Meet Our Ohana

Our Mission

Ohana One cultivates surgical training programs in developing areas around the world and we do so in collaboration with like-minded organizations. Our work is not limited to single mission trips, but to establishing long-term sustainable surgical training programs utilizing mentor relationships and advanced technology. In doing so, we work alongside surgical providers to help them take on increasingly more complex cases with the goal of elevating and expanding safe surgical care.

Each of our members have unique skills and passion for advancing surgical care in developing countries and working together and with others to advance training and bring mentors and mentees closer than ever. Ohana means “family” and we bring everyone into our Ohana to feel supported, inspired and connected.

Board of Directors

Michele Dee, MD

President

Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

David Kulber, MD

Vice President

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Kylie Tanabe, PA-C

Secretary

Physician’s Assistant
Cedars Sinai Medical Network

Susan K. Laffer

Treasurer

Attorney

Adrian Ashkenazy

Co-Owner
L’Ermitage Hotels

Aaron Bregman

Attorney
Bregman Law Group

Gracie Fermelia

Chief Operating Officer
Causeway Capitol

Marshall Geller

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
St. Cloud Capital, LLC

Tom Gordon

Chairman at DSL Construction
Co-Trustee, Don Levin Trust

Harry Levitt

Managing Director
Mack Financial Group

Karissa Sharifian

Plastic Surgery Physician’s Assistant
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Garry Pearson

Sun Valley, Idaho
Private Investor

Jay Roach

Director-writer-producer
Delirious Media

Sandra Rodriguez, RN

Registered Nurse
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Tom Robert Uhlaner

Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Ohana Team

Marchelle Sellers, MBA

Executive Director

Nasim Hafiz

Project Coordinator

Marvee Turk, MD

Surgical Consultant

Emily Martinez

Administrative

Megan Demijohn

Physician Relations

Scott Moe

Business & Strategy Development

Advisors to the Board

Joyce Brandman

Philanthropist

Andrew Freedman, MD

Vice Chair Pediatric Urology
UCLA Medical Center

Mark Urata, DDS, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Jonathan Browne

Neurosurgical Liaison
California University of Science and Medicine

Gracie Baum

Orthopedic Surgery Liaison
UCLA 2021 – B.S. in Physiological Science + Global Health Minor

Christian Lingamen 

Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery Liaison
California State University Northridge 2020, BS Kinesiology (Cum Laude)

Jaxon Baum

Urological Liaison
TTUHSC School of Medicine
MD/MPH ’24