Our Staff & Volunteers


Patricia Wood

Patricia Wood

Patricia Wood is founder and president of the NBIA Disorders Association. She’s also living proof that nothing motivates a parent like a sick child.

Her daughter, Kimberly, who has idiopathic NBIA, was just 10 when Wood, frustrated by a lack of help and resources for families affected by NBIA, started the organization in 1996. She was determined that no others be forced to take the journey alone.

After 16 years as a volunteer for the organization, Wood became a part-time employee in 2012. She remains an officer in the organization but is no longer a voting board member.

As president, Wood is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization, research grant administration, family support, organizing biennial family conferences and serving as the liaison to other non-profit organizations, corporations, research institutions and medical professionals.

She and Kimberly live in San Diego where they share a love of watching 3D movies. Wood also enjoys walking on the beach in nearby Coronado, one of their favorite spots, as well as biking, hiking and playing in the sun. 


Volunteer Directors

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

Social Media Director

Jennifer Wildvank

Jennifer Wildvank

Jenny lives in Southern California with her husband and kids. They have a son named Teddy and a daughter named Dahlia, who was diagnosed with BPAN in May of 2019. Jenny has a background in marketing and trade shows and enjoys writing, reading, planning parties, and spending time with friends and family.



Director of Adult Programs

Mike CohnMike 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.





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.




Message from Patty Wood, President

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