Yan Valle, MSc, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Yan Valle was diagnosed with vitiligo in his early childhood. After receiving a MSc degree in Electroengineering, Yan received certification in computer engineering and later a degree in business administration. For over 15 years he enjoyed a successful business career consulting for multinational corporations, venture funds and private clients in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and South America. For four years prior to establishment of the VR Foundation in the US, he was a Director of Business Development at a leading technology company in Toronto. Since 2010, Yan has been committed full-time to combating vitiligo and improving quality of life for those affected by this neglected disease.
Today, Yan is proactively developing a new, interdisciplinary research model, and leading our bio-IT platform development in addition to his daily CEO duties. Through his proactive approach, Yan is demonstrating a different way of managing this disease-specific, non-profit foundation, with a stronger drive to value. Connect with Yan on LinkedIn
Alina oversees general operations at our New York HQ. She received a J.D. from Moscow State University and additional training in management at Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theater Institute. Following a distinguished career in law, Alina has worked with an array of charities, government organizations and NGOs around the globe, as well as founding and managing the highly-acclaimed NoBorders Art Gallery in Hong Kong for four years. Most recently, Alina carried out project and management work for a high-end men's fashion label in New York. Through friends, she became acutely aware of the detrimental impact of vitiligo and is now committed to raising awareness and working to fund initiatives seeking a cure for this disease. She joined our team in 2014.
Phil is responsible for design and implementation of our online projects, aligning product development with present and future market trends. Phil’s professional career has taken in everything from marketing to IT and he has more than a decade of experience in designing and programming scalable networking and analytic solutions. He is a developer of cloud-based services, mobile apps, and most recently, smart city solutions and is well-versed in running a dispersed IT technology business involving virtual teams and collaboration groups.
Social Media Manager, Volunteer
Sandra for the past four years has helped to maintain our Twitter and Instagram accounts, working tirelessly to advance knowledge and raise awareness for vitiligo. Sandra majored in Communications at the State University of New York College at Cortland.
I support the petition to designate June 25 as Vitiligo World Day and save millions of people worldwide from social isolation and persecution.
What is coming?
Expert Answers Most Frequently Asked Questions about Vitiligo
Join us for a Live Facebook event with Erika Page from Living Dappled. We'll bust common myths about vitiligo and answer your most frequently asked questions. Date: J...25 January 2018 12:00, Facebook Live
First NY Vitiligo Community Group meeting of 2018
will be on Thursday, February 8th, from 7PM - 8:30PM on the 11th floor of NYU's Ambulatory Care Center at 240 East 38th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue Since this ...08 February 2018 07:00, NYU's Ambulatory Care Center at 24...
Is vitiligo contagious?
Vitiligo is NOT contagious. It cannot be passed on or caught from touching someone with vitiligo, shaking hands, swimming in the same pool, sharing towels, sitting nex...
Can a gluten-free diet help with vitiligo?
It's very unlikely. We have specifically looked into claims that gluten-free diet may ease symptoms of vitiligo, or completely reverse it, and found no firm scientific...
What tests should be done?
A well-trained dermatologist should be able to diagnose vitiligo and distinguish it from contact leukoderma or more than twenty other conditions with similar skin appe...