admitted before the California Supreme Court and all Federal Courts in the Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the Eastern, Southern, Northern and Western Districts of New York. He is also admitted in many other Federal District Courts around the Country.

Mr. Renda is a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.Mr. Renda previously worked as a full-time associate attorney at Simpson Delmore Greene LLP and Steinberg, Fineo, Berger & Fischoff, P.C. in New York.

Alex Roudi

CEO & Chairman, Interwest Capital Corporation

Mark A Gough

CEO, Maison d’Erte, Worldwide licensee of Erte Fashion, Accessories, and Fine Jewellery.

Director, interim CEO, of The Meilleur Companies. A vertical manufacturing group, the company private labels Intimate apparel, sleepwear, swimwear and ribbon. In addition, the company has exclusive contracts with premium manufactures for marketing, franchise sales and distribution within North America. My partners and I have retail customers including major department stores, mass, specialty retail, drug and convenience retailers. We have collectively over 55 years of experience distributing to the retail market.

Chairman, GWR Luxury Brands. Company owns and acquires intellectual properties and licensing rights for development, Founding partner Triune Capital, Founding partner Cortina Capital partners

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 a runner up to the Miss California pageant that same year. Rita holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from National University and San Diego State. After 20 plus 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 and just completed 7 years on The board of Directors for Walden Family Services (board Chair for 2 years).

She is happily married for 18 yrs to Micheal Szczotka a sole proprietor (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 Zamaro

VP, Branch Manager, Union Bank

 

Advisory Board

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 majored in Exercise and Movement Sciences. After receiving his Bachelors of Sciences degree he went on to receive his Masters of Science Degree from Humboldt State University (’96) and his Doctorate from The 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 and has resulted in over 40 peer reviewed manuscripts in top ranked physiological journals. Five years ago, as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, Dr. Newcomer began studying the impact that maternal exercise during pregnancy has on the cardiovascular health of offspring. The results of these initial studies demonstrated that maternal exercise during pregnancy can beneficially impact the cardiovascular health of offspring. 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 the Miracle Babies Team as Director of Research and Program Development. Through his involvement in Healthy Women and Healthy Children and its affiliated Walking for Two program, Dr. Newcomer seeks to translate, disseminate, and implement 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, American College of Sports Medicine, and Centers for Disease Control.

Mika Ono, Marketing Expert

Mika Ono is a communications professional interested in issues in health, science, and society. Mika, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Reed College and a master’s in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is director of communications at The Scripps Research Institute, one of the largest independent biomedical research institutions in the world. Her work—from magazine articles to web content—has won awards from organizations including the International Association of Business Communicators, the Communicator Awards, the Mercury Awards, and HOW Design.

She is co-author of Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing and Long Life, a winner of the San Diego Book Awards and other honors.

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