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Board of Directors

President

Dr Gary Solomon

Gary Solomon MD, FACS

62 year old clinical surgeon. Graduate in Biochemistry UCLA, medical school Tulane, board certified general surgery University of Colorado, and board certified in plastic surgery Johns Hopkins. Founder and director of Long Beach Memorial wound healing center and chief of surgery at same hospital. Retired from practice 2012 secondary to CFS/ME.Developed CFS/ME 2003 after a prolonged upper respiratory illness. Treated by Dr Jose Montoya since 2007. I have two brothers, one recently had died from complication of MS and the other has CFS/ME. My mother recently died from complications from Takayasu Arteritis and carried a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.I’m married for the past 33 years and have 3 children and one grandchild, soon to become two. My interest with Phoenix Rising is strictly trying to give something back for the great work this site has provided over the years.

Secretary, Treasurer and Acting CEO

Mark BerryMark Berry

BSc Mathematics (University of Manchester), MSc Computer Science (University of Birmingham). Mark has been ill (with diagnoses including “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity”, “Idiopathic Immune Disorder” and more recently “Moderate/Severe Sleep Apnea” and “Idiopathic Neuropathy”) since 1998. He has managed to continue to work part-time from home as a software engineer for most of that time, and now works part-time as a Developer at the University of Nottingham. Before he fell ill, Mark worked as a volunteer for a variety of UK charities, and since 2010 he has served in voluntary roles at Phoenix Rising as moderator, board member, content team lead, treasurer, secretary and CEO.

Board Members

Janet Defoe

Janet Dafoe

Ph.D. in Child Psychology from Stanford University. Postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Staff Psychologist at the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto from 1985 until 2005, and at Morrissey Compton Educational Center in Redwood City, CA from 2005 – present. She served as a staff psychologist, a diagnostician, and conducted complex evaluations. Her specialty areas include Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, school-related issues, and special education law for parents, school administrators, teachers, and probation officers. Dr. Dafoe has conducted numerous workshops on ADHD for school administrators, teachers, and probation officers. She served on the Steering Committee of the community Advisory Committee for Special Education in the Palo Alto School District, and leads an ADHD support group for parents. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community, and as member and President of the Board of Trustees of the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto. In addition, Dr. Dafoe was a Girl Scout Leader for 12 years, winning the Outstanding Leader Award for Santa Clara County. When her son Whitney Dafoe became severely ill with ME/CFS she became his caretaker, an advocate for ME/CFS awareness and research funding, and fundraiser for the CFS research of her husband, Ronald W. Davis, PhD, through the OMF.

 

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