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American Health Assistance Foundation Names Vice President For Communications And Marketing

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CLARKSBURG, MD.-The American Health Assistance Foundation today announced the appointment of Melissa May as vice president for communications and marketing. 

“We're so pleased that Melissa has joined our foundation,” said Stacy Pagos Haller, AHAF president and CEO. “Her extensive background in marketing and media relations on global health issues will serve us well.” 

May comes to American Health Assistance from PATH where she headed the communications department for the Global Campaign for Microbicides, directing all communications for the organization's HIV-prevention outreach and advocacy efforts worldwide.

She previously served as the longtime director of public information at the Population Council, where she managed the public affairs and marketing team for this large international research NGO, working in more than 50 countries. 

May was an adjunct professor of public relations at New York University and has significant experience directing corporate marketing efforts for several companies including AirTouch Cellular (now Verizon Wireless) and Airborne Express (now DHL). She served as director of communications at the March of Dimes in Austin, where she developed fundraising events and managed communications for the region. She began her career as a public relations consultant for AT&T. May is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a Master of Arts in public relations from the University of Texas. She received an APR accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America.

About the American Health Assistance Foundation

The American Health Assistance Foundation ( is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for age-related and degenerative diseases. The foundation funds research on Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma and provides the public with free information about these diseases, including risk factors, preventative lifestyles, and current treatments and coping strategies.