A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation (formerly The PLGA Foundation), is operated by an active board of directors, who donate their time and skills to help implement the mission of finding more effective, less toxic treatments and a cure for the most common forms of children’s brain tumors.
Andrew Janower, President
AJ is a Managing Director at Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, a middle market private equity firm located in Boston. He has an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. AJ’s daughter, Samantha, was diagnosed with Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma in 2004 at the age of 3. Since that time he has tirelessly raised funds to jumpstart research into low grade astrocytomas, including raising over $1.25 million for the Brain Tumor Society’s Ride for Research over the past three years. AJ’s mother and sister originally conceived of the FightJPA.org website and he and his family were deeply involved in the creation of the Dana Farber’s Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytoma Program.
John Ragnoni, Secretary
John is a Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments where he has held positions in marketing, product development, and communications. He has an undergraduate degree from Bryant College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut and prior to Fidelity was a management consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick. More importantly, John and his wife Liz, are the parents of three young boys. Their five year old son, TJ, was diagnosed at eighteen months with a brain stem JPA. John is committed to creating a network of parents, doctors, researchers, and donors who can all be focused on a single goal- dramatically increasing the amount and speed of research to treat and cure pediatric low grade astrocytomas (PLGA). John and Liz have raised over $570,000 over the past two years to fund low grade astrocytoma research and have been involved in several other efforts to accelerate research through a nationwide grant RFP and targeted research programs.
Amy Weinstein, Treasurer
Amy Weinstein has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Her career in marketing communications spans the last two decades with her expertise focused on developing philanthropic partnership between private and non-profit entities. Amys commitment to this disease stems from the JPA diagnosis of her niece, Samantha in 2004. Amy was instrumental in developing the FightJPA.org website and is currently the Executive Director of A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation (aka PLGA Foundation). Amy is the mother of 4 children (ages 3 Җ 12) and is thrilled to be able to make a difference in the lives not only of her own children, but of children around the country suffering from this disease.
Kenneth Gainey, Member At Large
Ken Gainey, earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Previously Ken was a founder of an investment management company specializing in small and mid cap equities. Ken and his wife, Charise, are the parents of six children. Their oldest son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a fibrillary astrocytoma in June 2005. Since that time, Ken and Charise have committed/raised over $3 million in support of low grade glioma research and were one of the five founding families behind the 2007 launch of the Pediatric Low-Grade Astrocytoma Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Amy Glass, Member At Large
Amy Glass is a graduate of Princeton University and is currently Director of Operations at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she has been for 15 years. Amy’s clients at BCG spanned a range of industries but she focused her attention primarily in the retail and pharmaceutical spaces in the United States and Canada. Amy is a member of the Board of Overseers for Boston Children’s Hospital, and has been an active fundraiser for children’s brain tumor research since 2005.
Risa Sherman, Member At Large
For more than 20 years Risa has provided marketing, communications and philanthropy counsel to business, nonprofit, and government. Today, she is a Senior Consultant at Boston-based Cause Consulting Group, a firm that integrates social issues into companies to strengthen business and impact society. Risa is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication and holds a Master’s Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Risa and her husband, Dan Katcher are the parents of three young children. In May, 2006, their then 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with an optic pathway Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. Risa and Dan were moved to action after realizing lack of effective treatments to help cure their daughter.
Michael Bass, Member At Large
Michael A. Bass, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the New England School of Law. He holds an LL.M degree in Taxation from the Graduate Tax Program at Boston University School of Law. He is admitted to both the Massachusetts and Florida Bars. Michael is the Managing Partner at the Boston law firm of Bass, Doherty & Finks P.C., representing clients in the areas of estate planning, business succession, tax law, planned charitable giving and trust and probate administration. Michael serves on the Boards of Directors of the Boston Estate Planning Council, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, as well as several corporate clients and private foundations.