Board of Directors & Advisors

Board of Directors

Arlene Samen, APRN / President

Arlene Samen has been empowering mothers and children to lead healthy lives for over 35 years. After many years as a nurse practitioner specializing in maternal and fetal care, Arlene left her clinical practice at the University of Utah in 2004 to dedicate her life to serving vulnerable pregnant women in the most remote regions of the world. She founded One H.E.A.R.T, a maternal health project in Tibet, and worked with local governments to bring safe motherhood to poor, uneducated women in remote, mountainous regions where one in ten newborns were dying of preventable causes. Based on what she learned in Tibet, Arlene developed the “Network of Safety” model, which brings life-saving care to expectant mothers and infants in rural, indigenous populations. In 2009, Arlene founded One Heart World-Wide and extended the model to remote villages in Nepal and the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Over the course of her work, Arlene has endured political uprisings, earthquakes, and the SARS epidemic in order to provide women safe, clean deliveries, touching the lives of over 40,000 women to date. Arlene has received many awards for her efforts: she was named one of 50 Unsung Heroes for Acts of Compassion in 2001, received the Soroptomist Women Making a Difference Award in 2001, and was CNN “Hero of the Week” in 2008. In 2009 she became a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation, in 2011 she appeared as a TEDxSF guest speaker, and in 2012 she won the Gold Stevie Award for Women Helping Women.

Deanna L. Byck, Sc.D, MPH / Board Chair

Deanna L. Byck, Sc.D, MPH is an experienced health and communications specialist with an extensive academic and professional background in media, film and television production. She holds a Doctorate from Harvard University in Health and Social Behavior, Policy and Communications and a Masters of Public Health Degree in Maternal and Child Health from UCLA. While living in Utah, she helped develop and implement Easton Health and its subsidiaries Rigfit, EMS (Emergency Management Solutions), and Fit to Respond; as well as Local HealthCare Today a healthcare magazine written by physicians that reached 300,000 homes in Utah where she served as Editor in Chief. In addition, Deanna was the Festival Director of Utah’s High Adventure Mountain Film Festival. Most recently she Co-Executive Produced PBS’s documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharps War, and she has presented the film to audiences both nationally and internationally.

Before moving to Utah, Dr. Deanna Byck was the Director of Public Health Policy at the American Council for Science and Health and a Senior Communications Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for International Health Information. She developed, researched, and wrote health–related stories for television series such as ABC’s Good Morning America and PBS’s Frontline and served as senior researcher and managing series editor for the award-winning national television series The Health Quarterly. Deanna Byck is an active member of the community and currently sits as a Director on several Boards including One Heart World-Wide, The Harvard Association of Utah, and The Utah Film Center where she is committed to bringing independent film to local audiences to enhance dialog on social issues.

Chad Talbott / Vice Chair

Chad Talbott is an experienced attorney focusing on information governance, privacy and security.   He has spent over 20 years practicing in national law firms and more recently in a business capacity with an global cybersecurity firm.  Currently, Chad consults through Talbott International LLC.  Chad earned his B.A. from Morehouse College and his J.D. from the University of Georgia, where he served as a notes editor on the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.  He has authored numerous legal articles on risk and insurance related matters and has participated on panels regarding data privacy and security.

Evan Kaplan / Treasurer

Evan is a passionate entrepreneur and technology leader with nearly twenty years of experience in the CEO role. Evan’s career spans from creating startups in his own garage to leading NASDAQ-listed companies generating nearly $200m in annual revenue. Prior to InfluxData, Evan served as Executive in Residence at Trinity Ventures, and President and CEO at iPass Corporation (the leader in Global Wi-Fi connectivity) and Founder, Chairman and CEO at Aventail Corporation (the pioneer of SSLVPN’s, now part of the Dell Corporation).

Michael Draper, M.D. / Secretary

Michael Draper, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor for the University of Utah Health Sciences Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He also maintains part-time positions at Ogden Regional Medical Center, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, the University of Utah Medical Center, and at the LDS Hospital. Prior to his work at the University of Utah, Michael held professional positions at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Maternal-Fetal medicine and Wake Forest University’s Baptist Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to his many roles as an educator and medical professional, Michael has served extensively in administrative capacities, including Director of Perinatal Services at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Residency Program Director for the University of Utah, Education Committee Chair at the University of Utah, and Co-Director of the Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Center at the University of Utah Hospital. He has given many oral presentations and grand rounds presentations locally and nationally and been published in numerous professional journals. Michael has received many honors and awards for his work in Maternal-Fetal medicine including the World Class U Physician Appreciation Team Award consecutively from 2006-2008 and faculty and resident teaching awards at both Wake Forest University and the University of Utah.

Sarah Averbach, M.D., M.A.S.

Sarah Averbach, M.D., M.A.S. is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and specialist in Family Planning. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at The University of California, San Diego and the Assistant Fellowship Director in Family Planning. She completed her Residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University and she received her M.D., Fellowship training in Family Planning and Master’s of Science in Clinical Research from The University of California, San Francisco. In addition to practicing obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Averbach conducts clinical research aimed at expanding access to contraception, particularly postpartum contraception, worldwide. She has published manuscripts in a number of peer-reviewed journals including studies conducted in Nepal, India, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Dr. Averbach has received many honors and awards including a Research Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institute of Health and the Humanitarianism in Medicine Award from Harvard Medical School.

Jay Blumenkopf

Jay Blumenkopf is a partner in the law firm of Gordon & Rees, LLP, one of the Nation’s largest firms. He represents major corporations in complex matters throughout the United States. Jay is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only lawyer honorary society limited to one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He has been on the faculty of several law schools, is a frequent lecturer and has served on several legal Advisory Boards. He has also authored numerous articles in legal publications. In 2014, Jay was awarded the Litigation Counsel Civic Achievement Award for his work with One Heart Worldwide.

Alan Greene, M.D.

Alan Greene, M.D. is a pediatrician in private practice and maintains the popular website, He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Greene is a co-founder and the founding president of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He also founded the TICC TOCC movement to educate expecting parents and their care providers about the importance of optimal cord clamping. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for One Heart Worldwide and Eat Real. He is the author of several books including “Raising Baby Green" and “Feeding Baby Green" and is frequently featured in the media, appearing on shows such as the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and The Dr. Oz Show. Alan loves to think about challenging ideas, he enjoys being where nothing manmade can be seen, and he wears green socks.

Sam Vetas

Rick White

Rick White has successfully founded several companies that exited for over $3.6 billion dollars, which included Utah based Fusion-io and Phobos Corporation. Along with founding several successful technology companies he was responsible for the filing of over 300 patents that included everything from downloading apps to mobile devices to a device for dunking cookies in milk. He has been recognized by several industry associations with awards that include Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for Emerging companies, AIGA’s top 50 Brander, CMO of the Year, a Grammy, two Academy Award nominations, Morgan Stanley’s Master Entrepreneur award, as well as many other industry specific awards. Currently Rick White works at Wozniak & White, which is a company he co-founded with partner and friend Steve Wozniak. As well as serving on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations.

Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC)

Chair: Dr. Audrey Sheridan, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Sienna Craig, Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Jeannette Lager, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Beena Kamath, Pediatrics & Neonatal Health
Dr. Suellen Miller, Midwifery & Global Maternal Health
Dr. Susan Niermeyer, Pediatrics & Neonatal Health
Suzanne Stalls, Certified Nurse Midwife

Advisory Board (US)

Philomena King
Rick Schawelson
Lynn Nordstrom

Nepal Advisory Board

Dr. Swaraj Rajbhandari

Dr. Shibesh Regmi

Dr. Shankar Sharma (Former Nepali Ambassador to the US)

Mr. Ashoke Shrestha