Board of Directors
|Paula M. Evans, Chairman
Paula Evans earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. Her career focused on residential and commercial property management in both Manhattan and Chicago. She oversaw the management and title transfer of multi-million dollar properties as well as handling all property negotiations, purchasing, staff supervision and construction/renovation projects. Her portfolio contained some of the highest profile buildings and entities in the above mentioned cities.
Paula has a seven year old daughter with Angelman Syndrome.
|Debbie Guagliardo, Vice-Chairman
Debbie Guagliardo is the CFO and Director of Strategy for Innovative Mag-Drive LLC (Innomag), a manufacturer of zero emissions, sealless, magnetically driven industrial pumps. Prior to joining Innomag, she was the Business Manager of the InterAction CRM software division of LexisNexis. She received her BBA in Public Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago and her MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with majors in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Management & Strategy, and Finance.
|Maiddy Dunigan, Vice-Chairman
Maiddy received a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from University of Nevada, Reno, a JD degree from California Western School of Law, Cum Laude, and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center, with honors. She is a member of the American Bar Association, an active member of the State Bar of California, as well as licensed to practice in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. Maiddy spent over ten years at KPMG LLP and Ernst & Young LLP as a Federal Tax Services Manager in international practices and well as specializing in mergers and acquisitions. She has provided tax services to multi-national companies in numerous domestic and international situations.
Maiddy has a six year old son with Angelman Syndrome.
|Scott Backer, Officer
Scott Backer is the owner of Baroma Healthcare, LLC, a consulting firm providing assistance to managed care entities in marketing, network management and cost containment. He has over 15 years experience impacting the performance of companies through steamlining operation and developing business solutions that capitalize on the company's objectives. Mr. Backer received his degree in Healthcare Administration from Florida International University.
Scott has a five year old daughter with Angelman Syndrome.
|Rebecca Burdine, Chief Science Officer
Rebecca Burdine is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University. Her research uses Zebrafish as a model system to study how organs form and function in vertebrate embryos. Her work places special emphasis on the heart and kidney, which has implications for understanding human congenital heart disease and cystic kidney diseases.
Dr. Burdine earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1997, and completed her Postdoctoral research at the Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine at New York University before moving to Princeton in 2003. Dr. Burdine was recognized as a promising young investigator with the prestigious Mallinckrodt Scholar award in 2003.
Rebecca has a six year old daughter with Angelman Syndrome.
|Sharon Claridge, Secretary
Sharon Claridge provides consulting services on national security issues to federal government clients in the Washington DC area. Her experience includes over 20 years of providing thought leadership and security expertise directly to agencies including DARPA, NRO and the ODNI, and previously leading General Dynamic's $350M Security Services business area.
Sharon holds a JD degree from Concord University School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California and Los Angeles Bar Association. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Dominguez Hills and Northridge with degrees in Interdisciplinary Skills and Human Resources Management respectively.
Sharon has an eight year old son with Angelman Syndrome.
|Meagan Cross, Chief Information Officer
Meagan Cross' qualifications are in Geographic Information Science and she is a certified Spatial Practitioner with the Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia. Meagan worked for five years mapping vegetation in the Wet Tropics World Heritage, Far North Queensland area before moving to the Australian National Native Title Tribunal where she works as a Mapping Scientist liaising with aboriginal Australians, various government departments and other stakeholders to determine Native Title over traditional land (currently on extended maternity leave). Meagan also has experience in data programming, website & database design. Still active in the spatial community, she is Secretariat & Treasurer for a regional Geographic Information Systems user group as well as consulting for a local archeological/cultural heritage firm. She is also a small business owner, running a specialized Stainless Steel Fabrication business with her husband Rohan.
Meagan has a four year old daughter with Angelman Syndrome.
|Melissa Elkins, Communications Officer
Melissa Elkins is a public relations professional with more than 15 years experience developing and managing corporate and consumer campaigns for a wide variety of companies, from Fortune 500 giants to nimble startups in the earliest lifecycle stages. She developed public relation strategies and oversaw the implementation of product rollouts and corporate communications.
Melissa has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Montana State University. She currently relocated to Knoxville TN from San Diego CA with her husband James, daughter Peyton and son Owen.
Melissa has a six year old daughter with Angelman Syndrome.
|Danielle Pinders, Officer
Danielle has a bachelors degree in Sociology/Child Development from Castleton State College. She has over 8 years' experience working as an Income Development professional for several national non-profit organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society. She has developed successful strategies for increasing event participation, revenue growth, community awareness and engagement. Danielle has also served as a Marketing Consultant for various Fortune 500 companies traveling the country supporting product launches, trade-shows & promotions. She is currently the Manager of Marketing & Development for a children's mental health non-profit organization in Vermont.
Danielle has a 2 year old son with Angelman Syndrome. She resides in Burlington, Vermont with her husband and two sons.
|Kena Richert, Accountant
Kena Richert is a Certified Public Accountant with The Church at Horseshoe Bay. Prior to assuming a local accounting role to spend more time with her family, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Assurance Practice. She provides audit services to a Fortune 50 technology company as well as other smaller private companies in various industries. She received her Bachelor's of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University - Magna Cum Laude. Kena is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, and the National Association of Church Business Administration.
Kena has a six year old daughter with Angelman Syndrome.
|Terence Sullivan, Financial Officer
Terence Sullivan is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in New York. He works in Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for global financial institutions. Prior to his investment banking career, Terence was a management consultant for KPMG Consulting where he advised financial institutions on business strategy and operational efficiency. He has a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University.
|Bryan Thompson, Officer
Bryan Thompson is a Senior Legal Director for Yahoo! Inc., specializing in licensing, media, and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Bryan was Counsel at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and entertainment transactions, including representing cable networks and operators, high-profile entertainers, sports leagues, and Fortune 500 companies. Bryan has a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, where he graduated with honors, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Chancellor's Scholar. Bryan lives with his family in Redondo Beach, California.
Bryan has a four year old son with Angelman Syndrome.
|Sharon Weil-Chalker, Science Officer
Sharon Weil-Chalker grew up in New Jersey and received her BS and MD degrees from the Honors Program in Medical Education, Northwestern University in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. She completed her Pediatrics residency and a Pediatric Cardiology research fellowship at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA and a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco. Her practice in Pediatric Cardiology near Philadelphia is devoted to the care of fetuses, premies, infants, and children with complex congenital heart disease, in which her interests include associated genetic syndromes and breastfeeding of infants with heart disease or developmental issues. Dr. Weil-Chalker is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sharon has a ten year old son with Angelman Syndrome.