• Roger Longenderfer
    Roger LongenderferPresident
    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. Since retirement Dr. Longenderfer established a consulting practice to include strategic planning, new business development between health plans and providers, philanthropic services for Foundations and providers, and chronic care management model development. Dr. Longenderfer’s collaborative efforts led to successful hospital mergers in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. He is also recognized for the creation of new organizations such as the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, a jointly-owned organization of all mental health services, teaching programs and research between Pinnacle Health System and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  His professional endeavors have been a story of increasing responsibility and creative leadership directed toward improving individual, organizational and community understanding of the complex relationships impacting our lives.
    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.
  • Catlin O’Shaughnessy Coffrin
    Catlin O’Shaughnessy CoffrinFirst Vice President
    Cat heads the Washington, D.C., office and global account services for Global Prairie, an advertising and digital marketing firm with offices across the U.S. and in Europe. She leads teams in developing and implementing integrated strategies for leading brands in the healthcare, government, food and sustainability sectors. Prior to joining Global Prairie, Cat traveled the world as an analyst for the McGraw-Hill Companies, where she conducted research and developed thought leadership content for companies in the construction industry. She also has worked on HIV/AIDS policy programs in southern and eastern Africa. Cat is a long-time volunteer of the Special Olympics, and she holds a Bachelors in International Development from The George Washington University.
    First Vice President
    Cat heads the Washington, D.C., office and global account services for Global Prairie, an advertising and digital marketing firm with offices across the U.S. and in Europe. She leads teams Read More.
  • Grant Perry
    Grant PerrySecond Vice President
    Grant Perry is a patient advocate, journalist, digital media consultant and lawyer. Grant founded PatientPilot, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity that provides the PatientPilot app and other materials that “coach” patients on what questions to ask their doctors. Grant is also on the board of the Medical Technology and Practice Patterns Institute, a nonprofit research organization. He has worked as a digital media executive and consultant in Europe and the US. Earlier in his career, Grant was a correspondent and anchor at CNN in New York and London. Grant has taught at Johns Hopkins University and American University.
    Second Vice President
    Grant Perry is a patient advocate, journalist, digital media consultant and lawyer. Grant founded PatientPilot, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity that provides the PatientPilot app and other materials that “coach” patients Read More.
  • Steve McGowan
    Steve McGowanTreasurer
    Treasurer
  • 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 Cooper is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the federal government and private sector /non-profit arena. As an attorney and program manager, she focused on international law and public policy on children and family issues. At the U. S. State Department, Beth represented the United States on international delegations negotiating child abduction and adoption treaties, 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 policy initiatives related to the Judiciary Committee. Earlier in her career, Beth clerked for the DC Court of Appeals and Superior Court. Her non-governmental work includes developing training programs for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. With the Close Up Foundation, she taught government and civics to high school students. 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.
    Beth Cooper is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the federal government and private sector /non-profit arena. As an attorney and program manager, she focused on international law and Read More.
  • Terri Cooper
    Terri Cooper
    Terri is a Principal of Deloitte Consulting and has recently been elected as the Federal Health Sector Leader. She will also continue to serve as the Lead Client Service Partner for the NIH. Prior to taking on the Federal Health Sector role, Terri was the National Leader of the Life Sciences R&D practice for 7 years as well as the National Chief Inclusion Leader for Deloitte Consulting. Terri previously worked for eight years in the pharmaceutical industry. Her background spans basic research, clinical development, regulatory affairs, sales, and marketing. She holds a Joint Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Pharmacology and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London, UK
    Terri is a Principal of Deloitte Consulting and has recently been elected as the Federal Health Sector Leader. She will also continue to serve as the Lead Client Service Partner Read More.
  • Tim Fenton
    Tim Fenton
    Tim has spent nearly 20 years working for and with the federal government. He leads the Washington, D.C., government relations operation for Thermo Fisher Scientific, advocating for boosting biomedical research funding and a range of other issues. In addition to the Friends at NIH, Tim serves on the board of the Association of Government Relations Professionals and is active with a Capitol Hill neighborhood homeless charity. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America.
    Tim has spent nearly 20 years working for and with the federal government. He leads the Washington, D.C., government relations operation for Thermo Fisher Scientific, advocating for boosting biomedical research Read More.
  • Jerry Sachs
    Jerry Sachs
    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, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s wounded warrior program.
    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.
  • Sandeep Somaiya
    Sandeep Somaiya
    Sandeep Somaiya CEO/Managing Director NETE Since 1999, Sandeep Somaiya is the CEO of NETE, a management consulting and technology solutions firm based in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Somaiya is an award-winning executive with more than 20 years of experience in the IT and management consulting industry. He has extensive managerial and consulting experience with both Government (Federal Civilian and Department of Defense [DoD]) and non-government commercial organizations (ranging from Fortune 500 to dot.com startups). His experience includes planning, managing, and reviewing full life cycle large-scale Federal IT and Healthcare/Biomedical Research related initiatives, system reengineering programs; enterprise architecture planning and management, federal privacy and security projects management, open government and electronic government initiatives. Mr. Somaiya has served on the Board of TiE DC (an entrepreneurial focused networking organization made up of C-level executives with 11,000 members and over 2,500 charter members in 53 chapters across 12 countries) and has been a member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and is currently a Board Member of the NVTC PAC. He has been a speaker at industry conferences and published in technical journals. Mr. Somaiya also served on the Advisory Board of technology and dotcom companies. He is a Washington DC Top 100 Smart CEO (SmartCEO magazine). NETE has been included in Inc. Magazine Inc. 500/1000 list 6 years in a row. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year recognition for the Washington DC area. Mr. Somaiya holds a MS degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and a BS in Computer Engineering from Bombay University.
    Sandeep Somaiya CEO/Managing Director NETE Since 1999, Sandeep Somaiya is the CEO of NETE, a management consulting and technology solutions firm based in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Somaiya is an award-winning Read More.
  • Eric L. Cole, MS, FACHE
    Eric L. Cole, MS, FACHEFederal Liaison

    Federal Liaison with the Clinical Center

    Eric L. Cole is the chief of the Clinical Center's Office of Administrative Management where he oversees the overall administrative management of 32 federal hospital administrators who run the NIH Clinical Center.

    Eric is delighted to serve as advisor to the board as Federal Liaison with the Clinical Center, identifying ways we can support NIH patients, our partners in research, who enable discoveries and improve health for all of us.

    Eric founded the non-profit Dandy-Walker Alliance, Inc. in 2006 after his son was born with a congenital brain defect. The Dandy-Walker Alliance’s mission is to promote awareness, provide a support network for families, help set, support and fund national research activities and make information available to families affected by Dandy-Walker Syndrome in an organized and accessible way to offer encouragement, services and support.

    Board certified in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executive Fellow, Eric participates in numerous national organizations and committees. In 2008, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to a two-year term on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Martin O'Malley to a five-year term on Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Council. He was reappointed to a second term by Governor O'Malley in 2013 and currently serves as the Council Chairman.
    Federal Liaison
    Federal Liaison with the Clinical Center Eric L. Cole is the chief of the Clinical Center’s Office of Administrative Management where he oversees the overall administrative management of 32 federal Read More.
  • Randy Schools
    Randy SchoolsAdvisor
    Randy is 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 all three NIH charities. He continues to serve all three organizations – the Children’s Inn at the NIH, Special Love and the Friends of Patients at the NIH. Randy serves in many community positions, including past chair of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, current chair the Goodwill Dinner for the Homeless in Montgomery County. For his vast efforts, he was named a Washingtonian of the Year in 1988.
    Advisor
    Randy is 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. Read More.

Staff

  • Heidi S. Williams
    Heidi S. WilliamsChief Executive Officer
    As CEO of the Friends at NIH since 2007, Heidi runs the organization’s day-to-day operations. This includes working closely with social workers to help NIH patients and their families through financial emergencies while receiving treatment. Heidi connects the Friends at NIH with Corporate Sponsors, donors and oversees all fundraising activities and charity programs. Heidi volunteers for a variety of causes in the Montgomery County community. She is fluent in Spanish and helps as a Medical and Legal Interpreter.
    Chief Executive Officer

    As CEO of the Friends at NIH since 2007, Heidi runs the organization’s day-to-day operations. This includes working closely with social workers to help NIH patients and their families through financial emergencies while receiving treatment. Heidi connects the Friends at NIH with Corporate Sponsors, donors and oversees all fundraising activities and charity programs. Heidi volunteers for a variety of causes in the Montgomery County community. She is fluent in Spanish and helps as a Medical and Legal Interpreter.

  • Char Silberg
    Char SilbergCommunications Manager
    Char  Silberg comes to Friends at NIH as Communications Manager from an award-winning career as a television producer at broadcast organizations including KQED Public Television, CBS News Productions and New York Times Television. She has worked in development and communications for nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. Char holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy.  She serves on the board of a nonprofit school in Nyakach, Kenya, is an avid patient advocate, and loves to travel.
    Communications Manager

    Char  Silberg comes to Friends at NIH as Communications Manager from an award-winning career as a television producer at broadcast organizations including KQED Public Television, CBS News Productions and New York Times Television. She has worked in development and communications for nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. Char holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy.  She serves on the board of a nonprofit school in Nyakach, Kenya, is an avid patient advocate, and loves to travel.

  • Therese Draddy
    Therese DraddyProgram Manager
    Therese Draddy, Program and Office Manager.  Therese has worked with Friends at NIH for five years. She manages services to patients and their families, including financial support, social events and outings, and hotel and apartment reservations, coordinating with Social Work and the Clinical Center staff. Therese received at BA at Mount St. Mary’s University. She worked in advertising, sales and marketing for trade associations in the D.C. area for more than 25 years.
    Program Manager

    Therese Draddy, Program and Office Manager.  Therese has worked with Friends at NIH for five years. She manages services to patients and their families, including financial support, social events and outings, and hotel and apartment reservations, coordinating with Social Work and the Clinical Center staff. Therese received at BA at Mount St. Mary’s University. She worked in advertising, sales and marketing for trade associations in the D.C. area for more than 25 years.

  • 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. 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. He spends his spare time running fun community
    events in Hyattsville, MD where he lives with his wife and two young sons.

The Friends of Patients at the NIH