Napa Medical Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting clinical and scientific research to pioneer new medical procedures, improve delivery of health care and benefit patients in the treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal conditions.
The Napa Medical Research Foundation exists to conduct leading edge research that will advance regenerative medicine, develop less invasive procedures and use ultrasound for visualization to reduce pain and improve mobility and function for adults and children suffering from conditions of the joint, spine, nerve and tendon.
To make less painful, less costly medical care available to patients through the improved diagnosis and treatment utilizing regenerative medicine and minimally invasive procedures.
LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN
The Napa Medical Research Foundation exists to support medical research that increases mobility and minimizes pain through pioneering procedures and studies in regenerative medicine, ultrasound and minimally invasive techniques.
It has been my privilege, and the privilege of all Board members and staff, to help fund and broaden Dr. Bodor’s research efforts for the benefit of patients not only in the Napa Valley, but worldwide. Dr. Bodor’s research has led to new less painful, less costly methods of alleviating common problems of the joint, spine, nerve, and tendon. Our leading edge procedures include the use of ultrasound, platelet-rich plasma, and cellular therapies to repair tears, promote regenerative healing, and mitigate the necessity for painful and costly surgery.
As the work of the Foundation progresses and continued to gain the recognition, it is our hope that financial support from the community will increase and the scope of the research can be expanded. Please contact us to learn more about these important advance or to help with our community outreach.
Michael F. Jackson, Chairman of the Board
OUR RESEARCH TEAM
Innovative Thinkers. Dedicated Professionals. Caring Community Members.
Staff + Volunteers
2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MICHAEL F. JACKSON, Founder & Chairman of the Board
Michael Jackson was born in Leicester, England and received his BS degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Southern California. After graduate school, Mr. Jackson worked as an investment analyst on Wall Street and spent time as a portfolio manager before moving to San Francisco to form an investment partnership with Hambrecht and Quist in 1982. Subsequently, Mr. Jackson founded and ran a hedge fund management company before retiring in 2002. His current focus is primarily on helping nonprofit organizations working in the areas of health care, human rights and women’s issues. Mr. Jackson and his wife Pepper Jackson are residents of Florida but have five children and nine grandchildren living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
MARKO BODOR, MD, Director of Research
Dr. Marko Bodor serves as Director of Medical Research for the Napa Medical Research Foundation, conducting and coordinating research and devoting his efforts to develop new and improved treatments for patients with neurological and orthopedic problems. Dr. Bodor is also Medical Director of the Wellness Center at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California.
Dr. Bodor graduated from Harvard University with an AB in biology and went on to study medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. After obtaining his MD, he completed an internship in surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He then worked for two years taking care of the poor and indigent in southeast San Diego before going on to a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. Dr. Bodor came to Napa to become the medical director of the acute rehabilitation unit from 1995 to 1997 at Queen of the Valley Medical Center (QVMC), where he remains on active staff. Dr. Bodor is also affiliated with St. Helena Hospital, the Department of Neurological Surgery at University of California San Francisco and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of California Davis
Dr. Bodor’s research has spanned a wide range of topics from basic science to clinical medicine, from the prevention of disease and injury to exercise-based treatments, regenerative medicine and ultra-minimally invasive surgery. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics ranging from degenerative discs to anterior cruciate ligament injuries, vaccination-related shoulder dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
Ask any patient, research participant, colleague or employee of Dr. Bodor, and they will all say without exception that he treats all his patients as if they were members of his own family and strives to do as much as he can to improve their health, keep them physically active and pain free, and increase their overall well-being.
Outside of work, Dr. Bodor likes to spend time with his wife, Jackie, and their three children, swimming outdoors in Napa year-round and skiing at Squaw Valley or Royal Gorge in the winter. He also likes to travel and speaks multiple languages, including French, Croatian and German.
You can also learn more on Dr. Bodor’s clinic website.
GENI A. BENNETTS, MD
Dr. Geni A. Bennetts is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and Pediatric Oncologist, and is an experienced senior level executive with years of success in designing, developing and managing medical programs. Dr. Bennetts delivers results through innovation and visionary leadership. She is highly proficient in clinical practice, research and analysis, executive consulting, department start-up and organizational leadership roles. Dr. Bennetts has extensive experience and qualifications in the areas of Quality Assurance, Risk Management, Medical Billing Advocacy, Staff Recruitment and Training, Cost Analysis and Budget Development, Strategic Planning, Resource Management, Performance Management, Client Relationship Development, and Project Management and Implementation.
As a Senior Consultant for WeiserMazars, LLP, Dr. Bennetts has worked closely with state agencies, such as the Department of Managed Health Care, to evaluate health plans’ compliance with regulatory statutes and prepare a report of findings. In her various capacities, she has achieved several cost reductions for patients by reviewing usual and customary practices against accuracy in coding, identifying up-coded charges beyond basic services actually provided. She has chaired and directed multiple boards of directors, working with law enforcement agencies, developing by-laws, recruiting and developing executive teams, collaborating with executives to develop staffing and retention plans, managing portfolios and determining strategies for maintaining profitability, securing investors, and establishing procedures.
Dr. Bennetts resides in the Napa Valley and has been involved in a number of community efforts as a founding President of the Children’s Health Initiative and a member of the Steering Committee for the Live Healthy Napa County collaborative. She has worked on a number of nonprofit entities as well.
GRETCHEN DE BAUBIGNY
The Napa Medical Research Foundation Board of Directors and staff welcome Gretchen De Baubigny, a resident of St. Helena and San Francisco broadly respected for her creativity, warmth, and lifelong belief in the power of philanthropy. She is an advocate for issues involving education and health, and looks forward to advancing the scope and breadth of the Foundation’s research in regenerative and minimally invasive medicine.
Her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector includes serving at the founders, board, advisory and committee levels in the Junior League of San Francisco, Children’s Cancer Research, ARCS, NARAL, Northern California Cancer Center, the SF Volunteer Bureau, the American Cancer Society, San Francisco General Hospital, the Women’s Museum and as a Trustee for the Santa Catalina School in Monterey.
As a former teacher, Gretchen founded the San Francisco School Volunteers (currently San Francisco Education Fund), a nonprofit dedicated to engaging community members as partners in public schools. Her excellence as a nonprofit leader has received national, state and local recognition. Gretchen will help to strengthen the continued growth and success of the Foundation’s efforts in the years ahead.
Professionally, Gretchen has served as a consultant to, and conducted seminars in, the field of speech communication for corporations and executives. She has appeared as a television personality, and has been a representative of the California fashion industry.
Joanne Dickenson DePuy, founder and former director of Wine Tours International and Tennis Ltd., has been a resident of Napa since 1951. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she moved to Napa where she and her husband, Howard Dickenson, cofounder of the law firm Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty, raised three children.
An early proponent of integrative health, Mrs. DePuy was the fundraising coordinator for the Institute for the Advancement of Health, an organization dedicated to furthering the scientific understanding of mind-body interactions in health and disease. In this role, Mrs. DePuy attended the 1988 Founders Circle at Kykuit, the Rockefeller home on the Hudson River.
Mrs. DePuy was instrumental in creating the Institute for Integrative Health at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Wellness Center where she also set up a speakers series on integrative health. Speakers have included:
- William B. Stewart, M.D., founder of the Institute for Health and Healing at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
- Martin L. Rossman, M.D., founder and director of the Collaborative Medicine Center, Greenbrae, CA, and codirector, Academy of Guided Imagery, Malibu, CA
- Jerry Jampolsky, M.D., founder of The International Center for Attitudinal Healing, Sausalito, CA
- Robert Lustig, M.D., UCSF professor of clinical pediatrics and author of Sugar: The Bitter Truth.
Mrs. DePuy has been on the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees since 2006 and was on the Stag’s Leap District Board of Directors for several years.
Through Wine Tours International, Mrs. DePuy brought worldwide attention to California wines. Especially significant were the first-ever California wine industry tour of France, led by Andre Tchelistcheff, which was organized and directed by DePuy in 1976, and the “Paris Tasting” the same year, in which Mrs. DePuy determined a way to get Napa Valley wines to the French capital and hand delivered them to Steven Spurrier (the organizer of the 1976 Paris Tasting) where they bested the vaunted French wines.
Mrs. DePuy played competitive tennis until she was 75 years old when she segued to golf. She swims, works out, walks, and practices tai chi regularly.
HARRY K. GENANT, MD
Harry K. Genant, MD, is Professor Emeritus of the University of California San Francisco and currently serves as a Senior Consultant, and past member of the board of directors and Chairman Emeritus of Bioclinica-Synarc, Inc., a global contract research organization he co-founded in 1998, specializing in the management of quantitative imaging and bio markers in large multi-center, multinational pharmaceutical drug trials.
During his 30+ years at UCSF, Dr. Genant was Professor of Radiology, Medicine, and Orthopedic Surgery, and was Chief of Muskuloskeletal Radiology. He also founded the Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group, comprising over 130 physicians, scientists and research associates, and was recognized as a leading source of research on the development and assessment of noninvasive and quantitative imaging methods for osteoporosis, arthritis and orthopedics.
Originally from Riverside, Illinois, Genant received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, and completed his medical internship on the Osler Service at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received residency training in Medicine and in Radiology at the University of Chicago, and was Chief Resident and Assistant Professor in Radiology.
Dr. Genant has made extensive contributions to peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals as author or co-author of over 600 articles and through his membership of the editorial boards of Osteoporosis International, the Journal of Bone, and Mineral Research, and the Journal of Clinical Densitometry and as Associate Editor of Bone.
He brings significant board experience to the Napa Medical Research Foundation and was previously President of the International Skeletal Society, Chair of the WHO Task Force on Osteoporosis, Chair of the International Steering Committee for Artificial Gravity for the joint US, German and Russia Space Programs, Member of the Radiologic Devices Panel of the US Food and Drug Administration, and Co-Director of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Global Initiative on Vertebral Fracture Assessment.
Highly respected and regarded by the international scientific and medical community, Dr. Genant is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and an honorary lifetime member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and has been granted honorary membership in the British Royal College of Radiologists, the Italian Radiologic Society, the Chinese Osteoporosis Society, the Chilean Society of Osteology, the Hungarian Society of Osteology, and the European Society of Skeletal Radiology.
Harry and his wife, Dr. Gail Genant, live in Tiburon and Napa, California.
Tim’s passion for finding solutions to complex problems lead him to design, patent and manufacturer equipment to protect the environment from toxic gases created during the manufacture of components for the Semiconductor industry. The pollution control products where marketed and sold worldwide. He moved the manufacturing company, Airprotek, Inc. to Napa in 1986.
Tim saw an opportunity to expand his company in 1990 by merging Airprotek,Inc. with Innovative Engineering to form Delatech, Inc. Delatech manufactured Exhaust Gas Conditioning Equipment and sold these products worldwide. Tim and his partners sold Delatech, Inc. in 1999.
Tim’s other passion is finding solutions to health and wellness issues in the community. He established two foundations: The Herman Family Foundation which funded the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center and The International Children’s Dream Foundation which is dedicated to empowering children worldwide.
Tim currently serves on the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Napa Valley Medical Foundation board. He is Past President of the QVMC Foundation Board, the Justin Siena High School Board, the St. Apollinaris Catholic School Board and a past board member of the Elaine Mackie Charitable Trust.
He is a partner in the Uptown Theatre and is a partner in a local real estate development firm. He was widowed in 2007 and remarried in 2011 to Mary Beth Robinson. He has three adult children and two stepchildren. He and Mary Beth have four grandchildren.
CONRAD W. HEWITT
Mr. Hewitt received a BS degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and performed MBA post-graduate studies at the University of Southern California in addition to Executive Programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, The Aspen Institute, and Kellogg School of Business.
After serving as a Captain in the US Air Force at Strategic Air Command Headquarters, Mr. Hewitt joined Ernst & Ernst (Ernst & Young) where he specialized in financial institutions, hi-technology and health care industries for 33 years. Upon retirement, he became the Superintendent of Banks for the State of California and proceeded to found the Department of Financial Institutions. He later served as Chief Accountant of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Washington DC, subsequently forming and leading the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting.
Mr. Hewitt is a frequent speaker at industry and governmental conferences and has provided oral and written testimony to the US Senate Finance Committee
He is currently Director Emeritus at Bank of the West, President of the Silverado Homeowner’s Association, and a member of the board of trustees for both Hawaii Pacific University and the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
ELIZABETH MOFFITT, MD
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Moffitt was born in San Francisco and graduated from Vassar College and Tufts Medical School. Since then, she has been a pediatrician in the San Francisco Bay Area and has served on the Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee, the Napa County Children and Weight Coalition Obesity Task force, and the Napa County Healthy for Life Program. Dr. Moffitt currently practices in pediatric eating disorders in Napa and has lectured in our valley as well as consulted nationally. She has served on the boards of the Yosemite Fund, Thacher School and Blue Oak School.
Dr. Moffitt currently enjoys horseback riding, walking her Labrador and visiting her two adult children. She hopes that the findings from the Foundation’s research will lead to improved treatments.
JOANN SERAFINI ROSS
Joann Serafini Ross is a native of Albany, New York and holds a BA in Communications from SUNY New Paltz, New York. Her varied and diverse career spans both the east and west coasts and is filled with hard work and great experiences.
Currently Mrs. Serafini Ross owns and runs Shibumi Knoll Vineyards, located in St. Helena, and HMI Cardinal, a manufacturing company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with over 600 employees. Originally purchased in 1970 by her late husband, Don Ross, HMI Cardinal began as Hoskin & Muir in 1946 and remains today the largest shower door manufacturer in the US with seven locations across the country.
Prior to his passing in 2016, the couple created Shibumi Knoll in 2013 – acquiring the name from their favorite book to reflect the Japanese concept of “effortless perfection.” The vineyard produces 1,000 total cases of estate cabernet, chardonnay and pinot noir and received a 97 point score from the Wine Spectator for their 2005 chardonnay, effectively putting Shibumi Knoll on the map.
With an extensive career in marketing, sales, and management, Mrs. Serafini Ross has worked with international brands including ABC Entertainment, Motorola OEM, and SBC Wireless. She is passionate about all aspects of her life and has developed a strong core of business principles over the years that include:
- Always be positive.
- The toughest times provide the greatest opportunity for growth and success.
- Sales run the business.
- Be relentless in stimulating progress towards tangible results and achievement.
- Be deeply passionate.
- Confront brutal facts.
- The right technologies accelerate momentum.
- Practice attention to detail and follow a pattern of discipline.
- Treat others with respect.
- Have fun at what you do.
As an avid hiker and kayaker, Mrs. Serafini Ross is an outdoors enthusiast and adventure seeker. She is deeply committed to animal advocacy and is creating a fund to assist local families who cannot pay for the veterinary care of their pets. Featured in Wine Country Women of Napa Valley, Mrs. Serafini Ross is passionate about helping others and is a strong supporter of both the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and her alma mater, The Albany School for Girls, the oldest all girls’ school in the country founded in 1815.
PHILLIP R. WEINSTEIN, MD
Dr. Phillip R. Weinstein, director of the neurospinal surgery program at UCSF, is involved in diagnosing and managing cervical, thoracic and lumbar spondylosis and stenosis. His second major area of interest is in the area of spinal cord and vertebral tumor management, particularly microsurgery techniques for preserving neurological function. His research interests also include the molecular biology and magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of focal cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, neurogenesis and functional restoration following spine and brain injury. Dr. Weinstein completed his internship and residency at UCSF, He was a neurosurgeon at Loma Linda University Medical Center and the University of Arizona before returning to UCSF in 1992.
2018 DIRECTORS EMERITUS
EDWARD FLETCHER EYSTER, MD
Dr. Eyster is a board certified neurosurgeon practicing in San Francisco. He received his MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at University of California San Francisco.
His current practice is focused mainly on various surgical conditions of the spine. Dr. Eyster is certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery. He is an active senior member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Neurosurgical Society of America, as well as past member of the College of Surgeons, Southern Neurosurgical Society and past president of the Florida Neurosurgical Society. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and recipient of the Humanitarian Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Eyster is the founder of ThinkFirst, a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy.
Dr. Eyster is active in neurosurgical research and holds multiple patents for surgical devices and other products. He lives with his wife, Joy, in St. Helena, California, and travels extensively throughout the year in conjunction with his various medical activities and other business interests.
Mr. Kenneth M. Novack is a founding partner of Schnitzer West and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MMGL Hold Co LLC. (formerly known as Schnitzer Investment Corp.), a privately held investment firm with headquarters in Seattle. A former Chairman of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Lasco Shipping Co. and Liberty Shipping Group, Mr. Novack has particular expertise in manufacturing, finance, international business , shipping, real estate, and family businesses.
Mr. Novack was a partner with the law firm Ball, Janik & Novack and Adjunct Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark College, having received his JD from University of Southern California where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and on the Board of Editors for the Southern California Law Review. He has served on numerous boards, including Oregon Health & Science University, Doerbecher’s Children’s Hospital, the Portland Art Association, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Oregon Investment Council, and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. He is also a Life Trustee at Marylhurst University and Lewis & Clark College.
Mr. Novack was previously chairman of the Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Oregon Youth Services Commission and of the Portland Business Alliance and is currently active as a board member for Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Claremont McKenna College, Bridge Housing Corp., Schnitzer Novack Foundation, Kravis Leadership Institute, and Lowe Institute for Political Economy.
Through the Schnitzer Novack Foundation, Ken and his wife Debby have a strong interest in supporting health care, education and the arts.