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Ambassadors - Advocacy

Dr. Dave Hatfield
Dr. Hatfield spent over 21 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a command sergeant major (designee). He then spent 17 years in leadership positions at the National Security Agency. Starting in 2000, he gradually developed GWI. Dr. Hatfield now teaches university courses online and owns a small business that focuses on organizational leadership and development, education and security consulting. His work with our organization is in advocating to the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense, directing them to  focus research on treatments and biomarkers to diagnose GWI. In 2013 and 2014, he sat on two Dept. of Defense panels to advise on which GWI research proposals should be funded. Dr. Hatfield also serves as one of our directors.

Advocacy Projects

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Shannon Cassidy
Shauna is owner, trainer and instructor at Mitchell Equestrian Center in Alabama. She also has experience in marketing and event planning. Her connection to NEIDs is through her own experience with fibromyalgia. She is also searching for more information, believing she has another yet-to-be diagnosed condition. Her interest is in fundraising, patient support and education. She also has an interest in advocating for chronic pain patients.She serves as the vice president on the Board of Directors.


Camille Carswell
Camille has a bachelor's and master's degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After playing two seasons with the Greensboro Symphony, she became an elementary music teacher. She also worked as an assistant music director and accompanist for a local church. She has ME/CFS and fibromyalgia. Her interest is in federal government advocacy. In 2014, she visited Congressman Richard Burr's office to request more funding for NEIDs and that attention be given to the FDA processes being inadequate for diseases such as ME/CFS.

Last update: September 19, 2014
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