The Team

To execute on its strategy, the Foundation has created a flexible organization that responds rapidly to shifts in the market and technology. The Foundation’s staff is comprised of individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of millions of patients around the world, and bring many years of experience in the scientific and medical fields.

  • Phone: 434.326.9822

    Information Technology and Data Manager

    Mark Adcock, IT and Data Manager is responsible for the operation of the foundation's Information Technology systems and infrastructure and is administrator for its database system. Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, Mark provided technical support and Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia and worked with a smaller nonprofit—the AIDS/HIV Services Group of Virginia.

  • Phone: 434.326.9825

    Communications Associate

    Rachel Berry has returned to the Foundation as Communications Associate, a position in which she supports the Foundation's numerous awareness efforts. Rachel worked as Development Associate for the Foundation in 2010 and left to join the alumni relations team at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville. She graduated from the University of Virginia in December 2009 with a BA in English.

  • Phone: 434.326.9824

    Senior Special Projects Officer

    Alexandra de Olazarra joined the Foundation as Health Policy Intern in August 2014.  In her current role as Senior Special Projects Officer, she supports the Foundation in developing, coordinating and implementing various project activities. She brings with her a nuanced understanding of the obstacles and opportunities facing the development and adoption of high-value biomedical innovations within the context of a changing policy landscape. She received her B.A. in Comparative Politics from Pitzer College and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Virginia with a concentration in Health Policy, Law and Ethics.

  • Phone: 434.326.9834

    Director of Extramural Research

    Matt Eames, PhD joined the Foundation in December 2009.  As the Director of Extramural Research, Dr. Eames manages all aspects of the Foundation’s External Awards Program - an investigator-initiated and peer-reviewed research funding track - and negotiates research funding contracts for the technical, pre-clinical and clinical research funded through the Foundation’s Internal Awards Programs.  His research experience in ultrasound physics and transducer design and evaluation allows him to form collaborative relationships with members of the ultrasound industry and research communities who share a common interest in advancing the Foundation's research programs.  Dr. Eames earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, both in Biomedical Engineering.

  • Phone: 434.284.9280

    Chief Scientific Officer

    Jessica Foley, PhD joined the Foundation in 2012 after a more than 11-year career in the field of focused ultrasound that spanned academic, industrial and government worlds.  As Chief Scientific Officer, Foley guides the strategy, development, and implementation of the scientific and research programs and activities within the Foundation, and aligns these with communications and development efforts. She also leads alliance-building efforts with external stakeholders including (but not limited to) governmental policymakers, regulatory agencies, and disease-specific foundations whose interests are complementary to those of the Foundation. She is a representative and advocate for the Foundation and the focused ultrasound community among a wide variety of stakeholders. Her experience prior to the Foundation included several years with InSightec as the Neuro Projects Manager and Clinical Marketing Manager; Senior Scientist at Medtronic; and serving as a 2011-2012 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. She holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a PhD in Bioengineering (emphasis in focused ultrasound) from the University of Washington. Dr. Foley has numerous publications, patents, and presentations at academic conferences in the field of focused ultrasound.  

  • Phone: 434.220.4657

    Accountant

    Sarah Gray joined the Foundation in July 2014 as Accountant. She brings over nine years of varied accounting experience, including several years with Rosetta Stone Ltd. and Power Monitors Inc. In addition to varied accounting functions, Sarah assists the Director of Finance and the Business Manager in payroll, benefits administration, and charitable state solicitation registrations. Sarah holds dual Associate degrees in Accounting and Business Management, graduating magna cum laude.

  • Phone: 434.326.9838

    Director of Finance

    Sara Horton, as the Director of Finance, brings over 15 years of financial management and leadership to the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2009, Sara was the Director of Finance of a non-profit organization in Northern Virginia. Sara is responsible for the Foundation’s fiscal management and organizational compliance. With Sara’s diversified experience, she also provides oversight and guidance for the Foundations contractual obligations. She holds a BA in Business Management from the University of South Carolina.

  • Phone: 434.326.9837

    Director of Clinical Trials Coordination

    Robin Jones joined the Foundation in August 2009 as Director of Clinical Trials Coordination. Robin’s 11 years of clinical research experience includes project startup for global studies, corporate training and instructional design, site monitoring, investigative site support, and essential document review. Prior to joining the Foundation, Robin worked as a Manager of Clinical Operations for PRA International, a Contract Research Organization.

  • Phone: 434.326.9835

    Foundation Chairman

    Dr. Kassell is the founder and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia, where he was co-chair until 2006. He has published more than 500 scientific papers and book chapters, and his research has been supported by over $30 million in NIH and industry grants and contracts. A member of numerous medical societies in the United States and abroad, he has served on many standing and ad hoc committees of the National Institutes of Health and in an editorial capacity for a variety of academic journals. In April 2016, he was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel of Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Dr. Kassell is a founder of numerous private ventures including Interax, Inc.; the Virginia Neurological Institute; Multimedia Medical Systems, Inc.; the Neuroclinical Trials Center; the NeuroVenture Fund; and MedSpecialists.net. He has served on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Eclypsis Corporation; INC Research; the Prostate Cancer Foundation; InSightec, Ltd.; the Expedition Trust Company; Tuesday Evening Concert Series and Virginia National Bank, and is currently a director of the La Gesse Foundation and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. He is a shareholder in Insightec, Ltd., where he also served on the board until 2012. Dr. Kassell received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Phone: 434.326.9833

    Director of Communications

    Susan Klees has more than two decades of health and science communications experience, helping leading organizations reach out to patients, professionals and other key stakeholders while navigating complex scientific, regulatory and marketing challenges. She previously managed Ketchum’s Washington, D.C healthcare practice, counseling a portfolio of clients including pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, healthcare providers, government agencies, advocacy groups and professional organizations. She graduated with a BA in communications studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Chief Medical Officer

    As the Chief Medical Officer, Suzanne LeBlang, MD, represents the Foundation at conferences and major events, keeps abreast of the progress of clinical studies, ensures medical accuracy of Foundation communications, and directs patient inquiries. She has over 10 years of clinical experience performing focused ultrasound treatments on uterine fibroids and bone metastases and serves as Neuroradiologist and Medical Director of MR Guided Focused Ultrasound at the University MRI & Diagnostic Imaging Centers in Boca Raton, FL. She has published papers and delivered numerous scientific talks in the field of focused ultrasound. Suzanne received her B.A. in Biology and M.D. degree from the University of Miami 6 year Honor’s Program in Medical Education. She serves on the faculty at the University of Miami Medical School where she is the Radiology Clinical Coordinator for the 3rd year M.D./M.P.H. students, and she teaches at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine. She has been visiting faculty at several institutions including Harvard University and Ohio State University.

  • Phone: 434.326.0924

    Development Officer

    Jessica joined the Foundation as a Development Officer in January 2017, working to steward relationships with existing donors, and introduce new supporters to the Foundation’s mission. She gained valuable healthcare development and communications experience through roles with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and University of Virginia Health System. Jessica is a member of the Junior League of Charlottesville. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish.

  • Phone: 434.326.9831

    Chief Medical Officer

    Tim Meakem, MD, joined the Foundation in 2016 as Chief Medical Officer. He helps cultivate relationships with key physicians and health system leaders as well as oversees the growing number of research projects the Foundation is supporting at leading academic research institutions around the world. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tim was also the CEO of a contract research organization and then the CMO of a medical device company. His background includes leadership positions in anesthesia that included private practice and teaching at the University of Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Bowdoin College followed by graduation from the UVA School of Medicine.

  • Phone: 434.326.9823

    Director of Technology

  • Phone: 434.284.9285

    Development Officer

    As Development Officer, Susan works with the Director to steward existing donors and cultivate new supporters. She has a decade of experience in legal writing and reporting. Susan's interest in medical advancement was first sparked when she was a communications liaison with the Medical Society of Virginia. Having recently watched a family member undergo treatment for a brain tumor, she is very enthusiastic about focused ultrasound and its potential impact on patients and families. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina and a Juris Doctor from University of Richmond.

  • Phone: 434.326.9830

    Director of Development

    Having been involved with the Foundation in a volunteer capacity since 2013, Nora stepped into her current role as Director of Development in January 2015. She brings with her extensive development experience at the Montpelier Foundation, her alma mater St. Anne’s-Belfield School, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Nora currently serves on the boards of the Piedmont Environment Council and the Charlottesville Albemarle Transportation Coalition and is an active member of the Albemarle Garden Club and the Contemporary Club of Albemarle. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Richmond where she majored in English Literature with a minor in Art History.

  • Phone: 434.326.9826

    Business Manager

    Mary Rose Serafini joined the Foundation in April 2008 as Business Manager. She brings a variety of work experiences in nonprofits, for-profits, and a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. She manages the business operations of the Foundation, encompassing finance and budgeting, human resources, project management processes, and facilities. As Business Manager, she ensures the establishment and continuous improvement of systems, processes, and policies that support a dynamic, entrepreneurial organization where flexibility and fluidity are critical.

  • Phone: 434.284.9282

    Executive Assistant

    Amber Smith is a native of Charlottesville, VA. She attended and graduated from Charlottesville High School, Class of '05. She, then, attended and graduated from Radford University in '09 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in contemporary modern dance. After graduation, she returned home to Charlottesville. She worked within the University of Virginia in their Health Information Services department for 5 years, before she was offered a position with the Foundation.

  • Phone: 434.326.9836

    Technical Director – Brain Program

    John Snell, PhD is the Technical Director of the FUS Foundation's Brain Program, joining the Foundation in October 2009. He received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1994 and brings a depth of academic and commercial experience in the areas of medical image analysis, neurosurgical planning, surgical navigation, radiation therapy and radiosurgery planning.  Dr. Snell has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia Neurological Surgery Department and has made contributions to commercial medical device development with several companies including Multimedia Medical Systems, Medical Numerics and Varian Medical Systems. John is responsible for the definition and coordination of Brain Program technical research projects as well as providing engineering support to participating research sites.

  • Phone: 434.326.9821

    Scientific Programs Manager

    Kelsie Timbie joined the Foundation in 2015. As the Scientific Programs Manager, she is responsible for developing and guiding research projects that address critical unmet needs and will further the Foundation’s mission of widespread clinical adoption of this technology. She is involved in managing the research portfolios of the Cancer Immunotherapy and Brain Programs here at the Foundation, as her extensive research experience in brain and cancer applications for focused ultrasound provides her with particular insight in these areas. Kelsie earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and is currently completing her Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

  • Phone: 434.326.9828

    Scientific Programs Associate

    Pete Weber joined the Foundation in June 2014 as the Scientific Programs Associate. He provides support for the implementation of research and scientific programs and activities for the Foundation, and acts as a liaison between the Foundation and the focused ultrasound research community. Pete graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Nanomedicine Engineering.

  • Phone: 434.326.9838

    Chief Financial Officer

    Kurt Woerpel, M.S., C.P.A., joined the Foundation in 2013 as its Chief Financial Officer. He has extensive business experience serving both start-up and established companies as CFO including twenty-one years at Carden Jennings Publishing, ten years at ScholarOne (sold to Thomson Reuters) and five years at Potomac Supply Corporation. He has been a licensed CPA in Virginia since 1992 and received both his M.S. in Accounting and B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

  • Phone: 434.277.1274

    Director of Operations

    Emily White, MD joined the Foundation in 2016 as Director of Operations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. White was a private consultant working in operations and business development support in the healthcare and medical start-up space. Her clients have included everything from a 4,000+ employee, publically traded, health care company to a brand new start-up with two employees. Her background includes training in general surgery, leadership positions in several highly technical start-up companies with federal clients, non-profit executive management and over 25 years of grant writing experience. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology & Anthropology at Smith College, holds certification for Community Conflict Resolution from Loyola Law School, and is a University of Virginia School of Medicine graduate.

  • Phone: 434.326.9832

    Development Information Specialist

    Catherine Zimmerman joined the Foundation in July 2015, bringing 20 years of experience in the non-profit, governmental and private sectors to support the activities of the Development team. Catherine has worked with wolves, run tour boat programs, enforced environmental laws, created education programs, conducted market research and run a small business. All the while gathering experiences in development, outreach and entrepreneurialship. Catherine holds a BA in Environmental and Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.