Board of Directors
"afrfnd operates with an all-volunteer staff, allowing us to designate nearly all donated funding for research purposes only.  for us .  .  .  it's all about the research".
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Glen Holt
Chairman

Glen is a former law enforcement officer and race horse trainer and breeder.  It was through their mutual interest in horses and horse racing that he first met his wife of over 25 years, Annette Funicello.  Only a year following their marriage on May 3, 1986, Annette was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Glen immediately began educating himself on the disorder and engaging in ongoing dialogue with both medical professionals and MS patients from around the globe.  What he learned ultimately lead he and Annette to establish The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases (AFRFND) in 1993; which provided them a way to personally have a hand in directing funds to promising, and often underfunded, clinical research studies.  Further, it was key to both of them that administrative costs be kept to a bare minimum in order to allow nearly 100% of all donations to go directly to grant funding.

Today, Glen leads the AFRFND by serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Lindsay McDuffie
Treasurer

Lindsay graduated from California State University Channel Islands in 2008, where she received her bachelors degree in Business Administration.  She is currently employed at a CPA firm in Bakersfield, CA.  Lindsay's contributions to AFRFND include bookkeeping, tax filing, recording donations and preparing other financial documents.  She has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2011.

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MISSION STATEMENT
The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases (AFRFND) is dedicated to funding grant research into the cause, treatment and cure of MS and other neurological diseases.

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Sharon Baird
Director

Sharon is an actress and dancer, best known as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club.  A member of the shows 'first string' Red Team, she was among the most recognized of the cast and stood out as an excellent tap dancer.  It was during the long weeks of taping the show that Sharon and Annette established what proved to be a strong, life-long friendship.  Now semi-retireds, Sharon continues to make occasional appearances with other original Mouseketeers.  She has been a strong supporter of the AFRFND since it was established in 1993.

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Shelley Fabares
Director

Shelley is a well-known actress, best known as Donna Reed's daughter, Mary Stone, on The Donna Reed Show and for co-starring with Elvis Presley in three of his popular films.  She found success in the music industry with her hit single, Johnny Angel, which topped the Billboard charts in 1962.  In 1989 she starred as Christine in the hit sitcom, Coach, which ran for nine seasons.  Shelley and Annette's friendship began when they first met in catechism class in the seventh grade. In addition to serving on the AFRFND Board of Directors, she is the spokesperson for the National Alzheimer's Association and President of the Board of Directors for the Donna Reed Foundation.

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Jericho McDuffie
Director

As a granddaughter of Glen and Annette, Jericho and her twin sister Jill grew up bearing witness to the unconditional love and devotion shared between their grandparents, and always felt inspired by their amazing role models to help others.  Throughout her studies in Psychology, Physical Education and Kinesiology, Jericho's career in health and fitness developed alongside her interest in fighting the global obesity epidemic.  As an International Master Trainer for Les Mills, she has traveled the world training and educating thousands of fitness instructors since 2005.  As a proud member of AFRFND Board of Directors, Jericho assists with projects, donor communications and social media.

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Jill McDuffie
Director

Jill, a granddaughter of Glen and Annette, graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a bachelors degree in Sociology.  With a passion for writing, Jill's contribution to the Fund began through assisting Annette with fan mail correspondence after the disease prevented her from being able to write.  Additionally, prior to her official placement on the AFRFND Board of Directors, Jill began offering a presence at fundraising benefits and other public events during times when Annette's illness prevented her or Glen from attending in person.  Jill provides ongoing support in these areas as well as grant projects and donor related communication.

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Lillian Nakatindo
Director

Lillian has a BS in molecular and environmental biology from the University of California Berkley and is a pre-licensed registered nurse set to sit for the board licensure exam in the state of California.  She is currently working with Quest Diagnostics in West Hills, California as a laboratory assistant in the clinical testing department, while continuing school part time with a goal of becoming a medical doctor and research scientist.

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Adam Rogers
Director

Adam has been affiliated with the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases since 2003.  His contributions have been geared toward internet-based fundraising and promotion, as well as the organization and execution of other authorized grass-roots fundraising projects.  He has served as a member of the AFRFND Board of Directors since 2011 and manages AnnetteConnection.com, Annette's first official website, which was launched in 2010 as an ever-expanding celebration of her life and career, and primary resource for information on her research foundation and it's efforts.   In response to growth within the foundation, the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases launched it's own official website in 2017 (AFRFND.org), which Adam oversees as well.

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Carol Schumacher
Director

Carol is a partner in the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital in Menlo Park, California.  She served in public office with the California Veterinary Medical Board until 2011.  She was diagnosed with MS in 2002 and then CCSVI in 2010, for which se was treated with good results in a pilot study for an anticipated clinical trial at the University of Maryland.  Carol has been attending many of the scientific meetings that have been reviewing CCSVI clinical studies since 2011.  She tries to help patients understand the medical information that is presented there and in peer-reviewed medical journals.  She is a Board member of The Hubbard Foundation and a founding member of the CCSVI-MSketeers, a patient group devoted to working with clinical researchers and government agencies to accelerate acceptance of CCSVI angioplasty as part of the standard of care for patients with MS and other neurological diseases.

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Sam Schumacher
Director

Sam is a recent graduate of Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a bachelors degree in Politica Communications.  He serves the AFRFND by assisting in drafting letters and press releases, planning socail media and other outreach.  He is also an avid glassblower, traveler and environmentalist.  Sam is pursuing a career in communications and aspires towards non-profit management, public service and social advocacy.

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