Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D.
Founder & Chairman
Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D., is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leader in craniofacial surgery. In 1989, he established the World Craniofacial Foundation to treat children who had nowhere else to turn. He is also founder of the International Craniofacial Institute and the Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
Medical Modeling, Inc.
Mr. Christensen has been active in the medical-device field since the mid-1990s, with a focus on personalized surgery. His previous firm Medical Modeling created entirely new toolsets in the areas of patient-specific anatomical modeling, virtual surgical planning, personalized surgical guides/implants and 3D-printed metallic implants. He and his company have worked closely with the WorldCF in clinical practice since the late 1990s and have always been strong “in-kind” supporters of the work of the foundation. In 2014, Medical Modeling was acquired by 3D Systems, where Andy lead the creation of a new business vertical for 3D Systems in the healthcare sector. He left 3D Systems in 2015 to pursue other interests.
Andy’s academic interests in the ecosystem surrounding personalized medicine have lead him to speak nationally and internationally. He holds several U.S. patents and has written numerous papers and book chapters related to his areas of expertise. Today, Mr. Christensen is involved in advising medical-device businesses and helping push forward several non-profit endeavors close to his heart. He and his family reside in Littleton, Colorado.
Derek Bruce, M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery,
George Washington University Medical School
Dr. Derek Bruce received his medical schooling at the University of Edinburgh. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he became a professor of neurosurgery.
In 1986, Dr. Bruce moved to Dallas, Texas, where his academic appointments included Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Center in Dallas, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at North Texas Children’s Hospital at Medical City Dallas, and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Dr. Bruce has written extensively on the various facets of pediatric neurosurgery with over 200 publications in journals and books. He has been an invited lecturer and visiting professor in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is a recognized expert in the treatment of pediatric head injury, raised intracranial pressure, pediatric skull base surgery, and craniofacial reconstructive surgery. Since 2003, Dr. Bruce has been Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at George Washington Medical School and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
He works with the WorldCF to help establish craniofacial centers of excellence in developing countries and teaching and operating abroad in pediatric neurosurgery.
Sally Fryer Dietz, DPT, CST-D
Founder & Director, Integrative Physical Therapy
Internationally recognized pediatric physical therapist, sensory integration specialist, author, and child advocate Sally Fryer Dietz has helped thousands of children build better lives for more than 30 years.
Sally founded Integrative Pediatric Therapy in 1994, when her oldest son began showing signs of a learning difference. Unable to find a clinic that provided a wide range and combination of effective therapies, she opened IPT so that her son and other children could receive the help they needed in a motivating and supportive environment.
While serving on the American Heart Association's Youth Education Committee in San Francisco, Sally led the development of "Future Fit," one of the first programs in the U.S. designed to educate school children on heart health and aerobic exercise.
Ms. Fryer Dietz teaches and lectures locally, nationally and internationally, on sensory integration, craniosacral therapy, identifying developmental "red flags," and the effectiveness of integrating traditional and alternative treatment methods to meet the needs of each child. She is the author of the book When Kids Fly: Solutions for Children with Sensory Integration Challenges.
She received her doctorate in pediatric physical therapy from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 2016, her bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine in 1980, and earned a bachelor's degree in child development from San Diego State University in 1979.
Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Research, University of Utah School of Dentistry
Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D., joined the University of Utah School of Dentistry following a long career at Baylor College of Dentistry as chair of biomedical sciences and U24 Senior Magnet Investigator. She is an accomplished academician, administrator and scientist with a record of sustained and innovative scholarship. Prior to joining Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. D’Souza was director of research and professor in the department of orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center dental branch in Houston.
She also served as director and principal investigator at the NIDCR/NIH Comprehensive Research Training Program (T32). A recipient of the IADR’s Distinguished Scientist Award and the National Student Research Group Mentor Award, Dr. D’Souza has contributed significantly to the molecular understanding of tooth development, craniofacial development, matrix biology and regenerative biology. She is responsible for the discovery of the PAX9 gene involved in oligodontia.
Dr. D’Souza received her Bachelor’s of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Bombay in India. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, as well as her master’s and doctorate degrees in biomedical sciences, from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
Chris Fashek is Chief Executive Officer of Atteris Healthcare, a San Antonio, Texas based company that specializes in advanced wound- and skin-healing products.
Prior to joining Atteris, Mr. Fashek served as Chairman and CEO at Spiracur Inc., a venture capital-backed startup in the negative pressure wound-therapy industry. Before leading Spiracur, his career included roles as Chairman of the Board for Systagenix and President and Vice-Chairman of KCI USA. In his early career, he managed several businesses in both U.S. and international pharmaceutical and consumer product industries for Sterling Drug, a division of Eastman Kodak.
Mr. Fashek and his wife Christine reside in San Antonio and New York City. He serves as a director at the IDN Summit and on numerous commercial and charitable boards. He received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his Bachelor’s degree from Upsala College.
Michael Hatfield, J.D.
Vice President & General Counsel,
Catapult Energy Services
Michael Hatfield is Vice President and General Counsel for Catapult Energy Services Group in Houston. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Emory University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Hatfield was named one of the “Top 30 Consultants Under 30” by Consulting Magazine, and also received the annual Accenture Client Service Award for outstanding client service during his tenure on an eighteen-month Human Resources Transformation project in 2004.
Mr. Hatfield has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe as a leader in the legislative drive for children’s reconstructive-surgery rights. He has testified before Congress in support of legislation that mandates insurance coverage of head and face reconstructive surgery. As a child, he underwent many surgeries under the care of Dr. Kenneth Salyer, who featured him in his 2013 book “A Life that Matters” as an outstanding former-patient advocate for children, and as an extraordinary example of the ways in which head and face reconstruction allows children to grow up to lead exemplary lives.
Alexander Macnab & Co.
Alexander “Sandy” Macnab is President of Alexander Macnab & Co., a Chicago-based fundraising consulting company he founded in 1994. The creator of nationally recognized annual and planned giving programs, he has conducted feasibility studies, counseled capital campaigns, and provided planned and major gift support to clients throughout North America. He is also a frequent motivational speaker and workshop presenter on fundraising topics.
In addition to the WorldCF, Mr. Macnab serves on the board of the Take Heart Africa Project, is a former president of the Evanston, Illinois United Way, a past Bequest and Legacies chair, North Shore Unit, American Cancer Society, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on marketing, annual and major giving and planned giving for nonprofit organizations.
Dallas real-estate legend and wonderful longtime supporter of the WorldCF
In Memoriam, 1911-2015
Prolific American stage, screen, and television actor and human-rights activist.
Sam Noordhoff, M.D.
Founder of the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and clinic in Teipei, Taiwan, and a craniofacial pioneer.
Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, M.D.
World-renowned craniofacial pioneer and founder of the craniofacial clinic at Hospital Dr. Manuel Gea Gonzalez in Mexico City
In Memoriam, 1923-2012