Vanessa Vogel-Farley, Executive Director
Vanessa grew up on a family dairy farm in rural Wisconsin; she then went on to college at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studied Chemistry, Biology and French. While there she joined a research lab at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development. This experience got her interested in the processes associated with brain development during the neonatal period into adolescence and that factors that can affect normal development. She was the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Division of Developmental Medicine Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children’s Hospital, working on collaborations with scientists from MIT and Harvard examining several clinical populations, including autism. She also served as Director of Operations of ACEing Autism from 2008 through 2015. She is married and the mother of 3 young boys (Oliver, Thatcher and Carter) who keep her very busy in her "spare" time.
Elyse Linderman, Adminstrator
Elyse Linderman holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University where she focused on non-profit management and finance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Elyse lived in Washington, DC for five years where she was a consultant with Ernst & Young and then a budget analyst for the Congressional Budget Office. Since moving back home to the Chicago area, Elyse entered the not for profit field to quench her passion for helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. Elyse has held positions such as Director of Operations, Regional Business Manager and Interim Executive Director. Most recently, Elyse has worked as a consultant to not for profits on how to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations and ultimately raise more money. Elyse is excited to bring her expertise to the Dup15q Alliance and to continue her career giving back to the community. Elyse lives in Deerfield, IL with her son Henry who keeps her very busy!
Lauren Weissberg, Awareness and Outreach Coordinator
Lauren holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Counseling Education. Lauren works full time as a School Counselor at the high school level. A native New Yorker, Lauren now lives in New Jersey with her husband Marc and two sons, Reid and Holden.
In May 2016, Holden was diagnosed with Dup15q Syndrome. Upon receiving Holden’s diagnosis, Lauren has been determined to raise money and awareness for Dup15q Syndrome so that all of the impacted families can have something to hope for and believe in. In September 2016, she hosted the “Hope for Holden to benefit the Dup15q Alliance” event and raised over $10,000. Due to the tremendous success of this fundraiser, Lauren knew it would have to become an annual event, and immediately started to plan for 2017. Lauren enjoyed working on this event so much and she knew she wanted to do much more. Lauren has since been instrumental in planning various smaller scale fundraisers to benefit the Alliance and has also taken to social media to help raise awareness for Dup15q. Lauren is thrilled and truly honored to be an official member of the Dup15q Alliance and feels strongly that her role as an impacted mother is going to inspire her to work even harder to raise money and awareness for all of our children!
Adrienne Felterman, Accounting
Adrienne lives in Houston, TX with her husband and four children. Her second child, Charles, has Dup 15q syndrome. She is a CPA with a bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Louisiana State University. Adrienne has experiencing auditing not for profit organizations. She enjoys volunteering with the Alliance and knows first hand the positive impact the Alliance has on Dup 15q families all over the world.
Haley March, Dup15q Alliance Intern
Hello my name is Haley March. I am a junior at the University of Colorado-Boulder. I am very diligent, outgoing, personable, organized, warm-hearted, and I work well under pressure. I love anything outdoors, in addition to art, sports, and music. I am interested in pursuing a job in the field of psychology for many years now and look forward to gaining experience through this internship with Dup15q Alliance.
Sumana Rallapalli, Dup15q Alliance Database Intern
Sumana recently graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Neuroscience. During her undergraduate career, Sumana volunteered in Dr. Shafali Jeste's lab and Dup15q clinic at UCLA, and developed a passion for working with children with Dup15q and their families. She was especially moved by the Alliance's invaluable role in supporting and connecting these families. She is very excited to serve as our database management intern during her gap year prior to attending medical school.