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.
Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Clinical Affairs
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, business development and medical education. Ms. Boyd has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from UCLA. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing all medical education programs, professional membership, business development and corporate partners for the organization
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.
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.
Michael Siegel, Ph.D.
Vice President, 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, master's in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in bioengineering from The University of Washington.
Director of Field Operations
Jeremy Hall joined the Foundation in 2011 and is responsible for overseeing the growth of Special Events and the Field Operations Department. He brings over 16 years of sports and non-profit sales, fundraising, and event management experience to the Foundation. Jeremy has a bachelor of science in business administration with a focus on sports marketing from the University of Oregon.
Director of Marketing and Communications
John Ogden joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2016 . He brings nearly 15 years’ combined experience in the media and in non-profit communications and marketing. He has worked in non-profit management for a variety of philanthropic, health care and patient advocacy organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In his role with NPF, he oversees the organization’s communications and marketing efforts, including its messaging and content development and delivery, digital strategy, and the publication of NPF’s print magazine, Psoriasis Advance. He began his career in television news, working for the Fox and NBC affiliates in his hometown of Philadelphia. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication from La Salle University.