Our Team

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Nadine Dehgan

CEO

Nadine Dehgan is the Chief Executive Officer for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. Nadine brings with her two decades of international non-profit experience.

I am excited to join an organization whose researchers are laser focused on preventing, treating and curing Cerebral Palsy and whose leadership is passionate and motivated to make real change.
Nadine Dehgan

Nadine’s previous role was the CEO of the Hearing Health Foundation and she held executive positions with educational and service organizations. She has a BA from the University of Winnipeg and received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Nadine is passionate about funding cutting edge research to support technological breakthroughs, regenerative cures, and the prevention of 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

Director of Partnerships

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.

Susan has a master’s degree in organizational psychology.