PPA Leadership Team
President, Medical Director, Board Member
Jacob Levitt, M.D. received his B.A. from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in May, 1996 and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, in June, 2000. He interned at Sound Shore Medical Center, New Rochelle, NY (2000-2001). Dr. Levitt did his dermatology residency (2001-2004) at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. He has stayed on faculty in the Department of Dermatology, now an Associate Professor, Residency Director, and Vice Chairman.
Dr. Levitt became involved with the PPA in 1998 as a medical student. His interest in the periodic paralyses not only stems from his curiosity as a medical professional but also because he, himself, has primary hypokalemic periodic paralysis, diagnosed at age 13.
As of December 28, 2013, Dr. Levitt serves as President, Medical Director, and Board Member to the PPA. Dr.Levitt has been a PPA Board member since the first PPA Conference in October 1999.
Some relevant publications and videos by Dr. Levitt include:
Linda A. Feld
Vice President, Board Member
Linda Feld is from Connecticut with a background in elementary education. Since moving to Florida she has spent the majority of her time as a Hospice Volunteer. Linda and her husband Ed are now retired but she continues as a part-time volunteer at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL. Linda is pictured above with her Canine Companions for Independence Service dog Keith and would be happy to share information about him!
Linda has been affected with Normokalemic Periodic Paralysis since birth and was genetically diagnosed through the PPA and its association with Dr. Frank Lehmann-Horn at the University of Ulm in Germany. She is Vice President of the PPA and acts as the Genetic Liaison between the PPA and Dr. Jack Tarleton at Fullerton Lab in Asheville, North Carolina. She is a member of CPAG ( Coalition of Patient Advocacy Groups) in Washington D.C. and has spoken at the Genetic Alliance in Washington and the Mediterranean Congress of Myology about the PPA.
Secretary, Board Member
Jeff Albertson grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and he graduated with a BA in English literature from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C. He has done extensive work in commercial radio and has also recently published a novel. Jeff moved to Florida in 1975 and was a theme park retail product development specialist with Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex until retiring in 2006. Since 2012, Jeff has been a volunteer for Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs and with Canine Companions for Independence in Orlando FL.
Inspired by the community spirit of those associated with Periodic Paralysis, he is completely awestruck by their work to educate the medical field and afflicted individuals about the disease so that it will be eliminated.
Treasurer, Board Member
Shelley Shifman received her B.S. degree in Personnel Management from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 1987.
Shelley and her husband, Tim, were married in 1989. Her most important role has been raising her two children, Samantha and Adam. Samantha was diagnosed in 2009 with hkpp.
Having been diagnosed with hypokalemic periodic paralysis via glucose insulin challenge in 1996, Shelley became involved in the PPA and has attended all but one conference since 1999. Shelley’s quality of life has
improved dramatically as a result of her involvement in the PPA Organization, and the support and information provided by the members.
Shelley Shifman serves as Treasurer of the PPA.
IT Director, Board Member,
Eric A. Sanderse is a linear Accelerator Engineer and maintains and repairs Oncology equipment in the largest oncology center in The Netherlands, the Erasmus MC. He studied precision mechanics and received his technical bachelor (BEng) at the “Hoge School Enschede” in the study “Medical Engineering”. In his work he received many educational programs which made him to an exceptional specialized technical engineer.
Besides his work on the Erasmus MC, Eric is CEO of two private companies. The branches of these companies are both in IT. One is designing custom software and sells hardware, the other company is designing apps for local government to enlarge public safety. Next to that, he designs web sites in HTML, PHP, JAVA en MySQL and writes software in Python and Delphi.
Eric is together with Irm since 1984 and married her in 1993. Together they have two kids, Vivianne and Thomas, who are young adults yet. Eric got involved in the PPA because Irm and Thomas both suffer from Periodic Paralysis.
Since 2011 he attends the conferences in Orlando and in 2015 he was asked to take place in the board of the PPA. Eric feels very honored with this request and is thrilled to represent Europe as PPA board member.