Board of Directors
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Janet Hieshetter

Executive Director
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

Louise Vetter

Chief Executive Officer
Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Karen L. Ball

President & CEO
The Sturge-Weber Foundation

Robin Elliott

Executive Director
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation



Michael Amery, Esq. (F2018)
Senior Legislative Counsel
American Academy of Neurology

Jeffrey Borenstein, MD (F2017)
President & CEO
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Peter W. Kalivas, PhD (F2018)
Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

Helen Mayberg, MD (F2019)
Professor, Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology
Emory University School of Medicine

Mathew Pletcher, PhD (F2017)
Chief Science Officer
Autism Speaks

Mark Rasenick, PhD
Advocacy Committee Chair
Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
University of Illinois, Chicago

Matthew Rizzo, MD (F2018)
Frances and Edgar Reynolds Professor and Chair
Department of Neurological Sciences
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Andrew Sperling, JD (F2019)
Director, Federal Legislative Advocacy
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Ted Thompson (F2019)
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
Michael J. Fox Foundation

Susan Vaughn (F2017)
Director of Public Policy
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

Robert Wechsler, MD, PhD, FAAN (F2019)
Medical Director
Idaho Comprehensive Epilepsy Center



Heddie Martynowicz, MS
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs – Neuroscience
Janssen Research & Development, LLC

Michele M. Oshman
Director, Advocacy & Professional Relations
Eli Lilly & Company: Bio-Medicines

Gabriela Mondino
Sr. Director, U.S. Advocacy Relations,
Genzyme, A Sanofi Company

Susan Lane Stone
Executive Director, Alliance Advocacy
Corporate Affairs
Allergan, plc

Virginia A. Valenze
Director, Advocacy & Alliance Development
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation


Francis Kittredge, Jr, MD

ABC Chair 2004-F2008

American Brain Coalition

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