CCB Management and Staff
Meet California Cryobank's Super Hero Team
There is no substitute for experience. At CCB, our team has helped thousands of families over the years. From our physician owners, to our medical directors, on-staff genetic counselors, and lab technicians, our high standards of expertise and medical ethics are second to none.
Prior to joining California Cryobank, Pamela worked as a global strategic consultant for McKinsey & Company, as well as the Vice President of Corporate Alliances at Disney.
As mother of three teenage daughters, Pamela knows firsthand the importance of CCB’s mission of helping create families.
She monitors and hones the quality of CCB’s services by attending industry tradeshows, medical conferences, and speaking with physicians about meeting and exceeding the expectations of their patients.
Richard D. Jennings
With an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Richard Jennings brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the biomedical and healthcare fields. Prior to joining California Cryobank, Richard served as CEO of Mediscan, one of the premiere health care staffing firms in the U.S.
His extensive experience also includes: fundraising for the American Heart Association in Los Angeles; CFO of the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce; Associate Administrator of the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center; and a series of positions with increasing responsibilities within Child Care and Infant Care Sectors of Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Jaime M. Shamonki, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Prior to joining California Cryobank, Dr. Shamonki spent seven years as Section Head of Breast Pathology and Medical Director of the Blood Bank at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Dr. Shamonki was educated at top medical institutions including The University of Vermont, New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College and UCLA.
An Assistant Professor at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, she contributes to ongoing research studies in the fields of oncology and immunology.
Vice President, Operations
Kaj Rydman maintains CCB’s high technical standards for the cryogenic storage department, as well as overseeing branch operations. He has held multiple positions in the company over the past 20 years, including serving as the President of the Stem Cell Division and launching CCB’s sister company, FamilyCord.
A father of two busy young girls, Kaj divides his time between traveling around the country for CCB and running to gymnastic meets, piano recitals, and concerts.
Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Prior to joining California Cryobank, Brian served as the Chief Financial Officer of Quinton Cardiology, a leader in diagnostic cardiology products. Brian began his career at Deloitte where he was a founding member of the Emerging Business Practices group.
Brian earned his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and his BS from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of California.
Charles A. Sims, MD
Co-Founder / Medical Director
Dr. Charles A. Sims, Co-Founder and Medical Director of California Cryobank, is a board certified pathologist with over 40 years of experience in laboratory operations, donor assessment, and frozen reproductive tissue banking. Dr. Sims earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University and is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. His extensive experience includes serving as Chief of Pathology at Century City Hospital, operating a large national referral laboratory, and founding Quantum Clinical Laboratories, Inc.
Cappy M. Rothman, MD
Co-Founder / Medical Director
Cappy Rothman, MD, is co-founder and medical director of California Cryobank. He is a board certified urologist and nationally recognized authority on andrology, the urological sub-specialty of male reproductive health, and human sperm banking. He is also the founder of The Center for Male Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Rothman earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency training at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, followed by urological residency training at the University of California, San Francisco and a urological resident at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Rothman was on the medical staff at Century City Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and a clinical instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also a member of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) founded by Al Gore. Dr. Rothman is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the Society for Cryobiology, and American Society of Reproductive Medicine and American Association of Tissue Banks.
Dr. Rothman is a renowned specialist in male reproductive medicine and has appeared on numerous nationally televised news and talk shows. He is the author of dozens of chapters and scientific articles on male reproductive health and regularly lectures at national medical conferences. He is also a nationally recognized authority on post-mortem sperm retrieval.