Florence Kranitz became president of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) Foundation in October of 2002. She became involved with the organization initially, with a group of friends, as part of a task force, after the rapid decline and tragic death of her husband from CJD in December of 2000.
She directs its daily activities and supervises the volunteers who are the heart of the foundation. She answers CJD HelpLine calls and works tirelessly on behalf of affected patients and families. She served as a member of the FDA Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) Advisory Committee from 2004-2008, the New York State Department of Health TSE Work Group, the Consumer Federation of America’s Food and Nutrition Committee and the program planning committee for the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics. As part of the Food Safety Policy Committee for the Consumer Federation of America she helped write Food Safety Policy Regulations in 2009, 2011 and 2012. She is currently serving as co-chairman of The CJD International Support Alliance formed in 2006 to act as a global support and advocacy organization on behalf of patients and families affected by prion diseases the world over.
Prior to her involvement with the CJD Foundation Ms. Kranitz headed an advertising specialty and marketing firm for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and completed two years of graduate studies in speech pathology, audiology and deaf education at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. While completing her graduate work, she taught speech pathology and sign language at the University of Akron Children’s Clinic. She continued this work at Weaver School and Workshop, a school for the profoundly challenged.