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Enduring Hearts’ Leadership

Enduring Hearts is governed by the following body of independent scientists and professionals. Together, we are spurring the momentum of Enduring Hearts to rapidly make a significant impact, at a time when opportunities to advance transplantation science is greater than ever. Our Board of Directors will continue to demonstrate a commitment to fundraising, grant making and establishing partnerships with leading institutions to achieve long-term success.

Patrick Gahan, Chairman & Treasurer

patrickElected April 17, 2013

Enduring Hearts, Treasurer
Elite Crowd Fund, Director
P&M Developers of Cobb, Managing Member
Alder Somerset, Managing Member
Alder Mortgage, Managing Member
Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Past Experience:
President & CEO, Seismic LLC, and senior leadership at Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton

“I am proud to be associated with Enduring Hearts in its mission to support research in organ transplantation. The opportunities to advance transplantation science are now greater than ever, and Enduring Hearts occupies a unique position to make an impact. It is very heartening to see the very high quality of research that will emerge from Enduring Hearts funded projects.”

Ankur Chatterjee, President & Executive Director

ankurElected April 1, 2015

President & Executive Director, Enduring Hearts
Partner, Alder Asset Management

Past Experience:
Operations, sales and business development leadership at N2 Broadband, Inc., TANDBERG Television, Inc., Harmonic, Inc., Envivio, Inc., and THIS Technology, Inc.

“Enduring Hearts is rapidly making a significant impact in the scope and quality of research oriented toward pediatric transplantation and solid organ graft longevity. The momentum this organization has demonstrated in a few short years—by way of fundraising, grant making and establishing critical partnerships with leading institutions in the transplantation community—is indicative of the long-term success we intend to achieve. I am inspired by the mission at hand, and excited about helping attain our goals!”

Madelyn Gahan (MSW), Director

Madelyn_GahanElected April 17, 2013

Managing Member, P&M Developers of Cobb

Past Experience:
Medical Field Researcher, Johns Hopkins University; senior leadership, Seismic LLC

“Enduring Hearts will fast become one of the most agile and responsive funding mechanisms available to transplant researchers. Importantly, the group is a careful overseer of public resources, with an impressively low expenditure on overhead, ensuring the maximum amount of support reaches researchers. I am very happy to be participating in this group, and see it as a model program, on which future transplantation research funding initiatives can be built.”

Amy Holcomb, Director

Pending December 2015

SkyMedicus, Founder
Voice Today, Member
Sierra College, Adjunct Professor

Past Experience:
Communications Specialist, Department of Treasury
Director of Operations, medical tourism facilitation and international business development

“It is my honor to collaborate with Enduring Hearts, and offer my expertise to extend the options globally to research how to extend post-transplant retention and educate patients. Enduring Hearts’ research will help patients deal with post-care impact that could significantly enhance transplant success rates. My hope is that this will initiate movement to change how patients perceive and control intrinsic and extrinsic factors, and evaluate what methods can be used to reduce their rejection rates, as well as reduce the need for future transplants. The world is no longer considered flat with options, and our choices are only as good as our knowledge of possibilities.”

George Nicholson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

GN%20PhotoElected August 1, 2013

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
American Academy of Pediatrics
Outstanding House Officer, Montefiore Medical Center, 2011
Resident Teaching Award, 2009-2010, 2010-2011

“I believe Enduring Hearts will evolve into a well-known source of funding for organ transplant research. While financed by the general public, the charity has strictly scientific objectives, and is governed by an independent body of scientists and other professionals. A panel of experts reviews grant applications, and extreme fairness is the guiding principle for the allocation of research funds. With a focus on clinically relevant research, the charity provides an excellent opportunity for young, as well as established researchers, to explore promising new ideas. I am gladly contributing some of my personal time to support this important investment in the future of transplantation.”

Shriprasad Deshpande M.D., Medical Director/ Pediatric Cardiologist

Deshpande-ShriElected August 1, 2013

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Cardiology
Cardiac Critical Care
Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Emory University
Sibley Heart Center Cardiology

“Research leads to discoveries that help to prevent transplant rejection, improve anti-rejection therapies, and enriches the quality of life for patients. Heart failure in pediatrics is a significant problem that is under appreciated. Unfortunately, some of these patients will need heart transplantation, and only a fraction will receive it. We need to ensure longevity for the ones who do receive this precious resource. Enduring Hearts plays a unique and vital role in supporting research that leads to better outcomes for these patients. The world of transplantation is changing at an incredible pace. Procedures that were considered experimental only a decade ago are now commonplace. Better science will lead to better patient care. We all should be proud in supporting such endeavors.”

Janet N. Scheel M.D., Medical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant Program

Janet_scheel_updatedElected August 1, 2013

Children’s National Medical Center, Medical Director Pediatric Heart Transplant Program

“Over the past two decades caring for children with heart transplants, I have watched research markedly improve the long-term outcomes of these patients. Enduring Hearts plays a unique and vital role in supporting peer-reviewed research at pediatric transplantation programs. It is only through research that we can advance our knowledge of organ transplantation, and improve our patients’ quality of life and survival. It is only with support from organizations, such as Enduring Hearts, that this research can be accomplished. By being a member of the Enduring Hearts’ Board of Directors, I am very pleased to dedicate a part of my time to this important program that will fund the best and most promising applications in organ transplantation.”

Dawn McCall, Media Consultancy Founder

dawn_mccallupdateElected August 1, 2013

International Media and Entertainment Partners, Founder

Past Experience:
Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
President, Discovery Networks International

“I am happy to be associated with Enduring Hearts, and the mission to fund leading-edge research. Clinical and scientific transplantation research is important to help achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating rejection, and finding new and improved treatments for people with heart disease, as well as aid in developing more efficient ways to prevent or diagnose transplant-related issues.”

Avi Yashchin, Business Development Advisor

aviElected April 1, 2015

Instructor, General Assembly
Advisor, NYC Data Science Academy
Mentor, TechStars

Past Experience:
Founder, CleanEdison and CleanTech Executive Director, Kaplan Higher Education

“I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that is poised to truly make an impact on an issue that affects so many. With the science behind organ transplantation changing every day, an organization like Enduring Hearts—that tirelessly and skillfully supports new research initiatives— will no doubt save many lives.”

Derek Cunningham, CEO of U.S. Strategic Capital

derekElected April 1, 2015

Board Member & Investment Committee, Compass Real Estate Fund III
Board Member, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Alumni Association for the Beta Delta Chapter
Board Member,

Past Experience:
Managing Director at Commerce Street Capital & SAMCO Capital Markets

“The mission of Enduring Hearts is so critical, because the average individual has no idea that organ transplantation is not a cure, it simply extends your lease on life. Through the funding of new technologies, treatments, clinical trials and research, Enduring Hearts is well on its way towards eliminating organ transplantation, and improving lives for those who have already undergone an organ transplantation. I am excited and honored to be part of the team!”

Lisa Kolb, Independent Management Consultant

lisaElected April 1, 2015

Past Experience:
VP, Professional Services, Raytheon Applied Signal Technology
Director of Business Development, InterDigital Communications
President & CAO, Tantivy Communications
Sr. Business Manager, HARRIS Corporation


Scott Smith, Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Elected July 30, 2015

Past Experience:
Owner/Operator, Chick-fil-A, Redondo Beach, CA
“Friend for Life,” Open Hand, Atlanta, GA

“As a father of two young boys, I am passionate about molding and enriching the lives of our younger generations. After learning more about current longevity challenges facing today’s organ transplant recipients, the importance of the Enduring Hearts’ mission is clearly paramount. I am honored to be a part of an organization that has become a tremendous catalyst for eliminating the limits of today’s technology, through critical partnerships, funding research and development of new technologies to save lives.”

Stephen Ochs, Creative Director, Condominium Concepts Management

Elected July 30, 2015

Past Experience:
Communication Director, Jax Fine Wine & Spirits

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Enduring Hearts Inc. is a Registered 501(c)(3) Charity EIN 46-2665745
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