Staff

Chris Nowinski, PhD
Co-Founder & CEO, CLF

Chris Nowinski, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization leading the fight against concussions and CTE and dedicated to improving the lives of those...

Robert Cantu, MD
Co-Founder, Medical Director

Currently Dr. Cantu’s professional responsibilities include those of Medical Director and Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Robert ...

Lisa McHale
Director of Legacy Family Relations

Lisa McHale graduated from Cornell University, where she met her husband, Tom McHale, an All-American Defensive End for the Big Red. They m...

Julia Manning
Senior Director, Communications & Programs

Julia Manning joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation team in September 2018 after spending six years in broadcast journalism. Most recently, Julia worked as the 10PM producer at the CBS affiliate ...

Samantha Bureau, PhD
Director of Programs

Samantha Bureau, PhD joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation team in December 2021, following nearly five years with the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada where she most recently acted as the Ass...

Brandon Drummond
Director of Digital Strategy & Operations

Brandon Drummond joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation in March 2019 after spending the previous two years with Kepler Group, a digital marketing agency. Most recently, he worked as an Optimizati...

Brandon Boyd
Education Programs Manager

Brandon Boyd joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation in July, 2017. Brandon now manages CLF’s education programs, including their Flag Football Under 14 campai...

Michael Burke
Patient Programs Manager

Michael Burke joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation in January 2017. Michael manages CLF's patient services, including the CLF HelpLine, peer support programs, and co...

Joe Cain
Development Manager

Joe is responsible for database management, donor outreach, and development support for the Concussion Legacy Foundation. He joined the team as a development coordinator in July 2019 after holding ...

Emily Crouch-Ponder
Database Manager

Emily joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation in August 2022 after moving from Austin to Tacoma when her husband got stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McCord. Growing up in a football-centric household...

Brandt McCartney
Military Program Manager

Brandt McCartney joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation in June 2022 after transitioning from SAAS (Software as a Service) sales to pursue his passion of raising awareness for mental health in the...

Morgan Hicks
Development Coordinator

Morgan joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation as the Development Coordinator in January of 2021. A lifelong soccer player and self-proclaimed 'fangirl' of the US Women's National Team, she first h...

Doria Josma
Development Coordinator

Doria is a fraternal twin who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is passionate about arts and culture, social justice, youth development, and girls/women empowerment. Doria received her bache...

Nicholas Paik
Digital Content Coordinator

Nicholas Paik joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation as Digital Content Coordinator in April 2021. He comes from a marketing & communications background, and has had experience working at non-...

Rachael Perkins
Social Media & Graphic Design Coordinator

Rachael Perkins joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation in March of 2022. She manages CLF’s social media platforms and projects. Prior to joining CLF, Rachael graduated from the University of Alaba...

Niki Popyer
Finance & Administration Coordinator

Niki Popyer joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation as the Finance & Administration Coordinator in July 2022. Her first contact with CLF was as a high school basketball player who sus...

Tricia Ruiz
Patient Services Coordinator

Tricia Ruiz joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation as a Patient Services Coordinator in September 2022. She was born in central California and raised in eastern Montana, where hunting, fishing and...

Emily Stockstill
Events & Operations Coordinator

Emily Stockstill joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation team in May of 2022.  As the Events and Operations Coordinator, she manages planning and execution of all CLF events including the Conc...

Taya Leforte
Assistant HelpLine Coordinator

Taya Leforte joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation team in July 2021. Before coming to CLF, Taya served as the Support Group Director (2019-2022) for the McGill University chapter of the Concussi...

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