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

Jeffrey Isaacs joined the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch in San Diego in 1968 and was made a partner of the firm in 1972. He continued at the firm for over 46 years until his retirement in January 2015. During his career at Procopio, Jeff was the leader of their insolvency team and specialized in bankruptcy law, creditor-debtor rights and commercial litigation. Jeff served with distinction on the San Diego Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel for over 25 years where he was selected as Mediator of the Year by the judges of the court in 2007.

Jeff has lectured at California Western Law School, USD Law School and other locations regarding bankruptcy law and oral advocacy and, since 2009, has been one of the primary coaches for teams from USD Law School at an annual national bankruptcy moot court competition in New York.

Jeff obtained his law degree in 1968 at California Western School of Law and where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors and a past president of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, a member of the Board of Directors and past president of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, a former member of the Board of Directors and past vice president of the San Diego County Bar Association and a former member of the Board of Directors and past treasurer of the San Diego County Bar. He became a member of the Board of Directors for the California Metabolic Research Foundation in 1981, where he was voted in as the Vice President, a seat that he holds until today.


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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

Charles (Jack) J. Stewart served as a professor and researcher from 1955-1992. A biochemist with research interest in CoA., Stewart received his BA in 1950 from San Diego State College (later SDSU), his MS (’52) and PhD (’54) from Oregon State University. He joined the faculty during his senior year and after 4 years at Oregon State and a Fulbright where he did postdoctoral research in Germany, he returned as a Lecturer, Fall 1955. He served as Department Chair for the Chemistry and Biochemistry department from 1967 to 1970. His NIH-funded research focused on mechanisms of enzyme activity, specifically CoA, and he was awarded a Max Planck Society Fellowship to work in Heidelberg 1979-1980.

Jack served as the Director of Research for San Diego State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California Metabolic Research Foundation since 1994.


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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.


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William Stumph, PhD, Director
Member since 2020

William E. Stumph, PhD, has served as a professor and researcher since 1983.  He received his BS from Purdue University and PhD Cal Tech. Biochemist specializing in molecular mechanisms of gene expression in higher organisms. Bill also served as Medical Director for the California Metabolic Research Foundation many years, before becoming an elected member of the Board of Directors in 2020.

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