Our Team

Leaders in Patient Education, Research, & Advocacy

The National Spine Health Foundation’s leadership is committed to improving spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy and improving lives through knowledge and hope. The staff, Board of Directors, and Centers of Excellence are dedicated to the vision and purpose of the Foundation.


Rita Roy, MS, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Margaret Carvin
Director, Policy & Advocacy
Patti Dunegan
Patti Dunegan, RN, BSN
Programs Administrator
Lindsay Orosz, MS, PA-C
Senior Manager, Clinical Studies
Liz Mesmer
Development Manager
Jenn Karras
Communications Manager

Board of Directors

 Brian D. Nault
Thomas C. Schuler, MD, FACS
Sheldon Buytenhuys
 Gordon M. Taylor, CPA, CIA, CGMA
Edward Albers
Edward Albers
Member of the Board
 Kevin M. Burke
Member of the Board
Christopher R. Good, MD, FACS
Member of the Board
Jamie Harvey
Member of the Board
Jennifer Marron
Jennifer Marron
Member of the Board
David W. Poley
David W. Poley
Member of the Board
Ray Pugsley
Member of the Board

Spine Health Ambassadors

alayne wadsworth
Alayne Wadsworth
Professional dancer, actor and model
Dr. Tom Walters
Board-Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist
Paige Fraser
Professional dancer