Board of Directors
President and Founder
David Mitchell, 66, 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 believes life-saving drugs should not come at prices that drain the life savings of patients. 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.
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Director and Secretary
Stephanie is a cancer survivor and civic activist who has worked in politics, government and the nonprofit arena for more than 25 years in Washington, D.C. and Washington State. Her passion is working with diverse communities and the political process to solve problems and create positive change. She served as national Director of the bi-partisan Women’s Campaign Fund and worked as staff in the US House of Representative and the US Senate. Stephanie served as national political director for the Bill Clinton Presidential campaign in 1992. She was Assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt for Intergovernmental and Congressional Affairs during the Bill Clinton administration. She also served as chair of Washington Conservation Voters from 1998-2001. She is an active member of Social Venture Partners serving on the Environmental Collective Action Committee and she is a board member of Climate Solutions, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters.
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 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.
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.
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Social and Digital Media Specialist
Chelsea is a digital marketing expert with experience across a variety of industries and sectors. She spent the past four years as a Digital Strategist at GMMB, an integrated communications firm focused on social change, political advocacy and corporate social responsibility. As the lead social engagement strategist, she worked with a wide gamut of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits to government agencies.
Chelsea is currently pursuing her MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, concentrating on brand management and product marketing. She also teaches digital marketing workshops at General Assembly, a global education company focused on helping professionals develop digital competencies.
Chelsea is passionate about unlocking the full potential of digital channels by leveraging a data-driven approach fused with creative thinking. She is also well versed in other components of digital marketing and strategic campaigns, including paid media, influencer marketing, website development, digital creative development and analytics.
Communications Manager & Creative Director
Cody is a communications professional serving as the Communications Manager and Creative Director for Patients for Affordable Drugs. He has previously worked as a press assistant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Before HHS, Cody worked at Racepoint Global public relations firm as an assistant account executive for a wide array of clients, including several Fortune 500 companies.
Cody is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Political Management at George Washington University. He is passionate about changing policies that help and empower underprivileged communities. Cody hails from Los Angeles, California and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego.
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Father to daughter with diabetes and husband to breast cancer patient
Nicole Solomon Mitchell
Co-founder and breast cancer patient