Lisa J. Pieretti, MBA
Executive Director and Founding Member, International Hyperhidrosis Society
Lisa J. Pieretti is the Executive Director of the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS). As Executive Director, Pieretti is responsible for establishing the organization's mission and leading the execution of goal-supporting initiatives. IHHS' top priorities include: promoting awareness of hyperhidrosis, enabling better access to treatments, and encouraging as well as facilitating more research into this medical condition.
Pieretti also oversees the marketing activities of the IHHS, including fundraising, public relations, publication and patient education development, and partnership development with organizations such as the American Academy of Dermatology, the Canadian Dermatology Association, and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. In addition to being involved in all operational functions of the organization, Pieretti also drives the significant physician education efforts of the Society. She also provides invaluable support to hyperhidrosis sufferers and spearheads primary and secondary research.
Through the enrichment of the IHHS website, www.SweatHelp.org, Pieretti has created a true online global support community. There are currently more than 50,000 people signed-up to receive the News Blog alerts and over 1,200 physicians registered in its Physician Finder. The website is one of the most popular among those seeking hyperhidrosis information and support and annually boasts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Indeed, under Pieretti’s management, the IHHS has garnered worldwide media attention, which has led to growing consumer and physician awareness of the devastating effects of excessive sweating.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of IHHS, Pieretti was the Director of Account Management at Medical Broadcasting Company, where she designed, developed, and executed integrated multi-channel strategic marketing programs for billion-dollar pharmaceutical brands. Pieretti has also worked with SCIREX Corporation (a leader in CNS clinical research) as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, and Merck & Co. as a Market Analyst in the vaccine department.
Pieretti attended Drexel University in Philadelphia where she received her bachelor's degree in design. Later, she went on to receive a master's in international economics, and an MBA in marketing also from Drexel University.
In November of 2003, the International Hyperhidrosis Society announced the appointment of Pieretti as the organization’s first Executive Director.
Pieretti’s unwavering dedication to those who suffer from the effects of hyperhidrosis is reflected in the integrity of the organization’s initiatives and the continuous action and care provided by the Society.
Albert Ganss, BFA
Albert Ganss has been with the International Hyperhidrosis (IHHS) since its birth in 2003. "It's been so exciting to help this start-up charity grow," he says. From the SweatHelp.org website to our educational brochures and continuing medical education (CME) materials, illustrations, and from our logos to our letterhead; Albert works tirelessly to ensure beautiful consistency in everything IHHS produces.
An expert in the ever-evolving digital field, Albert also provides strategic input, backend programming, and customized responsive email campaigns.
Albert's studies included design, illustration, painting, and sculputure at Philadelphia College of Art. He recently moved to Charleston, SC.
Albert's business website is GrowMyIdeas.com
Sophia Wastler, MS.Ed
For nearly ten years, Sophia Wastler has been one of the International Hyperhidrosis Society's (IHHS) most active patient advocates. Helping to spread the word about the importance of recognizing and treating excessive sweating, Sophia attends conferences, continuing medical education (CME) seminars, and other events to share her own hyperhidrosis story and to encourage others with the condition to find help.
"I can personally attest to the tremendous impact that hyperhidrosis treatment has had in my life," says Sophia. "Some people may think: 'It's only sweat.' But having your palms literally drip hinders many, if not all, of your social and physical interactions; from meeting new people to playing sports." Before getting hyperhidrosis therapy, Sophia felt like her life was dictated by the severity of her excessive sweating symptoms. But, she says, "Once my hyperhidrosis was treated, I was free to step out from the shadows and participate fully in life." Sophia credits her successful hyperhidrosis treatment to the information and support she received from the IHHS.
Among Sophia's favorite IHHS projects so far has been the Know Sweat in School campaign."It was gratifying knowing that through the distribution of educational materials someone suffering with excessive sweating would know they aren't alone and treatment is available." As a patient advocate, Sophia also helps create press releases, directs the work of other volunteers, and encourages friends and family to use SmileAmazon.com when they shop to support the IHHS.
Sophia lives in Virginia and recently received her master's degree in human movement science from Old Dominion University's College of Education. After a short career as a teacher for the City of Virginia Beach she founded The Starz Program, which is a children's enrichment program that specializes in fitness. Starz recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and has operations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.
Sophia believes "'You reap what you sow;" that's why she strives to put extra shine in everything she does and encourages you to do the same.
Christine Fleckenstein began working for the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS) in August of 2006. She says she finds her job with the IHHS very fulfilling because she likes corresponding with and meeting hyperhidrosis patients. "They are the most genuine and grateful group of individuals," she remarks, "and because of that, I strive to perfect every detail of my job down to the smallest administrative duty. It is a good feeling knowing you are helping someone."
Christine lives in Philadelphia where she loves to read, dance, bake, and spend time outdoors with her family, including her two young sons. Christine was born on Friday the 13th and loves the number 13. She and her brother share the same birthday, although he's eight years older. Her first job was filing medical records for a dental practice, which is funny because she admits to having a sweet tooth and loving sugary coffee drinks.
Angela Ballard has been working with the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS) since it's inception in 2003. As a registered nurse and emergency medical technician, Angela brings a passion for high-quality, accessible healthcare and patient advocacy to every sentence she writes. As a professional writer, she understands the importance of clear, informative communications in all avenues of life. From SweatHelp.org and the SweatSolutions newsletter to brochures and medical journal articles, Angela's writing and editing is an important piece of the educational and empowerment mission of the International Hyperhidrosis Society. Her goal? To help provide the information people need to live fuller, richer lives.
Angela received a bachelor's in history from Haverford College, in Haverford, PA, and completed her nursing and EMT training at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA.
In addition to her hyperhidrosis and other health and wellness-related writing, Angela plies her pen about outdoor life. Specifically she enjoys writing about the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) and is co-author of an award-winning hiking adventure book called A Blistered Kind of Love (Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA).
Angela lives in northern California with her husband, two children, a black cat, and a white dog. She spends her free time hiking, trail running, playing on the beach, and reading. She is also an active volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind.