About MDA

Fighting every day to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger

MDA Leadership

Meet the passionate staff and volunteers who lead MDA’s efforts to help families with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Executive Leadership

Steven M. Derks
President and CEO

Valerie A. Cwik, M.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer

Julie Faber
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Steven G. Ford
Executive Vice President, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

Rob Grinsfelder
Executive Vice President, Chief Field Operations Officer

Ann McNamara
Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Board of Directors

R. Rodney Howell, MD
Chairman of the Board

Stanley Appel, MD
Director

Robert Bennett
Emeritus Life Member

C. Thomas Caskey, MD
Director

Bart Conner
Emeritus Life Member

Harold Crump
Director

Benjamin Cumbo, III
Director

Joseph S. DiMartino
Emeritus Life Member

Steve Farella
Director

Daniel G. Fries
Director

Honorable Brad Henry
Director

Dave Hutton
Director

Louis Kunkel, PhD
Director

Timmi Masters
Emeritus Life Member

Patricia Nazemetz
Director

Christopher J. Rosa, PhD
Vice Chairman of the Board

Mike Rowlett
Director

Charles D. Schoor, Esq.
Secretary

Mark Smith
Director

John Tognino
Director

Kristine Welker
Director

Victor Wright
Treasurer

Lilian Wu, PhD
Director

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