Leadership Team

Bernard Siegel

Bernard Siegel

Founder & Director
Jerry Frenz

Jerry Frenz

Chief Financial Officer
Joseph Dawson

Joseph Dawson

Social Media Manager

Mr. Siegel first became involved with the scientific community when, in 2002, he filed a landmark case seeking a guardian for the alleged clone, “Baby Eve.” The case was widely credited for exposing Clonaid, the so-called “human cloning company” as a sham. This case, and the media attention which ensued, allowed Mr. Siegel to meet with scientists and policy experts to discuss the need for legal and policy advocates for the scientific community. This led to Mr. Siegel’s founding of the Genetics Policy Institute (today Regenerative Medicine Foundation) and his commitment to advocacy work on behalf of patients, doctors and researchers involved with the regenerative medicine community

In 2004, Mr. Siegel played a pivotal role in galvanizing a global movement that successfully lobbied the United Nations to reject a treaty that called for a prohibition of nuclear transfer, or therapeutic cloning.

As a recognized policy expert on stem cell research, regenerative medicine and cloning, Mr. Siegel works with the world’s leading stem cell researchers and advocates. He works with grassroots activists throughout the United States, raising public awareness and educating lawmakers, the media and public on stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Mr. Siegel is a frequent panelist and keynote speaker on the subject of stem cells, public policy, patient advocacy and the societal implications of longevity. Among his many presentations, he has spoken at the United Nations, the Salk Institute, the German National Academy of Science (The Leopoldina), and others. He has lectured at more than 40 colleges and universities around the globe.

Mr. Siegel frequently works with the media as a policy expert. His media appearances include interviews with CBS Evening News, the CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and Friends, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Wired News, The Scientist, New Scientist, The London Times, Le Monde, Pravda, The Peoples Daily and many other publications.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Miami (BA 1972, JD 1975). He is a member of the Florida Bar, since 1975.

Jerry Frenz brings more than 30 years of experience in accounting, budgeting and forecasting to the Genetics Policy Institute. Jerry has been a part of theRegenerative Medicine Foundation team since 2008, when he began serving as a financial consultant. In 2010, Jerry became the Chief Financial Officer and has recently expanded his role to include the duties of Chief Operating Officer.

Jerry’s experience includes accounting, budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning at a variety of diverse organizations, including large multi-billion dollar corporations, small corporations and nonprofit organizations.

As a CPA and auditor for a “Big 8” accounting firm, Jerry conducted international budget reviews for operations in Brazil, Australia, South Africa and throughout Europe. One of his projects included a $600 million acquisition. He moved to Florida in 1987, working for FPL Group in acquisitions and divestitures. In the early 1990s, he became the controller of a South Florida retail chain and was instrumental in taking the company public.

Over the past decade, Jerry has brought his expertise to the nonprofit sector. He has served as the CFO in three established and successful nonprofit organizations. He helped grow one organization from a $500,000 operation to a $5 million operation in eight years. Jerry has been a consultant for the Nonprofits First Agency Certification program, which promotes sound business practices in the areas of nonprofit governance, administration, board governance, human resources and financial management. He has provided training to more than 150 nonprofit organizations in South Florida on topics including financial management, budgeting, indirect cost analysis, and financial strategic planning.

In 2008, Jerry was nominated and became a finalist in the South Florida Business Journal CFO Awards. A member of Toastmasters International, Jerry has won several speaking awards.

Jerry earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Board of Directors

Antony Atala, MD

Antony Atala, MD

Board Member

Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair, Department of Urology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston Salem, North Carolina

Rick Blume

Rick Blume

Board Member

Managing Director
Excel Venture Management, LLC
Boston, Massachusetts

Timothy Choate

Timothy Choate

Board Member

Steven A. Davis, MD

Steven A. Davis, MD

Board Member

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer
StemBioSys, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas

Ralph Dittman, MD, MPH

Ralph Dittman, MD, MPH

Board Member

Huffington Foundation
Houston, Texas

Jeanne Fontana, Ph.D, M.D.

Jeanne Fontana, Ph.D, M.D.

Board Member

Experienced senior executive of health-related business ventures.

Richard S. Grossberg

Richard S. Grossberg

Board Member

Richmond, Virginia

Connie Koch Harrell

Connie Koch Harrell

Board Member

President
Keiretsu Forum Southern California
Costa Mesa, California

Katherine R. Lahnstein, JD

Katherine R. Lahnstein, JD

Board Member

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
SEAF
Washington, D.C.

S. Peter Ludwig

S. Peter Ludwig

Board Member

Principal
Fish & Richardson P.C.
New York, New York

Martin McGlynn

Martin McGlynn

Board Member

Stem Cell Pioneer
Palo Alto, California

Sam J. Milstein, PhD

Sam J. Milstein, PhD

Board Member

Mortar and Pestle Consulting
New York, New York

Andrew Ripps

Andrew Ripps

Board Member

Boca Raton, Florida

Bernard Siegel, JD

Bernard Siegel, JD

Board Member

Founder and Director
Regenerative Medicine Foundation
Wellington, Florida

Science Advisory Board

Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Nobel Laureate. Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California -San Francisco. Former president, American Society of Cell Biology. 
Former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics
.

 

William (Bill) Brinkley, PhD.


William (Bill) Brinkley, PhD.


Founding Member, Science Advisory Board

Dean Emeritus
, Baylor College of Medicine, 
Houston, Texas

Curt Civin, MD

Curt Civin, MD

Member, Science Advisory Board

Associate Dean of Research, Director of Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
. University of Maryland School of Medicine. Baltimore, Maryland

Jose B. Cibelli, D.V.M., PhD.

Jose B. Cibelli, D.V.M., PhD.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor
, Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory
. Michigan State University. 
Lansing, Michigan

W. Dalton Dietrich lll, Ph.D.

W. Dalton Dietrich lll, Ph.D.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Scientific Director, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
, Miller School of Medicine
. University of Miami
. Miami, Florida

 

Juan Dominguez Bendala, MSC, PhD.

Juan Dominguez Bendala, MSC, PhD.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Director of Stem Cell Development for Translational Research. Diabetes Research Institute
, Miller School of Medicine
. University of Miami
. Miami, Florida

Fred “Rusty” Gage, Ph.D.

Fred “Rusty” Gage, Ph.D.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Adler Professor
, Laboratory of Genetics
, Salk Institute for Biological Studies. 
La Jolla, California

John Gearhart, MSc, Ph.D.


John Gearhart, MSc, Ph.D.


Founding Member, Science Advisory Board

James W. Effron University Professor. Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cell and Developmental Biology Department, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Prof. Raphael Gorodetsky


Prof. Raphael Gorodetsky


Member, Science Advisory Board

Head, Biotechnology and Radiobiology Labs
. Sharett Institute of Oncology
, Hadassah Medical Center
. Jerusalem, Israel

Joshua M. Hare, MD, FACC, FAHA

Joshua M. Hare, MD, FACC, FAHA

Member, Science Advisory Board

Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine, Molecular and Pharmacology, and Biomedical Engineering. 
Director, Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, 
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. 
Miami, Florida.

Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D.

Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D.

Founding Member, Science Advisory Board

President’s National Medal of Science. Past President, International Society for Stem Cell Research. 
Member, Whitehead Institute
. Professor of Biology
, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
. Cambridge, Massachusetts

Timothy J. Kamp MD, PhD

Timothy J. Kamp MD, PhD

Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor of Medicine and Physiology. 
Co-director, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, Cellular and Molecular Arrhythmia Research Program. University of Wisconsin Medical School
. Madison, Wisconsin.

Stephen E. Levick, M.D.

Stephen E. Levick, M.D.

Founding Member, Science Advisory Board

Author of the book, “Clone Being: Exploring the Psychological and Social Dimensions”. Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jeanne F. Loring, Ph.D.


Jeanne F. Loring, Ph.D.


Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor of Developmental Neurobiology. Director
, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Department of Molecular Medicine
 at The Scripps Research Institute. La Jolla, California

Chris Mason MBBS, PhD, FRCS

Chris Mason MBBS, PhD, FRCS

Member, Science Advisory Board

Chief Science Officer, AvroBio. 
Senior Editor, “Cell and Gene Therapy Insights” and “Regenerative Medicine”. Boston, Massachusetts.

John W. McDonald, MD., PhD.


John W. McDonald, MD., PhD.


Member, Science Advisory Board

International Center for Spinal Cord Injury
, Kennedy Krieger Institute
. Baltimore, Maryland

Douglas A. Melton, Ph.D.

Douglas A. Melton, Ph.D.

Founding Member, Science Advisory Board

Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
. Harvard University. 
Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Stephen Minger, PhD.


Stephen Minger, PhD.


Member, Science Advisory Board

Director, SLM Blue Skies Innovations Ltd. London, United Kingdom.

Mark Noble, PhD.

Mark Noble, PhD.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor of Genetics and of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Director, UR Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute,
Department of Biomedical Genetics
. University of Rochester Medical Center. 
Rochester, New York.

Roger Pederson, Ph.D.


Roger Pederson, Ph.D.


Member, Science Advisory Board

Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine and Cambridge Stem Cell Initiative. University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 
United Kingdom

Raj Rao, Phd.

Raj Rao, Phd.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor and Department Head, Biomedical Engineering. Holder of the George M. and Boyce W. Billingsley Endowed Chair in Engineering in the College of Engineering, University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Founding Director, Science Advisory Board

Director, Diabetes Research Institute. Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery. Distinguished Professor of Medicine. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology. Miller School of Medicine
, University of Miami
. Miami, Florida.

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Skutella

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Skutella

Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor, Anatomical Institute
, University of Tübingen. 
Tübingen, Germany.

Evan Snyder, M.D., Ph.D.


Evan Snyder, M.D., Ph.D.


Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor, Human Genetics Program. Director, Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Sanford Children’s Health Research Center, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. La Jolla, California.

Clive Svendsen, PhD
.

Clive Svendsen, PhD
.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Director
, Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute
. Los Angeles, California.

Sally Temple, PhD.

Sally Temple, PhD.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Scientific Director, Principal Investigator and Co-Founder
, New York Neural Stem Cell Institute.
President, International Society for Stem Cell Research. 
Albany, New York.

Alan Trounson, MSc, PhD, LLD, hon Dr, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, FATSE, FAHMS

Alan Trounson, MSc, PhD, LLD, hon Dr, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, FATSE, FAHMS

Founding Member, Science Advisory Board

Distinguished Scientist, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
. Emeritus Professor, Monash University. Past- President, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Victoria, Australia.

Sir Ian Wilmut, Ph.D.

Sir Ian Wilmut, Ph.D.

Founding Member, Science Advisory Board

Group Leader, Professor Emeritus, Chairman, SCRM building, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine. The University of Edinburgh. 
Edinburgh, Scotland.

Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Distinguished Professor. Founding Director, W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience. Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience.Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. The State University of New Jersey. New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Fanyi Zeng, MD, PhD.


Fanyi Zeng, MD, PhD.


Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor, deputy director of the Institute of Medical Genetics of Shanghai Jiaotong University, deputy director of the Shanghai Stem Cell Institute and director of the Research Office of Developmental Biology of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Shanghai, China.

Len Zon, M.D.

Len Zon, M.D.

Member, Science Advisory Board

Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Director of the Stem Cell Program, Boston Children’s Hospital. Harvard Stem Cell Institute
. Boston, Massachusetts.

Thomas P. Zwaka, M.D. Ph.D.


Thomas P. Zwaka, M.D. Ph.D.


Member, Science Advisory Board

Professor and Director
, Black Family Stem Cell Institute
Department of Developmental Medicine. 
Icahn School of Medicine at
 Mount Sinai. New York, New York.

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