About Us

Staff

Office of the President

Maria Freire, Ph.D.
President and Executive Director
(301) 443-1811

Ann Ashby, M.B.A.
Deputy Executive Director
(301) 435-1641

Andrea Baruchin, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor to the President
(301) 594-6649

Erika Tarver
Senior Project Officer
(301) 594-9255

Felicia Gray
Executive Assistant
(301) 443-1811

Elizabeth Johns 
Executive Assistant
(301) 402-4968

Operations

Kathy Peterson
Operations Officer
(301) 402-5643

Finance

Julie Tune, C.P.A., C.F.E.
Chief Financial Officer
(301) 435-6246

Eva Coyne
Controller
(301) 451-8856

Cathy Martin
Senior Accountant
(301) 435-3007

Noemi B. Rodriguez
Staff Accountant
(301) 435-4578

Peggy J. Gerlacher
Operations Associate
(301) 594-9867

Advancement

Melissa Cather
Director, Advancement
(301) 496-9921

Rob Drucker
Advancement Officer
(301) 594-7121

Laren Friedman
Writer/Researcher
(301) 451-8855

Jamie Cooper                                                             
Major Gifts Officer
(301) 402-5343

Cassandra Hoye                                                         
Advancement Assistant
(301) 402-4976

Communication

Abbey Meltzer
Director of Communications
(301) 435-4103

Kai Yee
Web Administrator
(301) 594-9713

Development

Julie Wolf-Rodda, M.A.
Director, Development
(301) 402-6027

Renee Bullion, M.P.A.
Development Officer
(301) 435-4493

Meredith Donnelly
Development Officer
(301) 443-1744

William Tolentino
Development Systems Administrator
(301) 594-9865

Anisa Sanghrajka
Development Assistant
(301) 402-6647

Events

Jolie Mak
Events Manager
(301) 402-4975

Jasmin Miles, C.M.P.
Senior Events Coordinator
(301) 435-8364

Janelle Lewis
Events Coordinator
(301) 594-2919

Dalia Travis
Events Assistant
(301) 402-0114

Research Partnerships

David Wholley, M.Phil.
Director
(301) 594-6343

Steven Hoffmann, M.S.
Scientific Program Manager, Inflammation and Immunity
(301) 443-2102

Rosa Canet-Aviles, Ph.D.    
Scientific Program Manager, Neuroscience  
(301) 402-5346

Ron Benjamin
Clinical Operations Manager, Cancer
(301) 451-2499

Dorothy Jones-Davis, Ph.D.     
Scientific Project Manager
(301) 594-2612

Sanya Whitaker, Ph.D., P.M.P.
Scientific Program Manager, Metabolic Disorders
(301) 496-1518

Cheryl Melencio
Executive Assistant
(301) 402-4970

Jessica Jones
Administrative Assistant
(301) 435-9220

Science Administration

Stephanie James, Ph.D.
Director of Science
(301) 443-1598

Michael Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Science
(301) 451-2762

Karen Tountas, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Manager, MAL-ED
(301) 402-4333

David Brown, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Manager, CTC-VIMC
(301) 443-1599

Susan Wiener, M.A.
Senior Project Manager, GCGH
(301) 402-5736

Susan Powell, M.T.S.
Senior Grants Manager
(301) 594-6763

Tiffany Francis
Executive Assistant
(301) 443-1598