Led by Parents and Professionals

PRISMS is lead by a combination of parents and professionals, working together to guide the organization’s operations, programming and services. Our leadership teams would love to hear from you!

To contact a member of our Board of Directors, Staff, or Professional Advisory Board directly, please email us at info@prisms.org or call 972-231-0035

Executive Director

Emily Fields
Executive Director

Emily joined PRISMS as the organization’s first Executive Director in January 2015. A graduate with a B.A. in Human Services from The George…

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Board of Directors

Serving as a board member of a non-profit organization such as PRISMS is one of the most challenging and rewarding volunteer assignments. PRISMS Board of Directors is comprised of family members of persons with SMS.

John Mayer
President

John joined the PRISMS board in 2009, serving for six years as secretary before being elected president in 2015. He has chaired the membership committee…

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Margaret Miller
Vice President

Maggie is the Founding President of PRISMS. She began the organization along with her husband Scott Miller, Ann Smith and Brenda Finucane. She was…

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Phil Ruedi
Treasurer

Phil has been a member of the PRISMS board since 2010. He joined as treasurer and continues to serve in that role as well as chair of the finance committee…

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Brandon Daniel
Secretary

Brandon joined the PRISMS board in January 2015, assisting with fundraising, before assuming the role of secretary in January 2016. Brandon is the revenue…

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Randy Beall
Immediate Past President

Randy joined the PRISMS Board in 2001. He was the treasurer and vice president before serving 10 years as president, beginning in 2005. He currently…

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Denien Rasmussen
Fundraising Committee

Denien became a member of PRISMS in 2008, when her son, Matthew, (then four) was diagnosed with SMS. She attended her first PRISMS…

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Tina McGrevy
Awareness Committee

Tina joined the PRISMS board in 2010, serving as the fundraising chair until 2014, when she became the awareness chair. Finding information…

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Percy Huston
Regional Representatives and Volunteers Committee

Percy joined the PRISMS board in 2006, initially to spearhead fundraising efforts. As an at-large member, he has since served on the finance…

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Diane Erth
Membership Committee

My name is Diane Erth. I live in San Diego, CA with my husband, Joe, and my 8 year old son, Max. I am a Stay at Home Mom but I feel I deserve a…

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Professional Advisory Board

PRISMS Professional Advisory Board is comprised of some of the world’s foremost experts on Smith-Magenis Syndrome in a wide range of disciplines including speech and language, neurology, psychology, behavior, genetics and more.

Sarah Elsea, PhD
Professional Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Sarah Elsea is a professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, and senior director of the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory at Baylor…

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Ann C.M. Smith, MA, DSc (Hon), CGC
PAB Chair Emeritus

Ann Smith is a board certified genetic counselor and internationally recognized leader in the field of medical genetics and genetic counseling for over 40 years…

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Brenda Finucane, MS, LGC
Professional Advisory Board

Brenda Finucane is a licensed genetic counselor and the Associate Director of the Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute of Geisinger…

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Barbara Haas-Givler, MEd, BCBA
Professional Advisory Board

Barbara Haas-Givler is a board certified behavior analyst and Director of Education & Behavioral Outreach at Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental…

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Kerry Boyd, MD, FRCPC
Professional Advisory Board

Dr. Kerry Boyd is a psychiatrist who has dedicated her career to the field of developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She has been working is Chief of…

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Andrea Gropman, MD
Professional Advisory Board

Andrea Gropman is a child neurologist and clinical and biochemical geneticist at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she…

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Christine Brennan, PhD CCC-SLP
Professional Advisory Board

Dr. Christine Brennan, MA CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist…

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Jane Charles, MD
Professional Advisory Board

Dr. Jane Charles is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician in the Departmentof Pediatrics, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics…

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Rebecca Foster, PhD
Professional Advisory Board

Rebecca Foster is a licensed pediatric psychologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis…

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Santhosh Girirajan, MBBS, PhD
Professional Advisory Board

Santhosh Girirajan, MBBS, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Anthropology at Penn State…

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Staff

PRISMS Staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of the Smith-Magenis Syndrome community through developing and managing programs, facilitating supports, acknowledging community engagement and more.

Julie Bernatz
Executive Assistant

In the role of Executive Assistant, Julie supports the Executive Director and PRISMS Board of Directors in a variety of tasks including member…

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Dianne Samad, MS, CGD
Genetic Counselor

PRISMS Genetic Counselor offering support for the SMS community. Dianne is a genetic counselor at the BaylorCollege of Medicine. In this position…

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Angela Williams
Office Manager

Angela has served as PRISMS Office Manager for five years. She works part-time for the organization and is primarily responsible for managing…

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