2016 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, 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.
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, 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, Depuy attended the 1988 Founders Circle at Kykuit, the Rockefeller home on the Hudson River.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
ELIZABETH MOFFITT, Director
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. Liz 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.
Liz has been interested in and following Dr. Bodor’s research, which she describes as “extremely practical and evidence based,” for many years. She herself has experienced the discomfort of moderate arthritis and been grateful to be able to stay active, riding her horse, visiting with her two adult children and walking her beloved Labrador, much in part due to treatments based on Dr. Bodor’s research. She hopes that the findings from the Foundation’s research will provide direct help to others who are in pain and keep them in action as well.