Our People

The thoughtful collaboration between our Co-Trustees, Board of Directors and our Staff guides the implementation of all Foundation grantmaking.  Our Board is responsible for setting the Foundation’s strategic direction and vision, for overseeing its finances and operation, and for ensuring the organization is in compliance with all legal requirements.  The staff brings a vast range of knowledge and experience with a deep commitment to the spinal cord injury field.  Staff is guided by the Foundation’s vision, working proactively to ensure the grants programs reflect the strategies set by the Board as well as the Values set to honor our Founder. 

Board of Directors

Ray H. Neilsen
Ray H. Neilsen,
Co-Trustee
Gordon R. Kanofsky
Gordon R. Kanofsky,
Co-Trustee
Robert D. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH
Robert D. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH
Daniel P. Lammertse, MD
Daniel P. Lammertse, MD
Lorne M. Mendell, PhD
Lorne M. Mendell, PhD
Phillip G. Popovich, PhD
Ruth V. Watkins, PhD

Foundation Staff

Kym Eisner
Naomi Kleitman, PhD
Naomi Kleitman, PhD
Jason Troy
Jason Troy
Therese Biederman
Kim Cerise
Kim Cerise
Joy Guihama, MPH
Joy Guihama, MPH
Ehrica Hernandez
Ehrica Hernandez
Julea Juarez
Julea Juarez
Gina Knight
Gina Knight, CPA
Jane Otto
Jane Otto
Jacob Shreckengost, PhD
Tracey Wheeler, PhD
Tracey Wheeler, PhD