Leadership

INTERIM Executive Director

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Susan Faitos, M.A., L.M.F.T.

The Board of Directors of The XLH Network, Inc., is delighted to announce that Susan Faitos has been named Interim Executive Director of the Network. Susan has spent over thirty years in the social work and mental health fields working primarily with nonprofit, community-based organizations, and she started her own 501c3 nonprofit organization when she was just twenty-five years old. Currently she works part-time as a Clinical Director of Behavioral Health Services for a local agency in Santa Cruz, California.

 

Susan has been a familiar face at Network events over the last few years and she was responsible for organizing last year's Symposium/PFDD in Baltimore. We are grateful that she has chosen to contribute her wealth of experience in the nonprofit world to the Network and our community. Susan was diagnosed with XLH at eighteen months of age, so she also brings a lifetime of understanding to the position.

 

We are excited to continue to grow and to commit to our community of patients under Susan’s leadership. You can reach her at ExecutiveDirector@xlhnetwork.org.

 
Board of Directors

Bill Coogan, President:   Bill is serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors. He became involved with the Network in 2010 through his sister-in-law. She, her son, and her daughter all have XLH, and Bill wanted to help out in any way possible. Bill is originally from the Bronx. His wife (one of fourteen children) is originally from Brooklyn, and they currently reside in Connecticut. Bill and his wife, Liz, are retired.

 

Joyce Inman, Vice-President:  Joyce is the Vice-President of The XLH Network, Inc., and is serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors. She is currently Chair of the Mission Impact Committee, and she has spent the past three years working towards establishing a natural history study dedicated to ensuring patient-owned data for the XLH community. Joyce joined the Network in 2009 when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with a spontaneous case of XLH. Joyce is originally from Florida, but she and her family currently reside in Mississippi where she is an associate professor of English and the director of composition at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

 

Geoff Edelson, Treasurer: Geoff is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of the XLH Network, Inc. after joining the XLH Network in 2003. He is originally from New Jersey where he was diagnosed with a spontaneous case of XLH as a child in 1962. Geoff currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Geoff is currently the Underwater Acoustics Technology Development Manager for BAE Systems Technology Solutions in New Hampshire.

 

Kathy Buchanan: Kathy is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of The XLH Network, Inc. Kathy joined the Network in 2001 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005. She is originally from Texas and currently resides in Oklahoma. Kathy's son was diagnosed with XLH in early 1983 when he was 3 years old. Kathy is a registered nurse and a certified clinical research coordinator. She has served previously as secretary and president of The XLH Network, Inc.

 

Christopher Younger: Chris is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of The XLH Network, Inc., and he is chair of the Technology Committee. He joined the Network in 2000. Being the only one out of nine children to have XLH, Chris is undoubtedly a spontaneous case and has a passion for XLH advocacy, education and support. He is married and has one non-affected son. Chris is a Component Design Engineer at Intel Corporation, and has worked in the semiconductor industry for 30 years. He also has a love for music, plays guitar and mandolin, and in his spare time he and his wife front a band, performing regularly at local clubs and festivals.

 

Oliver Gardiner: Oliver is based in London and works for Havas, a creative digital marketing and media agency. He specializes in operations and technical delivery. Born in Oxford, Oliver inherited X-Linked Hypophosphatemia and comes from a family of fourteen XLH’ers spanning four generations. He is currently serving his second three-year term on the Board of Directors at the XLH Network, Inc. Oliver founded XLH UK, a charity to support those with XLH and related disorders in the United Kingdom and is the current Chair of the International XLH Alliance.

 

Elizabeth Olear: Elizabeth is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of The XLH Network, Inc. She originally joined the Network shortly after accepting a position in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Yale Center for XLH where she is currently the Senior Clinical Research Associate. She founded XLH Day in 2011 to give patients and their families the opportunity to meet each other and to improve education and awareness for the disorder. Elizabeth is on the Mission Impact Committee. She is originally from Connecticut, attended college and graduate school in and around Boston, and currently resides in Connecticut. Her hobbies include yoga, travel, cooking and reading.

 

Sara Show: Sara is currently serving a two-year term on the Board of The XLH Network, Inc. She and her family reside in South Dakota. She joined the Network in 2016, after her daughter was diagnosed with XLH, later determined to be a spontaneous case. Sara is an Associate Attorney with a private litigation firm and has had the privilege to work for a Senator, the US Attorney in South Dakota, a State’s Attorney in South Dakota, and several Judges in South Dakota State Court. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter, who has XLH, and son, who does not have XLH. She is also currently a member of the fundraising committee for the Network.

 

Kimberly Murray: Kim is currently serving her second term on the Board of The XLH Network, Inc.  Kimberly was diagnosed with XLH as a toddler, and her daughter was diagnosed at six months old. She became an active member of the Network after her first XLH Day experience in 2016. Kimberly has a passion for raising awareness of XLH. She currently lives in South Louisiana and works in accounting. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, attending music festivals/concerts, and playtime with her daughter.

Scientific Advisors

Carolyn M. Macica, Ph.D. - Scientific Advisory Board Chair
Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University
Joint appointment at Yale University School of Medicine

Thomas O. Carpenter, M.D. 
Yale University 

Michael Econs, M.D. 
Indiana University

Suzanne Jan de Beur, M.D. 
Johns Hopkins University 

Peter S. N. Rowe, Ph.D.
The Kidney Institute & Division of Nephrology 
University of Kansas Medical Center 

Raghbir Kaur, DMD
Assistant Residency Director
Pediatric Dentistry
NYU Langone

Maya Helene Doyle, PhD, LCSW-R
School of Health Sciences, Quinnipiac University

Erik Imel, M.D.

Indiana University