The ASAA is proud that the majority of our board members, staff, and contractors are sleep apnea patients or family members of sleep apnea patients. Meet our team, and see who’s working for you!

Staff (Employees)

Justine Amdur

Program Coordinator

Justine joined the ASAA in 2013 and serves as the Program Coordinator to support and grow the organization’s initiatives and programs . She is a wife and mother to CPAP patients and when diagnosed with UARS started using a CPAP to manage her care. Justine’s 17 years as a human resource manger brings a vast skill set to the ASAA team.

Megan Gramstad

CPAP Assistance Program Coordinator

Megan joined the ASAA Team in April 2016. She is the Assistant Program Coordinator for the CAP program and works in the fulfillment center in Tracy, MN. Megan comes to the team with a background in Insurance Sales and Customer Service. She enjoys working with the wide range of patients and feels that our program is making a difference. She lives in Tracy, MN with her family which includes her two children.

Drew Laleman

Customer Service Representative

Drew joined the ASAA in 2019. He assists with the administration of the CAP Program and works in the fulfillment center in Tracy MN. Drew comes to the team with a background in business. He knows the effects that sleep apnea has on a person, so being part of an organization that helps so many people is very rewarding.

Valerie Mead

Programs Manager

Programs Manager: Valerie joined the ASAA in July of 2015. Val serves as a Team Leader for CAP (CPAP Assistance Program) and the AWAKE (Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic) Coordinator at the ASAA fulfillment center located in Tracy, Minnesota. As a former small business owner, Valerie understands the importance of providing caring and timely customer service. She has a passion for helping others, which makes her a valuable addition to the CAP and AWAKE team assisting patients and medical professionals who utilize these important programs.

Staff (Contract)

Joseph Anderson

Community Engagement

RPSGT, CCSH, RST, RPFT, CRT-NPS is a Certified Clinical Sleep Health Educator and works in Community Engagement for the ASAA. He is a frequent international speaker and educator who is multi-credentialed in Sleep, Respiratory Therapy, and Pulmonary Function. He is a leading developer in the areas of sleep education and “specialized” sleep rural outreach programs. Joe was in the Military Intelligence Division of the US Army and worked for the Veterans Hospital Administration. He currently he lives in Virginia and works as the EEG and Sleep Center Coordinator for SOVAH Health – Martinsville. He remains a very active speaker and educator.

Kevin Bradley, RN

Community Engagement

Kevin joined the ASAA in January 2018 as the video personality of our Facebook LIVE events. He began treating his sleep apnea in 2014. His clinical experience as a registered nurse gives him a sense of what makes patients comfortable and at ease. Now, his career in organ transplant coordination only increases his compassion and warmth toward people with struggles.

Eugena Brooks

ASAA Blogger

ASAA Blogger: Eugena is a social worker with a Master’s Degree and 17 years of experience, and has been politically active for the last 10 years. An accomplished musician, she lives in Brooklyn, NY with her daughter and three grandchildren. Eugena is a sleep apnea patient and served on the AWAKE conference patient panel in 2018.

Jamie Crowe

Customer Service Consultant

Jamie joined the ASAA team in September 2018 and serves as a customer service consultant for the CPAP Assistance Program. As a doctor of physical therapy and former patient in acute care, Jamie not only understands the needs of the patient and physician but can also deeply empathize with the patient’s journey through illness and the healthcare system.

Sean Deering

Research Associate and IT Specialist

Sean studied Psychology at UCSD and earned his BS with honors in Cognitive Psychology. After graduating, he served as a Research Assistant in Perception and Cognition Lab at UCSD where he worked on multiple electroencephalography (EEG) studies related to attention, perception and cognitive control. He also works as a Research Associate at VA San Diego Healthcare System in Dr. Carl Stepnowsky’s lab where he assists with sleep apnea research studies ranging from monitoring vigilance in OSA patients to using web-based platforms to accelerate recruitment and maximize engagement in sleep research.

Jean-Noel Frydman

Digital Architect

Jean-Noel was born in Paris and moved to New York in 1981, where he received his BA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduating, he moved to Los Angeles where he discovered the nascent Internet. In 1994, he founded France.com, a pioneering e-commerce and travel website which won many accolades. A sleep apnea patient himself, he brings more than 20 years of digital experience and innovation to sleepapnea.org.

Travis Headapohl

Intern

Travis is a senior at Southern Methodist University in the Cox School of Business. He is majoring in finance, with a concentration in real estate finance, and minoring in economics.

Sergio Martinez

Research Assistant:

Sergio joined the ASAA O2verlap Project in January 2018 as the Project Coordinator. He is an experienced health services research assistant who understands our patient's desire to improve their quality of life.

Christina Piazza

Community Operations & Analysis

Tina is the spouse of a sleep apnea sufferer. She believes that not only does the patient suffer – the condition has far-reaching effects on the physical and emotional well-being of everyone in the family. She brings her talents from 20+ years in advertising & marketing, from Europe and the US to the American Sleep Apnea Association to try to make a difference in the lives of people with this under-diagnosed condition.

Jake Smith

Intern

Jake is a recent graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design. He majored in Film with a focus on editing.

Erin Taylor

Contract Grant Writer

Erin is a contract grant writer with 19-years’ experience in prospect research, grant proposal writing, and grants management. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from St. Olaf College and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. Erin was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2017 and started working with the ASAA in 2018. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and two sons.

Tania Zamora

Research Relationship Coordinator

Tania has 12+ years of experience managing multicenter clinical trials, local study sites and research staff. She has worked with a diverse interdisciplinary group of investigators over the years on research projects related to sleep apnea, patient self-management, treatment adherence, telehealth, PTSD and Natural Language Processing. Tania has been involved with Dr. Stepnowsky’s research studies since 2006 working closely with Veterans with sleep apnea focusing on patient self-management of OSA and telemonitoring of adherence. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Psychology.

Board of Directors

Adam Amdur

Chief Patient Officer and Board Chair

Adam is an “innovative patient advocate”. He was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in 2008, more than thirty years after he first showed symptoms. As he struggled to learn how to manage his treatment, he was able to successfully identify and get treatment for his then two-year-old daughter and wife as well as many others. He joined the ASAA in 2012, leading the association’s evolution from a twenty-five-year-old physician-run organization into an entrepreneurial, patient-driven, public-health advocacy association.

Will Headapohl

Chair Emeritus

Will is board chair (emeritus) and a patient advocate, writer and consultant focused on the challenges of getting all undiagnosed apnea sufferers into treatment. He is co-author of the book Sleep or Die. Overcome Apnea Before It Overcomes You. Three Approaches. His work is aimed at mobilizing all touched by the disorder including partners, family members, loved ones, medical care providers, and patients. Headapohl’s resume includes Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Operating Officer roles in the Internet/IT/Wireless industries. He resides in San Diego, CA.

Carl Stepnowsky, PhD

Chief Science Officer

Carl Stepnowsky, PhD., is a research psychologist who specializes in behavioral sleep medicine. He saw a need to apply a behavioral science approach to sleep apnea diagnosis and management, given that sleep apnea is a chronic disease that needs to be managed over time. He has been the principal investigator and co-investigator on multiple research grants with funding from the VA, AHRQ, NIH, and PCORI among others. Suffering from insomnia for most of high school and his first year of college, Dr. Stepnowsky changed his sleep habits during his sophomore year after taking Dr. Mary Carskadon’s course called the Psychophysiology of Sleep and Dreams. Just by changing his bedtime, uptime, and sleep duration, his brain immediately went from “forgetful” to “sticky” and grades went from straight C’s to straight A’s. With the increase in age and weight, he was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and now manages both his insomnia and sleep apnea.

Andres Mendoza

Treasurer

Andres was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea in 2005. He is a Partner in the Corporate Group of the law firm of Akerman LLP. He lives in Miami with his wife and 4 children.

Rich Bren

Board Member

Rich Bren, an obstructive sleep apnea patient, has more than 25 years of trucking industry risk and insurance experience. His father and sister have also been diagnosed and treated for OSA. He is the vice president of transportation at International Excess Program Managers in Cleveland, OH. Bren specializes in commercial auto (trucking related) insurance programs and coverage. He brings to the ASAA board a keen awareness of sleep apnea issues and their implications for commercial truck drivers and their employers. He resides in Arizona.

Theresa Shumard

Board Member Education Support Manager

Theresa Shumard joined the ASAA in 2016. A speaker, writer, and education specialist, she worked clinically in the fields of Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine Technology as well as the News Media since the 1970s. She attended the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, worked as a news reporter and medical writer for newspapers and radio, and was a television anchor and morning show host. She worked in sleep laboratories at the University of California at San Francisco, Stanford University, and the University Medical Center at Princeton. She was selected for the Coalition for Allied Health Leadership and the National Sleep Foundation Humanitarian Award. She previously served on various organization committees and task forces, the AAST Board of Directors, was editor-in-chief for The A2Zzz Magazine and contributed numerous text book chapters and articles for publications within the sleep disorders arena.

San Juanita Sanchez

Board Member

San Juanita is an attorney and runs a solo practice in McAllen, Texas, The Law Office of San Juanita Sanchez. She concentrates her practice in family law, probate, estate planning, and real estate. San Juanita is also a public/motivational speaker on numerous topics such as legal matters and leadership. Mrs. Sanchez is a sleep apnea patient, and served on the ASAA’s 2018 Sleep Summit patient panel.

Paul Jannace

Board Member

Paul was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea in 2013 and joined the ASAA Board in November 2013. Paul is a sales management executive with Salesforce.com’s healthcare organization, specializing in transformational solutions to improve patient engagement and care coordination. Mr. Jannace also spent 16 years with Verizon where he helped to drive growth of mobility, connected machines and core network solutions in the healthcare and financial industries. He was the President of P.S. & W. Transportation, a licensed medical transportation company, and also the Vice President and Treasurer of the Medical Transporter’s Association. Mr. Jannace has been a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU’s School of Professional Studies since 1998, where he has taught classes on marketing plan development. He has dedicated much of his free time to volunteer work at community programs for children, including Verizon’s Teach for America Program.

Bill Clark

Board Member

Bill Clark is Senior Director of Patient and Community Outreach for the COPD Foundation, which he helped start in 2005. He is a community liaison for the foundation and regularly oversees screening events across the country. Bill is an accomplished patient advocate especially for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and sleep apnea. Bill is a retired special education teacher and Boy Scout leader.

Zack Miller

Board Member

Zack Miller is a new sleep patient and a proud wearer of a CPAP mask. A son of an MD, Zack has been positioned at the intersection of finance, technology, and new media for over 10 years. A builder of new financial business, Zack has been an investor, consultant, and employee at some of the most exciting financial businesses around, including Tearsheet, OurCrowd, LendingClub, SigFig, and Seeking Alpha. Zack received his AB in Economics from Harvard College and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Joseph Borelli, MD

Board Member

Joseph Borelli, Jr., MD., Board Member: Joseph is Founder, President and Medical Director of 3T MRI at Belfair in Bluffton, SC. On behalf of the American College of Radiology, he chaired the committee that developed the current, national MRI accreditation standard enforced by Medicare. After suffering fatigue and severe cognitive decline for several years and two subsequent, false negative sleep studies, he was ultimately diagnosed with UARS at Stanford. On CPAP, he has recovered fully and is now dedicated to identifying and treating the millions of people suffering from undiagnosed sleep disorders. He was featured in an article on sleep in the April 2015 issue of Discover magazine. He invented the SleepMapper app on behalf of Philips Respironics.

Anne Bowdidge

Board Member

Anne was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea in 2013 and joined the ASAA board in 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, shaping investor communications and public relations strategy for public biopharmaceutical companies, including Medivation, CoTherix, Affymetrix and Scios. Prior to her communications career, she worked in research at Genentech and the National Institutes of Health.

Medical Scientific Advisory Council

Comprised of recognized clinical experts and thought leaders in the field of sleep medicine and related medical fields and sleep scientists, the MSAC advises the Board of Directors and the Executive Director on medical and scientific issues related to the work of the Corporation. The MSAC will help to guide the scientific direction of the Association’s educational, research and advocacy activities. The MSAC will ensure the scientific accuracy and integrity of all advocacy and public education materials developed by the Association. The MSAC will also advise the Association Board of Directors on important developments for the diagnosis, treatment and management of sleep disordered breathing and related conditions. The Chair of the MSAC will be the Chief Science Officer of the Association and serve on the Board of Directors.

Sairam “Sai” Parthasarathy, MD

Sairam “Sai” Parthasarathy, MD, is a NIH- and PCORI-funded researcher who serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Center for Sleep Disorders, and Associate Director for Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona. Sai’s research focuses on the relationship between sleep, breathing, and inflammation in both ambulatory and critically ill patients. Additionally, he has been involved in clinical trials of novel modes of ventilatory assistance for patients with sleep-disordered breathing (such as servo-ventilation and volume-assured pressure support) as well as health services research aimed at improving healthcare delivery and promoting CPAP adherence in patients with sleep-disordered breathing. He serves as the program director for sleep medicine at the University of Arizona and is involved in training clinical and research fellows in sleep medicine. In the past he has served as Chairman of the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board (SDRAB) to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research (NIH/NHLBI), the Research Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Young Investigator Forum conducted at the NIH. He is on the Editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and serves as the Associate Editor for the journals SLEEP and Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and as an ad-hoc reviewer for NIH and PCORI review sections. He is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine as well as Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and has published over 80 papers and book chapters on sleep and respiration-related topics.

John Sotos, MD

John Sotos, MD, Palo Alto, CA, is Chief Executive Officer of Apneos Corporation. He is a cardiologist and computer scientist with special interest in sleep apnea and sleep apnea diagnostics. He is adjunct professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is the author of Zebra Cards: A Guide to Obscure Diagnosis.

Directors Emeritus

Kingman P. Strohl, MD

Director Emeritus

Kingman P. Strohl, MD, is one of the founders of the ASAA. He is director of the Center for Sleep Education and Research at Case Western Reserve University and a professor of medicine in the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He is co-editor of the journal Sleep and Medicine. He is also a founding member of the National Sleep Foundation. Strohl stepped down from active service on the ASAA board and was named a director emeritus in 2010.

Elizabeth Johns

Director Emeritus

Elizabeth Johns is former chair of the board of the ASAA and an apnea patient. She also is the executive director of a nonprofit agency providing residential and employment services to adults with developmental and other disabilities. She served as patient advocate on the National Institutes of Health Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board. Her interest includes increased awareness of the high incidence of sleep apnea in individuals with Down Syndrome.