Board of Directors

Linda Halliday Martin

Linda Halliday MartinLinda Halliday Martin
New Rochelle, New York

Linda Martin is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP in New York City, with extensive experience resolving commercial conflicts in a broad range of industries and practice areas for her Fortune 500 clients through litigation, arbitration, and negotiation. Her clients are global in scope, and she has represented and advised them in all stages of business dispute resolution, both within the United States and across international borders. Prior to joining Freshfields, Ms. Martin was a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York which she first joined in 1996.

Ms. Martin has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Tumor Foundation since 2007. She was elected Chairperson in 2014. Prior to that time, she served as Vice Chairperson (2012-2014) and Secretary (2008-2012) of the Board, and as chairperson of the Foundation’s Legal Affairs and Ethics Committee (2008-2014).

Annette Bakker, PhD

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Annette Bakker, PhD
President and Chief Scientific Officer
Yonkers, NY

Annette Bakker, the Children's Tumor Foundation's President and Chief Scientific Officer, holds a PhD in cell biology from the University of Antwerp. Her past experience includes serving as Oncology Group Leader at Janssen Pharmaceutica, and postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and La Salpetriere, Paris.

Rachel B. Tiven

Rachel TivenRachel B. Tiven
Vice Chairperson
New York, New York

Rachel B. Tiven is the Executive Director of Immigrant Justice Corps, which is changing the model of legal representation for immigrants in America. From 2005-2013, Ms. Tiven led Immigration Equality, a national non-profit organization fighting for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive immigrants and asylum seekers. Ms. Tiven is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and Columbia Law School.

Randall Stanicky


Randall Stanicky
New York, NY

Mr. Stanicky currently serves as Managing Director, Global Equity Research at RBC Capital Markets, focusing on the specialty pharmaceuticals sector and has spent almost 15 years in equity research covering healthcare stocks. He previously served in senior roles at Goldman Sachs and Canaccord Genuity.

Tracy Galloway

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Lake Norman, North Carolina

Tracy Galloway graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1987 with a dual major in Finance and Statistics. Her career has involved marketing support for engineering firms, financial institutions, and Galloway Promotions, Inc., her husband, Mark’s, family company.

In 1997, the Galloway's sold Smilemakers Inc., another family firm, and moved to Lake Norman, North Carolina. where they raised their two children, Mitchell, a recent corp graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and now a 2d Lt in the Air Force and and McKinnon, who attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During this time, Tracy became very involved with several charitable organizations with the majority of her time being devoted to their children's school, Cannon, where she served on several committees including fundraising and capital campaigns.

Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD

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Chairperson of the Medical Advisory Committee
Birmingham, Alabama

Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, is one of the leading clinical experts and clinical researchers in the field of neurofibromatosis (NF) and has worked with the Foundation for over 25 years. He has served as Chair of the Foundation's Clinical Care Advisory Board and as Chair of the Foundation's Medical Policy Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. 

Stuart Match Suna

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Stuart Match Suna
Chairperson Emeritus
New York, New York


Stuart Match Suna is co-owner along with his brother, Alan Suna, of Silvercup Studios. Well known for its iconic sign visible from the East River, Silvercup Studios has been home to famed television productions including Sex and the City and The Sopranos, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, dozens of major motion pictures including When Harry Met Sally and The Devil Wears Prada, and hundreds of commercials.

Connie Sorman

Connie SormanConnie Sorman
Leadership Council President
Chesterfield, VA

Connie Sorman and her family actively participate in the NF Walk program, Racing4Research, and Cupid’s Undie Run in their efforts to raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis and fundraise for research. Connie runs a small business with Nerium International and contributes on the NF Moms Rock Facebook page in addition to her responsibilities as the Council Chair. She has also been involved with the NF Registry Task Force, Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, and the 2014 Richmond NF Walk committee.

Daniel Altman

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Jericho, New York

Daniel T. Altman is a Partner at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP, an approximately 50 attorney real estate boutique law firm located on Madison Avenue in New York City. As Chair of the firm’s Transactional Department, he is a leading practitioner of transactional real estate law and has extensive experience in leasing, conveyancing, financing and cooperative and condominium matters. Mr. Altman has drafted and negotiated store, office, retail, restaurant, triple net, ground, telecommunications and loft leases on behalf of both owners and tenants, covering hundreds of thousands of square feet of leased space in office buildings, malls, strip centers and residential and commercial buildings.

Laura Ganio Bona

Laura BonaLaura Ganio Bona
Pelham Manor, New York

Laura Ganio Bona has dedicated her time, on a pro bono basis, to numerous charities and not-for-profits for over twenty five years. Currently, she is an active fundraiser for the Development Office at Fairfield University in Connecticut and is Chair of the Parents’ Committee for Annual Giving.

Ms. Bona has served as Executive Director of The Pelham Education Foundation and as a member of its Board of Directors. She is a past Trustee of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in New York City and a past Treasurer of the Bartow-Pell Conservancy.

Rob Brainin

Rob BraininRob Brainin
San Diego, CA

Rob Brainin is a Senior Life Sciences/Healthcare Executive in San Diego, CA. He is currently a Vice President at Illumina, a leading global genomics company that provides integrated solutions that enable customers to advance the understanding of genetics and health.  Prior to that, Mr. Brainin was Vice President/General Manager of the Enterprise Genomics Solutions business of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. The Enterprise Genomics business focused on devising personalized medicine solutions for large healthcare systems and governments. He joined Thermo Fisher via its acquisition of Life Technologies, Inc. in 2014. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Brainin served in a number of positions at Life Technologies and its predecessor Invitrogen, predominantly leading a variety of large businesses including the Molecular & Protein Biology Business.

William Brooks

William BrooksWilliam G. Brooks, P.E.
Orlando, Florida

William G. "Bill" Brooks is Vice President for HNTB, a transportation consulting firm. For over 30 years, he has worked as a transportation consultant on a wide range of airport, roadway, transit, and municipal infrastructure projects. He has served as Mayor of the city of Belle Isle, FL since 2001. He currently serves as Chairman/President of The Cornerstone Academy, a K-12 charter school with over 1300 students and a curriculum focus on life sciences and biotechnology, Immediate Past President and Board member of the Florida League of Mayors. A native of Frankfort, KY, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He and his wife have three children. 

Suzanne Earle

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St. Petersburg, Florida

Suzanne Earle is Owner and Vice President of Earle and Associates, a family owned real estate appraisal and brokerage firm in St. Petersburg, Florida since 1981.

Ms. Earle has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Tumor Foundation since 2001. She also chairs the Medical Liaison Committee and serves on the Executive and Leadership Development Committees. Past positions held with the Foundation include President, Florida Chapter 2001-2005; President, Chapter and Affiliate Council 2001-2005; Secretary, Board of Directors of the Children’s Tumor Foundation 2004-2006; and Chairperson, Board of Directors of the Children’s Tumor Foundation 2006-2010.

Daniel B. Gilbert

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Detroit, Michigan

Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 110 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 24,000 team members.

John Golfinos, MD

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New York, New York

Dr. Golfinos, a native New Yorker, completed medical school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He then trained in neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ with Dr. Robert F. Spetzler. He joined the faculty at NYU in 1995 and has a practice devoted solely to the multi-modality treatment of brain tumors, including primary brain tumors, metastatic tumors, acoustic neuromas and skull base tumors.

Gabriel Groisman

Gabriel GroismanGabriel Groisman
Bal Harbour, FL

Gabriel Groisman is a husband and a father of three beautiful little girls (with one more little girl on the way). He spends his days working as a Shareholder with the Miami-based law firm, Coffey Burlington, PL. There, Mr. Groisman represents a diverse set of clients in business disputes related to real estate, construction, trademark, copyright, defamation, breach of contract, employment and all business torts. He also heads the firm's trademark prosecution team, managing clients' trademark rights worldwide.

Brendan Hanrahan, PhD

Brendan HanrahanBrendan Hanrahan, PhD
Silver Spring, MD

Brendan Hanrahan, PhD: Brendan Hanrahan received his BS degree in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Clemson University in 2006 and MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2009 and 2013, respectively. For his PhD, Brendan determined the fundamental materials properties dictating the performance of microball bearing platforms, which could serve as enabling technologies for future microsystems. This work included collaborations with Argonne National Lab, Imperial College (UK), and the Army Research Lab (ARL). He currently serves as a technical manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Micromechanics and Micro engineering.

Matthew Hay

MattHayPhotoMatthew Hay
Westfield, Indiana

Matt is a married father of three who works in sales and marketing at News America Marketing, a single source marketing solutions company owned by News Corporation. He was diagnosed with NF2 during his sophomore year at Indiana University. As a result, over the last 15 years, Matt has dealt with deafness, facial paralysis, vision problems, and balance issues, as well as long recoveries from a spinal surgery, two brain surgeries, and six eye surgeries.

Chad Leathers

Chad LeathersChad Leathers
Denver, CO

Chad Leathers is the Co- Founder and Executive Director of Cupid Charities, a supporting partner of the Children's Tumor Foundation. Chad's history has revolved around business development, marketing, and NF research for nearly ten years. Cupid Charities creates and hosts Cupid's Undie Run which takes place in more than 38 cities worldwide and raises funds for CTF.

John McCarthy

johnmccarthyJohn McCarthy
Holmdel, New Jersey

John McCarthy works in the structured finance division of Standard & Poor's where he specializes in structured credit products. He has worked in products across the asset-backed securities, asset-backed commercial paper, collateralized debt obligations, and structured credit businesses since 2000. His primary area of focus is in credit derivatives, other derivative products, such as interest rate and currency swaps, and esoteric securitization products such as timeshare, shipping container, aircraft, stranded cost, catastrophe bond, agricultural commodity, and small business loan securitizations in addition to collateralized loan obligations.

Steven McKenzie

stevemckenzieSteven McKenzie
Los Angeles, California

Steve McKenzie is the founder and managing partner of Channel West Group, a boutique real estate investment and advisory firm based in Malibu, California. Channel West focuses on commercial property investments in the Hawaii and West Coast markets with an emphasis on hotel and resort properties. Currently, the firm has equity interests in assets located in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Honolulu.

Lesley Oslica

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Conway, Arkansas

Lesley Oslica has served as the Arkansas Chapter President of the Children’s Tumor Foundation since 2005. In addition, she has served as the national Chapter Council Secretary and Vice Chair for five years. Previously, Mrs. Oslica worked in the investment banking industry for eleven years. She began volunteering with the Children’s Tumor Foundation when she learned that her daughter had NF1.

Laura Perfetti

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Glen Cove, New York

Laura Perfetti has been teaching for the Syosset central school district since 1998. Previously she taught second grade for two years in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In addition, she implemented and is the chairperson of P.R.I.D.E., an elementary school character education program. Mrs. Perfetti won the Jenkins Award in 2012 in recognition of her leadership, efforts, and dedication to her school, as well as her work on P.R.I.D.E. Mrs. Perfetti also developed a curriculum in collaboration with other teachers and parents that is used as a model throughout her school district.

Kenneth C. Rudd

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Kenneth C. Rudd
New York, NY

Ken is of counsel to the law firm of Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP in New York City. His law practice focuses on commercial and business litigation, particularly in the financial services area and internal corporate investigations, with an emphasis on anti-money laundering (AML) compliance.

Karl Thomson

Karl ThompsonKarl Thomson
Toronto, Canada

Karl Thomson is a serial entrepreneur who has built businesses in a variety of sectors over the past 25 years. He has professional experience working with, and acting as an advisor to, non-profit organizations, and has supported the Children’s Tumor Foundation since January 2010. He received CTF’s Children's Humanitarian Award in 2014.

David Viskochil, MD, PhD

ViskochilDavid Viskochil, MD, PhD
Salt Lake City, Utah

David Viskochil, MD, PhD, is professor of pediatrics and director of clinical services in the Division of Medical Genetics.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arizona, and his doctorate in biochemistry and medical degree from the University of North Carolina in 1985. He completed his pediatric residency and clinical genetics fellowship at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals.

Nate Walker

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Encino, California

Nate Walker is President of Investors Management Company, Inc, a firm specializing in the property management of multi-family living communities.  Since 1984, Mr. Walker, along with his family, has been involved in various aspects of real estate investments and finance.

Mr. Walker has been involved with the Children’s Tumor Foundation and its predecessor, The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, since 1986. Mr. Walker is past President of the California Chapter, has been on the National Board of Directors since 1992, has served on numerous committees, and was Vice Chairman of the Board from 2006 - 2010. He is committed to finding a treatment so that he and his family and all of the others living with NF can have a better quality of life.  He and his family continue to contribute to research that involves learning disabilities, especially as they affect children.

Margaret Wallace

Peggy WallaceMargaret (Peggy) Wallace, PhD
Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Wallace is a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida, where her laboratory performs research in NF1 and related conditions. She has been the Chair of the Children’s Tumor Foundation's Research Advisory Board since 2004, co-directing the Young Investigator Award grant program which provides scientists with two years of salary support plus a travel stipend to attend the NF Conference and other meetings. She is also a non-voting member of the Children'sTumor Foundation Board of Directors, since 2005.


Richard Horvitz

rhorvitzRichard Horvitz
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Richard Horvitz is Chairman of Moreland Management Company, a closely-held private family investment office. An attorney by training, Mr. Horvitz worked at Baker & Hostetler's Cleveland office before joining his family's operating businesses which were later sold in 1987.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Tumor Foundation since 1996 and is currently an Honorary Director. He was recently named as a director to the Cupid Charities.

Michie O’Day

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Portland, ME

Michie O’Day is an accomplished artist who lives and paints in Maine.  After successful careers in retail management, then non-profit fundraising, she moved to Stonington in 2000 to devote her life to her art.  She now resides in Portland.

NF2 runs in her family.  Michie was diagnosed with it in 1983 and became a member of CTF in 1984.  She served on the CTF Board of Directors from 1999-2005 and returned as an Honorary Board member in 2011.  She has also testified before Congress in support of NF funding, served as a consumer peer reviewer on the Army Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for NF, and has raised money for and donated her work to CTF.

Alan Robbins, MD

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Boston, Massachusetts

Alan H. Robbins, M.D. was formerly President and CEO of the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, a position he held from 1995 to 2002. He continued there as President Emeritus from 2002 to 2003. With over 30 years of experience in the medical profession, Dr. Robbins is an accomplished clinician, researcher, and executive.

Until 1996 he served as Chairman of the Department of Radiology at New England Baptist Hospital, and Chief of Radiology at the Boston VA Medical Center. During that time he also organized, and was the President of The Boston Imaging Group P.C., which operated a highly successful medical imaging center in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Carolyn E. Setlow

Carolyn SetlowCarolyn E. Setlow
Washington, CT

Carolyn E. Setlow is an experienced business executive, market researcher, life and executive coach, and not-for-profit volunteer. Until recently, she served as Executive Vice President of GfK Custom Research North America, a member of the GfK Group, one of the five largest market research organizations in the world. She served previously in a senior executive role at the company's predecessor firms, NOP World, RoperASW and Roper Starch Worldwide. In addition, she maintains a small private executive and life coaching practice and serves as a trustee of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Connecticut Community Foundation. 

Edward M. Stern

EdSternEdward M. Stern
Pro Bono Counsel
Newtonville, Massachusetts

Ed Stern is a private practice attorney in Newtonville, MA. A sole practitioner in association with seven other attorneys, his practice includes representation of major business interests in the public and private sectors, as well as administrative agency and court room representation. Other areas of practice include criminal, juvenile, corporate organization, real property, estate planning, and civil representation.

Allan E. Rubenstein, M.D.

arubensteinAllan E. Rubenstein, M.D.
Director of Medical Affairs, Emeritus
New York, New York

Allan E. Rubenstein, M.D., one of the Foundation's co-founders, assumed emeritus status on May 1, 2003 after having served the Foundation as its director of medical affairs for 25 years. During that period he provided invaluable guidance and leadership in the development of the organization, with dramatic impact on it's medical and research programs. His efforts have been a key element in the broader understanding of neurofibromatosis in the medical community. His insights have been, and continue to be, a significant catalyst in the remarkable achievements and successes that have characterized NF research sponsored by the Foundation and elsewhere.

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