National Psoriasis Foundation Leadership Team
President and CEO
Randy Beranek joined the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) as its President and CEO in 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 Beranek'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 nonprofit organizations. The NPF has held this exclusive distinction for eight consecutive years.
Beranek 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.
Beranek began his career in the nonprofit 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 NPF.
Beranek holds a bachelor of the arts degree in communications and rhetorical criticism from the University of Iowa. He makes his home in Portland, Oregon.
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. As NPF’s first Chief Operating Officer, Howard provides the strategic direction, vision and leadership to all the Foundation’s mission-related functions (except research): government relations and advocacy, marketing and communications, education and outreach, human resources, and the NPF 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, 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 degree 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 of progressive experience working in the nonprofit sector, focusing on professional development and revenue generation. Boyd has a bachelor of arts degree 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. Boyd oversees all activities related to the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of financial support from individuals, organizations, industry partners, foundations and transactional relationships.
Stacie Bell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Medical Affairs
Stacie Bell, Ph.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2018. She is responsible for providing vision, leadership and overall management of NPF’s research and medical programs. She directs the research activities of the organization, including the development and implementation of policies and programs that support our strategic plan and research objectives. She’s also responsible for overseeing educational programming and outreach activities for medical professionals serving patients with psoriatic disease.
Bell came to NPF from Viveve Medical of Englewood, Colorado, where she led the company’s research efforts as their associate vice president, pre-clinical and clinical research. Bell’s professional experience includes clinical and pre-clinical research, product development and medical affairs. She has been involved in several therapeutic areas, including immunology and dermatology, and has worked extensively with the FDA.
Bell has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of North Dakota.
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Abby Winston joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2019. She is responsible for the management of NPF’s financial-related activities, including developing the foundation’s financial strategies, directing NPF’s budget process and reporting monetary reports and forecasts to the CEO and Board of Directors. Her background includes over 20 years of nonprofit accounting experience. She received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations
Patrick Stone joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2014. Stone brings to NPF a decade of government relations experience including consulting with a 50-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. Stone has a bachelor of political science from Towson University.
Director of Field Operations
Kris Bockmier joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2014. She has been working in the nonprofit field for more than 20 years and in special events for the past 16 years. She is responsible for the oversight, leadership and direction of NPF’s field operations, including revenue generation.
Director of Marketing and Communication
Denice joined NPF in 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 led communications for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. She received her bachelor of arts and master of arts degree 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.
Bridget Hart, J.D.
Director of Major Gifts
Bridget Hart, J.D. joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2015. She received a bachelor of economics and business management degree from The Catholic University of America and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. In her role at NPF, she is responsible for fundraising focused on psoriatic disease research. Her previous experience includes work in health care philanthropy in both hospitals and disease-specific organizations, as well as in the investment field.
Director of Human Resources
Kellie Kaplon joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2002. With more 20 years of human resources experience, she is responsible for the organization’s recruitment, staff training and development, employee performance and appraisals, benefits management, and legal compliance. Kaplon has a bachelor of science degree in business administration – marketing from Portland State University and spent most of her undergraduate years at the University of Oregon.
Director of Strategic Alliances
Courtney Schneider joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. In her role, Schneider is responsible for national corporate funding and support for the Foundation including sponsorships, grants, advertising and transactional services. She brings more than 10 years of 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 degree in political science and history from Emory University.
Director of Patient Services
Jane Slayden joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2019. With more than 20 years of healthcare experience in ambulatory clinics, she is responsible for the Patient Navigation Center, the outreach department and health education materials. Slayden received her bachelor of science degree in speech pathology and audiology from Oregon State University.
Director of Individual Giving
Sue Warren joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2014. She has more than 14 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on fundraising and management. Prior to joining NPF, she worked in executive management in the for-profit sector. Warren has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and political science from the University of Oregon. In her role, she is responsible for executing annual fundraising aimed at individual donors and gifts received from the professional membership program. Additionally, she works with the leadership team to develop and execute revenue growth strategies and initiatives. She is also tasked with overseeing special projects.