About Center for Lyme Action
Center for Lyme Action is a 501c4 dedicated to growing federal funding for Lyme disease in an effort to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure. Our values are: bi-partisan, inclusive, humane, and scientific. And we’re serious about them.
Lyme disease is a complex and sometimes chronic disease that is caused by an infection by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria from a tick bite. More than 400,000 people in the United States get Lyme disease every year, a rate of infection that is 4 times the number of cases in 1991. In today’s dollars, federal funding for Lyme disease is lower now per patient than it was in 2000. And a working diagnostic and therapy for chronic Lyme are not available even with this growing public health threat.
That’s why we started Center for Lyme Action. Become a member today.
Our mission is to grow federal funding to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure.
Bonnie Crater is co-founder and board director of Center for Lyme Action. Bonnie is also co-founder and co-chair of Bay Area Lyme Foundation and chair of the BAL science committee which drives the research agenda, champions innovation, and seeks partners to chart new paths in Lyme research. Bonnie is currently the president and ceo of Full Circle insights and is a multi-time vice president of marketing in Silicon Valley. She currently serves on the board of the CB Wellness Foundation, the Horse Park at Woodside and on the Town of Portola Valley’s Nature and Science Committee. Ms. Crater holds an AB in Biology from Princeton University.
Jeff Crater is co-founder and board director at Center for Lyme Action. Jeff has worked his entire career on Capitol Hill and in advocacy. Starting on Capitol Hill in Congressman John Dingell’s office and on the staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Jeff was an advisor to the Secretary of Energy and later vice president of Government Relations at Cauthen and Associates and The Babcock and Wilcox Company. In addition to his duties for Center for Lyme Action, Jeff also is the ceo of Edmonson Hopkins Group and Managing Director of the Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance. Jeff holds a B.A. in History from Middlebury College.
Laure Woods is co-founder and board director at Center for Lyme Action. She started her career as a clinical researcher at Matrix Pharmaceuticals and Genelabs including clinical trials for treatments of cystic fibrosis, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cancer and infant nutrition. Today Laure is co-founder and co-chair of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and is the president and founder of Laurel Foundation, a private foundation focused on the education, health and welfare of children. She also is the president and founder of LaureL STEM Fund who’s mission is to promote STEM education. Laure serves on the board of the L.K. Whittier Foundation, a private foundation focused on medical and technology research. Ms. Woods holds a BS in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis.
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