Board of Directors

Wayne Feinstein , Chairman of the Board

Wayne Feinstein was named Gastric Cancer Foundation Chairman of the Board in March 2013. He currently serves as senior vice president and investment counselor for Capital Group Client Services and vice president of Capital Guardian Trust Company, a Nevada Corporation. Prior to joining Capital Group in 2001, he was chief executive officer (CEO) of GrantConnect.

Wayne has a robust history of more than 20 years leading large nonprofit organizations, overseeing the development and investment of endowment funds totaling more than $1 billion. In addition, Wayne served as CEO of various Jewish Community Federations in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Detroit over the period of 18 years. Currently, Wayne also serves on the boards of the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and The Arthur Szyk Society.

Wayne holds a master’s of art degree from Hebrew Union College, a bachelor’s of art from Colgate University and a professional designation in financial planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

Wayne’s son Ben died at the age of 20 from gastric cancer.

James Ford , MD

James Ford, MD, associate professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Genetics, and director, Stanford Program for Clinical Cancer Genetics, is a medical oncologist and geneticist at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Ford is developing techniques for high-throughput genomic analyses of cancer to identify molecular signatures for targeted therapies. His focus is to understand the role of genetic changes in cancer genes in the risk and development of common cancers. He discovered that the p53 and BRCA1 tumor suppressor genes regulate DNA repair, and has developed novel assays to examine DNA repair activity in primary human tissues.

Dr. Ford’s honors and awards include the Etta S. Chidsey Award in Cancer Research from the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research Scholar Award, Doris Duke Foundation Clinical Scientist Award in Cancer Etiology and Pathogenesis, Burroughs-Wellcome Fund New Investigator Award in Toxicology, and the V Foundation Translational Research Award. Dr. Ford is an editor for the journals Cancer Research and DNA Repair, is on the scientific review committee for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and a council member for the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

Dr. Ford holds his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and a bachelor’s of science in biology – Magna Cum Laude in Biology, also from Yale University. He has served as intern and resident of Internal Medicine, clinical fellow in Medical Oncology, research fellow of Biological Sciences, assistant professor of Medicine (oncology) and Genetics, director of the Stanford Oncology Fellowship Training Program, and director of the Stanford Cancer Genetics Clinic, at the Stanford University Medical Center. 

Cindy G. Gallagher

Cindy Gallagher, wife of late founder JP Gallagher, joined the Gastric Cancer Foundation Board of Directors in June 2014. She has worked in school settings as an elementary counselor and with families in crisis. Currently, she works as a high school psychotherapist in the Bay Area, as well as a counselor in clinical settings.

Prior to her career in psychology, Cindy worked as a Senior Account Manager for Weber Shandwick, a public relations agency for nine years in their Boston office and later aided in launching their Houston office. She managed several technology clients including Compaq Computers. After moving to the Bay Area with JP in 2000, Cindy worked for a boutique agency, Platinum Tech Public Relations, where she handled the client side of accounts such as Logitech and Motorola.

Cindy brings a wealth of personal experience with this disease as well as a passion to help patients and family members of patients affected by gastric cancer. Her work at Gastric Cancer Foundation will help keep JP’s legacy for hope and a cure alive.

Cindy holds a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received her master of arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.

Hossein A. Ghanbari , Ph.D.

Hossein A. Ghanbari, Ph.D., joined Gastric Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors in May 2013. He is co-founder, CEO, chief scientific officer and chairman of the board of Panacea Pharmaceuticals, which has developed tests for prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.

Prior to Panacea, Dr. Ghanbari helped establish Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation where he served as senior vice president, R&D and Strategic Planning, and on the company board. Before Nymox, he founded Molecular Geriatrics Corporation, focused on developing medicines for neurodegenerative diseases. He began his private sector career with nearly 10 years at Abbott Laboratories, where he developed several pharmaceuticals and the first ever commercialized diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

Currently, Dr. Ghanbari serves as adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Previously, he has held professorships at Pennsylvania State University, University of Florida, and Arya-Mehr University of Technology (now Sharif University).

Dr. Ghanbari’s additional board appointments are the Scientific Advisory Board of the Initial Training Network (ITN) – a European 7th framework program; Smart Medical Technologies, Inc.; and as Chairman, Hygea BioPharma, Inc.

Dr. Ghanbari holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s of science, with distinction, from the American University in Beirut. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, and is an inventor on more than 60 patents and patent applications .

Paul Gottsegen

Paul Gottsegen brings an impressive blend of business acumen and marketing knowledge from his 25 year career in international business and marketing with some of the most successful global technology companies. He is currently Senior VP, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Mindtree, a global information technology solutions company. He has a personal connection to Gastric Cancer Foundation through a close friendship with JP Gallagher, Gastric Cancer Foundation’s founder and previous chairman of the board.

Following his role as one of the original team members of the server division at Compaq, Paul managed the North American server business. He met JP at Compaq, and being JP’s senior by seven years, Paul became JP’s mentor and close friend. Years later, they worked together again at Panasas. Paul served as Chief Marketing Officer with Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions, until the end of September 2013.

Paul’s passion and dedication to Gastric Cancer Foundation are as impressive as his career. He is inspired to use his professional skills to increase visibility for the organization, serve as a sounding board for communications and to support the mission of fighting stomach cancer through research and understanding the disease. We will look to Paul to help us reach the next level of visibility, strategic relationships and initiatives to support our goal of curing stomach cancer.

K. Alice Leung

K. Alice Leung joined Gastric Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors in April 2013. Alice brings a wealth of biotech industry knowledge and cancer drug development experience to the Foundation.

As the Founder and Principal of Sapientiae, a biotech management consulting firm, Alice advises public and private biotech companies in corporate strategy, clinical and commercial development; as well as expert support for public and private investors. Prior to founding Sapientiae, she served as president and chief executive officer of Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company in the Bay Area.

Prior to Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc., Alice was the vice president, general manager of Oncology with Berlex (the US subsidiary of Schering AG, now Bayer), where she was a member of the executive committee and oversaw ongoing operations and future development of the oncology business, among other responsibilities. She joined Berlex after a long tenure with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), culminating in the role of vice president, Worldwide Licensing and External Development. She currently serves as the co-chair, Membership Committee for the San Francisco chapter of Women in Biotech, as well as a member of the Life Sciences Screening Committee for Springboard Enterprises.

Alice holds a master’s of business administration from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a bachelor’s from the University of Western Ontario.

Steve Melen

Steve met Gastric Cancer Foundation founder JP Gallagher in 2008 just after his gastric cancer surgery. At age 38, Steve’s own journey with gastric cancer started three months after JP’s in January 2008. He had the same diagnosis and doctors as JP and underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. To support JP and help fund research to find a cure, Steve helped support the initial Foundation kickoff dinner in 2007 where $30,000 was raised to help JP launch the Gastric Cancer foundation into what it is today. Steve is currently in remission and joined the board in 2016 to give back.

A financial advisor for the past 25 years, Steve has worked at Merrill Lynch, on the bond trading floor at Charles Schwab, and most recently Morgan Stanley. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he pursued a career in finance focusing on high net worth individuals and corporations. He has spent the greater part of 45 years in California.

Lincoln Nadauld , MD

Dr. Lincoln Nadauld is the Director of Cancer Genomics at Intermountain Healthcare, a large integrated health delivery system headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Nadauld joined Intermountain in 2013 with the goal of instituting personalized cancer medicine by identifying and targeting DNA abnormalities. Previously, he was an Instructor in the Division of Medical Oncology at Stanford University where he still serves as a Consulting Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Nadauld has been honored with numerous awards for development and research including the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO), and a Career Development award by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Nadauld’s expertise in the areas of Precision Cancer Medicine and the clinical implementation of emerging technologies makes him a frequent presenter at international conferences and meetings.

In addition to his M.D. degree, Dr. Nadauld holds a Ph.D. in Oncological Science from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University.

Jeffrey Netzer

Jeff has spent most of his professional career dedicated to launching and managing loyalty rewards programs. As VP, Rewards and Partnerships with PLAYSTUDIOS, Jeff brings his expertise to design and execution of unique partnership marketing opportunities to the social gaming space.

Before joining PLAYSTUDIOS, Jeff led Weslyn&Mayne Consulting as Principal, working as an independent loyalty consultant. Brands including Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Wynn Las Vegas Resorts and the Irvine Company leveraged Jeff’s unique experiences for their own loyalty, retention and promotional strategies. In 2011, Jeff served as Vice President with Neiman Marcus, managing the design, implementation and operation of unique, distinctive programs to the highest valued Neiman Marcus clientele through the customer recognition program, InCircle Rewards.

On June 4th 2014, Jeff’s wife Candace was diagnosed with Stage III stomach cancer.  Shortly thereafter, he and his wife founded Stupid Strong, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about gastric cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support to families in need. This effort complements Jeff’s  leadership role with the Gastric Cancer Foundation.

Jeff has also served as a Board member with TACA (The Arts Community Alliance).  This Dallas-based organization champions artistic excellence in performing arts organizations and encourages innovation, collaboration, and engagement through financial support, stewardship and resources.

Susanna Nichols

Hans Rueffert

Hans Rueffert is an acclaimed chef, author, educator, television producer and gastric cancer survivor. Shortly after finishing third in the Next Food Network Star television series in 2005, Hans was diagnosed with stage three stomach cancer. He lost most of his stomach and esophagus to the disease, but is currently cancer free. In addition to his time on the Food Network, Hans has hosted and produced several cooking shows throughout the south, most notably, Hans Cooks the World and Hans Cooks the South.

After his diagnosis, Hans published Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, a cookbook that includes a collection of original recipes, photographs and narratives. In the book, he shares his story about his own stomach cancer in addition to thoughts on healthy eating, optimism and life. In his personal life, Hans mentors people with stomach cancer through both the MD Anderson Network and Imerman Angels. He also teaches regularly at the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

Hans holds a master’s of art degree in Hospitality Management from Georgia State University.

Jeffrey S. Schottenstein

Ron Weintraub

Ron Weintraub is the retired president and CEO of Communication Skill Builders, a distributor and publisher of educational materials used worldwide by speech and language clinicians and occupational and physical therapists. His prior career was with EF Hutton & Co, the stockbrokers.

His national non-profit officer and/or board member experience includes the American Speech and Hearing Foundation, the Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children, the Business Mailers Group, and Parents of North American Israelis. In his hometown of Tucson, Arizona, Ron’s experience includes the Palo Verde Foundation for Mental Health, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Foundation of Southern Arizona.

Ron holds a bachelor’s of science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

One of his children, Beth (Weintraub) Schoenfeld died of gastric cancer in 2010.

JP Gallagher , Founding Chair (1969-2013)

JP Gallagher lost his battle with gastric cancer on February 26, 2013. JP was a passionate crusader for finding a cure for stomach cancer, as well as a compassionate support to others who are touched by the disease. He will be deeply missed, and in his honor, Gastric Cancer Foundation will continue on the path he blazed for us.

JP founded Gastric Cancer Foundation following his initial diagnosis in 2007. He brought a wealth of for-profit and non-profit experience to his organizational leadership. Professionally, he served in senior marketing positions at NetApp, Panasas Inc., and Compaq Computer Corporation. In the non-profit sector, he served as chair and board member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC): Southwest. He also volunteered with The Volunteer Center, Habitat for Humanity and Houston Area Women’s Shelter.

JP held a master’s of business administration with concentrations in marketing and public/non-profit management from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University and a bachelor’s of arts in sociology from Gonzaga University.