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ALAN J. ABRAMSON, Ph.D.

Abramson is a professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and founding director of the school’s Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Social Enterprise. He also is a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute. For more than 10 years, he directed the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit program, overseeing the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund and other initiatives. He was on the research staff of the Urban Institute, where he worked on a variety of domestic public policy issues. He has authored books and articles, won two American Political Science Association awards, and been named one of the 50 most influential U.S. nonprofit sector leaders.

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TODD B. EVENSON

Evenson is the president of InOn Health and founder of Alchemy Health. He was recognized by Modern Healthcare as “Top 25 COO in Healthcare.” Before joining InOn Health, he served as chief operating officer of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the premier association for more than 54,000 U.S. medical practice executives. Evenson is committed to the health and wellness of all communities. He invests in his passions by serving on several boards including AllHealth Network. Colorado Health Administration Alumni Association, Jefferson County Special Education Advisory Committee, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Laradon Foundation.

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KANDY FERREE

Ferree has executive level leadership experience in nonprofit management, board and resource development, public health and philanthropy at the community and national levels. She currently serves as managing director of ArtYard, a contemporary, alternative arts center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. This career shift followed roles as founder and principal of 360 Strategy Group, a philanthropic consulting group, and a decade as president and CEO of AIDS United/National AIDS Fund. Her work forging innovative public-private partnerships is a driving force behind her interest in systems change in neurodegenerative diseases. Her early training as a gerontologist and current interests in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease intersect with her deep commitment to improving the lives of people with neurodegenerative diseases and family caregivers.

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CYNTHIA GÓMEZ, Ph.D.

Gómez has contributed leadership to U.S. and international health policy, and over 25 years of experience as a behavioral health scientist. She was a pioneer in the integration of social determinants of health in research and in the development of community-based health interventions. Gómez has helped build strong and diverse health-focused organizations, including a community mental health center, a global HIV research center, and a broad-based health equity institute. Currently, she consults around health equity, health policy, and community-informed science. She serves as the ETR, Inc. board chair, and on the board of the San Francisco Community Health Center. She served on the federal advisory committee of the Healthy People 2030.

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LAURA HANEN

Hanen is a senior policy advisor at Venable LLC, where she leads policy and advocacy work on behalf of health care, public health and global health clients. She has more than 25 years of bipartisan experience in government relations and public affairs. She was the chief of government affairs for the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), overseeing policy and lobbying on behalf of local health departments. She served as NACCHO’s interim executive director for a year. She was the director of government relations for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Director, and a senior lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She worked for a member of Congress on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

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ALAN HUTSON

Hutson is the managing partner of The Monument Group, which for 26 years has helped nonprofit organizations tap their fundraising potential. He is also a senior consultant at the management centre consulting (mc consulting), a London-based nonprofit management consultancy, and serves on the Decision Science team to help organizations change behavior in a pro-social way. His work has resulted in nonprofit organizations raising over $200 million (U.S.-based clients). His international engagements have included UNICEF, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, Smile Train, and Médecins Sans Frontières. Hutson serves as The Monument Group’s representative for the Giving Institute, and he recently rotated off the board of AFP Global (the governing body of the fundraising profession). Locally, he has served on the boards of the local AFP chapter (past board chair), Circle Center Adult Day Services, and 1708 Gallery.

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IAN KREMER, J.D.

Kremer has worked on federal, state and local dementia policy since 1996. Since 2012, Ian has served as executive director of the LEAD Coalition (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease) the uniting voice of over 200 member and allied organizations accelerating transformational progress in care and support to enrich the quality of life of those with dementia and their caregivers, detection and diagnosis, and research leading to prevention, effective treatment, and cures. He serves and has served on numerous steering committees, boards and advisory committees, including: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee, National Institute on Aging’s National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers, and CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative Roadmap and many more. He was an external reviewer for the 2021 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report, “Meeting the Challenge of Caring for Persons Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners and Caregivers: A Way Forward.”

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ZENAWIT MELESSE

Melesse is a communications and public information consultant. She has 20 years of international work experience in the United Nations, government, diplomatic and academic sectors. Her expertise is in strategic development and behavior change communications, community dialogue and engagement, and broadcasting and information communication systems analysis, and design and implementation. She was the communication advisor to the Ethiopian Minister of Health and lead communication specialist for UNAIDS’ Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.

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BRUCE PACKETT

Packett is the executive director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). He worked for 14 years with AAHIVM directing programs supporting and educating HIV practitioners and promoting accessible, quality care for those living with HIV. He was first touched by chronic illness when his grandfather passed away from complications of pulmonary fibrosis and has a keen interest in helping people and families directly impacted by chronic illnesses. He studied at the University of Maryland and is a writer, consultant and part-time musician.

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CHERYL SULLIVAN STAVELEY

Sullivan Staveley has dedicated her life to Huntington’s disease (HD) awareness and care, having been a caregiver to her first husband and younger daughter, both of whom she lost to HD. She was first exposed to HD in nursing school and later left her job as a nurse to focus on HD caregiving, education and advocacy when it impacted her family. She has created a support network for other families through outreach and support groups. She is part of a global coalition for HD, speaking at conferences and various scientific programs, as well as to lawmakers and civic organizations, trying to improve the lives of those with HD.

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GREG SMILEY

As founder and CEO of Adira Foundation, Smiley is a nonvoting, ex officio board member.

Read a letter from Greg here.