Dana graduated from University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration. She thrived as a recruiter in the area of Human Resources for a variety of companies in the fields of Entertainment, Investment Banking and Technology. In 2002, Dana partnered with her husband in starting Agile PT. When her youngest child of three was born with NM, Dana founded A Foundation Building Strength and invests her time in working to better the lives of those affected by this rare disease.
For the last 20 years, Aletha Leong Coleman has focused on serving non-profit organizations in the Palo Alto, CA area in various board capacities, including establishing board governance, chairing finance, audit, development committees, and chairing specific development efforts. Aletha was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1978 with a BA (with Honors) in Medieval Studies. She also attended Hastings College of the Law at U.C. Berkeley, and is a (retired) attorney and CPA.
Annette is a lawyer with extensive experience with non-profit foundations. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for Avenidas and is on the finance committee of the Northern California Arthritis Foundation. Annette has over 20 years of experience practicing law in Silicon Valley. She is one of the founders of Bialson, Bergen & Schwab – a law firm specializing in domestic and international commercial law transactions of publicly traded companies.Annette received her J.D. from Stanford University.
Dr. Weiss uses her experience to help A Foundation Building Strength select research projects for funding, as well as provide ongoing medical guidance to the Foundation. Hali is a Clinical Instructor and Staff Physician at Stanford Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Department of Neonatology. She is also an attending physician in the High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic.
Following a General Pediatrics residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Dr. Weiss completed a fellowship in Neonatology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCSF. As a fellow, she conducted several neonatal outcome studies and her clinical experience in developmental follow-up clinics dates back to her residency. Dr. Weiss worked for several years as a clinical neonatologist at LPCH, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and El Camino Hospital before joining the high risk infant follow-up team at LPCH in 2003.
Amy Herzog lives in Brooklyn with husband, Sam, and their daughter Frances. Franny was diagnosed with Cap Disesase, a rare variant of Nemaline Myopathy, a few months after she was born in 2012. Amy graduated from Yale College and the Yale School of Drama and is now a screenwriter and playwright. Amy is honored to join the AFBS Advisory Board and work towards finding a treatment for those with Nemaline Myopathy.
Biochemist and professor of structural biology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2006 for his studies of the process by which genetic information from DNA is copied to RNA, “the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription”.