Board of Directors
Theresa Deisher, President
Dr. Deisher’s career has focused on discovering and developing new therapies for grievous human illness. Dr. Deisher obtained her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University and has spent over 30 years in commercial biotechnology, working with such illustrious companies as Genentech, Repligen, ZymoGenetics, Immunex and Amgen, prior to founding AVM Biotechnology and Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute.
Dr. Deisher is an inventor on 47 issued US patents and her discoveries have led to clinical trials of FGF18 for osteoarthritis and cartilage repair, and for Factor XIII for surgical bleeding. Dr. Deisher was the first person to discover adult cardiac derived stem cells, and has been a champion of adult stem cell research, both professionally and privately for two decades. She is a frequent lecturer on stem cell issues delving into topics such as research, clinical progress, policy, economics and ethics. She provides a common sense approach which allows lay audiences to readily grasp the issues. Dr. Deisher has appeared on numerous radio shows, televised debates, has lectured at numerous conferences, and appeared in print.
John Brehany, Director of Institutional Relations at National Catholic Bioethics Center
John Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L. has had extensive experience working in general and medical ethics since 1992. Previously, as the Executive Director and Ethicist for the Catholic Medical Association, he provided direction on health care ethics and public policy issues, supported membership and guild development, served as spokesman to the media, and coordinated publications, advertising, and ongoing development of the Catholic Medical Association. He was honored with the Evangelium Vitae award at the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference in Orlando on September 24-26, 2014 in recognition of his 8 years of dedicated service and contributions to the CMA with a special papal blessing for him and his family. In the past he has served as Executive Director of Mission Services and Ethics for Mercy Medical Center (Sioux City, IA) and Professor of Systematic and Moral Theology at Mount Angel Seminary (St. Benedict, OR). He received his Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University and M.A. in Philosophy from University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of San Francisco with majors in philosophy and theology.
David Bernal, Senior Program Manager
David is a Senior Program Manager – eCommerce with 12+ years of managing and directing strategic project initiatives. A skilled Systems Integrator with expertise in interactive web application development and delivery. Additionally, he is a proven manager with P&L responsibility, responsible for $50-70M consulting engagements with Fortune 100 Clientele. He remains abreast of global commerce issues and multi-tier platforms incorporating legacy systems and newer technologies. He possesses a strong background in Financial Services (i.e., banking, brokerage and insurance) and E-Commerce (i.e., both BTB & BTC).
Education: Undergraduate, Pepperdine University in Malibu. Graduate studies, Public Administration at Long Beach State University. Western State University College of Law in Fullerton
After approximately eleven years David left Pacific Bell as a Technical Director to pursue other opportunities. He has held multiple positions within Fortune 100 companies and titles including, but not limited to: Director of Engineering, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of various organizations.
Ms. Vinnedge is the Founder and Executive Director of Children of God for Life. Ms. Vinnedge is a nationally recognized author and speaker and has provided written testimony for the Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESCR) Congressional hearings. She was honored with the Evangelium Vitae award at the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference in Orlando on September 24-26, 2014 in recognition for her outstanding service and her accomplishment over the past 14 years at Children of God for Life. She has appeared on both local and national television programs, including Fox News Channel’s Hannity and Colmes, a nationally syndicated program focusing on current events and issues. She has been a guest speaker on several national radio broadcasts, including USA Radio, and EWTN. Her work has been publicized in Our Sunday Visitor, New Covenant Magazine, American Life League’s Celebrate Life, the National Catholic Register, Human Life International Reports and numerous diocesan newsletters and periodicals. Ms Vinnedge resides in Largo, FL and is an active member of St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church where she promotes and defends Respect Life issues. She has been married 41 years and has 2 children and 6 grandchildren.