The Foundation has recruited Mike Cashman as Co-Director of Development. Mike joins Pamela Minetti to expand the development effort and take the Foundation’s unique venture philanthropy model to new supporters, increase the reach of our message, and create novel partnerships with like-minded organizations. The addition of this position will further the Foundation’s efforts to accelerate the development of new applications of focused ultrasound and its widespread adoption as a standard of care.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mike was the Commanding Officer of the University of Virginia Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and Professor of Naval Science, teaching leadership and ethics. He recently retired as a Captain with almost 29 years of service. “I am excited to join Pamela, Neal, and the team. I have seen how life-changing this technology is, and I can envision a day when it is a commonly accepted, noninvasive way to treat patients,” Mike said. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when it will be widely available to improve, and potentially save, countless lives.”
Neal F. Kassell, MD, Founder and Chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation added, “Mike will bring his proven ability to forge strong relationships built on trust to spread the message about focused ultrasound to those who have not heard it, especially those who have the capacity to really make a difference. He has a burning desire to help advance this technology in a tangible way and will be a great ambassador for our team.”
Captain Cashman served as a helicopter pilot and commanded several squadrons all over the world, most notably the navy’s largest aviation wing located in Norfolk, Virginia. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine and has earned two Master’s Degrees: one in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and one in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.