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Alexandra Abrams, MD

Dr. Abrams is a physician who is board certified in Pediatrics as well as Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation.  She received a BA in biology with Honors from UCLA, where she worked in a joint UCLA-Caltech lab studying pediatric CNS tumor-derived stem cells and contributed to the early characterization of these cells. She went on to earn her medical degree from UCSD and then completed both a General Pediatrics Residency and Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplant Fellowship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.  She has subsequentlyworked in acute care and outpatient settings within both Pediatric Oncology as well as General Pediatrics.  Dr. Abrams has received multiple teaching awards from the Stanford University School of Medicine and served as a Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Endowed Clinical Fellow as well as the Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Fellow for her research regarding tumor progenitor cells within Osteosarcoma.  She has also participated in numerous international medical missions as well as managed a free medical clinic proving care to underserved populations.

Celeste McDonnell

Celeste has 5 children, 2 step-children, and 11 grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren have been diagnosed with SLC13A5. Celeste holds a BA from University of Oregon and a Masters in Education from Lewis and Clark. Early in her career, she worked as a special education teacher. Celeste is determined to help improve the lives of those living with the SLC13A5 disease.

William Nichols, MBA, CPA

Bill retired in 2000 as Treasurer of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, California. Bill’s other endeavors included Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance at San Jose State University, Controller and Assistant Treasurer of Saga Corporation, Menlo Park, CA and Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse in San Francisco, California and Sydney, Australia. Bill is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in AB and an MBA. Bill has a wide range of experiences serving on numerous Board of Directors positions; currently he serves as Treasurer of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Childrens Health and Chair of Investment and Finance Committees, Avenidas, both of Palo Alto, California; past member of Channing House, Palo Alto, California and Trustee of the Investment Fund for Foundations, in Virginia. Bill is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and holds membership in Financial Executives Institute; Institute of Management Accountants and California State CPA Society.

Blaine Nye, PhD, MBA, MS

Blaine is President of Stanford Consulting Group, Inc. He holds degrees from University of Washington, Stanford University, and Stanford Business School. Before founding SCG in 1981, Blaine played professional football for the Dallas Cowboys.​​

Maureen Grover

Maureen has 3 children, Landon (9), Brady (8) and Alaina (5). Brady and Alaina have been diagnosed with the SLC13a5 mutation. Her family is from sunny Florida and they spend much of their time on the soccer field or by the pool. As a family they have traveled across the country for answers, treatment and research.

Prasad Vattikutti

Prasad Vattikutti lives in Texas with his wife and 2 young children who have SLC13A5 mutations.