National Psoriasis Foundation Elects New Psoriatic Disease Leaders to Board of Directors
PORTLAND, Ore. (November 30, 2015)—To recognize their dedication in helping people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis as volunteers, members and donors, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) elected Dr. Jason Lichten of Columbus, Ohio, Pete Miller of Portland, Ore., Nate Paul of Austin, Texas and Rick Seiden of Los Angeles to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Jason Lichten has been a dedicated NPF volunteer since 2011. He became active to support his 14-year-old son, Sam, who has severe psoriasis. He is the creator and chair of the Psoriasis Foundation's Columbus Run/Walk to Cure Psoriasis, which has increased awareness of psoriasis in Ohio and has raised over $100,000 in its five years. Lichten was a top-four finalist for NPF’s 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award. A plastic surgeon, Lichten is the founder and director of Central Ohio Plastic Surgery, Inc., located in Columbus, Ohio.
Peter Miller, a retired school principal from Portland, Ore., has been actively involved with NPF as the vice chair of the Foundation’s Portland division. He has helped organize and worked on all division fundraising events and activities including the Portland Walk to Cure Psoriasis. Miller also chaired the planning committee for NPF’s National Volunteer Conference in San Francisco in 2015.
Nate Paul is the president, CEO and founder of World Class Capital Group in Austin, Texas. Since founding World Class, Paul has built it in to one of the largest private real estate owners in America. Paul is also the founder and owner of Great Value Storage, the eighth-largest, privately-owned self-storage company in America. He is living with psoriasis and has recently become involved with NPF.
Rick Seiden is a corporate/transactional attorney in the Healthcare Practice Group of Foley & Lardner, LLP in Los Angeles. Seiden, who has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, has been involved with NPF for over three decades. He joined the NPF Board of Directors in 2002 and was elected to a two-year term as chair in July 2009. He has been an NPF advocate before Congress and the National Institutes of Health, and serves on the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Seiden has also hosted numerous patient education programs for NPF in California.
As volunteer members of NPF’s Board of Directors, Lichten, Miller, Paul and Seiden will help direct the organization by evaluating and approving long-term plans, determining goals and providing financial oversight. Board members also work with Randy Beranek, NPF’s president and CEO, to accomplish the organization's goals.
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 www.psoriasis.org.