Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Long Covid.

Foundation Team

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Linda Tannenbaum, Founder & CEO/President

Linda Tannenbaum is the Founder and CEO/President of Open Medicine Foundation. Linda founded OMF after her 16-year-old daughter came down with sudden onset ME / CFS in 2006. She was told there was no diagnostic test or treatment for the devastating disease that was preventing her daughter from leaving her bed and living her life.

After researching options, Linda realized that open, global collaborative research into the disease was terribly lacking, as was the funding of research, so she established OMF in 2012 to fundraise and facilitate large-scale research in search of diagnostic tools, treatments, and ultimately prevention for ME / CFS and related chronic complex diseases.

Linda is a clinical laboratory scientist with a degree in bacteriology from UCLA. She ran and was part-owner of a clinical laboratory for over 20 years. Her passion today is finding a cure for these chronic complex diseases — giving the millions suffering their lives back —  and improving clinical care for patients.


Kimberly Hicks, COO/CFO/Treasurer

Ms. Hicks has worked with OMF as a board member since 2014, has served in an interim capacity as the CFO/COO, and has joined the team full-time.  She is a C-suite Finance industry veteran with over 25 years of leadership, business transformation, business development/sales, merger integrations, and major strategic initiative experience across private and public sectors, and international settings.  In the past few years she has transitioned to Health Tech and Healthcare, and has a keen interest and passion for the use of technology to solve big healthcare problems. Ms. Hicks holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University and a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas.

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Jillian Payne, Chief Development Officer

Jillian is grateful to bring her passion for health, science and strategy to OMF in her role as Chief Development Officer. She has 20 years of experience as a leader in the healthcare and education sector. Jillian specializes in nonprofit management, communications, philanthropy and board development from her work in the corporate world and as a volunteer. She received her MBA from University of Redlands and her BA in Communications and Marketing from Union College. Jillian enjoys life in Southern California with her husband, daughters and her constant companion, Oreo, the family dog.


Rebecca Handler, Communications & Digital Marketing Manager

Rebecca Handler holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology. She is now a graduate student at Boston University, where she is completing a Masters of Science (MSc) in strategic communications, focused on the healthcare sector.

Rebecca’s job at OMF is to spearhead OMF’s strategic communications plan and develop content across all digital channels, including social media, website, and e-newsletters. Her goal is to share valuable information and content to grow OMF’s mission, and help support the patient community.

Rebecca currently lives in Connecticut with her adopted rescue dog, Bella.

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Janis Maslyk, Database and Gift Processing Manager

Janis brings her strong organizational and project management skills to OMF, providing support to many aspects of fundraising and administration. With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, she has worked in various other industries but enjoys being part of the nonprofit community with a commitment to making the world a better place.


Bec Morse, Organizational Operations

As OMF enters an exciting growth phase, Bec Morse was engaged to expand operational capacity. After a first career in Financial Services, leading global and local business change programs, Bec transitioned to augmenting and amplifying leadership and management capability in start-ups, small businesses and not-for profits through her own consulting company. Inspired by the work of two innovative surgeons driven to make a difference in the world, Bec decided to make a permanent move to the health sector. Currently completing a Masters in Healthcare Services at the University of Technology, Sydney, Bec also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of New South Wales and has completed post-graduate studies in Organizational Change Management at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

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