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The NYA was originally advised by Jean Miller and Dave & Susie Hodgson, along with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Today the NYA is run by volunteer members who are dedicated to making the HDSA’s National Youth Alliance known nationally through HDSA’s Chapters and Affiliates, while providing support, education and friendship to young people in the  United States who are impacted by Huntington’s disease.

The NYA Board has had many exciting and new accomplishments since the convention in Jacksonville, FL. Over the past 17 years, the NYA Board has been filled with motivated young adults who are determined to see the alliance strive for greatness. Their goal has been to buckle down and organize their thoughts and put them into action. Board members have built a plan of action for the future to help us grow as an organization and provide the best possible support for all young people impacted by Huntington’s disease in the United States.

Much like HDSA’s Chapters and Affiliates, the NYA board has positions for a Chairman/woman and Co-Chair. We also have a Fundraising Committee, Youth Services & Recruitment Committee, Advocacy Committee, and the Communication Committee.

Meet the Board

Miranda Spencer


Miranda has been a member of the HDSA, and a member of the National Youth Alliance since attending the 2015 Dallas Convention. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Nursing and currently works as an RN at Henry Ford Detroit in the Operating Room. Miranda has been on the NYA Board for four years originally as the Research Chair, and now as of 2019, she now serves as the NYA Chair. Miranda has had the opportunity to speak at multiple education days, national convention, has spoken to senators to advocate for the HD Parity Act, and has run the New York City and Chicago Marathon’s in support of HD. Her grandma and her grandma's sister and brother, along with her aunt are gene-positive for HD and has many family members that are still at risk for HD.

Ashley Pesi

Fundraising Chair 

Anna Lunsford

Regional Leads 

Gia Mannone

Youth Services & Recruitment

Ali Kruger

Research Chair