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Team

Staff

Jennifer Brea (Co-Founder / Voluntary Executive Director)

Jennifer Brea is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has an AB from Princeton University and was a PhD student at Harvard until sudden illness left her bedridden. In the aftermath, she rediscovered her first love, film. Her Sundance award-winning feature documentary, Unrest, has screened in over 30 countries and had its US national broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens. She is also co-creator of Unrest VR, winner of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities Award. An activist for people with disabilities and chronic illness, she co-founded a global advocacy network, #MEAction and is a TED Talker. @jenbrea

Laurie Jones

Laurie Jones (Managing Director)

Laurie has years of experience working in non-profits and the arts. Prior to joining the #MEAction team, Laurie was the Director of Impact for Unrest, using the film to educate and advocate for those in the ME community.  She has served as Programs Director at Brave New Films, worked on the Why Poverty? film campaign and fundraised for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  She has a BA in Production Studies in Performing Arts from Clemson University and an MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York. laurie@meaction.net

 

Ben HsuBorger

Ben HsuBorger (Global community & Campaigns)

Problem-solver, project manager. Over the past 10 years Ben has worked in nonprofit, academic and government organizations on projects spanning: microfinance, study-abroad, public health, fair housing and community development. He is a former Fulbright scholar eager to help teams innovate through better integration of people, processes and information. He loves extra-large whiteboards. @hsuborger ben@meaction.net

 

Jaime Seltzer (Director of Scientific and Medical Outreach)

Jaime Seltzer was an educator in the sciences when she contracted ME. Through research, determination, and the help of hundreds of other patients posting their experiences, she was able to restore some of her well-being.

Seltzer did freelance writing before accepting a position as an Assistant Professor in graduate-level Organic Chemistry. In 2016, she was hired as Managing Editor for #MEAction, where she played a key role in organizing the #MillionsMissing protests, engaged with representatives on Capitol Hill, the CDC, and the NIH, and represented #MEAction at scientific conferences. In 2017, Seltzer was hired to work at the Stanford Genome Technology Center, doing benchwork and research writing, helping to create disease models and investigate treatments. jaime@meaction.net

Adriane Tillman

Adriane Tillman (Editor)

Writer, journalist, traveler, thinker, lover of art, dance and books. Adriane graduated with degrees in literature and Russian language. She worked as a newspaper journalist for five years, had a few stints in organic farming, and now consults in marketing and copywriting.

She grew up in Cincinnati, New Jersey, England, Switzerland and Russia. She resides in Oakland, California. adriane@meaction.net

 

Kim Flores

Kim Flores (Communications & Digital Manager)

Kim is a digital media professional experienced in digital content creation and strategy in the documentary film and non-profit world. Prior to joining the #MEAction team, Kim was the Communications & Digital Manager for Unrest, overseeing social media, website, and email marketing. She has been an integral part of Brave New Films, working as an intern, fellow, and ultimately Digital Manager. She has a BA in Film and Digital Media with a concentration in production from University of California, Santa Cruz. kim@meaction.net

 

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Volunteers

#MEAction’s staff support and are supported by dozens of volunteers all around the world. We are always looking for patient volunteers and healthy ME allies to join our team. If you are interested in helping, please get in touch via this form.

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