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Getting to Know the CNF Team – Rebecca Penfold-Murray

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This week on the CNF blog, meet team member Rebecca Penfold-Murray.

What’s your role at CNF?
I am the Director of Collaborative Programs and Initiatives. My team and I are responsible for keeping CNF’s existing programs and relationships strong, and growing new programs that

How do you spend your time when you’re not at work?
Running around like a fool. I have four busy kids, a busy partner, and busy dogs. Plus *I’m* busy – I am currently training for two Ragnar Relays, I love to socialize with friends and family, and volunteer with local social justice organizations and my kids’ schools. My favorite non-work activity is the Friday night happy hour my partner and I host nearly weekly – neighborhood kids flood in for backyard games or a movie and pizza; their corresponding adults socialize in our kitchen with beers. Everyone leaves happy.

What is your power color and why?
This was a hard answer for me because I adore color, but I have to say black. I gravitate to black clothing – casual and professional – and I love the use of black as accents or dominant color in living spaces.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Breathing under water/being amphibious.

What do you love about your work with CNF?
I love having relationships with the entire community of care, from physicians/providers to caregivers to patients, and all the community in between. Patient and family stories both devastate and inspire me – I am really honored to be a part of a worldwide effort to support kids with neurologic conditions, and to celebrate the successes when families and kids live to their fullest potential.

Which CNF Value do you identify with the most?
Stewardship! I find that supporting others in their journey – whatever that journey is – is rewarding for the helper and the “helpee”. I am thrilled to work in a position where I am able to provide support to our community as a core value of my organization.

How did life lead you to join CNF?
After working nearly a decade in really interesting neurology-specific health policy topics, including guideline and quality measure development, outcomes research, public education, and national advocacy, I decided that I wanted the opportunity to work closely again with the true experts in neurologic conditions: the patients.