Our mission is to increase endometriosis awareness, fund landmark research, provide advocacy and support for patients, and educate the public and medical community.
Founders: Padma Lakshmi, Tamer Seckin, MD
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EndoFound Staff

Margaret Caspler Cianci, Executive Director

Margaret CianciBefore joining EndoFound as Executive Director, Margaret Caspler Cianci was the Founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the only national nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to innovative cell and gene therapy research for cancer. Ms. Cianci has also held management positions in banking, financial services, and communications. Ms. Cianci's experience in strategic planning, program development, governance, fundraising, and financial oversight will be critical in growing EndoFound to create even more awareness and education among the medical community and the public. 

Among her many community activities, Ms. Cianci serves as the Vice Chair of Women Creating Change, formerly the Women's City Club of New York.

Ms. Cianci holds an MPA in public and nonprofit management and policy from NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, an MBA from Columbia University, and a BA from Colgate University.

Jeanne Rebillard, Director of Communications & Government Relations

Jeanne RebillardJeanne Rebillard joined EndoFound in 2013 as a public relations consultant and as special projects advisor. She has over 25 years of providing strategic marketing, media relations, government relations, and partnership building to non-profits, private companies, and healthcare professionals. Ms. Rebillard has led efforts to advocate for legislative change, including the recent 2019 New York State bill to bring endometriosis awareness to schools and medical professionals. She has formed and driven coalitions, a critical component of community resilience, to enact change in perception and support for issues including opioid addiction.
Ms. Rebillard graduated with honors from Marist College, receiving a B.A. in Communications & Public Relations.

Sarper Kocabiyik, Director of Technology

Sarper KocabiyikSarper is a senior software engineer and entrepreneur with over 20 years of coding and business management experience. In 2001, he founded and managed his first online technology consulting company, Domino Media Inc., serving major brands such as Pepsi, Kia, Sony Music, and SoBe Energy Drinks. Sarper has been an integral part of several successful startups, notably CTO of StyleCaster.com (sold to Quicken) and as a senior software developer for Statdash.com and MyPublisher.com. He was previously head of software development for Shutterfly.com.

 Diana Falzone, EndoFound Ambassador

Diana FalzoneDiana is a contributing reporter for The Daily Beast. Her work has been seen in Vanity Fair, Vice News, and Buzzfeed. She previously worked as a reporter for Fox News and a talk show host for SiriusXM. After her diagnosis with endometriosis it became her personal mission to raise awareness and advocate for the 1 in 10 with the disease. She is honored to be an EndoFound Ambassador, and executive producer and host for the digital platform Endo TV.

 Ayse Ayhan, MD, PhD, Editor-in Chief of EndoNews.com

Ayse AyhanProfessor Ayse Ayhan serves as a Consultant Pathologist at Seirei Mikatahara Hospital and lectures on gynecologic and breast pathology at Hamamatsu and Hiroshima Universities Schools of Medicine in Japan since 2004. She completed her medical training and then Pathology training at Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Turkey and served as Associate Dean of the Hacettepe Medical School until her retirement in 2004.

She has been involved in research as an adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University Department of Pathology since 2007. She is Editor-in Chief of EndoNews.com, and the previous editor of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer and European Journal of Cancer. She has authored over 25 book chapters and 200+ journal articles which have been cited more than 6500 times.

 Charlotte Varcoe-Wolfson, Manager, Programs and Development

Charlotte Varcoe-Wolfson headshot Before joining the EndoFound staff, Charlotte worked in several nonprofit and for-profit organizations and graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Sociology and Hispanic Studies. She is passionate about women’s health and committed to increasing endometriosis recognition.


Mina Seçkin, Digital Editorial Director

Mina SeckinMina Seçkin is a writer and editor. Her debut novel, The Four Humors, was published in November 2021 by Catapult. She received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Columbia University, and completed her MFA at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where her work was selected for a Felipe De Alba fellowship. Her writing has been published in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She is particularly interested in equal access to endometriosis care, destigmatizing menstruation and chronic illness, and combating racial biases in medicine. 

 Deniz Kocas, Research Advisor

Deniz KocasDeniz is Research Advisor at EndoFound and a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology. She initially trained as a pharmacist in the United Kingdom and completed graduate studies in psychology and health policy. She has worked within the National Health Service in England, the pharmaceutical sector in Belgium and Turkey, and Doctors Without Borders in New York City.


Rachel Grobman, Development Coordinator/Shop Manager

Rachel GrobmanRachel completed her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Ithaca College. She subsequently worked with multiple companies to help launch successful social media platforms. Rachel is also a passionate philanthropist and continues to do extensive volunteer work for several charity organizations.