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Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Maryam Davodi Far

Maryam completed her doctoral work at the University of La Verne with an emphasis in health care administration. She has a Master's degree in healthcare administration and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of California in San Diego. She holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Chapman University. She is trained as a volunteer mediator through the San Diego Mediation Center and holds a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly California License. She has served as a chief executive officer for a community clinic in San Diego. Her professional experiences include providing leadership in managing diverse programs and services, collaborating with other nonprofit and for profit agencies, community organizations, businesses and private citizens.

Maryam's values and characteristics, include a strong intellect, integrity, creativity and personal energy to effectively engage staff and motivate those with whom she comes in contact. She possesses the ability to identify issues and opportunities and can develop alternative methods in order to achieve consensus. She has a passion for vulnerable populations and is constantly strategizing about better ways to meet the needs of targeted groups. To read more about her accomplishments, please visit her personal website:

Board Chair
Dr. Mira Zivkovic

Mira is an experienced healthcare professional in the field of public health, health education and health care administration. She worked for more then 25 years in an academic setting conducting research and teaching public health to medical students and graduates at the Belgrade Medical School where she held a position of Professor Emeritus. She has an MD, an MS in healthcare administration, and a PhD in public health, all from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She also worked in the healthcare field in the U.S. for five years, including Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego. At the present, Mira holds an Adjunct Faculty position at National University, where she teaches in a healthcare-administration graduate program, and at Grossmont College, where she teaches a course in communication for health care professionals.

Board Secretary
Carrie Ash, BS

Carrie Ash earned a BS in biology from San Diego State. While a student, her extracurricular activities included working as an editor for the campus newspaper, founding a campus organization for married students called the MRS. Club (Married R uS), and serving as treasurer for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a premedical honor society, for which she also served two years as president. Carrie and her husband spent one year in Philadelphia, where Carrie was employed as an executive assistant at the office of a Christian mutual fund. Residing once again in San Diego, Carrie applied to medical school in 2003. However, she is thankful for unanswered prayers as she finds herself free to do a little freelance editing and to play with her two little girls.

Chief Financial Officer
David J. Wu, MBA, JD

David J. Wu serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Cancer Coping Center. David's career spans life science, business and law. Early in his career as a researcher, David held several positions at the University of California at San Diego, and at Berkeley and later at The Scripps Research Institute. His research efforts in cancer biology led to the identification of P16, a tumor suppressor gene on chromosome 9, which is involved in the disease pathway of various cancers. Following his work as a research scientist for a public biotechnology company, David worked as the deal flow manager and venture analyst for a venture capital fund. David earned his JD from California Western School of Law, and his MBA from San Diego State University. He earned a B.A. in molecular biology from the University of California at San Diego. David has authored and co-authored several publications in leading scientific journals.

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