Fred Burbank, Co-Founder & Co-Director, provides medical advice to our R&D engineering team and co-directs the organization’s overall strategic planning. Fred earned both his BA in Biology and his MD from Stanford University and then went on to explore many areas of science and entrepreneurship. He has worked as a psychiatrist, radiologist, entrepreneur, and inventor, yet he has always incorporated his passion for women’s health and medicine in his career. In the most recent years, Fred has incorporated several companies and, most recently, co-founded the Salt Creek International Women’s Health Foundation. Though he is well versed in many fields of science, Fred’s expertise is in women’s health. Today he is the author of book chapters, textbooks, and over sixty articles, many on women’s health, postpartum hemorrhage, placenta formation, childbirth, and uterine fibroids. When Fred is away from his work with the Foundation team, you will likely find him spending time with his wife, Melody, or flying his plane up to Paso Robles to his winery and just-opened tasting room in downtown Paso.
Mike Jones, Co-Founder & Co-Director, takes a hands-on approach to his responsibilities as Co-Director. With a 25-plus-year background in both engineering and the medical device industry, Mike serves a pivotal role in the invention, design, and development of our novel device technologies. Many of Mike’s projects and inventions have focused on addressing unmet needs of women’s health. He has worked with leading physicians to define product need and function as well as directed team efforts in the regulatory processes and market introduction of multiple products. In short, Mike possesses invaluable skills and knowledge needed to make great ideas tangible and applicable products. Mike earned a BA in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley as well as an MS in Mechanics and Materials from California State University, Long Beach. Beyond his long hours working with the Foundation, Mike is a loving husband and father, surfer, and idea incubator (project ideas constantly brew in the back and at the forefront of his engineer- and entrepreneur-minded brain).
Jill Delsman, Project Manager, supervises numerous project activities relating to engineering product development, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and communications. She possesses a wide-ranging perspective gained from her experience working with small medical device start-up companies, wherein she spearheaded numerous opportunities to explore new roles and responsibilities as an engineer. Prior to beginning her work with the Foundation, Jill was involved in developing and testing a number of women’s health and obstetrical medical devices. As these were among her all-time-favorite projects of her career, the Foundation seems a perfect compliment to her passion and expansive expertise in the fields of women’s health, medical devices, and engineering. Jill has both her BA and MS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Cheryl Segawa, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, began her career as an engineer and earned both her BA and MA in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science from University of California, San Diego. Cheryl has 30 years of experience in research and development of medical devices for large corporations and small start-ups, as well as extensive knowledge in quality system development and management. Cheryl’s engineering background gives her a unique edge; she is particularly attuned to the specific needs of engineering projects and clinical studies. Well-versed in analyzing systems for new databases and in developing program requirements, she is highly involved in the monitoring and evaluation aspects of the Foundation’s clinical affairs.
Kris LaPress, Clinical Affairs, provides clinical affairs expertise to the Foundation. For more than 20 years, she has been involved in either academic medical research or industry medical device research. Kris enjoys being on the cutting edge of obtaining knowledge, seeking advancement, and solving unmet medicals problems that immediately impact medical conditions. Kris works closely with other team members to seek clinical and regulatory clarity in preparation for study execution. Kris holds BAs in Psychology and East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis as well as an MS in Physical Therapy from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University.
Megan Arnold, Program Coordinator, is responsible for writing grant proposals, managing communications, editing articles for publication, and developing partnerships with organizations involved in global maternal health. Megan graduated in 2012 from Emory University, where she studied Anthropology and Comparative Literature. Her passion for writing, reading, and learning is cultivated each day through her work with the foundation. She is grateful and excited to be part of this young non-profit and enjoys working with its team of engineers, physicians, and maternal health experts. As a liaison between the Foundation’s team members (who are located in San Clemente, Chicago, and London), Megan sits at the Foundation’s center of operation to mobilize resources, delegate tasks, and coordinate collaboration.
Dr. Mahantesh Karoshi, Women’s Health Expert, works as a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at the Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals in London, UK where he treats high-risk obstetrics patients and mentors junior colleagues. He is a leading figure in the effort to prevent and reduce the incidence of postpartum hemorrhage, serving this initiative from multiple directions: he has been invited to conduct workshops and lecture on “The Medical Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage” and “Estimation of Blood Loss in Postpartum Hemorrhage” in India, United Kingdom, Egypt, China, Ukraine, Switzerland, Malaysia, and Italy. He has also contributed several textbook chapters on the subject of postpartum hemorrhage, published articles in leading journals, and served as co-editor of A Comprehensive Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage (Editions I and II). Among the organizations, publications, and committees with which he has worked, and continues to serve, are the Global Library of Women’s Medicine, Committee of Less Resourced Countries and PPH International Training Organization. In 2007, Dr. Karoshi volunteered as an obstetrician in Ethiopia where he aided the Safe Motherhood Initiative and worked with key health professionals of the African subcontinent. Dr. Karoshi was most recently awarded the Prestigious Bernhard Baron Traveling Fellowship by the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, UK in 2010 to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina and study the advanced management of postpartum hemorrhage and Adherent Placental Disorders in pregnancy. Dr. Karoshi provides his medical expertise and advises the Foundation in its program development. He is especially involved in the Foundation’s first project, Saving Mothers, an effort he believes is pivotal to the progress toward reducing global maternal mortality.