Advocacy Committee


The charge of the Advocacy Committee is as follows:

The American Brain Coalition (ABC) Advocacy Committee will recommend and review the ABC's legislative priorities to the ABC Board. The Advocacy Committee will communicate the legislative priorities to ABC members, as well as to policymakers and their staff. The Advocacy Committee will monitor and report back to the membership any congressional and agency activities and policy relevant to the ABC.



Mark Rasenick, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
University of Illinois, Chicago


Janet Hieshetter
Executive Director
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation


Wade H. Berrettini, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Neurobiology & Behavior
University of Pennsylvania


Juliane Baron
Executive Director
Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences

Joanna Crooks, M.A.
Senior Manager, Epilepsy Leadership Council & Partnerships
American Epilepsy Society

Phil Cronin
Legislative Consultant
Cure Alzheimer's Fund

Joan Demetriades
Chief Strategist
One Mind Research

Diana Felner
Vice President, Public Policy
Tourette Syndrome Association

Bobby Heagerty
Emeritus Director, Community Affairs & Education
Oregon Health & Sciences University Brain Institute

Michael Heintz
Director of Advocacy & Training
Society for Neuroscience

Patrick McCartney
Executive Director
International Essential Tremor Foundation

Brittany Meyer
Associate Director, Public Policy
Michael J. Fox Foundation

Leslie Ritter
Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs
National MS Society

Matthew Rizzo, MD
ABC Program Committee Chair
Frances and Edgar Reynolds Professor and Chair
Department of Neurological Sciences
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Stuart Spielman
Senior Policy Adviser and Counsel
Autism Speaks

Sarah Tellock
Associate Director, Federal Affairs
Alzheimer's Association

Laura Weidner, Esq.
Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy
Epilepsy Foundation

Monica Weldon
President & Chief Executive Officer
Bridge the Gap - SYNGAP Education & Research Foundation

Justine Welsh, MD
Assistant Professor
Emory University School of Medicine

American Brain Coalition

P.O. Box 1549 | Maple Grove, MN 55311 | Phone: (763) 557-2913