Board of Directors

David Mitchell

President and Founder

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David Mitchell

President and Founder

David Mitchell, 67, is a patient with an incurable—but treatable—blood cancer called multiple myeloma. He was diagnosed in 2010. He relapsed in 2014. He depends on drugs for his survival, and expects to be in continuous treatment until he dies. Myeloma is smart and finds its way around drugs, so David is a strong supporter of innovation and new drugs to extend his life, and the lives of other patients. But he says drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them. David has 40 years of experience working on health care and public health policy as a communications specialist. He has worked to reduce teen smoking, increase use of seat belts, to fight drunk driving and improve child health and safety. He helped build and run for more than 30 years GMMB—a cause-oriented, public policy communications firm in Washington, DC. He retired in 2016 to focus his full energy and attention on helping bring about policy change to lower drug costs.

You can follow him on Twitter here.

Email him at david@patientsforaffordabledrugs.org

Cal LaRoche

Director and Treasurer

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Cal LaRoche

Director and Treasurer

Calvin C. LaRoche is a proven leader with 35 years of management experience including significant general management responsibilities. Cal was Chief Operating Officer at The Orkand Corporation, a marquee federal information technology services provider. Later, Cal was a Director of Strategic Development for IBM at the company’s headquarters in Armonk, New York. During a 24-year career with IBM, he directed an information systems sales and marketing organization consisting of 1,200 professionals. Cal later had worldwide responsibility for IBM’s advertising and promotion. Cal was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Cal is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Norwood School, an independent K-8 school in Bethesda, MD where he served as Chair from 2012-2015. He is also an active member of the Advisory Board for the Ron Brown Scholars Program.

Charles Hurley

Director

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Charles Hurley

Director

Charles A. (Chuck) Hurley has a long and successful career in public health and safety. After serving in U.S. Naval Intelligence, he was the special assistant to the mayor of Wilmington, Delaware from 1970-71. He worked for Republican Congressman William A. Steiger, coauthor of OSHA, as his legislative director from 1971-74. During that period, Chuck was very involved in the early days of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. He headed the Washington Office for the National Safety Council from 1977-1989, and was senior vice-president of communications for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from 1989 to 1996. He led the development of the Click It or Ticket campaign in North Carolina and then its national expansion. He also served as CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving from 2005-2010. Chuck has deep knowledge and experience on moving public policy issues at the state and federal levels.

Tomi Fadeyi-Jones

Director

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Tomi Fadeyi-Jones

Director

Tomi Fadeyi-Jones is an accomplished Senior Human Resources Professional with 20 years of experience, including program and project management. She’s held varying leadership roles developing and guiding HR strategy and operations for Fortune 500 corporations and non-profit organizations. In honor of her mother, a breast cancer survivor, Tomi started and captains a team that annually runs and fundraises to support continued research for breast cancer treatment options and drugs. Tomi also serves on the Board of Directors for Horizons Greater Washington, a nonprofit organization designed to empower economically disadvantaged students to realize their full potential.

Our Staff

Carlo Makarechi

Deputy Campaigns Director

Carlo Makarechi

Deputy Campaigns Director

Carlo is a political organizing professional who brings three years of campaign experience to Patient for Affordable Drugs’ patient organizing efforts. He previously worked for the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Iowa Democratic Party.

Carlo is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and got his Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from McGill University. He is passionate about community organizing and making healthcare more affordable and accessible.

Juliana Keeping

Communications Director

Juliana Keeping

Communications Director

Before landing at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Juliana spent more than a decade as an investigative as journalist, most recently as an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. Juliana is a mom to two, including Eli, 5, who has cystic fibrosis. Her son was hospitalized after being denied a drug, which led her to serve as a volunteer patient advisor to P4AD starting in February. She agreed to move her family to Washington to continue her work on behalf of this cause as communications director and is excited to help patients, a community near and dear to her heart.

You can follow her on Twitter here.

Email her at juliana@patientsforaffordabledrugs.org

Adebisi Adenupebi

Patient Coordinator

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Adebisi Adenupebi

Patient Coordinator

Before starting at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Adebisi worked at a community pharmacy, which allowed her to see first-hand the need for patient advocacy in the drug pricing arena. Her passion for making healthcare more affordable, and thus more available, brought her to join the team and the fight for lowering drug prices. Adebisi grew up in Silver Spring, MD and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Email her at adebisi@patientsforaffordabledrugs.org

Lucy Westerfield

Policy Analyst

Lucy Westerfield

Policy Analyst

Lucy is passionate about making prescription drugs affordable and accessible for all Americans. She brings organizing and research experience to the fight for fair drug prices. Lucy previously spent time working for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Iowa. She grew up in Denver, Colorado and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN.

Email her at lucy@patientsforaffordabledrugs.org

Janice Rottenberg

Campaigns Director

Janice Rottenberg

Campaigns Director

Janice brings a background in community organizing and voter engagement to Patients For Affordable Drugs. She spent five years working in field organizing on political campaigns across the country, and in 2016, she served as the Organizing Director for Hillary Clinton’s general election campaign in Ohio. Before that, she held leadership roles on Clinton’s primary campaign organizing teams in Iowa, Minnesota, and Washington State. She’s passionate about connecting with patients, finding ways to elevate their voices, and helping everyone become an advocate for change.

Janice grew up in Northern Indiana and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Email her at janice@patientsforaffordabledrugs.org

Ben Wakana

Executive Director

Ben Wakana

Executive Director

Like the President and most Americans, Ben would like to bring down astronomical drug prices and hold companies accountable who are getting away with murder. Ben has deep health care and prescription drug policy knowledge. Before joining Patients For Affordable Drugs, Ben was the lead spokesperson for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also spent time as a Communications Director on Capitol Hill. Ben grew up in Maine and graduated from Colby College. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Email him at ben@patientsforaffordabledrugs.org

Emma Arata

Patient Training Manager

Emma Arata

Patient Training Manager

Emma brings a background in political organizing and a passion for teaching self-advocacy through well-formatted powerpoints to the position of Training Manager. Before starting at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Emma worked on political campaigns for 3 years, including Hillary Clinton’s general election campaign in Virginia.

Emma grew up in Virginia, and graduated with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Follow her tweets here.

Rachel Diaz

Patient Coordinator

Rachel Diaz

Patient Coordinator

Rachel’s passion for making prescription drugs more affordable for patients is what brought her to work full-time at P4AD after completing a semester-long internship with the team. She believes that patient stories are key in creating legislative change. She grew up in Anaheim, California and has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Political Science/International Relations and Literature/Writing from the University of California, San Diego.

Email her at rachel@patientsforaffordabledrugs.org

Advisory Panel

DeShanna McGee

Rheumatoid arthritis patient

DeShanna McGee

Rheumatoid arthritis patient

Clayton McCook

Father to daughter with diabetes and husband to breast cancer patient

Clayton McCook

Father to daughter with diabetes and husband to breast cancer patient

Juliana Keeping

Mother to cystic fibrosis patient

Juliana Keeping

Mother to cystic fibrosis patient

Nicole Solomon Mitchell

Co-founder and breast cancer patient

Nicole Solomon Mitchell

Co-founder and breast cancer patient

Marques Jones

Multiple Sclerosis Patient

Marques Jones

Multiple Sclerosis Patient

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

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