Our Team

These are the people who work daily to carry out NPF's mission:

Senior Leadership Team

Joyce Oberdorf, President and CEO
Amy Gray, Vice President, Chapter Relations & Community Partnerships
Leilani Pearl, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Peter Schmidt, PhD,Vice President, Programs, Chief Information Officer
Darcy Taylor, Vice President, Constituent Relations
Jill Davidson, Vice President, Finance & Administration
Jorge Zamudio, MD, Senior Director, Patient Services
Elyse Carrion, Executive Assistant to CEO
John W. Kozyak, Chairman
Michael S. Okun, MD, National Medical Director
Ariel Y. Deutch, PhD, Chief Scientific Advisor and Chair of NPF's Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board

Chapter Services

Rob Shaw, Senior Director, National Signature Events
Kama Sanguinetti, Director, Chapter Relations
Kayln Henkel, National Manager of Signature Events
Kelley Malcolm, National Manager of Signature Events
Damian Watkins, Chapter Services Technology Manager
Megan Conyers, Chapter Relations & Community Partnerships Coordinator
JD Gobel, Moving Day Los Angeles Coordinator
Jennifer Kozicki, Moving Day Phoenix Coordinator
Annie Long, Moving Day Atlanta Coordinator
Sara O'Hare, Moving Day Chicago Coordinator
Colby Taylor, Chapter Technology Coordinator
Brooklyn Kelley, Chapter Relations Assistant

Communications & Information Technology

Nerissa Balland, Director of Marketing
David Waugh, IT Manager
Cathy Whitlock, Digital Communications Manager

Constituent Relations

Karen Hamilton, Chief of Staff, Constituent Relations
Mercedes Oliva, Director, Donor Services
Marcie Hall, CFRE, Senior Major Gift Officer, Boca Raton
Sara Teeter, Community Fundraising and Special Events Manager
Jeremy Simerson, Constituent Relations Data Support Specialist
Isabella Ramirez, Constituent Relations Assistant


Paul Hittler, Manager of Financial Reporting
Reggie Alexis, Senior Accounting Manager
Jackie Bussotti, Human Resources Generalist
Amarilys Fraguela, Staff Accountant
Glenda Saez, Receptionist / Assistant, Finance & Administration

Research Programs

Fernando Cubillos, Director of Research Programs
Denise Beran, Programs Project Manager
Nadia Romero, Research Programs Assistant

Patient Services

Adolfo Diaz, Deputy Director, Patient Services
Vaughn Edelson, Education Manager
Anna Hedges, PD Information Specialist
Dianett Ojeda, PD Information Specialist
Paula Weiner, PD Information Specialist
Derek Coughran, Publications Clerk