After Brandon’s diagnosis in 2012, Dan and his wife Samantha went looking for answers. “With so much out of our control, we searched for an outlet to help us better understand the challenges that lay ahead. It did not take long for us to recognize that supporting the advancement of PWS research was the best possible way to help our son. The commitment and focus of FPWR, and the group of families that support the organization, are truly outstanding. It gives us hope for a better future for Brandon and all those families affected by PWS.”
Dan Chorney is a Financial Advisor in the New York office of Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He is responsible for advising high net-worth families and institutions, as well as their respective trusts, estates, foundations, endowments and pension plans. Dan, in conjunction with Bernstein’s Wealth Management Group, works closely with each client’s trusted tax and legal advisors on all matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions and sales of privately held businesses.
Dan holds a BA in psychology from the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance and management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Dr. Brian Dula is a board certified Anesthesiologist with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Group in Palo Alto, California. Brian received his professional education at Penn State College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco.
Brian and his wife, Kelly, have become active fundraisers and incredible advocates for FPWR’s mission since the birth of their youngest child, Alaina Willow, in 2014. Their first fundraising event, held in 2015, raised over $30,000 for PWS research and brought together more than 250 members of their community in northern, California.
Katie Gilliam is the Investor Relations and Planning Manager at Hilcorp Energy Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Houston, Texas. She leads a team responsible for managing various outside financial partner and investor relationships and supports corporate finance activities. She also oversees the creation and implementation of the company’s corporate plan. She joined Hilcorp in 2006 and held various roles in financial planning & analysis prior to moving into her current role in 2014.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas.
Katie and her husband, Josh, became involved with FPWR after their son, Jackson, was diagnosed was PWS in 2010. They began fundraising through local One Small Step walks and hosted the first Live Life Full Gala in Texas in 2016. Collectively they have helped raised close to $350,000 since 2011. Our biggest dream is for Jackson to live a fulfilling and independent life. “We understand the key to turning that dream into a reality is research so we have whole-heartedly thrown ourselves into supporting FPWR and its mission to eliminate the challenges of PWS,” says Katie.
Katie and Josh live in Houston with their two children, Jackson (PWS) and Ainsley.
“When my then-seven month old daughter Caitlin was diagnosed with PWS in July 2011, I had two questions, the first one was, ‘How can there not be medicine for the hunger?’ the second one was, ‘When I start fundraising for research where do I send the money?’ Both answers led me to the Foundation for Prader Willi Research.”
Jeannine grew up and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She attended U.C.L.A. and received her B.A. in History and thereafter attended the University of Michigan Law School where she received her J.D. She is currently a practicing attorney and cultivating her fundraising skills. She has been an active fundraiser at previous non–profits and her children’s schools and is now applying those skills for the FPWR. She co-founded Prader Willi Angels, a 501(c)(3) which seeks to raise funds to support research initiatives geared toward solving the challenges of PWS, with a particular focus on curing hyperphagia.
Jeannine spends what little free time she has left with her husband Jerry, her son Andrew and daughter Caitlin.
“When our daughter Brooke was born in 2011 and diagnosed with PWS, we made a vow to ‘Keep Moving Forward’ and not let the disorder define her. When we looked for ways to help support research, our search quickly led us to FPWR, and the amazing community of parents and supporters that are involved with it. We started fundraising a few months later, and have continued to support the organization ever since.”
Jack Jones and his wife Belinda live near Toronto Canada with their son Jordan, and daughters Izabella and Brooke. Jack is President of the Canadian FPWR organization, and the two of them have been heavily involved in supporting FPWR events since 2012.
Jack is a software executive with over 15 years in senior leadership roles in technology companies worldwide. Jack attended the US Military Academy at West Point, and studied Computer Science at Northeastern University.
Guy is retired from a long career that spanned over 50 years in the electrical construction industry. He is a former Vice President of Aldridge Electric based in Libertyville, Illinois and a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
With a strong commitment to charitable giving, Guy and his wife, Judy, are active fund raisers in Chicagoland. They have hosted the annual I Gotta Guy Sausage Festival for the last ten years, raising over half million dollars to date. He is also a former member of the Cystic Fibrosis Advisory Board and a long-time supporter of JDRF.
Guy and Judy became involved with FPWR when their granddaughter, Emma, was diagnosed with Schaaf-Yang syndrome in 2016. They reside in Palestine, Illinois, where they enjoy spending time with their 6 grandchildren.
Dave Pfeiffer is a biopharmaceutical executive with more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive at both large and small life science companies. He is currently President and CEO of Ralexar Therapeutics, Inc., a private venture capital-backed company developing treatments for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Dave has served on the senior management teams at a number of biopharma and medical device companies, including Ellman International, NB Therapeutics, and CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals. He began his career working at large pharmaceutical companies such as Zeneca and SmithKline Beecham.
Dave is currently a member of the BOD of Ralexar Therapeutics, Inc. He was also was a member of the Board of Directors a CD Diagnostics, a diagnostic company with an initial focus on orthopedic procedures recently sold to Zimmer Biomet, and Ellman International. He received his B.S. in Physiology from Rutgers University and his Masters of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dave lives with his wife Anina and their four children Gillian, Paige, Brooke (PWS) and Scott in Blue Bell, PA.
Dr. Jonathan Sebat is a Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego. Dr. Sebat is a geneticist and an expert in rare genetic diseases and their influence on mental health. Dr. Sebat’s research has made major contributions to our current knowledge of the genetic basis of autism and other psychiatric disorders. Jonathan is the Director of the Beyster, Center for Psychiatric Genomics, where he leads an interdisciplinary team in the clinical and genomic analysis of mental health disorders at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. He is also a co-chair of Genetics Workgroup of the National Institute of Mental Health Rare Genetic Disease Network (MHRGDN) and chair of CNV workgroup of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC).
Alicia Secor, MBA
Alicia Secor joined Juniper Pharmaceuticals as Chief Executive Officer in August 2016 and serves as a Director of the Company. Ms. Secor brings more than 25 years’ of leadership experience as a life sciences executive, with a track record in leading businesses and advancing products from clinical development through regulatory approval, commercialization, and global expansion across several therapeutic areas.
Ms. Secor joined Juniper from Zafgen, Inc., where was Chief Commercial Officer and played a key role in advancing the company to a Phase 3 pre-commercialization status. Previously Ms. Secor served 15 years at Genzyme Corporation in diverse leadership roles, most recently as the Global General Manager for the Metabolic Disease Business.
During her tenure at Genzyme, Ms. Secor led fully integrated businesses, successfully launching products and achieving sustained revenue growth. Ms. Secor spearheaded several strategic transactions and built high performance teams, resulting in consistent growth and profitability across multiple Genzyme businesses including biomaterials, surgical devices, and injectable therapeutics.
Prior to Genzyme, Ms. Secor held positions at Alkermes in business development, at Centocor (a Johnson & Johnson Company) in clinical and commercial operations. She began her career at Pfizer as a hospital-based sales representative.
Ms. Secor received an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and a B.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Brent Snyder and his wife, Renee, are passionate about doing all they can to help raise awareness and funds for PWS research, and they believe that supporting the FPWR’s dedication to advance research is the best way to help their 6 year old daughter, Peyton, live the happiest and healthiest life as possible. “When we received the diagnosis that our daughter had PWS, we were overwhelmed with information. The FPWR was a ray of light and hope and positivity for us during a difficult time in our lives.”
Brent has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has18 years of experience in Sales and Marketing, where he spent his early years as a pharmaceutical sales rep, and transitioned to the insurance industry in 2003. He has held many Sr. Level sales positions with several different insurance companies and has received dozens of awards for his sales successes over the years.
Brent and Renee live in Orange County, CA, with their daughter, Peyton, and their 8 year old son, Chad. Brent enjoys coaching his son’s basketball team where he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the league, playing pick up basketball on a weekly basis, golfing, and martial arts.
Jason Waldrop is the Chief Executive Officer of CWPS, a mid-tier system integrator, serving both the federal and commercial marketplace. In addition to being responsible for daily operations of the company, Mr. Waldrop is also responsible for shaping and implementing CWPS technology innovation and financial plans.
Mr. Waldrop joined CWPS upon graduation from college in 1996. His roles within CWPS have grown steadily and was instrumental in building the business with a focus on automation tools and technology adoption. His leadership has led to a robust commercial business he created to augment CWPS’ foundation in supporting the federal government. Mr. Waldrop assumed the role of CWPS’ Chief Executive Officer in 2005.
Under Mr. Waldrop’s leadership, CWPS has been recognized with numerous industry awards to include Cisco New Partner of the Year, Cisco US and Canada SMB Partner of the Year, Cisco North America Commercial Partner of the Year, Washington Business Journal Top 25 Technology Firms, VAR Business Top 100 VARs, MSP 100, CRN Fast Growth Solution Provider and Kaseya 10 Best MSPs Nationwide.
Mr. Waldrop is a recognized technology visionary and is a member of the Cisco Commercial Advisory Board, Asigra Partner Advisory Board, Autotask Executive Advisory Board and Nimble Partner Advisory Board.
Mr. Waldrop received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech 1996. He is active in local youth sports in the DC Metro area as well as the nonprofit community supporting Prader-Willi Syndrome. Jason resides in northern Virginia with his wife Christine and their three beautiful children.
Dr. Viroslav received dual BA’s in Psychology and Biology from Southern Methodist University and received her MD degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Emory University, where she served as Chief Resident in Radiology. She is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with added qualification in Neuroradiology, is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, and is a member of Radsource, a private practice specialty radiology group based in Nashville, Tennessee. She also has a teaching appointment at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Viroslav is a co-founder of the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research and has served as president of the organization twice. In addition to her work with the FPWR, Dr. Viroslav holds multiple local and national non-profit positions. Locally, she serves on the board of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center and is currently the co-chair of the Capital Campaign for San Antonio’s new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. She is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s Hall School and recently completed her tenure as co-chair of the school’s successful $26 million dollar Capital Campaign. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio and is a previous recipient of the Federation’s Young Leadership Award, the Community Relations Council Award, and the Israel Bonds Star of David Award. She is currently a member of the boards of the Playhouse San Antonio, the San Antonio Chamber Choir, the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, and the Mind Science Foundation, and is a past Chair of the Board of the Winston School San Antonio, a private school for children with learning differences.
Nationally, Dr. Viroslav is a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America and served on JFNA’s Executive Committee. She is a current member of the Executive Committee of JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board and is a past co-chair of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Department. She is a past board member of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and co-chaired JCPA’s National Plenum in 2010.
Dr. Viroslav’s husband, Sergio, is an orthopaedic surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. They have three children – Hannah, 21, who is a senior at Vanderbilt University and who volunteers with the PWS clinic at Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center, Olivia, 18, who is a senior at Alamo Heights High School, and Evan, 15, who is a sophomore at Saint Mary’s Hall. Olivia was diagnosed with PWS at age 5 on September 11, 2001.