Amanda Talty
Executive VP & Interim CEO

Amanda Talty brings over a decade of experience developing and implementing strategic programs. As Executive VP & Interim CEO at the Tourette Association, Amanda is responsible for executing activities that serve to generate awareness and revenue and develop programming in support of the organization’s mission. The scope of her oversight includes chapter services, development strategy, special events, membership, corporate and foundation engagement, individual giving and marketing.

Amanda Talty Full Bio

Amanda Talty brings over a decade of experience developing and implementing strategic programs. As Executive VP & Interim CEO at the Tourette Association, Amanda is responsible for executing activities that serve to generate awareness and revenue and develop programming in support of the organization’s mission. The scope of her oversight includes chapter services, development strategy, special events, membership, corporate and foundation engagement, individual giving and marketing.

Prior to joining the Tourette Association of America, Amanda served as Senior Major Gift Officer at the American Red Cross on Long Island where she facilitated over $1 million in new revenue within the first year. Her development experience encompasses organizations big and small, public and private and she is passionate about bringing values to life through philanthropy. Amanda received her BA in Sociology and Communications from Hofstra University and her MPA from Baruch College.

Diana Felner
VP, Public Policy

Diana provides strategic direction for and ensures the implementation of the Tourette Association’s public policy activities. With 20 years of experience in government and regulatory affairs, she will advance the Tourette Association’s mission of awareness, research and support with the federal government and key stakeholders in Washington, DC.

Diana Felner Full Bio

Diana provides strategic direction for and ensures the implementation of the Tourette Association’s public policy
activities. With 20 years of experience in government and regulatory affairs, she will advance the Tourette Association’s mission of awareness, research and support with the federal government and key stakeholders in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Tourette Association, Diana served as Director of Government Affairs for Bunge North America, Inc. and Head, Federal Government Relations for Syngenta. In these roles, she served as a Washington representative for these global multi-national corporations. She began her government and regulatory affairs career working in various roles at CropLife America, a trade association representing the agricultural chemicals and plant biotechnology companies.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University.

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Sonja Mason-Vidal, MBA
VP, Finance & Administration

Sonja is responsible for the Tourette Association’s financial matters including financial reporting, budgeting and compliance with governmental regulations. In addition, Sonja has oversight of the Tourette Association office, IT and Human Resources.

Sonja Mason-Vidal Full Bio

With more than 18 years of experience in non-profit healthcare and financial advisory roles, Sonja brings to TAA a distinguished track record in the industry. She will be responsible for all finance-related and administrative activities for the Company, including accounting, financial planning, strategic analysis, human resources and information technology.

Sonja most recently served as Senior Accountant at the National Audubon Society, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to conservation of natural ecosystems. Prior to this, Ms. Mason-Vidal held a variety of senior positions in finance at the American Red Cross of Greater New York, including the Director of Finance, Center of Expertise Lead and Financial Reporting Manager. During her 7-year tenure, she was responsible for the consolidation of six Red Cross Chapters into one centralized financial system. The consolidation included payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, chart of accounts restructuring and banking. Ms. Mason-Vidal holds a BBA in Accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College and MBA in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University.

Diana Shineman, Ph.D.
VP, Research & Medical Programs

Dr. Shineman will oversee all programs, activities and staff within the Research and Medical Programs Department, which endeavors to advance the understanding of Tourette & Tic Disorders and facilitate the development of effective therapies for these disorders. Prior to joining TAA, Dr. Shineman spent nine years at the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation directing the Foundation’s drug discovery and development grant programs and strategic initiatives with foundations, government and industry partners.

Diana Shineman Full Bio

Dr. Shineman will oversee all programs, activities and staff within the Research and Medical Programs Department, which endeavors to advance the understanding of Tourette & Tic Disorders and facilitate the development of effective therapies for these disorders. Prior to joining TAA, Dr. Shineman spent nine years at the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation directing the Foundation’s drug discovery and development grant programs and strategic initiatives with foundations, government and industry partners.

Dr. Shineman earned a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania working in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research. She received a B.A. in Biology with a Nutrition concentration from Cornell University and was named a Howard Hughes Research Scholar. In addition to maintaining various professional memberships, Dr. Shineman has also authored numerous articles and peer-reviewed publications.

Susan Young

Susan Young
Executive Administrator

Susan handles major administrative tasks on behalf of the President & CEO and other senior team members. A former arts professional, Susan has years of administrative experience within both the performing arts and visual arts, as a production stage manager for The Shadow Box Theatre, a shadow puppet theatre company for children, and as office manager for VAGA, a company specializing in fine art copyright. She has a passion for non-for-profit work and lends her expertise to streamlining processes, aiding in or directing event management, meeting planning, and communications.

Susan Young Full Bio

Susan handles major administrative tasks on behalf of the President & CEO and other senior team members. A former arts professional, Susan has years of administrative experience within both the performing arts and visual arts, as a production stage manager for The Shadow Box Theatre, a shadow puppet theatre company for children, and as office manager for VAGA, a company specializing in fine art copyright. She has a passion for non-for-profit work and lends her expertise to streamlining processes, aiding in or directing event management, meeting planning, and communications.