Board of Directors

David Mitchell

President and Founder

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David Mitchell

President and Founder

David Mitchell, 68, 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

Community Mobilization Director

Carlo Makarechi

Community Mobilization Director

Carlo is a political organizing professional who brings three years of campaign experience to Patient for Affordable Drugs’ patient organizing efforts.

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 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.

Jacquelyn Roth

Chief Operating Officer

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Jacquelyn Roth

Chief Operating Officer

Fighting for causes to improve lives and communities has been a hallmark of Jacquelyn’s career. Whether it’s developing child passenger safety programs for one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers, or convening experts across the world and in the nation’s capital to discuss strategies to promote breastfeeding or to end economic and gender inequality, Jacquelyn is happiest when helping others.

When her mentor David Mitchell called, Jacquelyn jumped at the chance to work with his team at Patients For Affordable Drugs to elevate the voices of patients facing crushing drug prices, and push for the end to drug corporation’s monopoly pricing power.
Lucy Westerfield

Legislative Director

Lucy Westerfield

Legislative Director

Lucy manages P4AD’s legislative portfolio, working to bring the patient voice to legislators and coalition partners in support of efforts to lower drug prices.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Lucy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. She is passionate about the power of patient and constituent voices (and well-designed spreadsheets) in the fight for affordable and accessible prescription drugs and health care.

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.

Samantha Reid

Digital Director

Samantha Reid

Digital Director

Before joining the team at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Sam spent several years working in digital marketing and communications for the tech sector. As a patient with Crohn’s Disease herself, Sam has worked as a patient advocate for those with chronic illnesses for years now. That passion for improving patient quality of life is what brought her to D.C. from Chicago to help fight for lower drug prices.

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.

Jema Stubblefield

Patient Coordinator

Jema Stubblefield

Patient Coordinator

Jema works closely with P4AD patients to bring their stories to the forefront of the fight to lower drug prices. She believes in holding drug companies accountable and making sure every patient has the access that they need.

Jema received her Bachelor’s Degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V. She is passionate about the amplifying patient voices and stories in the fight for affordable drugs.

Sarah Kaminer Bourland

Policy Advisor & State Advocacy Director

Sarah Kaminer Bourland

Policy Advisor & State Advocacy Director

Sarah has six years experience working as a registered nurse in community health and critical care nursing. She decided to enter health policy after seeing the many barriers encountered by her patients as they tried to access affordable health care. While studying health policy, Sarah became disturbed about the realities of the pharmaceutical industry and eager to make an impact on drug pricing policy.

Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from UNC Chapel Hill and her MPH in Health Policy from Harvard University.

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

Paul Kleutghen

Multiple Myeloma Patient

Paul Kleutghen

Multiple Myeloma Patient

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

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