Our Leadership

Meet our Board of Directors

Julie Scher, J.D.


Ana Lara


Tracy Christensen

Vice Chair

Edward Sweet


Cienna Ditri


Meet our Staff

Julie Flygare, JD
President & CEO

Julie Flygare, JD, currently serves as President & CEO of Project Sleep. She is an internationally recognized patient-perspective leader, an accomplished advocate, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy

Since receiving a diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy in 2007, Flygare advanced her leadership in the sleep and healthcare space through speaking engagements, publications, earned media, collaborations, and advocacy and awareness initiatives. Prior to accepting her current role as President & CEO of Project Sleep, Flygare served as President of Project Sleep’s Board of Directors, while also gaining invaluable experience in marketing and philanthropy at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and City of Hope. Additionally, she served on the National Institutes of Health’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board from 2012 – 2015. Flygare received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2009, focusing on health law, policy, and rare disease drug development.

Lauren Oglesby, MPH
Programs Manager

Lauren is a public health educator and advocate, with a focus on healthcare and resource accessibility for vulnerable and underserved populations. She has implemented programs serving LGBTQ+ youth in rural Virginia, teens at high risk of pregnancy, and people who are incarcerated and living with HIV.

Lauren has personal and family experience with invisible disabilities and chronic conditions, including mental illness and autism spectrum differences. She is thrilled to serve as Programs Manager with Project Sleep, where she leverages her diverse personal and professional experience (and love of spreadsheets) to coordinate advocacy and awareness initiatives with the sleep community. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains, reading too many books at a time, and trying to keep up with her large extended family. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and daughter.

Latest News

Christopher K: National Poetry Month Part 4

April is National Poetry Month! Project Sleep is proud to highlight poets and poetry from our community throughout the month of April. Curated by Ana Lara. See Full SeriesMeet the Poet: “My name is Christopher and I was diagnosed with type 2 narcolepsy a year into my university degree. I was depressed, and so tired…

Mikaylie Neptune: National Poetry Month Part 3

April is National Poetry Month! Project Sleep is proud to highlight poets and poetry from our community throughout the month of April. Curated by Ana Lara. See Full SeriesMeet the Poet: “My name is Mikaylie Neptune. I have lived in Austin, Texas my whole life and I’m currently a senior in high school. I was…

Sleep In 2021 Made World Peace with Sleep

Project Sleep’s Sleep In 2021 (#SleepIn2021) brought the sleep community together online to honor our needs for rest and recovery. The seventh annual Sleep In event took place from March 12-14, 2021. Participants were encouraged to prioritize sleep, rest, and self care while fundraising for Project Sleep. During Sleep In 2021, over 160 participants raised…

New Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story: Meet Alexa in Mexico!

We are used to seeing stories of perfect lives on Instagram or TikTok… I wondered, could I ever be ‘enough’ despite having narcolepsy?” — Alexa Cuevas, RVN Writer Our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing live broadcast series continued on April 11, 2021 with new storyteller Alexa Cuevas! Alexa joined us from Mexico to share…

Lauren Thomas: Celebrating National Poetry Month Part 2

For National Poetry Month this April, Project Sleep is highlighting poets and poetry from our community. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Curated by Ana Lara. See Full Series Meet the…