Our Leadership

Meet our Board of Directors

Julie Scher, J.D.


Tracy Christensen

Vice Chair

Edward Sweet


Cienna Ditri


Ana Lara


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

New Nerd Alert: Navigating School with Narcolepsy

Students with narcolepsy and hypersomnia have the right to an equitable education. How can schools and families work together to ensure opportunities for success? Join Project Sleep and special guests, 2015 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship recipients Kenya Gradnigo and Danielle Brooks in our next Narcolepsy Nerd Alert live event: Wednesday, July 28th at 5pm ET.…

New Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story: Meet Physician Assistant Diana!

Our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing live broadcast series continues at 8pm ET on Sunday, July 25th with new storyteller Diana Anderson! Diana, a physician assistant and assistant professor in Knoxville, Tennessee, will share her narcolepsy story and answer audience questions. To join us live, simply go to Project Sleep’s Facebook page at 8pm ET…

Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing Series: Meet Book Lover Jenn!

I went 14 years without a diagnosis, and I want to tell others not to give up. Keep fighting, and keep pushing for answers. — Jenn Brown, RVN Speaker Our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing live broadcast series continued on July 11th, 2021 with storyteller Jenn Brown! Jenn, an outdoor enthusiast, book lover, and…

Tatiana Maria Corbitt: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Part 4

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Project Sleep is proud to highlight insights from LGBTQ+ members of our community throughout the month of June. See Full Series Meet Tatiana Maria Corbitt: Hi Tatiana! Please tell us about yourself. I am a 24 year old first-generation university graduate living in the White Mountains of Arizona. I earned…

Narcolepsy Nerd Alert: Narcolepsy & Napping

Is napping an unwelcome symptom of narcolepsy or a helpful treatment? Got “nap shame?” We got together with special guests Dr. Luis Ortiz and Mary Murray to discuss in our Narcolepsy Nerd Alert live event: “Narcolepsy and Napping” on June 30th, 2021. Meet Our Special Guests: Luis E. Ortiz, MD is a pediatric sleep specialist…