Board of Directors

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Joseph F. Copp, President
Member since 1969

Joseph Copp studied Zoology which led to his life-long avocation as a herpetologist. His research interests include evolutionary biology, species-level systematics, ecology and population dynamics of desert reptiles, and systematics and biogeography of neotropical amphibians and reptiles. The majority of his research has been focused in Southern California and Mexico.

In 1969 Joseph was invited to join the California Metabolic Research Foundation following the death of his father, Dr. E. F. F. Copp, under whose influence the foundation was established. He also served on the Executive Board of the California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter, from 1990-1992 while filling the role of Program Chairman. He still regular attends local chapter meetings.

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Jeffrey Isaacs, Vice President
Member since 1981

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Susan M. Copp, Secretary/Treasurer
Member since 1983

Susan worked as a bookkeeper for over 10 years for establishments such as M & T Bank and Liberty National Bank. She is an active member of St. Germaine’s Children’s Auxiliary and the La Jolla Garden Club.

Susan married Joseph F. Copp in 1981 which soon led to her being asked to join the California Metabolic Research Foundation in 1983. Susan has also served as the Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of the Pacific Beach Tennis Club.

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Charles J. Stewart, PhD, Director
Member since 1994
Former Director of Research for San Diego State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Frea Sladek, Director
Member since 2014

Frea Sladek is a retired CEO of the San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. She has a 37-year career in all aspects of sponsored education and research programs. Internationally, she worked on Peace Corps programs in the Caribbean and USAID programs in Brazil and the Middle East. Locally, she founded the June Burnett Institute for Children, Youth and Families at SDSU, developing local, statewide and national grant-funded programs.

One of her daughters and a grandson have juvenile diabetes, and Frea has been familiar with and admired the dedication and work of the California Metabolic Research Foundation for years, so she was especially pleased with the opportunity to serve as a CMRF board director.