Our Board of Directors

Arlene Samen, President

Arlene Samen has been empowering mothers and children to lead healthy lives for over 35 years. After many years as a nurse practitioner specializing in maternal and fetal care, Arlene left her clinical practice at the University of Utah in 2004 to dedicate her life to serving vulnerable pregnant women in the most remote regions of the world. She founded One H.E.A.R.T, a maternal health project in Tibet, and worked with local governments to bring safe motherhood to poor, uneducated women in remote, mountainous regions where one in ten newborns were dying of preventable causes. Based on what she learned in Tibet, Arlene developed the “Network of Safety” model, which brings life-saving care to expectant mothers and infants in rural, indigenous populations. In 2009, Arlene founded One Heart World-Wide and extended the model to remote villages in Nepal and the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Over the course of her work, Arlene has endured political uprisings, earthquakes, and the SARS epidemic in order to provide women safe, clean deliveries, touching the lives of over 40,000 women to date. Arlene has received many awards for her efforts: she was named one of 50 Unsung Heroes for Acts of Compassion in 2001, received the Soroptomist Women Making a Difference Award in 2001, and was CNN “Hero of the Week” in 2008. In 2009 she became a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation, in 2011 she appeared as a TEDxSF guest speaker, and in 2012 she won the Gold Stevie Award for Women Helping Women.

Jay Blumenkopf, Co-Chair

Jay Blumenkopf is a partner in the law firm of Gordon & Rees, LLP, one of the Nation's largest firms. He represents major corporations in complex matters throughout the United States. Jay is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only lawyer honorary society limited to one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He has been on the faculty of several law schools, is a frequent lecturer and has served on several legal Advisory Boards. He has also authored numerous articles in legal publications. In 2014, Jay was awarded the Litigation Counsel Civic Achievement Award for his work with One Heart World-Wide.

Greg Jacobson, Co-Chair

Greg Jacobson is an Austin, Texas based real estate investor and hedge fund manager. Prior he ran various financial services businesses including Manhattan Capital Markets, Countrywide Capital Markets Asia and KB Home Mortgage Corp. His experience ranges from running divisions of Fortune 500 companies to turn-arounds and start-ups primarily in the real estate financial services area. He has served in a variety of board capacities for public corporations, small businesses and non-profits. Currently in addition to OneHeart, he serves on the board of Vetted a veteran’s retraining and mentoring organization and ARA a grass roots safety organization.

Deanna Byck, Vice Chair

Deanna L. Byck, Sc.D, MPH is an experienced health and communications specialist with an extensive academic and professional background in media, film and television production. She holds a Doctorate from Harvard University in Health and Social Behavior, Policy and Communications and a Masters of Public Health Degree in Maternal and Child Health from UCLA. While living in Utah, she helped develop and implement Easton Health and its subsidiaries Rigfit, EMS (Emergency Management Solutions), and Fit to Respond; as well as Local HealthCare Today a healthcare magazine written by physicians that reached 300,000 homes in Utah where she served as Editor in Chief. In addition, Deanna was the Festival Director of Utah's High Adventure Mountain Film Festival. Most recently she Co-Executive Produced PBS’s documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharps War, and she has presented the film to audiences both nationally and internationally. Before moving to Utah, Dr. Deanna Byck was the Director of Public Health Policy at the American Council for Science and Health and a Senior Communications Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development's Center for International Health Information. She developed, researched, and wrote health–related stories for television series such as ABC's Good Morning America and PBS's Frontline and served as senior researcher and managing series editor for the award-winning national television series The Health Quarterly. Deanna Byck is an active member of the community and currently sits as a Director on several Boards including One Heart World-Wide, The Harvard Association of Utah, and The Utah Film Center where she is committed to bringing independent film to local audiences to enhance dialog on social issues.

Evan Kaplan, Treasurer

Evan is a passionate entrepreneur and technology leader with nearly twenty years of experience in the CEO role. Evan's career spans from creating startups in his own garage to leading NASDAQ-listed companies generating nearly $200m in annual revenue. Prior to InfluxData, Evan served as Executive in Residence at Trinity Ventures, and President and CEO at iPass Corporation (the leader in Global Wi-Fi connectivity) and Founder, Chairman and CEO at Aventail Corporation (the pioneer of SSLVPN's, now part of the Dell Corporation).

Michael Draper, Secretary

Michael Draper, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor for the University of Utah Health Sciences Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He also maintains part-time positions at Ogden Regional Medical Center, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, the University of Utah Medical Center, and at the LDS Hospital. Prior to his work at the University of Utah, Michael held professional positions at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Maternal-Fetal medicine and Wake Forest University’s Baptist Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to his many roles as an educator and medical professional, Michael has served extensively in administrative capacities, including Director of Perinatal Services at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Residency Program Director for the University of Utah, Education Committee Chair at the University of Utah, and Co-Director of the Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Center at the University of Utah Hospital. He has given many oral presentations and grand rounds presentations locally and nationally and been published in numerous professional journals. Michael has received many honors and awards for his work in Maternal-Fetal medicine including the World Class U Physician Appreciation Team Award consecutively from 2006-2008 and faculty and resident teaching awards at both Wake Forest University and the University of Utah.

Sarah Averbach

Sarah Averbach, M.D., M.A.S. is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and specialist in Family Planning. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at The University of California, San Diego and the Assistant Fellowship Director in Family Planning. She completed her Residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University and she received her M.D., Fellowship training in Family Planning and Master’s of Science in Clinical Research from The University of California, San Francisco. In addition to practicing obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Averbach conducts clinical research aimed at expanding access to contraception, particularly post-partum contraception, world-wide. She has published manuscripts in a number of peer-reviewed journals including studies conducted in Nepal, India, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Dr. Averbach has received many honors and awards including a Research Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institute of Health and the Humanitarianism in Medicine Award from Harvard Medical School.

Alan Greene

Alan Greene, M.D. is a pediatrician in private practice, and maintains a popular website, He also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Scanadu, a cutting-edge health and technology company dedicated to empowering consumers with medical tools and real-time education. has been a founding member of several organizations, including the Society for Participatory Medicine, Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping (TICC TOCC), and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. Dr. Greene is frequently featured in the media, such as the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Time Magazine. He is also the author of several books. Alan loves to think about challenging ideas, he enjoys being where nothing manmade can be seen, and he wears green socks. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco.

Chad Talbott

Chad Talbott is an experienced attorney focusing on information governance, privacy and security.   He has spent over 20 years practicing in national law firms and more recently in a business capacity with an global cybersecurity firm.  Currently, Chad consults through Talbott International LLC.  Chad earned his B.A. from Morehouse College and his J.D. from the University of Georgia, where he served as a notes editor on the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.  He has authored numerous legal articles on risk and insurance related matters and has participated on panels regarding data privacy and security. 

Our Advisory Board

Natalie Orfalea
Sam Vetas
Rick White

Our Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC)

Chair: Dr. Audrey Sheridan, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Sienna Craig, Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Jeannette Lager, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Beena Kamath, Pediatrics & Neonatal Health
Dr. Suellen Miller, Midwifery & Global Maternal Health
Dr. Susan Niermeyer, Pediatrics & Neonatal Health
Suzanne Stalls, Certified Nurse Midwife

Our Nepal Advisory Board

Dr. Shankar Sharma (Former Nepali Ambassador to the US)

Dr. Swaraj Rajbhandari

Mr. Ashoke Shrestha

Dr. Shibesh Regmi