Foundation Staff

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Mara Nissley, Director of Communications and Events

Mara Nissley graduated from Arcadia University in 2014. Since graduating, she has been involved in several organizations but her dream has always been to work in a non-profit setting.  She honors her Grandfather, who passed away from ALS in 2000, and hopes her contributions to ALS Hope Foundation can help find a cure for this devastating disease. As the Director of Communications and Events for ALS Hope Foundation, Mara works closely with Dr. Heiman- Patterson and the Foundation Team to organize events and fundraisers, update the Foundation’s social media accounts, and act as Foundation liaison for PALS and their families at the MDA/ALS Center of Hope. In her spare time, Mara loves to travel and enjoys spending time with family and friends. 


Jamey Piggott, Director of Development and Community Outreach

Jamey became involved in ALS when helping his best friend who was diagnosed with the disease.  While doing so, he saw how devastating the disease is and became passionate about helping those fighting ALS, their families and caregivers.  A graduate of Eastern University, Jamey developed and managed his own entertainment agency for twenty years before dedicating his career focus to fight ALS in 2014.  

His goals in this new role at the ALS Hope Foundation are to raise awareness about ALS; to raise funds for care and finding a cure; and serve as an advocate for the ALS community. 

Sara Feldman, Clinical Liaison

Sara Feldman, PT, DPT, ATP has been the Physical Therapist at the MDA/ALS Center of Hope since 1994. She received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy in 1987 from Temple University, her Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University in 2012. In addition to clinical care, Sara is involved in clinical trials and the use of assistive technology. She was a founding Co-Chair of the NEALS Physical Therapy Committee and was the Clinical Evaluator Representative on the NEALS Executive Committee from 2013-2017. In 2013 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations, where she represents the ALS Hope Foundation. As our Clinical Liaison, Sara helps to keep lines of communication open between the Foundation and the Center of Hope and represents the ALS Hope Foundation at national and international clinical and research events.