Solve M.E. Staff

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Oved Amitay

Chief Executive Officer

Oved has dedicated most of his professional career to the development of life-changing therapeutic options for people affected by rare genetic diseases.

Throughout his career, Oved had extensive engagements with healthcare systems and patient advocacy organizations around the world, forging collaborations to address the needs of people affected by rare genetic diseases. Oved is frequently invited to speak on topics related to orphan drugs, the development and commercialization of therapies for patients with rare diseases.

Oved is a registered pharmacist, trained at the School of Pharmacy, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and holds a M.Sc. in Pharmacology from Northeastern University in Boston. He has a certificate from the program for Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Oved also has more than twenty years of leadership experience as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Oved served as Chief Business Officer at CENTOGENE (NASDAQ: CNTG), a global leader in the diagnostics of rare hereditary disorders where his overall responsibility for the company´s programs with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry included enhancing existing partnerships and establishing new collaborations to facilitate drug development and improve treatment outcomes.

Oved joined CENTOGENE from Arrett Neuroscience, where he held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer, having led the company’s strategy for developing therapies for Rett syndrome. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Head of Commercial at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY), where he played a lead role in the organization’s transition from a technology-platform focused company to a patient-centric drug development and pre-launch enterprise. Oved had a long tenure at Genzyme Corporation (now Sanofi Genzyme) as Vice President, Strategic Development, responsible for program management, business development, market assessment, and business planning for the rare genetic diseases franchise. Prior to that position, he was General Manager of the Gaucher Disease and MPS Portfolios, where he was responsible for the flagship product Cerezyme®, leading it to peak sales of over $1.2 billion. He also oversaw the development of the drug Eliglustat, which was approved by the FDA and EMA for the treatment of Gaucher Disease. Oved joined Genzyme in 1998 and held positions of increasing responsibility in regulatory affairs, marketing, and business development in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Genzyme, he was a staff pharmacologist at Peptor Ltd. (Israel) and Cambridge NeuroScience, Inc. (MA, USA), where he was involved in early stage drug development programs.

He is also a Founding Advisor of Splisense Therapeutics, Israel.

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Ilise Friedman

Major Gifts Officer

Ilise Friedman has worked in development for over two decades, most recently in the independent school sector: at Turning Point School, where she served for 5 years as Director of Advancement, and previously at Campbell Hall School, where she spent 10 years as Associate Director of Advancement.

She received her BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, graduating with honors. After working as an Executive Assistant after college, she found her calling to help others by serving as the Director of Development for Gateway Center of Monterey County, an adult residential and vocational facility. At Gateway, Ms. Friedman was responsible for the organization’s grant writing, foundation relations, and fundraising events.

Ms. Friedman has managed numerous volunteer committees and finds great joy in working with community members from a diverse range of backgrounds. From 2001-2005, Ms. Friedman worked as the Gala Director for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in New York and Rhode Island. She also served as a volunteer manager for the Salvation Army immediately following the 2001 terror attacks.

She has also worked as a Development Officer for the Starlight Children’s Foundation; an Outreach Volunteer post-hurricane Sandy via SeabrightRising.org and Habitat for Humanity. She also served on the scholarship panel for the Nordstrom Foundation, granting $10,000 scholarships to high school juniors in Los Angeles County who exhibited exemplary community service.

In her spare time, you can find Ms. Friedman on the beach collecting seashells with her daughter, and on new adventures, either in a book or on a plane, traveling near and far.

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David Hardy, MD

Medical Advisor

Dr. Hardy is an infectious disease specialist, and in addition to caring for patients for over 30 years, his work has focused on developing novel treatments, vaccines, cures, and remission strategies for human viral diseases.

Since 1984, Dr. Hardy has amassed expertise as an HIV/AIDS care provider, researcher and advocate. His research has focused on treatment and prevention of opportunistic infections, immune therapies, as well as cellular and gene therapies as strategies for cure of HIV infection and other viral diseases.

Dr. Hardy has taught at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and most recently at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX and completed his residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California as well as clinical and laboratory fellowships at UCLA School of Medicine.

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Jackie Kellogg

Operations Coordinator

Jackie has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she completed a joint program in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and in African and African American Studies. Prior to joining Solve, Jackie focused on anti-domestic and sexual violence work, including as an emergency responder, case manager, survivor advocate, and violence prevention educator.

In her role at Solve M.E., Jackie maintains the operational and administrative behind-the-scenes of the organization. She is the voice behind all responses to the solvecfs@solvecfs.org account as well as submissions to the general form.

Jackie spends her free time fostering orphan kittens and expanding her bartending experience by touring local breweries.

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Joe Komsky

Director of Development

Joe has worked in non-profit for thirty years, the last twenty raising money for medical research, health advocacy, and patient care. During that time, Joe has collaborated with volunteers, colleagues, scientists, and doctors to raise over $50 million to improve healthcare. His fundraising philosophy is not about pressure or salesmanship, but rather, “let’s talk about how you want to change the world and how we can work together to make that happen.”

Joe is excited to join Solve M.E. at a time of such potential growth for the organization. A passionate fundraiser and builder of high-performing teams, he hopes to use those skills to help patients and their families. Joe’s other passion is his family and the Los Angeles Dodgers, though not always in that order. He lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife, teenage daughter, and two rescue dogs.

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Karman Kregloe

Associate Director of Communication

Karman has a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Tech. Before joining  Solve M.E, she was the editor in chief of an MTV-owned LGBTQ news site.

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Kate Mudie, MSc

Research Senior Manager

Kate’s responsibilities include coordination of the You + ME Registry and Biobank, oversight of data and analyses, and management of the Ramsay Grant Program. With an academic background as a Research Fellow in Epidemiology, Kate brings with her expertise in various aspects of research including study design and analyses, data harmonization, and biobank operation coordination. Kate has worked in ME/CFS research since 2018, assisting with ongoing studies and guiding the development of new studies in collaboration with experts from various fields.

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Leslie E. Phillips, PhD

Consulting Director of Product Management and Operation

An epidemiologist specializing in clinical epidemiology, research study design and analysis, and best practices for data collection, Leslie is accomplished in helping organizations navigate complex epidemiologic questions, providing insight and support to better understanding the ME/CFS landscape. Leslie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She has served in a variety of analytic and leadership capacities in research and public health and, in addition to epidemiology, has expertise in survey research, health equity, population health, and Lean Startup methodologies.

At Solve, Leslie is focused on “getting under the hood” to identify data insights that can be translated into actionable next steps. As a Seattle resident through many a grey, wet winter, Leslie has developed an excessive addiction to coffee and an impressive collection of GORE-TEX.

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Emily Taylor

Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement

Emily brings to the organization over fifteen years of policy, organization, and advocacy experience in both the non-profit and government sectors. With five years’ experience on Capitol Hill, Emily contributes a keen understanding of both state and federal policy processes while cultivating strong grassroots organization and patient representation.

Prior to joining the Solve M.E., Emily served as the director of policy and advocacy for an award-winning autism organization. There she spearheaded major overhauls in disability, early intervention, and education policies. She is also a veteran of several successful electoral campaigns, where she trained others in effective social media and online organization. She received a B.A. with honors in politics and international relations from Scripps College in Claremont and earned her M.A. in American politics from Claremont Graduate University. Emily draws inspiration from her mother who has battled ME/CFS as well as chronic autoimmune and thyroid conditions since 1999.

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Ani Vahradyan

Social Media and Marketing Manager

Ani has a master’s degree in Public Relations from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also studied journalism. Prior to joining Solve M.E., Ani held various writing and editorial positions at on-campus publications.

As part of her work in communications, Ani strives to inform and inspire Solve’s ME/CFS and Long Covid communities through ongoing engagement via email, social media, and print publications, among other efforts. She brings with her an innate passion for storytelling.

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Jason Van Over

Database Administrator

Jason’s background is in operations (starting in for-profit organizations and later transitioning to the nonprofit world). His focus is in social-service programming and data optimization. He streamlines.

His work at Solve includes donation management and data analysis to inform development strategy.

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TaKeisha S. Walker, MS, MA

Chief Operating Officer

TaKeisha S. Walker’s leadership career has included work in the disability, environmental, and education communities. Her influence and strategic direction have helped young people with disabilities obtain their first meaningful work experience through summer internship positions in Washington, D.C., reduced the gap in STEM readiness for middle and high school students, and protected children from asthma attacks by training healthcare providers to adopt guidelines-based care practices to minimize environmental triggers.

TaKeisha holds a Master of Science in Management and Marketing from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications from the University of Tulsa. She is also a certified professional development facilitator.

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