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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are comprised of both patients with sleep disorders and family members of people with sleep disorders.

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David Bishop, LCSW

President, CEO, and Founder

Sleep Apnea Patient

David is a sleep apnea patient who like many went undiagnosed for years

despite his wife's enduring snoring and s who has been involved in patient sleep advocacy

since 2018.  He served on two sleep focused nonprofit boards and held a variety

of roles which included chair of advocacy, secretary, vice president, and chairman of the board. 

His background is in clinical social work with over 25 years of private practice therapy

experience.  He also served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 8 years as an

officer.  He has 30 years of experience in community corrections.  For 22 years of that 30 he worked as an officer and program manager with adults with severe mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and chronic health conditions  in the court system.  His social

work skills enabled him to navigate systemic barriers clients faced in obtaining

services and provide a supportive environment.

David served as a patient representative on various sleep related committees.

For three years, he served as a reviewer for a community foundation.  He also

served as a patient representative for an organization responsible for a subcontract from the Department of Defense to review sleep related research

proposals being considered for funding.

His time in advocacy has given him the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C.

to discuss patients' sleep concerns with Congressional staffers; attend various

professional sleep society meeting (American Thoracic Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society Meeting-APSS); serve as a patient representative on a sleep apnea scoring taskforce; and speak with various sleep physicians about patients' concerns. 


 He is passionate about sleep apnea and saw a major gap in the patient

advocacy space to address people who are historically underserved.  These

same people are his friends, neighbors, and family members.  Working to

advocate for more resources for underserved people is in his heart and is a

central principle of the Sleep Equity Project.

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Darthula Young, MBA

Board Member

Sleep Apnea Patient

Darthula Young earned a BA degree from Northeastern Illinois University and an MBA from Dominican University. She attended Robert Goizuetta Business School Executive Leadership Institute Emory University, and the City of Chicago’s Executive Development Program.  Most of her professional career was spent working in the private sector in senior management positions with Lockheed Martin IMS, SAP, and MAXIMUS Inc. 

At Lockheed Martin and MAXIMUS her responsibilities included marketing, government relations, project/operations management and business development in the Midwest and southeast states.  

After leaving the private sector Darthula provided consulting services to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago to develop, enhance and implement the District’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) recruitment program, moving the contractors from subcontracting capacity to a prime/general contracting capacity.

Darthula has served on many boards of local civic organizations, government advisory committees (Juvenile Detention, Park District), and STEM access.


Diagnosed with severe sleep apnea in 2013, she experienced long delays and problems getting her continuious positive airway pressure (CPAP) maghine supplies and was unable to receive a new CPAP after the specified five years allowed by Medicare.  Even with the intervention of her doctor she continued to experience major delays with supplies. The frustration she experienced and the lack of knowledge of the physical and mental effects of sleep apnea inspired her to research what is the proper use of the device,  sleep apnea symptoms, and the effects of not using the cpap device.  She was not surprised by the symptoms, the physical and mental damage which can result in not adjusting to use CPAP of the device.  Darthula began talking with family members and friend who were not familiar with the condition, and those who were unable to use their device on a regular basis.


She began the journey of educating people who talk about symptoms which are consistent with sleep apnea and the importance of getting a sleep study.  She also feels it is important to support and encourage those who have a cpap to use it on an ongoing basis.  Darthula is proud to report the results from her last visit with her Pulmonary Doctor her cpap usage was ninety-nine percent far exceeding the Medicare required usage.    

Eric Prado

Board Member

Sleep Apnea Patient

Karen Jacobs, BA

Board Member

Spouse of Patient with Sleep Apnea

Karen Jacobs has been a member of the Family Christian Health Center Board of Directors since 2013. She has held several executive board positions and currently serves as President.

Karen is a dedicated Sales Professional with over 11 years of experience selling in the Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device spaces. Before sales, she was a Corporate Trainer at Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County during which she earned multiple professional certifications including Master Trainer, Instructional Designer/Developer, and Performance Improvement Consultant. Karen received her BA in Communications from the University of Michigan and an Executive Master of Health Administration from Cornell University.


She is a married, mother of three daughters and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Karen is deeply aware of the sleepless nights, fear and anxiety experienced by spouses of people living with sleep apnea. Prior to diagnosis she spent many nights wondering if she wasn’t there to nudge her husband when he stopped breathing during the night would he wake up? She and her husband both sleep a lot better now that he has a diagnosis, a CPAP machine and equally important, support from other people with sleep apnea.

Scientific Advisors

William "Marty" Martin, PsyD, MPH

Marty Martin is a Professor and Faculty Director in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at DePaul University. He formerly served as a Research & Innovation Leadership Fellow. In this role, he led an innovation fund for the University focusing on the deployment of technology including AI in biomedical sciences and healthcare.

As a respected scholar whose work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Washington Post, Dr. Martin has authored two books, 150 refereed publications including The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. He is completing his latest book titled 52 Sleep Tips.  Over the years, he has been a member of research teams funded by The National Institutes for Health (NIH) and various state health departments including the Louisiana Department of Health.

Marty’s prior experience includes senior positions at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Tulane Hospital & Clinics, and The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health leading and driving change in human resources, occupational safety & health and DEI.

He contributes his time, talent and energy as a member of several boards such as the Center for Health Innovation and as a member of numerous committees such as the DEI Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). 

Marty has a BS in Biology from the Xavier University of Louisiana, PsyD/MPH in clinical health psychology and later earned a MSc in Behavioural Sleep Medicine. He is currently enrolled in the Masters in Bioethics program at Harvard Medical School.

2024 Interns

Sleep Equity Project has three current interns from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health; Loyola, School of Public Health; Northwestern University.  The students focus on a myriad of areas regarding sleep equity.  If you are interested in interning, please contact David Bishop at


We are looking for talented and passionate volunteers to help us grow our organization.  See the roles below and learn more.

Advocacy Development

Do you have experience in developing programing around specific advocacy campaigns?  We would love to speak with you.

Nonprofit Development

If have experience developing nonprofits organizational culture, we would love to hear from you.

Board Member Interest

We are seeking people interested in applying for board membership.  Do you represent one of the health disparity populations (Minority, Gender, Sexual Orientation, etc) and have a sleep disorder?  Sleep Equity Project need diverse people to add voice to those that are underserved.

Nonprofit Fundraising

Do you have a knack for nonprofit fundraising and would like to give us some advice, please reach out. 

Public Health Policy Implementation

Are you someone who has experience developing AND implementing public health policy, please reach out. 

Graduate Internships

Are you in graduate school for public health or social work?  Sleep Equity Project is looking for interns who want experience in nonprofit development, fundraising, public policy development, program development and much more!  Go to the TAKE ACTION portion of the site. 

Grant Writing

If you have skills as a grant writer and would like to volunteer to assist us on a grant effort, please contact us.

Community Health Center 

Do you manage a community health center who would be interested in expanding services to your community in the area of sleep education and sleep disorders?  We would love to talk to you!

Advocacy Board Interest

We are seeking sleep professionals who have a passion for addressing sleep, health disparities within the context of the social and environmental determinants of health.  Please submit your interest in the TAKE ACTION portion of this site.

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