Meet the 2023 Community Leaders

These individuals have been chosen based on their special skills, unique experiences, and creativity to excel in this vital role in the Shades for Migraine campaign. Community Leaders help strengthen and grow the migraine community by inspiring others to speak out about their experiences and reassure them that they are not alone. Additionally, their outreach efforts can help migraine-adjacent community members better understand what life is like for the people in their lives that do have the disease.

Shades for Migraine could not have the impact it does without these dedicated volunteers! Learn more about each leader below. Listed by last name.


Sarah Arndt
(Wisconsin, USA)

Sarah is an IIN Certified Integrative Health Coach specializing in empowering people with migraine to step into their power.


Candace Camper
(Illinois, USA)

Candace is a disability and service dog advocate. She lives with chronic migraine and uses social media to document her life with her service dog Clea.


Sarah Celentano
(New York, USA)

Sarah was diagnosed with vestibular migraine seven years ago. It motivated her to educate herself and now she supports others navigating the disorder.


Alicia Friedman
(Illinois, USA)

Alicia has lived with migraine her entire life, but became chronic in 2000. She is the Director of the Advocates Removing Migraine Stigma program for Chronic Migraine Awareness.


Adejoke George
(FCT, Nigeria)

Adejoke is a public servant in her mid-30s. She is an enthusiastic advocate and passionate about the migraine community in her home country of Nigeria.


Sasankaa Gunathilake
(Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka)

Sasankaa is a 23-year-old living with migraine. This is her third year as Community Leader to make the world a more inclusive place for people.


Abigail Jardine
(Ontario, Canada)

Abigail had chronic migraines from 15-18 years old. She felt hopeless during those years and is committed to empowering others through breaking stigma.


Diane Laroche
(Vermont, USA)

Diane is 60 years old and has had migraines since she was a child. She would like to help other people with migraine realize that there is help and hope out there.


Nikki Lewis
(North Carolina, USA)

Migraines are a daily occurrence for Nikki and she enjoys being there for this community by listening to them and hearing how they care about themselves.


Mirabella Macias
(New Mexico, USA)

Mirabella's migraine journey began at 10 years old. She wants to advocate for other migraine patients and educate others about this invisible disease.


Tesha Murrain
(England, United Kingdom)

Tesha is an artist, doula, mediation teacher, and lives with chronic migraine and is passionate about providing accessible support.

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Samantha P
(Pennsylvania, USA)


Marley Robertson
(Virginia, USA)

Marley sustained multiple traumatic brain injuries, resulting in headaches and migraine. She uses her voice to advocate on behalf of herself and others.


Dannielle Robinson
(England, United Kingdom)

"Danni" has been a migraine warrior for over 14 years, as well as a general chronic illness and invisible disability warrior, because they go unnoticed.


Nicole Safran
(New York, USA)

Nicole lives with chronic migraine and associated comorbidties. She loves spreading the word about SFM as an easy, accessible way to let the world know that migraine is a full body neurological disease.


Brittany Schenck
(Pennsylvania, USA)

Brittany grew up with migraine and she became an advocate to share her story with others, help others to learn, raise awareness, and help others who have struggled with stigma.


Brodie Thompson
(Dublin, Ireland)

Brodie has lived with migraine since childhood and described herself as a creative and connector of people. She is originally from New Zealand but has lived in Ireland for four years.


Cheryl Warren
(Virginia, USA)

Cheryl runs a social media support group. She enjoys raising awareness about migraine by interacting with others. messaging through humor, and writing.