Staff (Employees)


Gilles Frydman

Executive Director

Gilles has been a pioneer of online health communities since founding the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) in 1995. Gilles is a co-founder of Smart Patients and of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Gilles is a former MedicineX Executive Board Member. He strongly believes patients are the most underutilized resource in healthcare. Gilles is a a sleep apnea patient with long term hypertension history.

Elizabeth Johnson

Finance Manager

Elizabeth began her Nonprofit Accounting career at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD in 2000. Following her career at Suburban Hospital, she worked for a national civil rights advocacy nonprofit organization in Washington, DC for 11 years rising to the position of Finance Manager.

Elizabeth joined ASAA in December 2013 as a part-time bookkeeper and became the Finance Manager in 2018. Finding her passion for healthcare advocacy again, Elizabeth joined ASAA full-time in June 2020. She is a single mother of three girls, all of which have at least one breathing disorder. She currently lives in Eastern North Carolina.

Valerie Mead

Program Manager

Valerie joined the ASAA in July of 2015. Val serves as a Program Manager for the ASAA and is located in Tracy, Minnesota with her three children. As a former small business owner, Val understands the importance of providing caring and timely customer service.

She has a passion for helping others, which makes her a valuable addition to our team assisting patients and medical professionals who utilize our Mask/Supply Program, Peer Mentors Program and our AWAKE Groups.

Alice Rolling

Customer Service Associate

Alice joined the ASAA Team in October 2019. Being a sleep apnea patient herself since 2012 she understands the importance of being dedicated to the PAP therapy and being our own best advocate.

She is a Customer Service Associate and works from her home near Tracy, MN. Alice has a background in Management and Customer Service, and brings with her a passion to make a difference and to help others be their own best advocate.


Staff (Contract)


Jean-Noel Frydman

Webmaster

Jean-Noel was born in Paris and moved to New York in 1981, where he received his BA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduating, he moved to Los Angeles where he discovered the nascent Internet. In 1994, he founded France.com, a pioneering e-commerce and travel website which won many accolades. A sleep apnea patient himself, he brings more than 20 years of digital experience and innovation to sleepapnea.org.

Erin Taylor

Grant Writer

Erin is a grant writer with 19-years’ experience in prospect research, grant proposal writing, and grants management. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from St. Olaf College and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. Erin was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2017 and started working with the ASAA in 2018. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and two sons.


Board of Directors


Andres Mendoza

Secretary

Andres was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea in 2005. He is a Partner in the Corporate Group of the Law Firm of Akerman LLP.

He lives in Miami with his wife and four children.

Adam Amdur

Board Member

Adam is an “innovative patient advocate”. He was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in 2008, more than thirty years after he first showed symptoms. As he struggled to learn how to manage his treatment, he was able to successfully identify and get treatment for his then two-year-old daughter and wife as well as many others. He joined the ASAA in 2012, leading the association’s evolution from a twenty-five-year-old physician-run organization into an entrepreneurial, patient-driven, public-health advocacy association.

Gregory Arneaud

Board Member

Gregory Arneaud is a certified respiratory therapist and USAF Veteran. Mr. Arneaud has years of experience in the sales of medical devices in the North American Region for Itamar Medical and Watermark Medical and experience managing DME Centers for Lincare and Home Care Medical Services. Mr. Arneaud is the Founder and Clinical Director of iSD Health Solutions, a team of US Board Certified Physicians and respiratory Therapists providing the highest level of expertise in Sleep Medicine in the Caribbean Region. He has been instrumental in the development of sleep labs throughout the Caribbean. Additionally, Mr. Arneaud has been a Delegate for World Sleep Day since 2015 bringing awareness to the Caribbean. Mr. Arneaud works to collaborate with medical professionals and institutions to bring greater awareness to the importance of sleep, to help improve the healthcare standards throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

Sandy Chaney

Board Member

Sandy Chaney is a Business Insurance Agent with HUB International, the largest privately held independent insurance agency in the world. Sandy has spent her career assisting commercial clients in the placement and management of their insurance products including all types of Property & Casualty Insurance. HUB Mid-Atlantic, Inc. specializes in non-profit clients and Sandy currently handles some of the largest and most complex clients in the agency’s portfolio. Over her career, Sandy has been asked to sit on various agent boards for some of the insurance carriers her firm represents – Hartford Insurance Company, CNA Insurance Company, Companion Insurance Company and Chesapeake Employers Insurance. Additionally, Sandy was previously a member of the Board of Directors for the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Maryland.

In late 2016, Sandy began to experience major fatigue and in February of 2017 after a sleep study, Sandy was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and prescribed with a CPAP machine. This relatively simple machine proved to be life changing and allowed Sandy to resume her normal life.

In 2019, Sandy’s son, 24-year-old Bryan Chaney began to complain about fatigue symptoms. Sandy recognized his symptoms as likely being caused by Sleep Apnea and began a medical journey with her son to try to get him first through a sleep study, then potentially prescribed a machine. This journey proved to be very difficult. Finally in December of 2019 Bryan completed his sleep study and was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Another journey began in trying to get a CPAP machine prescribed for Bryan. Finally, after many weeks and lots of difficult phone calls, a machine was obtained, and Bryan began to use it in February of 2020. On the night of August 18, 2020, he made a last-minute decision to stay at his fiancé’s family home and did not have his CPAP with him. The next morning, Bryan’s fiancé found him in cardiac arrest. Paramedics were called, but they were unable to revive Bryan. An autopsy revealed that he had passed due to cardiomegaly brought on by obstructive sleep apnea. Previously, Sandy and her family had no concept of the seriousness of Bryan’s Sleep Apnea and the fact that not using his CPAP even one night could lead to the most horrible consequence anyone can ever imagine. Following Bryan’s death, Sandy and her family began to do some research about Sleep Apnea and discovered the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA). The Chaney family decided to host a golf tournament to honor Bryan’s memory and help raise awareness of sleep apnea. The Chaney family partnered with ASAA to host the tournament and raise funds for ASAA’s awareness and education program. At the end of 2021, Sandy and her family elected to set up a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in Bryan’s name – Bryan Louis Chaney Memorial Fund, Inc. This allowed them to honor Bryan’s memory more directly, but also continue to raise awareness of Sleep Apnea.

Rich Bren

Board Member

Rich Bren, an obstructive sleep apnea patient, has more than 30 years of trucking industry risk and insurance experience.

His father and sister have also been diagnosed and treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). He is the vice president of business development at TranSharpe Development, LLC.

Bren specializes in commercial auto insurance programs and coverage.

He brings to the ASAA board a keen awareness of sleep apnea issues and their implications for commercial truck drivers and their employers. He resides in Arizona.

Paul Jannace

Board Member

Paul was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea in 2013 and joined the ASAA Board in November 2013. Paul is a sales management executive with Salesforce.com’s healthcare organization, specializing in transformational solutions to improve patient engagement and care coordination. Mr. Jannace also spent 16 years with Verizon where he helped to drive growth of mobility, connected machines and core network solutions in the healthcare and financial industries. He was the President of P.S. & W. Transportation, a licensed medical transportation company, and also the Vice President and Treasurer of the Medical Transporter’s Association. Mr. Jannace has been a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU’s School of Professional Studies since 1998, where he has taught classes on marketing plan development. He has dedicated much of his free time to volunteer work at community programs for children, including Verizon’s Teach for America Program.

David E. Mills

Board Member

David was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea in 2010 like his father before him along with some of his siblings.

He spent 30 years in the Oil & Gas Industry within Finance. The majority of his career was spent outside the U.S. in locations such as Gabon, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Russia, Bolivia, Iraq, and Indonesia.

He held various accounting and finance roles including CFO for BP’s operations in Iraq. He also oversaw the global rollout of SAP financial systems. While working overseas, his passion was staff development across many disciplines.

Experiencing how the lack of sleep, due to untreated apnea, can negatively impact all areas of life, he wants to help others get the relief he has received.

David currently lives on Longboat Key in Florida.