Our Team

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

Senior Leadership Team

Joyce Oberdorf, President and CEO
Oksana Cardini, Vice President, Finance & Administration
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
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, Senior Manager of National Signature Events
Damian Watkins, Chapter Relations Technology Manager
Annie Long, New Market Development Specialist
Sara O'Hare
, Moving Day® Chicago Manager
Dreema Stokes, Moving Day® Miami Manager
Allie Tuten, Moving Day® DC Manager
Colleen Fisher
, Moving Day® Bay Area Coordinator
JD Gobel, Moving Day® Los Angeles Coordinator
Pat Nelson, Moving Day® Boston Coordinator
Laura Renna, Moving Day® Atlanta Coordinator
Colby Taylor, Chapter Technology Coordinator
Brooklyn Layton, Chapter Relations Assistant

Communications & Information Technology

Nerissa Balland, Director of Marketing
Cathy Whitlock, Director of Online Communications
David Waugh, IT Manager
Kathryn Collins, Communications Intern

Constituent Relations

Karen Hamilton, Chief of Staff, Constituent Relations
Mercedes Oliva, Director, Donor Services
Sara Teeter, Community Fundraising and Special Events Manager
Oscar Villavicencio, Data Support Specialist
Kathy Tamargo, Constituent Relations Assistant


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 & 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
Derek Coughran, Publications Clerk