We are STRONGER together

Leadership Team

Kimberly Nye, Executive Director

Kim lives in California with her husband, Zach, and their four kids: Tessa, Lily, Maggie and Colton. Both Tessa and Colton have SLC13A5 mutations. Kim holds a BA from Princeton. She was a graduate student at Oxford University when she gave birth to her first daughter, Tessa. Kim and her family are eager to share their story and connect with other families facing citrate transporter disorders. Kim has been involved with the pediatric neurology and medical genetics community in the United States for more than a decade. She is currently on the Steering Committee for REN and she serves as a Lay Reviewer for CURE.  If you have any questions, send Kim an email.

Emily Hsu, Operations Manager

Before becoming operations manager for TESS Research Foundation, Emily had been volunteering for TESS since before their founding in 2015. She began as the Foundation’s webmaster and has since taken on several other roles for the organization, including working as an admin, as a database manager, and as a producer of educational outreach videos. Emily has a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College. She can be reached here.

Audra Loftman, PhD, Program Manager

Audra joins our team with 12 years experience working on a novel treatment option for people living with medically-resistant focal epilepsy. As a member of product development and clinical teams, she helped to bring the first implantable responsive neurostimulator system from development to FDA approval. Audra holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and Russian. Audra is honored to be a part of the TESS team and is determined to help those impacted by Citrate Transporter Disorder SLC13A5. Audra lives in Menlo Park with her husband and three children.

Cat Gasol, MA, Director of Communications

Catherine is the Director of Communications for TESS Research Foundation.  She has a work background in Communications, Sales, Business and Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from University of Southern California.  She is the aunt of two children with SLC13A5 Deficiency and knows how devastating this disease is for families.  Catherine is determined to help raise awareness, connect families and find a cure.

Nicole Windisch, Family Outreach

Nicole lives in New York with her husband, Rich and their 3 kids, James, Matthew and Meredith.  Meredith has the SLC13A5 mutation.  Nicole found the TESS Research Foundation while researching Meredith’s condition.  Since then, she has taken an active role in raising awareness and fundraising.  Nicole created our silicone bracelet fundraiser and is determined to help find a cure.

Tammy Wester, Community Outreach

Tammy heads our community outreach and volunteer program.  She has been with TESS Research Foundation since it started, and she is the queen of organization.  In addition to raising awareness at community events, she spearheads our snail mail communications.

Deepti Dubey, PhD, Scientific Officer

Dr. Dubey is scientific officer for TESS Research Foundation. She received her PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. She later did her postdoctoral training in the department of Neurology at Stanford University. Her research career is focused on understanding underlying molecular mechanisms of epileptic disorders including Lafora Disease, a rare genetic form of progressive myoclonus epilepsy and temporal lobe epilepsy induced by brain insults using cell and animal models. Dr. Dubey is interested in applying her research experience to facilitate understanding of rare genetic disorders like SLC13A5 deficiency along with exploring immediately available treatment options.  You can email Deepti here.