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Our Team

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

Senior Leadership Team

John L. Lehr, CEO
Peter Schmidt, PhD, Senior Vice President, Chief Mission Officer
Amy Gray, Senior Vice President, Community and Constituent Relations
Curt DeGreff, Interim CFO
Leilani Pearl, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Rob Shaw, Vice President, Constituent & Corporate Relations
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

Communications & Information Technology

David Waugh, IT Director
Paulo Pulido, Help Desk Coordinator
Cathy Whitlock, Director of Online Communications
Kristy Pomes, Communications Coordinator
Colby Taylor, Digital Communications Coordinator
Enrique Rosell, Communications Intern

Community & Constituent Relations

Karen Hamilton, Senior Director, Donor Relations
Kayln Henkel, Senior Director, National Signature Events
Kama Sanguinetti, Senior Director, Chapter & Community Relations
Sara O'Hare, Community Development Director, Chicago
Kate Nelson, Regional Major Gifts Officer
Amy Mauser, Planned Giving Officer
Jessica Bartsch, Community Development & Outreach Coordinator
Mercedes Oliva, Director, Donor Relations
Dreema Stokes, Community Development Director, Miami
Damian Watkins, Director, Fundraising Technology
Lara Levi, Corporate Relations Manager
Nancy Damato, National Manager of Signature Events​
Kristin Trulock, National Coordinator of Signature Events
Tami Brown, ​Community Development Manager in DC​
Colleen Fischer, Community Development Manager, Bay Area
Sarah Osborne, Community Development Manager, Los Angeles
Blake Tedder, Community Development Manager, North Carolina Triangle
Francesca Villa, Community Development Manager, Boston
Megan Willard, Tampa Bay Moving Day® Coordinator
Sara Teeter, National Manager, Signature Events
Brooklyn Layton, Chapter and Community Relations Coordinator
Rahid Chadid, National Constituent Relations Coordinator
Raul Guevara, Data Support Specialist
Roberto Nuñez, Data Support Specialist Intern
Vanessa PerryFundraising Technology Intern

Heartland Chapter Staff

Jane Ann Gorsky, Executive Director
Brian Riegel, Community Development Manager
Emerald Welch, Program Manager
Lori Williams, Office/Marketing Manager

Minnesota Chapter Staff

Angela Schlesinger, Executive Director
Barb Green, Development Coordinator
Erin McGee, Program Manager

Ohio Chapter Staff

Dan Davis, Executive Director
Anne Wallis, MSW, LSW, Program Manager
Jennifer Mathews, Events & Volunteer Coordinator
Laura Gasbarro, Moving Day® Coordinator, Cleveland

South Palm Beach County Chapter Staff

Robin Miller, Executive Director

Finance & Administration

Jackie Bussotti, Human Resources Manager
Amarilys Fraguela, Staff Accountant
Jhonnattan Gonzalez, Staff Accountant
Maynor Sandigo, Staff Accountant
Elyse Carrion, Executive Assistant to CEO
Glenda Saez, Receptionist / Assistant, Finance & Administration
Binish Babu, Accounting Intern
Kevin Pang, Accounting Intern

Research Programs

Fernando Cubillos, MD, Director of Research Programs
Clarissa Martinez-Rubio, PhD, Director of Research & Centers Programs
Denise Beran, Programs Project Manager
Nadia Romero, Research & Professional Programs Associate

Patient Services

Adolfo Diaz, Director, Patient Services
Vaughn Edelson, Director of Education
Anna Hedges, MSW, PD Information Specialist
Sharon Metz, RN, MPH, PD Information Specialist
Dianett Ojeda, RN, PD Information Specialist
Paula Weiner, LCSW, PD Information Specialist
Daryl Bustamante, Publications Clerk