PeDRA is supported by a small group of staff, one consultant, and one fellow who each play a unique role within the organization.
Mike Siegel, 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, he seeks to strengthen PeDRA as an organization and as a research network that brightens the future of children with skin disease and their families. 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).
Sheila Rittenberg, Executive Consultant EMAIL ME
Sheila helped launch and establish PeDRA and served as Executive Director from 2015 – 2019. 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.
Jenn Dawson, Outreach Manager 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 outreach and membership activities. Jenn specializes in relationship development and ensuring members are connected to resources within PeDRA. She also supports the initiatives of the early investigator committees. Outside of work she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Katherine Devenport, Research Coordinator EMAIL ME
Katherine Devenport has been supporting PeDRA in a variety of ways since 2016, and officially joined the PeDRA team in Fall 2018. 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 scientific goals of PeDRA. When not working, Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs adventuring in the great outdoors.