“We know the patient because we are the patient.”

President, Volunteer

Leslie Lake

Leslie Lake is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Invus Financial Advisors, LLC, an investment boutique based in New York City. Leslie co-founded the firm in 2006, with a specialty in long short equity strategies. Leslie has been managing assets within the hedge fund industry since 1995. Leslie holds a BS in Economics from Simmons College, where she is also a Trustee, member of the Finance and Investment Committees, and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

In 2018, Leslie suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism (PE). Her quest to learn more about venous thromboembolism (VTE) lead her to the National Blood Clot Alliance via the organization’s online Stop the Clot® Support Group and Discussion Community, powered by Inspire. Despite living in New York City, Leslie was shocked by the lack of information available to her after her PE.

Leslie volunteers her time to lead the organization and is committed to raising public awareness so no person affected by blood clots is without the necessary information they need to prevent or successfully treat VTE, and that they also have the information they need to navigate the spectrum of lifestyle issues that can follow a blood clot diagnosis.

Outside of work, Leslie is an avid equestrian, dog mom, and resides in Manhattan.

Email: llake@stoptheclot.org

Connect with Leslie on Twitter: @lesllake

Director of Communications

Beth Waldron

Beth is a patient advocate with 27 years of experience in health care project management and communications.  At the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, she co-founded a thrombosis education program educating both patients and health care professionals. She has worked on numerous projects to improve DVT/PE patient care, notably as a Member of the Clinical Practice Guideline Panel on Thrombophilia with the American Association of Hematology (ASH), a Member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Blood Disorders Expert Panel on Prevention Research, an Adviser on Patient and Family Engagement to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Partnership for Patients, and as a Member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Affinity Groups on venous thromboembolism and adverse drug events. She holds a MA in Political Science from North Carolina State University with a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Her central advocacy interest for the past decade has centered around the psychological impact of blood clots.

Eighteen years ago, Beth experienced a life-threatening deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) which were not initially diagnosed correctly. Following diagnosis, she found education and support from other patients at NBCA for which she remains grateful.

In addition to her own blood clot history, her father experienced cancer-associated DVT and PE.  He died from a major bleed while on anticoagulation.  Beth’s personal clot traumas motivate her in the hopes no one else experiences what she and her family have experienced.  It is why she is so passionate about education and the belief that it takes an informed patient and an informed health care professional working together for the most optimal health outcome.

Beth enjoys spending time in nature—hiking, bird watching and wildlife photography.  A perfect day involves quietly sitting in the woods with a camera. Beth has even had multiple art galleries show her wildlife photography. Oh, and one other fun fact – she can drive a tractor.

Email: bwaldron@stoptheclot.org

Director of Development and Regional Affairs

Tarin Patrikis

At the start of her career, Tarin accepted a position working on a capital campaign for a new cancer center within a hospital philanthropy department and never looked back. She has spent the past 12 years in various nonprofit development roles within the social service, health care, and patient advocacy sectors. Tarin holds a BS in Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Charlton College of Business with a concentration in International Business and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts Chapter.

While she has not personally experienced a blood clot, she sees herself and her family in so many of the stories from our community every day. Tarin has had knee surgery, been prescribed hormonal birth control, and experienced three pregnancies and childbirths. Yet, she had no idea her risk of developing a blood clot was elevated during those experiences prior to her work at NBCA. Feeling our patients deserve better, Tarin is passionate about the mission of NBCA because we are an organization that puts patients first and advocate for life-saving awareness on the part of both patients and providers.

The patient stories and the personal relationships Tarin has developed with members of the NBCA community motivate her to help move our mission forward every day. She cannot think of anything more meaningful than advocating on behalf of patients who have experienced a blood clot that went undiagnosed, sometimes for months, or family members who have tragically lost a loved one to this often preventable death.

Outside of the office you can find Tarin spending quality time with her family and three little ones – Landon, Harlow and Mila. She also loves spending time at the ocean, a good DIY project, and anything creative. Another random fact to note about Tarin is that she has never tried red meat!

Email: tpatrikis@stoptheclot.org

Program Director

Bill Robertson

Prior to coming to the NBCA, Bill was a critical care paramedic for 25 years. He then entered into full-time academia, teaching and presenting on emergency medicine, critical care, and adult education topics.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Educational Technology from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Health Professions Education from Florida Gulf Coast University. Bill received his doctoral training from Nova Southeastern University, from which he holds a Doctorate of Health Science with an emphasis in Global Health.  As part of his doctorate, he interned for a summer in Ghana, West Africa, and completed a practicum in Sustainability Practices in Global Health Initiatives. Bill’s scholarly interests include adult learning methodology, cardiac electrophysiology, and venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Bill is committed to facilitating many of the programs at the NBCA that promote VTE awareness, educate patients and healthcare providers, but most of all, provide a voice to blood clot survivors and their families. Besides being a blood clot survivor himself, Bill lost his wife and the mother of their two children to a pulmonary embolism. He is motivated to keep other children from needlessly losing a parent to a preventable and treatable condition.

Bill lives in the mountains of Northern, Utah. He states that there is no better place in the world to enjoy the outdoors. When Bill is not working, you will usually find him camping and hiking. In addition to being an outdoor junkie, Bill is a self proclaimed master woodworker. He has a dedicated woodshop, where he will make anything from small jewelry boxes to king sized beds.

Email: brobertson@stoptheclot.org

Development and Community Outreach Associate

Julia Thompson

Julia received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a minor in Business Administration from Montana State University in December of 2019. She has experience working at a family planning clinic as a community outreach intern, an administrative assistant for an integrative health clinic, and an events coordinator and farmer’s market manager for a local main street program. Julia has extensive experience in managing events and volunteers as well as being a patient advocate and developing new community outreach strategies.

Her background in community health ties her into the mission at the National Blood Clot Alliance. Julia knew from a young age that she wanted to improve the health outcomes for underserved populations and the blood clot community is certainly one of those underserved populations. Once she learned about the mission and vision of the organization, she was all in, and is incredibly passionate to do everything in her power to help this organization reach as many communities as we can to stop families from losing loved ones over something that could have been prevented.

People are her main motivation, and hearing the patient stories at NBCA. Julia gets easily charged through performing acts of service or knowing that she is working to better the health outcomes of others. She is motivated to spread as much knowledge, awareness, and help create viable solutions and partnerships to create better communication and programs surrounding blood clot awareness in our communities.

Outside of the office you can find Julia spending most of her time outside. She is an avid backcountry & downhill skier, backpacker, hiker, camper, and mountain biker. Being born and raised in Northwestern Montana, winter has always been her favorite season of the year. She currently resides in Southeast Missouri, and while there is no snow there, she still gets out to explore the terrain that the surrounding areas have to offer. Julia also has a golden retriever named Jeffrey, she loves to travel, and she eats kiwis with the skin still on them, which she has been told is not normal!

Email: jthompson@stoptheclot.org


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