The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy is a Public Charity committed to fostering collaboration among today’s most gifted and dedicated neuroscientists and physicians. These specialists from around the country will help us maintain a comprehensive view of the field and determine the research areas that hold the most promise in neuropathy research and treatment to develop new and effective therapies that can reverse, reduce and one day eliminate Peripheral Neuropathy. It is our ultimate goal to utilize every means and opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of those living with this painful and debilitating disorder.
Our mission is to dramatically improve the lives of people living with Peripheral Neuropathy.
- Serving as the premier resource of information for patients, their families and healthcare providers
- Accelerating a cure for peripheral neuropathies
- Funding collaborative efforts of leading scientists
- Raising awareness of peripheral neuropathy
Meet the team
Chairman Emeritus, The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
President, Jack Miller Family Foundation
Jack established the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy to support the funding of collaborative research with the goal of improved treatments and an eventual cure for Peripheral Neuropathy. A prominent Chicago entrepreneur and philanthropist, he was the founder and former President/CEO of Quill Corporation. In addition to being Chairman of the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, his other endeavors include being co-chairman of Millbrook Real Estate and Chairman of the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History. He and his wife, Goldie, also support Jewish and community efforts through the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund.
David R. Cornblath, MD
Professor of Neurology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Dr. David Cornblath received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his internship in medicine at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio followed by a residency in neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then became Clinical Fellow of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the Peripheral Nerve Morphology Laboratory also at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Now a Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Cornblath focuses on neuromuscular diseases with special emphasis on peripheral neuropathies. He has participated in a wide range of clinical studies – from Phase 1 to 4 – including Guillain-Barre syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, ALS, neuromuscular diseases associated with HIV infection, diabetic neuropathy, neurotrophins in neuropathy and painful neuropathies. Dr. Cornblath is a member of the scientific board of the GBS Foundation International, and an officer of the Peripheral Nerve Society. He is also chair of one of the Hopkins Institutional Review Boards.
Patti began volunteering with The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy in June 2015. Her passion and drive to help The Foundation grew out of witnessing the painful journeys of several close family members and friends over the last three years. Each one of her family and friends suffer from severe pain every day and continue to look for a new doctor, new medication, or new treatment that might relieve their pain. In seeing this disease up close, she wanted to find a way to help and contribute towards finding a cure for Peripheral Neuropathy.
“The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy has provided me with the opportunity to combine two things I enjoy; helping others and using strategic marketing to create a broader awareness of this disease. I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for this organization and alongside others who remain dedicated to finding a cure for the incurable.”
Patti grew up in Southern California where she still resides in Huntington Beach, California with her husband, two sons and 5 grandsons. Over the last 10 years she has enjoyed being a Commercial Property Manager for family owned properties. Prior to her real estate career, Patti gained extensive experience in marketing, having held a number of senior positions in marketing with Disneyland, Starbucks, Taco Bell and on the agency side for clients Burger King, Carl’s Jr. and Hardees.
Adam is a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company where he has advised clients in the healthcare, high tech and basic materials industries. Prior to joining McKinsey, Adam earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from Oxford where he served as a portfolio manager for the business school’s venture fund.
Having developed peripheral neuropathy at the age of 28, Adam is intimately familiar with the challenges presented by the condition. He is deeply committed to improving the lives of PN patients around the world through better treatment options and greater awareness of current best practices in managing PN
Nancy Herlin, MHA
Nancy has a background in health care management and has been consulting with management teams and organizations for over twenty years. She has led training programs and workshops for effective leadership, team building, quality improvement and meeting management primarily in the health care field. In addition, Nancy has devoted countless hours volunteering in health care, school and religious organizations as well as on several not-for-profit boards.
Her interest in neuropathy began in 2007 when her 15 year old son was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP). Since then, her personal journey of inquiry about neuropathy and its impact has grown into a desire to find ways to support people affected by this disease and increase public awareness and education. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Neuropathy Alliance of Texas, an organization that provides help and hope for those with neuropathy through support groups, lending libraries, and educational programs.
Mr. Hirsch is the Chief Financial Officer of The Benida Group, responsible for accounting and tax functions for the real estate, investment and family office operations at The Benida Group. Previously, Mr. Hirsch held the position of Tax Manager at Miami Corporation and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and holds CPA and CFP® certifications.
Lou resides in Arlington VA, and has practiced law his entire career with Groom Law Group, Chartered in Washington DC. Groom is the largest employee benefit law specialty firm in the country and Lou has more than 40 years of experience with the firm, working on a wide variety of matters related to the tax aspects of employee benefits — including pension, 401k and health and insurance plans — for Fortune 200, tax-exempt, institutional and state and local governmental clients.
Lou grew up in Northern New Jersey and graduated from New York University before attending law school. He continues to be involved with NYU – including participation on the Steering Committee to establish a NYU-DC campus in Washington DC. Lou graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC in 1974. He taught on the Adjunct Faculty there for five years in his field of practice and is an active alumnus.
In 2003, Lou was first affected with PN (of the relatively rare autoimmune variety associated with anti-MAG or “monoclonal gammothapy of undetermined significance”). He was fortunate to become a patient of Board Member, Dr. David Cornblath, who has helped Lou manage his illness for many years. Lou is currently funding a Research Fellowship focusing on PN patients with anti-MAG with a goal of developing more information on effective treatment strategies.
Alicia Schuyler Oberman
Director, Jack Miller Family Foundation
Alicia Schuyler Oberman serves as the Foundation Director of the Jack Miller Family Foundation (for which she is also a Board member) and its related philanthropic fund, the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund. Prior to joining the staff of the foundation, Alicia worked as an attorney in the corporate and securities group of the Chicago-based law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. While practicing, she represented various public and private companies and individuals in a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint venture transactions, divestiture transactions and corporate restructurings. In addition, Alicia serves on various other non-profit boards.
Edward Tomezsko, PhD
Chairman Emeritus, Penn State Delaware County
Ed Tomezsko is Chancellor Emeritus at Penn State Delaware County in Media, Pennsylvania. He retired from Penn State on July 8, 2005. He also has the tenured rank of associate professor of chemistry. His professional experience includes working at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., and the Atlantic Richfield Company before he joined Penn State in 1971. Dr. Tomezsko spent ten years on the faculty during which time he won the campus’ Outstanding Teaching Award. His administrative experience at Penn State includes serving as the Academic Officer at the campus, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Penn State Commonwealth Educational System, and Assistant Vice President for Technology and founding Director of the Division of Technology. In addition to campus responsibilities, he had served on the Penn State’s Philadelphia Project Central Steering Committee and the Philadelphia Council working group.
Dr. Tomezsko was a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board where he was head of the strategic planning group as well as the Vice Chair of the Board, and the Delaware County Economic Development Advisory Committee. He had served as the secretary to the Chester Education Foundation. In retirement, he had served as the Chair of the Board of Computer Forensics and Analysis Training Center. He was also President of ESJT Associates, Ltd. consultants in organizational behavior and planning. Dr. Tomezsko is the treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Charities Appeal for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is a member of the finance committee of Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia. Also, he is a member of the Council of Trustees of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
Scientific Advisory Board
Ahmet Höke, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Director, Neuromuscular Division
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Deborah Lee, MD, PhD
Insys Therapeutics, Inc.
Richard Lewis, MD
Director, Electromyography Laboratory
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Los Angeles, CA
MD, Medical Director
Bristol Meyers Squibb
Meet the staff
Pam Shlemon – Executive Director
Pam has over 30 years of management, operational and strategic planning experience. As President and Executive Director, Ms. Shlemon plays a critical role in shaping the Foundation’s research strategy, as well as establishing a multidisplinary team of scientific experts who will assist the Foundation in achieving their mission. She advises on strategic and programmatic direction and spearheads the Foundation’s fundraising programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Shlemon was the Regional Vice President for ChartOne, a national leader in technology solutions for the healthcare industry.
Marlene Dodinval – Sr. Program Coordinator
Marlene manages the Peripheral Neuropathy Research Registry, has oversight of the planning and implementation of our international research symposium, and coordinates the activities of our national support groups and many aspects of communication and engagement with our members and constituents. Prior to joining the Foundation Marlene was Regional Director for a national nonprofit membership and advocacy organization doing outreach and fundraising. Marlene also had a successful corporate career having worked for a large consulting company, and two small startups managing key business processes.
Angela Nevel – Sr. Administrative Assistant
Angela provides administrative support to the Foundation staff and Board members, handles educational and research programs for the Foundation, and performs general office tasks. Angela worked as an Executive Administrative Assistant for seven years before joining the Foundation. She holds a B.A. from National Louis University.