“Always seek expert advice.”
(Floating Doctors internal motto from Day 1)
We are fortunate to have the guidance of a highly dedicated group of professionals who give their expertise to help ensure that Floating Doctors grows in accordance with our mission.
Our Board of Directors:
Peter Gordon: President of the Board
Peter Gordon has been working with Medical non-profits for the last five years. He joined the Board of Floating Doctors in 2014 as the Treasurer and became the Chair in 2016. He previously served as the President of FirstService Financial, a division of FirstService Corporation and also works independently with real estate companies as an independent investor and advisor. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He is also on the Board of Salud Y Paz, a medical non-profit serving the community in Central Guatemala.
Barbara Sutton, is an experienced surgical ICU nurse with additional expertise in procedural cardiac nursing. She received her BSN from Villanova University and has worked 40 years at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Over the last 10 years, her passion for nursing has led her to volunteer for medical-surgical missions in impoverished areas of South America and Africa. She has served on these missions as the surgical coordinator for postoperative care and developed educational material and guidelines for nurse volunteers.
Barbara, also know as Samm by her friends, lives with her husband Peter in Newtown Square Pa. She has worked with Global Health Ministry, LAUGHH Foundation and International Medical Relief. She also serves on the advisory board for Salud y Paz in Guatemala.
Randal Schwartz: Treasurer
Randal Schwartz joined the Board of Floating Doctors in 2016 and became the Treasurer in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law and Marshall School of Business. Randal started his career as a lawyer working on corporate and real estate transactions. Subsequently he served as a Vice President at FirstService Financial and as the Director of Operations and Finance for a technology start-up. He currently works in real estate.
Paula LaBrot: Secretary
Paula LaBrot has served on the board of Floating Doctors since its founding in 2009. She has an extensive background in film and video production. Paula, currently, writes a newspaper column…All Things Connected. Her writing focuses on tech trends of today.
Dr. George LaBrot, MD
Dr. LaBrot has practiced medicine in Santa Monica, Ca. since 1978. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. His international work began with Mother Theresea in India. He has volunteered in Cambodia, Africa, Haiti and is now active in Panama with Floating Doctors. Dr. LaBrot is a regular lecturer for the Remote Care Education CME program, training physicians in the approach to international health care. It is with great joy that he serves with his son, Dr. Ben in Floating Doctors.
Renee Kaswan, DVM, MS
Dr. Kaswan joined the Floating Doctors Board of Directors in 2015 after working on a mission with both veterinary and medical volunteers. Floating Doctors is responsive to a multitude of health needs; since animals and people live together closely in the tropics, they share parasite infections. Preventing and treating those infections is paramount to providing good health to the human population. Dr. Kaswan retired as a professor of veterinary ophthalmology at UGA Veterinary College and is a founder of Georgia Veterinary Specialists, a subsidiary of Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists. Her accomplishments include invention and translation to practice of the ophthalmic products Optimmune for canine dry eye disorders and its human counterpart, Restasis for chronic dry eye in people – this work was significant and gratifying. However, like most of the medical volunteers who work with Floating Doctors, Dr. Kaswan re-discovered the innate human joy that comes from alleviating suffering and feeling appreciated by people who live in resource-limited settings.
Jim served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Sacramento prior to his appointment as President of Chaminade College Preparatory in July, 1996. He is a native of the San Fernando Valley and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and California State University, Northridge. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of San Francisco. He has been on the adjunct faculty of the Educational Leadership program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and is a part-time consultant with Meitler Consultants, Inc., an educational planning firm located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jim served as Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church for 25 years. He currently serves on the Board for Three W International as well as the Floating Doctors. Jim makes his home in Central America and Citrus Heights California. He is the father of six children and six six grandchildren.
Dr. Gene Caine, MD
Additional Advisory Board:
Dr. Ryan McCormick
Dr. Ryan McCormick grew up in Los Angeles, and was a high school student of Ben’s many years ago. Over the years, they developed a close friendship and he became a founding member of Floating Doctors working as the Vice President. After working for a year rebuilding Southern Wind, he worked in the clinics in Haiti and Honduras before going to medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. While there, he took the lessons he learned in providing patient care and expanded on them completing additional education in Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Emergency Medicine, and Trauma Management. After graduating he returned home to Los Angeles working with Ben’s father, Dr. George LaBrot, at UCLA and doing clinical research at LA County/USC Hospital for a year. He is currently completing his Medical License Exams and working as the Research Director for the California Center for Sleep Disorders, and plans to apply to start a residency in Emergency Medicine in July 2019. He working in Panama with the crew several times a year and each time looks forward to going more. He also co-founded RemoteCareEducation, a CME Project with Floating Doctors to train clinicians to function remote medical mission environments and coordinates training module for rotating residents who participate in the accredited course from Remote Care Education and stay on to continue their training for the remainder of their elective rotation.