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Brian Wallach

Co-Founder

Brian Wallach

Co-Founder

Brian Wallach was diagnosed with ALS in November 2017. At the time of his diagnosis, he was 37, with two daughters under three. He is married to his co-founder, Sandra Abrevaya, whom he met on the 2008 Obama campaign. Brian is an avid skier who ran the 400 at Yale. His favorite movie is Big Fish and his favorite band is the National.

In addition to I AM ALS, Brian is an Associate at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Prior to rejoining Skadden in May 2018, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from August 2014 to April 2018. From July 2011 to April 2013, Brain served as Senior Vetting Counsel at the White House in the Obama Administration. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the vetting process for Senate-confirmed executive branch appointees and was a part of the White House Counsel’s Congressional Oversight Investigations teams. From July 2007 through November 2008, he served in a variety of positions on the Obama campaign, including as the New Hampshire Political Director in the general election.

Brian holds a BA from Yale University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Dan Tate, Jr.

Board member

Dan Tate, Jr.

Board member

Dan Tate, Jr. is the founding partner of Forbes Tate Partners, a bipartisan, full-service government and public affairs advocacy firm, and ALS patient. Prior to founding Forbes Tate Partners, Dan spent 25 years in government relations, holding senior staff positions in the White House, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. House of Representatives. Since leaving the White House, Dan has used his high-level government experience and legislative expertise to successfully represent a diverse group of Fortune 500 companies and major policy coalitions — including those in the energy, environment, telecommunications and healthcare industries — on matters before the legislative and executive branches of government. He is a graduate of Amherst College.

Divya Silbermann

Board member

Divya Silbermann

Board member

Divya is a leadership coach at Brave Coaching where she works with social impact entrepreneurs, technology companies and nonprofits. Previously, Divya had a 10-year career in Human Resources at technology start ups, including the first HR hire at Facebook where she held roles as HR Business Partner and Global People Programs Manager. She has a B.A. from Clark University in Psychology.

Divya lost her father to ALS in 2018. She spent a great deal of time in India, where she is from and brings a global perspective of navigating ALS as a family member. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Jano Cabrera

Board member

Jano Cabrera

Board member

Jano Cabrera is the chief communications officer for General Mills where he oversees the entirety of communications for the company. Previously, he served as senior vice president of corporate relations for the McDonald’s Corporation and served as worldwide vice president for Burson-Marsteller. Jano founded Carthage Group Communications, a strategic communications, government affairs and issue advocacy firm. The firm advised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Grameen Bank, and America Votes, the nation’s then largest political action organization. In 2005, Jano lived in Baghdad, Iraq, and through the National Democratic Institute worked daily with members of the Transition National Assembly on the Iraqi constitution and the historic elections in December. During the 2004 campaign, Jano served as the communication director for the Democratic Party. During the primaries, he was the national spokesman for the Joe Lieberman for President campaign. He also served as a national spokesman for Vice President Al Gore from 1998 to 2002, working at the White House, and on Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and for Gore’s political action committee during the 2002 midterms. Prior to presidential politics, Jano worked on Capitol Hill. He also served as the communications director for the Recording Industry Association of America during the Napster trial and their transition into the digital marketplace. He serves on the board of the Institute for Public Relations and Results for Development. Jano is a graduate of Pomona College, where he earned his degree in politics.

Louise Langheier

Board chair

Louise Langheier

Board chair

Louise is co-founder of Peer Health Exchange, Inc., an organization that helps fill a gap left by underfunded, understaffed health education programs in public high schools nationwide. As chief executive officer, Louise is primarily responsible for leading Peer Health Exchange’s national growth to show up for more young people, building and managing the Peer Health Exchange staff and boards, raising funds and providing fiscal and organizational oversight. At Yale University, her alma mater, she co-founded and directed Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which Peer Health Exchange grew. Louise is an Aspen Entrepreneurial Education Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow. She sits on the Board of Directors of Cow Hollow School and America Achieves. Louise graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History. She lives in SF with her husband and three sons.

Michael Slaby (He/Him)

Board member

Michael Slaby (He/Him)

Board member

Michael Slaby was the community director of Harmony Labs. Prior to that, he ran Chicago Ideas — the community impact nonprofit behind the Chicago Ideas Week festival. Previously, he founded and was head of Mission of Timshel — a social-impact technology company — and was a fellow at Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 2008, Michael acted as deputy digital director and chief technology officer at Obama for America, and in 2012 he oversaw technology and analytics as the chief integration and innovation officer. In addition, Michael has served as an advisor and board member to initiatives including the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, Rhize, Bright Pink, I Am That Girl and LIVESTRONG, and he was named one of Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40 and Tech 50. He is a graduate of Brown University.

Neel Parekh

Board member

Neel Parekh

Board member

Neel is the Chief Strategy Officer of Clave, a Latin America focused fintech enterprise. He’s also a Partner of CrossRegional Management. Prior to that, Neel spent over 15 years in finance, investing in consumer and technology companies. In addition to founding his own firm, Night Square, Neel spent time at marquis institutions as a Portfolio Manager, including Millennium, Citadel and Tiger Consumer. At peak, Neel managed over $4 billion in assets. He currently is Director Emeritus at Urban Arts Partnership, after serving as Board Chair for over a decade. Neel received an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in NYC with his wife and two sons.

Peter Bowen

Board member

Peter Bowen

Board member

Peter Bowen is a partner at the global strategy consulting firm Bain & Company, where he focuses on technology. He joined the I AM ALS Board in 2019 after working with Brian and Sandra to help start I AM ALS. Peter’s father battled ALS from 2005-2007 and he has stayed involved in the fight in various ways including fundraising, local action, and acting on the board of Prize4Life–an innovative prize-based ALS group helping in the race for a cure. Peter graduated from Cornell University and Harvard Business School.

Sandra Abrevaya

Co-Founder

Sandra Abrevaya

Co-Founder

Sandra Abrevaya is the co-founder of I AM ALS and ALS caregiver. She is the former president and chief impact officer of Thrive Chicago. Under her leadership, Thrive partnered with more than 300 public and private youth-serving organizations to identify and enact collective solutions for Chicago’s youth. Prior to joining Thrive, she worked in the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the education policy director. Sandra also served as founding executive director of Urban Alliance Chicago, a non-profit that provides internships, mentoring and college access support to Chicago Public Schools students. Before returning to Chicago, and during the Obama administration, she served as associate communications director at the White House where she oversaw press strategy on weekly domestic policy announcements as well as press secretary to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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