Staff

Phyllis MatePhyllis Mate, M.A., President of the Board, co-founded the NVA in 1994 and was our executive director from 1996 through 2011. She continues to serve as the editor of our newsletter and collaborates on major projects with our current executive director.
Lisa GoldsteinLisa Goldstein, M.S., joined the NVA as executive director in early 2014, after 20 years of increasing responsibility at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her mission is to represent the needs of all women with chronic vulvar pain and related conditions.
Gigi BrecheenGigi Brecheen has served as NVA’s Administrator since 2004. She is the voice on our phone and handles numerous tasks, ranging from managing our membership database to providing new members with information and a support contact.
Michelle LivingMichelle Living, a part-time staff member since 2011, serves as director of support services. Her major responsibility is maintaining an efficient support network, and selecting new volunteer support contacts. Additionally, she assists the executive director by overseeing research grant submissions, sending e-blasts, and making website changes.