Meet Our Board of Directors
Lauren Braun, President and founder, recently completed a Master's in Public Health with a focus on Health Economics from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She graduated from Cornell University in 2011 with a B.S in Human Development and two minors in Inequality and Global Health. Lauren came up with the idea of using bracelets to remind mothers of their children's immunization dates during her summer 2009 internship in a public health clinic in Cusco, Peru. Over the next three years, Lauren developed and presented her plan to implement, evaluate, and scale her idea, for which she won awards in a variety of local, national, and international business and social enterprise competitions. She has been invited to present her work at numerous venues and earned a provisional patent in 2010 for the bracelet’s design and use. After receiving the Gates Foundation grant in 2012, Lauren left her corporate job at Humana, a Fortune 79 health insurance company, to pursue Alma Sana full-time. In her spare time, she consults for early-stage startup founders and mentors public health students.
Trish Braun, Vice President and Grant Administrator, is experienced with nonprofits, event planning, and fundraising, having served on a variety of committees during the past twenty years. She served as Treasurer for several years on multiple school committees and worked as the Parent Liason for Habitat for Humanity’s Park Tudor Chapter in 2007-2008. Trish has organized dozens of fundraising events for diverse groups of guests and projects.
Chris Braun, Treasurer, is a name partner of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana, where he focuses on a variety of complex litigation, transactional, adminstrative and legislative matters. Chris has established a versatile, well-rounded litigation and business practice that regularly has him appearing in boardrooms and federal and state courtrooms in Indiana and elsewhere around the country. For more than a decade he has been consistently selected by various national and state publications as a top lawyer, including being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Indiana Super Lawyer, to name a few.
Chris is passionate about giving back and education. Since 2001, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law teaching advanced trial techniques and mediation. Chris has for many years mentored a number of the younger lawyers in his office.
During the past 15 years, Chris has been a founder and served as Chairman for the creation and construction of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Grade School, a K-8 school in Westfield, Indiana. He was also a founder and served as Chairman for the creation, construction and operation of Guerin Catholic High School, a 700 student school located in Noblesville, Indiana, which was the first new Catholic high school built anywhere in Indiana in more than 30 years. Chris is the current Board Chairman at Park Tudor School, and has served as Chairman for a number of Board’s committees during the past seven years.
Dr. Bruce Charash is a graduate of Cornell University (1977), Cornell Medical School (1981) and is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at NYU Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is Board Certified in both the fields of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.
As an Inaugural member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005, Dr. Charash founded Doc2Dock, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which addresses equipment and supply shortfalls in underserved public health systems across the developing world. He has engaged in on-the-ground public health system reform in a dozen sub-Saharan African countries, and remains a source of knowledge on matters of sovereign development for senior policymakers in many African governments, as well as for industrial executives and non-governmental stakeholders in emerging markets.
Dr. Charash remains actively involved in CGI’s efforts, and currently provides advice and counsel to a number of senior US lawmakers on campaign and policy matters at the state and federal levels. He also consults regularly to major law firms on complex technical matters related to pharmaceutical development and medical practice.
Dr. Charash was inducted into the Caring Institute’s Hall of Fame as “Caring Person of the Year” for 2012, has been featured in multiple media platforms (including the New York Times, CNN, CBS News, and Parade Magazine) for his philanthropic work in Africa, and was New York State’s Outstanding Physician of the Year in 2008.
Michel André Chabaneix was born and raised in Peru, and his family currently lives there. Mr. Chabaneix graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering, Energy Economics & Engineering. He currently works at 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC in San Francisco. André is interested in sustainable development and wants to give back to his country. He is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English.