Chairman of TLC International Board
An innovative and very successful entrepreneur, Simon is the founder of a number of successful businesses and investor behind a number of enterprises. He sold his first business, (the first company in Europe to stream feature films over the internet), in 2000, to German public company, Helkon Media AG. He was 28 at the time.
Since then Simon has developed other businesses including Lovefilm and Redbus Film Distribution which was eventually sold to Lionsgate, a US film studio.
Simon has won a number of awards for business, including the Sunday Times Fast Track award.
In 2013 Simon was selected as one of the world’s 100 top innovators by British Airways and was part of the “BA Ungrounded” flight for the 2013 G8 summit.
Simon switched his focus in 2008 to philanthropic pursuits. He established and funded a charitable Foundation, the Franks Family Foundation, (www.thefff.org) which he worked for on a full time basis for a number of years.
Through his work at the FFF Simon has participated in many conferences around the world dealing with developing world issues, NGO organisation and civil society. He has also has sought to promote in the developed world a focus on important social issues and to promote a more progressive balanced world.
Business and Public Relations
Michael Owen is a principal and co-founder of Baystrategy, LLC a management consulting firm based in Los Angeles.
Specializing in the provision of interim management services, strategic planning and debt and equity fundraising in the U.S.A. and the European Union, Baystrategy also provides general and technical project management services.
Michael currently serves as a non-executive director of Premier Mission Group Ltd, a London based brand development company, where he advises on strategy and alliances; and Bayskills Inc, a Los Angeles based executive search and IT contract staffing company. Michael is a member of the advisory boards of several companies in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.A., and a co-founder of WHS Fund, a not-for-profit venture capital fund based in Cambodia.
Administration and Planning
Louise Myers is an international healthcare management consultant with experience working in Africa (Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda, and Malawi), Southeast Asia (Cambodia), South America (Argentina), The Caucasus Region (Georgia), and in The Balkans (Albania). In addition to overseas assignments, Louise has traveled with Federally Qualified Healthcare Center site assessment teams in the United States.
Louise worked for twenty years at The George Washington University Medical Center in a series of executive management positions including Associate Administrator for Facilities Development and Associate Administrator for Operations. For over five years she served as the Executive Director of IONA Senior Services, a model community and home-based senior services program in Washington, DC. In 2002 Louise was an official U.S. Delegate to the United Nations World Assembly on Aging in Madrid, Spain.
Louise holds graduate degrees in Health Care Administration (George Washington University) and Social Work Administration and Policy (University of Michigan). For seven years she served as a Director of the Better Way Foundation and was actively involved in grantee site visits, research, monitoring and evaluation of Most-Vulnerable Children Projects funded by the foundation in Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania.
Dr. Michael Shepherd
MB BS (Lon) MRCS LRCP FRNZCGP DCH DRCOG DFSRH
Dr Shepherd qualified in London UK, and after training jobs in the UK moved to New Zealand where he worked for many years, initially in general medicine at Wellington Hospital and subsequently in primary care. Since returning to the UK he has worked in a GP partnership in St Leonards on Sea. He has considerable teaching experience and he has been a GP trainer. He currently teaches 5th year medical students from the University of Brighton and previously taught students from the Wellington Clinical School. He has additional experience in hospice care, acupuncture, occupational health, obstetrics and prison medicine. He is cardiovascular lead at his medical practice. He undertakes management activities. He worked as a volunteer at Angkor Hospital for Children in 2006 for several months and joined TLC as Medical Advisor soon after TLC began operations. He visits once or twice yearly and is in regular contact with Jon and the team.
Dr. Hal Kussick, DDS
Hal Kussick is a general dentist and a member of both the American and Singapore Dental Associations. After 12 years of general dental practice in Seattle, Washington, Hal moved to Singapore in 2005, where he has spent several years. This allowed Hal to volunteer with The Lake Clinic every few months until moving back to Seattle and opening a private practice there.
Raised in New Jersey, Hal received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After four years in construction management, he attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, graduating in 1993.
In November 2007, in an effort to raise funds for TLC, Hal made a sponsored 2,500 mile journey across Australia – on a bicycle!