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The Guthy-Jackson NMO Patient Advocacy Council is committed to providing educational resources, extending awareness to urban and rural communities, and connecting patients, caregivers, and families within the local and on-line NMO community with one another. The NMO Patient Advocacy Council is led by Lisa McDaniel, Director of Patient Advocacy and Cori Woolf, Patient Advocacy Coordinator.

The Council Members below have completed advocacy training and are prepared to offer support and resources to patients and caregivers in their regional locations as well as through virtual support groups.

Interested in becoming a member of the Patient Advocacy Council?


Lisa McDaniel

Director of Patient Advocacy

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Cori Woolf

Patient Advocacy Coordinator

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Erica Behling

North East Region

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Deneisha Ellis

Southern California and
Southwest Regions

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Michelle Dean

Northern California and
Midwest Regions

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Kim Jackson-Matthews

California and Southwest Regions

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Doug & Holly Kirby

Northwest and Mountain Regions

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Jesus & Maria Loreto

Florida and Spanish speaking patients
and caregivers

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Laura May

East Coast

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Natasha Polo

New York and the Tri-State Area Region

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Barry & Sharon Shapiro

South and South East Regions

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Julie & Robert Waller

Southern Midwest

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Jeff Woolf

Northern Midwest

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Kristin Wiedower

Kristin Wiedower


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Sandra Adda

Sandra Adda


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Heather Sowalla

Heather Sowalla


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