BrightFocus Foundation is governed by a board of directors composed of twelve members, all with a broad range of experience and expertise. The board meets quarterly to ensure that donor contributions fund the highest quality research, and its members help us achieve our public outreach objectives. The board formulates plans, defines goals and objectives, and evaluates BrightFocus' success in achieving its mission.
- President and CEO
- Vice President, Integrated Marketing
- Vice President, Scientific Affairs
- Sr. Vice President, Development
- Sr. Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
- Vice President, Finance and Administration
Stacy Pagos Haller
BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller has significantly expanded the foundation’s stature as a premier source of private funding and support for research on Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Under her tenure, the Maryland-based nonprofit has nearly tripled its financial commitment to innovative, high-risk research that spans scientific disciplines and national borders.
Kaci Baez joined BrightFocus in 2022 to direct strategic integrated marketing efforts to generate greater public awareness and increased brand engagement for the organization’s mission to end diseases of mind and sight.
Diane Bovenkamp, PhD
Diane Bovenkamp, PhD, Vice President of Scientific Affairs, is the chief scientist at BrightFocus Foundation, overseeing global operations of the organization’s research programs. She serves as the scientific liaison in local, national, and international forums, and identifies and develops new research initiatives, partnerships, and funding policies consistent with the mission of BrightFocus.
R. Brian Elderton
R. Brian Elderton, Sr. Vice President, Development, joins the BrightFocus Foundation team with more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in advancement and fundraising for higher education and healthcare institutions.
Nancy Lynn joined BrightFocus in 2016 to facilitate and steward mission-based partnerships that accelerate scientific advancement and generate greater public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.
David Marks, CPA, CMA
Dave Marks oversees the accounting, financial, and business operations for BrightFocus. With more than 30 years of managerial accounting experience, he served as assistant controller at The Cosmetic Center, Inc., prior to joining BrightFocus in 1998. Before that he served in several positions in the accounting department at Dart Drug Stores, Inc. Marks' earlier service includes Crown Books Corporation and Vie de France Corporation.
Board of Directors
Stanley B. Prusiner, MD
In 2007, Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner accepted BrightFocus' offer to become an honorary member of our Board of Directors. Prusiner won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of prions, infectious proteins in the brain that cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow” disease) and in humans, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Patricia McGlothlin Stewart, CFP
Patricia (Trisha) McGlothlin Stewart worked in various capacities for JPMorgan for over three decades and has extensive knowledge and experience in advising high-net-worth individuals, trusts, not-for-profits, and corporations.
Cecilia Arradaza became the Chief Communications Officer at Stanford Medicine in 2020 after previously serving as the Executive Director of Strategy for the creative marketing agency Wondros, and prior to that leading communications and engagement efforts for the Biden Cancer Initiative.
Ethan Treese is the Chief Executive Officer, Americas for Nuix, a global cybersecurity, legal discovery, investigation, and information governance technology company.
Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author, co-founder of Age Wave, and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace, the workplace and our lives.
Edward J. Finley II
Edward J. Finley II is a faculty member and Assistant Director of the Center for Investors and Financial Markets at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Shawna Gottlieb specializes in the not-for-profit arena and has an extensive knowledge and experience in finance, accounting, risk and human capital.
Dana Griffin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eldera.ai, the global platform for wisdom sharing and intergenerational connection on a mission to tap into the time and wisdom of 1 billion elders around the world as a new natural resource for the next generation.
Scott A. Kaiser, MD
Scott A. Kaiser, M.D. is a board-certified family physician and geriatrician with executive leadership experience focused on the improvement of aging services, geriatric care, and population health.
Tonya M. Matthews, PhD
Tonya M. Matthews, PhD is Associate Provost for Inclusive Workforce Development and Director of the STEM Learning Innovation Center at Wayne State University (WSU).
Eric Siemers, MD
Eric Siemers, M.D. has performed clinical research in neurodegenerative disease for over 25 years. After completing his residency in the Department of Neurology at Indiana University in 1986, he founded and headed the Indiana University Movement Disorder Clinic.
Jan M. Stouffer, PhD
Jan Stouffer has over 30 years of experience in research and development. Most of her career was at the DuPont Company, where she led scientists and engineers to develop new polymer products and processes.
Michael H. Barnett, Esq
Mr. Michael Barnett is Of Counsel to the law firm of Lieber & Associates, LLC, a firm specializing in healthcare law. He serves on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations including the Fiver Children's Foundation and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Alumni Association.
Grace Frisone is a nine year veteran of the BrightFocus Board and served as its Chair from 2012 until 2015. She is also a founding member of Women Against Alzheimer’s.
Science journalist, editor, web site and social media strategic consultant, Ms. June Kinoshita joined the BrightFocus board in 2011. She is the Executive Director of the FacioScapuloHumeral (FSH) Muscular Dystrophy Society in Watertown, MA., co-founder of Hanoa Productions, and co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of SociaLife.
Judith F. Lee
Joining the BrightFocus board in 2011, Ms. Judith Lee brings corporate and nonprofit experience to the organization. She served as vice president of J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. from 1973 to 1997, managing corporate finance relationships and product development for corporations and government entities in the United States and Venezuela.
Henry J. Pownall, PhD
Dr. Henry Pownall is a senior member of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, Texas. He serves on numerous editorial boards, scientific review panels, and professional societies, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers.
Nicholas Raymond is a retired retail banker with experience in lending, investments, and insurance. Raymond, a U.S. Army combat veteran of five wars, worked in special operations command and was a Green Beret.
Brian K. Regan, PhD
Dr. Regan has been the Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System since November of 2010.
Scott Rodgville, CPA
In 2007, Mr. Scott Rodgville joined the firm of Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn, P.A. as an Officer, leading the firm's Not-for-profit/Employee Benefit Plans service area.
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