National Psoriasis Foundation Leadership Team
President and CEO
Mr. Beranek joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2008 as its president and CEO. In his role, he drives the Foundation's strategic direction in support of its mission and the needs of the psoriasis community. He comes to the organization with more than 24 years of executive-level experience in large, nonprofit health organizations. Mr. Beranek has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and rhetorical criticism from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Ms. Coman joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2006. She has more than 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, focusing on marketing and communications, organizational development, and fundraising. Ms. Coman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in communication studies from University of Portland.
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D.
Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012 as its director of government relations and advocacy. She brings more than a decade of public policy and federal affairs experience working with national health and disability organizations, local governments and leading health care and research institutions. In her role, Ms. Howard is responsible for overseeing all advocacy, government relations and policy initiatives for the organization. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
Sally Spaid Norby
Vice President, Training & Organizational Development
Ms. Norby joined the Foundation in 2011 in the newly created position of Director of Training & Organizational Development. She brings over 30 years of progressive experience in the nonprofit, health agency sector, and has considerable experience in community development, training, staff and volunteer management and fund raising. She is responsible for defining, creating and implementing strategies to improve operations and service delivery. Ms. Norby has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Director of Finance
Ms. Drake joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2002 as the director of finance. She is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's finance department. Her background includes public accounting in the private and nonprofit sectors. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Portland State University.
Director of Operations
Ms. Hepler has been with the National Psoriasis Foundation since 1993 and has worked in a variety of capacities. For the past several years, she has overseen the development and maintenance of the organization's database, fulfillment and technology systems. Ms. Hepler has a bachelor's degree in literature and secondary education from Pacific University.