NPF Welcomes Four New Board Members

August 2, 2023

Andrew Blauvelt, MD, MBA, Valerie Harrison, PhD, Brian Janssen, and Diana Sandler, MD, will serve two-year terms effective July 1, 2023.

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is adding four new members to the NPF Board of Directors. 

Andrew Blauvelt, MD, MBA, Valerie Harrison, PhD, Brian Janssen, and Diana Sandler, MD. will serve two-year terms effective July 1, 2023. Dr. Blauvelt will also serve as the Chair of the NPF Medical Board.

“I am thrilled that these dynamic, dedicated, diverse individuals will be joining the NPF Board of Directors,” says Leah M. Howard, JD, the President and CEO of NPF, in a news release. “For years we have been working to identify talented and knowledgeable people that can help us achieve our mission and accelerate our efforts toward cures for all those impacted by psoriatic disease. Brian and Drs. Blauvelt, Sandler, and Harrison are going to be excellent additions to our Board.”

Andy Blauvelt, M.D., MBA

Dr. Blauvelt is an Investigator at Oregon Medical Research Center. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Purdue University, his medical degree at Michigan State University, and a healthcare MBA at Oregon Health & Science University.

Valerie Harrison, Ph.D.

Dr. Harrison serves as Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Temple University and is an adjunct professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and College of Liberal Arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law, and a master’s degree in liberal arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in African-American Studies, both from Temple University.  

Brian Janssen

Janssen works at GE Healthcare and has had roles in product management, marketing, and sales. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a Master’s in Science in Healthcare Transformation from the Value Institute for Health and Care at the University of Texas’ Dell Medical and McCombs Business Schools.

Diana Sandler, M.D.

Dr. Sandler is a rheumatologist at NorthShore University and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her medical training at Rush University in Chicago, her residency at the University of Chicago (NorthShore) program, and her fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.

“We are adding these new leaders at a perfect time for the organization,” adds Carol Ostrow, the Chair of the NPF Board of Directors. “We are in the process of developing the strategic plan that will guide NPF for the next half-decade, and their contributions are going to be essential.”

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