• Jay Shah
    Jay ShahPresident
    Jay Shah is the Chief Operating Officer of Octo, where he oversees all delivery and growth activities across the firm to ensure the company executes against its strategic vision. He has over 20 years of management and leadership experience in all facets of service delivery, business development, proposal creation, capture planning, and operational management. Mr. Shah has been at Octo since 2008 and prior to serving as COO, he served as the P&L lead for all Federal Health work that Octo performs. With over 15 years of experience supporting Health and Human Services, specifically the National Institutes of Health, Mr. Shah was able to grow Octo’s Federal Health business to over 300 FTEs. Prior to joining Octo, Mr. Shah held leadership positions at Gartner and Cap Gemini.
    President
    Jay Shah is the Chief Operating Officer of Octo, where he oversees all delivery and growth activities across the firm to ensure the company executes against its strategic vision. He Read More.
  • Andrew Derr
    Andrew DerrFirst Vice President
    Mr. Derr is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Federal Practice, with 20+ years of management consulting, information technology and program management experience. Over the last 10+ years, his focus has been on bringing IT-enabled business transformation, and CIO services to multiple federal agencies, primarily in the health market. Mr. Derr specializes in CIO advisory services, IT strategic planning, business process engineering, IT lifecycle methodologies, program planning, Portfolio Management, IT-enabled business transformation and data analytics. Vanderbilt University, Class of 1996.
    First Vice President
    Mr. Derr is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Federal Practice, with 20+ years of management consulting, information technology and program management experience. Over the last 10+ years, his focus has Read More.
  • Jerry Sachs
    Jerry SachsSecond Vice President
    Jerry served in senior public relations roles for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves, and then joined Coca-Cola USA as its first director of sports marketing. He returned home in 1970 to be the Baltimore Bullets’ vice president and general manager. He also was president of Center Group, which included the Washington Bullets and Capitals, Centre Management and the local Ticketmaster franchise. In 2000, Jerry joined the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as special assistant to the director. He retired in 2011, but he remains actively engaged with the NIH, as an original member of the Clinical Center’s Patient Advisory Group.
    Second Vice President
    Jerry served in senior public relations roles for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves, and then joined Coca-Cola USA as its first director of sports marketing. He returned home in Read More.
  • Donald Hill, CFA
    Donald Hill, CFATreasurer
    Donald Hill is the Chief Financial Officer of our partner, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Donald has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector. He has held CFO roles with Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian organization, and Metabolex (CymaBay Therapeutics), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for metabolic diseases. Donald also spent over 20 years at Merck & Co. Donald holds an M.S. in Finance and Applied Economics from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.
    Treasurer
    Donald Hill is the Chief Financial Officer of our partner, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Donald has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector. He has Read More.
  • Roger Longenderfer
    Roger LongenderferImmediate Past President
    Dr. Longenderfer, retired Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, PA, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1979 and went on to Geisinger Medical Center for a residency in Family Practice the last year of which he served as Chief Resident. He received a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in 1998. After a successful private practice in Terre Hill, PA, Dr. Longenderfer established the first Vice President for Medical Affairs position at Ephrata Community Hospital. Subsequently he held multiple leadership roles in operations, hospital-physician organization development, graduate medical education, and quality performance improvement activities. He has led clinical and organizational consolidations during the creation of Mercy Health System-Oklahoma and Pinnacle Health System in Pennsylvania. Prior to retirement he continued to lead community-wide attempts at quality and safety improvements, chronic care management and clinical collaborations between multiple community entities. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Health System Association of Pennsylvania, Voluntary Hospital Association-PA, and community non-profit organizations. .
    Immediate Past President
    Dr. Longenderfer, retired Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, PA, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College Read More.
  • Brooke Betts
    Brooke Betts
    Brooke Betts is a branding and marketing expert with 20 years of experience which has yielded numerous case-studies, many of which are focused on helping organizations transform their business models and messaging to compete in a rapidly changing marketplace. As VP of Global Strategic Marketing for Owens & Minor, a global healthcare solutions company that elevates quality of care and financial performance across the continuum of care, Brooke is actively involved in the rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. Her past work includes large national brands such as Minute Maid, Coca-Cola, Shell Oil, Waste Management, MCI Telecommunications and regional brands such as Saltgrass Steakhouse and Captain D’s Seafood. She has also rolled up her sleeves to aggressively grow start-ups and growth stage companies including Drive Time, PreCash and her own entrepreneurial venture RecycleMatch.
    Brooke Betts is a branding and marketing expert with 20 years of experience which has yielded numerous case-studies, many of which are focused on helping organizations transform their business models Read More.
  • Beth Cooper
    Beth Cooper
    Beth H. Cooper is an attorney with 28 years of experience in both the federal government and non-profit arenas. As an attorney and program manager at the U.S. Department of State, Beth focused on international law and public policy related to children and families. She represented the United States on several International delegations, and led the Department’s Office of Children’s Issues in implementing the Hague Abduction Convention in the United States. Beth was a Brookings Fellow with the U.S. Senate, working on legislative policy and initiatives for the Judiciary Committee, and earlier in her career clerked for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Her non-governmental work includes the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Close Up Foundation. Beth is an executive board member of Friends of Patients at the NIH, and is a board member of Georgetown Main Street. Beth is a strong advocate for pediatric cancer research and patient support programs, and is a two-time cancer survivor who was treated at NIH. She has a law degree from the New England School of Law, Boston and Bachelor of Business Administration from American University.
    Beth H. Cooper is an attorney with 28 years of experience in both the federal government and non-profit arenas. As an attorney and program manager at the U.S. Department of Read More.
  • Rich LaFleur, CPA
    Rich LaFleur, CPA
    Rich LaFleur has worked at the accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton for 37 years. He is currently a senior audit partner with the company and works mainly with clients in the real estate, hospitality, and government services sectors. Rich has served on the firm’s Partnership Board for three terms, and he led the firm’s Washington and Baltimore practices as Office Managing Partner for 16 years. Rich is the co-founder, emcee, and co-chair of the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards and a board member and former chairman of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Rich received his B.S. degree from Miami University in Ohio.
    Rich LaFleur has worked at the accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton for 37 years. He is currently a senior audit partner with the company and works mainly with clients Read More.
  • Steve McGowan
    Steve McGowan
    Stephen McGowan is an experienced executive in finance and human resources, including risk, IT and human capital management. As Director of Default Management & Real Estate Servicing, at Shared Services Solutions, LLC, he currently oversees the management of three large credit unions with over $15 billion in assets and 910,000 members in the servicing of collections, loss mitigation, consumer specialty, investor reporting and real estate servicing. He oversees the successful development of more than 70 front-line and management employees. Previously, Stephen served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer for the NIH Federal Credit Union for ten years. Stephen holds undergraduate, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Maryland.
    Stephen McGowan is an experienced executive in finance and human resources, including risk, IT and human capital management. As Director of Default Management & Real Estate Servicing, at Shared Services Read More.
  • Jerome Schnydman
    Jerome Schnydman
    Jerome Schnydman retired in 2012 from a distinguished career at Johns Hopkins University where he served for more than three decades, most recently as Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He held prior positions as Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Jerome first attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate in 1963, joined the LaCrosse team, the Blue Jays and was co-captain of the 1967 National Championship team. He was selected for the All-American first team and is a member of the National LaCrosse Hall of Fame. He has recently served as President of Beth El Synagogue and lives in Pikesville, MD.
    Jerome Schnydman retired in 2012 from a distinguished career at Johns Hopkins University where he served for more than three decades, most recently as Executive Assistant to the President and Read More.
  • Julie Wolf-Rodda
    Julie Wolf-Rodda
    Julie Wolf-Rodda is the Senior Vice President of Development of our partner, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Julie has been with FNIH since 2004, and she has over 20 years of experience in working with non-profit organizations. Previously, Julie served as the Vice President for Development at the National Building Museum. She has also held senior development roles at the American Digestive Health Foundation, Communities In Schools, and the National Academy of Engineering. Julie received a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.A. from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
    Julie Wolf-Rodda is the Senior Vice President of Development of our partner, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Julie has been with FNIH since 2004, and she has over Read More.
  • Daniel Lonnerdal
    Daniel LonnerdalFederal Liaison to Friends at NIH

    Daniel Lonnerdal serves as the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center's Executive Officer. As the Executive Officers, he oversees the Office of Administrative Management, the Materials Management and Environmental Services Department, Biomedical Engineering, Nutrition Department, Office of Workforce Management and Development, Social Work Department, Spiritual Care Department, Patient Support Services Department, Hospital Engineering and Facility Services, Office of Hospitality and Volunteer Services, Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge, NIH patient Library, Messenger and Escort Service, Emergency Management, and serves as the Clinical Center liaison for employee/labor relations and EEO issues. Prior to this he served as the NIH Clinical Center’s Chief of the Office of Administrative Management and the Office of Workforce Management and Development.

    Prior to his role in the NIH Clinical Center, Daniel served as a Chief Information Officer in the NIH Office of Research Services and Office of Research Facilities. He also worked at other federal agencies, including the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Transportation. He has a background in Cyber Security and Information Technology management, often serving as a Senior Technical Advisor.

    Daniel graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, and from the George Washington University with a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology. He is also board certified in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executive Fellow (FACHE). He lives with his wife, Jacqueline, son (Matias), and daughter (Mila) in Kensington, Maryland.

    Federal Liaison to Friends at NIH
    Daniel Lonnerdal serves as the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Clinical Center’s Executive Officer. As the Executive Officers, he oversees the Office of Administrative Management, the Materials Management and Environmental Read More.
  • Randy Schools
    Randy SchoolsAdvisor
    Randy was formerly president of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association which provides employee services for the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More than 30 years ago, Randy helped establish three NIH charities and continues to serve all three organizations – the Children’s Inn at the NIH, Special Love and the Friends of Patients at the NIH. Randy has served in numerous community positions, including past chair of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and current Chair of the Goodwill Dinner for the Homeless in Montgomery County. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year in 1988. Randy received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore, a Masters in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University and Certificate of Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School.
    Advisor
    Randy was formerly president of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association which provides employee services for the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Read More.

Staff

  • Heidi S. Williams
    Heidi S. WilliamsChief Executive Officer
    Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Friends of Patients at the NIH since 2007, Heidi currently oversees and manages all operations at Friends including fundraising, event planning, financial oversight, HR, board governance, strategic planning, program development, community and donor relations, legal compliance and all matters related to successfully providing services to NIH patients and their families. Born in Queens, New York, and raised in Montgomery County, MD, Heidi has been a life-long active member of the community as a fundraiser and event planner for local schools, licensed Realtor since 1986 and member of Leadership Montgomery. Heidi is fluent in Spanish and served as a legal interpreter for State of Maryland Circuit and District courts, medical interpreter for The Language Doctors and volunteered as an interpreter for Ayuda in Washington, DC. While traveling throughout her life to Bogota, Colombia, Heidi expanded her Spanish skills by studying at the Colegio Nueva Granada and volunteering to teach English to the students. Heidi enjoys any opportunity to volunteer her skills and has a deep commitment to the mission of Friends at NIH. Her greatest pride is her four grown children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and playing tennis, golf and traveling.
    Chief Executive Officer

    Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Friends of Patients at the NIH since 2007, Heidi currently oversees and manages all operations at Friends including fundraising, event planning, financial oversight, HR, board governance, strategic planning, program development, community and donor relations, legal compliance and all matters related to successfully providing services to NIH patients and their families. Born in Queens, New York, and raised in Montgomery County, MD, Heidi has been a life-long active member of the community as a fundraiser and event planner for local schools, licensed Realtor since 1986 and member of Leadership Montgomery. Heidi is fluent in Spanish and served as a legal interpreter for State of Maryland Circuit and District courts, medical interpreter for The Language Doctors and volunteered as an interpreter for Ayuda in Washington, DC. While traveling throughout her life to Bogota, Colombia, Heidi expanded her Spanish skills by studying at the Colegio Nueva Granada and volunteering to teach English to the students. Heidi enjoys any opportunity to volunteer her skills and has a deep commitment to the mission of Friends at NIH. Her greatest pride is her four grown children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and playing tennis, golf and traveling.

  • Kevin Blackerby
    Kevin BlackerbyDevelopment Manager
    Kevin Blackerby is an experienced development professional with a history of working in the non-profit organization management industry in DC, MD and VA over the last 15 years. Skilled in event planning, fundraising, customer service and strategic planning, Kevin has worked with national and international organizations including St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, the American Red Cross and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. At Friends, Kevin leads partnering and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from the University of Kentucky. He spends his spare time running fun community events in Hyattsville, MD where he lives with his wife and two young sons.
    Development Manager

    Kevin Blackerby is an experienced development professional with a history of working in the non-profit organization management industry in DC, MD and VA over the last 15 years. Skilled in event planning, fundraising, customer service and strategic planning, Kevin has worked with national and international organizations including St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, the American Red Cross and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. At Friends, Kevin leads partnering and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from the University of Kentucky. He spends his spare time running fun community events in Hyattsville, MD where he lives with his wife and two young sons.