About The AAN

Executive Staff

Meet The AAN Executive Staff by Department

The Executive Staff implements strategic goals set by the Board of Directors of the AAN and AAN Institute.

Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of the AAN and AAN Institute provides 
monthly updates to the AAN leadership.

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EXECUTIVE AND LEGAL ADMINISTRATION

Directs staff on daily operations, strategic planning facilitation, and implementation.

Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director and CEO of the American Academy of Neurology

  • Lisa Larson, Executive Assistant

Bruce Levi, JD, General Counsel

  • Karen Kasmirski, Executive Assistant

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Oversees new business development initiatives. 

Chris Becker, Chief Business Development Officer of the American Academy of Neurology

EDUCATION, SCIENCE, AND CONFERENCES

Develops innovative programs designed to enhance and improve the treatment of patients. 

Christine E. Phelps, Deputy Executive Director of the American Academy of Neurology Institute

  • Katie Horner, Executive Assistant

Finance and Facilities

Oversees finance, information services, and facilities management.

Timothy Engel, CPA, Chief Financial and Technology Officer of the American Academy of Neurology

  • Cora Jansma, Executive Assistant

HEALTH POLICY

Promotes advocacy initiatives and develops tools to benefit the practice of neurology and improve the lives of patients.  

Jason Kopinski, CAE, Deputy Executive Director of the American Academy of Neurology

  • Samantha Ewert, Executive Assistant

MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS, AND MEMBERSHIP

Building, sustaining, and managing the AAN’s reputation as seen and understood by members and the public.

Angela Babb, CAE, APR, Chief Communications Officer of the American Academy of Neurology

  • Tina DiRienzo, Administrator

PUBLICATIONS

Oversees the Academy publishing. 

Jason Kopinski,  CAE, Deputy Executive Director of the American Academy of Neurology

  • Samantha Ewert, Executive Assistant

Technology

Oversees information services and technology.

Jason Kopinski, CAE, Deputy Executive Director of the American Academy of Neurology

  • Samantha Ewert, Executive Assistant