MEET OUR TEAM

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Adina Bercowicz, Founder & President

While applying to graduate school for a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership, Adina got very sick & was diagnosed with late-stage Neurological Lyme disease, multiple co-infections &, then later, brain damage & secondary diseases from a tick bite.  Frustrated with the lack of scientific knowledge in the medical community about tick-borne diseases & proper treatments, she resolved to easily bring the information to the public to reduce the incidence of these diseases, one person & doctor at a time.  Adina has made it her duty to research & inform.  Her dedication to highlighting awareness birthed LymeTV.

Yan Zelener, PhD, Director of Science & Research

After completing a basic scientific education at MIT, Yan's deep interest in medical research started with his PhD dissertation at Columbia University, which focused on quantitative modeling of infectious diseases in the context of historical epidemiology. While working in various investment management roles in the private sector, his passion for medical research was reinforced over the years by focusing on biotechnology companies.  After Yan's wife, Adina, became sick, he was exposed to the contentious state of the scientific research on tick-borne diseases & has been helping to sift through the divergent & developing literature on the subject, educating patients & doctors.

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Alison Cargo, Treasurer

Alison is a passionate entrepreneur living in the Atlanta metro area with her young daughter. She focuses primarily on helping small businesses & nonprofits succeed.  Upon seeing first-hand how destructive Lyme disease can be for individual patients & entire families, she volunteered her skills to help the team bring awareness to others.  With over 15 years of experience in project management, process improvement & financial analysis, she contributes significantly important skills to the LymeTV organization.

Tracy Lockwood, Secretary

Tracy is a social activist living in the Philadelphia metro area with her husband & two cats. She contracted Lyme disease as a child & again as an adult, which contributed to her ongoing health issues. She is passionate about seeing tick-borne diseases fully diagnosed, properly treated, & hopefully one day eradicated.

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Michelle Ramirez, Director of Marketing

Michelle Ramirez has an educational background in Communications and works as an Advertising Specialist for a Maine news center. Raised in northern Massachusetts, she has lived in Maine since 2002 and was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2007.  Between her career and being a mother of three, she is determined to help educate others on how to prevent Lyme disease.

Rebecca Vitsum, Board Member

Rebecca is an activist & volunteer, serving as a board member for several organizations, & formerly creating, developing, & running HDR Teams, which deploys volunteers to rebuild homes after disasters. She was a recipient of the Sandy Nininger Medal, & has numerous other awards for her activism & volunteer work.  

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Adina Bercowicz, Founder & President

While applying to graduate school for a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership, Adina got very sick & was diagnosed with late-stage Neurological Lyme disease, multiple co-infections &, then later, brain damage & secondary diseases from a tick bite.  Frustrated with the lack of scientific knowledge in the medical community about tick-borne diseases & proper treatments, she resolved to easily bring the information to the public to reduce the incidence of these diseases, one person & doctor at a time.  Adina has made it her duty to research & inform.  Her dedication to highlighting awareness birthed LymeTV.

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Yan Zelener, PhD, Director of Science & Research

After completing a basic scientific education at MIT, Yan's deep interest in medical research started with his PhD dissertation at Columbia University, which focused on quantitative modeling of infectious diseases in the context of historical epidemiology. While working in various investment management roles in the private sector, his passion for medical research was reinforced over the years by focusing on biotechnology companies.  After Yan's wife, Adina, became sick, he was exposed to the contentious state of the scientific research on tick-borne diseases & has been helping to sift through the divergent & developing literature on the subject, educating patients & doctors.

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Alison Cargo, Treasurer

Alison is a passionate entrepreneur living in the Atlanta metro area with her young daughter. She focuses primarily on helping small businesses & nonprofits succeed.  Upon seeing first-hand how destructive Lyme disease can be for individual patients & entire families, she volunteered her skills to help the team bring awareness to others.  With over 15 years of experience in project management, process improvement & financial analysis, she contributes significantly important skills to the LymeTV organization.

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Tracy Lockwood, Secretary

Tracy is a social activist living in the Philadelphia metro area with her husband & two cats. She contracted Lyme disease as a child & again as an adult, which contributed to her ongoing health issues. She is passionate about seeing tick-borne diseases fully diagnosed, properly treated, & hopefully one day eradicated.

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Michelle Ramirez, Director of Marketing

Michelle Ramirez has an educational background in Communications and works as an Advertising Specialist for a Maine news center. Raised in northern Massachusetts, she has lived in Maine since 2002 and was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2007.  Between her career and being a mother of three, she is determined to help educate others on how to prevent Lyme disease.

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Rebecca Vitsum, Board Member

Rebecca is an activist & volunteer, serving as a board member for several organizations, & formerly creating, developing, & running HDR Teams, which deploys volunteers to rebuild homes after disasters. She was a recipient of the Sandy Nininger Medal, & has numerous other awards for her activism & volunteer work.