Board of Directors:
Rory’s Dad and Co-Founder
Ciaran is a well-known leader in the Irish American community. He is the owner of Molly Blooms Restaurant and Bar in Queens, New York, and of O’ Neill’s Bar and Restaurant in Manhattan. A political figure in Irish American circles Ciaran was a major participant in the Good Friday Peace Agreement which brought about peace to Northern Ireland. Ciaran spearheads national initiatives regarding immigration in his position as Chairman of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR). A familiar face on Capitol Hill, he is the face of the Rory Staunton Foundation in Washington and New York State where he will not take “no” for an answer. Ciaran has overseen many successful community projects in Sunnyside, New York where the family lives. Ciaran is determined to change the way sepsis is treated by those in power and seeks to ensure that all parents know about the biggest killer of children in the world. Ciaran believes that knowledge is power and that knowledge would have saved his son.
Adrian M. Jones
Managing Director – Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Adrian is a managing director in the Merchant Banking Division in New York, where he is co-head of the Americas Equity business and a member of the Global Investment Committee. In 1994, Adrian joined Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division in New York. After spending four years in Goldman’s London office, Adrian returned to New York in 2002. From 1981 to 1989, Adrian served in the Irish Army. From 1987 to 1988, Adrian served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Southern Lebanon. After moving to the United States in 1989, he worked for two years at the Bank of Boston in Credit Derivatives. In addition to representing GS Capital Partners on a number of corporate boards, Adrian serves on the boards of Autism Speaks, The American Ireland Fund and the Galway University Foundation. Adrian earned a BA in Economics and Politics from University College, Galway, in 1986, an MA in Economics from University College, Dublin, in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. He and his wife, Christina, live in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with their sons, Danny and Liam.
Partner – White and Williams
John McCarrick has been practicing law for more than 25 years and represents professional liability insurers, domestic and international, in connection with insurance coverage and liability issues arising from complex antitrust, customer, shareholder and bankruptcy-related litigation. John is the co-founder of Grateful Nation Montana, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships and outreach services to children of Montana soldiers killed on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. John also has been active in pro bono efforts, and co-founded Miracle Kids in 2003 to deliver food and medical supplies to hospitals and orphanages in Belarus and Russia. As part of the Miracle Kids pro bono project, John worked with the Belarussian Ambassador and staff in Washington, D.C. and with Canadian officials to facilitate these relief efforts.
Niall O’Dowd is an Irish journalist and author living in the United States. He was extensively involved in the negotiations leading to the Irish Good Friday Peace Agreement, and is a proponent of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. He is the founder of the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine in New York City, as well as overseeing Home and Away newspaper. He is also the founder of IrishCentral, a global Irish internet website which he launched in March 2009. Niall was born in Thurles, County Tipperary in Ireland but moved to Drogheda when he was nine. After attending Drogheda CBS and Gormanston College, he was a student at University College Dublin, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977. He received an honorary doctorate from University College Dublin for his role in the peace process in 2004. Niall emigrated to the United States in June 1978.
Co- Founder of Eurotech Construction
Rosemary is the Co-Founder of Eurotech Construction, a minority and women owned business enterprise. Based in New York City, Eurotech’s clients extend throughout the city and the tri-state area. Rosemary is the mother of five sons. The health and well-being of her children led Rosemary to establish o2living, a wellness company which specializes in certified organic cold- pressed juices. Rosemary’s belief in the power of education has inspired work on the advisory board for her community’s Catholic Parochial School as well as a two year role as President of the Home School Association. Since 2001, Rosemary has spearheaded and currently serves as treasurer of FISH (Friends in Service Here), a volunteer community service organization serving the needs, particularly of senior citizens, within her local community.
Medical Advisory Board
Edward E. Conway Jr., M.D., M.S., FAAP, FCCM
Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics & Chief of PCCM, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Dr. Conway is Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics and Chief of PCCM at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in N.Y. He has authored approximately 150 abstracts, chapters and peer reviewed articles and is a recognized expert in nonaccidental head trauma and is interested in PICU staffing models and educational training. He recently received the Physician advocate of the year award from the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Conway is a longstanding fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and active in many sections including: critical care, injury and poison prevention, emergency medicine and child abuse. He is Chair emeritus of the Pediatric Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and current Chairman of the AAP PCCM Executive Committee. He is an appointed member of the New York State Department of Health’s Emergency Services for Children Committee. Dr. Conway received his B.S. degree at Manhattan College, M.S at Fordham University and his M.D. degree from SUNY Downstate. He completed his pediatric training, chief residency and PCCM Fellowship at the Children’s Medical Center at Montefiore in New York.
Martin Doerfler, M.D.
Associate Chief Medical Officer – North Shore LIJ Health System
Associate Professor of Medicine and Science Education Hofstra – North Shore LIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Doerfler oversees and directs the Office of Clinical Transformation, a division of the health system’s Center for Learning and Innovation, and is responsible for guiding the advancement of clinical care in accordance with North Shore-LIJ’s strategic aims. Before joining North Shore-LIJ in 2010, Dr. Doerfler was senior director of clinical transformation at Philips Healthcare. Prior to that, he held several senior positions with Visicu Inc., including vice president of medical affairs, vice president of operations and vice president of clinical transformation. Dr. Doerfler received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completed his residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital/New York University, and a fellowship in critical care medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also served as a medical staff fellow at the NIH researching biochemical mechanisms of the cellular response to endotoxin.
Mary Cook Sullivan RN, MS, CNS
Sepsis Project Manager – University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Mary Sullivan is the Sepsis Project Manager at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She has worked for over fifteen years taking care of critically ill patients and their families. Ms. Sullivan has been leading the multidisciplinary team organized for sepsis process improvement at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center since 2003. Her work in this area includes leveraging electronic medical record to incorporate 24-hour sepsis screening, developing workflows to deliver lifesaving treatments for patients and educating front line staff members on the early identification and treatment of sepsis. Prior to her work at UCSF, Mary was the Medical/ Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where sepsis process improvement was her main focus. She is also a faculty member of UCSF School of Nursing, working with graduate level students to learn the scope and role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Mary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Villanova University in 1993 a Master’s degree from the University of California San Francisco, becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2008.
Lucia Di Spigno, RN, MSN, CPNP, CCRN
Lucia is currently a Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Long Island where she also leads the sepsis data collection and sepsis education program. As a nurse specialist who has worked as part of a Pediatric ICU team for over 30 years, we believe that Lucia will provide us with invaluable insight and education into the role of nursing in critical care. As parents who have stood at the bedside of a seriously ill child we can attest to the importance of our nurses who stand in the front line. Not only do pediatric intensive care nurses provide the best of care to our children but they also assume the role of family as they help you withstand the shattering impact of sepsis.