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 her marketing experience to LBDA’s Board of Directors. She runs consumer marketing for Trend Micro in North America, and also volunteers her time as a marketing consultant for a variety of small businesses and non-profit organizations.  Shannon helped to care for her father, who had Parkinson’s disease and LBD, for seven years until he passed away in 2010. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. 

Marhsall Cannon

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 management. 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 the Manager of Creative Services at Delta Dental of California. Marshall lives in San Francisco, CA.

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 and psychiatry Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Research Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. 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.

Nick Williams

Nick Williams, Director

Nick Williams brings his experience to identify opportunities for vertical and horizontal growth to LBDA. He manages the brands of PruittHealth and serves as the Chief Development and Cultural Officer there. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of the South – Sewaness and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University.

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.

Emily N. Pualwan, Director

Emily is the CEO and Executive Director of HazingPrevention.Org, a national nonprofit, and joins the board with over 30 years experience in nonprofit management, including leadership roles at the American Cancer Society. Her expertise includes publishing, media, advocacy, and public policy in both healthcare and higher education. Ms. Pualwan has a deep personal interest in dementia research and patient advocacy and has experienced in her family the struggles that those with dementia and their caregivers face on a daily basis.