Leadership Team

Leah McCormick Howard, J.D.

President and CEO

Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. She has lived with psoriasis for 21 years and has more than two decades of experience working with national health and disability organizations, local governments, and leading health care and research institutions.  Over the last decade, Howard has empowered people with psoriatic disease to share their challenges with policymakers at the state and federal level, as well as with regulators, and health agency management. This led to a number of improvements for the community including more than 40 new state laws improving access to treatment.

Jennifer Fagerstrom

Chief Revenue Officer

Jennifer Fagerstrom, CFRE, joined NPF in 2021. She is responsible for the vision, leadership, and overall management of NPF’s revenue-producing initiatives. She is a seasoned non-profit leader and executive coach, bringing over 25 years of global leadership and fundraising to NPF. She lives with psoriatic arthritis and is keenly attuned to the journey that many with psoriasis and PsA have experienced.

Ron Goldsman

Chief Financial Officer

Ron Goldsman joined NPF in 2022. Ron provides vision, leadership, and overall management of financial operations and accounting practices for NPF and oversees and manages the Finance & Operations department and staff. He brings a financial and accounting background and over 18 years of progressive leadership experience, including in the nonprofit sector.

M. René Islas

Chief of Staff

M. René Islas joined NPF in 2022. He collaborates with the executive team, department heads and Board of Directors to support improvements in NPF systems and processes, to identify and pursue strategic opportunities and as a representative of the CEO.

Breanna Baer

Vice President of Field Development & Operations

Breanna Baer joined NPF in 2022. She is responsible for NPF’s field-based activities and strategy, including outreach for patient and professional engagement.

Andrea Clay

Vice President of Corporate Relations

Andrea Clay joined NPF in 2021. Her role includes overseeing business development and strategic alliances for NPF.

Jason Harris

Vice President of Government Relations & Advocacy

Jason Harris joined NPF in 2022. He is responsible for directing the overall supervision, planning, organization, and coordination of all aspects of the advocacy program.

Sarah Buchanan

Director of Federal Government Relations & Health Policy

Sarah Buchanan joined NPF in 2022. She is responsible for developing policies and resources to advocate on issues of significance to individuals with psoriatic disease.

Bob Friesel, Ph.D.

Director of Research & Medical Affairs

Robert (Bob) Friesel, Ph.D. joined NPF in 2022. He oversees the NPF research grants and fellowships programs and the peer-reviewed Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.

Wade McCarthy

Director of Growth Marketing & Digital Advertising

Wade McCarthy joined NPF in 2017. His role includes partnering with the Marketing & Communications team to support paid advertising and the strategic growth objectives.

Jessica Moran-MacAleese

Director of Individual Giving

Jessica Moran-MacAleese joined NPF in 2020. She is responsible for NPF’s individual giving program, digital fundraising, membership and federated giving.

Jane Slayden

Director of Patient Services

Jane Slayden joined NPF in 2019. She is responsible for the Patient Navigation Center, the outreach department and health education materials.

Katherine Southwick

Director of Marketing & Communications

Katherine Southwick joined NPF in 2016. She is responsible for all marketing and communications functions at NPF.

Board of Directors

The National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of members who are volunteers from the community.

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