The Debra Team

Staff  

Brett Kopelan
Executive Director

Rita Garson
Finance Director

Karen Bjornsti
Events Manager

Meghan Jay
Development Director

Kelsey Dashiell
Programs & Services Manager

Geri Kelly, R.N., BSN
Debra EB Nurse Educator

Casey Fitzpatrick
Events & Communications Director

Jason Kelly
Database Manager

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Debra Staff Photo


Arlene Pessar, R.N.
debra of America Founder, Brooklyn, NY


Board Of Directors  

Leslie Rader
President, Louisville, KY

Richard Gallagher
Vice President, Gurnee, IL

J Alec Alexander
Treasurer, Gainesville, GA

William Cornman
Secretary, Sewickley, PA

Faith Daniels
President Emeritus, New York, NY

Kathleen Brown
New Canaan, CT

Angela Christiano, Ph.D.
New York, NY

Tom Gillespie
Newtown, PA

Frank Kacmarsky
Anthern, AZ

John Lee
San Francisco, CA

Brett Kopelan
New York, NY

Robert Meirowitz, M.D.
West Windsor, NJ

Thomas M. Misisco
Greenwich, CT

Jeanne Rohm
San Francisco, CA

Robert Ryan, M.D.
Durham, NC

Daniel Siegel, M.D.
Long Island Skin Cancer and Dermatologic Surgery SUNY Health Sciences Center - Brooklyn
Former President, American Academy of Dermatology

Andrew Tavani
Atlanta, Georgia

Jouni Uitto, M.D., Ph.D.
Philadelphia, PA

James Wetrich
Dallas, TX

Sonya Wilander
Hailey, ID


Scientific Advisory Board  

Alan Arbuckle, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente

Richard G. Azizkhan, MD.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Eugene A. Bauer, M.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine

Susan Bayliss, M.D.
Washington University School of Medicine

Gary Bellus, M.D.
University of Colorado at Denver
and Health Sciences Center

Anna L Bruckner, M.D.
University of Colorado at Denver
and Health Sciences Center

Angela Christiano, Ph.D. (Co-chair)
Columbia University

Richard A.F. Clark, M.D.
SUNY Stonybrook

Jonathan Alden Dyer, M.D.
University of Missouri Health Care

Ervin Epstein, Jr., M.D.
Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute

Nancy B. Esterly, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin

Jo-David Fine, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Elaine V. Fuchs, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University

Sharon Glick, M.D.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Paul Honig, M.D.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Gerald S. Lazarus, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Moise L. Levy, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine and
Texas Children's Hospital

Anne W. Lucky, M.D.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Joseph McGuire, M.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine

Laurence Miller,M.D.
Potomac, MD

Kimberly D. Morel, M.D.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Amy Paller, M.D.
Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago

Francis Palisson, M.D.
La Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile

Neil S. Prose, M.D.
Duke University Medical Center

Elena Pope, M.D.
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Juliette Prendiville, M.D.
University of British Columbia

Dennis R. Roop, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Lawrence Schachner, M.D.
University of Miami School of Medicine

Tor Shwayder, M.D.
Henry Ford Hospital

Daniel Siegel, M.D.
Dermatologic Surgery Institute
President, American Academy of Dermatology

Mary K. Spraker, M.D.
Emory University Clinic of Woodruff Medical Center

Jouni Uitto, M.D., Ph.D. (Co-chair)
Thomas Jefferson University

Madeline Weiner, RN
Chapel Hill, NC

Timothy Wright, D.D.S.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill