Foundation Office
Your contact person on site

The Office of the Vigdis Thompson Foundation is located in Werdau. We are available for your further questions, suggestions and information.

Phone: +49 3761 1867676
Fax: +49 3761 1867677
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Kathleen Gebhardt

I was born 1978 in Zwickau and grew up in the vicinity of the city. Already in my childhood my dream was to work in the medical field. After I completed my high school education I spent a voluntary social year at the DRK nursing home Werdau. Due to the lack of education possibilities in my field of interest, I completed an educational economics program at ‘Praktiker AG’ in Zwickau and worked there until 2005. After a substantial company reconstruction, I decided to once again go to school, this time in Reichenbach at the HANSA College for Economics and Administration where I obtained my advanced technical college qualification in the summer of 2007.

My deep desire to work in the medical field, combined with my knowledge in the world of economics resulted in my application to the ‘Westsaechsischen Hochschule’ in Zwickau. During the following years I studied health management at the Medical and Care Services Faculty. In January 2012 I successfully completed my bachelor with Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Warnke.

The following years I spend in various interesting, but time limited employments in the region. As soon as the Vigdis Thompson Foundation was approved by the authorities in 2017 I moved to the foundation. Since then I coordinate, manage and organize all matters pertinent to the functionality of the organization.

Dagmar Ziegler

Contact person for North America

I was born in 1957 in the small town of Rockenhausen, Rhineland Palatinate. After my high school education my interest in languages led me to be trained as a secretary of foreign languages in Kaiserslautern. During a prolonged stay in Spain to further my knowledge of the Spanish language I met Angelika Klammer, at the time a medical student, and we have been close friends since 1979.

I was offered a position with a newly founded German industrial machine distributor in the United States and moved to the Chicagoland area in 1982 where I have lived since, still working for that same company.

Through Angelika Klammer I as well met Jan-Peter Warnke in 1996 and was able to follow both their dedication to the medical field, and in particular their studies and exploration of the complications of the spinal cord diseases. Based on personal medical experience I can relate to be in a situation where answers are hard to find, where diagnoses differ, where information is scarce and where one feels helpless.

It was in 2016 when Dr. Angelika Klammer and Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Warnke asked me whether I would be interested to serve as a volunteer for the yet to be established Vigdis Thompson Foundation community with my language abilities, a call that I gladly pursue as I strongly believe in the goal and purpose of the foundation.

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Fred Busse

I was born in 1959 in East Berlin. After my high school graduation there I went to study IT at the Technical University in Dresden. After my diploma in 1986 I worked in the testing technology department of an automation technology manufacturing company in Berlin for a few years. Since 2018 I provide the platform and maintenance of the IT infrastructure as well as the necessary software for the storage and analysis of patient data for the Vigdis Thompson Foundation.

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Sandrina Walther

I was born in May 1979 in Neubrandenburg and grew up in Crimmitschau. After my gradutation from high school and a voluntary year at the DRK social service center in Crimmitschau I started my education as a medical specialist in a surgical center in 1998. Due to my husband’s job we lived and worked in Dresden as of 2001 for a few years. After the birth of our son we moved back to our hometown and now live here with our child and dog.

I worked in various areas of the medical field for 21 years which provided me with a high degree of experience and knowledge.

I have been with the Vigdis Thompson Foundation and Prof. Dr. med. Warnke since June 2019 in my job as a study nurse. My work is to establish and document study relevant data to prepare them for analytical purposes. In addition, part of my work is to contact patients and conduct interviews.

I am delighted to be part of this team and the valuable work I can contribute.

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