National Psoriasis Foundation Adds Two New Executive Positions

Move Reflects the Organization’s Commitment to its Mission and Strategic Plan Goals

Portland, Ore. (October 12, 2017)—The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) has announced the appointment of Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Emily Boyd to the position of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Reporting to NPF President and CEO Randy Beranek, Howard will lead all aspects of the NPF’s non-research, mission-related functions while Boyd will oversee all revenue generating operations of the Foundation.   

“As the result of an aggressive, five-year strategic plan, NPF has seen record growth and has been able to serve the needs of our community in ever expanding ways,” explained Beranek. “As the anniversary of our 50th year draws to a close and we look to the future, the Board of Directors and I want to better align staff resources to meet future challenges and opportunities. Leah and Emily are proven leaders who understand the needs and challenges facing our organization and have demonstrated the ability to deliver results at every level. I look forward to working with each of them in their new roles to lay the foundation for yet another strategic plan that will move us even closer to achieving our mission—a cure for the disease and a dramatic improvement of the lives of those affected.”

Beranek also announced that as part of this staff realignment, Michael Siegel, Ph.D., has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Research and Clinical Affairs and Patrick Stone to Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy.

Howard, who previously served as NPF’s vice president of government relations and advocacy, joined NPF in 2012. She has nearly 20 years of experience working with national health and disability organizations, local governments and leading health care and research institutions. In her new role, she provides the strategic direction, vision and leadership to key mission-related functions, including government relations and advocacy, marketing and communications, education and outreach, human resources and NPF’s Patient Navigation Center. She is responsible for ensuring NPF has proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and achieve its strategic plan goals. Howard has a Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law. She is based out of the organization’s Alexandria, Va., office.

Boyd joined NPF in 2015 and had been serving as the NPF’s vice president of strategic alliances and clinical affairs. She brings more than 15 years of progressive experience working in the non-profit sector, focusing on professional development and revenue generation. She is responsible for providing vision, leadership and management of the organization’s revenue-producing initiatives including corporate partnerships, major gifts, individual giving and Team NPF. Additionally, she develops and executes revenue growth strategies to achieve the organization’s revenue targets—in order to continue funding vital research into psoriatic disease and the various programs the Foundation offers to serve its patient community and health care providers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and is based out of the organization’s Portland, Ore., headquarters.

Siegel joined NPF in 2014 and has more than 10 years’ experience teaching and conducting biomedical research in an academic setting. Reporting to the president and CEO, he oversees NPF’s research activities, including research grants and fellowships, scientific meetings, the NPF Victor Henschel BioBank, and all of its medical programs and clinical affairs. He received a Bachelor of Arts in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from The University of Washington. He is based out of the organization’s Portland, Ore. headquarters.

Stone joined NPF in 2014 and has more than a decade of government relations experience including consulting with a fifty-state government relations firm and serving as staff in the Maryland State Legislature. Under the direction of the COO, Stone will lead the NPF’s advocacy and government relations portfolio including of NPF’s federal and state advocacy activities. Stone has a Bachelor of Political Science from Towson University and is based out of the organization’s Alexandria, Va., office.

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About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research funding, and education, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at