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.
Executive Medical Director
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.
VP of Operations
Vice President of Operations, Kaj Rydman is responsible for maintaining CCB’s high technical standards in the laboratory and cryogenic storage departments. This includes oversight of all four CCB branches around the country.
Born and raised in Finland, Kaj joined CCB in 1993. Over the last 20+ years, he has held multiple positions at the company and contributed to virtually every aspect of the business, including serving as the first President of the CCB Stem Cell Division and helping launch our sister company, FamilyCord.
Father to two amazing young gymnasts (also a passion of his teen years), in a way, Kaj can personally attest to the magic of starting a "CCB" family – he met his lovely wife here at work!
VP of Finance
Charles A. Sims, MD
Co-Founder / Medical Director
Charles A. Sims, MD, is co-founder and medical director of California Cryobank. He is a board certified pathologist, laboratory director and has served as Chief of Pathology at Century City Hospital, Los Angeles. Dr. Sims has a broad understanding of sperm bank development and operations.
Dr. Sims earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. He previously served as the Laboratory Director of a large national independent referral laboratory and is the founder of Quantum Clinical Laboratories, Inc.
Dr. Sims is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Tissue Banks (Standards Committee), American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society for Cryobiology, The American Association for Advancement of Science, College of American Pathologist (Fellow) and American Society of Clinical Pathologist (Fellow).
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.