Board of Directors
The mission of the IAPMD Board of Directors, as fiduciaries of the organization, is to direct the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission.
Sandi MacDonald BACS
For over 20 years, Sandi has worked in the human services field with trauma, abuse, suicide victims, and survivors. She has taught college-level programs such as mental health and addictions. As a woman with PMDD, Sandi has been with IAPMD (then NAPMDD) since its inception in 2013.
"In this role, I hope to create policies and procedures to ensure the organization is committed to best practices. I am enjoying being a part of our peer support training program for our volunteers and assisting with the training process. My goal is to have a well-run service to provide excellent quality peer support services to women."
Sheila H. Buchert, Me v PMDD
Board Vice-President and Secretary
With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, Sheila is an award-winning communications and marketing pro with a demonstrated history of brand building. As a former national communications executive for the American Cancer Society, she has a passion for helping tell – and sell - an organization’s story across audiences, channels, and through strategic collaborations. Sheila and her daughter Brett (a PMDD warrior) have created an app, Me v PMDD Symptom and Treatment Tracker, to empower women and help them more effectively cope with and treat PMDD.
"I believe that no one need suffer from PMDD without a way to fight back. That’s why my goal as a member of the Board is to help create a global movement to raise awareness and standards of care for PMDD. I also hope to help build a sustainable organization capable of serving the needs of the millions globally who suffer from this debilitating condition. Together, we can do it!"
Tory Eisenlohr-Moul Ph.D.
Clinical Advisory Board Chair
Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is the Associate Director of Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry. As a scientist, she uses clinical trials to clarify the biological causes of perimenstrual risk for suicide, substance abuse, and interpersonal conflict. She is also a psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of premenstrual disorders (PMDs), and runs a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic for treatment-resistant PMDs.
“As chair of the Clinical Advisory Board, my mission is to empower patients and health care providers by making the most up-to-date science-backed information about PMDs readily available to everyone. I hope for a world where inaccurate PMS stereotypes are replaced by accurate knowledge of PMDs as treatable conditions. By providing evidence-based materials and support, we can create that reality.”
Laura runs the UK PMDD Support group and is co-founder of the Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible project. She suffered for 17 years before diagnosis and is underwent THBO in October 2017. She is passionate about raising awareness of PMDD and the standards of care for sufferers.
"Being part of IAPMD I hope to ensure that no person suffers from PMDD alone. I hope to work to bring PMDD into the mainstream and make sufferers aware of the support that is available to them through this organization."
Katherine Sharpe has over 20 years of providing strategic leadership at the American Cancer Society. She has directed the development of interventions, campaigns, programs, services and products; led strategic, integrated, comprehensive planning for and execution of cancer care initiatives and ensuring initiatives are evidenced-based, regularly evaluated for impact and quality improvement. Katherine is committed to women’s health and raising awareness of PMDD. Prior to her tenure with ACS, Katherine worked as a case manager and counselor in a variety of clinical settings, including Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX, the Scottish Rite Hospital, Dallas, TX and the Austin State Hospital, Austin, TX.
“I am committed to ensuring women can access high quality care for PMDD. As a member of the Board, I will work tirelessly to identify ways in which we can raise awareness and ensure that women have access to known interventions to better manage their symptoms. Helping women find the support they need is my first priority!”
With over 19 years of practice in counseling, Debbie has in-depth experience in trauma, mental health, and addiction. Working in primary care (alongside general practitioners) and secondary care (hospital settings) and Corrections (prison), Debbie comes with experience in management and business. Debbie is the founder of Counselling Caboodle in New Zealand and currently supports co-sufferers on the PMDD New Zealand Support Group on Facebook and is post-surgery (oophorectomy) for treatment of PMDD herself.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of the IAPMD board to create change on an international level. It is crucial we develop and support accessible treatment pathways for PMDD suffers to enable access the appropriate supports, decrease stigma, educate and inform our communities about PMDD.”
Clare-Louise is the founder of SEE HER THRIVE and an Organizational Psychologist specializing in women’s health at work. Her research on PMDD in the workplace was nominated for an Indigo Gold Award for “Innovation in Workplace Psychology” and she was selected to present her findings at the 2018 CIPD Applied Research Conference, British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2019 and PMDD & Me Conference 2019. Clare is a PhD scholar at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, where she is conducting the first UK study on perinatal health and wellbeing among spouses and partners of Armed Forces personnel, in collaboration with the Naval Families Federation, Army Families Federation, Royal Air Force Families Federation, Ministry of Defence and NHS. With a wealth of experience gained from performing arts, event management, retail, education and talent management, Clare’s diverse career is underpinned by a love of people and human behaviour, and she is driven by helping others to thrive.
“Having lived with PMDD, I understand how difficult it is to work with this debilitating condition. However, I am confident we can change this with better knowledge, awareness and support for PMDD in the workplace. I am fully committed to making this happen in my role as Board Member at IAPMD. In the words of Barack Obama: ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we see.’”