Wayne Eskridge, Co-Founder and CEO
Wayne Eskridge, an electrical engineer from the University of Idaho, worked in software and electronics through a 50 year professional career. He served in many technical and managerial roles beginning as a computer programmer, through multiple levels of technical and managerial positions in businesses of all sizes. He held executive positions in both public and private corporations with worldwide responsibilities, and from startups to Fortune 500 firms. He was recently appointed as a member of the AASLD Patient Advisory Group, which represents the patient community to the medical professional society.
Eskridge was first diagnosed with liver disease in 2010 and, as a result of his own experiences, he became aware of an acute need for an educational resource from a patient perspective. At the core of his motivation is the fact that an estimated 100 million Americans already have fatty liver disease and are unaware of it. While there is currently no medical treatment for NAFLD/NASH, lifestyle changes can be effective. Prevention through education is the only practical solution today. His desire to help others avoid his experiences led him to the decision to become a patient advocate and to create the Fatty Liver Foundation.
Rosemary Wickowski, Co-Founder and Secretary/Treasurer
Rosemary Wickowski is a journalism graduate of the University of Michigan. She is the wife of CEO Wayne Eskridge. Her professional career was primarily with Hewlett Packard where she rose to executive positions in marketing. She served HP in many capacities from product manager for multiple product lines, manager of PR and trade show activities, through sales and marketing manager for the corporation. After leaving HP she founded an internet retail company which she operated until she decided to devote herself to the fatty liver education project led by her husband.
Matt Yust, Chief Financial Officer
Matt Yust joins Fatty Liver Foundation from PILnet, the global network for public interest law, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and oversaw the financial management operations for an $8 million annual budget. He previously served in other senior executive roles at non-profit organizations, including as Director of Finance and Operations at Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Director of Finance and Operations at Clinton Foundation; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at James Beard Foundation; and Chief Financial Officer at Family Care International.
Neeraj Mistry, MD., Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Mistry is a public health physician with wide ranging experience in HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases having served as the Managing Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. He brings extensive global health policy and programming experience having worked in both the public and private sectors, in clinical practice, health policy, and social development. Prior to accepting a position teaching at Georgetown University, he was engaged by the National Health Service in London, and with Merck & Co. He was a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He worked with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund, where he continues to support the technical review panel.
Gabriella Wan, MS, Executive Assistant & Program Coordinator
Gabriella Wan is a graduate of the Master of Global Health program at Georgetown University. Though her studies were spread across the world, she has taken to heart the public health mantra to "lean on the local" and turned her energies to help combat fatty liver disease in her home context of the United States. She has worked as an intern at Peace Corps and the Pan American Health Organization and as a research assistant in the Department of Global Health. While conducting thesis research in southern Mexico on nutrition education programs in primary schools, she fostered a passion for promoting the importance of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle.