BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mildred Velez is the founder and president of the FCSA. Mildred has worked in the social services industry since 1997. Mildred currently leads the operations of a nationally recognized homeless youth shelter, which offers the most comprehensive mental and medical health services available to this population. Mildred is committed to equality in care and treatment of others. Mildred was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2007 and founded the FCSA in response to the lack of adequate education, treatment and support for those living with Fibromyalgia.
Alexander Roque has over 15 years of experience in working in the nonprofit industry. He is the president of a nonprofit consulting group, which raises nearly $10M for nonprofits while also offering support in the areas of executive consulting, financial management, branding, marketing and social media. Alex is a founding member of the FCSA who is compelled by the mission of the organization and the tangible services it will offer the community. Alex’s mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001 which has greatly impacted Alex’s desire to help this community.
Dr. Kyra Blatt
Dr. Kyra Blatt is a neurologist in New York, New York. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Blatt has served on numerous committees, advisory boards and has been a principal investigator/sub investigator related to myriad of neurological conditions. Dr. Blatt has also served on the Fibromyalgia Advisory Board of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She is a practicing neurologist at Dykman Medical Services and Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center and a senior research neurologist at The Medical Research Network.
Lilly A. Cruz
A native New Yorker is a Licensed Registered Nurse who has worked for the Health & Hospitals Corporation for 13 years. Lilly specializes in geriatric and cardiac telemetry. Through her profession, Lilly has a special approach to caring for others, especially those experiencing chronic pain. Lilly’s career also offers her a unique and comprehensive understanding of the medical field and how those living with chronic pain are treated.
Lilly became an active advocate for Fibromyalgia patients since being diagnosed in 2012. She has been an ardent supporter of the FCSA through various fundraising and advocacy efforts, including the NYC/NJ Caterpillar Walk committee, where she has been vital in the success of the annual event. Lilly is currently the administrator of FCSA Facebook page, sharing facts regarding fibromyalgia and positivity to those who are in need of it.
Lilly defines herself as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunty, lover of life and chronic pain advocate.
Kim Gilchrist is an assistant deputy mayor in New Jersey. Kim has devoted her life to public service and has worked to advocate for marginalized communities. Kim has also been a strong advocate of health issues facing the community for which she represents and has worked to secure funding and awareness for underrepresented health issues. Kim also works to facilitate the stewardship and support of corporate responsibility opportunities for health charities.
Michelle Yakobson is a Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate at St. John’s University in New York City. In becoming a clinical psychologist, she hopes to integrate heartfelt clinical care with the science of research to improve the lives of people with chronic pain. Michelle worked for three years in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital System coordinating clinical trials and has clinical experience working with substance abuse, serious and persistent mental illness, geriatric and health psychology. She also loves puppies.
Sharon Martingale is an Assistant Vice President at a regional bank in New Jersey working in the IT area. She has worked in the banking industry for over 20 years. Sharon was diagnosed in 2011 and has been active with the NY and NJ Caterpillar events, as well as many events to raise funds through her company. She believes that all patients with fibro should expect to be treated with dignity and respect. She is married and enjoys traveling, painting, music, and animals, especially her two cats and goldfish.
Kristal Kent is a Patient Leader Expert and Advocate diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Utilizing her 20 years of social services professional experience, Kristal’s advocacy work focuses on educating the Fibromyalgia Community on their illness, and how to best advocate for their healthcare needs. As an Army Veteran, Kristal also advocates on behalf of veterans diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Kristal is the founder of The Fibromyalgia Pain Chronicles, Co-founder of Veteran Voices Of Fibromyalgia and Founder of the National Alliance of Fibromyalgia Advocates. She also serves on the Wego Health Patient Leader Advisory Board.