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Two Members Join American Health Assistance Foundation's Board

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Two Members Join American Health Assistance Foundation's Board

CLARKSBURG, MD-The American Health Assistance Foundation's (AHAF) Board of Directors elected two new members during its summer meeting in New York City: Judith F. Lee of Nantucket, MA, and June Kinoshita of Waltham, MA. The Board also selected Grace Frisone of New Orleans, LA, to be its new Vice Chair.

Judith F. 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. She directed the company's Caracas office in the early 1980's and later served as product manager for employee stock ownership plans. From 1993 to 1997, she managed products for high net worth investors. Lee graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Economics. She earned an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Lee was a board member of the Maria Mitchell Association, a science education and research organization, from 1998 to 2007, serving as board president during her final six years there. She volunteers with the Nantucket Public School system, serving on its strategic planning committee and chairing the search committee for the new superintendent of schools.

“Judy Lee's financial expertise and work with other charities and boards will strengthen the American Health Assistance Foundation's strategic planning,” said Stacy Pagos Haller, president and CEO of AHAF, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for age-related degenerative diseases. “Her business acumen and understanding of the corporate community will enhance our access to new sectors and assure continued adherence to the highest standards.”

The second new member is June Kinoshita, a science journalist, online innovator, and co-founder of Alzheimer Research Forum (Alzforum). Kinoshita is co-founder of Hanoa Productions; co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of SociaLife; and Chief Strategy Officer for She was co-principal investigator with the Massachusetts General Hospital center for interdisciplinary informatics on Semantic Web Applications in Neuromedicine. She previously co-founded and served as Chief Information Officer of N-of-One, Inc.

Kinoshita is a consultant to companies and foundations on neurodegenerative disease and molecular oncology. She is a member of the advisory council of the M.I.T.-Harvard Medical School Division of Health Sciences and Technology and participates in numerous scientific advisory boards. As a journalist, she has published hundreds of articles for national publications and contributed to several NPR documentaries. She served on the editorial board of Scientific American magazine and was a consulting editor to the journal Science. Kinoshita graduated from Harvard College, where she concentrated in physics.

“June Kinoshita brings a vast understanding of the neurodegenerative research community to AHAF,” said Haller. “Her experience with communications to researchers and the public via websites and social media will bolster our capacity to reach and engage more audiences. Both women are outstanding additions to an active Board of Directors who truly care about our work and volunteer their time and knowledge to govern and grow the organization.”

Grace Frisone, a three-year veteran of the American Health Assistance board, assumed the post of Vice Chair during the meeting. A financial services executive with 30 years of experience in business development, strategy, and e-commerce, Frisone spent the bulk of her career with J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc., in New York and Milan. She also worked at Capital One Bank, ING Furman Selz Asset Management, and FOLIO[fn], an e-commerce company. Frisone holds a B.A. from Long Island University and an M.I.A and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

About the American Health Assistance Foundation

The American Health Assistance Foundation ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for age-related degenerative diseases by funding research worldwide under its three program areas: Alzheimer's Disease Research, Macular Degeneration Research, and National Glaucoma Research. AHAF also provides public information about these diseases, including risk factors, preventative lifestyles, current treatments, and coping strategies. 

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