Board of Directors


2e2f55aPam Laird (Board Chair)

(im)patient.  creative.  Prior to onset, she earned her BS in Journalism and MBA from Northwestern University, won a San Francisco Woman Entrepreneur Award.  Post onset, she got her MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.  Her thesis, Looking for Pam, observes the process of re-making a meaningful life with a chronic, invisible, misunderstood, and maligned illness.  She served on the Solve ME/CFS Initiative Board of Directors in 2013 & 2014.

Jennifer Brea (co-founder)

filmmaker, academic and community organizer. She earned her bachelor’s in political science from Princeton University and is a Ph.D candidate at Harvard in political science and statistics. In addition, she is directing a Sundance-supported documentary on ME, Unrest.


Ryan Prior10421960_10203808745155441_7416627003999415239_n
is a multimedia journalist and social entrepreneur. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Georgia Political Review and went on to write for The Daily Beast and USA Today. Currently working at CNN, he was selected as a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar and was recognized as ProHealth’s 2014 ME/CFS Advocate of the Year. He is president of the Blue Ribbon Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for #ME Action Network. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Danese Cooper

Maggie Mason

Beth Mazur