Jared E Katz- Founder
In December 2001, Jared was assaulted when attending Rutgers University in New Jersey and incurred a traumatic brain injury. Several months after this unfortunate experience and myriad tests later, the neurosurgeon diagnosed him with Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. After continuously researching for pain management solutions online without any success, Jared became extremely frustrated while living with never ending and excruciating pain throughout the years. This would further motivate him to take action. This was not the sort of action to reach out to another nonprofit and find out what’s new, it was the sort of action where he felt the need to construct his own nonprofit organization. One that would allow him to have a hands on approach with research and community outreach.
Jared currently lives in Santa Monica and serves as the Founder and President of Conversion Training, a sports training research company which revolves around Wearable Technology.
Chris Dugan – Board Member
Chris Dugan is a retired NFL placekicker for the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Education where he played football as well. In addition to the NFL, Chris played overseas in Kiel, Germany for one season. Chris has had several concussions during his playing career causing severe dementia. He happens to be the only NFL player to have played with epilepsy as well as acquired Chiari Malformation. Due to incurring many concussions over the years, Chris has endured 52 brain surgeries. Chris is currently a motivational speaker for Chris Dugan’s Motivational Speaking and is extremely proud to be on the Board of Directors for The Chiari Project.
Chris’s quote which he stand by, “It is not what happens to you, it is what you do about it!”
Seth Katz – Board Member
Seth Katz is a resident of Santa Monica, CA and brings an extensive background in philanthropy and non-profit administration to The Chiari Project.
Over the past 15 years, Seth served in roles of increasing scope and responsibility within the higher education industry where he successfully raised millions of dollars. Seth started his career in Division I collegiate athletics selling sponsorships for Wagner College and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He then moved into fundraising roles with Rutgers University, Howard University, University of Maryland University College, and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), respectively. In each of these capacities, Seth focused on raising funds from the corporate and foundation community, but also gained valuable experience securing major gifts from individuals. Currently, Seth is a Director of Business Development with the Higher Education division for Aramark Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that provides food, facility, and uniform services.
Seth is honored to volunteer his time as a member of the Board of Directors of The Chiari Project in an effort to help improve the lives of those suffering from this condition.
Stephen Knox – Board Member
Stephen Knox is a successful business owner who has devoted much of his life to supporting charitable causes.
A native of Houston, Texas, Stephen is the co-founder of 360 x 360 Virtual Tours, a firm that creates high definition 360 virtual experiences to promote commercial and residential real estate, and other ventures. He has volunteered countless hours to helping homelessness prevention organizations and the sober community in the greater Houston and Los Angeles areas.
Stephen is a die-hard fan of the Houston Rockets and Houston Texans. He is thrilled to be serving on the board of The Chiari Project and is committed to assisting those who are living with the condition.
Robert Greenfield-Board Member
Bob is a lawyer, writer, producer and real estate developer. He has worked for a wide array of networks including ABC, FOX and Showtime. Bob also spent ten years at Viacom, handling business affairs and served as SVP of Movies.
At ABC, Bob worked with Aaron Spelling on all his shows, from “The Love Boat” to “Charlie’s Angels.” He helped pioneer the use of popular music on daytime television by bringing together Quincy Jones and “General Hospital” Executive Producer, Gloria Monty, to create original music for the soap, including chart topping singles like Jack Wagner’s ALL I NEED.
He also pursued his passion for designing and building homes, creating some of the most spectacular residences on L.A.’s westside. Bob now concentrates on writing and producing for television and features.
Robert is honored to volunteer his time for a worthy cause.