Board of Directors
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 Murphy, Vicious Cycle
Laura runs the UK PMDD Support group and is co-founder of 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."
Kristin Drouin MSW, Inova Health System
As a Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist and a licensed social worker, Kristin is passionate about mental health advocacy. Recently named The Luv U Project's uLead Young Professional of the Year, she brings to the board experience as a crisis counselor and as a fundraiser for suicide prevention organizations. Diagnosed at age 21, Kristin is one of the board's youngest members.
"My primary goal as a member of the board is to reach girls, teens and young adults with reproductive mood disorders, so that they may know they are not alone. As an individual with lived experience, raising awareness about female suicidal ideation is of equal importance to me."
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!”
Debbie Biggar, Counselling Caboodle
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 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.”