Anne St Martin
– Executive Director / Board Chair
Anne St Martin graduated from Dominican University in Chicago, IL with a degree in Political Science in 2002. Anne has over 10 years of experience working in Operations and Finance Management in the Restaurant and Hospitality industry in Chicago, IL. In 2012 she met her husband Denis and moved to his home state of Minnesota. It was here that Anne decided to refocus her career within the political arena and went back to school at Metro State in St Paul, MN to obtain her Master’s in Public Administration. During this time Anne worked for various nonprofit organizations such as the City of Savage, MN Chamber of Commerce, the MN Film and TV Board, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities as an operations account manager. Anne also gave birth to two lovely boys Joe and Leo. Her working career and her graduate program were cut short with the Infantile Pompe Disease diagnosis of her son Leo in September 2016. Anne is currently a stay at home mom, a medical advocate, Leo’s personal assistant, and now the Executive Director for Pompe Warrior Foundation. Anne’s younger brother SGT Joseph Vanek was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Anne also lost her father Frank Vanek to cancer in 2010. She takes the lesson on how her brother and father lived and strives to live a life both these extraordinary men would be proud of. Anne has seen firsthand how a well formulated ketogenic diet has changed her son Leo’s life and his diagnosis outcomes for the better. She is passionate about helping others with Pompe Disease and other Lysosomal Storage Diseases understand and utilize a specialized diet to better their lives. Anne knows that through her work with the Pompe Warrior Foundation they can educate others and bring new research to the forefront.
Denis St Martin
– Executive Director / Board Vice Chair
Denis St. Martin is a husband and father to two beautiful little boys, Joe and Leo. Denis went to 2 years of trade school at St.Paul Technical Collage where he received a certificate in construction electricity. After that he did 4 years of apprenticeship. Denis is a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers St.Paul Local 110. He has been an electrical foreman for the past 10 years. Since the diagnosis of his youngest son Leo with a rare genetic disease he has taken any spare time that is allowed to a Dad of two and tried to help others affected by rare diseases. He feels blessed and honored by the show of support he and his family have received not only for his family but for the creation of Pompe Warrior Foundation. He looks forward to addressing the challenges to come.
Melissa Schatz graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Biology in 2005. She also obtained a certificate in Clinical Research from the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering in 2011. Melissa has just under 10 years of experience working on clinical research studies in the medical device industry. Upon welcoming her first child in December of 2016, she decided to take a break from her career to focus on raising her daughter. She is passionate about improving people’s lives through medical research.
Bridget Holmen graduated in December of 1997 from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has a career that spans 20 years, working most of those in oncology. She has experience as a research nurse and after leaving that role was a member of a local Institutional Review Board (IRB) for several years. Bridget enjoys the opportunity to both care for people and teach them along the way. Outside of healthcare, Bridget has 6 years of experience as the secretary of the Board of Directors for a local early childhood learning center. She is married to David and they have four children, two boys and two girls. Their youngest child has a rare balanced chromosomal translocation that results in global hypotonia and developmental delay. Their other children have experienced Sensory Processing Disorder. Bridget and David understand the dedication and work it takes to care for children with special needs. Their family believes in constant hard work to better care for all of their children. Bridget is excited to join the Pompe Warrior Foundation. Together we will Research, Educate and Empower, please join the movement TODAY!
– Board Member
Donald Bennett is a nine year veteran of the United States Army. During recovery from an injury he was introduced to the idea of how much lifestyle factors affect genetic expression. Upon leaving the military he began working as a personal health consultant. He specializes in hard to solve medical conditions. Don typically works “behind the scenes” compiling medical research about a specific condition. He then works closely with the client and their medical team to come up with the best form of care for their individual disorder. He has been working with the St. Martin family and their medical team since Leo’s diagnosis in 2016. He has formulated a plan that takes into account Leo’s specific genetic make up and tracks Leo’s biochemistry monthly with over 20 different labs.
Samantha Berg – Waller
– Board Member
Samantha is a Director of Corporate Development at The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association (AHA). She has been with the AHA for almost a year and half, and in that time she has helped to grow her campaign over 60%. She manages three different campaigns in her current role. Samantha is based in the Twin Cities area, and before working with the AHA, she was in Development with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. She currently resides in Apple Valley, MN, but is originally from Eastern Wisconsin. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. In her free time, Samantha enjoys staying active by running and biking, and when she wants to relax, nothing is better than a good book. Samantha is honored and excited to be on the board for this amazing organization.
– Board Member
A lifelong Minnesotan and current resident of Minneapolis, Blair Madsen graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2005 with a degree in Financial Management. He has spent the past 12 years of his professional career working in the banking industry. Blair is currently with BMO Harris Bank, where he is a Vice President within the Commercial Banking Group. Having lived with a family member who fought a genetic disease for more than 30 years, Blair joins Pompe Warrior Foundation with an enthusiasm for leveraging research and building meaningful partnerships to create awareness and improve the quality of life for those like Leo, who are impacted by a genetic disease.
Dr. Drew Scribner
– Board Member
Dr. Drew Scribner is an emergency medicine physician currently practicing in Austin, Texas. He focuses on treating a wide range of emergent conditions in both adults and pediatrics. He earned his medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri, and completed his residency at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York City. He is board eligible in Emergency Medicine.