This steering leadership council is made up of a Medical Director, a Family Advisory Council Chair, Pillar Chairs, and Committee Leads. The Executive Council is responsible for contributing to the long-term vision of Feeding Matters’ efforts. These responsibilities include providing oversight of the PFD Alliance by determining committees, committee direction, and the strategic plan of the organization.

Executive Council

Richard J Noel, MD, PhD

Medical Director

Duke University Medical Center, Section Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition


Education Pillar Chair

Assistant Professor, Marquette University, Director, Neurodevelopmental Feeding and Swallowing Lab; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Brandt Perry

Family Advisory Council Chair

Parent to a child with PFD

Paula Rabaey, PhD, MPH, OTR/L

Research Pillar Chair

Associate Professor OT Grad Program St. Catherine University


Advocacy Pillar Chair

President, Feeding FUNdamentals, LLC Faculty,  University of Colorado Denver, and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Developmental Specialist, HealthONE Hospital Systems

Will Sharp, PhD

Research Initiatives Task Force Chair

Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Toneisha Bush, MA, CCC-SLP

Pre-Conference Committee Chair

Private Practice Owner

Raquel Garcia SLPD, CCC-SLP, CNT, BCS-S

Conference Committee Chair

Neonatal Therapist, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Team

Anais Villaluna, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

Digital Outreach Committee Chair

Sr. Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders