Board of Trustees
January 10, 2011
The Facial Pain Research Foundation
Top Roger L. Levy, Michael Pasternak, Myron A. Hirsch, Jay Winer, Albert Rhoton Jr.
Seated Suzanne N. Grenell, Douglas K. Anderson
Myron A. Hirsch, PhB., an author, editor and book publisher, founded Whitehall Printing Company (a book manufacturer) in 1959. The company prints thousands of books each year, including educational books on neuropathic facial pain for patients and their families, as well as health-care professionals. Hirsch also is editor-in-chief and publisher for Collage Books Inc. He is championing efforts to find a cure out of passionate concerns for his wife, Harriet, who experienced a return of trigeminal neuralgia in August 2010 after enjoying many pain-free years resulting from a Gamma Knife® procedure. He is a former president of the TNA-FPA, and was an active board member for 8 years. He and Harriet live in Naples. Today Harriet is again pain-free.
Roger L. Levy, Esq., LLM, is an investment attorney serving as CEO and in-house legal advisor with Cambridge Fiduciary Services LLC and as manager of Cambridge’s office in Scottsdale, AZ. Educated in England, he practiced law in London and was a partner in Taylor & Humbert, one of England’s oldest law firms, before immigrating to the United States in 1975 where he joined Saul Ewing Remick & Saul in Philadelphia. He holds a Master’s degree from Temple Law School. Levy became an international spokesperson for the cause of trigeminal neuralgia for a compelling personal reason. For eight years, he suffered “in a wilderness of pain” that shut down his career and forced him into a dark corner of silence. When his pain was finally ended in 1997 through microvascular decompression surgery, he became an active volunteer with the TNA-FPA and Chairman of its Board from 2000 to 2013. He has continually championed the need to find a cure. He and his wife, Maddie, live in Scottsdale.
Michael Pasternak, Ph.D., an entrepreneur who co-founded the world’s largest retail hosiery company, started a Trigeminal Neuralgia Association support group in Nashville, Tenn. after suffering with trigeminal neuralgia. He later left the corporate world and became a board member and subsequently president of the TNA-FPA. He coordinated the association’s early national conferences for health professionals and patients, and helped it develop patient materials, support groups and a patient registry. Prior to his business career, he served as a professor at Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina and Michigan State where he taught courses in Understanding and Improving Organizations and Leadership. Pasternak underwent successful microvascular decompression surgery for TN in 1992, and remains pain-free today. He and his wife, Sherrilyn, live in Gainesville and in Durango, Colo.
Douglas K. Anderson, Ph.D., eminent scholar professor and chairman emeritus of neuroscience at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute, has guided the TNA-Facial Pain Association in expanding its research initiatives. Anderson is known for his pioneering laboratory research that led to the nation’s first implantation of human embryonic nerve tissue in eight patients with a specific form of spinal cord injury. He demonstrated the safety and feasibility of nerve tissue transplantation in animals and people. Earlier, he developed the first effective frontline medication for acute spinal cord injury. A graduate of Michigan State, he became a senior career scientist with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, served 10 years as chairman of UF’s Department of Neuroscience, and was interim executive director of the brain institute for a year prior to his retirement. He is a former member of the TNA-Facial Pain Association Board of Directors. He and his wife, Beth, live in Gainesville, FL. and in Carmel, IN.
Suzanne N. Grenell, MBA, is a creative writer, poet, motivational speaker, and author of several inspirational books, including End The Pain; Neuropathic Facial Pain Expressions and Impressions. She became an active volunteer in helping others after suffering with trigeminal neuralgia for a dozen years, and overcoming two bouts with breast cancer. She is now pain-free, cancer-free and medicine-free. After earning a Master of Education degree at the University of Minnesota and an MBA at Arizona State, she taught high school social sciences for six years and served in worldwide positions with Intel Corporation for 23 years. She is a former member of the TNA-FPA Board of Directors, and lives in Scottsdale, AZ.
Albert Rhoton Jr., M.D., is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute in Gainesville. He is known in medical circles as the father of modern day microscopic neurosurgery. Through four decades of laboratory research and patient-care experience, he expanded knowledge of brain anatomy, including its intricate blood vessel network studied under high magnification. He developed new, safer surgical techniques, designed finer instruments and authored the leading illustrated textbooks of brain anatomy, which serve as guides for surgeons throughout the world. During a surgical career of 40 years, he treated more than 3,000 patients with trigeminal neuralgia. Today, he concentrates full-time on teaching, textbook writing and volunteer services with the TNA-Facial Pain Association. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Gainesville.
Jay Winer, independent public relations/marketing consultant and fund-raiser, formerly served as director of public relations and community affairs for The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville, N.C. He achieved over 50 national television and print feature stories, as well as regional and local news coverage, resulting in over $15 million in advertising value equivalency. He worked with his wife, Maddy, to book popular entertainers and direct over 100 theatrical and concert stage events. He is a leading supporter of historical affairs and the humane society in the Asheville area, and has provided volunteer services to the TNA-FPA for twelve years. Although not affected by facial pain, Winer gained compassion for people in pain when he heard their stories and talked with them while videotaping a series of national TNA conferences led by his friend, Michael Pasternak. Winer said he became hooked on the cause of finding a way to bring relief to men, women and children struggling with terrible pain. He and Maddy have homes in Asheville and Indialantic, FL.