Satellite Healthcare Board of Directors
Norman S. Coplon, M.D. is the founder of Satellite Dialysis Centers, Inc. (now Satellite Healthcare, Inc.). Dr. Coplon's vision was to create a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research and education in the area of End Stage Renal Disease. Satellite Healthcare, Inc. was founded in August, 1973. Dr. Coplon has actively contributed to the National Kidney Foundation, received numerous honors and awards, including the Martin Wagner Memorial Award. Dr. Coplon was the NKF's "Man of the Year" in 1992 and has authored numerous articles. Dr. Coplon completed his residency at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York and his fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he holds the position of Clinical Professor of Medicine.
Mark Burke, Chief Executive Officer of Satellite Healthcare, has more than 25 years' experience in healthcare, 15 of which have been with Satellite. During his tenure as CEO, Satellite has participated in more than $250 million in dialysis transactions. Mr. Burke has been responsible for launching all of Satellite's major business lines and creating an environment of creativity and collaboration amongst its employees, payers, and Satellite's physician partners. Prior to joining Satellite, he co-founded California Kidney Centers, which owned and operated dialysis facilities throughout Southern California. Mr. Burke currently holds Board positions or advises Satellite Healthcare, the Kidney Care Council, Kidney Care Partners, and Asia Renal Care. Previously, Mr. Burke worked for Baxter Healthcare in sales and marketing management. He earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and did his graduate work in Business Administration at Chapman University.
C. Bradford Jeffries, Esq., is co-founder of Satellite Healthcare, Inc. Mr. Jeffries received his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He is a retired partner of the prominent Cooley law firm, where he developed a national reputation as an emerging company and venture capital lawyer. Brad co-founded Sigma Management, a highly respected venture capital group and Venture Investment Associates, (which began its business as a successful venture capital ”Fund of Funds”) by acquiring the venture capital portfolio of American Express Company. Brad was also founding Chairman of Asia Renal Care, a Singapore dialysis company Satellite and some private investors formed to provide dialysis services in Asia. Brad is a former president of the Kidney Foundation of Northern California and was named the Northern California Kidney Foundation’s “Man Of The Year” in 1994. Brad has served as a director of Satellite Healthcare for more than 35 years.
William J. Long Long is Chairman of the Board and brings 25 years of venture capital and investment banking experience in the San Francisco Bay Area to DISCERN Advisors, DISCERN Group's Investment Advisory arm. Bill joined DISCERN Advisors after his recent tenure at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he worked with technology, life science and clean tech companies on equity and debt financing. From his deep experience with managing IPOs and M&A transactions, Bill assisted a number of Mohr Davidow companies. His venture capital experience also includes co-heading TriplePoint Capital's Private Equity Group where he invested with other leading venture capital and private equity firms and has a distinguished record of investment performance. Bill's investment banking experience includes serving as a senior banker at JPMorgan in San Francisco and at predecessor Hambrecht & Quist, where he worked with a number of internet, technology and life science clients on raising capital and providing advice on mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Bill worked as an investment banker at Alex, Brown & Sons and served as a commercial loan officer for Maryland National Bank. He is a graduate of the Loyola University, Baltimore, where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration.
Daniel R. Herlinger, LFACHE, is currently a senior consultant for Arthur S. Shorr & Associates, Inc., a management firm providing business and strategic planning services in the healthcare field. Prior to this, Mr. Herlinger served as President and CEO of CHW Central Coast, overseeing the operations of four hospitals including St. Francis Medical Center, Marian Medical Center, St. John's Regional Medical Center and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in California. Before this time, he served as Vice President of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Mr. Herlinger is a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and an active member of a number of industry organizations. He currently serves on the board of CenCal Health, Cognitive Fitness & Innovative Therapies, Santa Barbara Rental Housing Mediation Task Force and the California Cooperative Healthcare Reporting Initiative. He is a health policy advisor for AARP and a certified mediator. He received his B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago, and his MBA in healthcare administration from The George Washington University.
Glenn Matthew Chertow, MD, MPH received his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, his MD, MPH degree from Harvard University and his clinical fellowship training in nephrology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Throughout his 18 years of experience in nephrology, Dr. Chertow has published over 200 articles and received numerous honors and awards. Dr. Chertow currently practices nephrology at the Medical Specialties Clinic at Stanford and holds a position as Chief of Nephrology in Stanford Hospital. In 2008, Dr. Chertow was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Norman S. Coplon/Satellite HealthCare Professorship of Medicine. Dr. Chertow has been a referring physician for Satellite since 1999 and has strongly supported Satellite's mission to make life better for those living with kidney disease.
John Panetta received his undergraduate degree and Master of Law and Taxation from Georgetown University. He has over 20 years of experience in the exempt organization tax area. John has led the Western Area Exempt Organizations Tax Practice of an international professional services firm. He also served with the Exempt Organizations Branch of the IRS National Office.A frequent lecturer, John has served as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Taxation at Golden Gate University, and as a visiting lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, National Association of College and University Business Officers, and American Health Lawyers Association.
Tom Williams, Dr PH, MBA is the executive director of the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a California leadership group with balanced representation from major health plans, hospital systems, physician organizations and other healthcare stakeholders. Prior to joining IHA, Mr. Williams’ professional career included extensive executive-level experience in medical group management, managed healthcare and health insurance, including 15 years as a senior executive at Aetna. He has served on numerous private company and non-profit boards involved in healthcare and the environment. Mr. Williams received a B.S. in environmental biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, earned master’s degrees in business administration and public health from the University of Hawaii, and a doctoral degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley.