The Advisory Board is comprised of a group of individuals who are recognized in their respective fields who advise, guide, and support There With Care’s mission.
Sheri Sobrato Brisson
Sheri Sobrato Brisson has a lifetime devotion to working with children with special health challenges. She has facilitated support groups for children with illness and their families for over twenty years. In addition to her direct work with patients, Sheri has developed trainings and conferences for issues surrounding chronic and life threatening illness for professionals, volunteers, and families for such organizations as the National Brain Tumor Foundation. Sheri has been a Board Member or Advisory Board Member for many health nonprofit organizations including the American Cancer Society, UCSF Mt. Zion Auxiliary, Parents Helping Parents, the Cancer Support and Education Center, Bravekids, and the Okizu Foundation.
Drawing on her own experience with a number of hospitalizations and surgeries as a child and then as a long-term survivor of brain cancer, Sheri has made it her life’s mission to help children and teens facing serious or chronic illness uncover their own inner strength through journal writing. Her recently published philanthropic book project, Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges has received four national gold medals with a current circulation of 13,000 copies. For more information about Sheri http://diggingdeep.org/about/sheri/ and her book project, please visit http://diggingdeep.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/DiggingDeepJournal.
Sheri received a B.A. from Stanford University in human biology and earned an M.A. in counseling and health psychology from Santa Clara University. She is Trustee of Sobrato Family Foundation and a philanthropic leader in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dr. Harvey J. Cohen is the Deborah E. Addicott – John A. Kriewall and Elizabeth A. Haehl Family Professor in Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Katie and Paul Dougherty Medical Director of Palliative Care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. He served as the former chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Stan- ford, where he was the Arline and Pete Harman Professor, and as the Adalyn Jay Chief of Staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. He held these posts from 1993-2006 before stepping down to return to a career of medicine and research.
Dr. Cohen obtained both his MD and PhD from Duke University and was a pediatric intern at the Children’s Hospital in Boston from 1970-1971. After spending two years as a staff associate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he returned to Children’s Hospital in 1973 as a pediatric resident. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and was named assistant then associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
In 1981, Dr. Cohen was recruited to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he was named the James P. Wilmot Associate Professor of Pediatric Oncology and chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology. He was promoted to professor of pediatrics in 1984 and associate chair for research and development in the Department of Pediatrics in 1987. From 1985-1990, Dr. Cohen was on the Scientific Advisory Board for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He returned to the Board in 2000, and was its Chair from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Cohen was also a member of the NIH Hematology II Study Section and was its chair from 1987-1988.
Dr. Cohen served on the Board of Directors of Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, and was a board member of the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Health Council. He also served on the Steering and Selection committees of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program and chairs the Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program Committee of Bio-X, a new and exciting venture into research, education, and innovation across all scientific communities of Stanford University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the March of Dimes Foundation, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.
Dr. Cohen’s research interests include clinical trials in leukemia, mechanisms of drug resistance, and determining the roles of proteins in predicting susceptibility to, diagnosing, and treating childhood illnesses such as brain tumors, leukemia, prematurity, and inflammatory diseases. In addition, he has a longtime interest in pediatric palliative care.
Paul Graham Fisher, MD, MHS
Dr. Paul Graham Fisher is Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and by courtesy, Neurosurgery and Human Biology; Division Chief of Child Neurology; the Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology; Acting Director of the Program in Human Biology; and Director of the Center for Brain and Behavior at Stanford University and Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fisher received his B.A. at Stanford and M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco, before completing residencies in pediatrics and neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and then a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Johns Hopkins. He also obtained a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Fisher is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which he serves as Chair of the Section on Neurology. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for The Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Neuro-Oncology, and Frontiers in Pediatric Oncology, and previously Journal of Clinical Oncology, as well as a past question writer for the AAP’s PREP Self-Assessment. He is also an active member of the Child Neurology Society, Professors of Child Neurology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society for Neuro-Oncology, Children’s Oncology Group, Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium, and other professional associations. In addition to being a Board Member of the National Brain Tumor Society, Brainwaves, and Riley’s Place, he has served on the Board of Directors for Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish, and now serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.
Dr. Fisher’s personal interests are his wife Joy and three grown children, Christopher, Graham, and Zoe, along with downhill skiing, bad golf, anything baseball, lacrosse, travel, and his dogs–Gizmo and Ace.
Farley Neuman specializes in litigating cases involving business disputes, accounting malpractice, legal malpractice, and employment law. He has particular expertise in presenting complex cases to juries in both federal and state courts. Mr. Neuman has obtained numerous defense verdicts on behalf of his clients, including in “bet-the-firm” cases seeking tens of millions of dollars of compensatory and punitive damages.
Mr. Neuman, a 1981 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, was a CPA who began his career with a former “Big 8″ accounting firm before commencing the practice of law. He has served as an arbitrator and a pro tem judge for the San Francisco Superior Court; as a member of the panel of arbitrators for the New York Stock Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange and the American Arbitration Association; and as a judge for Stanford Law School’s appellate advocacy program. Mr. Neuman is admitted to practice law in California and Illinois and has handled cases in Illinois, Virginia and throughout California. He was the founder and president of The College Bound Foundation, a non-profit mentoring program for at-risk youth in San Francisco.
Mr. Neuman enjoys the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating (AV) awarded to individual attorneys, and has repeatedly been named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine and San Francisco magazine.
He lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco.
Native of San Francisco, Morgan received a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from USF. Prior to joining the staff of Family House, she held administrative and development positions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Asian Art Museum; was Executive Director of the Foundation for Religious Understanding; Associate Director of Summerbridge National; and served as Director of Campaigns at Golden Gate University. She has served on the boards of Grace Cathedral, Leadership High School, Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation, and the USF Institute for Non-Profit Management’s Advisory Board. She current serves on the Advisory Boards of USF’s McCarthy Center, Kids and Art and There With Care.