About Us

Vital Options International (VOI) is a nonprofit healthcare communication, education, and advocacy organization with a special mission: Generating global health conversations.

Covering the diverse issues that comprise the central healthcare experience, VOI creates a continuing and timely platform of programming that informs and inspires the entire healthcare community and leads to more responsive calls to action by

VOI was founded in 1983 as the first nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young adults with cancer and today has expanded into all aspects of healthcare

Today, through our Advocacy in Action®, Vital Conversations, and Living With Cancer platforms, we continue to lead the most meaningful panel discussions and engaging one-on-one interviews about clinical trials, treatment advances, psychosocial issues, and access to care – all the vital challenges faced by everyone in the global healthcare community.

A Message from the VOI Board

Welcome to Vital Options International! From a culminating 30+ years as an innovative leader in patient advocacy, today represents a pivotal chapter in the life of this organization as we look to our future of supporting patients, their caregivers and families. With new ways to support patients, a new Board of Directors with renewed energy, we are committed to our mission of generating global health solutions and conversations.

Vital Options International continues to bring you access to dialogues with patients, medical professionals and advocates from across the globe that ultimately enlighten, engage and empower you to understand the heart of the patient experience.

Thank you for engaging with us. We hope you'll check back often for updates, join our community, interact through our social media, share our video resources with others and let us know what topics you would like to hear about. With your input and support, vital awareness of all our options becomes clearer.

Meet Our Board of Directors

David S. Duplay – Chairman and CEO

David Duplay is currently the Founder and CEO of healtheo360, a caring online social media company which provides Virtual Social Therapy® to patients living with a chronic condition, their caregivers, family members and friends. Dave also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Vital Options International.

Dave has spent his career as a business and technology strategist for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. With a heritage in healthcare marketing, communications and technology, Dave has worked with pharmaceutical companies, the medical profession, research organizations and patient groups for over 20 years, completing various types of marketing and strategy projects across almost all disease areas.

As an advocate for the healthcare industry and a passionate believer that aligning the goals and aspirations of all stakeholders in healthcare is key to improving outcomes for patients, Dave is frequently invited to comment on the positive aspects of working with the pharmaceutical and managed care industry and is a recognized author and speaker on healthcare marketing strategies, physician, patient and caregiver strategies as well as the pharmaceutical industries role in delivering quality care.

Courtland F. Long, MPH – Secretary of the Board

Courtland Long is a public health professional focused on patient and caregiver advocacy, improving clinical outcomes through technology utilization and enhancing medication compliance and persistency through integrated educational programs. Courtland’s work in designing and implementing patient-centered programs has spanned across most stakeholders in the healthcare delivery continuum with a focus on enhancing the patient/physician relationship through innovative technology solutions.

As an advocate for the healthcare industry and a passionate believer that aligning the goals and aspirations of all stakeholders in healthcare is key to improving outcomes for patients. Courtland’s work includes partnering with large Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies in developing strategic and closed loop marketing programs, developing and implementing eHealth and social media strategies, developing online educational programs and implementing online patient support groups that supplement personal interactions.

In October 2016 Courtland was diagnosed with Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Today she is cancer free and is an outspoken advocate for young adults going through the cancer journey.

Dave Hassrick – Board Member

Dave Hassrick is an environmental consultant who has been providing environmental liability analysis for corporations across North America. Dave’s primary practice area has focused on re-positioning of environmentally impaired real estate and working with global companies to improve their environmental footprint for long-term growth and sustainability.

Brian T. Mayer – Board Member

Brian T. Mayer is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RMR Wealth Management, LLC. Brian has been managing assets for high net worth individuals, small business owners and institutional clients since 1995.

Brian’s practice focuses on delivering unique and thorough financial solutions to match the goals and objectives of his clients. In 1998, Brian co-founded Mercer Partners, Inc. a boutique investment banking firm. Mercer Partners created IPOSyndicate.com in 1999, offering high net worth individuals and institutions access to syndicate products via the internet. IPOSyndicate.com was rated by Forbes.com, Best of the Web: Access to IPO’s online in 2000. Brian began his financial advisory career in 1995 with Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.

Since 2004, Brian has worked closely with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in a variety of fundraising efforts, principally as Chairman of the Marc Mayer Memorial Annual Golf Tournament. Brian graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance. Brian lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and two children. Brian is active in the community by coaching youth sport and is a board member of multiple youth sports organizations.

Mark J. Speckhart – Board Member

Mark J. Speckhart is an entrepreneur and International Sales Agent with over 20 years of experience in the automation industry. Mark currently represents ZCS Company, the world leader and most innovative company changing people’s lives and businesses every day for the better. Mark is an esophageal cancer survivor diagnosed in 2011 and the proud father of three beautiful children.

Mark is also a Patient Advocate speaking with patients pre and post-surgery. In this role he helps by giving explanations on what patients with similar medical situations can expect as far physical and mental challenges during treatment and then after treatment.



Vital Options International provides this information and content in order to create awareness, educate, and generate discussions with healthcare providers. This information is not a substitute for the medical care and advice you receive from your own professional medical team. Vital Options International recommends that you consult with your doctor or other healthcare professional about the information presented to determine its relevance for your care.