Ashley Evans, MPHIL, MBA - Chairperson


Ashley Evans is a career investor, focused on private equity transactions in large technology businesses. She joined The Carlyle Group in 2006 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of DiscoverOrg and Veritas. She received her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, her MPhil from Cambridge, and her AB from Harvard College.

Ashley’s five-year-old son Tony was diagnosed with SynGAP-1 in 2018. Ashley and her husband Mike founded SRF to help Tony and others suffering from SynGAP-1 and related diseases.


Virginie McNamar - Patient Engagement & Board Secretary


Virginie McNamar is a project manager who graduated with a Master in International Business from France. She worked as a event and volunteer manager, product director for a volunteer management software company and township community outreach director. 

Her youngest son was diagnosed with Syngap1 in November 2016 at 16 months old. Since then, she dedicated her free time to help raise awareness, build strong local communities and facilitate global collaboration. She started along with other Syngap parents Syngap Global Network, an international collaboration group.


Fil Randazzo, PhD - Director


Fil Randazzo is currently Founder and CEO Leverage Science. Leverage Science is currently helping investors and innovators identify big ideas and turn them to reality. Previously, Fil served as a Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). During his 12+ year tenure at BMGF, he actively participated in its rapid growth from a small startup to a 1500 employee institution. Fil co-launched and co-managed the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative, which in 2005 established the standard on how BMGF sources, funds and manages innovation. Fil directly managed a $600M investment portfolio which spanned areas such as health, agriculture, education, and policy. His portfolio included some of BMGF’s biggest success stories. From 1994-2004, Fil served a variety of scientific roles at the Chiron Corporation in Emeryville CA. He earned a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington and B.S. in Microbiology and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame.


Mike Graglia, MBA, MA - Managing Director


Mike has a son with SynGAP and he wants to make sure we are doing everything we can to help. So he created SRF with his wife, Ashley.


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