The Board of Directors is comprised of six members who each has a connection to Kabuki Syndrome through a family member. All are volunteers and oversee the overall strategy and operations of the foundation. Daily operations are managed by a part-time executive director.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Advisory Board is
comprised of a range of
medical and scientific professionals with direct experience treating or researching Kabuki Syndrome. They help guide our strategies, review research grant proposals, and provide input to our research path priorities.
MEDICAL & SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
The foundation relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of many individuals, including some below who possess specific knowledge and/or areas of expertise that help advance our mission.
Janet’s professional career began as a consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies in the US and Europe streamlining business processes into integrated management systems. After consulting, Janet transitioned into retail where she managed $18M in annual sales and established profitable vendor relationships. She has a BS from Boston College. One of her proudest achievements has been parenting her children, Emily and Ryan. For the past 12 years, Janet has been navigating her daughter’s Kabuki Syndrome diagnosis and has been a fierce advocate for her medically, socially, and academically. Janet is thrilled to be working with KSF on mobilizing fundraising efforts to find a viable treatment for Kabuki Syndrome. Janet lives in New York City with her husband Michael, and her children Emily and Ryan. In her spare time, she is troop leader to 14 girls with a variety of special needs, introducing them to leadership and life skills in different contexts.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JILL ORUM DUNBAR
Founder and Co-President
Jill is an Executive Vice President and head of U.S. operations for Dig Insights, a leading consumer insights and strategy consultancy. Previously, Jill spent much of her career working in global consumer products companies, as well as being a Partner in a major brand strategy consultancy and running her own consulting practice for six years. Jill holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She and her husband Pat live in Chicago with their two daughters. Jill’s connection to Kabuki Syndrome is through her 15-year old niece, Lilly, who thrives while living with Kabuki Syndrome. In addition to co-founding KSF, Jill has also served on the planning committees for the 2018 and 2021 KSF Research Conferences.
Founder and Co-President
Annie Dean is Director of Remote Work at Facebook. She is a globally recognized expert on remote and flexible working whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Cheddar TV, and more. Prior to joining Facebook, Annie led the new ways of working advisory as a Vice President at Deloitte. In 2016, Annie cofounded Werk.co, a remote working and flexibility data and analytics startup. Werk.co raised $5M in venture capital to support the Fortune 500 in strategically adopting the future of work; it was acquired in 2020 and has been rebranded to WerkLabs. Annie began her career on Wall Street as a corporate attorney representing institutional lenders in billions of dollars of transactions secured by real estate. She earned her BA summa cum laude from Syracuse University and her law degree from Fordham University. Annie is the proud parent of two beautiful sons, one with Kabuki Syndrome.
Founder and Vice President
Pat started his career in Commercial & Investment Banking and later worked in Management Strategy Consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton and Bain & Company. He holds an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. After leaving the corporate world, he has spent much of the last 10 years focused on various community-based efforts. He has coached numerous youth sports teams and served as Board President for the local girls softball association. He has served as President of the School Board Caucus and Co-Chairman of a campaign that successfully passed a $40MM bond referendum to fund construction for a local middle school. Like Jill, Pat has been inspired by his 15-year old niece with Kabuki Syndrome to advocate for this community. He has also served on the 2018 and 2021 KSF Conference planning committees.
Leila is a founding partner of Kindred Capital, a venture capital firm based in London England with over $200M under management. Prior to founding Kindred, Leila was on the founding team of Silicon Valley based genomics company GenapSys, and spent a number of years at Bain & Company as a management consultant. She has a degree in math and philosophy from Yale University and a Harvard Business School MBA. Leila is the proud parent of 6-year old daughter Roya, who was diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome when she was 6 months old, and was the inspiration for the Roya Kabuki Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital which Leila set up with her husband Edoardo. Together Leila and Edoardo, together with their friends and family, have fully sponsored the first four years of the Roya Kabuki Initiative, which constitutes an interdisciplinary Kabuki clinic as well as a research program to search for therapies and eventually a cure for Kabuki Syndrome. Leila lives in London, England, with her husband Edoardo, and their daughters Roya and Aria, and their son Luciano.
Edoardo Zegna is the Chief Marketing Officer at Ermenegildo Zegna Group, and is an active investor in technology companies and start-ups. His career has been focused on retail and digital disruption, having been on the founding team of American clothing retailer Everlane, and starting his career at The Gap both in New York and in their corporate headquarters in San Francisco. Together with his wife Leila, Edoardo lives in London with their three children, including their 6 year old daughter Roya who has Kabuki Syndrome. Roya served as the inspiration for Edoardo and Leila to establish the Roya Kabuki Initiative at Boston Children's Hospital, which they continue to be very involved in. Edoardo earned his BA from Georgetown University.
TOM CINGARI JR
Tom is a fourth generation owner and VP of his family's 11 store supermarket chain. Tom has held many positions with the company and is currently VP of the E-Commerce Division, Digital Marketing, Produce, and Change Management. Prior to joining his family’s company Tom worked for Nestle Waters North America on their finance team. For the last 20 years, Tom and his family have been heavily involved in raising funds and driving research for the Eye Research Center at Yale Medical Center. Tom has a bachelor's degree in business management and psychology from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Tom and his wife Jenna live in Connecticut and are the proud parents of 3 children, Harper (8), James (5), and Sam (2) who was diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome at just 3 weeks of age. Since the birth of Sam, Tom has been in search of a way to get involved in mobilizing the efforts in driving research for Kabuki Syndrome and is excited to be a part of the KSF board.
MEDICAL & SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Jacqueline Harris, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution
Olaf Bodamer, MD, PhD, FACMG, FAAP
Park Gerald Chair in Genetics & Genomics, Associate Chief of Genetics & Genomics, Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Andrew Lindsley, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati School
Division of Allergy and Immunology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Medical Director, US Medical Affairs, Inflammation/Neurology Platform, Amgen, Inc.
Margaret P. Adam, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Genetic Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Seattle Children's Hospital
Hans T. Bjornsson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Genetics and Pediatrics, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor Translational Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Iceland - Háskóli Íslands
Clinical Director, Clinical Genetics, Landspitali University Hospital
Kasturi Haldar, PhD
Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland C.S.C. Professor of Biological Sciences and
James Parsons and Carrie Quinn Director, Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Siddharth Banka, MBBS, MRCPCH, PhD
Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Giuseppe Merla, PhD
Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Naples Federico II
Director, Laboratory of Functional and Regulatory Genomics at IRCCS CSS in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Gregory M. Rice, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics & Metabolism
Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dana is the proud parent of an 13-year-old daughter with Kabuki Syndrome. Since her daughter’s birth, Dana has been involved with the Kabuki Syndrome community by writing articles for the Kabuki Syndrome Network Website and serving as a “first point of contact” for families and professionals wanting to learn more about Kabuki Syndrome.
In 2015, Dana led the planning of the first research-based Kabuki Syndrome conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Then, in 2018, Dana helped establish the Kabuki Syndrome Foundation, and currently helps monitor the body of research that is ongoing across various institutions.
Amanda is the mother of two toddlers, a critical care nurse, and a freelance writer. Her daughter has Kabuki Syndrome and their rare disease journey began in 2014 with a lot of advocacy and answer-seeking in an area where Kabuki Syndrome had not been previously diagnosed. Amanda now leads the team that plans the annual Pacific Northwest Kabuki Syndrome Conference, which gathers families in the region for a weekend of socialization, helpful presentations, and research updates.
Amanda holds bachelor’s degrees in nursing and health sciences, as well as a graduate certificate in public health. Her interests in health care and communication support her motivation to educate others and advocate for this special community.