Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Lesia S. Cartelli, Founder & CEO
Lesia Stockall Cartelli is a sought-after speaker and author. She is the founder and chief executive officer of Angel Faces - a national nonprofit providing healing retreats and ongoing support to adolescent girls and young women with severe burn/trauma injuries.
Cartelli endured serious burn injuries at the age of nine in a natural gas explosion. Her grandparents’ home was destroyed yet her spirit survived. For the past 30 years, Cartelli has launched and directed aftercare programs for burn and trauma patients. In 2003, she founded Angel Faces.
Resiliency and courage motivated Cartelli to face her fear of fire at age 33. She suited up in firefighting gear and entered a burning building known as a “control burn.” Her fear conquered, she married the fire captain who led her into the fire to face her fears.
Cartelli transformed her pain into a life of passion and purpose.
Thousands have been deeply impacted through her programs and her talks. She inspires all who are in her path.
Cartelli was selected as “Hero of the Week” by People Magazine, featured on CNN’s “Human Factor” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, HLN, ABC NEWS 20/20, MSN, PBS, and other national media. She has received many prestigious awards for her leadership and inspiration including the “Heart of a Woman” Award on the Dr. Phil Show and an EMMY for Angel Faces mini documentary. San Diego Magazine’s Women of the Year, finalist.
Cartelli is often interviewed on Doctor Radio and Sirius Radio and has been written about by the Associated Press, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World and many other national and international publications. She is a dynamic, captivating, nationally-known motivational speaker. Her book, Heart of Fire is available through Amazon.
Leigh Ann Price, MD, President
Leigh Ann Price, M.D., has dedicated her life to the practice of medicine, more specifically the discipline of surgery. Dr. Price, Director of the National Burn Reconstruction Center, Baltimore, Maryland began her medical journey graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine with honors and the following eight years were concentrated on honing her skills in the field of surgery. First, a general surgery residency at the Baystate Medical Center, Tufts Western Campus, Springfield, Massachusetts. Moving to Baltimore she completed a burn and burn reconstruction fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Burn Center with a concomitant research fellowship year being fulfilled at the Michael D. Hendrix Research Center. Dr. Price’s final residency was in Plastic Surgery at the combined training program of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland institutions.
From the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center to Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital she has treated a multitude of facial, torso, upper extremity including the hand and lower extremity traumatic injuries. Specifically, concentrating on those patients sustaining craniomaxillofacial trauma, the need for lower limb salvage to the critical needs of the acute burn patient at the regional burn center. Currently, focusing on the late effect of burns, their reconstructive needs including surgical and laser interventions for the overall improvement of their burns/scars and finally, the challenges of social reintegration of the patients. Her wide-ranging research interests include disaster management and prevention, immunology, tissue transplantation research and the systemic responses to burn injury. Over the last several years she has become interested in post-traumatic stress injury, body dysmorphology as seen in the burn patient and the role hyperbaric oxygen plays in acute and chronic wound healing, acute traumatic and burn injuries.
Dr. Price has authored many articles in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals, written several book chapters and has delivered numerous presentations at national meetings and academic universities. She routinely finds herself in the District of Columbia advocating for the safety and prevention of burn injuries to the US Congress.
Audrey Szutu, Treasurer
Audrey Szutu, formerly the CFO at Waterfront Container Leasing Company in San Francisco is now retired and lives in northern California. She graduated from the University of Southern California, with a BS in Business Administration and is a licensed CPA in California. Audrey has over 35 years of experience in management roles, both in industry and public accounting. Her experience includes strategic planning and building accounting infrastructure. After her retirement, she works as a consultant providing financial services to various clients, including advice on debt and equity financing, M&A type strategic planning. In addition, Audrey works part-time as a job coach for Gatepath Abilities, a non-profit organization for people with developmental disabilities in the greater Bay Area.
Melanie Palm, MD
Dr. Palm, who also serves as an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, and staff physician at Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital, graduated with high distinction earning a joint degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Booth Graduate School of Business. She was awarded Intern of the Year and completed her dermatology residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Lukes in Chicago, IL, serving as Chief Resident in her final year of training. Dr. Palm completed an American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery fellowship in La Jolla, CA and is currently faculty for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery review course.
An accomplished author, Dr. Palm has published over 25 articles in the dermatological literature and co-authored four book chapters on various topics including liposuction, photoproteciton/sunscreen use, cosmetic injectables, vein therapy, and laser technology. She has received numerous investigative and leadership accolades including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Young Investigators Writing Competition, the American Academy of Dermatology Leadership Forum, and the ASDS Future Leaders Network.
Dr. Palm serves multiple leadership roles locally and nationally for organizations such as the San Diego Dermatologic Surgery Society, ASDS, and Women’s Dermatologic Society. She lectures nationally and internationally on developments in cosmetic dermatology and has been involved in numerous clinical studies. She was inducted into the Amonette Circle of the Skin Cancer Foundation for providing community skin cancer screenings and fundraising efforts with like-minded businesses in the community. A repeat recipient of both the Patients’ Choice and Compassionate Doctor Awards, identifying her as one of America’s most compassionate doctors. In 2012, she was nominated for San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award and was named by San Diego Metropolitan as one of San Diego’s “Metro Movers” in 2015. artofskinmd.com
Jill S. Waibel, MD
Dr. Waibel practices as a Board Certified Dermatologist specializing in medical dermatology, cutaneous laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology for all ages. She is based at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Miami, Florida where she operates as Medical Director and Owner.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Waibel is the Subsection Chief of Dermatology at Baptist Hospital and the Medical Director of Miami Cancer Institute’s Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic. She also serves as a Clinical Voluntary Assistant Professor at the University of Miami.
Globally, Dr. Waibel is a world-recognized leader and innovator in dermatologic laser surgery. She lectures all over the world to train fellow physicians and help further the field of dermatology. In her own practice, she has over 65 laser devices for both medical and cosmetic cutaneous applications. Dr. Waibel is also active in basic science clinical trials at the University of Miami and has a robust clinical trials division, Miami Dermatology and Research. Her research department has a broad and continuous rotation of new pharmaceutical and medical device trials including phases 2, 3, and 4. She has also represented and advised several companies in bringing them through FDA approval.
One of Dr. Waibel’s primary passion is laser innovation in the treatment of scars. She has successfully developed industry-leading procedures and techniques with lasers and adjunct therapies, received several awards for her contributions to medicine, and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters on her work. Additionally, she is on the board of the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and the Medical Advisory Board of five of the leading laser manufacturers. Recently she has also accepted a position as Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa.
Some of her awards and recognitions include “Person of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight in 2015 and the 2017 ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award. The 2016 JDD Humanitarian Award was also given to Dr. Waibel for her work using lasers to treat patients with traumatic burn injuries. She was also given an Excellence in Medicine award by Surgeon General Koop. Following her passion for laser treatment of burn and trauma scars, Dr. Waibel lectures, collaborates with, and trains military physicians as well as does close personal work with wounded warriors and their families. She additionally created a multidisciplinary support group called Restoring Heroes to provide medical care to veterans and 9/11 survivors. Dr. Waibel currently has her home in Coral Gables with her husband and four children.
Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute, Owner and Medical Director
Medical Director, Miami Cancer Institute’s Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic
Subsection Chief of Dermatology, Baptist Hospital of Miami
Assistant Voluntary Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine