The Friends at NIH touch patients’ and their families’ lives in three ways:

  • Shelter near the NIH during treatment and help keeping up with housing costs at home;
  • Support systems including family and caregiver travel costs back and forth to the NIH;
  • Quality of life to take some of the stresses off, like a meal when they arrive on Sunday to start a week of difficult treatments;

We are champions of NIH patients, helping to cover their essential needs so they can focus on recovery, healing and their unique role in health discoveries. These breakthroughs provide Hope for you and your family–and all future generations.

Our Board

Jay Shah, President
Andrew Derr, First Vice President
Jerry Sachs, Second Vice President
Donald Hill, CFA, Treasurer
Roger Longenderfer, Immediate Past President
Rich LaFleur, CPA
Steve McGowan

Julie Wolf-Rodda
David Liola
Jeff Vigne
Ed Benjamin

Daniel Lonnerdal,  Federal Liaison
Randy Schools, Advisor

Meet Our Board



Heidi Williams, Chief Executive Officer

Meet Our Staff

The Friends of Patients at the NIH