PPA Leadership Team
Linda A. Feld
President, Board MemberContact
Linda Feld is from Connecticut and has a background in elementary education. Since moving to Florida in 1975 Linda has spent much of her time as a volunteer for various organizations. Those include Hospice, Canine Companions for Independence and as an Ombudsman for Elder Affairs in the state of Florida. She has been affiliated with the PPA since 2000 and has served as Secretary, Vice President and now President of the organization.
Linda has a Service Dog named Valentine and she is happy to share her experiences with him if anyone is interested.
Linda is genetically diagnosed with Normokalemic Periodic Paralysis and spent a great deal of time in Germany with the late Dr. Lehmann-Horn learning much about these disease states and the genetics involved. She has made presentations world- wide about this disease and always looks forward to meeting new patients and helping them on their journey. She is always available to share her journey and embraces our philosophy that “You are not alone”.
Secretary, Board Member Contact
Teresa Cochran has lived in Orlando, FL almost her entire life. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Legal Studies, and has been a Paralegal in the local community since 1993.
Teresa has Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis. She learned at the age of 15 about her disease and over the years has gained knowledge on what her triggers are, and how to manage them along with food and medication.
Having a sense of adventure, love of travel and experiencing other cultures, Teresa took her first trip overseas in her early 20s, backpacking through Europe and visiting eight (8) countries in 30 days. If you are from another country she would love to hear what you love about your culture.
Teresa joined the PPA board in the hope that she can help anyone else searching for answers to their own symptoms, and that sharing her knowledge and experiences may help others in that search.
Teresa is also a member of the local PPA Support Group in Central Florida.
Treasurer, Board Member Contact
Monica Cramer grew up in Orlando, Fl and has a background in the equestrian industry, animal education and bookkeeping/accounts payable. She returned to school and is working towards her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).
Monica was clinically diagnosed 9 years ago with Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis. Recently her family became part of a study and Myotonia Congenita has been added to her diagnosis.
The PPA has been a key factor for Monica’s diagnosis and treatment. She currently is a member of the local PPA support group here in Central Florida.
Monica Cramer serves as Treasurer of the PPA.
IT Director, Privacy Officer, Board MemberContact
Eric is a Senior Specialist in Linear Accelerator Engineering and installs, maintains and repairs multi branded 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 a websystem for storage of Medical Emergency Data special for patient safety. Next to that, he designs web sites in HTML, PHP, JAVA en MySQL and writes software in PHP, Python, Sketch and Delphi.
Eric is together with Irm since 1984 and married her in 1993. Together they have two kids, Vivianne and Thomas, born in 1994. Eric got involved in the PPA because Irm, Thomas and Vivianne all 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.
Growth Development Director, Board MemberContact
Evelyn Black was born in NJ but spent her formative years in Colombia, SA which she believes has afforded her a unique life perspective and a love for travel. In 1996 she moved to Orlando and has been a resident ever since. She studied at UCF where she obtained a MS degree in Change Management. Since then she has worked in the Human Resources field and is currently the HR manager for a well-established construction company.
In addition to her work life, Evelyn has a philanthropic spirit and enjoys volunteering as a mentor for at risk youth and partnering with Habitat for Humanity.
After learning about PP, Evelyn was motivated to join the PPA in its mission to generate awareness and to educate both the medical field and the public about PP. She hopes that her small efforts will lead to positive changes in the diagnoses and treatment of PP.