Register: Eastern region

The Notary Hotel | 21 North Juniper Street | Philadelphia, PA 19107

Join fellow NPF volunteers on Saturday, August 24 in Philadelphia for this free event.

Keynote Speaker

Sheri Wilensky Burke

Sheri Wilensky Burke is a proven leader in volunteer management and board development, with 30 years of experience working with national non-profit organizations. Sheri ‘s diverse background and expertise enables her to empower organizations to develop volunteer-based projects and volunteer leaders, working closely with staff and volunteers to best meet an organization’s needs.  Sheri provides a common-sense approach to volunteer engagement, breaking down complex issues into simpler, manageable parts.

Sheri’s areas of expertise include cultivating volunteer leadership and developing a volunteer career ladder, volunteer program assessment, establishing fundraising committees, engaging younger professionals, working with high-skilled volunteers, change management, team building, developing a new volunteer program and thinking outside the trends.

For 12 years, Sheri was Director of Volunteer Management & Board Development at the American Lung Association (ALA) National Headquarters, establishing strategic direction and providing consultation and training in volunteer management and board development to the nationwide organization.  Her tenure at ALA was during a transitional period in which the association was moving from 100+ field associations to 10.  Sheri helped transition governance boards to advisory leadership boards during the merger process, developing materials and trainings to assist staff, volunteers and board members during this time of change. Because of her ability to think strategically, coupled with her accomplishments in volunteer engagement, the CEO enlisted her expertise to strengthen local board development, bolster the national board, and offer staff leadership to the National Governance Committee.

Prior to her work at ALA, Sheri created the corporate volunteer program for Volunteers of America, Greater New York Branch and lead 1,000 volunteers at 40 program sites.  Sheri also developed and implemented the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter’s program for 1,200 special event volunteers.  Additionally, she marketed and coordinated the chapter's very successful volunteer young professional fundraising committee of 150 members that raised $400,000+ annually through its 6 annual events.

Road to a Cure Speaker
Amy Prentice
Dr. Alexis Ogdie-Beatty
Dr. Alexis Ogdie is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.  She is an expert in the care of patients with spondyloarthropathies and is founder and Director of the Penn Psoriatic Arthritis and Spondyloarthropathy Program.  Dr. Ogdie completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology in order to integrate pharmacoepidemiology and observational methodology into studies of PsA.  Her research program focuses on pharmacoepidemiology and observational studies of psoriatic arthritis. Her long-term goals are to 1) develop treatment strategies for psoriatic arthritis to improve patient outcomes, and 2) understand the triggers that lead to the development of psoriatic arthritis.

Advocacy Speaker
Amy Prentice
Amy Prentice
Amy Prentice represents the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) on legislative and regulatory matters at the state and local levels.  As Associate Director of State Government Relations, she is responsible for managing the Foundation’s state government relations program. Her responsibilities include; developing strategies and tactics to achieve policy objectives; researching and tracking state legislative rulings, regulatory, and public policy initiatives pertaining and related to psoriatic disease. She also focuses on working in collaboration with state coalitions and other alliances on chronic disease policy areas of interest; and working closely with patient advocates and their involvement in advocating for better access to care.