The RP Foundation’s purpose is to facilitate awareness, education, and research to improve the quality of life for patients with relapsing polychondritis (RP) and advance a cure for this disease.

Board of Directors

Our foundation’s Board of Directors includes members with a diverse set of experience including government, healthcare, non-profit development and fundraising as well private sector operational and corporate expertise across multiple disciplines. The team is strategic in our shared vision to advance awareness about relapsing polychondritis, promote new research efforts, autoimmune diseases awareness, improve diagnosis and connect patients with the resources and support they need.

Nancy Linn

Nancy Linn is a research advocate and philanthropist.  In 2011, she was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis.  Nancy produced “RP The Ride of My Life,” documentary about her battle with relapsing polychondritis, to advance research about this and other autoimmune diseases in pursuit of treatments and cures.

Michael Linn

Michael Linn has over 25 years of operational, transaction and start-up experience in the investment management business.  Since 2015, Michael has been an advocate for autoimmune disease awareness and research.

David Bammert

Dave has 30 years of experience in public and private sector development, including fund development, philanthropic donor research, marketing and recruitment, and grant writing.  He has a proven record of engaging donors to advance research and designing educational and advocacy experiences to connect researchers with various communities.

David DeRosa

Mr. DeRosa is a Mobility Lead at AECOM with over ten years of experience in both public and private sectors, as well as non-profit. He is based in Los Angeles and his recent experience has focused on delivery of transportation projects including Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Hyperloop, High-Speed Rail, Light-Rail, and Streetcars.