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About Us

We're here to transform the lives of people affected by neuromuscular disease.

MDA Leadership

Meet the passionate staff and Board who lead MDA’s efforts to serve families living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases through innovations in science and care.

Executive Leadership

Donald S. Wood, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer

Kristine Welker
Chief of Staff

Sharon Hesterlee, PhD
Executive Vice President & Chief Research Officer

Michael J. Kennedy, MBA, CPA
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Treasurer

Board of Directors

Anjan Aralihalli
Director

John Costantino
Director

Ben Cumbo
Director

Steve Farella
Chairman

Dan Fries
Director

Akur Ghia
Director

Jennifer Gottlieb
Director

Brad Henry
Vice Chairman

John Howell
Director

Nancy Kindelan
Director

Lou Kunkel
Director

Elizabeth McNally
Director

Rob Pipia
Director

Matt Plummer
Director

Chris Rosa
Director

Charles Schoor
Director

Mark Smith
Director

Gene Williams
Director

Don Wood
CEO/President (non-voting)

Victor Wright
Director

Lilian Wu
Director