|AHMA Board of Directors|
The AHMA board of directors is made up of five patients and five American Headache Society members whose purpose is to assist and support the patient board members.
Jill Dehlin, Chair
Jill Dehlin is the current chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association, and is a charter member of AHMA. Her previous board positions with AHMA were treasurer and chair-elect. Jill is a registered nurse and certified health education specialist who lives in Okemos, Michigan. She currently supervises the reproductive health program at her local school district.
Jill’s professional goal is to empower people to take better care of their health. Before she was disabled by chronic migraine in 2006, Jill was a doctoral student in Educational Psychology/Educational Technology at Michigan State University. Her research was on literacy, health literacy, and the use of technology for health education and empowerment. Her goal as AHMA chair is to help empower people with migraine and other head pain disorders to care for themselves, collaborate as full partners with their physicians, and to advocate for themselves and others who are affected by neurobiological diseases.
Jill is honored to be the chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association, and hopes you will join her as an active member of AHMA.
Amaal Starling, MD, Co-Chair
Dr. Amaal J. Starling is an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She joined Mayo in 2012 and is currently a Consultant within the Department of Neurology.
Dr. Starling received her M.D. degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed a Transitional Year Residency, a Neurology Residency, and a Headache Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society (AHS), the American Medical Association and the American Pain Society. She is the Physician Co-Chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association, Chair of the New Investigator and Trainee special interest section of the AHS, and serves as a member of the AHS Annual Meeting Scientific Committee. She is a perennial speaker at the AHS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Starling has been the recipient of numerous awards including the AHS Above and Beyond Award for Service, Manfred D. Muenter Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Residency Scholarship, the 2012 Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award, and the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award.
Dr. Starling has several peer-reviewed publications and abstracts related to her fields of interest which include migraine, concussion, posttraumatic headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, secondary headaches, telemedicine and teleconcussion, and neurology resident education.
Teri Robert, Immediate Past Chair
Teri is a well known author and patient advocate in the area of migraine and other headache disorders and was awarded the National Headache Foundation's Patient Partners Award in 2004 for her "ongoing patient education, support and advocacy." In 2013, the American Headache society presented Teri with the Distinguished Service Award for "Substantial Meritorious Service as an Advocate for Headache Sufferers." She is one of four founding members and the past secretary of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy.
As a heart attack survivor, Teri also has a special interest in heart disease in women. She's a member of and an advocate for organizations in this area as well.
Paul Winner, DO, FAHS, Immediate Past Co-Chair
Paul Winner, DO, FAAN, FAAP, FAHS is the Director of the Palm Beach Headache Center, Director of Premiere Research Institute at Palm Beach Neurology and Clinical Professor of Neurology at Nova Southeastern University, FL.. Dr. Winner received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residencies in pediatrics and neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. Certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Headache Medicine. Past- President of the American Headache Society.
Eileen Brewer, Chair-Elect
Eileen Brewer has been a member of the American Headache and Migraine Association for 5 years and she has been serving on the board for almost 2 years. Currently she is the Chair Elect. In 1980 at the age of 5, Mrs. Brewer contracted spinal meningitis and after fighting for her life she was left with some disabilities. Chronic migraines is just one of those issues. Her drive comes from a desire to make life better for headache disorder patients until better treatments or cures can be found.
Eileen is currently a stay at home mother to two young children. She also manages several real estate investment properties and occasionally works as an event planner. Eileen has devoted herself over the years to many volunteer opportunities including local and national political initiatives, event planning and advocacy for several local charities, and positions on boards of directors for various non-profits. In addition to AHMA, she currently serves on the board of Clusterbusters, and as the Co-President of Longfellow Nursery School. Mrs. Brewer also enjoys video games, board games, hiking, and archery.Amy Gelfand, MD, FAHS, Co-Chair Elect
Dr. Gelfand is the Director of Pediatric Headache at UCSF in San Francisco, CA. Her research focuses on pediatric migraine treatment, as well as on studying the episodic syndromes that are thought to be associated with migraine such as abdominal migraine and infant colic. She is married with three children.
Tammy Rome, Vice-Chair
"I joined AHMA because I believe in its mission and want to help further the cause of migraine advocacy. It's not enough to be active on social media. To truly make a difference on behalf of all headache patients, we must unite and work for better treatment, more research funding, and greater public awareness."
Tammy is a former mental health therapist. Now disabled, she writes for Migraine.com and her own blog, Brainstorm.TammyRome.com. She also volunteers her time to coach other migraine patients, teaching them the basics, helping them to find headache specialists, and empowering them to take charge of their own health care.
Tammy's life motto has been "making a difference". The desire to make a positive impact on the world is simply part of her personality.She has also been determined to find positive ways to transform her own experience with headache disorders into something that benefits others.
Jamie Valendy, Secretary
Jamie joined AHMA because being a part of a patient-advocacy group is an important way for her to be an educated patient and advocate, and a supportive friend to others living with headache disorders.
She graduated from the University of Dallas with a degree in Psychology and minor in Business. Jamie had to step away from a graduate program in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, due to her chronic, debilitating migraines. She started a blog in 2010. Originally, her blog was simply a way to cope, but it became a way to connect with herself and others.
Michele Vargas, Treasurer
Michele Vargas is currently Treasurer of AHMA. She has been an AHMA member for 1 year and is a chronic migraine patient who currently resides in Dallas, Texas. She is an International Aromatherapist who has a special interest in essential oils for the treatment of concussion as well as migraine. She enjoys playing the piano and electric bass in her spare time. Michele is very aware of patient struggles and is knowledgeable in the field of headache. She started having episodic migraines in high school and has fought chronic migraine daily for the last 18 years. She has learned much from working at Mayo Clinic (Arizona) and from her husband who is a headache specialist. She enjoys researching essential oils, especially for different types of headaches / head & facial pain. Michele has a 24 year old son who, sadly, inherited her migraines. Michele hopes to help AHMA touch more lives and be an invaluable resource to headache / head and facial pain patients.
Nathan Bennett, MD, FAHS, Co-Secretary/Co-Treasurer
Dr. Nate Bennett is a Board-Certified Family Physician and a Certified Headache Medicine Subspecialist. He completed his residency at Forbes Family Medicine Residency in Monroeville, PA (1993) and is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College (1990) and Washington and Jefferson College (1986). He is the founder and medical director of the Preferred Headache Center.
Dr. Bennett treats all ages and a wide variety of medical issues. In the Headache Medicine subspecialty, he is involved in the development of headache guidelines and educational programs on a national level. He is also the principal investigator and author in many clinical research studies.