Chapter Contacts

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization focused on both research and patient support for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life for adults and children living with IBD.


We lead groundbreaking research into new treatments and cures for IBD and provide you with information, guidance, and support every step of the way – no matter where you are in your IBD journey. The Foundation is your voice on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures to improve your access to care and raise awareness of IBD and its impact on patients and caregivers. Read our latest Impact Report to learn more about how we’re changing lives.

The Central & Northeastern Florida Chapter serves 43 counties across the top half of of the state including: Central Florida, Tampa Bay, and Northeast Florida through Tallahassee. We provide educational and support programs to people living with IBD and those who care for them. We connect you to local resources and offer you opportunities to become involved with the IBD community through events, volunteering, our summer camps, and more.


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Chapter Staff

Laura Kraubetz

Laura Kraubetz

Senior Executive Director

[email protected]

+1 646-203-1214

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Layne Kauffman

Layne Kauffman

Senior Community Manager, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement - Central Florida

[email protected]

+1 646-477-5608

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Summer Reyes

Summer Reyes

Senior Community Manager, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement - Tampa Bay

[email protected]

+1 917-828-4988

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Crystal Long

Crystal Long

Community Manager, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement - Jacksonville NE Florida

[email protected]

+1 904-466-5600

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Chapter Board of Directors

Alex Desrosiers

Chapter Board President

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Jamie Mendelsohn

Executive Vice President

Ashar Group LLC

Jill Theisen


Joseph Rooth

Rooth Law Firm

Mike Muroff

Purdy + Muroff Architecture

Matt & Judye Leavitt


Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

Ellen Nastir

Innovative Team Solutions

Douglas Prevett

EVP, Senior Managing Director, Orlando Corporate Banking

Cadence Bank

Michael Brewster

Vice President


Samantha Kennedy, MD



Jeffrey Bornstein, MD

Medical Director - Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Orlando Health - Arnold Palmer Hospital

Kalee Eichelberger, RD, LD/N, CNSC

Coram CVS specialty infusion

Elizabeth Gribben

Chapter Advocacy Chair

Henry Levine, MD, FACP, AGAF


Center For Digestive Health

Florida Healthcare Professionals Engagement Committee (HPEC)

Jennifer Seminerio-Diehl, MD

HPEC Chair & USF Health Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

USF Health Digestive Diseases & Nurtrition

Jana G. Al Hashash, M.D., M.S.

Mayo Clinic

Ronen Arai, MD

Gastro Health

Jeffrey A. Bornstein, MD

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition

Naueen Chaudhry, MD

University of Florida Health

George Christophi, MD, PhD

Steward Medical Group

Dorin T. Colibaseanu, M.D.

Mayo Clinic

Amar R Deshpande, MD

University of Miami Health System

Kalee Eichelberger, RD/LDN/CNSC

Coram CVS

Francis A. Farraye, M.D., M.S.

Mayo Clnic

Enrique Hernandez-Sanchez, MD

Gastro Health

Susan S Kais, MD


Jami A. Kinnucan, M.D.

Mayo Clinic

Ron Landmann, MD, FACS

Baptist Health

Amber Hamid Langshaw, MD

University of Miami Health System

Jacqueline Larson, MD


Henry Levine MD, FACP, AGAF

Center for Digestive Health

Lauren Loeb, MD

Mayo Clinic

Gary Luckman, MD

Gastro Health

Renée M. Marchioni Beery, DO

Gastro MD

Amit Merchea, MD

Mayo Clinic

Marcus Muehlbauer, Ph.D., M.D.

Digestive Disease Associates

Udayakumar Navaneethan, MD

Orlando Health

Donna Patricia Ortiz, APRN

USF Health

Pablo Palomo, MD

Nemours Children's Health

Akash Pandey, MD

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition

Megan Moore Pearce, APRN

USF Health

Angela Pham, M.D.

University of Florida Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Raymond Phillips, MD

Gastroenterology Group of Naples

Siobhan Proksell, MD

University of Miami Health System

Donna Shelton, ARNP

Mayo Clinic

Taryn Silverstein, DO

Gastroenterology Associates of Florida

Charles Sninsky, MD

Digestive Disease Associates

Luca Stocchi, MD

Mayo Clinic

Jorge A. Zapatier, MD


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