Eduardo da Cruz, MD

Eduardo da Cruz

  • Board President
  • Head, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado

Background: Dr. da Cruz trained in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology and Intensive care at the Universidad de Costa Rica and Hospital Nacional de Niños, San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Hospital Necker-Enfants Malades, Université de Paris V-René Descartes (La Sorbonne), Paris, France. He has extensive experience in the peri-operative treatment and medical management of neonates, children and young adults with simple or complex congenital or acquired heart diseases. He is very actively involved in national and international research, teaching and scholarly activity in the fields of pediatric cardiology and cardiac intensive care and is the editor of various CICU textbooks. Dr. da Cruz has published more than 50 book chapters and multiple manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as the Guidelines for Cardiac Intensive Care Training for European Pediatric Cardiology trainees.

Dr. da Cruz Is the founder and Emeritus Honorary Chairman of the Working Group on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care of the Association for the European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology (A.E.P.C.),member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the A.E.C.P., former member of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Intensive Care Medicine of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, member of the Board of the Congenital Domain at the European Association for Cardio Thoracic Surgery (E.A.C.T.S), founder and Deputy-Chair of the Section on Hemodynamics and Cardiac Diseases of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (E.S.P.N.I.C.), and member of various other international societies and task forces. He has been involved in humanitarian projects since 1990, has accomplished more than 30 international missions in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East with the Surgeons of Hope Foundation.

Judith O’Neill, Esq

Judith O'Neill

  • Board Vice President, Legal Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Nakhota, LLC

Judith O’Neill has practiced law in the United States and internationally for 45 years, spending much of her time in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. She has worked as well in, Asia, Eastern Europe, Oceana and the Middle East. She concentrates her practice in telecommunications and new media/ICT sector, working on all aspects of regulations, joint ventures, privatizations, policy, transactions and contracts. Ms O’Neill has represented carriers of all sizes, multilateral organizations, governments, suppliers, financing sources and accounting/consultancy firms in telecommunications and ICT capacity building and development as well as on new media matters.

Judith has worked and lectured in more than 85 countries on the legal, regulatory, strategic and business aspects of the telecommunications/new media and ICT sectors, from internet based communications to the latest form of wave modulation and what that will mean to 5G and later offerings.

She currently works in Central and South America on behalf of Surgeons of Hope Foundation, where she volunteers as Vice President and General Counsel and served as one of its two founding members in the U.S. two decades ago.

During her career, Judith was named in Best Lawyers in America, New York Super Lawyers, EuroMoney Magazine Privatization Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Communications Regulatory Lawyers, Officer for North America for International Telecoms for the International Bar Association.

She is certified to practice in New York, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and before the United States Supreme. She also practiced before the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe Sitting as a Constitutional Court.

Paul H. Phaneuf

  • Board Treasurer
  • CEO and CIO
  • StarCo Capital, LLC

Richard Duron

  • Chair of the Executive Committee
  • Senior Managing Director
  • Atlas Advisors, New York

Richard Duron is a Senior Managing Director at Atlas Advisors.
Prior to joining Atlas, Mr. Duron was a Managing Partner at Stelac Advisory in New York. Stelac Advisory is a multi-family office providing wealth management advisory services. Mr. Duron also worked as a Senior Associate Partner with Cambridge Advisors in Cambridge, MA focusing on Financial Strategies for family-owned businesses.

Prior to that, he spent seven years at UBS. His last position was Vice Chairman in the
Wealth Management International Americas division and also ran UBS’s Wealth Management
operations in Canada and Latin America.

Prior to UBS, Mr. Duron spent 24 years at JP Morgan in various functions and headed the M&A
group for Latin America. He also worked in debt capital markets and in private banking.

Currently, Mr. Duron serves on the Boards of Surgeons of Hope Foundation, Inc. and SPIN Global.

Mr. Duron comes from a family of doctors and believes in giving back to the less fortunate. He also enjoys outdoor activities, being an avid runner and cyclist and completed over 10 marathons.

Mr. Duron studied civil engineering in France and obtained a MS from Stanford University. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Paul Chai, MD

  • Board Member
  • Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery NY
  • Presbyterian Hospital

David Chitayat

  • Board Member
  • CEO
  • Genimex

Since 2001, David has served as the Group CEO of Genimex. David moved to China from Taiwan in 2002 to grow the company and establish new headquarters in Shanghai. David has been instrumental in transforming Genimex from its traditional trading company beginnings into an international organization it is today.

In addition, David has a proven track record in developing and producing new products, many of which are award winning and personally patented.

Ann Garreaud

Ann Garreaud

  • Board Member
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Strategy & Growth Team

Ann Garreaud joined what has become the Publicis Groupe in 2000. Prior to taking her current role as CFO, Strategy & Growth Team, she held the position of Global CFO of Publicis WW based in Paris. She took this role in January 2013 after 7 years as the global CFO of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group. Her previous positions in Publicis Groupe have included CFO roles for several of its operating units including NW Ayer, Kaplan Thaler Group, and Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare. Prior to joining Publicis, she spent 14+ years with Y&R and Dentsu’s joint venture DYR where she was CFO in the US for 10 years including 4 years in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fordham University.

Juan P. Hernández

  • Board Member
  • Director, Latin America Investment
  • Credit Suisse

James Jaggers, MD

James Jaggers

  • Board Member
  • Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. James Jaggers is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with a specialized certification in Congenital Cardiac Surgery. He completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1988. He trained in General Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University from 1988-2003. Following this, he trained in Thoracic Surgery and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Colorado and the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

His first faculty position was at Duke University where he remained on Faculty from 1996-2010. From 2001-2010, Dr. Jaggers was the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. In 2010, Dr. Jaggers was recruited to Children’s Hospital Colorado as Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Heart Institute at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Dr. Jaggers’ research and professional interests include investigations into the molecular mechanisms for uncompensated hypettrophic response in congenital heatt defects and the development of high efficiency and quality organizations in congenital cardiovascular disease programs. He has been co-investigator on two NIH sponsored grants. He has authored 110 peer­ reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Jaggers is a member of several societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association ofThoracic Surgery (AATS), the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is also a member of the medical Advisory Board of The Children’s Heart Foundation. He serves on multiple committees within each of these organizations.
Dr. Jaggers has co-directed an eight-year mission for pediatric cardiac surgical program development in Leon, Nicaragua. During these missions over 130 cardiac surgical procedures were performed. The purpose of these missions was to educate the Nicaraguan health care providers and to help them develop a self-sustaining pediatric cardiac program in Nicaragua.

He is honored and proud to be a member of the board of Surgeons of Hope so that he can continue this mission in Central America and other parts of the developing world.

Michael Katz

Michael Katz

  • Board Member
  • Managing Director
  • Oxworth

Michael is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor and operator with a strong track record in delivering outsize returns for investors across a wide range of industries and geographies. Currently Michael serves as the CEO of Oxworth, a financial services firm focused on unlocking untapped value in the energy and technology industries.

Katz has extensive entrepreneurial, asset, and portfolio management experience, having in aggregate originated and overseen sizable energy, real estate, and technology portfolios as well as being the co-founder and CEO of several successful energy and technology startups. Michael is a pioneer of impact investing and sustainable coastal development in Latin America, and holds a degree from Cornell University.

Nathalie Le Bos

Nathalie Le Bos

  • Board Member
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Publicis Healthcare Communications Group

As Chief Financial Officer of PHCG, Nathalie Le Bos oversees all financial functions and ensures the network continues its strong growth pattern. With more than 20 years of experience, Nathalie brings an impressive background in operations and financial management for the world’s most renowned advertising agencies. A seven-year veteran of Publicis Groupe, Nathalie recently served as Chief Financial Officer, Europe for PHCG. She also served as Operations Control Director for Publicis Worldwide, where she was instrumental in strengthening European operations and worked with large clients Renault, Nestlé, and Sanofi. Prior to her tenure at Publicis, she worked for TEQUILA (an Omnicom Group company) as Chief FinancialOfficer. She also worked with Havas Groupe for 13 years in several roles in finance

Michel Longchampt

Michel Longchampt

  • Board Member
  • Former Chairman
  • Macsteel USA

Recognized by award of the French Legion of Honour medal in 1997, Michel Longchampt spent his entire career, spanning from 1961 to 2004, in the steel industry in various locations in Asia, Europe, and North America. During that period of time, Longchampt assumed managerial positions in trading organizations, was actively involved in major acquisitions, and succeeded in restructuring Arcelor affiliates in the US. He held and continues to hold board memberships in private companies.

Most recently, from 1998 to 2004, Longchampt was chairman of Macsteel International USA, a trading company in steel and non-ferrous products jointly owned by the largest South African producer Iscor and Macsteel BVI. Longchampt resigned from his position in June 2004 but retains his seat on the board of Macsteel International.

From 1977 to 1997, Longchampt was President of Francosteel, the US arm of Arcelor and its predecessors. In the course of 20 years, he oversaw a major expansion of the company. During Longchampt’s tenure, revenues from trading alone grew from $185 MM to $750 MM, the integration of various subsidiaries of Arcelor was completed and a significant number of acquisitions took place in the US.

From 1974 to 1976, he was Commercial Director of Saint Gobain/Pont à Mousson steel pipe division in France. Prior to that, Longchampt was Far East Delegate of Saint Gobain/Pont à Mousson, a manufacturer of glass and cast iron pipes, and stationed in Thailand from 1965 to 1973.

Christian Pizarro, MD

Christian Pizarro

  • Board Member
  • The Nemours Cardiac Center
  • duPont Children’s Hospital

Luca Vricella, MD

  • Board Member
  • The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Antonio Cabrera, MD

Antonio Cabrera, MD

  • Board Member
  • L. George Veasy Presidential Endowed Chair
  • Co-Director Intermountain Primary Children’s Heart Center
  • Chief, Pediatric Cardiology
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Antonio Cabrera has been a practicing pediatric cardiologist/cardiac intensivist for 15 years. He is originally from Chile and grew up in Guatemala. His previous appointments were at Le Bonheur Children’s and Texas Children’s including: Medical Director and Founder of the Cardiac Critical Care Services, Co-Director and Founder of the Heart Failure ICU, Fellowship Program Director (Categorical and Global).

Dr. Cabrera’s career spans three interests: 1) improve the epidemiologic understanding of children with congenital heart disease/heart failure who require intensive care; 2) improve the mechanistic understanding of pathophysiologic processes that lead to intensive care admissions in children; and 3) expand opportunity for pediatric cardiology trainees. To this end, preparation to achieve these goals involved training in pediatrics, cardiology, cardiac critical care, heart failure/transplantation, quality improvement and medical education.

Dr. Cabrera practices at Primary Children’s Hospital Heart Center. His current practice includes, cardiac intensive care service, heart failure/transplant inpatient service and outpatient pediatric cardiology (twice a month fellow clinic). These experiences further his research focus and main interests.

Juan Carlos Fuentes-Rosales, MD

Juan Carlos Fuentes-Rosales, MD

  • Board Member
  • Chief Hospitalist, Associate Residency Training Program Director, and Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine.
  • Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Juan Carlos Fuentes-Rosales is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is currently the Chief Hospitalist, Associate Residency Training Program Director, and Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Fuentes-Rosales obtained his medical doctor’s degree at Universidad Anahuac, Mexico City, Mexico, and completed his medical training in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Boise, Idaho. He got his master’s in Public Health, Administration and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He serves as Advisory Board Member for the Society of Hospital Medicine, NYC/Westchester chapter.

He is originally from Venezuela, has traveled throughout Latin America, and knows the culture and the region. Dr. Fuentes-Rosales also lived in France and England before relocating to New York City. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.


Victoria Flamant

  • Executive Director

Victoria has been the Executive Director of Surgeons of Hope (SoH) since January 2019. She focuses on leading and expanding the organization’s work to ensure every infant and child with a damaged heart has access to life-saving surgery.

Prior to joining SoH, she spent over six years at the World Bank Group and Malala Fund working in fundraising, partnership management and advocacy roles.

Citizen of the world, Victoria has worked and studied in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. She holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor’s in International Development, and speaks English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.