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 2014, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from August 2014 to May 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.

Clare Durrett

Board member

Clare Durrett

Board member

Clare Durrett is a founding Board Member of Team Gleason, Managing Coordinator at ANSWER ALS and a communications consultant in policy and advocacy. Her diverse experience includes over 35 political campaigns. She helped lead congressional, state legislature and mayoral efforts as well as municipal and county ballot proposition elections. On behalf of several major economic development initiatives, including one incentive package valued at more than $150 million, Clare helped lead successful public communication campaigns. She also led the creative team responsible for the collateral material deployed in a successful statewide medical malpractice tort reform initiative passed by both houses of the state legislature and approved by voters. Since volunteering to assist Steve Gleason’s Team Gleason, and now Answer ALS, Clare has focused her efforts on communicating Steve’s inspirational message, advocacy, and awareness for ALS. She attended both Northeast Louisiana University and Louisiana State University.

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.

Danielle Carnival, Ph.D.

CEO

Danielle Carnival, Ph.D.

CEO

As CEO of I AM ALS, Danielle provides strategic leadership and management to this patient-led, patient-centric community that is reshaping public understanding of this disease, providing key resources to the community, and creating opportunities for patients to lead the fight against ALS and search for cures.

Danielle was the vice president of the Biden Cancer Initiative, where she led organizational, program, policy, and partnership development. With more than six years in the White House, Danielle leveraged her technical scientific expertise to develop programs and policies to make progress on Obama Administration goals in partnership with federal agencies and the private, academic and philanthropic sectors. She was entrusted with leadership roles for President Obama and Vice President Biden on some of their signature initiatives and events, most notably the White House Cancer Moonshot, White House Science Fairs, College Opportunity Days of Action, Computer Science for All and diversity in STEM initiatives. She was integral in developing the framing and goals for the Cancer Moonshot, managed the team executing those goals, project-led multiple White House Science Fairs and the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit, and contributed to signature reports and recommendation implementation from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Danielle earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Georgetown University and B.S. in Biochemistry at Boston 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.

Edwin Cohen

Board member

Edwin Cohen

Board member

Ed currently manages Carlin Ventures, Inc. in New York City and is a founder of the Echoing Green Foundation, New Leaders, and the Four Times Foundation. He initiated and funded Dartmouth Medical School’s efforts to promote the effective functioning of the medical school in Pristina, Kosova. He served as President and Chairman of the Manhattan Theatre Club, Co-Chairman of The McDowell Colony, and Chairman of City Year. He currently serves on the board of New Profit in Boston. Ed served as President and CEO of the New York State Urban Development Corporation from 1975 to 1977. He became a partner in McKinsey & Company in 1977, and in 1980 he was recruited to start the organization that became General Atlantic Partners. He was Managing Partner from 1980 to 1992 and Chairman from 1992 to 1995. Prior, he was an associate at Davis Polk in New York for two years and became General Counsel at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette at the age of 26. Ed received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1967.

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.

Jessie Rossman

Board member

Jessie Rossman

Board member

Jessie Rossman is a staff attorney at ACLU of Massachusetts. She has both trial level and appellate advocacy experience, and she litigates on a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties issues, including privacy and technology, free speech, reproductive rights and gender discrimination. She was recognized as a 2015 National Law Journal Boston Rising Star. Before joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Jessie served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Michigan and as a litigation fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in Prater v. Detroit Police Department, resulting in a new policy to ensure that pregnant officers were protected against discrimination on the job, and briefed Duncan v. Granholm, a class action lawsuit which challenged the state of Michigan to reform its broken indigent defense system. Jessie has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

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

Board member

Michael Slaby

Board member

Michael Slaby is the community director of Harmony Labs. Most recently, 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.

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 president and chief impact officer of Thrive Chicago and co-founder of I AM ALS and ALS caregiver. Sandra joined Thrive in October 2015. Under her leadership, Thrive has 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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