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Meet LSSN's Boards

A dedicated group of people coming together to change the Lichen Sclerosus world.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

– Khalil Gibran

Meet the LSSN Board of Directors

The LSSN Board of Directors ensure the organization is following its mission of providing evidence-based education and support to help people get diagnosed earlier and live happy and healthy lives. Their focus is on the high-level strategy, oversight, financial responsibility, and accountability of the organization. This is an unpaid position.

Christine Myers, LSSN Board Member

Pam Cobb (she/her)

Chief Executive Officer

Pam has over 25 years of experience in various marketing disciplines, including digital marketing, content creation, campaign management, and data-based decision-making. She brings lots of practical knowledge from her service as a leader and board member of several other non-profit organizations. Using her skills as well as her experience with a childhood diagnosis of Lichen Sclerosus, Pam will further the organization's mission of bringing evidence-based education to practitioners and other patients.

Kathy Ruiz-Carter (she/her)

President/Treasurer

An LS advocate since February 2020, Kathy partnered with Lauren to co-found Lichen Sclerosus Support Network. On top of her duties as Executive Board Vice President and Treasurer, Kathy is the organization's Executive Director. Her podcast, Lichen Sclerosus Podcast, and her company, LS Warrior LLC, where she provides support services to people with vulvar LS, are further evidence of her passion for helping people with LS. By bringing all the right people together to get the mission accomplished, Kathy brings big ideas to life.

Jaclyn Lanthier (she/her)

Secretary

As LSSN's Secretary, Jaclyn uses her administration, research, and organizational skills to keep meetings streamlined and on track. With a Ph.D. in philosophy of neuroscience at Western University, she also brings her love of research and evidence-based information. She is also the face behind The Lost Labia Chronicles, which include a blog, a YouTube channel, as well as an eBook centering around vulvar Lichen Sclerosus.

Christine Myers, LSSN Board Member

Christine Myers (she/her)

Board Member

A board member, committee chair, and volunteer at LSSN, Christine knew she wanted to serve after hearing about its mission. As a patient with lichen sclerosus and other chronic illnesses, she wants to expand patient and provider awareness and education in hopes others will be diagnosed quickly and be provided with proper treatment. Christine is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and has her own holistic nutrition coaching practice Christine Myers Wellness.

Lauren Connelly (she/her)

Board Member

Driven by her passion for serving others while going through her own Lichen Sclerosus journey, Lauren is committed to spreading awareness for LS via evidence-based resources in hopes of empowering others. Lauren's experience serving non-profit organizations in various roles and skills as a CFP® professional helps define and evolve the mission and vision of LSSN.

Christine Myers, LSSN Board Member

Mamawah Bourque, PT (she/her)

Board Member

Dr. Bourque is the owner of Awareness Pelvic Health, which is a Physical Therapy Clinic in Houston (Heights), TX. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2011) and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Women's Health in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University (2021). She is passionate about connecting the neuromuscular function with autonomic balance on pelvic dysfunction in ALL adults. She is passionate about treating chronic pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, and perinatal care and educating her community via media appearances and community events on the benefits of Pelvic Health Therapy for optimal bowel, bladder, reproductive, and sexual function.

Suzanne Weber, MD (she/her)

Board Member

Dr. Weber is a board member and gynecologist with a passion for treating lichen sclerosus. Early on in her career, she was moved by the number of patients she saw with undiagnosed or undertreated lichen sclerosus and how it affected their lives. She is thrilled to serve on the board to help increase awareness of LS in the medical community, educate about vulvar health, and support people on their LS journey in every way possible. She blogs at healthiermenopause.com and records the GynoBits podcast to provide unbiased education and information about perimenopause/menopause, vulvovaginal conditions, and sexual health.

Meet the LSSN Medical Advisory Board

LSSN Medical Advisory Board members are unpaid medical professionals who ensure the information, education, and support provided by the organization is evidence-based and accurate. They review, edit, and provide input on key resources, as well as keep the board informed of new developments pertaining to lichen sclerosus in their respective fields. They support the organization by donating their time at sponsored events and championing LSSN at functions to help further the mission.

Christine Myers, LSSN Board Member

Jill Krapf, MD, MDSCP (she/her)

Gynecologist

Dr. Jill Krapf (she/her) is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist specializing in female sexual pain disorders and Director of Jill Krapf MD, The Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Krapf is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disorders (ISSVD). She is a Menopause Society Certified Practitioner (MSCP). Dr. Krapf is active in research and has published chapters and peer-reviewed articles on vulvodynia and vulvar lichen sclerosus. She is Associate Editor for the medical journal Sexual Medicine, as well as for the textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders, 2nd Edition.

She is also an author of the trade book When Sex Hurts: Understand and Healing Pelvic Pain. Dr. Krapf shares educational content and details on her new practice located in Tampa, Florida, on IG @jillkrapfmd.

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Erin Foster, MD, PhD (she/her)

Dermatologist

Dr. Erin Foster is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in mucosal, oral, and genital dermatology. She is an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University and collaborates with gynecology colleagues as the only dermatologist in the OHSU Vulvar Clinic. Her research focuses on shared decision-making with patients, genital lichen sclerosus, and the immunological basis of skin disease. An MD with a Ph.D. in skin immunology, Dr. Foster is a passionate advocate for advancing knowledge of lichen sclerosus among medical trainees, primary care providers, and the general public. She is currently co-leader of the international Core Outcome Sets for Lichen Sclerosus (CORALS) symptoms sub-domain and a member of the International Society of Vulvovaginal Disorders (ISSVD).

Dr. Foster believes that her patients know more than she does about their skin because they see it every day. She approaches clinical care with the goal of developing relationships based on mutual trust and working together toward healthy skin, individualized to each patient’s goals. When she’s not working, Dr. Foster is hiking with her family, drinking tea, reading fiction, baking, or traveling. She also really enjoys a good nap. She hasn’t accomplished a work-life balance yet, but she keeps trying!

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Corey Babb, DO, FACOOG, IF, MSCP (he/his/him)

Gynecologist

Dr. Corey Babb (He/His/Him) is a Tulsa native who has dedicated his life to bringing awareness and acceptance to female sexual health. Through education, activism, and empathy, he helps people feel heard and validated, empowering them to find answers in a complicated medical environment. In addition to being a board-certified gynecologist, he is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), and a member in the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disorders (ISSVD).

Currently, Dr. Babb serves on the board of directors for ISSWSH, is a reviewer for multiple sexual medicine journals, is a respected lecturer and educator, and has been featured in numerous national and international publications. At his private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he sees patients from across the world and is passionate about illuminating and treating conditions that have been previously neglected or marginalized in modern medicine.

Christine Myers, LSSN Board Member

Carolin Klein, PhD, RPsych (she/her)

Psychologist & Sex Therapist

Dr. Carolin Klein (she/her) is a sex therapist and Registered Psychologist. She is co-founder and co-director of the West Coast Centre for Sex Therapy in Vancouver, BC – a clinic of 20 Registered Psychologists, Registered Clinical Counselors, and graduate-level practicum students providing evidence-based sex therapy to the province of British Columbia.

She has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). In addition to her graduate training, she completed a clinical and research fellowship with the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory, as well as a concurrent clinical fellowship with the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver in 2010-2011. In addition to her clinical work, she previously served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program at Vancouver Hospital and, before that, as Associate Director of the UBC Psychology Clinic.

Her clinical work involves assisting individuals, couples, and other partnership configurations to build and strengthen sexual and relational intimacy; overcome sexual shame and anxiety; and bring more joy and curiosity into sexuality. She regularly provides workshops and presentations to the general public designed to provide accurate information and challenge unhelpful ideas about sexuality, overcome sexual shame, and increase sexual awareness, comfort, and pleasure. She is also involved in training graduate students and other professionals in evidence-based sex therapy, and is a Development Officer on the board of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.

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Ashlie Crewe, PT, DPT, WCS, PRPC (she/her)

Pelvic Health Physical Therapist

Ashlie Crewe Campitella attended Gannon University, where she received her Bachelor's in Psychology and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees. She then moved to the central Pennsylvania region and began her specialized training in pelvic health physical therapy. While treating patients and training in pelvic floor therapy, she also attended courses regarding pain neuroscience, finding her passion in combining the knowledge from her pelvic health courses with the neuroscience of persistent pain conditions. She has developed pelvic floor programs in several of her company's clinics and currently treats patients of all genders with pelvic health concerns, while providing mentorship to other pelvic floor therapists in her company, and educating her community about pelvic health rehab.

She achieved her Board Certification as a Women's Health Specialist in 2017 and is a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is also a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society as well as the Global Pelvic Health Alliance. Additionally, she has served as a teaching assistant in various Herman and Wallace classes. She is developing a curriculum for her company to make inclusive and affirming pelvic health education accessible to clinicians.

She has also been a guest on other podcast episodes focused on educating listeners about conditions pelvic physical therapy may help treat, including vaginismus, which is an area of special interest. She is passionate about the multidisciplinary care of persistent pain conditions and eager to work with experts in all fields of study to better help her patients have pain-free and fulfilling lives.