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Board of Directors*

    • Pratik D. Bhattacharya, MD, MPH  (Co-Director/Science and Medical Advisory Board – SMAB), Neurology, St Joseph Mercy Oakland Pontiac, Michigan
    • Patricia Boylan (MSA Caregiver Representative/Secretary), French Twist Salon and Spa, Toledo, Ohio
    • Edwin B. George II, MD, PhD (Chair, Science and Medical Advisory Board – SMAB), Director of Movement Disorders, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
    • Philip M. Fortier, MA (Co-Director/Treasurer), Department of Philosophy, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan
    • Elena Fracassa, MS (Board Member/Environmental Health Advisor/Events Advisor), Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan
    • Margaret MacLachlan, MA, CCC-SLP (Board Member, Speech Language Therapist), Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • Wouter Peelearts, MS, PhD, (Member, Science and Medical Advisory Board – SMAB) Postdoctoral Researcher, Patrik Brundin Laboratory, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • John Scharfenkamp, MA, LLP (Board Member/Patient Support Advisor/Events Advisor), Clarkston, Michigan
    • Mary Jane Scharfenkamp (Board Member/Patient Support Advisor/Events Advisor), Clarkston, Michigan
    • Michael Smith (MSA Patient Advocate), Lubbock, Texas
    • Arnetta M. Steptoe, BS (Financial Advisor/Lead Hub Moderator), Menifee, California
    • Corey Whittlesey-Sutton (MSA Caregiver/Events Advisor), Redford, Michigan
    • Gary Zammit, PhD (Member, Science and Medical Advisory Board – SMAB), Clinilabs Drug Development Inc, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, New York

*All board members and research advisors are volunteers. Defeat MSA has no paid staff or contracted employees and each board member is passionately driven by their personal or family connection to the disease.

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