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ME/CFS and related chronic complex diseases

Foundation Board of Directors

Linda Tannenbaum, Founder & CEO/President

Linda Tannenbaum is Founder and CEO/President of Open Medicine Foundation (OMF), an independent non-profit dedicated to funding and facilitating open and collaborative scientific research towards clinical breakthroughs for chronic complex diseases, such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), post treatment Lyme disease, and fibromyalgia. Ms. Tannenbaum founded OMF after her daughter came down with sudden onset ME/CFS. Realizing that open, global collaborative research into the disease was lacking, she established OMF to facilitate large-scale research to find a cure for these chronic complex diseases. An accomplished speaker, Ms. Tannenbaum has spoken and keynoted worldwide. Her presentations have drawn enthusiastic responses from scientists as well as clinicians and patients because of her ability to simplify complex science and also, because of her passionate empathy for patients and their caretakers. Ms. Tannenbaum is a clinical laboratory scientist with a degree in bacteriology from UCLA.

Kimberly Hicks, Treasurer

As a Partner and Co-Founder of KMT Partners, and CEO of her own firm, Ms. Hicks provides consulting and advisory services to boards, investors, and management teams on building value and sustainability for profit and non-profit organizations and is currently focused on projects in the healthcare industry. Having recently served as Chief Administrative Officer of the International Securities Exchange, Ms. Hicks is a finance industry veteran with over 20 years of leadership experience across both private and public sectors and global merger integration experience. Ms. Hicks also recently served as the Chair- Elect of the Boys Town NY Board of Directors.

Ms. Hicks holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University and a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas.

Patti Linsley, Secretary

Ms. Linsley is a senior vice president of Crescent Capital Group LP. She is responsible for directing Crescent’s charitable giving activities. She is also responsible for coordinating Crescent’s annual Partners Conference. Before taking this role in the company, she managed the Human Resources department for 24 years.

Prior to joining the Crescent team, Ms. Linsley worked in the International Capital Markets Group and High Yield Bond Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. Ms. Linsley studied Business Administration at Mesa College in California.

Kathryn Bach

Katie has spent her career in a range of strategy and leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. She is currently the Managing Director of the Good Jobs Institute, a non-profit dedicated to helping companies thrive by creating good jobs. Prior to joining the Good Jobs Institute, Katie was a Director of Global Strategy at Starbucks, where she led the development of the company’s annual strategic plan and served as an internal consultant. Previously, she spent nearly five years in management consulting, first with McKinsey & Company and then at a Nairobi-based firm, advising clients on strategy, organizational structure, and human capital management. While at McKinsey, Katie was also on the founding team of Generation, McKinsey’s global youth employment program. Before business school, Katie spent three years working at the World Bank, managing post-conflict programs in West Africa.

Katie has an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford. She was valedictorian of her Master’s program in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, and received her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT Sloan, she won a Siebel Scholarship, McKinsey Award, and Forte Fellowship, all for outstanding academic and leadership contributions. Katie lives outside of Boston with her husband and dog.

Carol E. Jensen

Carol is currently the Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President of Flatiron Health, Inc., a technology company that has built a platform to enable actionable insights to improve treatment options and accelerate research for cancer patients.  Carol has overall responsibility for the people team function (including Total Rewards, Leadership Development, Human Resources Business Partners, and Recruiting) as well as Communications and Office Operations (facilities, services and security).

Prior to Flatiron, Carol was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President for 10 years at Wawa, Inc, a fresh food and convenience retailer with annual sales over $10 billion and more than 29,000 associates.   Prior to becoming CMO, Carol was Wawa’s Chief People Officer with responsibility for all components of the people team, including Safety, Quality Assurance, Risk Management, Loss Prevention and Communications. Previously, Carol held a number of positions including Principle of her own HR consulting firm as well as Vice President of Human Resources at ING and at Citigroup.

Carol received her B.A. in English from the University of Delaware, and her M.S. from The New School University in Human Resources Management.  She currently serves on the Board of Alula, and had previously served on the Boards of Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Delaware Valley.

Joseph Morin

Joseph Morin is Co-Founder / CEO Social Rewards – a Social Media based marketing platform. Prior to founding Social Rewards, Joseph served as Vice President of Search and Social Marketing for Fly.com (a Travelzoo (NASDAQ:TZOO) company) and also served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for UsedCars.com where as a Principal, he was instrumental in the sale of the company to Cobalt Automotive Group. Previously he was Strategic Marketing Director for Autobytel, Inc., (NASDAQ: ABTL) the nation’s largest online new car buying service for a two-year period and pioneered their search marketing program.

As a consultant over the last decade with Boost Search Marketing Joseph has worked with many companies on online marketing strategies including Austin Ventures, Autobytel, Inc., Azure Capital, Business.com, Clearstone Venture Capital, CreditCards.com, Dentist.net, Education.com, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fly.com, Klout.com, Microsoft, MGM Resorts, MRM Worldwide (div. of Interpublic Group of Cos), Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Travelzoo, Tribune Interactive, UsedCars.com and World Publications. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of Klout.

Joseph is a featured speaker at Internet Marketing conferences around the world having spoken at conferences such as Pubcon, Search Engine Strategies (now ClickZ), and SMX in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Jose, Toronto, Stockholm, London, Tokyo and Sao Paulo and is an organizer for the PubCon series of Internet Marketing conferences.

Deborah Rose, MD

Dr. Rose is a psychiatrist in private practice in Palo Alto, California. She has over 40 years of experience in treating posttraumatic stress disorder, both acute PTSD and complex PTSD. She has developed and published a model for psychodynamic psychotherapy of PTSD and has published articles and book chapters on these subjects. She has taught extensively for professionals and for the lay public and has consulted to the National Centers for PTSD.

Dr. Rose’s interest in serving on our board stems from both her personal experience of having fibromyalgia and then ME/CFS, and also from having patients in her practice with these illnesses. She is very excited about the pending revolutionary research and about current interventions that have brought her and her patients notable relief.

Hany Zayed, PhD

Hany Zayed, Ph.D. is the head of Data Science Solutions group at Rigel Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 25 years of experience in development of novel treatments. He has special research interest in the development of novel treatments and therapeutics of rare and orphan indications. Prior to joining Rigel, he was the Head of Biometrics at AbbVie Stemcentrx, XOMA and Nektar Therapeutics where he played vital roles in the development and regulatory approval of novel treatments in various therapeutic areas including oncology, hematology and immunology to US and European patients. He received a Ph.D. in Biostatistics in 2001.

Emeritus

R.P. Channing Rodgers, MD

R.P. Channing Rodgers is currently a professor at UCSF with a focus on informatics research and training.

Previously, he was a clinical officer at the FDA in the office of Orphan Product Development, where he leveraged informatics to identify overlooked therapies for rare diseases, created a network-based course for small clinical trials, and reviewed grant and orphan drug applications.

Dr. Rodgers joined the FDA from the NIH, where he had the distinction of being the first physician to actively develop biomedical applications for the Web. At the NIH, he was the founding chair of the National Science Foundation’s Web Consortium, and he co-created the first large catalogued image archive for the Web and devised and directed an Internet-based multimedia course: “The Science of Small Clinical Trials.”

Dr. Rodgers received training at Harvard College and the University of Utah College of Medicine. He received postdoctoral training at the University of London, NCI’s Laboratory of Theoretical Biology, and the International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology (Brussels). He completed training in Clinical Pathology within the Department of Laboratory Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Rodgers has published extensively and was formerly the editor-in-chief of the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine.

Staff

Linda Tannenbaum, Founder & CEO/President

Linda Tannenbaum is Founder and CEO/President of Open Medicine Foundation (OMF), an independent non-profit dedicated to funding and facilitating open and collaborative scientific research towards clinical breakthroughs for chronic complex diseases, such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), post treatment Lyme disease, and fibromyalgia.

Ms. Tannenbaum founded OMF after her daughter came down with sudden onset ME/CFS. Realizing that open, global collaborative research into the disease was lacking, she established OMF to facilitate large-scale research to find a cure for these chronic complex diseases.

An accomplished speaker, Ms. Tannenbaum has spoken and keynoted worldwide. Her presentations have drawn enthusiastic responses from scientists as well as clinicians and patients because of her ability to simplify complex science and also, because of her passionate empathy for patients and their caretakers.

Ms. Tannenbaum is a clinical laboratory scientist with a degree in bacteriology from UCLA.

Christopher Armstrong, PhD, OMF Science Liaison

Chris Armstrong, PhD, is most well known for his research using metabolomics to observe biochemical alterations in ME/CFS patients. He began his work in this field at the University of Melbourne, beginning a PhD project to apply metabolomics to study ME/CFS and published his first ME/CFS metabolomics study on blood and urine in 2015.

Since then Chris has set up collaborative efforts to apply metabolomics to immunological experiments on ME/CFS, observing how metabolism may relate to immune cell function. He has also focused on longitudinal research in ME/CFS while looking to extend metabolic capabilities across the field of ME/CFS to help collate different patient groups.

Chris is working with OMF’s communications to translate science for the public while continuing his research as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Chris and his wife have one dog.

Marilyn Simon-Gersuk, Director of Communications & Development

Marilyn Simon-Gersuk has over three decades of experience in fundraising and non-profit management.  She has held professional positions at the national, regional and local level. She has led development teams of 2 to 20+ raising millions of dollars. Marilyn began working with OMF in 2012 as a volunteer using her non-profit management experience to help establish the organization. In 2016, she joined OMF as the first employee. Marilyn manages OMF’s fundraising activities and campaigns, communication projects, and volunteer development.

Marilyn holds a Master’s degree in Communication.  Marilyn and her husband have three grown children and three dogs.

Debby Husch, Administrative Manager

Debby Husch has worked in non-profit fundraising for two decades. In her prior role at a national healthcare organization, Debby provided support to a national network of over 40 chapters, fostering fundraising growth and enhancing organizational strength; she planned week-long conferences and more. Debby has extensive experience in special event and project management. At OMF, Debby provides management support for programs and fundraising, as well as administrative functions.  Debby also works closely with a growing team of volunteers to maximize OMF’s strength.

Debby and her husband have two daughters and two poodles.

 

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