Board of Directors
The National Psoriasis Foundation is directed by a Board of Directors. Board members are volunteers from the community who share two things:
- Psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, either individually or through a loved one.
- A commitment to directing the Psoriasis Foundation toward finding a cure for psoriatic disease and to improve the lives of all those affected.
The Board of Directors partners with the chief executive officer and the professional staff to establish the Strategic Plan, determine annual goals and objectives and provide financial oversight of the foundation.
Pete Redding, Immediate Past-Chair
Pete Redding was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 and currently serves as board chair. He also serves as chair of the Executive committee and is a member of the Board Governance, Finance, Audit and Development Committees. Redding was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 1979 and joined the National Psoriasis Foundation to better understand his disease. Redding has extensive nonprofit board experience and currently serves on several boards and committees. He holds a masters of decision sciences degree and spent 37 years in sales and senior management. He is a retired CEO and lives with his wife in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chip Newton, Chair
Chip Newton was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 and currently serves as a member of the Executive Board, and Compensation Committees. Newton has had psoriasis for almost 20 years and has become an ardent member of the National Psoriasis Foundation, developing a sense of community with Foundation members, donors and volunteers in the New York area and beyond. His interests lie in research into new treatments for psoriasis; he brings experience in financial oversight and fundraising. Newton has two children and lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Ron Grau, Chair-Elect
Ron Grau was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as Chair-Elect and chair of the Audit committee. Grau has been a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation South Florida Division since 2011. Grau has psoriasis and works with the NPF staff, health care providers and other people living with psoriatic disease on local, state and federal psoriatic disease-related initiatives. A successful business leader, Grau is the founder and chief technology officer for SDD, Inc., a South Florida-based global software company with operations in more than 40 countries. He is married with two daughters and lives in Boca Raton, Fla.
Carol Ostrow, Vice-Chair
Carol Ostrow was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2012 and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Ostrow is also a member of the Executive Committee and serves as chair of the Board Governance and Development Committees.
Ostrow is the producing director of the award-winning Flea Theater, an off-off-Broadway theater located in Lower Manhattan. She has been an adjunct professor of theater at Vassar College, Chatham College, and McGill University. Ostrow holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. Ostrow is a trustee of Vassar College and also serves on Yale Drama School board of advisors. She is married to Michael Graff (managing director at Warburg Pincus LLC). They have four children; daughters Anabel, Emily, and Candace, and son Jesse. She and her family count Pittsburgh, London, Montreal and now, New York City once again as home.
Eyal Ofir, Treasurer
Eyal Ofir was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer. Ofir is also a member of the Executive and Board Governance Committees and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. As chair of the Finance Committee he will help direct the organization by evaluating and approving long-term plans, determining goals and assisting with financial oversight. Ofir, who works in finance in New York City, has had psoriasis since he was a child. Wanting to give back in a meaningful way, Ofir became an active member of the NPF New York Division in 2016, and has since worked to raise the profile of psoriatic disease through fundraising and advocacy efforts for the Foundation.
Rick Seiden has been involved with the National Psoriasis Foundation for over three decades. Elected to the Board of Directors in 2002, Seiden served a two-year term as chair in July 2009, and was re-elected to the Board in 2015. Seiden, who has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, has been a Foundation advocate before Congress and the National Institutes of Health, and serves on the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Seiden is a corporate/transactional attorney in the Healthcare Practice Group of Foley & Lardner, LLP and lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two children.
Matthew Kiselica was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015 and serves as chair of the Outreach Committee. Kiselica was diagnosed with psoriasis in his teens and psoriatic arthritis in his twenties, and has been actively involved with the Foundation since 2002. He's a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation Dallas/Fort Worth Division, and participates in the Community Ambassador and Psoriasis One to One Mentor programs. Kiselica is active in the Team NPF Walk in Dallas/Fort Worth and has traveled with the Foundation to Washington, D.C., to work with Congress on enacting psoriatic disease legislation and increasing federal research support. In 2013, the NPF honored Kiselica with an Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award for his contributions to improving the lives of people with psoriatic disease. Kiselica works in the Finance industry, and resides in Dallas with his wife and children.
Abby Van Voorhees, M.D.
Abby Van Voorhees was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014. She currently serves as Chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board and is a frequent speaker at Foundation events – both to patients and to medical audiences. She has been active in clinical research issues in dermatology, particularly those related to the treatment of psoriasis. Van Voorhees has served as medical editor for the American Academy of Dermatology's publication Dermatology World, and is the past chair of their Guidelines of Care Committee. She is the Chair of Dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and lives in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. Jason Lichten was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015. Dr. Lichten has been a dedicated Foundation volunteer since 2011 and was a top-four finalist for NPF’s 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award. As the creator and chair of the Foundation's Columbus Run/Walk to Cure Psoriasis, Dr. Lichten has increased awareness of psoriasis in Ohio and has raised over $100,000 in its five years. A plastic surgeon, Lichten is the founder and director of Central Ohio Plastic Surgery, Inc., located in Columbus, Ohio.
Pete Miller was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015. A retired school principal from Portland, Ore., Miller has been actively involved with the National Psoriasis Foundation as the Portland division vice chair and has helped organize all division fundraising events and activities, including the Portland Walk to Cure Psoriasis. Miller also chaired the planning committee for NPF’s National Volunteer Conference in San Francisco in 2015.
Mark Oberman was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016. Mark has been an active volunteer with the San Diego division since its inception in 2010. He served as chair of the San Diego Walk to Cure Psoriasis in 2012 and 2013, as well as inaugural chair of the 2016 San Diego Team NPF Cycle event. Mark is the founder and principal engineer of OBE Systems, Inc., an electrical / computer engineering design and development firm with clients in San Diego and Silicon Valley.
M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH
Dr. Husni was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. Husni has a history of working with the Foundation, she was a member of the NPF Medical Board from 2011 - 2017, served as co-chair for the NPF National Research Symposium, received the NPF/ARNF research grant on psoriatic arthritis, and is a frequent speaker at foundation events. Husni is Vice Chair of Rheumatology, Director of Clinical Outcomes Research and Director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Practicing for more than 20 years, Husni received her MD and MPH from the Boston University School of Medicine and School of Public Health, trained as an Internal Medicine resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and was a Rheumatology fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Husni has authored many publications on psoriatic diseases and most recently served on the 2018 NPF/ACR guidelines committee for treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
Michael Graff was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. He has been an active member of the New York division and has a personal connection to psoriasis. For the past few years, Graff has supported and participated in the Team NPF Hamptons Cycle event. In 2016 Graff was the Cure Champion, having raised the most money to find a cure for psoriatic disease. Graff is a managing director of Warburg Pincus and is involved with the firm’s industrial and business services activities, focusing primarily on the industrial sector. He is chair of the United States Olympic Water Polo Committee and a member of the board of The Flea Theater. Graff received an A.B. in economics from Harvard College, and an M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a volunteer member of the national NPF Board of Directors, Graff will join the finance committee and help direct the organization by evaluating and approving long-term plans, determining goals and assisting with financial oversight.
Dr. Jerry Bagel
Dr. Jerry Bagel was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. He is the Director at Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey and is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. Dr. Bagel received his medical degree from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has been in practice for more than 30 years. Working with NPF for over 15 years, Dr. Bagel is a four-term member of the Foundation’s medical advisory board. Dr. Bagel will join the NPF board research and outreach committees.
Mike Refermat was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. He is a retired executive with thirty-nine years’ experience in various financial, accounting and business leadership capacities. Living with both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, Refermat got involved with the NPF in 1986. He has served as the San Diego Community Division chair since 2010 and has supported numerous NPF events. In 2018, Refermat was a Team NPF Cycle captain in San Diego and most recently served on the NPF Strategic Planning Task Force.
Jodi Wood was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. Wood’s son, Michael, was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis at age 12; in 2018 Wood was diagnosed with the disease as well. Through Michael’s involvement with NPF as a Junior Ambassador, Jodi also got involved and became an advocate to help patients gain better access to medications and provide doctors more say in how they treat their patients. Jodi is now the chair of the NPF board advocacy committee.
Kathleen Gallant, IFPA Representative (ex officio)
Kathleen Gallant was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006, and currently serves as the board's ex officio International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) representative. Gallant has had psoriasis since the age of 12 and psoriatic arthritis since the age of 20, and has been a member of the Psoriasis Foundation since 1993. In 2003, Gallant formed the Pittsburgh, Pa.-affiliated support network and served as leader until August 2010. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Updated March 2019