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Meet Our Team

Driving Cure CMD's mission wouldn't be possible without these dedicated individuals.

Staff & Volunteers

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Alvarez

Rachel Alvarez

Executive Director

Dziewczapolski

Gustavo  Dziewczapolski, PhD

Scientific Director

Palacio

Doenica Palacio

Outreach & Development Coordinator

Berger

Kelly Berger

Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

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Lani Knutson

Legislative Advocacy
Team Leader

Avery

Avery Roberts

Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

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Joelle Robinson

Publication Librarian

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Sondra Mermelstein

Publication Librarian

Board Members

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Rob Sunris

Board Member
President

Kim

Eunice Kim

Board Member
Vice President

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Mindy Roberts

Board Member

Secretary

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Hilary Dover

Board Member
Treasurer

Beare

Mark Beare

Board Member

Executive Advisor

Day

John Day, MD PhD

Board Member

Scientific & Medical Advisor

Grosmann

Carla Grosmann, MD

Board Member
Medical Advisor, Genetic Curator

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Tim Knutson

Board Member

Development Advisor

Mayer

Oscar H. Mayer, MD

Board Member
Scientific & Medical Advisor

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Anthony Parisi

Board Member
Community Advisor

Rowbottom

Jeff Rowbottom

Board Member
Development Advisor

Wolff

Jodi Wolff, PhD

Board Member
Industry & Development Advisor

Contributing Advisors

Foley

A. Reghan Foley, MD

Scientific & Medical Advisor

Neuromuscular & Neurogenetic Diseases of Childhood
NINDS, NIH

Sawnani

Hemant Sawnani, MD

Medical Advisor
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Pascoe

John Pascoe, MD

Medical Advisor
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Ogata

Wayne Ogata

Scientific Advisor
Community Member

The Cure CMD community is incredibly grateful for the leadership and outstanding contributions of our founders: Dr. Anne Rutkowski, Patrick May, and Richard Cloud, three parents determined to raise the profile of congenital muscular dystrophy by advancing the CMDs toward treatments, improving access to diagnosis, expanding our network of expert researchers and clinicians, and ensuring that our community has a home.

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