What we do and why

The non-profit is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, more specifically to provide to the cystic fibrosis community education, learning tools, and access concerning scientific genetic testing, healthcare products, and product information.

Our people


Jeanne Barnett

Founder and involved in the daily operations of cysticfibrosis.com since 1996, Jeanne is a graduate of Fordham University (Lincoln Center) NYC. Jeanne is a teacher by profession, having spent many years teaching high school math and computer science. She is a well-versed patient advocate with a pioneering sense of the web’s potential to improve health care. Her expertise with the community has given her an understanding of the complex issues patient with cystic fibrosis face. Her patience and curiosity allows her to easily identify and address the needs of patients needing innovative technical solutions.

She has a proven record of stimulating the patient base and has listened to their stories for going on 20 years. Skilled in preparing and delivering comprehensive presentations to professional audiences, Jeanne has presented to professionals at the EyeforPharma Patient Summit USA in Philadelphia December 2014, where she also chaired the event, and exlpharma ePatient Connections in Philadelphia September 2014. She was nominated for the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Award and won the Pharmaphorum Award for Patient Centricity.


Peter Barnett

Co-founder and treasurer of CysticFibrosis.com, Peter Barnett is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, husband of Jeanne Barnett and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Peter is a graduate of University of Vermont, Columbia University and Simmons College.

Peter has had a private physical and occupational therapy practice in New Jersey since 1977, www.suburbantherapy.com.

Peter is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a master clinician. In addition to his musculo-skeletal knowledge, he has expertise in posture and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders).

He was the original founder of cysticfibrosis.com and continues to be its most enthusiastic backer.
He keeps ground in his personal faith as a Deacon at Marble Collegiate Church in NYC, the home of Norman Vincent Peale and the Power of Positive Thinking.


Mary Helen Camporeale

Mary Helen graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx with a business degree, including a dual concentration in Information Systems and Finance. She has been managing accounting at ML Burke Consulting since 2000.

Well-versed in QuickBooks, she assists with financial management at ML Burke Consulting, Inc., Suburban Therapy Center, and the Children’s School.
Mother of three active children, she volunteers her time in their school PTA and after school, coaching soccer, basketball, and softball.

She has served on their preschool as an executive member of the Board of Trustees and also as an executive member of their primary school PTA.


Jim Caldwell


Jim is president of Sharktank Research Foundation.  He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1992.  He has two daughters, and the youngest one has CF.  He has been involved in research, publishing, web development, and fundraising for cystic fibrosis.  Over the last few years, Jim has been very involved with the production of the products Indrepta and TauriNAC.  Professionally he has been a software developer at various companies.


Lauren Brenneman

Lauren was born in 1978 and was diagnosed with CF at 30 months of age. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois Urbana Campaign. In 2003, she married her husband. They conceived naturally and welcomed a baby boy in 2007 after a healthy, uneventful pregnancy. Despite her husband testing negative as a carrier of cystic fibrosis prior to conception, their son does have CF. Lauren has lived in NJ, CT, RI, MO, IL, TN, TX and PA.

After working for seven years in the product design consulting industry, Lauren decided to stay home with her son. A number of rocky years of caring for a toddler left her disabled due to advancement of her CF.
Lauren is a health opinion leader for cystic fibrosis, bringing different stake holders together through social community, and the chair of the local Great Strides walkathon to benefit the CF Foundation. She is on the patient advisory board for Hartford Hospital and is a philanthropist raising tens of thousands of dollars annually both for CF research and for local needs.

She enjoys consulting in the healthcare/pharma industry regarding telemedicine, social media and adherence of the e-patient. She melds her experience in the rigorous product design consultancy world to bring a unique perspective to care management. She shares her wealth of health knowledge as a Wellness Advocate, motivating those with and without cystic fibrosis to realize their full potential. Lauren says she enjoy the dance of attempting to stay one step ahead of CF.


Alex Popores

CSM – Chief of Social Media

Alex has been a member of Cysticfibrosis.com since 2007, but was honored to be asked to be a part of the CFTechnology.org board in 2016.

Alex holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Saint Anselm College.

Diagnosed at birth, Cystic Fibrosis has always been a part of her life.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, dotes over her pup, and enjoys being a Whovian, reading, and listening to music in her spare time.