Meet the RSC Leadership Team
Sheldon B. Josephs, FACHE, Executive Director
Sheldon comes to RSC with over 25 years healthcare administrative experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. After completing his master’s degree from Arizona State University in Hospital Administration he worked in several large tertiary care medical centers in New York, Ohio and California in middle and senior management operations positions. For the past 15 years he has concentrated on managing and leading physician owned organizations. He has led practices in many specialties including all primary care and medicine specialties.
Sheldon brings with him a strong background in operations, finance and practice development. Most recently he served as executive director for an oncology practice in northern California affiliated with USOncology, the nation’s largest oncology practice management company. He has earned the distinction of Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a long-time member in the Medical Group Management Association.
Kristen Ivani, Ph.D., HCLD, Laboratory Director
Dr. Ivani has served as the laboratory director at Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. She is a board-certified high-complexity clinical laboratory director in the disciplines of embryology and andrology and an inspector for the College of American Pathologists Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program. Dr. Ivani is also a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the International Embryo Transfer Society, the American Association of Bioanalysts and several scientific honor societies. Her areas of interest include embryo cryopreservation, in vitro fertilization, gamete micromanipulation, patient education, and pre- implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
JoAnne Brian, Director of Practice Development
A 20-year veteran of the healthcare field, Ms. Brian graduated from DeAnza College in 1983 with AS degree in Physical Therapy, later becoming a licensed physical therapist assistant. In 1997 she decided to pursue a career in healthcare sales and marketing, going on to become regional sales director for a national occupational healthcare provider. Her responsibilities at RSC include helping to improve patient satisfaction and public and professional relations in the Bay area.
Karen Volpe, R.N., Director Of Operations
Karen Volpe joined RSC in 2011, coming equipped with over 26 years experience in IVF. Born in New York and raised in London she trained as a State Registered Nurse at the Whittington Hospital in Highgate followed by a course in Operating Room Nursing at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. As an OR nurse manager she worked in a variety of specialties from urology to ENT and neuro surgery.
She moved to the Bay Area in 1984, and in 1986 was introduced to IVF in one of the earliest programs to do the egg retrieval in the office as opposed to in a hospital. She then worked for 20 years with a large Bay Area IVF practice helping to start it from the ground up, initially as a Coordinator for patients in treatment, and ultimately as Director of Nursing.
Breeann Pletikosic, Human Resources Manager
Breeann Pletikosic joined Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area in July 2015, and is currently serving as HR and PSS Manager. Breeann joins RSC with over 10 years’ experience in Human Resources and office management. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources with HRCI, has a B.S. in Accounting, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northern California Human Resources Association.