Our Team

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

Senior Leadership Team

Joyce Oberdorf, President and CEO
Peter Schmidt, PhD, Senior Vice President, Chief Mission Officer
Amy Gray, Senior Vice President, Community and Constituent Relations
Oksana Cardini, Vice President, Finance & Administration
Leilani Pearl, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Rob Shaw, Vice President, Constituent & Corporate Relations
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

Communications & Information Technology

Cathy Whitlock, Director of Online Communications
David Waugh, IT Manager
Colby Taylor, Web Editor
Madari Pendas, Communications Intern

Community & Constituent Relations

Kayln Henkel, Senior Director, National Signature Events
Karen Hamilton, Senior Director, Donor Relations
Kama Sanguinetti, Senior Director, Chapter & Community Relations
Emily Marquez-Dulin, Senior Major Gifts Officer
Mercedes Oliva, Director, Donor Services
Damian Watkins, Director, Fundraising Technology
Annie Long, Manager, National Signature Events
Sara O'Hare
, Moving Day® Chicago Manager
Dreema Stokes, Moving Day® Miami Manager
Allie Tuten, Moving Day® DC Manager
Sara Teeter, Manager, Community Fundraising
Colleen Fisher
, Moving Day® Bay Area Coordinator
Pat Nelson, Moving Day® Boston Coordinator
Sarah Osborne, Moving Day® Los Angeles Coordinator
Laura Renna, Moving Day® Atlanta Coordinator
Oscar Villavicencio, Data Support Specialist
Brooklyn Layton, Chapter Relations Assistant
Kathy Tamargo, Constituent Relations Assistant


Jackie Bussotti, Human Resources Generalist
Amarilys Fraguela, Staff Accountant
Derek Coughran, Junior Accountant
Glenda Saez, Receptionist / Assistant, Finance & Administration

Research Programs

Fernando Cubillos, Director of Research Programs
Denise Beran, Programs Project Manager
Nadia Romero, Research & Professional Programs Associate

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
Daryl Bustamante, Publications Clerk