THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Shawnee Isaac Smith, MSW
Co-Founder, The Heart Touch Project
Seeing the needs of isolated AIDS patients with a compelling need to be touched by the hands and hearts of others, Shawnee Isaac Smith founded The The Heart Touch Project in 1994.
Co-Founder, The Heart Touch Project, Actress, Model
In addition to being a successful model and actress, Rene Russo is well known for her philanthropic endeavors and as an advocate for many children’s causes. René is the media spokesperson for The Heart Touch Project.
Board Chair, The Heart Touch Project
Juliana Bancroft is the board chair for The Heart Touch Project. For twenty years Juliana was a key executive of Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, Inc.
Kurt Tamaru, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Vice Chair, The Heart Touch Project
Dr. Kurt Tamaru is the vice chair for The Heart Touch Project.
Dr. Tamaru joined the Memorial HealthCare IPA (Long Beach,
CA) in October 2011 as Chief Medical Officer
Keri Frankenstein, MA
Keri Frankenstein is a massage therapist focusing on neuro muscular therapy, sports massage and pain relief.
Josh Farzan, CPA
Josh Farzan is the board treasurer for The Heart Touch Project. Josh is a Certified Public Accountant in California. He founded Farzan & Farzan, AAC in 2012. As a partner of Farzan & Farzan, he advises many individuals and businesses in their business operations and related income tax consequences.
Lisa Perry, MBA
Head of Marketing & Media, The Heart Touch Project
Lisa is the head of marketing and media at The Heart Touch Project. Lisa is also a successful global marketer growing world class brands for Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurial start ups across multiple product categories, channels and platforms for over 20 years.
THE ADVISORY BOARD:
Eric Daar, MD
Dr. Daar is Medical Director, Division of HIV Medicine, at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine
at UCLA. Dr. Daar was an early advocate of massage therapy to relieve the discomfort of his AIDS patients, and in his advisory and educational role with The Heart Touch Project he brings current knowledge on AIDS research and patient practices.
Georgia Noble, Ed.D
Georgia Noble is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a doctorate in counseling. She specializes in family systems and their impact on the individual. Using her experience in a range of group settings, Georgia helped to design The Heart Touch Project curriculum and training programs to prepare future volunteers to address the emotional issues that arise in their work.
Margarita Loeza, MD
Since 2001 Dr. Loeza has been the Chief Medical Information Officer at Venice Family Clinic. She also serves as the physician for the school-based clinic at Santa Monica High School and volunteers at Homeboy Industries in their Tattoo Removal Clinic.
Nirbhika Parsani-Moojani, MBA
Nirbhika completed her MBA at the Stern Business School at New York University. In her native India, she carved out a niche leading Kimaya Fashions Pvt. Ltd. from a start-up to a marquee operating business. She has launched retail
stores in India, the United Arab Emirates and, most recently, in the United States. Today Kimaya is India’s largest multi-designer luxury and fashion house.