Twin Cities Lyme Foundation

Our StaffVolunteers are not paid.....not because they are worthless,
but because they are priceless!

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Lisa Najarian

Founder/Executive Director

Sixteen years and several misdiagnoses later, in 2015, Lisa Najarian was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Over the course of those years, she suffered greatly with symptoms that were a complete mystery to her. “I felt like such an oddball in so many situations! One day I would feel good and the next day I would be wiped out. I felt as though most everyone thought I was crazy or lying about my health,” she expresses. “I have almost completely lost my hearing in my left ear and my right ear’s hearing loss varies from day to day. I now know I have over 60 symptoms of Lyme disease. It is a horrible disease and one NO ONE should ever have to endure!” Lisa, a California native, has lived her adult life in the top three most prevalent Lyme infested regions in the nation. She believes, as an avid gardener, she was bitten while living in Illinois, however, does not remember seeing a target rash. After 14 years in Illinois, she moved with her husband and two children to Connecticut, the mecca for Lyme disease. There, she became aware of Lyme, and strongly suspected a correlation between her multiple symptoms and the tick-borne disease. Her move to Minnesota in 2014 brought hope and a positive diagnosis. “I am passionate to create the same awareness here in the Midwest that there is on the East Coast. Too many people are unaware and so many need to be helped.” Lisa received a BA in education at California State University, Chico and earned her Masters Degree in Education from National University. She, her husband and children reside in the Twin Cities area.

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Tyanne Hitchcock

Creative Design Director

Tyanne’s career in custom design began in 1997 focusing on repurposed, hand-painted designs. Tyanne was awarded “Best Overall Color and Design” by the ASID Association in 2007 and quickly landed the cover of MSP Magazine for best in category for unique custom designs.
Her company was known as the company to hire for extraordinary custom designed kids spaces.

Excelling in detailed design she turned her focus on creating custom biophilic designs for clients throughout the Twin Cities. She recently launched Gather&Plant with Tangletown Gardens in Minneapolis where she creates and hosts custom private experiential events. She also volunteers her time with the NFL Alumni “Caring for Kids”, Bolder Options and Twin Cities Lyme.

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Paula Schwartz

Planning and Development Director

It was a chance meeting on a deck, on an island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that led to Paula’s involvement with Lisa and Twin Cities Lyme. Divine intervention, the alignment of the stars, or just plain luck guided her to become a part of this exciting, once-in-a-lifetime adventure to support the mission of TCL.
TCL provides a unique resource for Lyme sufferers, something Paula takes great pride in being a part of. “I have the privilege of being a part of its efforts. I feel I can make a powerful contribution by applying the skills I’ve built over the last 20 years in the corporate world creating and implementing innovative, outcome-oriented results. I will join the other volunteers to achieve TCL’s mission: creating awareness and aid in the early detection of a Lyme literate diagnosis of Lyme disease.”

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Beth LaBreche

Marketing and Public Relations

Beth is a marketing and communications consultant with 30 years of experience serving a variety of clients in the U.S. She came to TCLF after years of work with non-profits, including chair and board experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, James Sewell Ballet, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, and others.

Beth was integral in the launch of TCLF and promotes the organization to gain awareness and drive engagement in the mission. This happens through public relations to generate media coverage of the story of people’s journey with Lyme disease, event marketing and marketing partnerships.