Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of people whose lives have been touched by LBD as well as professionals with a deep dedication to our mission.

Christina Christie

Christina M. Christie, Board President

Christina joins the LBDA board and brings not only her personal LBD experience, as her father was diagnosed with LBD, but also business acumen. Tina has an MBA with a concentration in Management and has worked for the chemical manufacturing firm, CRC Industries, Inc. for more than fifteen years and has successfully organized a Lewy body Dementia Awareness Walk annually since 2014 in Jamison, PA.

Shannon McCarty-Caplan

Shannon McCarty-Caplan, Board Vice President

Shannon is pleased to bring over 20 years of marketing experience to LBDA’s Board of Directors. She currently runs marketing for a global consumer packaged goods company. Her experience includes running marketing teams within the high-tech software and digital marketing industries. She also volunteers her time as a marketing consultant for a variety of small businesses and other non-profit organizations. Shannon helped to care for her father, who had LBD with Parkinson’s disease for seven years until he passed away. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Marshall Cannon, Secretary

Marshall Cannon, Secretary

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

James Galvin

James Galvin, M.D., Director

James 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’s School of Medicine. Jim’s experience with Lewy body dementia is both professional and personal, as his grandfather had both Parkinson’s and symptoms of Lewy body dementia.

Andy Matteis

Andy Matteis, Treasurer

Andy brings an extensive background in finance and management gleaned from his 25 year career in the investment and financing business to LBDA. Andy lost his brother to Lewy Body Dementia and he feels passionate about LBDA’s mission to bring more resources and focus on this disease. He recently retired from his Wall Street career and plans to spend his time as an independent board member with several organizations and on teaching and mentoring.

Roger Bean, Director

Roger Bean, Director

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 nineteen years 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. The American Board, located in Lexington, KY, certifies approximately 94,000 family physicians in the US and internationally. Roger is a CPA and a resident of Florida.

Carla Abdelnour, Board Member

Carla Abdelnour, Board Member

Carla brings medical experience in managing Lewy body dementia patients. She is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Neurology and Neurological Sciences Department of Stanford University. Carla obtained her medical degree in Venezuela, and then completed her neurology residency training in Spain. Because of her special interest in neurodegenerative diseases, Carla 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.