About The Assistance Fund

The Assistance Fund (TAF) is an independent charitable patient assistance organization that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for their copayments, coinsurance, deductibles and other health-related expenses. TAF currently manages nearly 70 disease programs – each of which covers the FDA-approved treatment for a specific disease.

With a leading technology platform and best-in-class Patient Advocates, TAF can quickly and efficiently respond to patient requests for assistance. Since our founding in 2009, we have helped nearly 125,000 adults and children access the prescription medications they need to stay healthy or manage a life-threatening, chronic, or rare disease.

Our mission is to provide underinsured people living with life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases access to critical treatment through financial assistance, education, and advocacy.

Our vision is to see the day when no person goes without medication due to an inability to pay.

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.

Thomas Fountaine, M.D.

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Thomas Fountaine, M.D.

Dr. Fountaine is a Hematologist/Oncologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center Wilmot Cancer Institute. He received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He completed residency training with a Distinction in Medical Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He also served as Chief Resident of Pediatrics. Dr. Fountaine completed his Fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Institutes of Health/National cancer Institute where he also served as Chief Fellow of hematology/oncology.

Clinically, Dr. Fountaine is an Assistant Professor in Medical Oncology within the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He also serves as co-clinical direct of Stem Cell Processing. His practice focuses on patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and other cellular immunotherapies.

Dr. Fountaine main areas of research is in the translational study of resistant and refractory hematologic diseases and bone marrow failure syndromes. He has a particular interest in the field of leukemia, genomics, and immunotherapy including Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy. The primary goal of Dr. Fountaine’s research is to utilize innovative technology and genomic tools to accelerate the discovery of novel therapeutic strategies in an effort to improve the outcome of patients suffering from these difficult to treat malignancies. Dr. Fountaine has authored or co-authored a number of papers and/or book chapters. He serves as a peer reviewer for a number of medical journals. He also holds professional memberships with the American Society of Hematology, The American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and The American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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.

Lawrence Hatch Chair

Lawrence's Story ›

Lawrence Hatch

Lawrence currently serves as board Chairman and is a Client Advisor for SunTrust Private Wealth Management. He assists individuals in defining their financial goals, risk measures, along with analyzing current and future financial objectives. He utilizes and introduces a comprehensive suite of Private Wealth Management solutions that meet the unique needs and objectives of his clients. 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 Florida Gators Alumni Association, Associate Member of Florida Citrus Sports, youth football coach and mentor. Lawrence resides in Winter Garden with his wife and children.

Jeff Milford, CPA Vice Chair

Jeff's Story ›

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.

Justin Aronson, J.D.

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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

John's Story ›

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.

Julie Judge

Julie graduated from Hood College with a degree in Management and Human Resources. She has led Human Resources teams in the retail, financial services, hospital, senior living and home health industries. Most notably she served Citi Group as a Senior HR leader, the Cleveland Clinic as their VP of Human Resources and Erickson Living as their SVP of Human Resources. In 2015 Julie Judge named the first Chief Experience Officer(CXO) in the home health industry, while she served as CXO for Maxim Healthcare. Currently, Julie is the VP of Human Resources for Foundation Partners Group.
Julie has 25 years of domestic and international Human Resources experience and a passion for improving both the employee and customer/patient experience.

She and her family are currently residing in Orlando, Florida

Ellen Feinstein, RD, MHA, FACHE

Ellen's Story ›

Ellen Feinstein, RD, MHA, FACHE

Ellen serves as Vice President for Cancer Services at University of Chicago Medicine, where she is responsible for strategy, network development, and operations for one of Illinois’ two National Cancer Institute –designated comprehensive cancer centers.
With over 25 years of executive experience, Ellen has successfully led and managed a variety of clinical service lines, business development, and ambulatory operations for complex academic and community health systems. She has focused on strategic planning, business development, integrating and aligning physicians, nurses, and other personnel to achieve desired outcomes in growth, financial performance, process improvement, and quality and safety.
Ellen’s clinical background as a Registered Dietitian, coupled with her operations and business development expertise, provides her with a unique perspective.
Ellen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia).

Kristen D.W. Morris

Kristen's Story ›

Kristen D.W. Morris

Ms. Kristen Morris serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Government Relations Officer for Atrium Health, one of the nation's leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, providing a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Kristen was most recently the Chief Government and Community Relations Officer for the Cleveland Clinic. In this position, she directed corporate social responsibility and advocacy strategies.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Kristen was the Divisional Vice President of Federal Government Relations for Abbott Laboratories, a Fortune 100 company. In that role she led the company’s Washington, DC office. She also led Government Relations and Public Policy for Boehringer Ingelheim, and the lobbying team for the American Hospital Association. She began her career on Capitol Hill where she managed a portfolio of domestic policy for Members of Congress.

Kristen has a history of community leadership having served on multiple not-for-profit boards. Currently she is a member of the Purdue University, Lamb School of Communication Board of Advisors, the Cleveland Leadership Center Board, she chairs The Assistance Fund Advocacy Committee, is on the board of Guide4Care, a health navigation start-up and is an active member of the selective In Counsel With Women.

She and her husband of more than 30 years live in the suburbs of Cleveland along with their six children and their pets.

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

As President and CEO of The Assistance Fund (TAF), Mark provides executive leadership to staff and works closely with the Board of Directors to set strategic priorities. Mark leads a highly skilled senior leadership team to ensure a patient-centric organizational culture of high standards, strong communication, transparency, excellent stewardship, and trust.

During Mark’s tenure as President and CEO, The Assistance Fund has experienced significant growth. When Mark joined TAF in 2013, the organization had $66 million in revenue, 12 full-time employees, and eight disease programs. TAF now has $372 million in revenue, 70 full-time employees, and offers financial assistance to patients through nearly 70 disease programs. Under Mark’s leadership, TAF opened a second office in Washington, DC, to effectively advocate on behalf of patients and protect the critical safety net charitable patient assistance provides to ensure patients have access to treatment.

Throughout Mark’s career, he has been a “hands-on” executive with key leadership roles. A certified insurance counselor, Mark enjoyed a nearly 20-year career in the insurance sector and is licensed in all facets of the insurance industry, including financial planning. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Mark has held positions on several boards, including Encompass’ North Star Agent Advisory Board and National Automation Panel, the Frederick County Rotary Board of Directors, Mount Saint Mary University’s athletic fundraising board, and St. John’s Catholic Prep’s Board of Directors.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Mount St. Mary’s College. He is the proud father of two college-aged daughters and lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife of 27 years, Jennifer.

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.

Gerald Lauria Vice President, Business Development & Advocacy

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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.

Danielle Vizcaino Vice President, 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.

Judith Fox Senior Director of Compliance and Medical Affairs

Judith's Story ›

Judith Fox

With over 25 years of experience as a healthcare attorney and chief compliance officer, Judith focuses on compliance oversight to ensure our regulatory adherence to TAF’s Corporate Compliance Plan. Judith began her career with a national healthcare law firm. Subsequently, she served as the Compliance Officer for several integrated health care systems where she designed and implemented compliance programs and worked closely with government regulatory agencies. She has extensive experience with regulatory matters involving the Anti-kickback Statute and False Claims Act. Judith is certified in healthcare compliance and a long-standing member of the Florida Bar, the Health Care Compliance Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Judith was born and raised in New York City, and attended law school at the University of Miami, Florida.

Christina Hartman Senior Director of Advocacy

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Christina Hartman

Christina is a DC-based policy and advocacy expert with experience in building alliances and elevating the voices of patients, parents, scientists and clinicians to have a positive impact on health policy.  Christina came to The Assistance Fund (TAF) from the EveryLife Foundation, where she led policy and advocacy efforts to advance treatment and diagnostic opportunities for rare disease patients. At the American College of Cardiology, she worked with staff and member leadership to develop an agenda for improving cardiovascular health outcomes. At the Pew Charitable Trusts, Christina worked with a range of partners to advance legislative goals that incentivize the development of new antibiotic drugs. As an analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and in the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C., she served as Project Officer for a cooperative agreement between HHS and the World Health Organization. Christina’s engagement in the rare disease space is a direct result of her own experience with her youngest daughter Charlotte, who has a rare genetic disorder.

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