Board of Directors
Laure L. Woods, President, Board Of Directors
“I continue to struggle with late-stage Lyme disease. If only I had gotten an accurate diagnosis and had been treated earlier, my life would be so much different. My goal as a President of Bay Area Lyme Foundation is to ensure that we develop reliable diagnostics and a cure so that others don’t have to go through what I have. It is awful.”
Laure Woods offers a unique perspective to Bay Area Lyme Foundation as a clinical researcher and a person with late-stage Lyme disease. Her clinical research experience includes trials for treatment of cystic fibrosis, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cancer and infant nutrition. She has held clinical research positions at California Bay Area companies like Matrix Pharmaceutical and Genelabs Technologies. Early in her career, she founded Woods Consulting, Inc., to advise companies that test the safety and efficacy of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. Laure is the President and Founder of Laurel STEM Fund, a private foundation focused on the education, health and welfare of children, and serves on the Board of the L.K. Whittier Foundation, a private foundation focused on medical and technology research. Ms. Woods holds a BS in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis.
Bonnie Crater, Vice President, Board of Directors, Chair Science Committee
“I founded Bay Area Lyme Foundation with my friends to help end their suffering. I fundamentally believe we can stop this disease. With the right talent and entrepreneurial approach, we can find a cure for Lyme.”
Bonnie Crater chairs the Science Committee which drives our research agenda, champions innovation, and seeks partners to chart new paths in Lyme research. She brings her background in biology, extensive experience in Silicon Valley, boundless energy, and an entrepreneurial spirit to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Bonnie is currently President and CEO at Full Circle Insights, and a ten-year veteran of Oracle Corporation and its various subsidiaries. She has held senior executive positions at companies like Zelerate, VoiceObjects, Realization, Genesys, Netscape, Network Computer Inc., Salesforce.com, and Stratify. She currently serves on the board of the CB Wellness Foundation, the Horse Park at Woodside and on the Town of Portola Valley’s Nature and Science Committee. Ms. Crater holds an AB in Biology from Princeton University.
Susan Strehlow, Secretary, Board of Directors
“Watching friends struggle with the effects of Lyme disease has inspired me to take a part in an amazing organization that is truly making a difference in Lyme research. I am both honored and proud to have the opportunity to support the Bay Area Lyme Foundation in its mission to find new diagnostics and treatments for Lyme disease.”
Susan Strehlow joined the Bay Area Lyme Foundation in 2016 and serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors. She brings a background in finance, strategic planning, communication, process improvement, innovation, organizational development, team building and leadership. Her senior management roles in both Finance and Operations at Cisco Systems and Abbott Laboratories provide the team with experience in creating a collaborative team environment, policy development, critical thought leadership and is valued for her insight into management and business issues. She is also active in other non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and appreciates the opportunity to give back to her community. She lives in Portola Valley with her husband and daughter and enjoys hiking, running and spending time outdoors.
Wendy Adams, Research Grant Director & Advisory Board Member
After suffering from undiagnosed Lyme disease for many years, I am passionate about the development of reliable diagnostics and improved treatment for this devastating disease. I now have the opportunity to marry my avocation with my professional experience in biotech and I am excited to do this through my work at Bay Area Lyme Foundation.
Wendy Adams joined the Bay Area Lyme Foundation in 2012. As a member of the science committee and Advisory Board, she provides strategic research advice and identifies, vets and manages our research opportunities, including the Lyme Disease Biobank. Her unique perspective and knowledge as a former Lyme patient—as well as her background in finance, strategy and business development for companies like Cowen, Genentech and Aviron—make her skill set uniquely valuable to BAL. Wendy has spent over 20 years in the biotechnology field and most recently served as Chief Business Officer at Full Spectrum Genetics, Inc., an antibody engineering company pursuing programs in immuno-oncology and autoimmune disease. Previously, she ran B2DC LLC, a business development consultancy to biotech clients in infectious and autoimmune disease, respiratory disease, oncology, drug delivery and neurology. Wendy holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, where she also served on the faculty in Entrepreneurship, and an AB in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.
Gayle Collat, Advisory Board Member
“I helped found the Bay Area Lyme Foundation after seeing some of my friends suffer from late-stage Lyme disease: they had been misdiagnosed and not given proper treatment for years. Lyme is a disease that with education and early medical treatment can be prevented or cured, but right now there is no known cure for late-stage Lyme. Our goal is to make Lyme easy to diagnose and simple to cure.”
Gayle Collat brings an entrepreneurial spirit, marketing savvy, and experience in developing health promotion and educational programs to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. As the Founder and CEO of Corporate Muscle, a worksite health promotion company, Gayle designed and staffed corporate wellness programs throughout the US and a corporate office in Cork, Ireland for a variety of large corporate clients including EMC, Lotus Development, Sun Life Insurance, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her marketing background also includes work on promotional and media campaigns for Westinghouse and International Medical Centers as well as an award-winning advertisement for the French car company Citroen, featuring Grace Jones. She began her career at Greene County Mental Health Center in New York working as a family therapist. During that time she also founded the Early Childhood Learning Center, a school that trained parents and teachers of handicapped children in infant stimulation techniques. Ms. Collat holds a BA in Psychology at the Western Michigan University, with a focus in Behavioral Science.
Lia Gaertner, Science Committee Member & Advisory Board Member
“Tick-borne diseases are easy to contract from a tiny tick the size of a poppy seed, yet the diseases are disproportionately difficult to diagnose and cure. It is critical to bring together scientists, health providers, policy makers, and the public in collaboration towards the goal of improving diagnostic tools and effective treatment options for those who suffer from tick-borne illnesses.”
Lia Gaertner is a scientist, mother, and nutrition consultant who is passionate about cultivating better research and recognition for tick-borne illnesses. She has experienced, first hand, the obstacles to effective diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness. She was first bitten by a Lyme-carrying tick in 1998, but was misdiagnosed until 2008. Lia is a principal at Halteres Associates, a bioscience consulting company, and she has over 20 years of international experience in scientific and field research, technical writing, teaching, and project management. She has also worked for several science and medical companies as consultant, project manager, content producer, and affiliate relations director. Ms. Gaertner earned her BS in Environmental Science with minors in Ethnobotany and Agroecology from UC Berkeley and her MS in Ethnobotany from Cornell University. She lives in the Bay Area with her Lyme-literate physician husband, Sunjya Schweig, MD, and their two children.
Richard Horowitz, MD, Advisory Board Member
Dr. Richard Horowitz is a board certified internist in private practice in Hyde Park, N.Y. He is medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, an integrative medical center which combines both classical and complementary approaches in the treatment of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne disorders. He has treated over 12,000 Chronic Lyme disease patients in the last 29 years, with patients coming from all over the US, Canada, and Europe to his clinic.
He is former Assistant Director of Medicine of Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and is one of the founding members and past president elect of ILADS, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He is also past president of the ILADEF, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of health care professionals on tick-borne diseases. He was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award by the Turn the Corner Foundation for his treatment of Lyme Disease, and has dedicated his life to helping those stricken with this devastating illness. His book “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease” was released through St Martin’s press, November 2013, which explains his full classical and integrative approach to helping those stricken with tick borne diseases and resistant chronic illness. In addition, Dr. Horowitz’s new book “How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease” is scheduled for release from St Martin’s Press by the end of 2016.
Gib Myers, Advisory Board Member
“Our youngest son went four years with undiagnosed Lyme and then another four years recovering. Thankfully, he is in good shape now. My wife Susan and I crisscrossed the country looking for both a diagnosis and a cure. We are very familiar with how devastating the disease is and are excited to think that the Bay Area Lyme Foundation can make a difference.”
Gib Myers was a general partner at Mayfield Fund, a venture capital partnership, from 1970 until his retirement in 1998. Prior to joining Mayfield, Gib worked for Hewlett-Packard for four years in computer systems. Gib is the founder of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a Bay Area nonprofit with the mission of developing corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts to benefit the community. Gib is also Vice-Chairman of American Prairie Reserve, which has the mission of assembling the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states, an American Serengeti. Gib is a co-founder of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously, he was a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Board, on the President’s Leadership Council of Dartmouth College, and a senior fellow and board member of the American Leadership Forum. Mr. Myers earned an AB degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College in 1964 and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1966. Gib and his wife, Susan Myers, live in the San Francisco Bay Area, have two sons and a daughter and three grandchildren.
Susan Myers, Advisory Board Member
Our youngest son suffered with Lyme disease for eight years before getting well. I wish to work with others to make a difference in this devastating disease, so less people suffer from Lyme the way my son did. I am especially committed to supporting research that will create better diagnostic tools for Lyme disease.
Susan Myers serves on the board of the American Prairie Reserve, whose mission is to establish a three-million acre wildlife reserve on the high plains of Montana. The reserve some day will rival the African Serengeti. She is also a member of Impact Partners, a social interest film fund that invests in documentary films that will have a social impact. Susan and her husband, Gib Myers, live in the San Francisco Bay Area, have two sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Kathleen O’Rourke, Advisory Board Member
“In a state of deteriorating health for many years, I had no inkling of the cause until my son contracted an acute presentation of Lyme disease. Even with a known tick bite, it took months to find a doctor who ran the proper clinical tests to make his diagnosis. With that diagnosis and new knowledge, I discovered the cause of my own more chronic presentation of symptoms. The status of Lyme disease as an unspecified illness in the medical community is cause for alarm. I helped found Bay Area Lyme Foundation to find a cure and to remediate the lack of proper education around the issues of Lyme prevention, diagnosis and early treatment.”
Kathleen O’Rourke brings a unique combination of marketing, science, and design expertise to Bay Area Lyme Foundation along with the experience of growing and managing a small business. She has worked at Oracle Corporation in product marketing, developed a design consulting business serving the California Bay Area, and founded Culinary Alchemy Inc., a gourmet food company located in Silicon Valley, CA. She also brings the dual perspective of a Lyme patient and a parent of a child with Lyme. Ms. O’Rourke holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Dana Parish, Advisory Board Member
Dana Parish is a NYC-based SonyATV singer/ songwriter known for her powerful voice and emotional delivery. Parish’s first single, “Not My Problem”, from her debut album Uncrushed, charted at #23 on Billboard, and she soon became one of the highest-charting independent artists ever. This led to several appearances on major talk shows, including The CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, and KTLA. An in-demand songwriter, Parish penned two songs (Thankful and Always be Your Girl) on the most recent Celine Dion album and had the #1 song in China with “Someday I’ll Fly” by G.E.M. Her song “Broken Ones” performed by Jacquie Lee, The Voice Season 5 finalist, was a chart success. She is now working on the albums of superstars. While still fully engaged in her music career, Dana has become an advocate and champion for those suffering with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. In May 2016, she performed “Pull You Through” at LymeAid, Bay Area Lyme’s annual fundraiser, helping to raise more than $815,000 to fund research for Lyme disease. Read her Lyme Disease Story here.
Carin Rollins, Advisory Board Member
“I know too many people affected by the debilitating symptoms of Lyme. Their stories have inspired me to do what I can to help better understand and ultimately conquer this disease using the tools I have learned throughout my biotechnology career.”
Carin Rollins is working to progress promising technologies and products ultimately into clinical use. She has an in-depth understanding of the field of Lyme disease and experience in the biotechnology sector having been in biotech equity research, management consulting and venture capital with Robertson Stephens & Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Bay City Capital and 5AM Ventures. She has served on the Board of Directors for a number of biotech companies and organizations, including Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Ms. Rollins holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Biology from Colgate University.
Sunjya K. Schweig, MD, Advisory Board Member
Sunjya K. Schweig, MD is an expert in complex chronic illnesses, which require rigorous investigation and management. Dr. Schweig utilizes cutting edge diagnostic and treatment modalities that respect the complex interconnectedness of the body and the environment. He has been studying, teaching, and practicing integrative and functional medicine for over 20 years. Dr. Schweig recently partnered with Chris Kresser, Lac., to form the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM).
Mason Tenaglia, Advisory Board Member
“Our college aged daughter went misdiagnosed and untreated with Lyme and has lost years of her life. Although she is in the process of treatment, and we are hopeful that will get better, Lyme has had a profound effect on our whole family. Despite the fact that we live in the heart of “Lyme Country” (Boston and Cape Cod) and amongst some of the best hospitals and medical research institutions in the world, we were shocked to see how little has been done and how fractured the clinical practices are. We hope that the Bay Area Lyme Foundation can capture the national Lyme community’s attention and help focus research on the best opportunities to improve the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.”
Mason Tenaglia has been an advisor to senior management in the Biopharmaceutical business for more than 35 years since starting his career at McKinsey & Company. Mason has worked with nearly every major pharmaceutical company in the U.S. as well as consumer health, health insurance and pharmacy benefit management companies. Prior to his recent retirement from IMS Health, Mason has built and led a number of strategy consulting firms including the Amundsen Group which was acquired by IMS in 2013. Mason is a member the Research Institute Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital, has spent ten years on the advisory board of the Pharmaceutical Executive and is a frequent author and speaker on drug pricing and patient access to pharmaceuticals. He holds a BS degree in International Economics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago.
Linda Giampa, Executive Director
“It’s simple: I want to help. Several of my family members and friends have suffered with Lyme. Working with Bay Area Lyme Foundation puts me on the front line in the search for an accurate diagnosis and the battle for a cure. I’m thrilled to take my executive experience and apply it to a worthwhile cause, and truly make a difference in someone’s life.”
As Executive Director, Linda brings an impressive array of expertise in sales, marketing and business development. Her experience includes executive management of technology startups as well as established market leaders. Linda was CEO of Transparency Software until 2009 when she sold it to an Israeli security company . Previously, Linda was Vice-President Worldwide Operations at Versata. In that role, Linda was responsible for all customer-facing activities including sales, marketing and consulting services. Early in her career, Linda held various marketing and sales roles at Oracle, building and managing successful sales teams during Oracle’s explosive growth years from early 1986 through 1994. Leveraging her experience from Oracle, Linda developed marketing and sales organizations for a number of successful startup organizations, Most recently, she ran her own executive consulting business, helping companies bring emerging technologies to market. In that capacity, Linda was able to raise over $70M in venture funds for her companies. Ms. Giampa holds a BS in Computer Science from University of North Carolina.
Dianne Barney, Controller & Office Manager
“I have always enjoyed the outdoors whether it be hiking, backpacking or walking the many beautiful trails in the Bay Area. Working at Bay Area Lyme has opened my eyes to the debilitating consequences that Lyme disease has on both young and old if not diagnosed early and/or correctly. I am proud to be a part of a team dedicated to the mission of finding the cure and helping people get back their lives.”
Dianne Barney is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area with a variety of experience in accounting, finance, grant administration, and general office administration. Her most recent experience was as an Administrative Director for a large family foundation, where she was responsible for the accounting, grant management, and general administration of the organization. Prior to that, she served as a Controller for several companies in the Bay Area. Dianne is a graduate from San Francisco State University with a business degree in finance.
Jo Ellis, Education Outreach
“I know too many people whose lives have been derailed by Lyme. I love the outdoors and the stunning beauty of the Bay Area, but it is imperative that we are all informed and safe when we are outside in nature. I want to help educate everyone about this insidious disease so we can prevent more cases occurring.”
Jo Ellis has over 20 years of experience developing and marketing educational programming for schools, nonprofits, and corporations. A native of the UK, Jo was Product Development Executive for BBC Education & Training, developing award-winning educational programs distributed worldwide. Here in the US, Jo worked as Director of Executive Education at Stanford and then for Charles Schwab, launching “Schwab U,” the company’s internal management education provider. When Jo started a family, she went back to school and got her Montessori teaching qualification. She received her BA/MA from Cambridge University, and a post-graduate high-school teaching certification from the University of London. Jo holds the AMI middle school teaching certification, and is a nationally recognized gifted and talented educator with Johns Hopkins University.
Kate Misskelley, Donor Relations Director
“It is a rare honor to have the opportunity to focus my work on something I care deeply about. I have seen the effects of Lyme disease on several dear friends and it is a pleasure to contribute to an organization that is having a profound impact on finding a cure for long-term chronic Lyme, prevention and awareness.”
Kate Misskelley plays a crucial role in managing and coordinating Special Events. Kate brings extensive experience as a consultant, director of finance, Estate Manager and a professional fundraiser serving a variety of small businesses, nonprofits, and high net worth individuals. She is the Founder of KMS Financial Systems where she continues to serve a variety of clients across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Katariina Tuovinen, Scientific Project Manager
“It is an honor to be part of an organization that is taking an innovative approach towards developing better diagnostics and treatment for Lyme. After seeing close friends suffer from the disease, I am inspired to help support the amazing work of Bay Area Lyme Foundation.”
Katariina Tuovinen uses her project management skills to help to support the work of the Science Committee and our grant recipients. She has over ten years of experience in public service management including at Yosemite National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Katariina has worked on natural resource management issues in the United States and South Asia, and she also has private sector experience working on international business management strategies. Katariina has a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, an M.A. in International and Area Studies and an M.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In her free time, Katariina enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, traveling and spending time outside with her husband, two young children, and their golden retriever.
Kris Schmidt, Program Coordinator
“I am out on the local trails constantly, hiking with Luke, my rescue dog, and whoever else will go with me, and have always been aware of the hazards, from mountain lions to downed trees, but didn’t realize until recently how prevalent Lyme has become. I was excited to join Bay Area Lyme Foundation to do whatever I can to help with this important cause.”
Kristina brings her leadership and organizational skills to event planning, internal operations, outreach, and fundraising efforts. Kristina has a diverse background including law school, financial services, and entrepreneurship, as co-founder of a successful events business that thrived during the dot-com boom. Her passion for getting things done and keeping people moving help keep us all on track. Three teenagers keep her busy when she’s not at the office.
Wendy Adams, Research Grant Director & Advisory Board Member
“After suffering from undiagnosed Lyme disease for many years, I am passionate about the development of reliable diagnostics and improved treatment for this devastating disease. I now have the opportunity to marry my avocation with my professional experience in biotech and I am excited to do this through my work at Bay Area Lyme Foundation.”
Wendy Adams provides strategic research advice and helps identify, vet, and manage our research opportunities. She is Research Grant Director at Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Her unique perspective and knowledge as a Lyme patient—as well as her background in finance and business development for companies like Cowen & Company, Aviron and Affymax—make her a great addition to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Wendy runs B2DC LLC, a business development consultancy to biotech clients in infectious and autoimmune disease, respiratory disease, oncology, drug delivery and neurology. Previously, Wendy served as Vice President of Business Development at Principia Biopharma, a drug development company focused on cancer and autoimmune disease. Wendy holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, where she also served on the faculty in Entrepreneurship, and an AB in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.