Volunteer Spotlight Archive

Photo collage of NPF volunteers.

The National Psoriasis Foundation is grateful for the thousands of volunteers who share their time and talents with the psoriatic disease community. These selfless individuals drive our mission forward.

July 2021: Amber Abud

Amber was diagnosed with scalp PsO at age 15 and, at the time, because of her age and finances, treatment options were limited. She was grateful to find relief from several of the products which have received the NPF Seal of Recognition. 

Amber became an NPF Youth Ambassador in 2020, joining eight other young people from across the country.  She has enjoyed meeting the other Youth Ambassadors and participating in Team NPF activities.  Virtual events have enabled her to attend Pstamp Outs and NPF Cycle events beyond Florida.  She is excited to share a patient’s prospective with residents during Grand Rounds at Mt. Sinai later this month.

Amber lives with her mother, Monica and two cats, Tigger and Luna in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  In addition to NPF, Amber also volunteers with the International Youth Neuroscience Group, Treasure Coast Hospice, and a free health clinic.  She especially enjoys her work at the health clinic where she can use her Spanish to greets patients, answer questions and help them with forms.

Amber is a 2021 high school graduate who will be heading to prestigious, Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City in the fall.

 
Photo of Youth Ambassador, Amber.

June 2021: Kendra Clement

Kendra Clement, who works for Novartis, learned about the National Psoriasis Foundation through her travels to dermatology clinics.  She appreciates the strong partnerships NPF has with doctors and companies and said whenever she visits clinics, there are always NPF materials available.  Kendra appreciates how the Foundation creates and is connected to amazing resources for patients. She is impressed by the advocacy and said NPF has the most active and organized Volunteers.

Kendra has served as the Novartis Team Captain of the Dallas Team NPF Cycle since 2016.  She has always been a champion for the Foundation, especially during the pandemic, and has even involved her sons, husband and others.  In 2020, she participated in seven cycle events, three walk events, PsA and PsO Virtual Active Days and our first annual Team NPF Run.  Kendra said her family has enjoyed doing something “normal” which also helps people during the pandemic.

Kris Bockmier said, “NPF is so lucky to have Kendra on our team! If I had to use one word to describe Kendra’s commitment to the National Psoriasis Foundation and people living with psoriatic disease it would be 'dedicated'.  Thank you, Kendra!”

 

May 2021: Noelia Ferreyra

Noelia Ferreyra, an immigration attorney in San Diego, first learned about NPF in 2009 when she came across information about a More Than Skin Deep conference. The conference sparked Noelia’s interest in the NPF community, and she immediately got involved in Team NPF events.

In years past, she has been very active in the San Diego planning committees, procuring donations and organizing.  She has also been involved with Advocacy efforts, traveling to Sacramento to meet with state representatives and participating in two Capital Hill Days.

Noelia has attended many NPF conferences, including the 2019 Volunteer Conference in San Francisco, where she met her best friend and fellow volunteer/mentor, Stephanie Waits-Galia. 

Her personal highlight has been her five-plus year tenure as a One to One Mentor.  Since this time, she has mentored 28 people, including several Spanish speaking constituents.  We are so grateful she is willing to share her experiences and everything she does to further the NPF mission.

 

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