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Board of Directors

Members of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) Board of Directors assume responsibility for ensuring the Meso Founda­tion’s long-term financial stability and integrity and – through consensus and majority vote with the other Board members – for governing the Foundation and setting its strategic direction and broad policy directives.

Dr. H. Richard Alexander, Chair

Dr. Michael J. Becich, Director

Don Bendix, Treasurer

General H. Steven Blum, Director

C. Mark Brinkley, Director 

Suellen Crano, PhD, Director 

Dr. Faris Farassati, Director

Erica Iacono, Director

Dr. Shreya Kanodia, Director

Shelly Kozicki, Director

Lew Phelps, Director

Sandy Robb, Director

Dr. Dennis Wigle, Director

Eric Witkin, Director

Marjorie G Zauderer, MD, Director 

In Memoriam: Rep. Bruce F. Vento

Rep. Bruce F. VentoBeginning in 1977, Congressman Vento served the people of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a strong advocate for the environment, working people and the disadvantaged. In January, 2000, he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. He joined the Foundation's Board of Directors, and began to speak out on the need for greater mesothelioma research funding. Congressman Vento died on October 10, 2000. For more about Congressman Vento, and his personal fight as well as his public fight against mesothelioma, please follow the links on the right.

View Rep. Vento's full biography. September 8, 2000