The National Health Council is governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of representatives from our various membership categories. Board members set the strategic direction and establish policy to guide the NHC in meeting its mission to provide a united voice for people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.

Officers

LaVarne A. Burton

Chairperson

American Kidney Fund

Stevan W. Gibson

Chairperson-Elect

Lupus Foundation of America

Kenneth Mendez

Vice Chairperson

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP

Secretary

AcademyHealth

Harold Wimmer

Treasurer

American Lung Association

Diana Gray, MA

Immediate Past Chairperson

Hydrocephalus Association

board Members

Nancy Brown

American Heart Association

Matt Eyles

America’s Health Insurance Plans

Patricia Furlong

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Julie Louise Gerberding, MD, MPH

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)

Cassandra McCullough, MBA

Association of Black Cardiologists

Michael Osso

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Sue Peschin

Alliance for Aging Research

Gary A. Puckrein, PhD

National Minority Quality Forum

Schroeder Stribling

Mental Health America

Jeff Todd

Prevent Blindness

Stephen J. Ubl

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

NHC Committee Members

  • Chairperson LaVarne A. Burton, American Kidney Fund
  • Stevan Gibson, Lupus Foundation of America
  • Diana Gray, Hydrocephalus Association 
  • Kenneth Mendez, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
  • Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, AcademyHealth
  • Harold Wimmer, American Lung Association
  • Chairperson Diana Gray, Hydrocephalus Association
  • Steve Gibson, Lupus Foundation of America
  • LaVarne Burton, American Kidney Fund
  • Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth
  • Matt Eyles, AHIP
  • Chairperson Cassandra McCullough, MBA, Association of Black Cardiologists 
  • Sue Peschin, Alliance for Aging Research
  • Mary Richards, Amputee Coalition
  • Cyndi Zagieboylo, National MS Society
  • Dan Gillison, NAMI
  • Patricia Furlong, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
  • Chairperson Harold Wimmer, American Lung Association
  • LaVarne Burton, American Kidney Fund
  • Michael Osso, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
  • Lisa Butler, GBS/CIDP Foundation
  • Steve Gibson, Lupus Foundation of America
  • Julie Louise Gerberding, Merck
  • Calaneet Balas, The ALS Association
  • Chairperson Sue Peschin, Alliance for Aging Research
  • Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth
  • Bob Gebbia, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • LaVarne Burton, American Kidney Fund
  • Emily Boyd Stormoen, Arthritis National Research Foundation
  • Michele Oshman, BIO
  • Michael Sapienza, Colorectal Cancer Alliance
  • Kelly Cox, Johnson & Johnson
  • Julie Block, National Eczema Association
  • Chairperson Diana Gray, Hydrocephalus Association
  • Harold Wimmer, American Lung Association
  • Kenny Mendez, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Amy Rick, Food and Drug Law Institute 
  • Gretchen Wartman, National Minority Quality Forum
  • Alan Balch, National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Michael Zincone, Pfizer
  • Sue Sherman, The LAM Foundation
  • Amit Paley, The Trevor Project
  • Chairperson Jeff Todd, Prevent Blindness
  • Kenny Mendez, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Mary Richards, Amputee Coalition
  • Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, BIO
  • Kristin Julason Damato, Cigna
  • Laura Thrall, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Julia Jenkins, EveryLife Foundation
  • Schroeder Stribling, Mental Health America
  • Gary Puckrein, National Minority Quality Forum
  • Matt Eyles, AHIP
  • Steve Ubl, PhRMA
  • Steve Echard, American College of Rheumatology
  • Co-Chairperson Eric Racine, Sanofi
  • Co-Chairperson Oved Amitay, Solve M.E.
  • Newell McElwee, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
  • Louise Vetter, Huntington’s Disease Society of America
  • Andrea Ferris, LUNGevity
  • Cynthia Bens, Personal Medicine Coalition
  • Jill Yersak, PHD, The ALS Association
  • Julie Fiol, Access National MS Society

Former Chairs of the board

 
2021
Diana Gray
Hydrocephalus Association
2020
Ann Palmer
Arthritis Foundation
2019
Steven Taylor, MBA
Sjögren’s Foundation
2018
Robert Gebbia
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
2017
Cyndi Zagieboylo
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
2016
Tracy Smith Hart
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
2015
Randy Beranek
National Psoriasis Foundation
2014
Nancy Brown
American Heart Association
2013
LaVarne A. Burton
American Kidney Fund
2012
Larry Hausner
American Diabetes Association
2011
John H. Klippel, MD
Arthritis Foundation
2010
Steven Taylor, MBA
Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation
2009
Cindy Brownstein
Spina Bifida Association
2008
Margaret C. Kirk
Breast Cancer Network of Strength
2007
James E. Williams, Jr.
Easter Seals
2006
John Walsh
Alpha-1 Foundation
2005

Eric R. Hargis
Epilepsy Foundation