Interested in joining our Board of Directors? We are looking for passionate and dedicated professional volunteers with skills in fundraising, events, healthcare, and social work. Please contact us to indicate your interest and to learn more.


Shelley Volkert - President -

Our son was diagnosed with NF1 in 1996, before good access to the internet. We were frightened and confused by the amount of bad information regarding this disorder. I joined the NF support group shortly thereafter in order to educate myself and our family. I have served on the NF Michigan board ever since in various roles. 

My passion lies in serving our NF community and raising awareness.

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Terri Rausch - Vice-President

I was diagnosed with NF2 when I had already reached the young age of 40.  I am very lucky that I am only deaf on one side and my balance so far is fairly stable.  Only one of my two sons have NF2 and his tumors are tiny and behaving themselves. I have been involved with NF Michigan since 2008 as a fundraiser and recently I joined the NF Michigan board. 


Rosemary Anderson - Treasurer -

I began attending local NF support group meetings in 1985, when the group was first organized here in Grand Rapids.  My 3-year-old son, Aaron, had been diagnosed with NF1 six months earlier.  I served as co-chair and then group president from the mid-80’s until 2016, when I became treasurer.  In 2001 I joined the board of the NF Network (then NF, Inc.) and currently serve as vice-president of that national organization.  My passion is patient support - helping those affected to understand and live with NF and to find the best medical care.


Kristin Bradley - Secretary -

My involvement with NF began when our oldest daughter was being diagnosed with this condition as an infant.  As a way to find some sense of order during all the uncertainty, I immersed myself in learning about neurofibromatosis and spreading awareness.  I have served on the board of NF Michigan since 2000 in various roles.

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Scott Volkert -

Our journey with NF1 in began 1996 and we quickly tried to wrap our heads around this strange sounding disorder.  While education is important, it also can lead to unneeded stress or worry.  Try to avoid dwelling on the “what if’s” and address things as they arise. We have made huge advances in the care and expertise for NF in Michigan and beyond. Our goal as a board is to provide support, awareness and fundraising for research, grants and care for the NF Community.

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Stacy Goodwin -

Neurofibromatosis was something I had never heard before when our daughter was first diagnosed in 2014.  When I found out just how common it is, I couldn't believe how few people that we knew had ever heard of it.  It quickly became my mission to help spread awareness and raise funds towards research.  I joined the NF board in 2016 and am thankful to be involved with such a dedicated group of individuals! 

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Margaret Crummel -

I became involved with NF Michigan when I was seeking information and support. As one of eight children, five of whom also were born with NF, I wanted to become more involved with others who were on a similar journey. My faith has guided me and provided the insight and grace needed to face each challenge that NF brings. My hope is that neurofibromatosis awareness will bring wisdom and understanding to the public, health care providers and legislators to fund research that will find viable treatment.  


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Jay Kakaty -

Jay Kakaty is senior counsel practicing in the areas of estate planning, business planning, and entertainment law. A veteran attorney, Jay has helped thousands of individuals, families, and businesses successfully resolve their legal problems and execute their specific goals. Jay is married to and has two children and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and attending MSU sporting events, he also manages the musical group Pop Evil.


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