WESTPORT, Conn., Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of SeriousFun Children's Network has voted to welcome Dr. Suzanne McDiarmid and Eric Feldstein to the Board effective immediately. SeriousFun Children's Network, founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, is a community of 30 camps and programs around the world that offer life-changing camp experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge.
Dr. Suzanne McDiarmid serves as Division Chief for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. A physician at UCLA Medical center since 1993, Dr. McDiarmid has taken on a variety of roles within the hospital, culminating in her appointment as Division Chief, and currently serving as a Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery at UCLA. Dr. McDiarmid's professional life has centered on pediatric liver transplantation and advocating for access to transplantation for children nationwide. Born in Ashburton, New Zealand, Dr. McDiarmid attended medical school at the University of Otago, Dunedin, in New Zealand.
Eric Feldstein serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), a large US healthcare insurance provider. HCSC is the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield operations in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Montana, serving approximately 16 million members. Mr. Feldstein also currently serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the Columbia Acorn Trust and Wanger Advisors Trust, overseeing the operations of mutual funds that predominantly employ small and mid-cap equity strategies. Prior to his role at HCSC, Mr. Feldstein served for five years as Executive Vice President at American Express, with operating responsibility for a large global portfolio of businesses beyond the company's traditional charge and credit card products. Before joining American Express, Eric held several senior operating and finance positions, including CEO of GMAC Financial Services and Corporate Treasurer of General Motors Corporation. Mr. Feldstein earned his BA in economics from Columbia University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
"We're thrilled to have Dr. McDiarmid and Mr. Feldstein join the SeriousFun Board of Directors," said Don Gogel, Chairman of the Board, SeriousFun Children's Network. "The talents and expertise of each of these new members speak for themselves. We are excited for the fresh perspective and ideas they will bring to our organization as we work to better serve children serious illnesses and their families around the world."
About SeriousFun Children's Network
SeriousFun Children's Network is a global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge. With the first camp founded by Paul Newman in 1988, SeriousFun camps and programs have now delivered more than one million life-changing camp experiences to children and family members from more than 50 countries. Each member camp is an independent, not-for-profit organization dependent upon private funding to serve all children at no cost to their families. To learn more about SeriousFun, visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org.
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