Board Members

PrakDr. Prakash Sampath

Founder and President  of the Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation (RIBSTF) currently serves as Chief of Neurosurgery at Roger Williams Medical Center and is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, as well as, Associate Professor (Adjunct) in Neurosurgery at Brown Alpert Medical School at Brown University. After receiving his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, he completed his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.  He then completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital, as well as, a fellowship in Neuro-Oncology (brain tumors). Currently, Dr. Sampath specializes in all aspects of adult neurosurgery with an emphasis on brain tumors, spinal oncology and complex spine surgery.

PictureSJ copyDr. Suriya Jeyapalan, MD
Dr. Suriya Jeyapalan, MD serves as the Director of Medical Neuro-Oncology at Tufts Medical Center where she specializes in neurology and oncology. As a University of Iowa medical graduate, Dr. Jeyapalan went on to earn her Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard School of Public Health. She fulfilled her internship in Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, followed by her residency in Neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and her fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, she focuses her research in genomics to determine the genetic basis of chemotherapeutic response in patients with high-grade gliomas. She also leads clinical trials in the treatment of malignant gliomas and metastatic disease to the brain.

michael-b-isaacs2Michael B. Isaacs, Esq
Michael B. Isaacs is an attorney in private practice in Rhode Island, also admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. In 2014, he was elected President of the Town Council in East Greenwich, Rhode Island for a sixth term. During most of his professional career, Mr. Isaacs was an executive in the broadcasting, cable television and media businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Boston College Law School. He is married to Mindy Isaacs.

LauraLaura Hartley
Laura is the mother of three wonderful children. Her oldest, Michael, is an 11 year brain cancer survivor. She recognizes the help family received during need . Laura’s mission is to give back and is doing so as a Board Member of the Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation, Co-Facilitating Monthly Support Group Meetings for the Foundation . She also volunteers for many non-profit organizations to make sure families who are affected with cancer get right type of help and support.

vk(1)Vaishali Khamamkar
Vaishali Khamamkar is statistical analyst by profession , graduated as Masters in Bioinformatics and works in healthcare field in MA. Joined RIBSTF in the virtue of returning help and care she received from everyone while her father was diagnosed with GBM.

MDargush copyMaeve Dargush, RNP
Maeve Dargush is an adult nurse practitioner specializing in oncology. She received her bachelor’s degree from Providence College in Rhode Island and her masters in nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She currently works at Women and Infant’s Hospital in Providence, RI in the oncology program. Prior to that she was a nurse practitioner in neuro-oncology at Rhode Island Hospital.

MatthewMatthew Netto
Matthew is the State Director of Best Buddies Rhode Island. A Rhode Island College Alum, Matthew has held positions in the Development Offices of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, American Diabetes Association, and Advent House, Inc. Matthew is currently the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Rhode Island Chapter. Matthew also serves on the Board of Directors for Lincoln Little League. Matthew is an avid sports fan. In the spring season he coaches baseball for Lincoln High School and the KR Baseball Academy.

PhilipPhilip R Morin, BS, MBA (finance)
Currently retired. Forty five year career in the Plastics Industry. Work experience included product management, marketing and sales management, and strategic planning. In addition to RISBTF, other current volunteer activities include “Meals on Wheels” and SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, providing counseling to small businesses in Rhode Island. Lost my wife, Phyllis, three years ago to GBM brain tumor.

empty-profile-picKim K. Bigonette