Board of Directors
Sandi Henderson BACS, CFLE
For over 20 years, Sandi has worked in the human services field with trauma, abuse, suicide victims, and survivors. She has taught college-level programs such as mental health and addictions. As a woman with PMDD, Sandi has been with GAF (then NAPMDD) since it's inception in 2013.
"In this role, I hope to create policies and procedures to ensure the organization is committed to best practices. I am enjoying being a part of our peer support training program for our volunteers and assisting with the training process. My goal is to have a well-run service to provide excellent quality peer support services to women."
Andrea Chisholm MD, Cody Regional Health & VeryWell.com
Clinical Advisory Board Chair
Dr. Andrea Chisholm is the Gia Allemand Foundation Clinical Advisory Board Chair. Until very recently Dr. Chisholm has spent her clinical career in the Boston area where she held teaching faculty appointments at both Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine.
Patient education is a big priority for Dr. Chisholm and she regularly reaches beyond the walls of her office by contributing articles about women's health and wellness at Verywell.com.
Today, Dr. Chisholm has traded in her East Coast academic appointments and has gone West to Wyoming. Frustrated by the burnout and negativity in healthcare, she was looking to reconnect with true patient and community centered "old-fashioned" healthcare and she found the perfect place at Cody Regional Health in Cody, Wyoming.
"I was drawn to GAF by the passion and commitment of the original grassroots patient advocacy group seeing a unique opportunity to create an organization that blends superb patient advocacy with health care provider education."
Courtney Crockett, AstraZeneca
With over 13 years of healthcare industry experience, Courtney has a deep passion for treatment protocols that provide support while keeping patients and caregivers well informed and with dignity. As a woman with PMDD, Courtney recently joined GAF in 2017.
"My goal is to help support women in identifying PMDD symptoms as early as possible. However, for those women like myself whose symptoms presented later in life I would like to provide more information and support on viable treatment options that are available sooner in the menopausal transition process. I want women with PMDD as well as those going through peri-menopause to have the necessary tools and resources available to them when selecting their treatment and supporting their recovery."
Kristin Drouin MSW, Boston Children's Hospital
A licensed social worker, Kristin is passionate about mental health advocacy. Recently named The Luv U Project's uLead Young Professional of the Year, she brings to the board experience as a crisis counselor and as a fundraiser for suicide prevention organizations. Diagnosed at age 21, Kristin is one of the board's newest - and youngest - members.
"My primary goal as a member of the board is to reach girls, teens and young adults with reproductive mood disorders, so that they may know they are not alone. As an individual with lived experience, raising awareness about female suicidal ideation is of equal importance to me."
Laura Murphy, Viscious Cycle
Laura runs the UK PMDD Support group and is co-founder of Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible project. She suffered for 17 years before diagnosis and is underwent THBO in October 2017. She is passionate about raising awareness of PMDD and the standards of care for sufferers.
"Being part of the Gia Allemand Foundation I hope to ensure than no person suffers from PMDD alone. I hope to work to bring PMDD into the mainstream and make sufferers aware of the support that is available to them through the Foundation"
Sheila H. Buchert, Me v PMDD
With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, Sheila is an award-winning communications and marketing pro with a demonstrated history of brand building. As a former national communications executive for the American Cancer Society, she has a passion for helping tell – and sell - an organization’s story across audiences, channels, and through strategic collaborations. Sheila and her daughter Brett (a PMDD warrior) have created an app, Me v PMDD Symptom and Treatment Tracker, to empower women and help them more effectively cope with and treat PMDD.
"I believe that no one need suffer from PMDD without a way to fight back. That’s why my goal as a member of the Board is to help create a global movement to raise awareness and standards of care for PMDD. I also hope to help build a sustainable organization capable of serving the needs of the millions globally who suffer from this debilitating condition. Together, we can do it!"