For Immediate Release-1/15/2010
Media contact: Kate Watson
Brain Tumor Awareness Organization Announces New Board of Directors
Charleston, SC – Monday, Dec.21st The Brain Tumor Awareness Organization (BTAO) has announced their list of new board members for the year 2009-2010. The Brain Tumor Awareness Organization was founded in 2006 by Julie Houston, the wife of a seven year grade 3 brain tumor survivor. As patient and caregiver, they defined the needs that most identify upon diagnosis and formed an organization to complement existing brain tumor organizations-all who answer a need in the areas of research, treatment, assistance, advocacy and support. The focus of The Brain Tumor Awareness Organization was to streamline these resources in a comprehensive website so that a brain tumor patient or overwhelmed caregiver could access and digest at their own pace, the available programs and information they offer. This primary focus provides a navigation process for those that visit our site which can save hours, alleviate stress and provide a safety net for those in the crisis phase of the disease.
The new and newly appointed BTAO board members are:
Mary Lyn Donovan-Non-Profit Executive; Former Executive Director at Susan G. Komen for the Cure SC Mountains to Midlands Affiliate, South Carolina Cancer Alliance Advocacy & Policy Chair.
Dr. Pierre Giglio – 2006-present Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 2007-present Medical Director, MUSC Hollings Brain & Spine Tumor Program.
Jeni Schumacher-Current Owner of RoadWaves Fitness Training Center, Greenville, SC
Former Member and Volunteer Relations Director at the Golden Strip Family YMCA of Simpsonville
Jeni has been with the YMCA for 17 years in several roles. As a mother, wife and business woman she has a strong heart for Cancer as she is a battling melanoma. Her father died 8 years ago of melanoma that metastasized to brain cancer. She continues to raise funds for cancer research with local hospitals and assists the Greenville Hospital System in their Philanthropy Department. To date Jeni has raised over $170,000 for scholarships for the YMCA and over $20,000 for cancer research.
Christy Solesbee- a very successful entrepreneur and currently manages a private investment company. Three years ago her father in law was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She has taken an active role in his care planning. She is excited about the opportunity to serve with the Brain Tumor Awareness Organization.
Jenni Trouten- CV ICU Nurse @ St. Francis Hospital, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, State Certified Advanced Life Support Instructor Greenville, SC
Kate Watson-Director of Strategic Communications-Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, SC; Congressional Chief of Staff, Director of Communications and Press Secretary; Director of Media Relations-American Forest and Paper; and Vice President of Communications and Marketing of American Gas Association.
Jan Williams- St. Francis Women’s Hospital 1991-95 (Labor,delivery, postpartum (LDRP) Charge Nurse & Preceptor, Management of Same Day Surg, OR, RR), American Cancer Society volunteer chair.
Julie Houston- National Patient Advocate Foundation State Policy Liaison, North American Brain Tumor Coalition advocate and member, South Carolina Cancer Alliance Cancer Resource Network Chair, Founder/CEO of The Brain Tumor Awareness Organization; LIVESTRONG Army Leader and former business owner.
Tracy Tankersley- is an events coordinator for the McCall Golf Tournament; a sponsors liaison and fundraising coordinator.
The mission of the BTAO is to raise awareness for brain tumors on a local, state and national level through online resources and community for patients, advocates and caregivers and reduce the impact and duration of this disease through interaction.