Caldera Screws Women

Don’t you just love their logo? If you are an injured woman, living in Absolute agony and cannot get off pain medications and you received a letter recently saying you should take whatever is offered or you’ll get nothing, without even being given an amount, how do you feel? Well, that is exactly what has happened to some mesh injured women as of late.

I honestly have had a week where I did not pay any attention to what has been going on, but when I heard from someone, I immediately began looking into it. I found a law site where it explained what happened this past week so I decided to see what I could find out about salaries at this company and this is what I found.

First, this is for women who feel they have lost just about everything, including their homes and income, and are injured by Caldera mesh. These are advertised jobs right now.

Senior Territory Manager

1 employee salary or estimate

About $67k – $73k

Territory Manager

1 employee salary or estimate

About $52k – $56k

Territory Representative

1 employee salary or estimate

About $48k – $52k

Sales Representative West
1 employee salary or estimate

About $53k – $59k

I could not find out exactly what each job entails but when I clicked on the links it says for each of these jobs, there are more perks. This is what I found. Cash Bonus, Stock Bonus, Profit Sharing, Tips have not been reported for this role.

If you are a mesh injured woman who has been maimed by this company, how do you feel right now?

So next up, who is the CEO and founder of this company? I think women need a few faces to what this company is doing.

Bryon L. Merade

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Merade has spent the past 21 years in Women’s Health and Urology with the past 18 years leading organizations in this sector. Mr. Merade founded Caldera Medical in April 2002, and focuses on corporate strategy, portfolio development and intellectual property. In addition, he is currently serving as Chapter Chair for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). April 2002. Just as the kits were becoming so popular and there were billions to be made from selling them.

In 1997, Mr. Merade founded Surgical Solutions, Inc. which he built into a successful medical device distribution organization focused on Gynecology and Urology technologies. Prior to founding Surgical Solutions, he served as Director of U.S. Sales for BEI Medical Systems, a publicly traded manufacturer of devices for the Gynecology market acquired by Boston Scientific. While at BEI, Mr. Merade had complete responsibility for the company’s U.S. sales operations, which represented 88% of BEI’s revenue. He led a team of 70 sales representatives, 15 distributors and 20 inside sales professionals. Mr. Merade began his career with Integra Precision Corporation as a Regional Sales Manager, where he had sales management responsibilities in numerous states and developed his region into the company’s largest revenue producing and most profitable area. So now you know that he is the one who built this company up and if it was indeed under insured, this man cut expenses and left women to suffer.

Mr. Merade received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, his B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University, and an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Moorpark College. Obviously his second degree means he is not scared of the law or lawyers.

So who else runs this company?

Alexander L. Cappello Look at that smiling face! He’s done fantastic out of this while women deal with agonizing and debilitating pain from their implants.

Outside Director

Mr. Cappello has led several public and private companies including Cappello Capital Corp. (member NASD-SIPC), a global merchant bank, whose principals have conducted over $140 billion in transactions in over 50 countries.
All this while you suffer…..

Mr. Cappello has more than 35 years of global experience in corporate management, corporate finance, investment banking and merchant banking. He currently serves as a Trustee of the University Southern California (USC), and the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). In addition, he serves as a Trustee of the City of Hope, a Director of RAND Corporation’s Center for Middle East Policy (CMEPP) and the RAND Russia Forum, Director of California Republic Bank (largest capitalized bank in California history) and Lead Director of The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ).

Formerly he was Chairman of Inter-Tel (NASDAQ), a global leader in high speed routers and telecom solutions; Chairman of Intelligent Energy, PLC (London), a global technology leader in hydrogen fuel cells; Chairman Geothermal Resources Intl. (AMEX); as well as a Director of Cytrx (NASDAQ), Genius Products (NASDAQ) Koo Koo Roo, Inc (NASDAQ) and Chairman Advanced Biotherapeutics (OTC). Mr. Cappello also served as Chairman of the International Board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Mr. Cappello received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 1977 with honors, including recognition as an “Order of the Palm” scholar. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities (Humanities? While they screw up human women. What a joke.) from Goodwin College in Stamford, CT and has been inducted in the Order of Honorary Fellows at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, CA.

Dr. Fred Haney

Outside Director Note. All these men are big money men. I would bet that their salaries are huge.

Dr. Haney has been a venture capital fund manager and private investor for twenty-six years. He is a co-founder and Chairman of NovaDigm Therapeutics, Inc. He is also a co-founder of Dynamic Reconfigurable Computing, Inc., a provider of super-computer co-processors.

Dr. Haney was the founder and manager of 3i Ventures, California, a venture capital fund that invested $80 Million in 60 companies and produced top-quartile returns. He has been a principal in numerous investment transactions, and he has served on the board of directors of 25 private companies and 4 public companies. He founded the Monday Club, an active 150-member startup business mentoring group, in 1983. He was a co-founder, in 1997, of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment group in the U.S. Dr. Haney has held senior management positions with Scientific Data Systems, Xerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, and TRW. The Orange County Forum for Corporate Directors named him “Director of the Year for Early Stage Companies” in 2002. In 1999, he was selected “Mentor/Angel of the Year” by the American Electronics Association in Orange County.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Yuri Pikover

Outside Director

Mr. Pikover held various executive, founder, and CEO-level positions at a number of private and public technology companies and has guided numerous private companies through financing, public offerings, and acquisitions. Mr. Pikover is currently a private investor and board member of 6 companies.

Previously Mr. Pikover was Chairman of 5square as well as Chairman and CEO of Access360. In 1993, he was co-founder and EVP of Xylan Corporation (XYLN), which was one of the fastest-growing technology companies in history and was responsible for the sale of Xylan to Alcatel in 1999 for $2 billion. Mr. Pikover has served as a board member of 20 companies.

Mr. Pikover was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the San Fernando Business Journal in 2005, and is a co-author of Security Provisioning: Managing Access in Extended Enterprises.

Michael Ziering

Outside Director

Mr. Ziering served as Chief Executive Officer of Diagnostics Products Corporation, a medical manufacturer that employed over 650 people in Los Angeles and 1,800 worldwide, from 1999 until Siemens acquired the company for $1.86 Billion in 2006.

Mr. Ziering joined Diagnostics Products Corporation in 1986 as legal counsel, and served as Vice President-Administration from 1988 to 1994, Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1999, and as President from 1994 to 2004.

Mr. Ziering earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and is an alumnus of University of California Santa Barbara with his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

Five greedy men. So if they are so broke and have no funds so that they cannot pay American women, why are they going overseas? This was reported earlier this year. I guess they want to share the pain with women around the world.

Caldera Medical and IVUmed Partner to Alleviate One Million Women Suffering from Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse by 2025

February 4, 2016


Caldera Medical and IVUmed today announced their partnership to eradicate the incapacitation and suffering of women with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).

Caldera Medical, a medical device company, develops differentiated surgical implants for the treatment of SUI and POP. “Millions of women in poverty-stricken countries are incapacitated by incontinence and/or prolapse and are not receiving the care they need,” stated Bryon L. Merade, Chairman and CEO, Caldera Medical, adding, “teaming up with IVUmed to eliminate the suffering of women with SUI and POP will enable us to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life for women.”

“Caldera Medical is a great partner and this partnership reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision of making quality urological care available to people worldwide. This partnership underscores our commitment to Teach One, Reach Many and the impact that each of our volunteers and donors has on the world,” said Dr. Kurt McCammon, Chief Medical Officer, IVUMed.

IVUmed will coordinate humanitarian trip logistics and workshops to train local surgeons with support from Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). Caldera Medical will sponsor skilled American surgeons to provide the best available treatment to underprivileged women. In addition, Caldera Medical will donate surgical implants and provide reusable introducers during humanitarian trips. The partnership has been formed to work together in alleviating one million women suffering from SUI and POP by 2025.

About IVUmed

IVUmed works to make quality healthcare more accessible in resource-poor areas of the world. IVUmed builds self-reliant surgical teaching programs capable of meeting the needs of their communities. By providing expert surgical training to physicians and nurses throughout the world, women in need of care will not have to live for years with debilitating conditions that threaten their economic and overall well-being. IVUmed trains healthcare providers in surgical process and specific urological procedures. Volunteer experts teach procedures as they treat patients. As the local surgeons gain experience, they serve patients, and they teach their peers. IVUmed volunteers return to teach more advanced procedures. The cycle continues until each country has the ability to care for complex cases.

IVUmed’s women’s health program focuses on female urology, with an emphasis on incontinence. Treating incontinence is one of the most important steps in returning women to safe, productive lives. How do you like that? Safe, productive lives!

So are there any women in this company?

Jill Thomassian

Group Vice President, Operations

Ms. Thomassian joined Caldera in 2016 and is responsible for group level operational functions.  Prior to joining Caldera, Ms. Thomassian was the Chief Financial and Operations partner for Hyperion Development focusing on growth initiatives through acquisition and maximizing operational efficiencies.  Prior to Hyperion, Ms. Thomassian was the Chief Operating Officer in Boulder for RealD, a 3D-visualization company, where she oversaw operations, research and development, and manufacturing during a during a growth of 100X in the 3D cinematic space.  Ms. Thomassian has years of experience in the areas of manufacturing development and system automation design.  Ms. Thomassian received her M.B.A from the University of Southern California, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T, and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington.

Sandra Muhlfeld

Vice President, Research and Development

Ms. Muhlfeld joined Caldera in 2006, and is responsible for all product development, product management, and corporate marketing activities. Previously, Ms. Muhlfeld was Global Product Manager for St. Jude Medical, where she focused on implantable left ventricle leads and delivery systems for cardiac resynchronization therapy. Ms. Muhlfeld has also held several marketing positions with Guidant, including serving as Senior Product Manager for global drug eluting stent marketing. Ms. Muhlfeld received her M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut.

So who is responsible for finances? Who should have bought enough insurance for liability?

Pat Kothari

Director of Finance

Mr. Kothari joined Caldera in 2010 and oversees the Finance and Accounting functions of the company. Prior to Caldera, Mr. Kothari was Corporate Controller at JSM, a privately held real estate development company, where he headed the Finance, Accounting and Management Information Systems. At JSM, Mr. Kothari managed the Accounting & Reporting for as many as 15 LLCs in addition to budgeting, treasury management, tax planning and annual audits. Previous to JSM, Mr. Kothari was Assistant Controller at Citysearch, an online City Guide and a wholly-owned subsidiary of InterActive Corp. At Citysearch, Mr. Kothari was instrumental in building the Accounting department from the ground up, establishing internal controls and policies. Mr. Kothari was the point person to the CFO during the CitySearch IPO process and oversaw SEC reporting post IPO. Mr. Kothari holds a B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Give me time ladies and I will see what else I can find out for you. I know many women are devastated and very angry right now and I will do what I can to find out more information for you and write another blog when I find out more.

I did learn more and here is part 2.


  1. Pam Beauchamp

    You are simply amazing at your research. I know we will be readily awaiting more information of the people, their companies, and how they all are in the money business, without regards to women that have been injured with these devises.

    1. Linda (Post author)

      I believe we should always see the faces of those who make money from any suffering. This is a better link for part 2.

  2. Jan

    I agree it makes me cringe to know they ( Caldera ) continue to market and implant women in other Countries. So they still hurt women daily and make copious amounts of money off these surgeries. Are they in Africa now doing supposed trials. Too late for all that I think we know that money is what rules the earth and money can never fix what harm has been caused by this irresponsible product and its maker. Plenty other companies at least are honest and forth coming with their errors. Sorry for the heads up as you would have thought once you knew we could have been made aware. I am angry at my Surgeon who knew I had a bomb ticking inside of me and never once did she contact me to come in when she knew I had way too much urine in my bladder post surgery ,I had a leg cath for almost six weeks, she put me on an antidepressant and that was that !! I am catherizing daily x 3 years to avoid other surgeries. Please make this company accountable for the small amount who were injured … it is small compared to other companies but their salaries are too important I get it. I have lost my home my ability to continue to work and my Husband is still here and for all that I had to have this surgery and ruin my Sons Graduation my only Child and I have had to move back to my Home town for help. Thanks for the Fairytale Marriage, the rest of my dreams if I can manage to make my life make sense again.

    Thank you to all who help us !!
    I appreciate all who work to research this for us.
    Love and Light to all who help and all who suffer !!

    1. Linda (Post author)

      Jan unfortunately this is is happening even now seven years after my own terrible implant. I know what it is like to self cath and have constant infections. They should stop doing these surgeries because the price is far too high, but money always rules. They are doing it every day without slowing down.


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