National Psoriasis Foundation Leadership Team
President and CEO
Randy Beranek joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2008 as its president and CEO. In his role, he drives the Foundation’s strategic direction in pursuit of its mission and the needs of the psoriatic disease community. During his tenure, the Foundation has experienced unprecedented growth in revenue, research investment and in its outreach and advocacy enterprises. Under his leadership, the Foundation has attained the highest efficiency rating from all major watchdog organizations.
Mr. Beranek’s career in the patient advocacy industry spans more than three decades. Prior to joining the Foundation he served in executive leadership positions with the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the National Health Council, which represents more than 100 national patient advocacy groups and health-related companies.
Mr. Beranek has a bachelor of arts degree in communications and rhetorical criticism from the University of Iowa.
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Bette Drake joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2002. She is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's finance, operations and information technology departments. Her background includes public accounting in the private and nonprofit sectors. She received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Portland State University.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Catie Coman joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2006. She has more than 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, focusing on marketing and communications, organizational development, and fundraising. Ms. Coman has a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from San Jose State University and a master of arts in communication studies from University of Portland.
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D.
Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. She brings more than 15 years' of public policy and federal affairs experience working with national health and disability organizations, local governments and leading health care and research institutions. In her role, Ms. Howard is responsible for overseeing all advocacy, government relations and policy initiatives for the organization, including state and federal advocacy efforts. She has a bachelor of arts degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
Sally Spaid Norby
Vice President, Training & Organizational Development
Sally Spaid Norby joined the Foundation in 2011. She brings over 30 years of progressive experience in the nonprofit, health agency sector, and has considerable experience in community development, training, staff and volunteer management and fundraising. She is responsible for defining, creating and implementing strategies to improve operations and service delivery. Ms. Norby has a bachelor of science in business administration.
Director of Medical Programs
Emily Boyd joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2015. She has more than 15 years progressive experience working in the nonprofit sector, focusing on professional development, event planning and medical education. Ms. Boyd has a bachelor’s of arts degree in sociology from UCLA. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing all medical education programs, and professional membership for the organization.
Director of Special Events
Jeremy Hall joined the Foundation in 2011 and is responsible for overseeing the growth of the Special Events Department. He brings over 16 years of sports and non-profit sales, fundraising, and event management experience to the Foundation. Jeremy has a bachelor’s of science in business administration with a focus on sports marketing from the University of Oregon.
Michael Siegel, PhD
Director of Research Programs
Mike Siegel joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2014 and oversees the Foundation’s research activities, including research grants and fellowships, scientific meetings, and the National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank. He has almost 10 years’ experience teaching and conducting biomedical research in an academic setting, with a primary focus on the biology of aging and cancer. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, masters in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in bioengineering from The University of Washington.