The CrowdCare Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by rare disease patients who are dedicated to patient support, education and advocacy in support of rare and terminal diseases. We know how overwhelming an incurable diagnosis can be both physically and emotionally. The CrowdCare Foundation is a patient-centered organization created to support patients at each step of their disease journey – from diagnosis, through care and on to a cure.
Diagnosed in 2010, Jennifer unwillingly joined the world of multiple myeloma. With a background in entrepreneurship, systems engineering and marketing, she is dedicated to helping other multiple myeloma patients find a cure for the disease.
She launched the CrowdCare Foundation in 2012 to bring patient involvement into the acceleration of a cure for rare and orphan diseases. In 2013, she began the mPatient Myeloma Radio series in order to educate patients about the latest in research and to promote participation in clinical trials. She also began the Myeloma Crowd website to aggregate all relevant information about myeloma from a variety of sources. She is a wife and mother of 6 children. Prior to her launch into full time motherhood, she was a Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative for IBM.
Seth Christensen is an ALS diagnosee (2010), Co-Founder and Executive Director, ALS Crowd Division of the CrowdCare Foundation.
Seth also hosts ALS Crowd Radio (www.alscrowd.org), a show interviewing the top ALS researchers to help educate patients on the latest in research and support new ALS clinical trials. Prior to joining CrowdCare in 2014, Seth was a Director with Microsoft‘s Corporate Venture Integration Group (VIC), where he led over 40 corporate acquisition or divestiture engagements, as well as founding/developing VIC‘s divestiture practice. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008, Seth was a Senior Integration Manager with Intel Capital‘s M&A Integration group for nearly five years, and a Senior Buyer with Intel‘s Procurement Group for two years. While with ICAP, Seth led or co-led fourteen deals ranging from $2M-$6B and authored or co-authored Intel‘s due diligence, integration planning, communications, closure, value capture/creation, and measurement processes for domestic and international transactions. He executed deals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.Seth holds a BA from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Management at Babson College.
Michael Wolfgramm is a big data and technology professional, serving as Chief Technology Officer for Ancestry.com for over a decade in a variety of positions including Senior Vice President of Technology, Vice President of Development and Senior Director of Development. Prior to joining Ancestry.com, Mike served as Senior Director of Development and Senior Architect at Open Market Inc. Mike holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University. He currently serves as Managing Director with special emphasis in high tech for Alta Ventures.
Neal has extensive technology experience in communications, working for Cisco Systems and helping to launch Brocade (Foundry Networks) and Packet Engines/Alcatel USA. Neal deeply understands the needs of cancer patients and their families. Neal was the caregiver for his first wife April, who passed away from acute myeloid leukemia.
Sondra is the sister and caregiver of a cancer patient.