How did TAF get started?

The creation of The Assistance Fund was inspired by an all-too-common story of a patient at risk of not being able to afford the medicine she desperately needed.

Our founders were moved by the story of a woman battling cancer and unable to afford the $4,000 monthly cost of her prescribed medication.

Our vision is to see the day when no person goes without medication due to an inability to pay. Until then, we exist so that patients (like you) don’t have to miss taking your medication because of cost.

Our Leadership

Meet the people who guide TAF as an organization.

Medical Advisory Board › Board of Directors › Management ›

Medical Advisory Board

The members of our Medical Advisory Board are leading experts in their fields. We wouldn’t be who we are without them. They offer strategic advice and counsel to the Board of Directors on a wide range of topics. Plus they review our programs and recommend funding for research grant awards.

Robert Bermel, M.D.

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Robert Bermel, M.D.

Dr. Bermel is a Neurologist in the Neurological Institute’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Cleveland Clinic. He received a medical degree with thesis honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Bermel is leading the implementation and application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for the clinical program at the Mellen Center. He is currently principal investigator on a research grant funded by the National MS Society, and a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials.

He regularly serves as a volunteer speaker to patient groups on behalf of the National MS Society, and occasionally as a consultant to industry in the field of MS therapeutics.

Steven G. Roshon, M.D., FACP

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Steven G. Roshon, M.D., FACP

Dr. Roshon is a specialist in Hematology and Oncology and has a long history of caring for those with cancer. He most recently served as director of the Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic, Florida and had previously been department chair of Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers, North Coast, Taussig Cancer Institute in northern Ohio.

Dr. Roshon received his BA from Indiana University, attended the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and received his training in Hematology and Oncology at University of Michigan. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Roshon was the founder of North Coast Cancer Care and developed Cancer Care programs in Erie, Huron, and Sandusky counties in North Central Ohio.

He has served on numerous boards and committees including Community Oncology Association, Clinical Practice Committee of ASCO, Vantage Health Plan (President), North Coast Cancer Foundation (President), and Ohio and West Virginia Hematology and Oncology Society (President).

Dr Roshon is known as an advocate for access to high quality care, for having passion for supporting patients and care givers through the cancer journey, and for finding value in health care delivery. He also has been active in philanthropy and in promoting Cleveland Clinic cancer services in South Florida.

James M Stankiewicz, M.D.

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James M Stankiewicz, M.D.

Dr. Stankiewicz, is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as Director of Clinical Education at Partners Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center, where he is responsible for disseminating information to other physicians and the patient community. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago, and completed his residency in neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr Stankiewicz also completed a clinical fellowship in neuroimaging and MS at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners MS Center. He is a member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School and also serves as Director of the Neurology Clerkship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has authored numerous reviews, book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Further, Dr Stankiewicz is an ad hoc reviewer for several publications including Neurology, International Journal of Neuroscience, and Journal of Neuroimmunology.

Board of Directors

We’re so thankful for our Board of Directors. Each member is an accomplished professional who believes in our purpose, fully equipped to set the right pace for our operations and future development. We don’t take their help lightly. Our board is responsible for all decisions related to program criteria and financial awards. They guide and assist our leadership team, while ensuring accountability to our donors and patients.

Vincent E. Schreiber Chair

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Vincent E. Schreiber

Vincent has more than 25 years of professional financial management, real estate development, feasibility, and business analysis experience, including thirteen years with Universal Orlando, and Universal Parks and Resorts, seven years in commercial banking, and five years in private development and business consulting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida, an MBA from the University of South Florida, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate. Schreiber previously served as the board treasurer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando. Schreiber has been and remains active in numerous community organizations, including Pop Warner football and the YMCA Indian Guides.

Lawrence Hatch Vice Chair

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Lawrence Hatch

Lawrence currently serves as board Vice President and is a Client Advisor for SunTrust. He manages a portfolio of approximately 150-200 clients, primarily in the Wealth Segment. He focuses on helping clients define their financial goals, risk measures and assists in analyzing current and future financial objectives. Prior to his employment with SunTrust, Hatch served as Portfolio Manager for Evergreen Investments, a fully owned subsidiary of Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo Company. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Florida where he was cornerback for the Gator football team. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1993 and played until 1998. His current community affiliations include; Member of the 1991-1993 Florida Gators Football Team, Associate Member of Florida Citrus Sports and Rotary. Lawrence resides in Winter Springs with his wife and children.

Jeff Milford, CPA Treasurer

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Jeff Milford, CPA

Jeff currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for Courtney Leasing, Inc., a supplier of vehicles to independent and discount daily rental operators. In his role, Milford is responsible for the company’s financial reporting, financial analysis and risk management. He is also responsible for the company’s dealer financing and vendor relationships. Prior to Courtney Leasing, he was the Senior Tax Director for Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., where he was responsible for the overall tax compliance and planning for the timeshare division. Prior to Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., Milford was a Senior Tax Manager for KPMG LLP, one of the largest professional services networks in the world. Milford holds a Bachelor of Science – Accounting degree from the University of Florida and a Masters in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University.

John W Gravitte, Jr. Secretary

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John W Gravitte, Jr.

John is Director of Quality for Agile Thought located in Orlando, Florida. He is responsible for creating and driving quality practices that will ensure quality deliverables for clients as well as enterprise quality throughout the organization. Prior to Agile Thought, Gravitte was Sr. Director of Shared IT Services for Orange Lake Resorts and was responsible for supporting seven resorts from a technology standpoint. Gravitte has over 19 years of IT experience in a variety of industries with high growth organizations focused on providing world-class customer service. Gravitte has also served the community as a little league baseball coach, YMCA soccer coach, Give Kids the World volunteer, Parks and Recreation Services volunteer and served on a number of nonprofit boards, including Junior Achievement.

Justin Aronson, J.D. Board Member

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Justin Aronson, J.D.

Justin was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2008, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 2009, the Florida Bar in 2011 and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 2011. A graduate of Emory University with a B.A. in Economics Justin continued his studies at Syracuse University, College of Law graduating in 2008. He is currently an Associate Attorney with Greenberg Traurig in Orlando with an emphasis on general business litigation, construction litigation, and defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers against product liability claims.

John Fraley Board Member

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John Fraley

John is the President/CEO of Orthomedx Corporation, a Florida based provider of orthopaedic products and services, committed to providing patients with accelerated recovery for more than 12 years. John received his degree from the University of Florida in Economics. He has served on many committee’s and boards and presently is the President of Metrowest One Association. In 2001 he was the Chairman of the Mark O’Meara Charity Golf Classic. Also, as a past member of the Rotary Club and Men of Holy Family, he is familiar with large and small group settings that involve coordinating group efforts for charitable causes.

John Hawley, D.O.

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John Hawley, D.O.

John Hawley, D.O. is a neurologist in Jacksonville Florida. He received his B.S. from the United States Naval Academy in 1988 and D.O. from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993. After completing his neurology residency at Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland, he completed a clinical neurophysiology Fellowship at the University of Maryland in 2001. He has been practicing as a clinical neurologist since 1997 with a particular interest in clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine. He maintains Board certification in Neurology and Sleep medicine and has been a staff neurologist at Naval Hospital Jacksonville since 2004. He retired in October 2015 as a Captain in the U.S. Navy after a thirty-year naval career and returned to work at Naval Hospital Jacksonville as Director of the Sleep medicine clinic. While on active duty, he served as the Specialty Leader to the Navy Surgeon General, functioning as a liaison between Navy medicine leadership and the Navy neurology community. He enjoys volunteering as the Head lacrosse coach at Fleming Island High school and remains active as a volunteer physician at The Way Medical Clinic, providing free medical care for the under privileged in Clay County Florida. Dr. Hawley resides in Fleming Island, Florida with his wife Maryann and 4 children.

Management

Our management team arrives every day with passion and devotion in tow, working hard to reach our vision. Meet some of our dedicated team members.

Mark P. McGreevy President

Mark's Story ›

Mark P. McGreevy

Mark provides leadership to staff and collaborates with the Board of Directors to set strategic priorities and build relationships with current donors and partners. Mark also leads a highly-skilled team that continues to build an organizational culture of high standards, communication, transparency and trust in order to best meet the needs of our patients and donors.

Throughout Mark’s career he has been a “hands-on” executive with key leadership roles in the insurance industry. He is a certified insurance counselor and licensed in all facets of the industry, including financial planning. With more than 17 years in the insurance sector he grew in progressively challenging positions from Information Technology Director to Vice President of a multi-state insurance agency. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Mark has made volunteerism a part of his life and has held positions on several boards including Encompass’ North Star Agent Advisory Board and the National Automation Panel, Frederick County Rotary Board of Directors as well as at Mount Saint Mary University’s athletic fundraising board.

Mark’s overall goal for The Assistance Fund is, "to ensure we continue to be excellent stewards of donor’s philanthropic support and that we focus on strengthening the organization’s efforts to fulfill our vision, that no patient is ever denied medications due to their inability to pay."

Renee Ebert Director of National Outreach

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Renee Ebert

Renee has over 20 years in nonprofit capacity building and fundraising. She began her community health career consulting in practice management and physician recruitment to underserved and rural areas in Washington, D.C. with Medical Management Advisory Group and Allied Medical Resources. At UCLA’s School of Public Health, she worked at the Media Center on projects using television to reach broad segments of the population with vital public health messages. Renee served as Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Public Health Association. She continued philanthropy and fundraising efforts on behalf of community based nonprofits, addressing issues such as food for the working poor, prevention of child neglect through education of at risk parents and families, and comprehensive training for foster care parents of fragile infants. Renee is also a graduate of the Master’s program at UCLA’s School of Public Health.

Gerald Lauria Director of Business Development

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Gerald Lauria

Gerald brings more than 16 years of pharmaceutical sales experience. A native of New Jersey, Gerald graduated from Rutgers University and began his pharmaceutical career with GlaxoSmithKline in 1997. After GSK, Gerald spent over 10 years at Sepracor, which later became Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. During his tenure at Sunovion, Gerald held several leadership positions in sales and corporate, including specialty representative, hospital representative, managed care account manager, District Business Manager, and Leadership Development Manager. In his new role for The Assistance Fund, Gerald is responsible for increasing long-term corporate funding and large donations to help cover out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for patients who have insurance but cannot afford their medication copayments.

Ashley Straub Administrative Coordinator of Development and Communications

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Ashley Straub

Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Health Informatics & Information Management.  With a passion for helping people, Ashley began her journey as a Services Care Coordinator, assisting patients during recovery in the Workers Compensation Industry for a leading, national provider of integrated medical management services, durable medical equipment (DME) and surgical cost containment programs. She joined The Assist Fund team as a Patient Advocate in 2015, where she later advanced to Administrative Coordinator for the company’s Development & Communications Department. She continues to be an integral part of the continuum of patient care in her community, bringing full circle the efforts of The Assistance Fund.

Tempra Miller Comptroller

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Tempra Miller

Tempra is originally from Memphis and began her accounting career in Cincinnati. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Christian Brother’s University. She has seven years of Bankruptcy Accounting experience with the Chapter 13 Trustees Office, and five years of Trust Operations banking experience with Union Planters Bank. In 2001, Tempra accepted a position with Cincinnati Union Bethel, a nonprofit social service agency designed to help communities with housing, employment, education, juvenile delinquency and marital relationships. From 2003 – 2009 Tempra focused on the Manufacturing/Distribution Industry as a Senior Accountant with Xpedx, the leading business to business distributor of packaging, facility and printing supplier in North America and, Omnicare, the 313th largest company (by profit) in the United States which provides pharmacy related services to long-term care facilities. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from Strayer University in 2011. She is a member of the board for the Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention.

Molly Long Vice President of Development and Communications

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Molly Long

Molly brings more than 30 years of non-profit experience to the organization. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Molly has worked with local and national healthcare organizations including the National MS Society, Little Sisters of the Poor and Good Grief of Northwest Ohio. She also served as executive director of ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation and St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation, and worked in alumni relations and development at The University of Toledo and Mercy College. Intermixed with her Ohio experience, Molly also spent time in Washington, DC working in Congress – which quickly brought her to the realization that her heart is better placed in the non-profit realm where she can actually make a difference. Molly currently serves on the board of iTAALK Autism Foundation and has been active in various autism-related causes. She is a communications graduate of The University of Toledo.

Kristine Schaffer Executive Assistant

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Kristine Schaffer

Kristine holds over 20 years in administrative and office management experience, serving as the Executive Assistant. Kristine also oversees administrative needs for the Board of Directors and the Medical Advisory Board, in addition to assisting the Accounting team. She attended Florida Memorial University (formally Orlando College), where she obtained an AS degree as a Medical Assistant, and has been working in the medical industry since 2011.

TaRay White Manager of Operations

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TaRay White

TaRay made a successful industry leap to Patient Advocacy from Music and Arts Production in March of 2013. By joining the TAF team as a patient advocate he was able to grasp the patient’s needs and fine tune his ability to provide exceptional service. With his passion for patient advocacy and strong ability to lead, he transitioned into role of Manager of Operations. He continues to lead the team of patient advocates ensuring each caller has an exceptional experience.

Steve Alsene Chief Financial Officer

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Steve Alsene

Steve is a certified public accountant and brings over 20 years of financial, operational and audit leadership experience to the team. Steve began his professional career in 1992 with Price Waterhouse, one of the world’s largest professional services firms, as part of its audit and consulting practice. During his 7 years with Price Waterhouse, Steve worked extensively in the healthcare industry with many not-for-profit health systems. From 1999-2003, Steve led the internal audit team at Harcourt, an educational publishing company that was subsequently acquired by Reed Elsevier. In 2003, Steve joined the management team at Rotech Healthcare, the third largest provider of durable medical equipment in the US. During his time at Rotech, Steve served in numerous leadership roles including Vice President of Internal Audit for 3 years, Chief Financial Officer for 6 years, Chief Operating Officer for one year and Chief Executive Officer for one year. In 2014, Steve left Rotech to start Simply Mobility, a provider mobility and accessibility equipment. In 2016, Steve sold Simply Mobility and joined the leadership team at The Assistance Fund. Steve is responsible for providing financial control and oversight to The Assistance Fund to ensure that we are excellent stewards of donor’s philanthropic support.

Brian Payne Director of Development

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Brian Payne

Brian earned his Bachelors of Science at Liberty University, where he studied both public relations and communications. He began his professional track in academia, where he served as a Public Affairs director for a private university. Since then, he’s built a portfolio of over 10 years of marketing and communication experience in non-profit management. In addition to working with multiple partners as a consultant in nonprofit management, Brian was as a Campaign Manager for a billion-dollar capital campaign with Wycliffe, USA. In 2013, Brian joined Lake County Schools, serving as the Community Resource Liaison for the school district, overseeing volunteer and mentoring efforts for the district, in addition to executing new communication and business development plans for the schools. Brian holds a creative portfolio, with experience in web management, graphic design and writing.

Danielle Vizcaino Vice President of Operations

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Danielle Vizcaino

Danielle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Microbiology from University of Central Florida. While working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Florida Department of Health, she earned a Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida. At the Florida Department of Health, she was involved with leading research projects in Mycobacteriology and coordinated applications for grants in Workforce Competency Standardization in a State Public Health Lab. Danielle brings 6 years of Operations experience in various facets. From 2008-2011, she joined the Government Contracting industry as an Operations Manager in a Small Women-Owned Business. After obtaining her Master’s in both programs, Danielle moved into the Worker’s Compensation Industry where she held titles as Operations Manager and Director of Operations of a large scale call center.

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