Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Post COVID .

Linda Tannenbaum, Founder & CEO/President

Linda Tannenbaum is the Founder and CEO/President of Open Medicine Foundation. Linda founded OMF after her 16-year-old daughter came down with sudden onset ME / CFS in 2006. She was told there was no diagnostic test or treatment for the devastating disease that was preventing her daughter from leaving her bed and living her life. After researching options, Linda realized that open, global collaborative research into the disease was terribly lacking, as…

Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD
Chief Medical Officer – Open Medicine Foundation

Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School Founding Director, Center for Surgery, Innovation & Bioengineering, Massachusetts General Hospital Co-Director, The OMF-sponsored ME / CFS Collaboration at the Harvard-Affiliated Hospitals, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Ronald Tompkins's work in the genomics, proteomics, and ultrastructural roles in inflammation and metabolism promises to discover underlying mechanisms of ME / CFS, and his leadership in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional large research projects will energize OMF’s efforts to ignite ME / CFS…

Kimberly Hicks, COO/CFO/Treasurer

Ms. Hicks has worked with OMF as a board member since 2014, has served in an interim capacity as the CFO/COO, and has joined the team full-time.  She is a C-suite Finance industry veteran with over 25 years of leadership, business transformation, business development/sales, merger integrations, and major strategic initiative experience across private and public sectors, and international settings.  In the past few years she has transitioned to Health Tech and Healthcare,…

Kathleen Morgen, Vice President of Philanthropy

Kathleen Morgen comes to us most recently as the Principal of Morgen Lloyd & Associates, a full service consulting firm for non-profits, raising millions of dollars annually and offering a comprehensive menu of fundraising and management services.  Throughout her 30+ year career, Kathleen has supported the growth and development of nonprofits and hospitals across California, strengthening their infrastructure and deepening their relationships with their constituents. Kathleen’s job at OMF is…

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 Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (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…

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…

Heather Ah San, Development and Communications Manager

Heather comes to the Open Medicine Foundation with a decade of experience working in journalism, communications, and development, most recently leading digital communications for Sonoma Land Trust, a nationally award-winning environmental nonprofit. As Development and Communications Manager , she creates and implements strategies to raise awareness of OMF’s mission and grow its philanthropic base, so that OMF can accelerate research into chronic, complex diseases. Heather is currently based out of Washington D.C.…

Rebecca Handler, Communications Specialist

Rebecca Handler studied cognitive neuropsychology with a concentration in communications and began at OMF as a volunteer & community ambassador in 2017 after developing a sudden onset of ME / CFS in 2015. Rebecca’s job at OMF is to help develop & manage relevant content topics to reach and connect with the patient community. She works to publish & share engaging content on social media platforms to optimize audience growth, increase awareness of OMF’s mission, and attract new donations. Rebecca currently lives in Connecticut with…

Janis Maslyk, Administrative Assistant

Janis brings her strong organizational and project management skills to OMF, providing support to many aspects of fundraising and administration. With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, she has worked in various other industries but enjoys being part of the nonprofit community with a commitment to making the world a better place.

Brent Merritt, Digital Strategist

Brent Merritt is a digital strategist who initially connected with OMF after he witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of ME / CFS and began seeking a way to put his professional experience to use in service of the patient community. He’s now a dedicated part of the OMF team, committed to the mission of ending ME / CFS. Brent holds a master’s degree in strategic communications, and his analysis of digital media and health communications has appeared…

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