Board of directors

EARTHSPEAK board of directors

  • Dick Davison, MBA
  • Stella Derby, MA
  • Andi Jobe, MA, CCC (EARTHSPEAK co-founder)
  • Donald Laub, MD, FACS
  • John Ryan, MA
  • Simon Thornton, MA
  • Libby Wilson, MD, FACS

Biographical information

Dick Davison, MBA

Dick Davison (entrepreneur, consultant, and corporate executive with a strong international business background) helps small organizations to find funding and grow. Davison's international connections include attending the London School of Economics, working for General Motors as a financial executive in England, and business development activities for a US public company with multinational projects. He was CFO of a company that created joint venture small businesses in the Republic of Georgia and one connected with small business development in the Caucasus Region.

Stella Derby, MA

Stella Derby is a strong supporter of endeavors with children. She was educated at CCNY and UCLA, and was co-founder of Pinewood School, a private school in Los Altos, California, where she was instrumental in developing the phonetic, language-based educational approach for which the school is known. Derby is a past board member of The Stanbridge Academy, a private clinic school for children with verbal and non-verbal language disorders. She is a current board member of the Arbor Bay School in Redwood City, California.

Andi Jobe, MA, CCC (EARTHSPEAK co-founder)

Andi Jobe has spent over 25 years in the design, development and implementation of speech, language, and learning remediation for a wide variety of verbal and non-verbal disabilities. Jobe has served as a research assistant at Northwestern University, staff pathologist at Stanford University Speech and Language Clinics, and program specialist in a Santa Clara County program for language and learning impaired children. She founded Language and Learning Associates, a private clinic devoted to the treatment of children with language and learning deficits, and Stanbridge Academy, a clinical, educational management facility in San Mateo, California.

Jobe worked with Interplast for over 20 years developing speech and language programs for cleft palate children. Her key areas of expertise include visioning, diagnosis and remediation of language and learning disabilities, parent and family counseling, teaching, and curriculum development.

Jobe received her master's degree from Northwestern University and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Donald Laub, MD, FACS

Over 30 years ago Dr. Donald Laub founded Interplast, the first North American surgical mission to help the needy and poor cleft palate children of the world. Dr. Laub's academic and professional experience include being chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University as well as maintaining a successful private practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Laub has worked in countries in South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He is well published and is a sought-after lecturer.

John Ryan, MA

For the past 20 years, John Ryan has explored how technology and diverse media can better manage the learning process for individual students. Recently Ryan has been evolving the functionality of SunTAN as a learning management system for Sun Microsystems. His current areas of endeavor are focused on how web technologies can be used to integrate knowledge, management, competency, and performance to better manage the learning lifecycle. SunTAN allows the testing and validation of educational technologies and methodologies.

Simon Thornton, MA

In 2005 Simon Thornton founded PEARonline, which provides private equity GPs and placement agents with a cost-effective, turnkey solution to web-based communicationwith LPs for fund raising and fund reporting. Between 1999 and 2004, Thornton headed Landmark Partners' European operations. He joined Landmark from BC Partners,a leading European buy-out group.Thornton holds an MA in economics from Cambridge University. He was a member of theEuropean Venture Capital and Private Equity Association's (EVCA) Professional Standards Committee between 1994 and 2005,and chaired the EVCA Governing Principles Task Force.

Libby Wilson, MD, FACS

Dr. Libby Wilson is medical director of the Cleft Palate Program at Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital. She is a highly skilled and dedicated surgeon with significantexpertise in cleft palate. Dr. Wilson is a member of many medical societies including the America Nepal Medical Foundation, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Plastic Surgery Section), and she is past president of the ACP-CFA (American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association). Wilson is the co-founder of Karing for Kids Program, which provides cleft care in Nepalgunj, Nepal. She has served as a surgical team member on numerous Interplast trips, and has worked with the Partners of the Americas Yucatan Cleft program.