Board of Directors 

Mark was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age 5. Over the next 37 years, Mark has been exposed to practically every aspect of IBD including generations of medical treatments (and their side effects), homebound schooling, dealing with adolescent social issues, enduring various surgeries and most recently a diagnosis of Crohn's disease. Through all of this, Mark has been involved in helping other kids cope with their disease. His involvement in the Pediatric IBD foundation and its various research projects adds a “hands on" perspective ensuring that our organization remains sensitive to the needs of IBD kids and all of the problems they are dealing with. Mark has worked in real estate for the past 20 years, specializing in development, property management, bank financing, tenant representation and leasing through companies he founded including Rubin Development Company and Southeast Property Management. Most recently, he has used his experience to consult with numerous banks and lenders providing asset management and receivership services to help protect their asset values. Mark has personally completed over $800 million in real estate transactions and currently manages of 2.8 million square feet of retail, medical and office space for various partnerships, lenders and other developers. Mark's affiliations with over 9 million square feet of commercial real estate have led to relationships with the leasing, brokerage, lending and management industries throughout the United States and internationally.

Joel Shapiro is the Chief Executive Officer of Timbervest, LLC, and has direct responsibility for the overall leadership, strategy and marketing of Timbervest and its related entities. Under his leadership, Timbervest with $2 billion in assets under management, has grown into one of the premier investment managers in the timberland, environmental infrastructure and opportunistic real estate asset classes. Joel has 25 years of experience in the investment industry, having previously founded Shapiro Capital Management, one of the nation's premier “small-cap value" money management firms. In addition, he was the founder and president of The Atlanta Growth Fund, a publicly traded mutual fund, deploying a regionally focused investment strategy. Throughout his career, he has developed novel approaches to investments and investment theories, and his views and concepts have been published, noted and written about in books and journals, as well as various national publications.


Eric Zuckerman, DO, is the current Board Chairman and founding board member of the Pediatric IBD Foundation. Dr. Zuckerman is a Michigan based ophthalmologist whose daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age 16.

Dr. Zuckerman was selected to become an FDA patient representative in Pediatric IBD. As a result of this, and under Dr. Zuckerman’s leadership, the Foundation has served as the lead co-sponsor for FDA’s GREAT 2 and GREAT 3 meetings. These groundbreaking meetings saw regulators, industry, and researchers at the same table in collaborative discussions about safety monitoring and streamlining drug approvals for children with inflammatory bowel disease.

At GREAT 3, Dr. Zuckerman presented a model for a public data sharing IBD registry to monitor drug safety. In follow up to the enthusiasm and support received at GREAT 3, Dr. Zuckerman submitted testimony to Congress in support of a National Drug Safety registry for IBD. In addition to his work here in the United States, Dr. Zuckerman has provided input on patient perspectives in drug development to the European Medicine Agencies.

Dr. Zuckerman has co-authored the paper, “ Hurdles in Pediatric Drug Development” and co-authored the Charter for the Children’s Registry for the Advancement of Therapeutics (CREATE). The charter was presented to regulators, industry, professional organizations and foundations at a meeting in Washington, October 2, 2017.

Through the Foundation’s web site and social media channels, Dr. Zuckerman regularly communicates with parents of children with IBD from all over the world. He frequently provides guidance to parents with educational information and resources, understanding from his own experience the challenges faced by families living with IBD.