Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Nevus Outreach establishes governance policy and long-range vision for the organization, and has oversight of the staff. The members of the board are all donors to Nevus Outreach, and share a major responsibility for both ongoing fundraising efforts and significant volunteer requirements.
Danielle Stamatiou, Chairman
Danielle Stamatiou of Toronto, Canada, became the new Chairman of the Board of Nevus Outreach in July 2010. She is a Postdoctoral Scientist working at the University of Toronto where she helps develop alternative fuels.
Danielle's giant nevus covers her left leg from knee to hip. She also has numerous satellites with the one in her right eye being her favorite.
Ever since Danielle attended her 1st conference in 2004 in Columbus, Ohio she felt like she belonged. She further explains that, "I have great respect for what the founders of Nevus Outreach have created and vow to do my best to continue the wonderful job started by the chairs before me. I, together with our outstanding Board of Directors, plan on setting our goals high for Nevus Outreach. As incoming Chair, I look forward to taking our scientific research to unprecedented levels, to reaching out and connecting to people with nevus all over the world and to increasing public understanding and support."
Dr. Bruce Bauer
Highland Park, IL
Bruce S. Bauer, MD, FACS, FAAP, is recognized for having the largest surgical experience in the treatment of giant nevi in the world. Dr. Bauer recently joined NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery as Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery. He specializes in cleft lip and palate, craniofacial deformities, congenital and acquired ear deformities, and the reconstruction of birthmarks, both vascular and pigmented. He has a particular interest in treatment of large and giant pigmented nevi and pediatric tissue expansion for treatment of these patients. While his focus is pediatric plastic surgery, the expertise gained in this field lends itself to the secondary treatment of congenital nevi in adult patients.
He has authored or co-authored numerous papers and chapters related to his field. Most recently he co-edited and contributed extensively to Principles and Practice of Pediatric Plastic Surgery with Drs. Michael Bentz and Ronald Zuker, published by Quality Medical Publishing in 2008, a book which is the recognized as the definitive text in the field.
Active in numerous professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Association of Plastic Surgery and American & Internal Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Associations, he was President of the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 2005 – 2006 and was on the Executive Board of this organization until 2008.
Dr. Bauer is a member of the Nevus Science Group, Scientific Advisory Board, and Board of Directors of Nevus Outreach, Inc. He has addressed the Nevus Outreach International Conference since 2000 in Denver.
Anne Houseal is a retired USAF Colonel, with over 26 years of service. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Though a career Logistician, she also taught numerous courses to all ranks: from Human Behavior and Human Relations to Regional Logistics at the Air Mobility Warfare Center; from specialized seminars at the Air Force Institute of Technology to facilitating diversity classes, Strategic Planning and LEAN teams. Anne’s leadership and accountability was routinely sought. She served on the Air Force Inspector General Inspection Team and was honored to serve as a Commander three times.
After retiring from active duty in 2009, she became a full time homeschooling mother to four children. She and her husband have seven children and five grandchildren. Her youngest is the nevus owner. Anne has attended all but one conference since 2004 and was invited to join the NOI Board of Directors during the 2012 International Nevus Conference.
Born with a large nevus on his face, Matt Luke rose to become a successful Major League Baseball player. During his career he played for The New York Yankees, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, as well as playing internationally in Korea, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republic.
His story is an inspiring one that includes bullying and teasing as a boy, surgical excision and skin grafts - things many families in Nevus Outreach can relate to. Currently in his retirement from Major League Baseball, Matt lives in Southern California with his wife Tara and his children Brady (7) and Brooklyn (4). He is an active realtor, runs a baseball camp, coaches little league, soccer and basketball, inspiring both children and adults.
Michael Kushner is currently a Director of Strategic Accounts at SHI International Corp., a private provider of IT software and hardware. He has worked there since 1996, since graduating from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and Psychology.
Michael is married, with two children. His wife, Wendy, teaches 7th Grade Social Studies in the Edison, NJ school district. His daughter, Ariella, is 12, and has a cape nevus and many satellites; his daughter, Maya, is 8. Michael and his family have attended the past five Nevus Outreach Conferences, since their first, in Columbus, OH, in 2004.
Dr. Miguel Reyes-Múgica
Dr. Miguel Reyes-Múgica is Professor of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he serves as Chief of Pathology and Head of Laboratories, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC. He spent 14 years as Director of Pediatric and Developmental Pathology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He joined Nevus Outreach, Inc., since 1995, and received the first funding award to study congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) and neurocutaneous melanocytosis (NCM). He has attended regularly the Nevus Outreach Conferences, delivering lectures on the Pathology of these lesions, and contributing to our understanding of disorders of nevus cells. He has published significant contributions to the field, and his lab is dedicated to research of nevus biology. He serves in the Nevus Outreach Board of Directors, providing medical and scientific advice. His lab has recently setup the CONDBANK, a tissue repository of samples for nevus cell disorders and other neurocristopathies.
Fort Worth, TX
Lauren Young is the wealth management editor at ThomsonReuters, where she is developing personal finance coverage for ThomsonReuters.com and other platforms. She joined Reuters in April, after serving as the TurboTax Deductionista. She previously worked as a writer at BusinessWeek from 2003 to 2009, covering all aspects of personal finance. Before joining BusinessWeek in 2003, Young had a similar beat as a senior writer at SmartMoney. She also covered mutual funds and capital markets for Dow Jones News for three years and was a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal. Young is a 1989 honors graduate of Penn State University, and she received her masters in journalism from Northwestern University in 1993. She served as as the president of the Medill Club of New York City for six years and was awarded the 2003 Northwestern University Alumni Association Service Award. She is also on the boards of Choice USA and Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College. Lauren is the mother of Leo, born in 2004 with a giant nevus on his back and loads of satellites.