FRAXA Staff

Michael Tranfaglia, MD
Medical Director, Treasurer, Co-Founder
Michael Tranfaglia, MD

Dr. Tranfaglia serves as Medical Director and Chief Scientific Officer of FRAXA, coordinating the Foundation’s research strategy and working with university and industry scientists to develop new therapeutic agents for Fragile X, autism, and related developmental disorders. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Biology and studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After obtaining his MD, he stayed at UNC for Psychiatry residency training, and then entered private practice in 1991 in Newburyport, MA. Mike had specialized in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders prior to his son’s Fragile X diagnosis in 1992 and before he and his wife founded FRAXA in 1994.

Katie Clapp, MS
President and Co-Founder
Katie Clapp

In 1994, after her son Andy was diagnosed with Fragile X, Katie, her husband Michael Tranfaglia, and a third parent, Kathy May, founded FRAXA. Katie has a BA in History from Harvard and a Masters degree in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill. She worked as a software engineer and college instructor in computer science before founding FRAXA. She has won a number of prizes for her work with FRAXA, including a Community Hero award from the American Red Cross and a Women of Justice award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Phone: (978) 462-1866

Holly Roos
Community Services Director

After the diagnosis of her 2 children in 2003, Holly Roos dedicated herself to making a difference in the Fragile X Community, with over 10 years focused directly on volunteer engagement. Her experience in fundraising, advocacy, education, and awareness span the past 18 years and have earned her awards and recognition both locally and nationally.

Holly lives with her children, Parker and A, in Central Illinois.

Jennifer Frobish
Advancement Director

Jennifer Frobish is the proud mom of two children, one of whom lives with Fragile X syndrome. Since his diagnosis in 2010, Jennifer has dedicated her time to supporting families, raising awareness and fundraising for Fragile X. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Education from Illinois State University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in engagement and strategic communications. She resides in St. Louis with her family.

Phone: (309) 310-9465

Eric Welin
Web Developer
Eric Welin, FRAXA webmaster

Eric Welin, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, graduated from Western New England University in 2003 with a degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on hardware and software design. Eric began providing quality web development in 2003 as a freelancer and eventually started his own Web Design and Development business, Welsolutions.

Eric and his wife, Melissa, have two sons with Fragile X syndrome and they have been dedicated to the Fragile X community for many years.

Phone: (978) 261-7151

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