Board of Directors

Our board is composed of a diverse group whose lives have been touched by LBD, as well as professionals with a deep dedication to our mission.

Sarah Sung JD, President

Sarah has a personal understanding of LBD through her father who had LBD with Parkinson’s. For her, joining the board is an opportunity to help other families and raise awareness for early diagnosis. She brings a background in content marketing and brand strategy along with her experience working in startups and global brands like Gap, Inc. and Under Armour. She lives in San Francisco and spends most of her weekends outside riding bikes and enjoying the great outdoors.

Marshall Cannon, Secretary

Marshall Cannon, Co-Vice President

Marshall brings a creative approach to the LBDA Board, with more than twenty years of marketing experience including graphic design ,project management, and brand strategy. He has worked with some of the world’s top companies like Gap, Symantec, Yahoo!, and McAfee. In 2013, Marshall began volunteering with LBDA before joining the Board of Directors. Currently, he is a consultant in Northeast Ohio.

Anitha Rao, MD

Anitha Rao MD, Co-Vice President

Anitha Rao, MD is a board-certified cognitive neurologist and Forbes magazine recognized physician entrepreneur. She serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s Geriatric Section, and she sits on the Board of Trustees at ThedaCare HealthSystem in Wisconsin. Her globally recognized research has been highlighted by the Washington Post, American Health Insurance Plans, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Rao is one among 600 dementia experts in the nation with subspecialty training in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Lewy Body Dementia is a disease near and dear to Dr Rao. She sees many undiagnosed patients with this disease in her clinical practice, and advocates for LBD by raising disease awareness through industry consulting, conference presentations, and peer reviewed research to highlight the cost of care and mortality associated with LBD.

Roger Bean, Director

Roger Bean, Treasurer

Roger Bean began his career with a CPA firm in Cincinnati, Ohio and worked there and with another CPA firm for approximately twenty-five years. With the experience Roger has gained serving for the past two decades as the COO and CFO of the American Board of Family Medicine and its related foundations, he brings knowledge of association finances, operational complexities and strategic planning and initiatives to the LBDA board.

Carla Abdelnour, Board Member

Carla Abdelnour MD, PhD, Secretary

Dr. Abdelnour  is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Neurology and Neurological Sciences Department of Stanford University. She obtained her medical degree in Venezuela, and completed her neurology residency training in Spain. Because of her special interest in neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Abdelnour conducted her PhD in dementia with Lewy body disease research, and was member of the steering committee of the European dementia with Lewy bodies consortium (E-DLB). She aims to understand the biological underpinnings of the disease to develop diagnostic tools and therapeutic targets, with a patient-centered approach.

James Galvin

James Galvin MD, Director at Large

Dr. Galvin began his service to LBDA as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council, where he continues to guide the association’s scientific activities. He is a professor of neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Galvin’s experience with Lewy body dementia is both professional and personal, as his grandfather had both Parkinson’s and symptoms of Lewy body dementia.

Jeffrey S. Jacob, MBA/JD, Director at Large

Jeff brings over 25 years of strategic, financial, operational, and legal experience to the LBDA Board of Directors. Jeff is currently the Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) where in addition to overseeing the finances of the organization, he is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal/Risk, and General Administration. He has a balance of both for-profit orientation and not-for-profit experience throughout his career. Jeff recently lost his father, who suffered with both Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. He also serves on the boards of Orot: Center for Jewish Learning, and Sutton Place Synagogue where he is the Immediate Past-President. Jeff resides with his family in New York City. 

Angela Lunde, M.A.

Angela Lunde MA, Director at Large

Angela Lunde MA. is an Associate in Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. Her interests and focus are in the emotional and quality of life factors experienced in those living with dementia and caregivers. She is involved in numerous partnerships focused on reducing stigma, improving wellbeing, and supporting the inclusion of persons living with dementia into everyday community life. Ms. Lunde has professional training in mindfulness-based therapies, grief and loss, Dignity Therapy, wellness coaching, and yoga. She was the co-creator of HABIT- Healthy Actions to Benefit Independence and Thinking ®, a multi-component program that builds on existing strengths and the empowerment that comes from supportive relationships.

Rodney F Witcher, II

Rodney F Witcher II, Director at Large

Rodney F Witcher, II is a tech professional and executive with unique experience and skills for thriving in both technical and non-technical capacities. He is currently a Product Solutions Engineer at Google and serves as an Angel Investor for Black Angel Group, providing capital to start ups building ethical, high-growth technology companies. Rodney strives to ensure that individuals from all backgrounds and experiences get exposure and on the ground participation in the creation, implementation and usage of digital platforms. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.


President Emeritae:

  • Christina Christie  
  • Shannon McCarty – Caplan