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Staff Bios

Don C. Reed
Vice President, Public Policy

Don Reed has served on the Board of Americans for Cures Foundation and its predecessors since start-up. He is currently our Vice President, Public Policy on a part-time basis.

Don is an extraordinary patient advocate who has made it his life's work to advance and protect all forms of stem cell research. His motivation comes from his son, Roman Reed, who was paralyzed in a college football game in 1994.  He's a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Don's accomplishments include:

  • Citizen-sponsor, California's Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act (1999)
  • Chair and co-founder, Californians for Cures (2000-present)
  • Grassroots organizer, California Senator Deborah Ortiz' legislation on stem cell research (2002-2003)
  • Recipient, Willie Shoemaker Award for Advancing Spinal Cord Injury Awareness (2005)
  • Stem Cell Research Advocate of the Year, Genetic Policy Institute (2006)
  • Board Member, Americans for Cures Foundation (previously Alliance for Stem Cell Research) (2004-present)
  • Board member, Proposition 71 Campaign/Americans for Cures Action Network (2003-present)
  • Weblog author, Stem Cell Battles (2005-present)
  • Author, five books and 30 magazine articles
  • Recipient, National Press Award, Juvenile Series (1996)

Jacqueline Hantgan
Director, Patient Organization Relations

Jacqueline Hantgan joined Americans for Cures Foundation as Outreach Director in 2006 on a part-time basis. She is responsible for our national Speakers Network which comprises over 160 people whom we have trained to speak on stem cell related issues. She also maintains our relationships with patient advocacy organizations. She was previously Outreach and Advocacy Associate for Proposition 71 (2004-2005).

Jacqueline's immediate past  position was as Director of Community Events, Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center (2005-2008). Her work there included management of an annual fundraiser (which raised over $300,000 last year). From 1995-2001 she was an elementary school teacher in schools in California and New York City. Her volunteer experience includes serving on the Board of the Women's Alliance for Jewish Federation (2005-2006) and the non-profit charity Kavod (1994-present).

Jacqueline holds a masters degree in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She and her husband Josh have three children.