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Shirley Kessel

Shirley Kessel

Executive director

Shirley is the mom of three daughters, two of whom live with migraine. When her youngest daughter Sydney became diagnosed at an early age, they both decided that it was time to take action to bring awareness and raise money for migraine research. They contacted Eileen Jones, who founded the Miles for Migraine race in San Francisco, and brought the race to the Philadelphia community in 2013. She became the Executive Director in 2017 when it became apparent that Miles for Migraine should take the race series around the USA.

Shirley has worked in healthcare for the past 26 years and has served on various non-profit boards since 1991. She won’t retire until a cure is found for this disabling disease.

Dr. William Young

William Young, MD, FAHS


Dr. William Young is a neurologist at the Jefferson Headache Center. He received his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine and has been in practice for 30 years. The Jefferson Headache Center is one of a very few academic headache centers in the country. The Center, founded in 1982, specializes in the treatment of patients with all types of headache pain. Dr. Young is the President of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. Click for Detailed information pertaining to Dr. Young’s extensive research profile. Click for detailed information pertaining to Dr. Young’s extensive research profile, including research pertaining to migraine and stigma.


Eileen Jones, RN, PHN

Founder and Past President

Eileen is the Founder of Miles for Migraine and served as President from 2008 – 2016. A migraine patient herself for many years, she started the nonprofit organization after a 2007 visit to Congress, along with mostly headache disorders physician research specialists from across the US, to advocate for the acute need for migraine research funding from the National Institues of Health (NIH). That group formalized into the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy, where Eileen is a founding board member, and returns annually at their own expense to ask Congressional representatives for headache research support. Miles for Migraine races exists to raise public support for the needs of migraine and headache disorders and direct funds to research. It is her fervent desire to expand the race to major U.S. cities.

After graduating from Stanford University, Eileen worked as a critical care unit nurse for many years and a disaster nurse specialist for the American Red Cross since 1998.

Janet Corroo

Janet Corroo, RN

Vice President

Clinical Nurse, USCF Headache Center

Janet Corroo is a clinical nurse for the UCSF Headache Center caring for adults and children with headache. Janet’s role is to support the physician’s inpatient and outpatient patient care activities. Ms. Corroo is dedicated to improving the lives of the patients beyond her role as the Clinical Nurse, and is committed to working with Miles for Migraine in developing programs such as the Migraine Youth Camp.

Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Jones, MBA

Senior Vice President - Health System Affiliates, UCSF Health

Kenneth M. Jones, UCSF Health’s Senior Vice President, having previously worked as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of UCSF Medical Center. He joined the organization in 2001. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Cain Brothers and Company, LLC, in San Francisco and was President and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Hospital in Oakland.

Among his chief accomplishments at UCSF Medical Center, Jones was responsible for planning and executing the February 1, 2015 opening and operation of the new 875,000 square foot Women’s, Children’s and Cancer Hospital and clinic complex at Mission Bay, and implemented key elements of the Medical Center strategic plan, including the 2014 merger with Children’s Hospital Oakland, and the development of a medical foundation to affiliate with community physicians. He maintained operating margins of over $100 million per year from 2010 to 2015. Patient satisfaction increased from 90 % to 92.8% from 2009 to 2014. In 2006, he was named CFO of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times magazine.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He moved west to California, where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.

Dr. Amaal J. Starling

Amaal J. Starling, MD

Board Member

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 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 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, neurology resident education, and professionalism and clinical ethics.

David Watson

David Watson, MD

Board Member

Dr. David Watson is Chair of the WVU Department of Neurology and Director of the WVU Headache Center. His clinical work focuses on patients with headache disorders, and in access to clinical care for under-served populations. He has been active in clinical research focused on new treatment options for headache patients. In addition, Dr. Watson is involved with resident and student education at all levels.

He is very active in patient and professional advocacy, having founded Runnin' for Research, Inc., a charity which raises funds for headache and migraine research, and attending numerous lobbying days in Washington D.C.

He currently is a member of the AMA Opioid Task Force, has served as the Chair of the AAN Grassroots Working Group, currently chairs the American Academy of Neurology Advocacy Engagement Subcommittee and is a member of the Advocacy Committee of the American Academy of Neurology.

He was awarded the Palatucci Advocate of the Year award in 2017 by the American Academy of the Neurology, and the American Headache Society Above and Beyond Award in 2018.