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Our Staff & Volunteers


Patricia Wood

Patricia WoodIn 2014, president and founder Patricia Wood became a part-time employee. She will continue working as president and an officer of the organization, but after 17 years, she is no longer a full-time volunteer or a voting member of the board. 

She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization, research grant administration, family support, organizing biannual family conferences and serving as the liaison with other organizations and medical professionals.

As the organization's representative in the European Union funded grant titled  Treat Iron-Related Childhood-Onset Neurodegeneration (TIRCON), she handles grant related dissemination activities. Some of these activities are the preparation of information packages on NBIA for clinicians, the scientific community and families; creating alliances with other NBIA lay advocacy organizations; implementing an educational protocol for training workshops on NBIA disorders and informing the public about TIRCON activities and results.


Our Volunteer Directors work tirelessly to help advance the organization’s goals.

Social Media Director

Melissa Woods
Our Social Media Director handles our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, ensuring that they are up-to-date and useful to the NBIA community.


Director of Adult Programs

Mike Cohn
Our Director of Adult Programs who is an adult with NBIA, acts as a mentor and leader for other adult NBIA individuals. He plans special activities at our family conferences to engage the adults and works to promote NBIA awareness with various volunteer activities.


Director of Planned Giving

Megan Thomas
Our Director of Planned Giving is the mother of a NBIA child and a lawyer who specializes in estate planning. Her expertise is helpful to our NBIA families interested in making bequests and she works closely with our Development Director.


Our organization could not run without the help of all of our other volunteers who aid our cause. From clerical help, advocacy efforts, family conference planning, to family fundraisers for NBIA research, our NBIA families and friends are vital to our success.




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