PPA Leadership Team
President, Medical Director, Board Member Contact
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 relavant publications and videos by Dr. Levitt include:
- Video Documenting a Periodic Paralysis Attack
- Levitt JO. Practical aspects in the management of hypokalemic periodic paralysis. J Transl Med. 2008 Apr 21;6:18.
- Charles G, Zheng C, Lehmann-Horn F, Jurkat-Rott K, Levitt J. Characterization of Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis: A Survey of Genetically Diagnosed Individuals. J Neurol. 2013 Jul 25.
Linda A. Feld
Vice 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 in Elder Affairs for the state of Florida. Linda is pictured above with her successor service dog Valentine and is happy to share information with people about the process of getting one of these wonderful service dogs.
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.
Secretary, Board Member Contact
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 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 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.