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Lynn Seim

Lynn Gardiner Seim

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Lynn Gardiner Seim is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the American Liver Foundation where she leads the organization’s national education, advocacy, support services, research, communications and development initiatives, supporting the operations of 17 divisions located throughout the country.

She has decades of experience in the nonprofit health care sector. As Vice President of Business Development and Community Programs for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, Ms. Seim managed clinical and business operations, quality improvement and education for its extensive network of community services, with an operating budget of $50 million. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children serves more than 1,500 patients throughout New York City, Queens and Long Island.

Ms. Seim spent more than a decade at The Children’s Health Fund (CHF) and, as Senior Vice President, helped build a national network of programs that delivers essential primary care and services to medically underserved children and families in disadvantaged communities within urban and rural areas throughout the United States. The network provides more than 250,000 health care encounters annually.

She also led CHF’s Post-Disaster Recovery Team that mobilized along the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, in New York City after September 11th and in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, providing clinical and mental health counseling to displaced children and families. Ms. Seim also established three permanent primary care programs serving medically underserved children and families in Gulfport, MS, and Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA.

Ms. Seim has spoken at numerous national conferences on the health and welfare of children, public health education, electronic medical records and the state and role of nursing.

She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from Adelphi University.


David Ticker

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David Ticker is the Executive Vice President, and assumed the position of Chief Financial Officer of the American Liver Foundation on February 11, 2008. He was nominated and confirmed as Treasurer in October 2008. Mr. Ticker graduated from the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business in 1980 with a degree in Accounting and received his CPA from Pennsylvania in 1982. After graduation, Mr. Ticker embarked on a career which as has included stints in public accounting, private industry and not-for-profits.

Mr. Ticker brings to ALF a broad base of experience solving problems and applying common sense to the accounting and finance process. His public accounting background includes 5 years in New York City with Price Waterhouse & Co. and Kenneth Leventhal & Co. performing audit, tax and consulting assignments for closely held clients. His work for Kenneth Leventhal & Co. in the real estate industry served as stepping stone to his next position with the global real estate developer Olympia & York. At O&Y, his financial analyst portfolio included the World Financial Center and One Liberty Plaza with his primary responsibility being the interpretation of the 99 year ground lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

After gaining a solid background in accounting, taxes and finance in the public accounting field, Mr. Ticker accepted a Vice President position in private industry with a domestic textile firm. For the next 13 years, he was responsible for operations, back office support, supply chain management, sales, advertising and product development for the company as it expanded into importing yarn for U.S. distribution from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, South America and Indonesia. Upon leaving the textile industry, Mr. Ticker transitioned his career to the not-for-profit sector when he accepted the position as Director of Finance for The First Occupational Center of New Jersey, New Jersey’s largest and oldest sheltered workshop retraining displaced workers and providing workplace solutions for the handicapped.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Ticker is involved with social action issues in Northern New Jersey through his temple, the UJA Federation of Metrowest, and in Morris County NJ. He has served on the Boards of his temple, nursery school and men’s club.

Mr. Ticker lives in Morristown, NJ and has 3 children.


Nicholas J. DeRoma
Chairman of the Board
New Canaan, CT

Daniel E. Weil
Treasurer and Member of the Board
Alliant America’s
Bannockburn, IL

Thomas F. Nealon III
Special Advisor to the Chair
Miami, FL

Lynn Gardiner Seim, MSN, RN
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
New York, NY

David Ticker
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
New York, NY

Eugene “Gene” Cautillo
Secretary and Member of the Board
The Guardian Life Insurance Co
Holmdel, NJ

Board of Directors

Caroline Berlinger (Mid-Atlantic Division)
Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
Philadelphia, PA

Mike Braunstein
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Boston, MA

Robert Brickman (Greater Los Angeles Division)
Los Angeles, CA

Eugene “Gene” Cautillo (Greater New York Division)
The Guardian Life Insurance Co
Holmdel, NJ

Eddie Cheung, MD, FACG (Northern CA Division)
UC Davis/California Northstate University
San Francisco, CA

Brian Christie (Pacific Coast Division)
Brian Christie Productions
San Diego, CA

Edgar Delgado
General Services Administration
Chicago, IL

Nicholas J. DeRoma
Chairman of the Board
New Canaan, CT

Allan J. Doerr
Marmora, NJ

T. Clark Gamblin, MD, MS (Upper Midwest Division)
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Sanjiv “Sonny” Harpavat, MD PhD (Texas Division)
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, TX

Mary Ann Huang, MD, MS (Rocky Mtn Division)
Porter Hospital
Denver, CO

Michael Kerr
Optimum Solutions Corp.
Woodsburgh, NY

Elizabeth Leesmann (Mid America Division)
The Boeing Company
Florissant, MO

Robert Leventhal, MD, FACP, AGAF (Connecticut Division)
Naugatuck Valley Gastroenterology Consultants
Waterbury, CT

Rohit Loomba, MD
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Robert Merowitz (New England Division)
Universal Reality Corp.
Newton, MA

Thomas F. Nealon III
Miami, FL

Sammy Saab MD, MPH
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Nicole Smith, PhD
U.S. Public Health Service, Retired
Bainbridge Island, WA

Karen Snyder (Desert Southwest Division)
KJC Land Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

Susan Sherman Stone, CPA, MST
Hingham, MA

Emmanuel Thomas, MD, PhD (Southeast Division)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Traci Tigue (Heartland Division)
Cleveland, OH

Hillel Tobias, MD, PhD
New York University Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

Daniel E. Weil
Alliant America’s
Bannockburn, IL

Rockford Yapp, MD (Great Lakes Division)
Digestive Health Services
Downers Grove, IL


Executive Committee

  • Eugene “Gene” Cautillo
  • Nicholas J. DeRoma, Chair
  • Michael Kerr
  • Thomas F. Nealon III
  • Susan Sherman Stone
  • Daniel E. Weil

Finance Committee

  • Michael Kerr, Chair
  • Susan Sherman Stone
  • Daniel Weil

Audit Committee

  • Nicholas J. DeRoma, Co-Chair
  • Susan Sherman Stone, Co-Chair
  • Mike Braunstein

Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Greater New York Division

Talal Adhami, MD, HCMBA, AGAF
Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland, OH
Heartland Division

Jasmohan Bajaj, MD, MS, FACG, AGAF
Virginia Commonwealth University & McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA
Mid-Atlantic Division

Robert S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH, FAASLD (Executive Committee Member)
Weill Cornell School of Medicine, New York, NY
Greater New York Division

Douglas Dieterich, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Greater New York Division

Catherine Frenette, MD, FAST, AGAF (Executive Committee Member)
Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA
Pacific Coast Division

John Goff, MD
Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology Associates, Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain Division

Uma Devi Goyal, MD (Executive Committee Member)
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
Desert Southwest Division

Jennifer Guy, MD
Sutter Health, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Northern California Division

Blaine Hollinger, MD
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Texas-Houston Division

Alisha Mavis, MD
Duke Health, Durham, NC
Southeast Division

Daniel Pratt, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
New England Division

Nancy Reau, MD
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Great Lakes Division

Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF (Executive Committee Member Co-Chair)
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Greater Los Angeles Division

Adnan Said, MD (Executive Committee Member)
Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI
Upper Midwest Division

Rohit Satoskar, MD
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
Mid-Atlantic Division

Coleman Smith, MD
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
Mid-Atlantic Division

Tamar Taddei, MD (Executive Committee Member Co-Chair)
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Connecticut Division

Hillel Tobias, MD, PhD
NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Greater New York Division

John Vierling, MD, FACP, FAASLD
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Texas-Houston Division

Rocky Yapp, MD, MPH, AGAF (Executive Committee Member)
Digestive Health Services, Chicago, IL
Great Lakes Division

Xaralambos “Bobby” Zervos, DO (Executive Committee Member)
Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL
Southeast Division

Avegail Flores, MD
University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Mid-America Division

Terry Box, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
Desert Southwest Division

Thomas Kerr, MD, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Texas-Dallas Division

Gabriel Schnickel, MD, MPH, FACS
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
Pacific Coast Division

Nadia Ovchinsky, MD
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, New York, NY
Greater New York Division

Satheesh Nair, MD, AGAF, FAASLD
Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, TN
Mid-South Division

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