Leadership Team

Leah McCormick Howard, J.D.

Interim President and CEO

Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. Howard was appointed to the role of Interim President and CEO, effective January 1, 2022.  Howard has led a number of major initiatives for the NPF including development of the current (FY2020-2024) Strategic Plan, leading the planning for the 2016 FDA Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting, engagement with value assessors, and the NPF annual payer roundtable series. 

Jennifer Fagerstrom

Chief Revenue Officer

Jennifer Fagerstrom, CFRE, joined NPF in 2021. Fagerstrom is a seasoned non-profit leader and executive coach, bringing over 25 years of global leadership and fundraising to NPF. She has held leadership positions in both domestic and international non-profits, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and The Salvation Army. Fagerstrom received her Bachelor of Science in behavioral science from Northwest University and holds multiple professional certificates in executive coaching and fundraising.

John Rogacki

Chief Financial Officer

John Rogacki joined NPF in 2020.  He is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and overall management of financial-related activities, as well as overseeing business operations that include Information Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR), Mail Center, and facilities management.

Kris Bockmier

Vice President, Field Operations

Kris Bockmier joined NPF in 2014. She is responsible for the oversight, leadership and direction of NPF’s field operations, including revenue generation.

Andrea Clay

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Andrea Clay joined the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) as its Director of Corporate Partnerships in 2021.

Bob Friesel

Director, Research & Medical Affairs

Robert (Bob) Friesel, Ph.D. serves as the NPF Director of Research and Medical Affairs where he oversees the National Psoriasis Foundation research grants and fellowships programs and the peer-reviewed Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, leading innovation, and collaboration for continued growth.

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 and Communications

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

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

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