Biography, Theresa Wrangham
Theresa Wrangham has been the National Vaccine Information Center's (NVIC) Executive Director since 2010. She brings to NVIC over 30 years of business administration experience, 15 of which were spent in non-profit organizations. Theresa's skills in project management, accounting, and risk assessment have greatly complimented her role with NVIC. Her current duties and responsibilities include coordination of NVIC's volunteer and counseling programs, website design and content management, drafting and implementation of organizational policy, monitoring of federal advisory committee activities related to vaccine policy-making, and audit and budget preparation. Theresa also served as a consumer reviewer for systematic reviews and their protocols that are undertaken by the Cochrane Collaboration with the Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE) for 10 years.
She became a parent advocate as a result of her daughter Deanna’s life-threatening asthma, as well as her daughter Rachel’s diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a former AMTA massage therapist and Usui Reiki Master, she views health holistically and brings an experienced parent's perspective on raising healthy children affected by asthma and ASD to her advocacy work. She lives in Colorado with her husband Scott.
In 2001 Theresa co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) in Colorado and served five terms as its president and seven years on their board. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Colorado and Board of Directors SafeMinds. Theresa also serves on advisory boards for the US Autism Association (USAAA) and has served as their conference moderator for over 10 years. She has also worked in her community as a former member of the Boulder Valley School District Special Education Advisory Committee and Boulder Valley School District Design Advisory Committee for the 18-21 Education Facility.
In an effort to raise awareness of biomedical underpinnings of autism and all treatments available, Theresa co-authored the publishing Colorado’s first autism specific resource guide and coordinated an annual conference and monthly lectures, as well as spearheaded Colorado’s consensus statement supporting the Combating Autism Act. Additionally, in 2005 she worked with her local disability services agency, Imagine!, to establish a parent-directed treatment program for individuals with autism who are ineligible for state DDS services. This program has paid for over $1 million in treatments and changed the lives of over 200 families. She also spearheaded Colorado's legislative efforts to ban mercury-containing vaccines. Theresa was also invited to collaborate with Google to create Project Spectrum, a program designed to assist the autism community to identify possible career paths and to give educators classroom tools, and assist parents in obtaining special education services for their children.
In 2006, the Boulder County Business Report recognized Theresa as a Health Care Hero and in 2012 she received the Chairman's Award from the US Autism & Asperger's Association.
Theresa wrote and regularly published the ASBC and SafeMinds eNewsletters, and has had articles published in Mothering Magazine, The Autism File, Age of Autism and Pathways and currently writes articles for NVIC's eNewsletter. She has been featured in local, national and international television, radio and print news reports. Theresa has also participated in the public engagement process funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for "Pandemic" H1N1 vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, and Colorado's 2013 public engagement on their personal belief exemption law. She currently represents NVIC in and CDC's Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) Revisions consultation.