Wendy is a seasoned operations professional in the health care sector with a primary focus in HR administration, lobbying compliance, and finance/budget tracking. Her experience includes five years as VP of Operations at the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) and 10 years as Sr. Manager, State Government Affairs & Operations at CVS Health.
RaeAnn Ensworth (she/her) joins Patients For Affordable Drugs Now as a digital intern. Before working at P4ADNOW, RaeAnn had a wide range of experiences from working in the Senate Democratic Media Center to coordinating sorority recruitment at her undergrad, Ohio University. She believes in creating a more equitable system for all and is passionate about elevating other people’s voices.
Danny Finley (he/him) works to recruit, grow, and organize the Patients for Affordable Drugs’ patient community. Before working for P4AD, Danny worked on several political campaigns as an organizer and spent a year in Brazil as an English Teaching Assistant through a Fulbright grant. His belief in the possibility of an equitable health care system where patients can afford the drugs they need brought him to P4AD and inspires his daily work. He is a graduate of Tulane University, where he studied Economics and Finance through the Altman Program in International Studies.
Sarah has six years of experience working as a registered nurse in community health and critical care nursing. She decided to enter health policy after seeing the many barriers encountered by her patients as they tried to access affordable health care. While studying health policy, Sarah became disturbed about the realities of the pharmaceutical industry and eager to make an impact on drug pricing policy.
Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from UNC Chapel Hill and her MPH in Health Policy from Harvard University.
Before landing at Patients for Affordable Drugs Now, Juliana spent more than a decade as an investigative journalist. Juliana is a mom to two, including Eli, who has cystic fibrosis. Her son was hospitalized after her family could not afford a medication, which led her to serve as a volunteer patient advisor starting in 2017. She agreed to move her family to Washington to continue her work on behalf of this cause as communications director and is excited to help elevate the patient voice in the media to policymakers and the public.
After ten years as a reporter for the Detroit News, Sheila spent more than 25 years in advocacy, public affairs, and social impact. She has deep experience in health care and public health. She worked for Michigan Governor John Engler, the C.S. Mott Foundation and DaimlerChrysler. After 18 years as an award-winning Director at the global strategic communications firm, MSL, she spent the last two years as President of the Mid-Atlantic Region for Markstein Communications. A longtime advocate for patients and their families, she is married to a cancer survivor, the mother of a son with diabilities, and a daughter who is a cancer survivor. She is a patient herself who relies on costly biologics to manage a chronic condition. Sheila reflects: “I recognized early on that we were just one job loss, one Supreme Court decision or Medicaid cut away from financial ruin, and we are among the most fortunate.”
Before joining the team at Patients for Affordable Drugs Now, Sam (she/her) spent several years working in digital marketing and communications for the tech sector. Originally from Illinois, Sam received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Roosevelt University in Chicago –– but it was her experience as a patient with Crohn’s Disease that led Sam to work as a patient advocate for those with chronic illnesses. That passion for improving patient quality of life is what brought her to D.C. from Chicago to help fight for lower drug prices. Her advocacy has afforded her many opportunities to elevate her story and the stories of patients like her, from testifying in front of Congress to writing about drug pricing in the pages of Teen Vogue.
A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at the age of six led Lauren to become a lifetime patient advocate who, as a volunteer and in her career, has fought for everything from research funding to drug and treatment affordability. Prior to joining the team at Patients for Affordable Drugs, Lauren worked on grassroots digital advocacy and public policy in the nonprofit sector. Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political and Persuasive Communications and American Government from George Mason University in Northern Virginia, and was born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Jema works closely with our patient advocates to bring their stories to the forefront of the fight to lower drug prices. She believes in holding drug companies accountable and making sure every patient has the access that they need. Jema received her Bachelor’s Degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V. She is passionate about the amplifying patient voices and stories in the fight for affordable drugs.
Over the last few years, Lucy has worked with the P4ADNOW team in a variety of roles to bring the patient voice to the fight for lower drug prices. She additionally brings policy, communications, and organizing experience to P4ADNOW from her time on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Lucy graduated with a degree in biology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is passionate about the power of patient and constituent voices (and well-designed spreadsheets) in the fight for affordable and accessible health care.
Hattie’s experience with a childhood autoimmune disease and passion for building a more equitable health care system motivated her to join P4ADNOW as a program assistant. Before P4ADNOW, she served as a senior editor for her college newspaper and as a writer for several other publications, including The Sacramento Bee. Hattie graduated with a degree in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University in 2019.