NPF Welcomes 4 New Board Members

July 28, 2023 – Alexandria, Virginia

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is pleased to welcome four new members to the NPF Board of Directors. Andrew Blauvelt, M.D., MBA, Valerie Harrison, Ph.D., Brian Janssen, and Diana Sandler, M.D. will serve two-year terms effective July 1, 2023. Dr. Blauvelt will also serve as the Chair of the NPF Medical Board.

“I am thrilled that these dynamic, dedicated, diverse individuals will be joining the NPF Board of Directors,” said Leah M. Howard, J.D., the President and CEO of NPF. “For years we have been working to identify talented and knowledgeable people that can help us achieve our mission and accelerate our efforts toward cures for all those impacted by psoriatic disease. Brian and Drs. Blauvelt, Sandler, and Harrison are going to be excellent additions to our Board.”

The NPF Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds who each have a connection to psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.

“We are adding these new leaders at a perfect time for the organization,” said Carol Ostrow, the Chair of the NPF Board of Directors. “We are in the process of developing the strategic plan that will guide NPF for the next half-decade, and their contributions are going to be essential.”

New Members

Andy Blauvelt, M.D., MBA

Dr. Blauvelt is an Investigator at Oregon Medical Research Center. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Purdue University, his medical degree at Michigan State University, and a healthcare MBA at Oregon Health & Science University.

Valerie Harrison, Ph.D.

Dr. Harrison serves as Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Temple University and is an adjunct professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and College of Liberal Arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law, and a master’s degree in liberal arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in African-American Studies, both from Temple University. 

Brian Janssen

Janssen works at GE Healthcare and has had roles in product management, marketing, and sales. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a Master’s in Science in Healthcare Transformation from the Value Institute for Health and Care at the University of Texas’ Dell Medical and McCombs Business Schools.

Diana Sandler, M.D.

Dr. Sandler is a rheumatologist at NorthShore University and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her medical training at Rush University in Chicago, her residency at the University of Chicago (NorthShore) program, and her fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.


About the National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation is the leading nonprofit representing individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The mission of NPF is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of more than 8 million individuals in the United States affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. Learn more at


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