PeDRA contracts part-time support from a handful of independent professionals who each play a unique role within the organization.
Sheila Rittenberg, Executive Director EMAIL ME
Sheila helped launch and establish PeDRA and since 2015, has been Executive Director. Sheila has worked in dermatology for nearly two decades. She founded a consulting practice to help health organizations modernize and become agents of change. Sheila also worked at the executive level in health advocacy for the National Psoriasis Foundation and over the years, has provided leadership to a broad dermatology and health advocacy community. In her free time, Sheila explores exquisite Central Oregon through cycling, hiking and Nordic skiing, is an adoring grandparent, and a fiction-reading fanatic.
Mike Siegel, Director of Research and Vice Executive Director EMAIL ME
Mike Siegel joined PeDRA in 2018 following four years in nonprofit leadership and almost ten years in academic research and teaching. In his current role as Director of Research and Vice-Executive Director, he seeks to strengthen PeDRA’s collaborative research network and establish infrastructure that brightens PeDRA’s future. Mike holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. In his free-time Mike enjoys running and spending time with his wife and children (one human, one dog).
Jenn Dawson, Membership and Outreach Liaison EMAIL ME
Jenn Dawson joined PeDRA in 2016 and brings more than 12 years of mission-based nonprofit experience to her role overseeing PeDRA’s membership program. Jenn specializes in relationship development and ensuring members are connected to resources within PeDRA. She also supports the initiatives of the communications, membership, and early investigator committees through outreach planning and project management. Outside of work she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Katherine Devenport, Research and Grants Coordinator EMAIL ME
Katherine Devenport has been supporting PeDRA in a variety of ways over the last two years, and has officially joined the PeDRA team in Fall 2018 as the Research and Grants Coordinator. Katherine brings with her five years of experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Katherine’s knowledge and attention to detail ensures the PeDRA research and grant programs run smoothly. Her work directly supports the goals of the Director of Research and Vice Executive Director, Mike Siegel. When not working, Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs adventuring in the great outdoors.