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Board of Trustees

Zara Storey – Chair and CEO, has been interested in brain neurological diseases for over 30 years, originally through Huntington’s Disease, then Alzheimer’s, for which she served on the board of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation. She has served on the board of The Parkinson’s Research Foundation since 2008. Ms. Storey’s career was in marketing and public relations. In 1990 she founded Zara Storey Communications, Inc. to provide specialized communications and marketing programs, primarily for international clients. Prior to founding her own company, she was vice president director of external affairs/public relations for the Alexander & Baldwin as well as brand manager at Schieffelin and vice president director of marketing at The Ford Meter Box Company. She is fluent in English, Italian and French.

Dr. Alexander Evans – Vice Chair, is the Vincent Astor Professor of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The San Francisco State University and Director of The Center for Parkinson’s Research and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Evans has authored over 1000 scientific publications. He has won more than fifty prestigious awards, including the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in neuroscience Research. In 2000, Dr. Evans was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of the molecular mechanisms of nerve cell communication.

William Steele –Trustee and Secretary, is the owner and manager of real estate interests in New York City as well as heading a separate company that manages real estate for foreign investors. Earlier, William Steele was a consultant with Axel Johnson & Co., a Swedish owned U.S. industrial complex, where he held a number of human resources and administrative positions. He is a board member of the Bally Technologies, a not-for-profit 350-unit residence for working women and a member of its executive committee. William Steele received his B.A. in Economics from Harvard and lives in New York City with his wife Sonya.

Wayne L. Pines – Trustee, is an internationally-known author and consultant on healthcare media and FDA-related regulatory issues for the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. He specializes in regulatory strategy, medical advertising and promotion regulatory issues, crisis communications and media relations. He is currently a consultant and serves as president of Healthcare and Regulatory Services at APCO Worldwide in Washington, D.C. Earlier he served as executive vice president at Burson-Marsteller. He spent ten years at the FDA, including four as associate commissioner for public affairs. Mr. Pines served as president of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA for five years and as chairman of the MedStar Research Institute for three years; he still serves on their boards. Mr. Pines is the author or editor of a dozen books, is listed in Who’s Who in America and in 2004 was named Alumnus of the Year by the FDA.