New Directors and Promotion at the
Napa Medical Research Foundation
Welcome New Directors
NMRF is honored to announce the addition of three prominent Napa Valley residents to our Board of Directors. We are delighted that they have chosen to support the Foundation's work in such a tangible manner, and welcome their professional experience, insights and enthusiasm in helping the Foundation execute its mission of pioneering innovative, more effective solutions to common orthopedic problems.
Alex De Moraes, M.D.
Dr. Alex De Moraes graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Human Physiology. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his Family Medicine residency through UC Davis in Redding, California. He served as a Family Physician/Associate Medical Director of a community-based health program in Redding for 7 years. In 2006, he and his wife moved to Napa where he worked in private practice. In 2010, Dr. De Moraes was recruited to help establish an internal medicine clinic in Bellevue, Washington with Overlake Medical Hospital. During this time, Dr. De Moraes also served in the US Air Force Reserve as a flight surgeon, retiring in 2012 after 28 years of service.
Dr. De Moraes is currently in private practice with Napa Valley Personalized Health Care. He enjoys traveling with his wife Juanita, hanging out with his three dogs, mountain biking, camping and fly fishing. As a Director of the Foundation, Dr. De Moraes hopes to expand the knowledge, understanding and benefits that NMRF brings to the community.
Beth Novak Milliken
Beth Novak Milliken is the President and CEO of Spottswoode, where she has worked since 1987 when she first joined her mother, Mary Novak, in guiding the family’s estate vineyard & winery. Milliken has volunteered and continues to give her time to many causes, among them (past to present) the St. Helena Public Schools, Land Trust of Napa County, Auction Napa Valley, Growers/Vintners for
Responsible Agriculture, and more.
She currently sits on the Board of the Napa Valley Vintners (this is her second stint on this Board, where she was the youngest and first female president in 1998), and heads its Environmental Stewardship Committee. In 2010, Beth was an honorary chair (alongside her mother) of Auction Napa Valley, a hugely successful event that raised more than $8,500,000 for Napa Valley nonprofits.
In her free time, Beth enjoys being outdoors as much as possible: mountain biking, skiing, hiking, walking and exploring. She also enjoys traveling with her family and friends. Milliken brings to the Foundation an
abundance of managerial and non-profit experience, and is excited to share her energy and enthusiasm, along with her sense of corporate, social and environmental responsibility.
Daniel Mirda, MD
Dr. Daniel Mirda graduated cum laude from Cornell University majoring in chemistry/biochemistry. He obtained his medical degree from Stanford Medical School, where he explored basic science research, business courses at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and taught Stanford undergraduates human biology while obtaining his medical degree. He then trained in Internal Medicine and received his specialty training in Oncology and Hematology at UCSF.
Dr. Mirda has extensive experience in basic science medical research, first at Stanford University followed by UCSF. He is held in high esteem by his colleagues locally and nationally, as the preeminent cancer care specialist in Napa. Dr. Mirda also advocates for cancer patients at the state and national level as President of the California Oncology/Hematology Society (ANCO), advising legislators in
Sacramento and Washington DC about supporting cancer research and preserving access to cancer care for underserved populations.
In his free time, Dr. Mirda enjoys golf, biking, hiking, skiing, windsurfing and spending time with family and friends. As a director, Dr. Mirda hopes to contribute his expertise in basic science research and clinical research to advance the scientific achievements of NMRF and regenerative orthopedics.
Promotion of Michelle Voss
It is with great pleasure that NMRF announces the promotion of Michelle Voss to Director of Community Relations. Voss joined the Foundation in 2017 and has been a key member of the team in her role as liaison between NMRF donors and the Bodor Clinic. In this new role, she continues to oversee donor relations and has expanded her fundraising efforts. She also coordinates events and continues to manage the Vineyard Worker Health Program. A resident of Napa Valley since 2010, Michelle has a passion for making a positive impact within her community, especially as it relates to health care and wellness.
Previous experience as a certified message therapist gave her the capability to facilitate healing for clients of all ages. Her time spent at NMRF in working with donors and in personally undergoing BMAC and PRP treatments have added to this understanding and given her a deep appreciation of the power of regenerative orthopedics to resolve medical problems and enable patients to continue to lead active lifestyles.
Prior to joining the NMRF team, Michelle was Patron Services Coordinator for Festival Napa Valley, a non-profit organization focused on bringing the performing arts to Napa Valley through music and dance performances, education and community programs. While working at the Festival, Michelle had an opportunity to increase her expertise in sales, database management, vendor coordination and donor stewardship.