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Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc. (G-PACT)

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The Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc. (G-PACT) focuses on increasing available resources for patient support and advocacy. G-PACT’s mission is to increase awareness of gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction, and colonic inertia among medical professionals, affected individuals, and the general population. G-PACT works to find a cure and/or better treatment options for people dealing with digestive tract paralysis. They offer educational resources, multiple support programs, patient advocacy programs, and other aid as needed to support patients affected by the condition. For more information about The Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc. (G-PACT) please visit their website.

People Involved

Michael Smith: Vice President
Along with being the volunteer Vice-President and General Counsel of G-PACT, Michael is Associate Counsel of Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc., a multinational corporation. Michael was a 1994 honors graduate of Hofstra University and a 1997 graduate of Hofstra Law School. Michael is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, a director of the Digestive Disease National Coalition, and a member of the Society of American Baseball Research.


Carol Pasinkoff, G-PACT volunteer and Board Member
Carol has been a G-PACT volunteer and Board Member for more than 8 years. In addition to serving on the Board, Carol also is the Distribution Manager and Patient Assistance Liaison (PAL) Program Coordinator. She is responsible for maintaining the PAL program, including training volunteers, and handles many of the calls herself. Carol has an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Textile Technology from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She has suffered from gastroparesis and colonic inertia for more than 9 years. In October 2012, Carol represented G-PACT and testified before the FDA on the need to include gastroparesis in the PFDD process. 


Erika Mott, Editor-in-Chief
Erika has been the Editor-in-Chief of G-PACT’s newsletter for more than 5 years. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry and Spanish. She also attended the AIP Language Institute in Valencia, Spain and the National University of Ireland, Galway. A scientist by trade, Erika has worked as a Research Associate for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a Histotechnologist for Labcorp, and an Engineering Technician Specialist for Boeing. 


Colleen Beener, Volunteer
Colleen has volunteered with G-PACT for almost 10 years and is currently serving as the Operations Director. In this role, she is responsible for all G-PACT operations and interacts with members of the social media groups on a daily basis. Colleen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Utah and has completed graduate level classes in public administration. Her business background is in Human Resource Management, with particular expertise in benefits.

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