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 deep, personal commitment to directing the Psoriasis Foundation toward helping people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and toward finding a cause and, ultimately, a cure or permanent method of control for these diseases.
The Board of Directors approves and evaluates the Psoriasis Foundation's long-term plans, determines the goals and provides financial oversight. The Board works with the chief executive officer to accomplish the Foundation's goals.
Krista Kellogg, Chair
Krista Kellogg serves as chair of the Board of Directors and is an active member of the South Florida Division. Kellogg has palmar-plantar psoriasis and frequently authors articles for leading health and medical news sources on the effects of psoriatic disease, including WebMD and iVillage. She lives in Miami, where she is the Director of Business Development at the law firm of Akerman LLP.
Dan Farrington, Immediate Past Chair
Dan Farrington was elected to the board in 2005 and is the immediate past chair of the board. Farrington was diagnosed with psoriasis in 1995 and has volunteered for the Foundation for many years. He served on the Board's Executive Committee from 2008-2013, and as chair from 2011-2013. He is married, has two children and is an attorney and founder of the Farrington Law Firm, LLC in Bethesda, Md.
Pete Redding, Vice-Chair
Pete Redding was elected to the board in January 2008. He serves on the Finance, Board Governance, Executive and Research 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 living with his wife in Reno, Nev. and Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chip Newton, Treasurer
Chip Newton was elected to the Board of Directors in January 2008. He serves as board treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee, and is also a member of the Executive, Development, Research and Scientific Advisory 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 is married with two children and lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Terri Theisen, Secretary
Terri Theisen was re-elected to the board in 2009 after having previously served as board member from 2002 to 2004. She serves on the Board Governance, Executive and Advocacy Committees. Theisen has psoriasis and has been a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation since 1995. She brings more than 25 years of executive leadership and organizational development to the board. As the founder of Theisen Consulting LLC, she has provided counsel to several hundred organizations in strategic planning, facilitation, board governance and effectiveness, organizational development and public policy. Theisen lives in Atlanta.
Colby Evans, M.D., Chair-Elect
Colby Evans was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. Evans, a Foundation member since 2003 and a volunteer since 2008, currently chairs the Psoriasis Foundation's National Phototherapy Copayment Task Force, a group of physicians and patients working to address rising copayments for phototherapy treatments. Evans also serves on the Board Governance and Advocacy committees. Evans is married with three young children and is a private-practice dermatologist with Evans Dermatology Partners in Austin, Texas.
Steve Bishkoff was elected to the Board of Director in November 2011. Bishkoff has been a member of the Foundation and a volunteer since 2003. He has attended many Capitol Hill Day events, National Volunteer Conferences, has volunteered at special events and serves as chair of the Advocacy Committee. Bishkoff was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2003 and psoriatic arthritis in 2006. He is married and lives in Oakhurst, N.J., and is a veteran in the information technology staffing industry working as a Senior Account Executive, Technical Recruiter and Team Leader delivering quality recruiting service to his clients.
Kathleen Gallant was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006. She serves as chair of the Outreach Committee, and also serves on the Board Governance Committee. 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 is also the Foundation's representative to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) and is the organization's secretary and chairman of the IFPA Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases. Gallant lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Holly Fields Krafsur
Holly Fields Krafsur was elected to the Board of Directors in February 2011. Krafsur became involved with the Psoriasis Foundation through the Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Dallas in 2008 with her daughter, Alyssa, who has severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Since then, Krafsur and her daughter have traveled to Capitol Hill to raise awareness and support for the PPARCCA bill and have walked annually in support of the Foundation's Alyssa's Fund for research for a cure. Holly served as chair of the Communications Committee and is also on the Corporate Development Subcommittee. She is the vice president of marketing and public relations for Spira Footwear. She and her husband, Andy, have three children and reside in El Paso, Texas.
Sarah Kurts, P.A.-C
Sarah Kurts was elected to the Board of Directors in February 2011; she is chair of the Research Committee and also serves on the Advocacy and Scientific Advisory Committees. Kurts has been a Foundation member since 2007 and a volunteer since 2008. She formed the Denver Psoriasis Support Network and was its leader until 2010; Kurts served as the chair of the Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Denver in 2009 and 2010. She is a certified dermatology physician assistant in Colorado. She is married and resides in Denver with her husband.
Mike Laub was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2008. He currently serves on the Development and Finance Committees. Laub has been both owner and manager of residential and commercial real estate in 12 states for the past 44 years. He has psoriasis and is a long-time supporter of the Foundation. He currently holds office in several real estate and nonprofit associations, as well as being very active in civic, cultural and religious organizations. Laub and his wife have two daughters and four grandchildren, and live in New York.
Carol 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 serves on the President's Advisory Committee of Vassar, the Board of Advisors to the Yale Drama School and the executive committee of Central Synagogue, one of the oldest congregations in New York City. She is also the treasurer and a member of the board of LAVA, an acrobatic dance collective in Brooklyn . 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.
Ron Grau was elected to the board in July 2014. He has been a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation South Florida Division since 2011 and serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Foundation. 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.
Abby Van Voorhees, M.D.
Abby Van Voorhees was elected to the board in July 2014. She is an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she directs the Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center. She has been active in clinical research issues in dermatology, particularly those related to the treatment of psoriasis. Van Voorhees 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 lives in Philadelphia.
Updated Feb. 2015