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Warrior Ad Board

Our migraine warrior advisory board members are people from our community who are making a difference in the lives of others who live with migraine, cluster and other headache disorders. We meet monthly to discuss topics and projects that Miles for Migraine is working on to continue bringing the community programming which fosters reduced stigma and isolation, and empowers all to understand why advocacy is a vital facet in the treatment of migraine and headache.

Jill Dehlin

Jill Dehlin

Jill Dehlin started her professional career as registered nurse in 1975.  One of the most gratifying parts of her job were patient education and advocating for people who were hospitalized. She became a health teacher at the age of 40 to help prevent the kinds of diseases she was seeing in adults as an office nurse.
Her migraine disease manifested itself in 1987 at the age of 32. In 2006, Jill was completing a PhD in educational psychology when her migraine attacks became a daily occurrence. After having a negative experience with a headache specialist who was not listening to her, she decided it was time to advocate for herself.  She requested hospitalization or referral to a different practice. She was hospitalized in 2010 and started on a more helpful course of treatment. She got about 30% better after her hospitalization, and decided that she was well enough to learn more about migraine disease.
In 2011, she attended her very first American Headache Society meeting in Scottsdale and learned about current research on migraine and about migraine and other headache disorders.  She became involved in patient advocacy at the national level. Jill was chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association, and is currently a member of the Migraine Warrior Advocacy Board. She is also on the boards of the National Headache Foundation (NHF), the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA), and the Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP). She is chair of the NHF’s Patient Leadership Council, and plays an integral role in the planning and execution of Headache on the Hill with AHDA.
Migraine disease is a daily part of life for 40 million people in the United States. Jill Dehlin is involved with the Migraine Warrior Advocacy Board to help people understand that there is hope on the horizon for people with headache and migraine diseases.   Her educational efforts and advocacy never stop because migraine and other headache disorders don’t either.
Katie Golden

Katie Golden

Katie M. Golden is a professional patient, writer, and advocate for those living with migraine, headache and cluster diseases.  When she turned 30 her episodic migraine attacks became a chronic, everyday occurrence. This debilitating disease ended her career in finance. She found purpose in writing honestly about the challenges of living a fulfilled life with chronic pain and quickly pivoted to become a leading patient opinion leader.

As well as serving on the Miles for Migraine Warrior Advisory Board, Katie also serves as the Director of Patient Relations for CHAMP (Coalition For Headache And Migraine Patients), staff writer for Migriane.com, consulting editor for the INvisible Project and Migraine Advocacy Liaison for the U.S. Pain Foundation. She also writes on her own blog - GoldenGraine.com, where she lives by the manta, "Never Let Your Pain Go To Waste".

"It's so important to me to attend as many Miles for Migraine events as I can. It's special to see the connections that are formed and the realization that you are not alone - all while raising awareness and money to a great cause."

Katie Moran

Katie Moran

I, Katie Moran, have had Chronic Migraine for twelve years, going on thirteen years, serving on the Warrior Advisory Board has given me more power to get things done.  As a group, we collaborate with each other and we work together to find ways to get message out that migraine is a disease.  We educate others, we teach them how to advocate for themselves and for migraine.  We are starting to break down the stigma behind migraine and we are all dedicated to continuing until migraine gets the recognition that it deserves.  I serve on this board to help other learn about migraine, to support those that have migraine, as well as to represent different communities at events such as walks/runs as well as Education Days.  I do this because we want to reach out to these communities and change their perception of migraine, if we can reach one hundred or seven hundred people, reaching any amount of participants is important.  As we do this, our migraine community groups will grow, and that is how a movement is created.

Sarah Rathsack

Sarah Rathsack

Sarah Rathsack is a patient, writer and creator of the blog My Migraine Life.  She has lived with migraine since age 5 and became chronic in her 20s.  Sarah retired from being an intervention specialist for children with severe needs to be a stay at home mom.  During this time, she started her blog to explain all the challenges that migraine brings to herself and family.  Her advocacy has grown each year and her impact has reached well beyond her blog.

Now, as a preschool teacher and migraine advocate, Sarah helps many in many ways.  She serves on the Miles for Migraine Warrior Advisory Board and has fundraised thousands of dollars for Miles for Migraine.  She was the top fundraiser, largest team and received an award for being a warrior advocate participating and speaking in Cincinnati and Cleveland while walking in Phoenix.  She has more trips planned to support Miles for Migraine throughout the country and wants to focus on bringing communities together while raising funds for important migraine research and grants.

This year, Sarah was featured in a video highlighting her work with Miles for Migraine and beyond named “Meet Me at the Races.”    She is also an American Migraine Foundation partner and you will find her writing on various advocacy websites.

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Michelle Tracy

Michelle L. Tracy is a preschool teacher turned Patient Advocate whose mission is to empathize, educate, and empower the millions of people living with migraine disease. Diagnosed with chronic migraine disease at 19, Michelle began writing as a way to process her pain. She created The Migraine Warrior Blog and its companion Facebook page where she has curated a valuable resource full of personal stories, cutting-edge research, advocacy opportunities, and more.

Drawing on her English degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as her studies of psychology and mindfulness, Michelle is a blogger, freelance writer, and speaker. In addition to serving as a member of the Miles for Migraine Warrior Advisory Board, she sits on the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council, and partners with The American Migraine Foundation as a Moderator for their Move Against Migraine Facebook support group. She also collaborates with The Association of Migraine Disorders, Shades For Migraine, The Alliance for Headace Disorders Advocacy, The Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP), The U.S. Pain Foundation, My Chronic Brain, and Chronic Migraine Awareness Inc.

"As a member of the Miles for Migraine Warrior Advisory Board, I have had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most brilliant people in the Migraine and Headache Disorders Community. The flow of ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm during board meetings paired with the lived experience, wisdom, and leadership skills of each member provides me with a sense of gratitude, community, and hope. My goal is to carry this feeling with me to Miles for Migraine events. It is such a privilege to witness the creation and strengthening of connections as people look around the conference room or the race course and see that they’re not alone."

Jamie Valendy

Jamie Valendy

Jamie Valendy is a writer and patient advocate who lives with chronic migraine and persistent post-traumatic headache. She serves as a board member on the Miles for Migraine Patient Advisory Board, as a moderator on the Move Against Migraine Facebook page, and as a participant at Headache on the Hill.

She shares her journey on her blog, Chronic Migraine Warrior, and has had the opportunity to speak at RetreatMigraine. Jamie believes that there is power in sharing our stories, making connections, and coming together as one voice to reduce stigma, increase education and research, and improve the quality of life for all those living with migraine and other headache disorders.

Michelle Vargas

Michelle Vargas

Michele is an Aromatherapist who is an active member in several aromatherapy associations.  She teaches internationally on essential oil uses and safety as well as how to eliminate toxic products from one’s life.

She openly shares her personal struggle with chronic migraine and has become well known in the headache community.  She is a Patient Advisory board member of MFM and Patient Leadership Council of the National Headache Foundation and was a former board member of American Headache and Migraine Association. For several years, she has participated in speaking to her legislators during the Headache on the Hill event in Washington DC.

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