The purpose of Napa Medical Research Foundation is to conduct clinical and basic science research relating to the diagnosis, treatment and cure of conditions affecting nerves, muscles, bones and joints in adults and children and to engage in charitable and educational activities. The Napa Medical Research Foundation will share our findings within the medical profession and target populations to benefit the public good. Unlike other small foundations that limit their focus to a local community, we aim to serve humanity as a whole.
OUR RESEARCH TEAM
MARKO BODOR, MD
Director of Medical 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.
Yvette graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Cell and Developmental Biology. She continued her education for 2 years after at San Francisco State focusing on post-graduate Biology coursework. Yvette has also been a volunteer at the Community Health Clinic Ole in Napa for over 5 years, assisting with patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Diabetes.
Over the last four years, Yvette has held numerous key positions and worked closely with Dr. Bodor at his Napa Valley clinic. Most recently, she provided research assistance with Dr. Bodor’s latest journal article, Why Short Stature is Beneficial in Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy and book chapter, Platelet-Rich Plasma: Regenerative Medicine: Sports Medicine, Orthopedic, and Recovery of Musculoskeletal Injuries.
Honored to be a part of the Napa Medical Research Foundation and to have Dr. Bodor as a mentor, Yvette looks forward to seeing research performed and knowledge gained at the local level being shared with other medical professionals and benefiting patients around the world.
Being a part of the Foundation also fuels Yvette’s passion to reach her long-term goal of attending medical school and becoming a doctor focusing on modern medicine at the cellular level.
2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Napa Medical Research Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that serve as the principal fundraising and decision-making body.
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 non-profit 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.
EDWARD FLETCHER EYSTER, MD, President
Dr. Eyster is a board certified neurosurgeon practicing in San Francisco. He received his M.D. degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
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.
GENI A. BENNETTS, M.D., Director
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 Initiative. She has worked on a number of not-for-profit entities as well.
JOANNE DEPUY, Director
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 U.C. 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. To date, 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; and
- 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.
TIM HERMAN, Director
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 May Beth Robinson. He has 3 adult children and two step children. He and Mary Beth have 4 grand children.
CONRAD W. HEWITT, Director
Mr. Hewitt received a B.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Washington D.C., 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 U.S. 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, Director
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Moffitt was born in San Francisco and was 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 the 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.
KENNETH NOVACK, Director
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 Ediitors 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.
PHILLIP R. WEINSTEIN, MD, Director
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. Weinstein completed his internship and residency at UCSF, He was a neurosurgeon at Loma Linda University Medcial Center and the University of Arizona before returning to UCSF in 1992.
VOLUNTEER STAFF MEMBERS
JOY ORTSTADT, Treasurer
Joy Ortstadt graduated from University of California, Berkeley. She has an extensive background in Medical Claims, Underwriting and Management and has been working in Dr. Bodor’s private medical practice as his office manager for over ten years. Joy’s took the position as Treasurer of the Napa Medical Research Foundation to further Dr. Bodor’s research into finding improved diagnostic methods and more effective therapies to treat complex medical conditions affecting patient’s physical health. Her hope is that findings from the Foundation’s research will help educate the public and other medical professionals on the most effective current treatment options for muscle, nerve, bone and joint conditions.
When not working in the clinic, Joy can be found spinning on a bike inside or riding around Napa on her road bike. Her love of exercise heightens her desire to help support research that heals, eliminates pain, and enables others to have the physical mobility to do the activities they enjoy.
HANNA STOLARCZYK, Secretary
Hanna T. Stolarczyk has been volunteering in the nonprofit sector as a philanthropic advisor to The Fair Wind Foundation and The Jackson Family Foundation since 2002, reviewing projects and recommending charitable causes to the Foundations’ Boards of Directors.
She serves as Director and Vice President for HELP Foundation, a public nonprofit organization that provides support, care and special programs to mentally challenged, forensically involved individuals in Marin County. She is a volunteer staff member and Board Secretary for Napa Medical Research Foundation.
Hanna’s passion for social justice and her commitment to building sustainable programs for underserved populations fuel her work in the nonprofit world.
Hanna was born in Poland, where she received a degree in literature from Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun. She has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years and holds degrees in linguistics and business from San Francisco State University. Prior to her involvement with the nonprofit world, Hanna worked for several years as Language Consultant and Project Manager for Lucent Technologies. She currently works part-time as Operations Manager for a San Francisco-based hedge fund, SFG Asset Advisors LLC.
Hanna’s favorite hobbies are reading, hiking and bike riding. She is excited about volunteering for Napa Medical Research Foundation and hopes that the Foundation becomes a valuable medical and scientific resource for the Napa Valley community.