Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Long Covid

OMF Australia Board of Directors

Meet Open Medicine Foundation Australia’s Board of Directors.

William Ranken

Board Chairman

Bill is a Trustee of The William Angliss Charitable Fund. He has 37 years of experience in the financial services industry and previously was a partner and investment banker at JBWere and Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Bill’s son was diagnosed with post viral infective ME/CFS in 2007-8, and at present is unable to work or study. Bill, like Linda, is passionate about OMF’s objectives to find treatments and cures, and especially about OMF’s global strategy which sees over 200 scientists and clinicians from around the globe working together every week. OMF does this in a friendly and cooperative way, and combines the results of analyzing many different systems and patients. Bill believes strongly in this collaborative, results-oriented, cost effective approach to achieving answers quickly.

Bill has a BA from ANU, a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, and has attended a number of summer schools at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Institute of Australia.


Linda Tannenbaum

Founder and Deputy Chair
Linda Tannenbaum is Founder and CEO/President of Open Medicine Foundation (OMF), an independent non-profit dedicated to funding and facilitating open and collaborative scientific research towards clinical breakthroughs for chronic complex diseases, such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS), post treatment Lyme disease, and fibromyalgia. Ms. Tannenbaum founded OMF after her daughter came down with sudden onset ME/CFS. Realising that open, global collaborative research into the disease was lacking, she established OMF to facilitate large-scale research to find a cure for these chronic complex diseases. An accomplished speaker, Ms. Tannenbaum has spoken and keynoted worldwide. Her presentations have drawn enthusiastic responses from scientists as well as clinicians and patients because of her ability to simplify complex science and also, because of her passionate empathy for patients and their caretakers. Ms. Tannenbaum is a clinical laboratory scientist with a degree in bacteriology from UCLA.

Kimberly Hicks

Ms. Hicks has worked with OMF as a board member since 2014, has served in an interim capacity as the CFO/COO, and has joined the team full-time. She is a C-suite Finance industry veteran with over 25 years of leadership, business transformation, business development/sales, merger integrations, and major strategic initiative experience across private and public sectors, and international settings. In the past few years she has transitioned to Health Tech and Healthcare, and has a keen interest and passion for the use of technology to solve big healthcare problems. Ms. Hicks holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University and a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas. Ms. Hicks holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University and a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas.

Nicholas Ingram

Board Secretary

Mr. Ingram has run his own Strategy Consulting firm for over ten years. His clients include commercial organizations (from ASX-listed top 20 companies to technology start-ups), Government entities (including federally funded scientific agencies, and state government departments), and non-government organizations (including patient advocacy organizations and a medical society). His clients are principally Australian based, but Nick works in other Pacific Rim countries including New Zealand, The Philippines, and the West Coast of the US.

Nick has an adult daughter who has been living with ME/CFS for the last ten years.

Prior to working in strategy, Nick had twenty years’ experience in financial services (including investment banking and stockbroking). He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney with First Class Honors in Pure Mathematics.

Louise Myer

Board Member

Louise Myer is a member of the Myer Foundation. She has spent much of her life involved in philanthropic activities and has worked on numerous boards including the Melbourne Community Foundation, the Myer Community Fund (a founding director) and Asialink.

Her son was diagnosed with ME/CFS at 12 years of age which changed both his and her life. She is very keen to promote and support research for ME/CFS and related chronic complex diseases in order to help improve the lives of sufferers.

Heidi Nicholl

Public Officer​
Originally from the north of England, Melbourne based ethicist Heidi Nicholl is an experienced non-profit CEO. Heidi has a first degree in zoology following which she worked for almost ten years conducting basic laboratory science. Following her PhD in Healthcare Ethics from City University in London, Heidi split her time between teaching medical ethics at University College London medical school and lecturing in Healthcare Ethics at City University. She relocated from the UK to the US in 2013 for a four-year work period which included a stint working as a clinical ethicist in a busy San Francisco hospital. A move to Australia in 2018 saw Heidi join Emerge Australia, a national organisation supporting, advocating and educating people about ME/CFS. Heidi was CEO at Emerge Australia from 2018-2021. Heidi has taught on the Summer Bioethics program at Yale University and is currently a member of the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne clinical ethics committee.


Peter Thompson

Member Emeritus
Following a career as a successful commercial lawyer Peter has spent the last two decades specialising in strategic advice for corporations, particularly in the media and entertainment sectors. He is based in Sydney, Australia and has lived experience of ME/CFS through a family member. Peter is on a number of Boards for both not for profits and commercial enterprises.

OMF Australia accepts donations of Cryptocurrencies

Make the most of your donation by donating your Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies directly to OMF Australia rather than selling and donating the after-tax proceeds.

  • Your tax deduction will be equal to the fair market value of the donated cryptocurrency (as determined by a qualified appraisal).
  • Donors should consult with a tax advisor for properly recording this donation on a personal tax return.

OMF Australia can accept cryptocurrency donations of any amount. 

Donating cryptocurrency is a non-taxable event, meaning you do not owe capital gains tax on the appreciated amount and can deduct it on your taxes. This makes Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency donations one of the most tax-efficient ways to support your favorite cause. If you want to learn more about how donating crypto can lower your taxes, check out thegivingblock.com/faq.

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