ATLANTA (January  4, 2024) Kayleena Speakman has joined The CMT Research Foundation, a patient-led, non-profit focused on delivering treatments and cures for CMT as Communications Manager responsible for emails, blogs, social media posts and opinion pieces for the CMT community, donors, scientific partners and the general public.

Ms. Speakman comes to CMTRF with nearly a decade of experience, working primarily in the non-profit sector. Early in her career, she worked as a public relations and communications specialist at a local Better Business Bureau where she led the media aspect of an investigation into a business which garnered worldwide attention and received an award for best investigation. Before that, Ms. Speakman was a marketing manager for a brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation program, a communications manager for an agricultural non-profit, a campaign manager and a television reporter.  She received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from California State University, Fresno.

Ms. Speakman reports to COO Erich Fasnacht replacing Chelsea Layton who has moved into a part-time role in charge of the Foundation’s engagement with volunteers, Ambassadors, Young Professionals and patients.

“Kayleena brings so much energy and spark to this role and will help us reach our mission goals of raising funds and investing in the best science.  Her sports reporting background will come in handy as we push this research over the goal line,” says Mr. Fasnacht

“I am thrilled to leverage my expertise in communications within an organization renowned for its commitment to pioneering research.,” says Ms. Speakman. “I look forward to contributing to CMTRF’s mission and fostering impactful connections that drive awareness and progress in the realm of CMT.”