Susan Redline is the Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Programs in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is a sleep medicine physician and has led many national research projects aiming to understand the causes and consequences of sleep apnea, as well as clinical trials addressing the role of sleep apnea interventions in improving health, cognition and behavior in children and adults. She believes that patient-centered research has promise to make research more responsive to patient needs, while improving the likelihood of generating data that makes a difference for patients, their families and health care systems.
Judith Owens is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's at Waltham and an Associate Professor of Neurology. She is an internationally recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of more than 100 original research and peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books. Before taking her present position, she was associate professor of pediatrics at Brown University Medical School and director of pediatric sleep disorders at Hasbro Hospital in Providence, RI. She is also the spouse of someone with sleep apnea, providing her insights into the day to day issues confronting people with sleep apnea.
Dr. Kapur, University of Washington Professor of Medicine, is the founder of the UW Medicine Sleep Center and an active educator and researcher. He directs the UW Medicine Sleep Laboratory and the UW Sleep Medicine Fellowship. In addition to these roles, he is a sleep apnea patient who has benefited from therapy. He lectures nationally on a variety of topics related to sleep disordered breathing and is an associate editor for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and the journal SLEEP.
As The Sleep Ambassador®, Nancy inspires a new respect for sleep and its impact on all aspects of work, life and well-being. Through public speaking, media engagements and other venues, she presents strategic solutions selected to empower people to make lasting shifts to optimize their sleep quality and quantity. Nancy consults and lectures on Sleep Wellness to Fortune 500 corporations, the travel industry, universities/schools and to organizations, reflecting her dedication to educating and raising awareness about the importance of sleep to live at your best.
Kathy Page is currently the purchasing agent and member service representative for Central Missouri Electric Cooperative. She served two terms on the board of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation and continues to be a support group leader and advocate for RLS and sleep apnea. Kathy has also been on the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board for the past three years.
Michael Rueschman is a clinical data manager at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He oversees data collection and data exports from MyApnea.Org. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and playing video games.
Remo Mueller leads the MyApnea.Org informatics team in designing an engaging, safe, and secure web site experience of MyApnea.Org members.
Dan Mobley is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and holds the Credential in Clinical Sleep Health. He serves as Senior Project Manager and Chief Polysomnologist for the Sleep Reading Center within the Program in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Sleep Society. He assists with content development and moderates the Forums on MyApnea.Org.
Formerly a psychologist and a book publishing professional. Si is recovering from long-undiagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. While she is regaining her health she is active on social media in areas of patient activism; using her expertise in differential diagnosis to urge physicians to listen more closely to the patients and ask about their sleep and dietary habits. She hopes MyApnea.Org will help more physicians to save the lives of more patients.
Matt Epstein is an attorney and entrepreneur who earned degrees from Yale University, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and Boston University. He has had multiple careers including practicing law, serving as legal counsel to a state mental health agency, serving as executive director of numerous organizations and president of several businesses. Matt has dedicated himself to community service; having taught high school, college, and law school and working with delinquent youth, prisoners and drug addicts as well as serving as a State Representative in the State of New Hampshire. Matt is currently a principle in both a consulting company and a not for profit service organization.
Sherry Hanes is a Senior Sales Director at Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. in North Carolina. She has extensive experience in training, mentoring and coaching individuals in how to build successful businesses and has personal interest in helping women succeed both personally and professionally.
James Johnston is dedicated to practicing data-driven design thinking software development and evaluation, at Microsoft, for large scale, high complexity enterprises, has contributed recently to numerous innovation products and holds 5 software patents. Jim was trained initially at New York University as an Indo-European Philologist and later earned a Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Cognitive-Developmental Psychology and Statistics. He has practiced clinical counseling with children and adolescents and taught in numerous academic settings. Jim is devoted to his family, bicycling, reading, and travel when possible.
David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to joining the Hunter faculty in 2009, David held faculty positions at Adelphi University, the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He currently holds adjunct faculty positions at New York University and in the Program in Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University.
Andy Lowe is a junior on the honor roll at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA. He enjoys playing varsity football and was captain of his high school lacrosse team. He was diagnosed with sleep apnea at the age of 13 and has used his CPAP ever since. Andy credits his sleep apnea treatment with improving his academic and athletic performance. Like many adolescents, his primary symptom was loud snoring. As a result of his diagnosis, many other family members have had their sleep apnea treated. Andy hopes that MyApnea.Org will help to spread awareness of sleep apnea to other students and promote patient-centered research.
For twenty-five years Mark directed software development programs, managed customer commitments, led customer satisfaction initiatives and was ombudsman for Computervision/PRIME/PTC. Earlier he was a cryptographic analyst with the USASA, a reading specialist in the Boston Public Schools, and a technical writer. A bassoonist, Mark also served on the boards of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. He founded the Boston Festival of Bands, and MWS Continuum series. Mark’s focus is process improvement. A CPAP user for the past five years, he recently joined a research team at Brigham & Woman’s Hospital to provide Peer support for new CPAP patients, to hopefully improve adherence.
Sarah is an attorney, retired after a full career in private practice, and later as in-house counsel with the General Electric Company. She earned degrees in Mathematics and Law at Cornell University and has held multiple positions in various Bar Associations, as well as local elected public office. A life time sufferer from sleep apnea, she wasn't diagnosed and treated with PAP until the age of 56, and found it a life altering (and life saving) event. As a result, she has become actively interested in the field of sleep apnea patient advocacy and research and has served in various capacities with the American Sleep Apnea Association and is now a member of the PEP. A PAP user for thirteen years, she lives in Florida.
Barbara Zarrella holds a BA and is a retired teacher. She started as a county-wide elementary school art teacher and went on to teach ‘Office Skills’ as an adjunct at her local community college. In between, she raised three children at home and worked in her local emergency department as a unit secretary for 10 years. Barbara has struggled with sleep issues since she was 16 years old. As an adult, she experienced a silent stroke, which completely changed her sleep pattern. It took her a year, on her own, to make the right changes in her machines and masks. She contributes regularly to the MyApnea.Org forum because she believes that, “even though we are all different in how we respond to CPAP, we can learn from each other.” She believes patient-centered research is important because it affirms that patient knowledge and experiences are valid and can help others: “Knowledge helps, support is critical, and both are found here on MyApnea.Org."