2017-05-31 / Features


John Miller

John Miller serves as National President and CEO of the Tourette Association of America (TAA), the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette syndrome and tic disorders community. In this role, he leverages the organization’s national presence toward making life better for all people affected by Tourette syndrome and tic disorders. Miller is directly involved in the launch and management of a nationwide model of Centers of Excellence, which operate out of our nation’s most prestigious health care and university systems.

To strategically advance the organization and grow its impact, Miller works closely with the board of directors; TAA’s robust Nationwide Chapter and Support Network, and the organization’s National Medical, Scientific and Education Advisory Boards, comprised of leading experts, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As President and CEO, Miller also serves as a key advocate and spokesperson for the Tourette Association and all its constituents.

In recognition of John’s strong leadership, he was named to the inaugural class of the “Kings of Long Island” by the Star Network in 2016. Miller is a member of the Babylon Zoning Board and the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College. He received his MBA and BBA from Hofstra University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

QG: How did you first get involved with the TAA?

JM: I first connected to the organization through an executive search firm Koya Partners when they began a search to find the organization’s next president and chief officer. In that process, I had the opportunity to meet many of the Tourette Association’s board members and was immediately drawn to their passion and fire for the organization.

QG: What accomplishments are you most proud of from your tenure as president and CEO?

JM: In my first 15 months with the association, I’ve been very proud of the services we’ve been able to provide to the Tourette community, including our Centers of Excellence program, which is a model of coordinated care, and our restructuring and upgrading of our fundraising function with an eye to the donor experience and long-term sustainability of the organization. We have already seen major increases in revenue and look forward to future growth.

QG: Was there something in particular about Flushing Meadows Corona Park, or indeed Queens in general, that prompted you to hold your annual awareness walk here?

JM: The organization is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and our 45th anniversary in Queens. There is no better place to hold our awareness walk than in our hometown.

QG: What about your role as president and CEO is most challenging?

JM: The most challenging part of the role is ensuring we have the financial resources necessary to ensure the future sustainability of the association and are able to meet the demand for the services needed within the Tourette community.

QG: What are some of your hobbies?

JM: My wife and I spend a lot of time with our two boys and their various sport and travel leagues. I also enjoy high-quality dining experiences.

This column was originated in July, 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian.

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