Our Leadership

Meet our Board of Directors

Julie Scher, J.D.

Chair

Tracy Christensen

Vice Chair

Edward Sweet

Secretary

Cienna Ditri

Director

Ana Lara

Director

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 Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story: Meet Teacher & Musician Rebecca!

Our Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Story Sharing live broadcast series continues at 8pm ET on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 with new storyteller Rebecca Heintz! Rebecca, a math teacher and pianist living in Florida, will share her idiopathic hypersomnia story and answer live audience questions. To join us live, go to Project Sleep’s Facebook page at…
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Meet the 2021 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship Recipients

Project Sleep is proud to introduce the 31 recipients of the 2021 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship program. This is the largest class of recipients to date, with each student receiving $1,000 towards their college education. In eight years, the scholarship program has now awarded a total of 126 scholarships to 126 students, totaling $126,000.…

Dr. Brad McKay: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Part 3

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 Dr. Brad McKay: Hi Dr. McKay! Please tell us about yourself. I’m a family doctor in Sydney. I live with my fiancé and our toy cavoodle, Humphrey. I…
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Sakhara Johnson: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Part 2

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 Sakhara Johnson: Basking in the Virgin Islands sunHi Sakhara! Please tell us about yourself. I am a NYC native living in Philadelphia. I have a deep love for…

Alanna Kellam: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Part 1

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 Alanna Kellam: Hi Alanna! Please tell us about yourself. I live in Sydney, Australia, but soon I will be moving to Boston to be with my fiancé Mary…
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