AVICHAI "AVI" KREMER, Chief Executive Officer, is a co-founder of Prize4Life, and the former Chairman of the Board. Kremer was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 and since then he has worked as the CEO of an ALS nonprofit, IsrALS the Israeli ALS Association, where he raised funds to launch multiple ALS research projects in Israel. He has also worked to promote ALS research at the Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Before attending Harvard, Kremer was a project manager for Elbit Systems, Ltd. Previously Kremer was a Captain in the Israeli Defense Force. Kremer holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and his B.A. degree in Computer Science from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Kremer was recognized in 2006 with the Harvard Business School's prestigious Dean's Award for making an outstanding contribution to Harvard and society.
SHENIEQUE BENNETT is the Office Manager at Prize4Life. Prior to joining Prize4Life, Shenieque served as the Office Manager for the China Medical Board, an independent American foundation, working collaboratively to advance equitable health development in China and Southeast Asia. She has also held an Executive Assistant position with the Sponsored Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has over sixteen years of administrative and management experience working in nonprofit healthcare, public health, and finance. Shenieque is studying Business Management at Emmanuel College and plans to obtain her M.B.A.
JESSICA GOODMAN, Ph.D., is the Senior Program Officer at Prize4Life. Dr. Goodman joined Prize4Life after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dr. Susan Lindquist's Laboratory at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. While at the Whitehead, she used yeast to study neurodegenerative diseases. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and graduated magna cum laude from Nazareth College in Rochester with a B.S. in Biochemistry.
MELANIE LEITNER, Ph.D., is Chief Scientific Officer for Prize4Life. Prior to Prize4Life, she served as Program Officer for JGPerpich, LLC, a small consulting firm focused on developing and using information technologies to promote collaborations in biomedical research, services, and education, particularly in the neuroscience and mental health fields. She has also held Director positions with the Society for Neuroscience and the DC-based start-up foundation FasterCures / The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, and is the recipient of two prestigious policy fellowships from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Leitner received her Ph.D from Washington University in St. Louis where she was the recipient of a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship to study neuroscience and she graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with an Sc.B. in neuroscience.
ANDREA MARANO, Treasurer, is the CEO of Lucos Alternative Energies SpA. He previously held positions as an assistant to the CEO at Enel SpA in Rome, former Assistant Vice President of the Capital Group Companies in London, Chartered Financial Analyst® Charterholder, and holds an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business and Economics from Bocconi University in Italy.
NETA ZACH, Ph.D., is the Scientific Director at Prize4Life, Israel. Previously, she was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she earned an M.P.A from UPenn's Fels Institute of Government. Prior to that she completed a post doctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University under a Fulbright Scholarship. Her Ph.D is from Hebrew University in computational neuroscience. Neta has also worked as a science and health journalist at the Israeli newspaper Ha'Aretz and interned with Nature Biotechnology.