National Psoriasis Foundation Leadership Team
President and CEO
Randy Beranek joined the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) as its President and CEO in May, 2008 bringing with him more than two decades of executive-level experience in the national, nonprofit health industry.
During his tenure with NPF, the organization has experienced unprecedented growth. The organization successfully obtained the first-ever psoriasis related appropriation from the U.S. Congress to enable the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce its Public Health Agenda for Psoriasis. NPF’s focus on grass roots advocacy has led to important legislative victories in several states.
Under Randy’s leadership, NPF has moved from a single Charity Navigator rating star to four-stars, the highest rating awarded by the nation’s leading evaluation service for non-profit organizations.
Randy is a former member of the board of directors of the National Health Council (NHC) and past Board Chair. He has also chaired several NHC committees and has served as Chairman of the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) General Assembly on three separate occasions.
Randy began his career in the non-profit health industry with the American Heart Association. There he learned and embraced the principles of volunteer recruitment, community development, fundraising and results orientation that shaped his career. He went on to join the American Diabetes Association where he spent 13 years before joining the NPF.
Randy holds a B.A. degree in Communications and Rhetorical Criticism from the University of Iowa. He makes his home in Portland, OR.
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. As the NPF’s first Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Howard provides the strategic direction, vision, and leadership to all the Foundation’s mission-related functions (excepting research) - government relations and advocacy, marketing and communications, education and outreach, human resources and the NPF's Patient Navigation Center. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for ensuring the Foundation has proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and achieve the Foundation’s strategic plan goals. Hired to direct the NPF Government Relations and Advocacy department, Ms. Howard served in that role for five years before being promoted from Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy to the newly created executive position of Chief Operating Officer. She brings to her role nearly 20 years of experience working with national health and disability organizations, local governments and leading health care and research institutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
Chief Revenue Officer
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 and revenue generation. Ms. Boyd has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her role, she is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and overall management of the organization’s revenue producing initiatives. Additionally, she develops and executes revenue growth strategies and initiatives to achieve the organization’s revenue targets. Ms. Boyd oversees all activities related to the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of financial support from individuals, organizations, industry partners, foundations, and transactional relationships.
Director of Marketing and Communication
Denice joined NPF in May, 2018. Her extensive background in communication, public relations and marketing includes roles in the fields of medicine, engineering and academia. She came to NPF from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington where she lead communications for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. She received her B.A. and M.A. in communication from Wichita State University’s Elliott School of Communication.
In her role at NPF, she directs strategic communications and marketing for all Foundation programs, initiatives, events and public relations.
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, Advocacy and Government Relations
Patrick Stone joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2014. Mr. Stone brings to the NPF a decade of government relations experience including consulting with a fifty state government relations firm and serving as staff in the Maryland State Legislature. In his current role, he oversees all federal and state advocacy activities for the organization. Prior to taking on his current role he created and led the NPF state government relations team. Patrick has a Bachelor of Political Science from Towson University.
Director of Strategic Alliances
Courtney Schneider joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. In her role, Ms. Schneider is responsible for national corporate funding and support for the Foundation including sponsorships, grants, advertising and transactional services. She brings more than ten years’ progressive experience in the nonprofit sector focusing on corporate and event development for human health service organizations, including March of Dimes. She received her bachelor of arts in political science and history from Emory University.