Staff

Richard Abrusci, MBACropped
Chief Operating Officer

Richard Abrusci is the Chief Operating Officer for the LAM Health Project.  His varied career includes recruiting, business development, training program management, development and delivery, the management of multi-functional work teams, and customer service.  Richard has developed an exceptional background in people and project management and a professional style based on excellent inter-personal communications and the ability to make the best possible use of his personal network.  Richard has been involved with the LAM Community since late 2008 and is committed to making an impact in time for those currently affected by the disease.

A strong advocate for the underserved communities, he is involved with many local and national non-profit organizations which place emphasis on making the world a better place for all and ending trends that do not promote equality and fairness.  In his spare time, Richard enjoys outdoor activities such as snow skiing, long distance bike riding and spending time with family and friends.

Richard received his BBA as an undergraduate and went on to obtain his MBA with a focus on Strategic Management.

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Project Manager

Heather is the Program Manager for LAM Health Project (LHP).  She received her B.S. from Saint Mary’s College of California, which led her to a career as a Behavioral Interventionist for children with Autism where she worked as the Lead Interventionist and eventually became a Program Supervisor, managing multiple programs. In 2011, Heather came across the opportunity to work as a Program Manager for the LAM Treatment Alliance.  She immediately became interested in LAM and how it impacted those suffering from this rare disease. She knew that she wanted to continue to be a part of something that would impact the lives of others and the LTA provided just that.  As Program Manager, Heather has helped launch pilot studies through LAMsight and the International LAM Registry.  Heather has really enjoyed this new endeavor and has been so grateful to be able to give back to the LAM community. She is eager to continue supporting the LAM community as the organization evolves into the newly formed LHP. Heather lives in California with her husband, 2-year old son, and two dogs.  In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and loves to travel when the opportunity arises. She also loves to take pictures but often takes so many that it is difficult to decide on the best ones and will then have many unfinished photo projects, which drives her husband crazy!

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Roman Herrera, PhDRomanHerrera2
Senior Staff Scientist

He conducted Postdoctoral Research (sponsored by the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell foundation) at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School (Bruce Spiegelman’s Laboratory) performing research to define the molecular mechanism involved in adipocyte differentiation.Roman Herrera obtained his PhD (Molecular Pharmacology) from the Albert Einstein Medical College under the supervision of Ora Rosen. As a graduate student, he contributed to the understanding of the molecular activation of the Insulin Receptor and made key contributions to defining the structure-function relationship of this important hormone receptor.

He joined the Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert Company in 1992 (later to be part of Pfizer) where he was involved in every aspect of the drug discovery process in therapeutic areas such as oncology, inflammation and metabolic diseases, from target identification to clinical trials. He left Pfizer in 2011 and become associated with the LAM Treatment Alliance and has continued his work within the LAM Community with the LAM Health Project.