The Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, Inc.® (FIRST) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to supporting our mission with their time and talents. FIRST's Board members are active participants in the various activities of the Foundation and are representative of our diverse population locally and nationally.

The 11-member Board of Directors has included individuals affected by various forms of ichthyosis, parents of affected children, dermatologists and researchers in the field of ichthyosis, as well as attorneys, educators, psychologists and corporate individuals. FIRST has been fortunate to have nationally known dermatologists, including a past president of the American Academy of Dermatology, sit on its board. The Board of Directors meet quarterly via teleconference, at the biennial National Conference, and also at a biennial retreat in Philadelphia during non-conference years.  The Board is responsible for monitoring the results of FIRST's operations and supports the achievement of FIRST's ambitious strategic goals through standing, special (or ad hoc) and advisory committees.

Individuals who would like to express an interest in serving on FIRST's Board of Directors should contact the Board Development Committee for more information.

2018 FIRST Board of Directors

Jeff Hoerle
Osprey, Florida

Tracie Pretak
1st Vice President
Wilcox, Pennsylvania

Mark Evans
2nd Vice President   Hampstead, Maryland


Larry Silverman
Frisco, Texas

Denise Benedetto
Wantagh, New York


Keith Choate, MD, PhD
Wallingford, Connecticut

Kimberly Cole
Stillwater, Minnesota

Denise Gass
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sean McTernan
Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania

Gabriele Richard, MD
Silver Spring, Maryland

Robert Silverman
McLean, Virginia


Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.
General Counsel
Havertown, Pennsylvania

Board Members Emeriti

Philip Fleckman, MD
Seattle, Washington

Leonard M. Milstone, MD
New Haven, Connecticut

Amy Paller, MD
Chicago, llinois

David Scholl, PhD
Mason, Ohio

Mary L. Williams, MD
San Francisco, California

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