Board of Directors
Christine L. Grogan — Founder/Chairperson
Vice President Marketing, KCI
As the founder of BRAVE Coalition Foundation, Christine puts to work over 22 years of healthcare experience. She has held positions in professional and consumer marketing, and sales management at Acelity, Allergan, Pfizer, Parke Davis, and Eli Lilly. Christine manages brands relating to specialty pharma, plastic surgery (breast reconstruction and liposuction) and various medical device areas.
Christine has been dedicated to healthcare advocacy for decades. She is a past board member of Flying Doctors/AMREF, former board member of Pink Ribbon Story Foundation, former co-president of Beta Foster Care Orange County, board member of RJW Foundation and a volunteer for African Child Foundation.
Katie Holmes — Executive Director
Katie Holmes is BRAVE’s Executive Director. Katie has a passion to help women who are struggling to make a decision for their best self, post breast cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor herself and can relate to those specific challenges women face following a diagnosis. Katie has a background working with nonprofits and community organizations for twenty plus years and is glad to put that experience to work for BRAVE and the women who need us.
M. Natalie Achong, MD, MHL — Medical Advisor
Physician Executive & Leader, Population Health, Home Equity
Dr. M. Natalie Achong is a passionate believer that disruptive innovation in healthcare requires culturally informed care to effect quality improvement and to enhance continuity of treatment. Described as a “physician catalyst,” Achong has been the primary contributor to groundbreaking projects in population health and healthcare disparities at Connecticut’s healthcare systems. Truly an advocate by nature, some have come to rely on her to make sure all points and points of view are being brought to attention.
Allen Gabriel, MD — Medical Advisor
Plastic Surgeon & Pink Lemonade Project Founder
Plastic surgeon Dr. Allen Gabriel has made it his life mission to help women feel whole and strong. An international speaker on breast aesthetic surgery, Dr. Gabriel has authored more than three dozen abstracts in peer-reviewed publications. He was involved in House Bill 1101 for restoration rights legislation and also visits Haiti every year to provide medical care to women with his organization The Gift of Lift.
In 2001, Dr. Gabriel joined the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Loma Linda University. While there, he volunteered on a medical mission to Ethiopia with Operation Good Samaritan. In 2007, Dr. Gabriel was selected by world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. G. Patrick Maxwell to enter a Breast and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in conjunction with Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Gabriel holds a B.S. from the University of Utah in Chemistry and a medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Clayton Daniells — Board Member
CEO & Executive Creative Director, QooQoo
Clay is a long-standing advertising creative and management professional with over 25 years of experience creating, growing and managing brands for pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics manufacturers. As a founder of QooQoo, he brings a deep understanding of brand engagement and experiential marketing to the digital space. In addition to his work at QooQoo, Clay devotes himself to suicide prevention and is actively involved in the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Ellie Evans — Board Member
Supports BRAVE Volunteers and Events
Ellie Evans is one of BRAVE’s newest members who has a passion for helping women with breast cancer. She graduated from Texas State University in 2017 with a Bachelors in Health and Wellness Promotion. She has experience in Marketing and Medical Education in the medical device field. She has a particular passion for helping women suffering from the psychological effects of breast cancer and wants to help improve patient quality of life. She is cultivating her passion by leading patient research and social media efforts with BRAVE. In her research she hopes to find ways to better reach women to make more informed decisions about their body.
Marie-Francoise Harris — Board Member
Director of Upstream Marketing, Plastic and Regenerative Medicine, LifeCell Corporation, an Allergan Affiliate
Marie–Francoise brings to BRAVE Coalition over 20 years of healthcare marketing and management experience. She has held positions in professional and patient marketing and has extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery from LifeCell/ Allergan, Mentor, Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson. As the Director of Upstream Marketing for LifeCell Corporation/Allergan, she is responsible for creating and leading the strategic development of innovative fat grafting solutions aimed at assisting surgeons in improving aesthetic outcomes in breast reconstruction, reconstructive and aesthetic procedures. Her knowledge of the breast reconstruction market will be essential in her role as a BRAVE Board Member.
Zubin Meshginpoosh — Board Member
President & Chief Executive Officer, Santus Labs LLC
Currently serving in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer with Santus Labs LLC, a position he started in 2016, Zubin is responsible for brand development, strategic direction, and oversight of corporate regulatory affairs, governance, product registrations, and quality assurance. He has overseen the company’s product production transition from an existing manufacturing facility to new manufacturing operations, managing the minimization of back orders, raising of inventory levels to bridge the transition gap, and monitoring of employee motivation to ensure no loss of business during this period. Zubin continues to lead business development and brand awareness initiatives to guide the company’s strategic direction, managing supply chain, manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics across all brand and product lines.
In addition to his executive career, Zubin’s board and committee experience comprises of seats on the Board of Directors of Santus Labs LLC, Enaltus LLC’s Operating Board, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Strategic Leadership Committee, the American Society for Plastic Surgeons Corporate Leadership Council, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Industry Advisory Council. He serves as an Advisor to a synthetic skincare company and is a Board Member of the charitable organization How I Give Back. Zubin is a mentor to local executives on Career Planning and Career Strategy, and he is a member of the South East Medical Device Association (SEMDA).
Michael Schlamp — Board Member
Consultant, Biotech Commercialization, Aquest Consulting Inc.
Mike has more than 15 years of experience in biopharma commercialization and business development on both the industry side (Actelion, NeurogesX, Acologix) and the consulting side (ZS Associates). He has experience in commercial strategy, market research, forecasting, launch planning, and reimbursement planning for a range of programs from in-line to pre-IND. He has assisted companies ranging from Fortune 100 Big Pharmas to private biotechs across a wide range of therapeutic areas (including, CNS, pain (acute and neuropathic), cardiology, pulmonary hypertension, immunology, asthma/ COPD, nephrology, oncology, neurodegenerative disease, gastroenterology, osteoporosis, and ultra-orphan). Mike has a BS from MIT and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sharon Whalen, RN, MS — Board Member
Vice President, ReShape Lifesciences Inc.
Sharon has an extensive background as a healthcare professional for over 25 years. She has held leadership roles in health plans, medical device companies and in healthcare delivery. She has been a clinician in critical care and emergency/trauma settings. Sharon has created and led programs for developing health technology assessment; defining and influencing health policy; building reimbursement and advocacy. Currently, Sharon is VP of Market Access with an Orange County, CA based medical device company.
Christopher Higgins — Ambassador
Supports BRAVE Volunteers and Events
Christopher Higgins is a young Human Resources Professional, who has attained a track record of success beginning in his early college years. Christopher graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration and Management and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Business Administration in Finance at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Aside from Christopher’s fulltime job as a Human Resources professional at Acelity, he is involved in a number of reputable organizations such as Feeding America, Communities in School, Day of Caring, and the Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Advisory Board. Our mission is one that hits home for Christopher, as his grandmother battled and survived breast cancer in the late 90’s. Christopher joins the BRAVE Coalition Foundation with a deep desire to help educate and provide hope for those who have been a victim of Breast Cancer.