Council Members

Gwen Traficant
Board member, Central Union Mission; Caregiver

Vice Chair
Hermionne Johnson, MSN, RN
Caregiver; CEO, Ayana’s Hope Cells; Clinical Nurse Educator

Ijeoma Azubuko, MS
The Ruby Ball Foundation

John R Feore III, JD
Senior Director, Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates; Director, Health Policy and Advocacy, Institute for Gene Therapies

Wes Fisher
Public Policy Professional

Michael Friedlander, PhD
Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech; Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical
Research Institute at VTC; Senior Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Professor
of Biological Sciences and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Stephen Green, MD, FIDSA
Hospitalist; Infectious Diseases Society of America, Fellow; American College of Physicians, Fellow Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Fellow; Medical staff, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

Gregory Josephs, MA
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Toastmasters International

Peter Kasson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

Tiffany Kimbrough, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Mother-Infant Unit; Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics; Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Sharon Kopis, Ed.D. MS, RN, FNP- C
CNE Professor Nursing, Liberty Nursing

Leslie Mehta
Chief of Staff and Counsel to the CEO at RMTA; Attorney; Rare Disease Advocate; International Rett Syndrome Foundation Board Member

Angela Olmsted, PharmD

Elissa Pierson

Stephen Rich, PhD
Director, Center for Public Health Genomics; Harrison Professor of Public Health Services, University of Virginia

Elisabeth Scott
Mother and Caregiver

Samantha Vergano, MD, FAAP, FACMG
Division Director, Medical Genetics and Metabolism, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters


ex officio member
Marcus C. Allen, MPH
Program Director, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program



ex officio member
Samantha Hollins, PhD
Assistant Superintendent,
Department of Special
Education and Student Services,
Virginia Department of Education


ex officio member
Lisa Price Stevens, MD, MBA, MPH, FACP
Chief Medical Officer, Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS)


Representative from Health Plan Companies