Our Team

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

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Bronya Metherall

Executive Director

Bronya Metherall is the Executive Director for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. Bronya is leading the growth of a sustainable future for cerebral palsy research funding through partnership development and strategic planning. Bronya relocated to New York from Sydney, Australia where she was managing fundraising partnerships in private philanthropy for world-renowned disability organization, Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Bronya is a lawyer by background and also holds a Major in Anthropology from Macquarie University, Australia. Bronya has worked across a number of sectors, with a deep passion for seeing high-impact returns on social and health issues for children and women. Bronya has held legal and policy roles with a range of successful organizations including the National Children and Youth Law Centre, the Australian Royal Commission Enquiry into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and more recently her role as Global Partnerships Manager at international development organization, The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Bronya has held a lifelong interest in cerebral palsy.

Dr. James A. Blackman

Medical Director

Professor James A. Blackman received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Ohio State University, completed pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan and Fellowship in Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics at Harvard University (Children’s Hospital, Boston). He attained a Master’s Degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. His research and practice have focused on causes, outcomes, and treatments of early brain injury. He is a past president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and a former Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Queensland (Australia) Royal Children’s Hospital.

As Medical Director of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, Professor Blackman brings decades of clinical pediatrics experience as well as tremendous expertise in cerebral palsy. He is excited about unlocking the possibilities that are held in research for millions of children and families living with cerebral palsy.

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Nina Miller

Development Director

Nina is the Development Director for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. As the mother of a child with CP who has benefited greatly from recent treatment breakthroughs, Nina is a powerful advocate for advancing critical CP research and increasing access to new treatment options. Nina heads up development through establishing strategic partnerships, driving major gifts and supporting event and organizational growth. With a particular interest in merging real consumer needs with research and industry, Nina works to foster connections across sectors to accelerate change for the CP community.

Nina came to CPARF with a long history in the nonprofit sector, with years of work in the housing and homelessness arena. One of her marked accomplishments is helping found the national organization, Socialserve.com, an award-winning housing locator service for affordable, special needs and accessible housing.

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Sarah Agopian

Campaign Director – Steptember

Sarah joined the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation team in February 2018. She is responsible for managing all marketing, social media, and communications for Steptember, CPARF’s signature fundraiser.

Prior to CPARF, Sarah served as the National Development Manager for the AVON 39 walk series, where she focused on digital strategy. By streamlining e-communications and pushing digital projects forward, Sarah served as a key leader in the success of the 2017 fundraising campaign. Sarah has also served as a Fundraising Manager and Fundraising Coach for AVON 39, including an exemplary year of successfully raising $17.8 million for breast cancer research and services with her team in 2016. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at University of California, Berkeley.

With Sarah’s passion for storytelling and radical transparency in the fundraising space, Sarah is deeply committed to the mission of CPARF and their vision to find a cure for CP.

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Susan Wilson

Corporate Experiences Director – Steptember

Susan Wilson is the Corporate Experience Director for Steptember, the signature fundraising event for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation.

Susan came to CPARF from Conde Nast Cause Marketing where she promoted fundraising and awareness programs for large nonprofits. Prior to working with nonprofits, she was a Human Resources leader for Fortune 50 organizations.

Sarah has a master’s degree in organizational psychology.

Hayley Whitfield

Hayley Whitfield

Corporate Partnerships – Steptember

Hayley established her career within KPMG’s Management Consulting practice in Sydney, Australia where she served on multifunctional business transformation projects for leading Australian organizations. In America, Hayley served as the Supporting Project Manager for KPMG’s global initiative to build internal capability for the acquisition and delivery of global transformation engagements. Ms. Whitfield also assisted with the establishment of KPMG’s global Innovation Practice leading the social, demographic and technology trends knowledge area.

In addition to Hayley’s professional services experience, she has founded a New York based retail company, manufacturing luxury dog fashion products. For her company Wolfpack NYC, Ms. Whitfield oversees all facets of the business including vision, strategy, brand and operations.

Hayley has a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney, Australia (for which she had undertaken study at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University) and a double Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia, for which she was awarded the Dean’s Prize for excellence in 2003. Hayley is a certified PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner and a certified LEAN Fundamentalist.

Hayley now joins CPARF to help drive the expansion of corporate partnerships for the STEPtember campaign within the American market.