Board of Directors

David Mitchell

President and Founder

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David Mitchell

President and Founder

David Mitchell, 68, is a patient with an incurable—but treatable—blood cancer called multiple myeloma. He was diagnosed in 2010. He relapsed in 2014. He depends on drugs for his survival, and expects to be in continuous treatment until he dies. Myeloma is smart and finds its way around drugs, so David is a strong supporter of innovation and new drugs to extend his life, and the lives of other patients. But he says drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them. David has 40 years of experience working on health care and public health policy as a communications specialist. He has worked to reduce teen smoking, increase use of seat belts, to fight drunk driving and improve child health and safety. He helped build and run for more than 30 years GMMB—a cause-oriented, public policy communications firm in Washington, DC. He retired in 2016 to focus his full energy and attention on helping bring about policy change to lower drug costs.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Email him at [email protected]

Cal LaRoche

Director and Treasurer

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Cal LaRoche

Director and Treasurer

Calvin C. LaRoche is a proven leader with 35 years of management experience including significant general management responsibilities. Cal was Chief Operating Officer at The Orkand Corporation, a marquee federal information technology services provider. Later, Cal was a Director of Strategic Development for IBM at the company’s headquarters in Armonk, New York. During a 24-year career with IBM, he directed an information systems sales and marketing organization consisting of 1,200 professionals. Cal later had worldwide responsibility for IBM’s advertising and promotion. Cal was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Cal is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Norwood School, an independent K-8 school in Bethesda, MD where he served as Chair from 2012-2015. He is also an active member of the Advisory Board for the Ron Brown Scholars Program.

Charles Hurley

Director

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Charles Hurley

Director

Charles A. (Chuck) Hurley has a long and successful career in public health and safety. After serving in U.S. Naval Intelligence, he was the special assistant to the mayor of Wilmington, Delaware from 1970-71. He worked for Republican Congressman William A. Steiger, coauthor of OSHA, as his legislative director from 1971-74. During that period, Chuck was very involved in the early days of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. He headed the Washington Office for the National Safety Council from 1977-1989, and was senior vice-president of communications for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from 1989 to 1996. He led the development of the Click It or Ticket campaign in North Carolina and then its national expansion. He also served as CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving from 2005-2010. Chuck has deep knowledge and experience on moving public policy issues at the state and federal levels.

Tomi Fadeyi-Jones

Director

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Tomi Fadeyi-Jones

Director

Tomi Fadeyi-Jones is an accomplished Senior Human Resources Professional with 20 years of experience, including program and project management. She’s held varying leadership roles developing and guiding HR strategy and operations for Fortune 500 corporations and non-profit organizations. In honor of her mother, a breast cancer survivor, Tomi started and captains a team that annually runs and fundraises to support continued research for breast cancer treatment options and drugs. Tomi also serves on the Board of Directors for Horizons Greater Washington, a nonprofit organization designed to empower economically disadvantaged students to realize their full potential.

Our Staff

Wendy Chew

Operations Director

Wendy Chew

Operations Director

Wendy is a seasoned operations professional in the health care sector with a primary focus in HR administration, lobbying compliance, and finance/budget tracking. Her experience includes five years as VP of Operations at the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) and 10 years as Sr. Manager, State Government Affairs & Operations at CVS Health.

Danny Finley

Patient Organizer

Danny Finley

Patient Organizer

Danny Finley (he/him) works to recruit, grow, and organize the Patients for Affordable Drugs’ patient community. Before working for P4AD, Danny worked on several political campaigns as an organizer and spent a year in Brazil as an English Teaching Assistant through a Fulbright grant. His belief in the possibility of an equitable health care system where patients can afford the drugs they need brought him to P4AD and inspires his daily work. He is a graduate of Tulane University, where he studied Economics and Finance through the Altman Program in International Studies.

Brianna Jones

Policy Analyst

Brianna Jones

Policy Analyst

Brianna is passionate about health care policy and believes that all patients should be able to afford their prescription drugs. She works with the policy team at P4AD analyzing legislative work. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in health policy from the George Washington University.

Sarah Kaminer Bourland

Legislative Director

Sarah Kaminer Bourland

Legislative Director

Sarah has six years experience working as a registered nurse in community health and critical care nursing. She decided to enter health policy after seeing the many barriers encountered by her patients as they tried to access affordable health care. While studying health policy, Sarah became disturbed about the realities of the pharmaceutical industry and eager to make an impact on drug pricing policy.

Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from UNC Chapel Hill and her MPH in Health Policy from Harvard University.

Juliana Keeping

Communications Director

Juliana Keeping

Communications Director

Before landing at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Juliana spent more than a decade as an investigative journalist. Juliana is a mom to two, including Eli, who has cystic fibrosis. Her son was hospitalized after her family could not afford a medication, which led her to serve as a volunteer patient advisor to P4AD starting in 2017. She agreed to move her family to Washington to continue her work on behalf of this cause as communications director and is excited to help elevate the patient voice in the media to policymakers and the public.

You can follow her on Twitter here.

Samantha Reid

Digital Director

Samantha Reid

Digital Director

Before joining the team at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Sam (she/her) spent several years working in digital marketing and communications for the tech sector. Originally from Illinois, Sam received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Roosevelt University in Chicago –– but it was her experience as a patient with Crohn’s Disease that led Sam to work as a patient advocate for those with chronic illnesses. That passion for improving patient quality of life is what brought her to D.C. from Chicago to help fight for lower drug prices.

Lauren Stanford

Community Organizing Director

Lauren Stanford

Community Organizing Director

A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at the age of six led Lauren to become a lifetime patient advocate who, as a volunteer and in her career, has fought for everything from research funding to drug and treatment affordability. Prior to joining the team at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Lauren worked on grassroots digital advocacy and public policy in the nonprofit sector. Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political and Persuasive Communications and American Government from George Mason University in Northern Virginia, and was born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She looks forward to working at P4AD where she can make a real difference in drug pricing.

Jema Stubblefield

State Policy Analyst & Patient Coordinator

Jema Stubblefield

State Policy Analyst & Patient Coordinator

Jema works closely with P4AD patients to bring their stories to the forefront of the fight to lower drug prices. She believes in holding drug companies accountable and making sure every patient has the access that they need.

Jema received her Bachelor’s Degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V. She is passionate about the amplifying patient voices and stories in the fight for affordable drugs.

Ben Wakana

Executive Director

Ben Wakana

Executive Director

Like the President and most Americans, Ben would like to bring down astronomical drug prices and hold companies accountable who are getting away with murder. Ben has deep health care and prescription drug policy knowledge. Before joining Patients For Affordable Drugs, Ben was the lead spokesperson for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also spent time as a Communications Director on Capitol Hill. Ben grew up in Maine and graduated from Colby College. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Lucy Westerfield

Deputy Executive Director

Lucy Westerfield

Deputy Executive Director

Over the last few years, Lucy has worked with the P4AD team in a variety of roles to bring the patient voice to the fight for lower drug prices. She additionally brings policy, communications, and organizing experience to P4AD from her time on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Lucy graduated with a degree in biology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is passionate about the power of patient and constituent voices (and well-designed spreadsheets) in the fight for affordable and accessible health care.

Hattie Xu

Program Assistant

Hattie Xu

Program Assistant

Hattie’s experience with a childhood autoimmune disease and passion for building a more equitable health care system motivated her to join P4AD as a program assistant. Before P4AD, she served as a senior editor for her college newspaper and as a writer for several other publications, including The Sacramento Bee. Hattie graduated with a degree in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University in 2019.

Advisory Panel

DeShanna McGee

Rheumatoid arthritis patient

DeShanna McGee

Rheumatoid arthritis patient

Clayton McCook

Father to daughter with diabetes and husband to breast cancer patient

Clayton McCook

Father to daughter with diabetes and husband to breast cancer patient

Juliana Keeping

Mother to cystic fibrosis patient

Juliana Keeping

Mother to cystic fibrosis patient

Nicole Solomon Mitchell

Co-founder and breast cancer patient

Nicole Solomon Mitchell

Co-founder and breast cancer patient

Paul Kleutghen

Multiple Myeloma Patient

Paul Kleutghen

Multiple Myeloma Patient

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

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