Meet the BurnRescue Team

The BurnRescue team has hundreds of years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit world.

Most of the members of the senior management team helped create and manage Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, for more than a decade. Our plan is to leverage the lessons learned and our past success to help children suffering with other major problems that, like clefts, can be solved through quick and inexpensive surgery.

Steven Levitt, Economist, Best-selling author, Freakonomics

steven-levittLevitt is a renowned professor of economics at the University of Chicago. He was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.” Levitt co-authored Freakonomics, a New York Times best-seller. In 2009, Levitt co-founded Greatest Good, a business philanthropy consulting firm that uses big data to increase productivity, reduce costs and drive growth.

John J. Coneys, Former Vice Chair, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Lead Independent Director & Secretary

john-coneysOver a 37-year career with the firm, Coneys led PricewaterhouseCoopers’ international tax group and the entertainment, media and communications practice and was deputy tax leader for the U.S. firm. His core competencies include Board Governance, Legislative & Regulatory Compliance, Sarbanes Oxley Oversight, Innovation Strategy Leadership, and Business Operations.

Clark Kokich, Executive Chairman, Marchex

clark-kokichKokich is a well-known advertising technology expert and digital marketing thought leader. He joined Marchex, an advertising analytics company in 2013 and serves as their Executive Chairman. Kokich was Chairman of Razorfish, one of the largest digital marketing agencies in the world, which was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6-billion.

Steven Rappaport, Partner, RZ Capital, LLC

steven-rappaportRappaport is a Partner of RZ Capital, LLC, a NY firm specializing in private equity investments. He also serves as lead director and chairman of the Audit Committee of the Credit Suisse Mutual Fund Complex. He has 30+ years of legal & business experience and serves on 11 corporate boards in the finance sector.

Richard Price, CEO, CBRE Global Investors’ Asia Pacific Investment

richard-pricePrice is based in Hong Kong where he has overall responsibility for the firm’s business activities in the region. He chairs the regional Management Board and Investment Committee and leads a team of more than 100 people in seven offices across the region. Price has more than 18 years of commercial real estate investment experience in Asia, Europe and the US.

Mark Atkinson, Partner & Creative Director, Otto Design

mark-atkinsonAtkinson is an accomplished professional photographer, documentarian, and writer. He is also the partner and creative director of Otto Design + Marketing. Atkinson’s photography has appeared in many museum exhibitions and won numerous ADDY Awards, including Best in Show.

Hana Fuchs, Chief Financial Officer

Hana has more than 35 years of finance and audit experience in both the non-profit and for-profit world. Before joining our team, she was an integral member of the team that created and built Smile Train into the world’s largest cleft charity. As VP of Finance and Administration of Smile Train, Hana helped manage one of America’s most respected and popular charities which, during her tenure, raised more than $700,000,000 and helped provide more than 700,000 surgeries.” Prior to Smile Train, she worked at Avon Products for more than 20 years and then at Sesame Workshop, as Vice President and Corporate Controller.

Karen Lazarus,  Director of Strategic Projects

Placeholder Karen’s position as Director of Strategic Projects of BurnRescue is the perfect place for her to utilize her experience in project management and expert organizational skills to help build this exciting, new charity from the ground up.  As part of the team that created and transformed Smile Train into the world’s largest cleft organization, Karen not only helped launch the charity, but over a 10-year period, she nurtured its growth. She helped build an effective infrastructure and assisted in developing worldwide marketing and fundraising activities to further the charity’s mission of helping more than 100,000 children every year.  Karen is a graduate of Vassar College.

Janet Huang, Marketing Director

Placeholder Janet has over 10 years of experience in marketing and product management. With a diverse industry background, Janet has worked in publishing, advertising, entertainment and small entrepreneurial ventures. She is thrilled about her current role in non-profit and helping our mission of providing life-saving surgery in the developing world. Janet is a graduate of New York University.

Ujjal Bhattacharya, Program Officer, India

Placeholder Ujjal is based in Mumbai, India and has 12 years of experience in the Indian nonprofit sector. He also served as a GIS consultant at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. He brings core competencies in program management, logistics, fundraising and general administration skills. Ujjal holds a masters degree in social science from M.S. University of Baroda and is currently working on his MBA. He is passionate about our mission and excited to contribute towards our program growth in India. Ujjal lives in Mumbai with his wife, a scientist, and their young daughter.

Vera Eastman, Marketing and Development Manager

Placeholder Vera Eastman joined the BurnRescue team in 2014. She is very passionate about helping others and loves that BurnRescue provides life-changing surgeries for people in need. Originally from California, Vera is a graduate of Yale University with a BA in Anthropology, following the pre-medical curriculum, and an MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University.

Tiffany Carson, Manager of Global Programs

Placeholder Tiffany is a DePauw University and NYU graduate with a masters degree in health policy and management, specializing in international health. She has over 8 years of experience in program development, grants oversight and event management. Tiffany has dedicated her life’s work to helping those in need and is thrilled to contribute towards our mission of providing life-saving surgery in the developing world.