Board of Directors

HSAN1E Society

Board of Directors
HSAN1E Society

Board of Directors

Rachelle
Rachelle Dixon – President

Rachelle is one of the co-founder’s of HSAN1E Society. She is a wife and mother of two. Rachelle grew up knowing there was a rare disease in her family, it wasn’t until 2015 that she learned the name of it. She was a caregiver for both her sister and brother. Rachelle is passionate about advocating for rare diseases and HSAN1E families.

Krista
Krista R. Hemming – Vice-President

Krista is a Southern California attorney, co-founder of HSAN1E Society and a rare disease advocate. Krista grew up in a family affected by HSAN1E. She lost her mother, sister and brother to the disease. Krista is proud to serve as the Vice President of HSAN1E Society, and advocate for our community.

Dan
Collette Brown – Secretary

Collette Brown is a psychology student at Nova Southeastern University, where, in the future, she plans on pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Collette learned about the HSAN1E society through our former treasurer Matt Collins and was ecstatic to accept the opportunity to become a member. Collette’s mother is living with an autoimmune disease, so she understands the importance of education and advocacy, and is ready to commit to supporting the mission of this society.

Matt
Matt Collins – Treasurer

Matt Collins is professor of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is married with three children and his younger sister was diagnosed with HSAN1E in 2012. He is passionate about educating others about the disease, advocating for those suffering (and their families), and is ready to do what he can to help advance the mission of the organization.

Erin
Christina Nikiforuk – Member at Large

Christina is Leadership Coach & Consultant based in British Columbia, Canada. Her younger sister was afflicted with HSAN1E and died in 2020, just after turning 40. Christina understands the importance of raising awareness and advocating for families, and wants to help support the organization’s mission.

Earl
Kylie Hemming – Member at Large & Social Media Coordinator

Kylie is a college student currently looking to obtain her bachelors in History while minoring in political science. Kylie’s connection to HSAN1E, is through her family. She has lost family members to the disease like her aunt and uncle. Kylie highly anticipates her role in the society as a social media liaison. This way she can better inform the outside world on all aspects of HSAN1E.

HSAN1E Board of Directors
Founding Board Members- December 2015