Meet the BTER Foundation Board of Directors

Meet our 2016 Board Nominees here.

  Ronald A. Sherman, MD; Board Chair Irvine, CA
"I started treating patients with maggot therapy in 1990. Seeing the miraculous results in wounds that failed months or years of conventional medical and surgical care, I dedicated the next 20 years to making the treatments available to physicians and patients who wanted to try it, regardless of ability to pay. The BTER Foundation is similarly committed to improving the access to -- and the quality of -- maggot therapy, leech therapy, and the many other biotherapeutic modalities."




Donna Beales, MLIS; Board Member, Lowell, MA Donna Beales is the librarian and continuing education coordinator at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA. In addition to serving on the Board for the BTER Foundation, Donna has served on several other boards in the past, most recently the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Library System from 2010-2011. Outside of her involvement in the BTER Foundation, Donna is a member of the Medical Library Association and the North Atlantic Health Science Librarians. Donna became interested in biotherapies in 1998 and has spent many years exploring helminthic therapy. Her paper "Helminths in the Treatment of Hereditary Angioedma: A Theoretical Model for a Novel Therapeutic Approach" was presented at BCBGC-08, an international conference on biogenomics.


Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; Board Member Washington State
"I am an RN and Certified Wound Specialist in the Enterostomal Therapy Department in an Acute Care Hospital in the Pacific Northwest. I treat both an inpatient and outpatient population. Sometimes the right treatment is Maggot Debridement Therapy, the right wound, in the right location and the right patient. The world's tiniest surgeons  can save lives and limbs."


Samuel Kohn; Treasurer Irvine, CA
Mr. Kohn has over 20 years of business experience in the automotive industry. As treasurer, his financial expertise serves him and the Foundation well. Mr. Kohn is a member of the Executive Committee, and chairs the Finance Committee.




Pamela Mitchell; Board Member, Patient Advocate Akron, OH
"I know that maggot therapy works because maggots not only saved my feet from amputation, they saved my life. I remember how hard it was for me to find information and treatment with maggots. I am excited about being on the Board of Directors of the BTER Foundation --- helping others to learn about, and have access to ALL their options." Ms. Mitchell served as a founding member of the BTER Foundation's Board of Directors. She passed away in 2010.




Randall Sullivan, RN; Secretary Long Beach, CA 
Ms. Sullivan served many years as a nurse, and as a wound care specialist. Her experience included patient education, nursing education, and wound care research. She served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Education Committee as a founding member of the BTER Foundation's Board of Directors. Ms. Sullivan passed away in 2014.


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