Welcome & State of the Foundation - 2020 Virtual Conference

Welcome to our first Virtual MDF Conference! Learn more about the Foundation's recent impact and current projects.

About the presenters:

Jeremy Kelly
Jeremy Kelly came to the States from England for college and now lives in Mill Valley, California with his American wife, Erica, and two young sons, Jack and Ben—both of whom have childhood-onset myotonic dystrophy. Like many individuals, Erica—with the mild form of DM—might never have known she has this disorder had her children not been more affected than she. After an 18-year career at JP Morgan, Jeremy joined the management team of Provident Funding, where he serves as Chief Financial Officer. In May 2007, he started a one-man fundraising effort by seeking pledges for his daily bike commute—32 miles round trip—with the goal of reaching 5,000 miles in one year. His idea proved to be very successful, with more than $150,000 raised. In attendance at IDMC-5 in Quebec, he is also a founding member and served as Myotonic Treasurer from 2006 to 2009.

Tanya Stevenson, EdD, MPH
Dr. Tanya Stevenson joined MDF in January 2020, bringing with her nearly 20 years of hands-on experience leading mission-driven nonprofit organizations and driving large-scale strategic initiatives. Her expertise in organizational development, program design and evaluation, advocacy, and community engagement are complemented by her long history of successful collaborative work with diverse stakeholders. Dr. Stevenson joins Myotonic after serving as President and CEO of Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership, a century-old nonprofit working to eliminate lung disease through advocacy, education, and direct services. Prior to Breathe California she worked with Girls Incorporated of Alameda County, the New York City Department of Health, American Cancer Society, National Evaluation AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), as well as the New York/New Jersey AETC at Columbia University. After earning her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies at UCLA, she went on to receive her Doctorate of Education and Master of Public Health degree in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. Tanya is thrilled to be a member of the MDF family and works daily to advance our mission. She invites you to reach out to her directly to share how you believe we may continue to expand our reach and maximize our impact!